Nov 282016
 

It’s become a tradition to have  Thanksgiving with my wife’s family at their ranch.  It’s a lot of fun and great food.  Basically everything Thanksgiving is supposed to be.  Conditions haven’t been great for grabbing photos but I did catch this one which I really liked.  This one taken looking north late in the afternoon across a pond that’s on the ranch.  I did a little bit of post processing, but not much.  This was shot at ISO 200 1/200 second at f9.0. I used my 18-135mm lens set at 35mm.

Thankful for the beauty that surrounds me every day.

Thankful for the beauty that surrounds me every day.

 

Aug 102015
 

I never get tired of Sunsets.  Especially cloudy, colorful ones of Henry’s Fork.  I set up my tripod and took several series and decided I like this series the best.  This is HDR.  I did this all from Lightroom including the Photomatics HDR.  This is five shots stitch together.

Henry's Fork Sunset

Aug 082015
 

Part one of this years family trip to Island Park is a few wildflowers.  I used my 100mm macro lens and shot a variety of flowers and of course huckleberries.  I think the huckleberry is one of my favorite pictures.  There were a number of leave framing the berry and they were closer to the camera so they are way out of focus and lend a kind on misty effect around the berry.  It was real rainy this year so we didn’t get much picking done this year, but we really enjoyed what we did.  I also like the Indian Paint Brush painting the under side of the leaf above.

Nov 302014
 

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving for everyone living in the US.  We spent the extended weekend with family in a remote area.  That’s right no cell phone service unless you held your mouth just right and then it was iffy.  I took my camera along and took a few pictures and I’ll share a few here.  I was trying to get some more milky way shots, but once again the moon was to bright and I didn’t want to stay up until it set so I could get the moonless sky so hope you like these anyway.  There was a good sunset one night and clouds all that night so no stars.  Then Friday we did a little four wheeling in the snow.

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

Jun 162014
 

I don’t know what it is about the cabin, but it seems like every sunset is awesome or at least better than sunsets almost everywhere else.  I went up to the cabin over the Memorial Day week end with a couple of my brothers to open the cabin.  Here are a couple of samples for your enjoyment.  These were all done handheld ISO 400.

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.

Aug 172013
 

Actually these photo’s are of an old homestead just out side the boundary of the Refuge.  There’s a plaque on the main building indicating it was built in 1930.  These were single shot hand held shots.  Hope you like them.  There some interesting things going on here.  Most of the buildings have no roofs, grass and weeds growing up everywhere.  The privy has fallen into the hole in used to sit over.  The house is in pretty good shape considering the condition of the other buildings on the site.