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Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day 2010




It is the end of Memorial Day 2010.  I decided to visit a few of the local small town cemeteries.  I don't know the people whose graves are decorated so patriotically in the top photo, but I know they served in the U.S. military at some point.  The second photo is the grave of a good friend and former neighbor of mine.  He was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. 



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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sunset Sunday - 15




Lens: 14-42mm, Focal Length: 19mm, f stop: 16, 1/200 sec., ISO 160


Welcome to another Sunset Sunday.  This week's Sunset Sunday photo was taken  near Island Park Idaho.  Someone told me that in order to get the sun flare like you see in this photo the lens must be stopped down to around f16 or smaller.  I have not tested that theory, but we know it does work at f16.

Have you taken a beautiful sunset lately? Share it by posting it to your blog and leaving a comment telling us that you've posted one or leave a link to it.  I would love it if you'd leave a link to this blog in your post too so that people can find other sunsets to enjoy.

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

PhotoHunt: Memorial



Lens: 14-42mm, Focal Length: 42 mm, f stop 5.6, 1/80 sec., ISO 100
Enhanced and converted to B&W in Bridge. Added grain filter in Photoshop.


The PhotoHunt theme for this week, I suppose in honor of Memorial Day Weekend in the United States.

A few days ago I posted a photo of a little gas station/motel in Echo Utah here. Just a few hundred feet away is the tiny cemetery for the town.  This gravestone caught my eye because in front of it was a wicker basket that had obviously not had any flowers put in it for many a year, but was still half full of very dry caked dirt.  It was the grave site of a child who had died. I wish you all very happy thoughts of your loved ones who have passed on as we celebrate Memorial Day.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Phun Phriday! # 16 - Difference

It's Phun Phriday! again and this time I went way out of the box. In the past several weeks I've posted some photos that came as a result of playing around with photo impressionism based on a book by that name by Freeman Patterson and Andre Gallant. I believe I mentioned before, or if I didn't I should have, that they were working entirely with film, whereas I'm working in the digital realm with PhotoShop and Bridge.

One of the methods they like is to take a photo overexposed by a couple stops and then two more identical except totally out of focus and about one stop overexposed. They then take the negatives and sandwich them to create a new effect. The effect usually turns out similar to this one I posted on a previous Phun Phriday!

That one was not a big hit and received very few comments, probably because most of us were taught by our mothers that "If you can't say something nice then don't say anything at all."  I personally loved it, but we are all different.  I thought I'd try the same thing again with a different subject, but this time I went through the blending modes in PS and actually found three or four that I quite liked, but when I hit "Difference" I knew I'd hit pay dirt.

To make the photo above, I used this photo
and laid it on top of this photo.

As you can see, neither of these photos by themselves is worth keeping, but when you combine them in PS using the right blending mode some pretty interesting things happen.

These next photos were accidents created as I was trying to put my frame on the photo.  I guess not all accidents are bad. 



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Thursday, May 27, 2010

What's Next





Lens: 14-42mm, Focal Length: 27mm, f stop 4.9, 1/2 sec., ISO 160


Over the past few months that I have been using this border there have been a few comments about the border obscuring part of the photo. In actuality this border does not obscure any of the photo. The border is made by copying the photo and placing it over top of the original, then the copy is shrunk (not cropped) slightly so the edges of the original show, and then a Gaussian blur and a shadow effect is applied to the original (background). In other words what you are seeing in the border is exactly the same thing you are seeing on the outer edges of the photo itself only the border is blurred. For example, in the photo above in the upper right side is a chair rail.  The chair rail in the border is the same chair rail you are seeing in the inner image.  If it was an extension of the chair rail it would not have a jog like you are seeing.  Another good example is yesterday's photo of The Craftsman (scroll down to view),  though you see three fingers on his left hand, you are really seeing two.  The one in the border is just the original of the second finger left over in the border after the photo was shrunk slightly, so you're really seeing the second finger twice, not three fingers.  The same is true of his widow's peak, you are seeing the bald part of his head twice, so it makes him look even balder - sorry Joel.  If you have any questions please feel free to leave the in the comments or email me.






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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Craftsman



Lens: 14 - 42mm, Focal Length: 42mm, f stop 5.6, 1/80 sec., ISO 160
Single off camera bounce flash to subjects right (our left).


This photo is one of about 30 I took of a gentleman that lives about a mile from me who makes custom guitars in his basement shop. He is a true craftsman in every sense of the word and his guitars are owned and used by some big stars. Based on some of your comments the other day I'm going to let you in on a little something. But before I do I want you to embiggen the photo by clicking on it and then rate it in your mind from 1 to 10 with 1 being a total waste of good bandwidth - in other words I wasted my time posting it and you wasted your time looking at it, up to 10, with 10 being it should be hanging in a gallery so fine art connoisseurs can write about it in the best magazines. When you have done that and decided the score then come back.

