Been hanging out at the cabin all week keeping it warm until my siblings come up so we can close it. It was quite a sacrifice, but I was glad to do it. Night temperatures were in the upper 20s and I was lucky to see 50 during the day. I think that happened once. Seen moose and fox and other little critters, snow, rain and sun. Sorry no pics. Anyway because of the cold pretty much every morning we have water vapor rising off the river. It looked kind of like this picture, but better in person. The camera as good as it is just doesn’t get it all. (Could be the photographer). This is a six shot pan of the whole river visible from the cabin.
Labor day weekend in Yellowstone and Island Park. It got smokier as the week end went along by Labor Day the sky was pretty much gray nondescript and photos taken at any kind of distance suffered from the effects of smoke. The difference in picture quality from photos taken on Thursday and then on Tuesday was pretty dramatic. All of these photos were taken on Thursday. The only picture I’ve posted from Tuesday is the brink of the Yellowstone Upper Falls and that we taken only a few feet away so smoke wasn’t to bad.
We went to the cabin for a get away for Labor Day Weekend and decided to run into the park Thursday and beat the rush weekend rush. Here’s a couple of pics from the two trips into the park (We went back in on Monday). Janis and I hiked down to the brink of the lower canyon falls on Monday and that’s one of the pics here. The other is a panorama taken on the north loop between Tower Falls and the Mammoth Hot Spring. There are still scars visible from the big fire almost 30 years later.
We went back on Labor Day and there was so much smoke I don’t think any of the pics will turn out well. The forest fires are unbelievable this year.
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.