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.
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.
This is probably the end of what I shot earlier this month. Today Janis and I are headed out for the annual fall color shoot. It’s our objective to do new places every year and I don’t think we’ll run out of places to shoot fall color any time soon. We will head up Big Cottonwood and then back down the Alpine Loop. Should be awesome. I’m always a little afraid of being late, so well see.
These pictures were taken on my way back down from Powder. This little creek was a bit of a struggle to get down to, but worth the effort. The Ogden Divide is the road from Liberty, UT down into North Ogden. This shot was taken close to the top where there was a little turn out on the road and lots of Scrub Oak brush in the foreground. Unfortunately the scrub Oak hadn’t done it’s brilliant red thing yet. Down at the bottom is North Ogden.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
How about another fall safari shot. This one is a 10 shot HDR pan. I did two pans of this building. I’m fascinated by decaying building and it’s fairly obvious other people are interested in this one. I would bet by looking at the props and paths through all the weeds that photographers use this all the time for photo shots.