Are you back all ready??? Well that's okay as long as you've got a score in your head. Now, for the rest of the story. I personally really like this photo. I like the expression, I like the composition, I like the lighting and the color. The problem was that is was slightly soft on the focus in the original, but I still wanted to share it. So how could I do that without you knowing that it was not in sharp focus like it should have been? Well first I took it into Bridge and sharpened it as best I could - I'm no expert at that, and someone who really knew what they were doing could have probably done better. While I was there I darkened the two top and the left bottom corners just slightly to keep the focus towards the center. I still wasn't satisfied, so the next idea is to try to make it look more "Artsy". To do that I took it into PhotoShop and tried a bunch of different art filters on it. I finally settled on this one. This is the Water Color Filter set to very low settings so it is not overdone. If you're like me you hardly noticed it until you embiggened it.



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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Frank's Echo Service



Lens: 14-42mm, Focal Length: 27 mm, f stop 4.9, 1/50 sec., ISO 100
Photo taken on July 22, 2009

Shot at dusk, processed through bridge to better show dusk conditions.  Taken in Echo, Utah.




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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sunset Sunday - 14 & Important Discussion







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Olympus E-30, f5.6, 1/320, ISO 160, 108mm focal length


I'll admit that most of my photos that I post are processed through bridge with some enhancements.  Ansel Adams was as famous for his skills in post processing as he was for his beautiful photographs that resulted from those skills.  I've discussed this before and won't bore my regular visitors with the details again.  The point is that this photo required no post processing.  I cropped it to the "wide screen" format and added the border and nothing more.  In other words, SOOC (Straight Out Of Camera).

Now for the "Important Discussion" that I would love your feedback on:  You may notice that I included the technical information above about the photo.  I did that because I've had a couple comments and emails asking for that type of info and I have seen others post it also.  I take it as a compliment that someone thinks my photography is good enough that they want to know what I used to get it.   On the other hand, I myself have never used that kind of information from another photographer to make a photographic decision. I can see where there are times it's nice to know information like that such as in the tutorial I did a few weeks ago on Silky Waters.    For that it was important to know how long the shutter was open for the different photos.

I would love to hear from you on whether you ever look at that kind of information and learn from it or make a photographic decision based on what you saw on someone's photo, or do you even go and look at your own data on previous photos (unless you're doing a specific test) and make decisions based on what you learned from those.  What do you think?

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

PhotoHunt: Monthly




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I'm not "Over the moon" about this weeks theme. I really had a tough time coming up with something because all I could think of was paying bills. I did think about the moon a couple times, but I had recently posted a moon photo so I had to go find an entirely different one. So this is my entry into this weeks PhotoHunt theme of "Monthly". I can't wait to see yours.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Phun Phriday! #15 - Multiples



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It's time for another trip outside the box, as we continue with some of the experiments that I've introduced you to before. This was probably my first digital multiple exposure photo. This is actually 10 exposures all done in the camera. In Photoshop I tweaked the blacks and contrast a little then took the color saturation down to almost gray scale, but not quite. Obviously, if you're looking for a photo to record a place or an event - this ain't it. This is photography in an impressionistic art form.

Below is a photo of some of the same trees from a different view point taken a few minutes later just to show you kind of what it looked like without the impressionistic take.

Remember, Phun Phriday! is about EXPERIMENTING with new Phun things with photography. When I say "new" I mean new to YOU. If it's something you're just learning about, or some way you step outside the box with your photography then that's what Phun Phriday! is all about. I love all comments on any of my photos and if you have tried something Phun please leave a link to your post.



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Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Maiden Voyage

Late last fall we purchased our first travel trailer. It's small 5th wheel, and yesterday we took it for "The Maiden Voyage". A one night stand to Antelope Island State Park, about 6 miles from our home. The actual campground we stayed at is about 15 miles from our home, but since we hadn't done any kind of camping in many years we thought it would be a good first time out. Worked out pretty well, and of course we learned a lot, and had a good time. The primary purpose of buying it was to get out where I could find photographs of nature. This very short and close trip did not disappoint.


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This is one of several wild flowers that grow on the island. The flowers there tend to be quite small. Each of these flowers is about the size of a man's thumbnail.


I kept looking at this quail wondering what was wrong, then when I got home and looked at the photo I finally figured it out, he/she doesn't have the normal quail top notch. I don't know why. Any ideas?



