Saturday, December 31, 2011

Multnomah Falls, Oregon

I went to Portland Oregon for Christmas and didn't get a lot of time to photo safari, but we made one trip to Multnomah Falls.  This is a 15 shot vertical HDR Panorama.  I've only had time to process three of the shots from that day I think this is my favorite so far.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

One More Temple Square Christmas Lights


OK, one last Christmas at Temple Square picture for this year.  The place is so photogenic that I'm afraid it's to much, but then again it's so photogenic why not?  Enjoy this one and every one have a very merry Christmas!  This is a 15 shot HDR panorama.  I think it's my favorite.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Temple Square Christmas Lights 2011

Temple square was really busy the night I went and took these pictures.  You should be able to tell the blurry people in the picture.  The tree with all the red lights on it has some history behind it at temple square, I'm not sure what it is.  They don't light it every year, but it's lite this year.  This is a five shot HDR.  I took it at ISO 400 f11 18mm exposures between .3 and four seconds.  I intended to do a pan here, but it was so busy I gave up.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Salt Lake Temple Christmas 2011

My most popular post (and I have no idea how this works) is my Salt Lake City Temple from last year.  Well I decided I needed to do another one.  My wife and I went out to dinner in SLC tonight so I stopped at Temple Square and capture a couple of quick pans.  This is a 15 shot HDR panorama.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Leadville Railroad Water Tower

I guess I'm going to have to go shooting this week end so I have some new material.  In the mean time here a single shot HDR of the old water tower along the Leadville Railroad line.  Taken this summer while we were hanging out in Vail, CO

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Coffee Pot Rapids

I didn't get a chance to take many pictures in Boise over Thanksgiving so here's one I took July of 2009.  This is Henry's Fork in Island Park.  This rapids is fairly long this is just a little stretch of it.  To get the water silky I shot it at .3 seconds f16 55 mm ISO 100.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Morgan Valley

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.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Biking Hero

I thought I would do something a little different.  Here's a photo I grabbed of one of my local cycling heroes, Dave Zabriskie, at the beginning of the Saturday Stage of the Tour of Utah in 2009.  This picture has not been edited in any way.  This is as shot.  So this is different because I don't think I've ever posted something unprocessed nor of a sporting event.  I don't know how may 100s of pictures I took of the tour, but pretty much nobodies seen them so here's one.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Fall Color - Aspens

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.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

East Canyon Fall Pictures

Here's another picture of one of the buildings I pass all the time on my bike rides up East Canyon.  I've always wanted to take a picture of this old church and if I wait much longer it won't be there.  I made a point of capturing it on this trip up the canyon.  10 shot HDR panorama.

Granddaughters Are for FUN

 Before
After

My wife went to visit my daughter and granddaughter last weekend and came back with a couple of photos she took with her phone.  She wanted to use them for the back ground on her computer.  Well it didn't look so good so I went to work on it in Photoshop.  I think it looks a lot better.  Take a look.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

East Canyon Dam Climb

I processed several more photos from yesterdays photo safari.  Here's one I like taken from the top of the climb up East Canyon to the dam.  Nice climb and nice decent on a bike.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Looking for Fall part 2

On my search for what was left of the fall color tonight I found this little stream after taking a picture of the same scene from a different point of view.  A bit of a challenge climbing down to it, but worth while.  15 shot HDR.

Big Mountain Color

I've always wanted to take a picture from Big Mountain.  I ride East Canyon all the time and Big Mountain occasionally (not so much lately).  I had some time to kill so I took my camera and followed my East Canyon ride.  Here's an HDR pan from the top.  Salt Lake City is actually in the picture but maybe not visible at the resolution of this picture.  There is still a little bit of fall color.  Next year I'll have to do Big Mountain a little earlier.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Evanston Train Station

You may recall that we went searching for fall color last week and found some.  We ended up in Evanston and had a nice dinner.  Then, when it was completely dark, very windy and beginning to rain I found the Evanston train station.  Well, I'm required by some kind of weird self imposed rule to take a picture regardless of conditions.  I was freezing to death and most of the shots didn't turn out because the wind apparently was causing my tripod to move during my one and two minute exposures.  Well, this one turned out!  6 shooter HDR and no noise in the black sky.  It's a miracle!  It's Wyoming so it a 6 shooter not a 6 shot HDR just in case you were wondering.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

On a Drive to Find Fall Color

I had a day off this week and got bored around the house and decided that when my wife got home from work we needed to go for a ride and find some fall color.  Here's a taste of what we found.  The fall colors weren't full on, but I like the pictures anyway.  The photo above was spotted by my wife, she's getting a good eye!  For those of you on Facebook my wife kept you up to date on our adventure as we ended up in Evanston, Wyoming for dinner.  This is a 15 picture (3 frames x 5 exposures) HDR panorama.  The picture below is down the street a few miles and is also a 15 picture HDR pan.

