I’ve always Salt Lake was pretty cool. I don’t get there very often these day so recently when I was there with my camera I thought I would grab a couple of pics. I wound up with three that had reflections in them so I thought I would share. One is in the Brigham Young park of the water wheel and pond there. On other popular pic of the temple in the reflecting pool. The last of City Creek. Enjoy.
I told you to zoom into the picture in my last post. Well turns out that didn’t work so good. I’m posting a single picture this time. It’s twice the size as yesterday’s pictures – so I hope you can see the water drops. The downside is that it will take longer to load. It really is pretty cool. Really it is.
This year we took some rookies into the park. I have fond memories of my Gram and Granddad taking me through the park so I hope my grand kids had a good time as well. Here’s a few pictures of paint pots and etc. These pics are all taken at Biscuit Basin we had plans to visit one other basin, but the kids weren’t up to it. There’s always next year and a good excuse to go back! I’ll post Old Faithful and some other pics later. I’m really liking the improvement in the new Photoshop. Yes these are all post processed. I shoot all of my pictures without letting the camera process the info at all. It’s call shooting in RAW. So I have to do something to them so you can enjoy them, and I hope you do.
There was no shortage of wild life this year as we opened the cabin. It was nice to be able to spend some time hanging out enjoying the show. Ducks, moose and pelicans where all putting on a pretty good show. The way the pelicans were eating I’m pretty sure I know why we didn’t see many fish. By the time I finished taking pictures of the moose it was getting pretty late, it was after 9:00 and I was shooting at 6400 ISO so the pictures are getting a little grainy. The pictures were taken handheld and the moose was moving so I didn’t have a lot of choice. Hope you like them.
I haven’t been doing much wildlife photography lately. Since I made a change in equipment (I’ve moved to Canon) I don’t have a long lens. The longest I’ve got is 135 mm. Wildlife photography is usually done with lenses that are 300 to 600 mm and it costs a lot of dough for a good one. Wildlife was plentiful and somewhat willing to be shot with my Canon so I didn’t deny them. My buddy got up close and personal with a moose while fishing, but I missed that one. I really enjoy Island Park in the fall. There is almost no one around, the animals are all less anxious, the fishing is awesome. Here’s what I captured the end of September. The bald eagle was perched in a tree at the edge of the river. The ducks were everywhere on the river. The squirrel was next the the trail we hike from the boat dock up to the fishing bridge.
Fall Color this year is different than the last couple of years. I got some great pictures of fall as my sister Marcie and I paddled down Henry’s Fork of the Snake River, the very last day of September. There wasn’t another person any where! It was awesome as we practiced our silent paddling down the river trying not to disturb anything that might be in, on or close to the river. We were rewarded for our efforts and I’ll share those shortly. Today I’m just going to share a couple of shots of the river which includes a couple of panoramas. I was a little nervous taking my camera down the river in a canoe, but all went well, as you can see. The panoramas were done hand held. For some strange reason I didn’t take my tripod. Oh, yea I remember! How’s a tripod going to work in a canoe?
Yes, astrophotography is a real thing. According to Wikipedia the first picture of the moon was taken in 1840. I’ve been pretty fascinated with it recently myself so I thought I try my hand at it while we were in Hawaii. This represents what I think is the best of the pictures I took there. I got shots with the moon and shots of the Milky Way. These are all single exposures meaning that I didn’t combine several pictures to get each part of the picture exposed properly. I also did very little post processing and most of the post processing I did do was in Lightroom. The longer I use Lightroom the more I appreciate what a great program it is. These picture were all taken at ISO 1600, f 3.5 and about 20-25 seconds for each exposure.
We went back up to Island Park last week and had a blast. Here are a couple of shots from our visit. After years away we’ve gotten back into going up to Sawtelle Peak. It’s right around 10,000 ft. I took some shots of flowers and other things up there earlier this summer. I’m fascinated with what happens to the trees when you get up close to the top. There’s a line called the tree line of any mountain. Above a certain elevation trees no longer grow. There’s any area close to the tree line where the trees struggle. I took a few pictures and I’ll share one here.
We also went for a little 40 mile ATV ride along the Continental Divide and surrounding area in Montana. There was an interesting series of beaver dams on the South Fork of the Madison River.
Lastly but not least is getting to start nice fires to warm up the cabin in the morning. Low temps were in the 30’s and highs about 70. Beautiful weather.
I wanted to save this post till last because I think it’s the most awesome, but my better half can’t wait so here it is. I’ve called this Starry, Starry Night for obvious reasons. I started doing research on how to do this kind of a shot a couple of months ago. I’ve always wanted to do something like this and my new gear was a big step in getting me there. When we first got to the cabin there was a full moon which completely wiped out any chance of getting a good star picture, let alone a milky way shot. I was out at somewhere between 10 pm and midnight every night we were at the cabin anyway shooting away. I finally got good conditions the last night there. The moon came up late and allowed me to finally get the shot I’d been looking for. I’ve posted pictures of shots from various nights along with the best results. These picture were all taken on Henry’s Fork of the Snake where the cabin is. The most successful pictures were shot with the lens and camera set at 18 mm, ISO 3200, f3.5 for 25 seconds. I didn’t do any processing of shots other than the first two.