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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Phase II Opening Soon




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Does this look like an ancient condominium development to you?  I don't know why, but these dramatic evidences of erosion have always fascinated me.  At first glance you might think that these are millennium old American Indian ruins or something left behind after other ancient cave dwellers.  Then if you look closely at the lichens on the far left side of the photo you begin to see that these must be a lot smaller than then look.  In the photo I posted a few days ago here  you can see them on the left.  I was standing about 20 feet from them, even though there is a fairly large drop off between us.  The big opening in the bottom center leading to the three smaller "caves"  is actually only about 5 to 8 inches tall - absolutely captivating how the wind and the rain have formed these holes and shapes over the tens of thousands of years.  I've decided to come back in one million years to see how they've changed so  I'm glad I have this photo to use for comparison.



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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Layers


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Another example of the variety found in the Southern Utah area as this photo has layers from the fine red sand to the snow covered mountain peaks on a cloudy St. George, Utah sunrise.

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Yuc + ca



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Today's post is about words and about a beautiful, but dangerous, plant.  Of course in common English (at least American English) the work "yuck" or "yucky" is a negative word meaning something to avoid. We teach our kids when very small "Yucky!" meaning don't touch or get near that. There is a plant in the desert that is often (at least by me) confused with cactus - I'm no agronomist so maybe they're related - called the Yucca, and of course like all plant species there are a number of varieties. Today's photo is of a variety called the banana yucca (Yucca Baccata), and maybe you'd want to tell your children "Yuck" because the ends of these leaves have a hard sharp point and if you accidentally jab or poke into it it hurts - that is the voice of experience. But as you can also see it can be a beautiful plant. Just be really careful moving in for those close up shots.


I also wanted to talk about a word called "embiggen"  which I ran across somewhere and being a strange word, that I thought was just made up by that person, I immediately fell in love with.  When I went searching I found that the first known use of it was clear back in something like 1884, but it never caught on.  I don't know why because it is a wonderful word.  Then, I guess, somebody on the Simpson's used it and kind of brought it back to life, though apparently still on a small scale.  Well I like it so I'm using it to let you know you can click on my photos to embiggen them to their full uploaded size.



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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sunset Sunday - 6



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I got it, or I should say it got me.  I went to bed last night about 10:30, but I just wasn't feeling very perky.  By about 11:30 I knew why.  I'll spare you the details but lets just say my plumbing - both personal and house - got a real workout all night long.  It's taken me until now - about 4:30 p.m. to get enough strength to come and post this sunset reflecting off part of the Great Salt Lake.  I think I'm going back to bed again now.

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

PhotoHunt: Fresh


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Today's theme is FRESH.

A guy's got to eat.  I'm not a cook, so I bought some lunch meat, bread, tomatoes and condiments and made sandwiches for a few days.  I thought I'd mix it up a little one day and throw some pepperoni on it.  Not bad!  This is one FRESH sandwich ready to fold over and wrap for eating later that day.

You will notice that the photo is copyrighted, so if you are in a Subway or Leger's or any other great sandwich shop and see their new "Pepperoni, Barbecued Chicken and Roast Beef Sandwich"  please notify my attorneys - Thanks!


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Friday, March 26, 2010

Phun Phriday #7 - Spiralite





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Is it Phun Phriday! again already.  Sure is, and this week I went to one of the twisting light photos I have created.  I've still really got a lot to learn on this but this one reminded me of the old Spiragraph toy.  This was done by laying the camera on the floor and hanging a green glow light on a huge rubber band from the ceiling then twisting it around so the glow light would spin as it went around in a circle.  Obviously it was in a very dark room and the camera lens was open for a few seconds.

Do you have something experimental or Phun you've done lately with your camera or in post processing.  Please feel free to share.  Just leave a comment with a link to your photo.

Even if you haven't, or don't leave a link, I hope you'll still leave a comment.






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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Capitulation - Kind of


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As I said the other day I wasn't going to jump on the band wagon of all the spring flower photos, simply because I like to be a little different. (Those who know me - especially my wife - say I'm more than a LITTLE different.) However, I do LOVE the spring flowers and truth be known you'll probably see a lot more of them from me this year. Every year my heart leaps in my chest when I see the first crocuses in our yard. No exception this year. So to maintain my differentness (Hmmm, the spell checker didn't like that word, maybe it's because I just made it up.) I decided to get in as close as possible with the absolute minimum depth of field and create a kind of abstract crocus photo.

This one was done this morning with the wind blowing making it a real challenge, but kind of fun. I took several photos, but this was the first and the best.



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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Man With a View





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I don't post very many photos on this blog that weren't taken by me, except my Guest Photographer feature, but this is an exception.  This is a candid shot of me taken by my photo excursion buddy Chad while we were waiting for some of the light of the sun to get in the right places.  We each caught a few candids and a few intentional shots of each other on our trip so we could show our wives what we were doing.  This is his favorite of me - it certainly shows my best side.  The hat is on backwards because the brim kept getting in the way when I wanted to look through the viewfinder, not because I'm in a gang LOL!


