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.
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.
Every other year it’s my families turn to open the cabin for the season. This year was our turn. I would venture to guess that the snow hadn’t been gone long because the grass and flowers were just getting started. We go up again next week to re-roof. That should be fun. Point is there’s always a price to pay to have the luxury of having a place to hang out that has the beauty of this place.
I have some shots that I really like. I’m not sure where to start so I’ll start with the a standard sunset. The sun was setting and this shot was taken looking south – not west toward the sun. Light does interesting things.
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.
I anticipated getting a couple of new night sky pictures this year at the cabin but the moon and the clouds worked against me and I didn’t get much. What I’ve shared here is a couple of shots from the first night at the cabin. July 31st was apparently a “blue moon”.
- Blue Moon = The third full Moon in an astronomical season with 4 full Moons (versus the normal 3)
- Blue Moon = The second full Moon in a month with two full Moons.
At any rate I was just experimenting with exposure and etc and after a few shot decided to zoom in on the moon. I’m shooting with an 18 – 135 mm lens so zooming in isn’t getting in tight as you can see. An interesting thing happened. I got an object in the picture that I can’t identify, and didn’t see with the naked eye. Wild. Let me know if you’ve got any ideas. There is a lot of lens flare in the first picture, maybe the unknown is caused by that?
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.
It’s been a while since I posted, so first let me apologize for that. I hope that the next few days posts make up for my absence. I think I’ve got some good pictures here and I’m really exited about some of the posts I have coming up. If you want more detail on how I took any of these let me know and I’ll share the details about how I took them and/or what post processing I did.
Here’s a collection of photos taken from our trip to Island Park this summer. These were all taken with my 100mm macro lens, which I really like. I found the mushrooms growing under the huckleberrys where we were picking. The white flowers, little pink and tiny yellow were all taken on top of Mount Sawtelle at about 11,000 ft. I hope you’ll take the time to click on each picture in this gallery and really look at the detail and color of these beautiful plants.
One of our families favorite places to watch the sunset is the old railroad trestle that crosses the river just south of the cabin. About five years ago I did my very first HDR panorama from there. Here are a couple of more shots taken about the same place. One is a single shot and the other is five pictures merged into a single panorama. I have to say the weather was really nice for taking sunset pictures at the cabin this year.
I didn’t take many pictures of flowers at the cabin this last trip, but I did find a couple of flowers I don’t think I’d taken pictures of before. Here they are. I found them down by the river so I assume they are wetland type flowers and they were pretty small the pink one wasn’t much bigger then the width of a piece of grass.