Like the wild flowers above these are very small, even smaller, more like a ladies pinky fingernail.


And of course, since probably 80% or more of my sunset shots come from somewhere around the Great Salt Lake, what visit to Antelope Island, in the Great Salt Lake, would be complete without a sunset shot.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Kolob View




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This may surprise some of you, but I'm not a big fan of most of these photos of huge expansive views. Why? Because it's usually hard to find a Point of Interest (POI), making it very easy for the eye to wander off the photo which means the the photo does not really hold your interest. Today's photograph is of huge cliffs in a section of Zion's National Park called Kolob Canyon. Interestingly you cannot drive to this part of Zion's without leaving the park and going in through another entrance just barely off the Interstate Highway.  If I don't really like huge landscapes like this why did I post it?  There are several reasons I like this one; first, it was taken fairly early in the day and so the sunlight is pretty dramatic giving you nice shadows and color.  Speaking of color I think that is another nice thing about this photo is the deep reds of the rocks.  Another thing I like is the very interesting texture on the cliff side to the far right, which looks like someone took a fork or something like that and scratched away the surface, as opposed to the main mountain side in the center which is much smoother.  I was also very careful to place myself where I had tree branches on the top and side which creates a frame that helps keep the eye in the photo, enjoying the things I pointed out before..  It's very hard to capture this huge magnificence in all it's grandeur, but I gave it a shot, and I hope you enjoy viewing it as much as I enjoyed taking it.



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Monday, May 17, 2010

Golden Hours Club



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I'm proud to be a member of the Golden Hours club, that's the time of day when the sun is rising or setting and so you get your best sun colors, angles and shadows.



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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sunset Sunday - 13





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We've had a lot of rain this week, a lot for us is an inch or so, and it has raised the level of The Great Salt Lake. This is great for us because it gives us better reflections. We had a downpour this past Friday afternoon, but by sunset most of the clouds had cleared off, leaving us just enough to create these awesome colors and reflections. This was photographed in Camera RAW mode and processed through Adobe Bridge with very little change from SOOC.

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

PhotoHunt: Half




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The theme this week for PhotoHunt is "Half".

So since the month is "Half" over I came up with this "Half" baked idea to show you a photo that was taken as we were escaping a "Whole" blizzard in Yellowstone National Park just over "Half" a month ago.  Notice that the top "Half" of all the branches is covered with fresh snow and you can only see about "Half" way into the forest because of what looks like fog but is actually snow falling.

I'm sure this week's theme will be represented in "Half" a million different ways.  To see them click here,



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Friday, May 14, 2010

Phun Phriday! #14 - Windy





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Another Phun Phriday! when I post something that hopefully is at least a little step outside the box.  Something that helps add to the intrigue and interest of photography.

After getting some really great sunset shots near Island Park, Idaho, we were continuing north towards or destination of West Yellowstone, Montana when we looked up and noticed the bright moon with the very fast moving clouds.  It kept appearing and disappearing as the clouds blew across the sky in front of it.  This was a six second exposure where I let the earth and the skies do all the moving while my camera sat perfectly still on the tripod.  As with all my RAW photographs I processed this through Adobe Bridge. I made some very slight adjustments to clarity, vibrance and tone curve in an attempt to bring out the beauty that was there that night.


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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Steamy Falls






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I thought while I was in the steamy mode from yesterday I'd share some photos of a place where the hot water comes bubbling out of the earth and then tumbles down the falls into the cold river below.





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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Some Like it Hot



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Taken in Yellowstone National Park, April, 2010.



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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Pure Gold


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Taken in Zions National Park March 2010.

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Sunday, May 09, 2010

Red, White and Blue



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More of the very interesting and colorful geology of Snow Canyon State Park, near St. George, Utah, USA.



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Sunset Sunday - 12



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Went out to the shores of Antelope Island on Wednesday evening as much to try to get some good shots of birds as to get a nice sunset. Being dusk and the fact that most of the birds were moving fairly quickly I really had a tough time getting any bird shots worth keeping. I probably took over 100 photos and kept about 6 or 7 and the only reason this one didn't find the cutting floor was because of the two birds in front of the sunset and one of them almost looks in focus. What are your thoughts? Should I have tossed this one too?

As always I'm looking forward to your comments and I hope some of you have a sunset photo to share. If so, please leave a link to it in your comment. If not try to make it your goal to get one this week to share for next week.