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Monday, March 22, 2010

Spring in the High Desert


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Seems like a lot of us are posting beautiful images of emerging buds and flowers to celebrate Spring. I was very tempted to do the same thing because so many of them are so beautiful. I even went out to find some crocuses or tulips to capture. Then I thought that I had some lovely Spring pictures taken only 5 days ago where Spring is a little different.

As I was walking back to the car from taking a few pictures at Bryce Canyon I noticed this lovely piece of old wood poking out of the snow, and what a beautiful background. While I was photographing it this little bird flew in and started eating the tiny bugs that must have been in the cracks. What incredible good luck for that to happen just then. The elevation here is just about 8300 feet (2530 M) above sea level.



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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sunset Sunday - 5





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Maybe this doesn't look like a sunset to you, but I took a little different tack on it this week and decided to focus on what the sunset was reflecting on instead of just the sun and clouds as the sun sets.  This photo was taken a week ago today just outside Zion's National Park.  The sun was just finishing it's disappearing act behind some mountain peaks to the west (my left).  To be honest with you this is one of the kinds of photos I was hoping to get as we planned our photo excursion.




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Saturday, March 20, 2010

PhotoHunt: Three





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I just got back from a photo excursion with a friend of mine where we spent 5 days in Southern Utah trying to capture all kinds of images.  One of the many beautiful and interesting finds were these THREE dried out bud shells.  I have no idea what the flowers that come out of them look like, but the shells left behind are sure interesting.  I love the colors inside.  They remind me a lot of the stratified hills and rocks in that area. 

I took over 2000 exposures on this excursion.  Of course many of them are duplicates such as bracketing or a very slightly different angle or zoom in or out.  But I am excited to share a lot of them on my blog over the next few weeks and months. 

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Phun Phriday! #6 - Water Drop





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No, I haven't given up on motion blur yet.  As a matter of fact I took a few on my recent photo excursion but haven't had a chance to really look at them yet.  I don't think most of you are as big of a fan of that as I am so this week I went the opposite way again with a stop motion water drop for my Phun Phriday! post. 

Remember, Phun Phriday! is all about having Phun with photography and doing something a little different.  Please feel free to post a link to something you have done that is Phun for the rest of us to enjoy.




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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Preview of Coming Attractions




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I'm back from a five day Photography road trip.  I went with my photo shooting friend, Chad.  (We tried to get our wives to go but they knew we'd be gone from morning till night wearing our camera's out so they opted to stay home.  They were right.)  The only purpose was to get some (hopefully) beautiful photos of the amazing geology and a little of the flora and fauna of Southern Utah.  I also got just a tiny bit of North West Arizona.  In all I took somewhere between 2000 and 2500 exposures.  However, there were a lot of duplications, for example, there were a lot of times I bracketed the shots when I wasn't real sure of the best exposure, other times I might zoom in or out just a little.  There were many that seemed beautiful to the eye but didn't transfer to the digital image as well as I hoped, but there were some that came out even better than I thought they would.  The bottom line is that many of those exposures have been or will be deleted. 

There are some photos that I am very happy with that I will be sharing in the future, but I will tell you that it is simply not possible for the camera to capture and convey the beauty or grandeur of the area, not to mention that there's a heck of a difference between seeing it in 3-D instead of the 2-D of the photo.  I can't tell you how many times it crossed my mind how lucky I was to be there witnessing the amazing sites.

The photo I'm posting today was taken on our first day out and it was just a couple hundred yards off of a main road heading North out of the city of St. George, Utah, USA.  I think it's a good photo of a beautiful area, but it is just that.  In the coming weeks and even months I hope to be posting some photos that will really please your eyes.  I know I'm pretty excited to share them.


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Monday, March 15, 2010

Old Shivwits Shack







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If you read last week that I would be out of town for the next few days - without internet service - and you wonder where I am, this is the answer.  I'm somewhere within about 100 miles of this old shack on the Shivwitz Indian Reservation in South West Utah.

The photos since last Friday were all set up on Thursday evening and scheduled to post on each day.  This will be my last post for at least two or three days until I'm back from my trip - hopefully with a few hundred photos to share over the next while so come back soon and let's see what I found.






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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sunset Sunday - 4





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Not very often you get the moon caught in a sunset.  Of course as you can see the sunset is off to the right a bit, but lots of color still there.






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Saturday, March 13, 2010

PhotoHunt: Spiral



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This week's PhotoHunt Theme is Spiral.
This spiral is just lights in a dark room manually swirled to form a double spiral.

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I do look forward to reading your comments and seeing your posts, but I will be away for a few days and don't expect to have Internet access, so please be patient.  THANX!




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Friday, March 12, 2010

Phun Phriday! #5 - Zoom Blur



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NOTICE: I will be leaving town this evening and will be gone for several days, and I don't think I'll have much (if any) Internet access. I have scheduled a few posts but you probably won't hear from me for a few days.


