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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sunset Sunday - 74


This is a different sort of sunset shot because the sunset is actually going on behind me.  I was facing mostly East when I took this and in Utah, the sun sets in the West ;^).

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Drip

Drip by Just Used Pixels

Drip, a photo by Just Used Pixels on Flickr.



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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Sweet Mischief


One of my beautiful granddaughters.

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sunset Sunday - 73 - Six Hundred


I wasn't paying attention.  So, I missed making a big deal out of post # 100 & 200 & etc.  But the other day I saw I was on post 595, so I started counting down to this.  Today is post number

SIX HUNDRED.

  Can you believe it?  And the truth is I deleted a bunch of posts from the very early days because they weren't photography related.  Since a few of my posts include several photos, there are quite a few over 600 photos posted on this blog.  The first post that you can go back to was posted on April 7, 2008. 

During this time I have learned a lot and I have gained many new blogger friends that I feel like I know as well as if I'd actually met them.  What a wonderful ride this has been.  To tell you the truth there have been several times I have thought about dropping the blog, especially since I have got significantly more active on flickr, but I'm afraid I would miss my blogger friends too much so I just can't do it.  I love coming and seeing your photos and reading your thoughts on mine.

Since today is Sunset Sunday, I had to go find one of my most spectacular shots, and even though it is over a year old I think it still has a big enough bang to say

"HURRAY FOR SIX HUNDRED!"

Thanks for coming along on this great ride with me and I hope both of us are still around for # 1000 when that happens.  I hope that during this time you have enjoyed my photos and meanderings and tutorials as much as I have enjoyed creating them and as much as I have enjoyed yours.

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Classic

Classic by Just Used Pixels

Classic, a photo by Just Used Pixels on Flickr.
This car was being used to draw people to a classic car show where someone would win it.


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Friday, July 22, 2011

The Turn

The Turn by Just Used Pixels

The Turn, a photo by Just Used Pixels on Flickr.
I don't know what it is about motion blur, but I am very attracted to it. If it's just enough to make the photo soft then I'm not a fan, but if like this one you can really see the motion I love it.

I took the original and made two copies 2 stops over and under and then tonemapped it in Photomatix for the HDR.



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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Old Wooden Cross

Old Wodden Cross by Just Used Pixels

Old Wodden Cross, a photo by Just Used Pixels on Flickr.



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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Yearns Resevoir

Yearns Resevoir by Just Used Pixels

Yearns Resevoir, a photo by Just Used Pixels on Flickr.


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Monday, July 18, 2011

Temple Drops

Temple Drops by Just Used Pixels

Temple Drops, a photo by Just Used Pixels on Flickr.


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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Sunset Sunday - 72

Victory Sunset by Just Used Pixels

Victory Sunset, a photo by Just Used Pixels on Flickr.
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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Merging Creeks

Merging Creeks by Just Used Pixels

Merging Creeks, a photo by Just Used Pixels on Flickr.



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Friday, July 15, 2011

Manti LDS Temple

Manti LDS Temple by Just Used Pixels

Manti LDS Temple, a photo by Just Used Pixels on Flickr.
In the small city of Manti, population under 3,500, in central Utah standing high on a beautiful green hill is this beautiful structure built by Mormon pioneers in the late 1800s. Click here for more information.


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Thursday, July 14, 2011

New and Improved

My Old Flame by Just Used Pixels

My Old Flame, a photo by Just Used Pixels on Flickr.
A couple weeks ago I posted a campfire photo here. I thought I could improve on that one so the other night when we had one going I got some more shots. I liked this one because I caught the sparks.



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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Wild Thing

I'm back from a short camping trip out scouting for beautiful things to photograph in the Manti-Lasal National Forest in central Utah and ran across this beauty.  Those of you who have visited me for very long know that I love wild flowers in their natural habitat.   Yes there are more wild flowers to come along with some other stuff.
 