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Snow Plow

This old snow plow is enjoying retirement.  Well maybe not.  At least that would not be my idea of retirement.  I don't want to be put on blocks and roped off.  This old snow plow now resides in West Yellowstone over by the old UP Railroad Station.  This is a five shot HDR.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Henry's Lake

While I was up in Island Park closing the cabin I captured this panorama.  I was with my brothers we were on our way back from West Yellowstone and these clouds got my attention.  My brothers were nice enough to let me take a couple of pans.  I like this one best.  It's a 25 shot (5 frames x 5 exposures) HDR.  There's is a bit of a streak of sunlight in the lens, but oh well.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Pike's Market

I guess everyone that goes to Seattle has to visit Pike Street Market.  Well here it is.  The clock tells the story.  When your in Seattle for classes you miss the activity so here's the empty market.  This is a five shot HDR taken from my table top tripod from the trunk of a car.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Seattle's Streets

There are lots of stories about why Seattle streets are laid out like they are (no perpendicular street - just streets every which way).  Makes for some very interesting buildings and vistas and all kinds of stuff.  I took this picture by wrapping my gorillapod around a street sign.  This is a five shot HDR exposures range from 1/20th second to .7 seconds f 11 24 mm focal length.  Just by coincidence we went to dinner at an outstanding restaurant which is located in the lower floor of the building on the right behind the landscape triangle with some friends.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Seattle Warf

While I was in Seattle this summer I got a chance to spend a little extra time with family.  We went to lunch and enjoyed this view from our table.  This was taken with my little travel tripod.  Its a 3 shot x 2 frame shot HDR panorama.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Fire and Water

There is all kinds of really fun art work around Vale.  This fountain featured fire and water.  I have no idea what it all means, but people seemed pretty fascinated by it.  I don't know if I was able to capture it very well but here's a single shot HDR.  Trying to put together with multiple exposures would not work because the flame gets lost.  This exposure was 1/8th second at f8 ISO 200 (1.5 stops underexposed).  In Lightroom I corrected the exposure and worked out the contrast.  Then into Photoshop for some HDR work.

The Old Road Grader

This is an old road grader from the collection of stuff in Wanship.  This old machine is really cool.  Five shot HDR

Monday, September 5, 2011

Wanship - Picker Heaven?


I've done two bike rides this summer that took me through Wanship, UT.  The first time I saw this place I was surprised that such a place existed, especially in this out of the way place.  I'm sorry to say I still don't know the name of the place, but here are a couple of five shot HDRs taken there.  Did I say the American Pickers would probably have a great time here.  I have no idea what is behind the walls, but I'll bet you there's all kinds of stuff.  Note the suit of armor to the right of the fire truck.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Leadville Train



One of our little adventures on vacation was a ride on the Leadville train.  These are all singe shot HDR done in Photoshop only.  As I've mentioned before I like trains, so I appreciate the rest of the family indulging me.  An interesting little fact about the Leadville train; the people who own it bought it for $10.00.  They said it was the most expensive $10.00 they every spent.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Barn at Henry's

I don't know if I mentioned it, but I took almost 700 pictures in Island Park last week.  This is five more (HDR) 1x5.  I shot this when I was shooting the other Henry's Lake Panoramas and thought this barn was interesting enough that I relocated and shot it separately.  Hope you like it.  I shot this at f22 with shutter speeds from 1/2 second to 1/30 second, 55mm focal length.  The photo above is edited from the original post just in case you didn't notice.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Old Work Machines


On my trips to Grand Junction I noticed these a while back and finally stopped and took pictures of them.  These are five shot HDRs.  One thing really cool about the HDR of the old (no idea how old) General Motors Truck (you can see the badge) after I HDRed it I couldn't read what was painted on the side of the truck.  I could read it standing there looking at it, but I could in the HDR!  I thought that was pretty cool.  Want to know what it says?  I don't know if you can read it in this compressed for internet version.  It reads "Independent Dairy".