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Saturday, May 08, 2010

Introducing Missy

Looking for today's PhotoHunt Post? This ain't it. It's the next one down, though I guess this could be it since "Momma" picked this little girl out last Saturday afternoon while I was at work.  And we all know "If momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy".  If you're interested you can see more photos and read all about it here. Part of that post was that I was looking for name suggestions, and I got several great ones.  But as "Missy" was playing around Monday morning I looked at her and said "What kind of trouble are you getting into 'Missy'?" and it just stuck.  Most of the comments said they wanted to see what we name her, so whether you're back to see what we named her or this is your first glance at her I'm happy to introduce you to Mommy's little girl, "Missy".





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PhotoHunt: Mother/Mom



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This week's PhotoHunt theme is Mother/Mom, in honor of Mother's day celebrated - at least in the US -  tomorrow.  Since my own dear mother passed away many years ago and my childrens' mother doesn't want me to post a photo of her, I thought I'd post a photo of Mother Goose, that I took this past Wednesday morning.

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Friday, May 07, 2010

Phun Phriday! #13 - Multiple Zoom




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Well here we are again, another Phun Phriday! and time to get outside the little boxes we have set for ourselves and have some Phun with Photography.

Last week I talked about a book I got called Photo Impressionism And The Subjective Image by Freeman Patterson and Andre Gallant which is where I got the idea for last week's photo.  This week's photo idea came from the same book, but this time it's actually a combination of two techniques, zoom and multiple exposure.  I've posted several photos here before where I zoom while the shutter is open, but this time instead of doing that I take an image, zoom in very slightly, take another image, and again.  I believe this is a combination of 10 exposures done in camera, not in Photoshop.

Whether or not you have something Phun to share, I'd love to hear your thoughts on this kind of thing. 

Have you done something interesting or new and pushed the edge or stepped out of your own box? If so, leave a link to it with your comment so we can all enjoy it.
 



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Thursday, May 06, 2010

Sunlit Sage



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Late evening in Yellowstone Park and I was setting up for some sunset shots when I turned around and noticed how the evening sun was lighting some of my surroundings.




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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

A Path to Gorgeousness



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Once you embark on this path it is difficult to find something that is not gorgeous.  Zions National Park.  I used Photoshop to drop the color saturation way down. 




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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Skool Daze




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Not too many miles before the entrance to Zions National Park and hiding several hundred yards back off the road in the trees was this old school house.  We tried and tried to figure out how to get to it, but other than negotiating small rivers and climbing over fences we never could.  So, like us, you only get to see part of it hidden in the trees.



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Monday, May 03, 2010

Empty Nesters No More





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I'm sitting at work on Saturday Afternoon, Yes I have to work Saturdays, when my cell phone goes off and it's my wife. She rarely calls me when I'm at work, so I send her to voicemail, because I am on the phone with a client. In just a few seconds my cell phone goes off and it's her again - that tells me that it must be important, but I'm still on the phone with the client. Then a third time and I know it has to be an emergency. I ask the client if I can put them on hold for just a second, making up some excuse, and I try to answer my cell phone, but I'm too late so I try to call her back, but her line is busy. I figure she's leaving a voice mail or something, when I get paged that there is a call for me on the work line. So finally I get to talk to her and the first words out of my mouth were "What's wrong", just knowing she's had an accident or the car is giving her problems or the house has burned down. Turns out it's none of these. Her and one of our daughters and our 17 month old granddaughter were out and about and saw some puppies and since the 17 month old really loves dogs they decided to stop and show them to her. We are now the proud owners of a new puppy - and I thought we'd decided no more dogs after we had to have the last one put down when she got too old.  I guess it was just me that decided that  ;^).

OBTW. . .We can't agree on a name for her. Any suggestions??? For your info her mother is a Poodle and her father is Maltese. She may get as big as about five pounds, and she's actually a little browner than the photos show, kind of a dishwater blond.





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Swampwater



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The only one problem with the trip to Yellowstone was it took me away from some of the photos from Zions National Park. I thought I'd share some more of my favorite Zions' Photos today.





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Sunday, May 02, 2010

Sunset Sunday - 11





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One of dozens taken last Sunday night on and near the Buffalo River, near Island Park, Idaho.

You don't have to have a beautiful sunset shot to leave a comment, but if you do, please feel free to leave a link to your sunset shot with your comment.   Other than cropping to a 16 X 9 format and adding the frame this is SOOC. 




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Saturday, May 01, 2010

PhotoHunt: Black


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This week's PhotoHunt theme is Black. Crows in National Parks are very comfortable with people and it's much easier to get up close. I think many of the visitors feed them, even though this is strictly against the rules because it is not good for the birds. A few weeks ago I used a photo of two crows in Zions National Park and this one is of a solitary crow in Yellowstone National Park.

This meme is hosted by tnchick's blog and if you would like to see more of this week's photos from around the world click here.



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