This is a little bit of a throw back, because it was actually taken back in December '09. But since I have been doing several "Motion Blur" photos for my Phun Phriday! pics I thought I would throw one of these in because they can be fun. If you like this kind of thing you can click on "Christmas" in my Label Cloud and see more, but even better is get out a try a few. Post them on your blog or photo sharing site and leave a link in the comments so we can enjoy. If you want I'll be glad to critique and/or give you hints. To tell you the truth, this is NOT my favorite or best one, but I have already posted my favorite one and I didn't want to duplicate. Also many of my others were taken with lots of Christmas lights and I didn't want to do Christmas in March.






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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Antelope Island in blue.





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---Original post 3/10/2010 at 8:30 a.m.---
Am I having a hard time letting go of Winter?  No . . .I just haven't got any good spring shots yet.  This one was taken of Antelope Island on Jan. 20 this year, after the sun had officially set.  Being after the sun was down the only color was blue.

---Update 3/10/2010 at 7:30 p.m.---

Well this is kind of funny and kind of embarrassing.  I created this post last night just barely before I crawled into bed and scheduled to appear this morning after I went to work.  But oooooops, I forgot to include the image.  Whoever may have viewed it was too polite to say "Hey, dummy, the image doesn't show!"  so there were no comments.  Well here is the image and so I'm going to use it for tomorrow's post too.


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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Water on the Rocks





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Monday, March 08, 2010

No Steps





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Driving home from another shoot the other day this building destruction caught my eye.  The steps were gone but the hand railing remains.  I also liked the color and texture of the old green wall and the old plumbing.  To most people driving by I'm sure it looks old and ugly, to me it was textures and angles and shapes and a very lonely hand rail.



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Sunday, March 07, 2010

Sunset Sunday 3





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One of the nice things about Sunsets is they don't require much explanation. 





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Saturday, March 06, 2010

PhotoHunt: Foreign


This week's PhotoHunt theme is Foreign.
This is a night exposure originally taken on slide film about 40 years ago in Venice, Italy when I lived about 30 miles north of there.  I think this should be foreign to everyone in PhotoHunt.

I look forward to seeing your post too.  I may be a couple days getting to it because I've got a busy weekend, but I'll get around to them all (provided your links work ;^)  ) .

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Friday, March 05, 2010

Phun Phriday! 4 + BIG CONTEST



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Along comes another Phun Phriday! Since this is only the fourth one, I'll remind you that Phun Phriday! is about doing something different, something more on the experimental side. If you recall, Phun Priday! Numero Uno was a water drop photo and since then I've been messing with motion blur photos.  Today's photo is a different kind of motion blur.  It was taken as it was getting dark and some geese were flying almost directly over my head.  The exposure was 1/10 second as I followed them for that very short distance.

YOU are invited to stop by every Phun Phriday! and view.  I'd love to have you comment and if you have a Phun or exciting experimental photo to share we'd love you have you include a link to it.

Remember. . . this blog has new posts daily (or darn close anyway) so please stop by anytime.



**AND NOW THE BIG CONTEST**


When I reach 500 followers I will give away a (USD) $50 Amazon.com Gift Card*  to one of my followers.


Here's how it will work.


1.  All current followers and all future followers who join on or before the day I reach 500 followers are eligible.

2. To enter you must leave a comment on this post telling me you'd like to win the $50 Gift Card*.  Only one comment per follower will be considered for the contest.

3.  Within a few days after I hit the magic # of followers I will use a random number generator to select which commenter will be the BIG WINNER.  To be extra fare I will use the random number generator twice.  The first time I will have it select a number between 1 and 10 and then whatever number it gives me I will have it generate a number between 1 and the number of entries I received that many times and I will use the final number to determine the winner. My decision on the winner is final.

4.  I will then announce the winner in a blog post on this blog and the winner will have 30 days to contact me to claim the prize. 
NOTE: The reason I am using this method is because I have noticed that when I click on the avatars of some of my followers all I see is their avatar photo (if they have one) and very little other information.  Many of them do not give me any way to find their blog or to contact them and I want all followers who enter to have an equal chance to win.

5.  I retain the right to delete any comments and/or followers who I feel are abusive, rude, obscene, spammers or in any way detract from the overall spirit of this blog. Comments and/or followers that have been deleted are NOT eligible to win.  (Constructive criticism and comments are always welcome if given in the spirit of helping to improve and build up and not tear down - yes, I know that is redundant ;-)  )

6.  By commenting and telling me you'd like to win the $50 Gift Card, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to all of the above rules and procedures.

*  I will not be purchasing the gift card until I have a confirmed winner, so if there is some other business the winner would rather have the gift card for I may be willing to get it from there instead, provided it is a well known legitimate business where I can purchase an e-gift card online.

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Thursday, March 04, 2010

Sharp Corner Ahead






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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Warmer Weather Reminder


This is actually the same tree that you see in my blog banner, taken in the heat of summer in 2009. I thought I'd share a photo I took much closer and I converted it to Black and White to emphasize the texture and shapes. To me this old dead tree was a real photographic find and I was also fortunate enough to have some interesting activity going on in the sky.






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Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Don't Fence Me In








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Monday, March 01, 2010

Old Wood






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