Colorado National Monument

I spent last week in Grand Junction, Colorado.  While I was there I took some time and went up to the Colorado National Monument again.  I got up there just about sunset and took several panoramas from three difference locations in the monument.  I think this is my favorite.  It's an HDR made from 40 photos.  There's eight frames x five exposures for each frame.  I think I've decided that manual exposure works better than auto - the auto exposure tends to produce some vignetting when stitching photos with significant variations in light.  It is notable in this picture.  This picture is 438Mb before I compressed it for the internet.  The pan is about 150 degrees.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Silver Dollar in Leadville, Colorado

Well, we're back from Vail.  I only took 150 or so pictures here, but I was pretty excited to see how a couple of them turned out so here's the first.  I recently purchase a couple of little table top type tripods.  I shared a couple of posts ago how easy they are to travel with.  Well it's also pretty handy at being very discreet when taking photos.  This is a three picture HDR, I went real artsy on purpose - seems to fit the scene.  There is a lot of junk in this photo, but this tavern in Leadville has been around since 1879 and they've been collecting junk along time.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Old Dining and Social Hall West Yellowstone

I think this is my favorite building in West Yellowstone.  It's one of the buildings built by the Union Pacific Railroad back in the hay day of rail travel into Yellowstone Park.  This is another HDR panorama.  15 photos - 3 frames x 5 exposures.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Henry's Lake at Sunset

I shot three sunset panoramas in three different locations of Henry's Lake in Island Park.  This one's my favorite.  The real challenge was to get to all the places I wanted to take pictures before the light was gone.  This is the last site so the sun was completely gone but there was still some nice light.  I shot this on Manual so that the exposure range wouldn't change as the light changed in each frame.  Each frame was a five time at differing exposures, HDRed in Photomatix and stitched in Photoshop.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Boondocks Restaurant

We found a new little restaurant this trip to the cabin.  This old truck was parked out front.  I couldn't resist, so here it is.  5 shot HDR.  The restaurant was an interesting experience, the was really good however.  It's in the background.

Mesa Falls on Henry's Fork

We just got back from the cabin where I shot something like 600+ photos.  I'll share a couple of my favorites here.  I've been processing for hours now and I think this is my favorite so far.  This is Mesa Falls (I've posted it before).  It's an HDR panorama (my first HDR pan of the falls) 15 total exposures. 3 frames x 5 exposures.  18 mm, f22 ISO 100 slow enough shutter speeds so that the water starts to turn silky.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Playing With Water

Just in case you haven't been wet enough - people take a chance to play in the water when it's not raining.  I'm pretty sure I saw webbed feet on some of these kids.  This is a five shot HDR

Seattle - Space Needle Reflections

I suppose it wouldn't be right to visit Seattle with out hanging out at the Space Needle.  There's an interesting structure there which does some very interesting things with light.  Here's a single shot HDRed in Photoshop.  Oh, the sun does shine from time to time in Seattle.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Seattle Wharf

I was in Seattle last week on business and took my camera and my new gorilla pod.  Here's a five shot HDR.  I think I like being able to take a little tripod.  It won't work for everything, but it's a lot better than nothing.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Park City in the Summer

Spent the week end in Park City with some family and friends.  Every one wanted to go shopping - not me, so I hiked up the ski hill and found some nice wild flowers.  Here's a sample.  This were taken mounted on a tripod with my 50mm macro lens at f9.5.  The edge of the leave shows the depth of field pretty clearly - probably should have gone to f22 or so, but this is still a pretty good shot.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Hiding Out

This duck decided that the parking lot at work looked like a great place to start a family.  She's been sitting there for weeks.  Should see little ones soon.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

June Showers


Can't deny it's been a mixed up weather year.  So what do June showers bring?  How about some nice pictures taken in the back yard?

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Boise South Jr. High

A while back we visited family in Boise and I managed to slip away and take a few photos.  This one is like one I shared a while ago.  My wife really likes this one so I thought I'd share it.  The piece of building out front is a remnant of the original building the new Jr. High is in the back ground.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Shoshone Falls 3

Here's the last of the Shoshone Falls panoramas.  I way over did the HDR (on purpose of course).  The panorama is made up of only 20 pictures (4 pan frames x 5 exposures each) and is only 277 Mb.  I think it's the best of the three panoramas of the falls.  By the way the little building on the left at the bottom of the falls is the power plant.