Friday, October 03, 2014

Sun Rising

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I felt so blessed to get some wonderful images of this new Temple in Ogden, Utah.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Eastern View

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Went out for what was promising to be a beautiful sunset by the Great Salt Lake in Utah, but as so often happens the clouds to the west dissipate rapidly. However, not to be beaten I looked all around and was able to pull this out of the eastern sky. I also liked the foliage on the ground as very different plants grow in such a salty environment.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Ogden Utah LDS Temple


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This photo is significant to me for a couple reasons. First it is a newly remodeled Temple of the LDS (Mormon) Church, in my home town and second it is one of my first edits in Lightroom. Up until now I've only used Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop. So far I'm liking Lightroom quite a bit, but I've still got a lot to learn, particularly in the logistics of navigating through my images.


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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Almosta Lake

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The Great Salt Lake is really suffering this year even though it has been a fairly wet year.  They are keeping most of the water up in the reservoirs where it really needs to be.  We're praying for a really wet winter too.  Of course this little puddle is sometimes part of the lake, but right now is separated. 

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Getting Close

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Only nine days until this dedicated young lady enters the Mission Training Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon) to learn the Russian Language before heading off to the Baltic States where she will be spending most of her time in Latvia.  She's already been working so hard on it I know she'll do well, but any extra prayers are certainly welcome.

I did have a little editing fun with this to give it a bit of a dreamy mood and feel and some canvas texture.

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Saturday, September 06, 2014

Two on One

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The opposing team always puts two blockers on my grandson because they know they have to to have a chance.

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Friday, September 05, 2014

New Lens Test

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As many of you may know, I recently upgraded to full frame Canon by purchasing the Canon 6D.  I bought it with the kit including the EF 24-105mm lens, which, unlike many kit lenses, is a really quality lens, but I've learned in the past that sometimes, especially for landscape and night shots of the Milky Way, a really wide lens is nice but I didn't want to go clear to fisheye.  Today my new EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II arrived and so I did some tests at the widest angles both inside and out.  Two of these shots are taken with the 24-105 set at 24mm and two with the 16-35 set at 16mm.  They were all originally shot in RAW and all I did was convert them to JPEG and reduce the size for publishing on the web.  On the indoor images you will see a pronounced color  shift between the two shots.  That is my fault, not the camera's or the lens's.  I left the interior light on in the warmer shot.  The other thing I was watching for on these was vignetting caused by the filter and/or the lens shade.  There does seem to be a little on the interior shots where the lenses were wide open.  I personally don't find it too objectionable because I often do a little vignetting in post as it helps keep the attention focused into the middle of the photo without the viewer even knowing that it is happening.  The child's shoe in the interior photos is what I used to put my center focus point on to get a true comparison.





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Thursday, September 04, 2014

Hungry?

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We've been picking peaches from our backyard trees and eating some and canning some, so I grabbed an old recipe book of my wife's grandmother's and put this together last night.

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Jumpology 101

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I learned a lot getting this shot.  I had never really tried getting jumping shots before, but while I had my grandkids at our family reunion I thought I'd try a few . . . mostly a disaster.  It is really hard to get everybody to jump at the same time, no matter how you count up or down or whatever.  I was pretty happy with a few, like this one.   I also tried some with whole families the next day.  An even worse disaster.  Over and over again some were through the jump and landing while others were not quite off the ground into the jump yet.  I discovered that we all have a different sense of natural timing.  I'm not going to give up, however.  I'm in the early learning stage on this science and have a long way to go.

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