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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sunset Sunday - 71

Departing Storm by Just Used Pixels

Departing Storm, a photo by Just Used Pixels on Flickr.
Taken this past Friday Evening.

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Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Yellow Wildflower

Yellow Wildflower by Just Used Pixels

Yellow Wildflower, a photo by Just Used Pixels on Flickr.


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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

How to Photograph Fireworks


Getting great fireworks shots is really quite simple because the fireworks do most of the work. All you have to do is be at the right place at the right time and be ready.

Being at the right place at the right time is easy because fireworks shows are publicized so well.

Being ready is easy because I'm going to tell you how, and it really is easy.


Step 1: Put your camera in Manual Mode.  (As with all these steps, if you don't know how consult your handy dandy owners manual.)
Step 2:  Make sure your ISO is set to around 100 (That is pretty standard so unless you've changed it, it's probably already there, but double check to be sure.)
Step 3:  Set your focus to manual (turn off autofocus or AF) and focus to infinity setting.
Step 4:  Set your f stop (or aperture) to somewhere around f8 to f11.
Step 5:  Set your shutter speed to about 4 seconds.


Step 6:  Mount your camera on a tripod.  (Just a basic inexpensive tripod will work fine for this.)
Step 7:  You are going to have to figure out how much you want to zoom in to get the best shots, but I suggest you start at the widest you can and then try different zoom ratios as you need to.
Step 8:  Use the first two or three blasts to get a general idea where most of the fireworks will be exploding and aim your camera there.
Step 9:  Watch and listen.  As you see or hear the next rocket going up quickly press the shutter button then remove your hand from the camera.
Step 10:  Watch your LCD screen to see what you got and see if you need to make any adjustments on aim or zoom.  (Remember, from when you press the shutter button to when you see an image on the LCD screen will be at least 4 or 5 seconds because that is how long your shutter will be open capturing the image.)
Step 11:  Repeat steps 9 and 10 over and over again as many times as you can until the show is over.
Step 12:  Go home and pick out the best ones, delete the rest and gloat to you friends what a great job you did.

OBTW:  Did you know that many point and shoot and even some very good DSLRs (like mine) have a "fireworks" mode.  If yours does try it. . . . That will eliminate steps 1 through 5. 



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Monday, July 04, 2011

West Point Utah July 4th Parade

I just love small town parades and with today being Independence Day our small town had to have one.


I don't know if a parade could be counted if it didn't have some fine looking horses.


And cute kids on fun bikes.


Since we live in what used to be almost exclusively farming land there are still lots of proud tractor owners and old tractors to display in the parade.


I had to have a photo of this to remind me of my Hummer when I was in Operation Desert Storm. Except I didn't have the pretty girls in the back or the big Utah State Flag.


It's nice to have some sort of celebrity in a parade. Deni Hill, At Home Winner of 2011 Biggest Loser, lives about 20 miles south of here and came up to ride in our parade.

Hope your Independence day is a happy one, and whatever you do don't miss my fireworks shot and thoughts on the 4th of July in the next post down.

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HAPPY 4th OF JULY!!!


The U.S.A. was created by God to provide freedoms that were found nowhere else in the world at that time.  It is the first country to have a constitution.  Now many nations around the world have constitutions patterned after the one created by men who were placed at the right place at the right time to fulfill God's purposes.  The creation of the U.S.A. was one of the greatest and most significant events in human history and has altered the course of the entire world for the better.  HAPPY 235th BIRTHDAY AMERICA!




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Sunday, July 03, 2011

Sunset Sunday - 70

For the Birds by Just Used Pixels

For the Birds, a photo by Just Used Pixels on Flickr.
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Friday, July 01, 2011

Campfire

Campfire by Just Used Pixels
Campfire, a photo by Just Used Pixels on Flickr.
I know people are mesmerized by fire and even a campfire or fireplace, but I had never tried to photograph one. On my recent camping trip I thought I'd give it a try and see what kind of results I'd get. Not as warm as the original, but interesting.





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