Sep 162016
 

As far as chronology goes this is out of order, but I don’t think you’ll care.  So I’ll just say we went to Breckenridge, Colorado a couple of weeks ago to start an extended fall color tour.  Well we were too early.  There was a very little color.  If I get around to it I’ll share those later.  Last week we went to Island Park like we’ve been doing the last couple of Septembers and it was awesome.  Last year we were too late so we scheduled an earlier slot this year.  Again not a lot a color when we got there.  After a couple of pretty cool days and some time fishing while it was snowing, the fall color was coming on.  What I’m sharing here are pictures I took the last day we were there and the area these are taken in is a rather small isolated area.

The area was pretty diverse.  We’ve got a panorama of a pond in sunlight and everything else in shade from the clouds.  These pictures were taken about 6:30 pm so a half an hour before sunset.  I love what I call an angry sky and there’s a good one in these shots.  Other shots are all individual exposures.  I usually shoot fall color with a aperture of f8 or so.  The individual tree with the blurred background was taken with 100mm lens opened up to f2.8.

Enjoy!

Oct 182014
 

Here are some more fall color panoramas from Big Cottonwood Canyon.  The one labeled Big Cottonwood is in the same area as the pan I posted earlier.  The other two are of a little rapid up stream a couple of miles.  The pans taken at the rapids were taken handheld because there wasn’t any place to set up a tripod.  The Close picture was taken while laying on the rocks at the edge of the river.  Both upper pans are three picture each and the other is five pics.

 

Oct 092014
 

I promised a friend that I would post a few close shots of aspens.  Well, here’s what I captured the other day.  One of these is also a pan, but closer than the over all pans I posted earlier.  This was my first time up to Powder Mountain.  Powder as it’s known by locals is not one of the most popular ski areas, but if your into lots of interesting terrain it’s one of the better resorts.  I took these shots hand held and as a result there were a lot that didn’t turn out.  Lesson learned – better to set up the tripod than to get home and not have much.  Because these shoots where done near sunset there really wasn’t very much light and even though I had the ISO turned up 400, the shutter was 1/30th at of a second at f8 – usually not a problem, except that is was cold at 8,100 ft with no sun.

Oct 082014
 

This is Powder Mountain.

I’ve redone my first panorama and added a panorama from my first fall color shoot.  Here’s the second pan done with the tripod set up in the same location as the first shoot.  Actually I did 360 degrees from the same spot and put these pans together from most of those shoots.  These pans are about seven shoot each.  This one is right next to the pan shown below.

 

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This is the redone photo.  You can see that a little difference in the work flow can make a difference.  I’m always trying new ways of doing this stuff.  For example you can barely see the moon in this one.

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Oct 042014
 

Went out shooting tonight after work. Several guys from work are out shooting this week end too. They took guns, I took a Canon. If you want to go shoot fall color with me sometime in the next couple of weeks lets get it arranged! I’d love to. I have Columbus Day off so Janis and I usually go shooting and then to dinner. That’s a week from Monday. Let us know if you want to come along. We start late afternoon. We’ve ended up in Evanston, WY for dinner or Eden or where ever. Pretty unstructured.

Powder Mountain Pan 01

Oct 312013
 

I was watching a YouTube video about Photoshop and got inspired to try something a little different.  Basically I duplicated my base layer and turned it into a line drawing then blended to the two layers.  I use a Topaz plugin and here’s a link to the video that inspired me.

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Oct 162013
 

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.

Nov 232011
 

Here’s another picture taken along my East Canyon bike ride.  I think it’s a real nice fall shot and has the rustic rural feel I like.  This is a 5 shot HDR.  I’m looking forward to traveling a bit for Thanksgiving and having some new material to post.  Stay tuned.

Nov 092011
 

Here’s another 15 shot HDR panorama I took on the other side of the road from the previous aspens pan.  It’s kind of amazing how different things are from one side of the road to the other.