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.
There is nothing like a trip to Island Park to inspire me. I thought I would make the first post about the sky. The first night at the cabin I went out about 11pm and got set up to take some Milky Way picture. The Moon was up which isn’t great for taking milky way shots, but I thought I’d see what came of it.
Just as I got set up I was interrupted by a group taking a float down the river….starting there float a 11 pm! Well, lots of moon light so why not. This first shot is terrible, but I learned that I can drag the Milky Way out of even this shot. Car headlights and taillights clearly visible and making a mess of things. Maybe I should mention here that I was also interrupted by a group on ATVs out for a little midnight ride as well.
Because I wasn’t going to get a good clean picture of the Milky Way with them sitting there, I decided to move and take a shot of the moon and see what would come of that. There car headlights lit the foreground in an interesting way. So here’s what we ended up with. These shots include members of the group floating through the picture, but because my shutter was open so long you don’t even see them. You can also see that some of the planets and stars that are visible move slightly.
After these folks moved out of the scene I took a few more pics with out the benefit of there light, just to see how that would look.
Then I moved back into position to grab some Milky Way. I took only five shots and put two of them together for this two shot panorama.
I went out early two mornings as well. To late the first morning (5 am) to get Milky Way, but early enough to grab some sunrise shots. This is a five shot pan.
The last morning at 3 am the moon was still out, the sky was full of smoke from wild fires which made a nice red moon but left me with no desire to see what I might get. I went back to bed.
I don’t drink coffee, but I do like a good hike to Coffee Pot Rapids. These shot document the hike from Coffee Pot Camp Ground down to the rapids and back. It’s not an especially strenuous hike it’s take a bit less than an hour to hike in and then another hour back. I’d say it’s worth the effort.
Twice into Yellowstone is unusual, but when you have a lifetime pass…why not? I really wanted to get over to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone again. We found a really awesome picture of Janis and Chris there taken in about 1980 and I just wanted to go again. Janis and I had a great time and saw some wild life, found parking easily everywhere we went and we had awesome angry sky and it all worked out to a nearly perfect day. I’ve got shots of the Upper and Lower Falls on the Yellowstone River and then on the way back we did one of those one way side trips and visited the Virginia Cascade on Gibbons River.
Three picts of the Yellowstone:
Three of the Virginia Cascade on the Gibbons River:
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.
Let’s continue up Big Cottonwood Canyon. We made a stop close to the top of the canyon. Unfortunately, just as I had feared we were a little late to have a lot of color at this elevation, so from here down into Midway was mostly comments between my wife and I about how beautiful this must have been a few days or a week ago. These first two panoramas are from an area toward the top of the canyon, but not quite to the ski areas. The last one is of the area of the Sundance Resort area in the Alpine Loop. This area is always gorgeous any time of year. The sun was hard to deal with in this one so it’s not the best pic, but you get the idea. The sun was in my face or into the lens in these pictures
There was so many choices when it came to things to photograph around Hanover, NH. I like things that are related to architecture and/or history. When I can across information about the Cornish-Windsor Bridge I decided that was one thing I didn’t want to miss. Here a link the the history.
There are a couple of picture with no bridge in it. Well, I was standing beside the bridge and was taken by the beauty of the area so I had to try and capture it. The weather added to the feeling of the scene. Bare in mind that these picture where taken on the 20th of March!
So…It occurred to me while I was taking time to process my photos that it would be fun to do the Fall Color Safari with a bunch of people. My wife and I have done it for three years and after tromping around the mountain we have a nice little dinner at some place in the area. It’s really been fun. If your interested in going with us next year post a reply here and let’s see what we can put together. Up until now we’ve done the safari on Columbus Day. This year that Columbus day seemed a little late, but it’s always been pretty close for good fall (especially aspen) color. The red from the oak brush is pretty much gone, but there still a little. We can play that by ear as next October rolls around.
So this years safari ended up with about 15 panoramas all HDR and all in the same area. I don’t know if I’ll post all of them, but here’s a sampling. This year instead of driving until I found something interesting I parked the car and hiked around the area. This was a new area to me. My son and I road our bike through here several times this summer and I decided it would be good for fall color. This is on old snow basin road at the trail head where the road is closed.