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.