This is from Capitol Reef National Park, a place that I definitely want to get back there some day. I only spent one afternoon here and was completely blown away. The light was absolutely spectacular.
Actually the drive from Brice Canyon to Capitol Reef was just about as spectacular than either of these two National Parks combined, I’d like to spend a few weeks at, and in-between, these two destinations sometime very soon.
This one is also one of my very large stitched multi HDR images that are about 85 inches by 17 inches when printed at 360 PPI. Click on it for a larger peek.
Here is another of my favorites. This was taken on my way to shoot Yellowstone falls. This was a very frosty predawn shot of this monster peacefully eating breakfast.
This one belongs in my favorites short list simply because of the cool story behind these natural bricks. This was taken in the North Dakota Badlands, also known as Theodore Roosevelt National Park. These are naturally fired bricks created by natural coal vein fires that were, at one time or another, burning profusely firing the natural clay deposits, probably the result of lightning strikes. These bricks were extremely valuable, especially to the indigenous peoples of North America.
Here is one of my favorite views, it is from the porch of our family cabin on an early autumn morning with the Sun burning the fog off of the lake. Actually this shot was not at all planned, I simply woke up for my morning pee and was completely blown away. I wasted absolutely no time since the light was absolutely perfect. Yes, I set up my camera and tripod and blew off several exposures for this HDR image shivering while still in my tighty- whities. If you look close near the end of the peninsula you will see the sign declaring the boundary of Voyageurs National Park. (click on it for a larger image)
Here are a couple of panoramas of the new Vikings stadium being built taken with my iPhone. The first is pre shift and the second is post shift, a day later. The stadium is on schedule for a ribbon cutting ceremony sometime in July. Click on them for larger images.
As good as the iPhone is I’d like to get my real camera gear and take some real cool high resolution low noise panos.
This one I like simply because these guys are pretty shy up close, I had a few seconds to grab this close shot and actually got it. Otherwise they didn’t pop up within fifty yards, I definitely needed a blind for close shots and I got very lucky to get this one without one. I actually was very disturbed to find out that these populations have the plague, I would never had crawled on the ground on my belly to get this shot otherwise, YIKES!
This is one shot that was taken in a park nearby my home. These flowers are actually quite mundane and very plentiful in a deciduous hardwood area of the park. These flowers were lit by very narrow sparse shafts of light that somehow make their way through the canopy leaves. The diameter of the flowers, when fully open, is about the width of a dime (about 0.7″ or roughly 18mm.) I think that they are actually considered weeds (any feedback welcome.)
At any rate this image was captured late morning when some of the flowers were in full bloom while others were waiting for their time to come of age. I don’t really understand why I like this one so much, all I know is that I do. It actually breaks a few rules of composition, maybe this is why I like it so much. When you can get away with breaking the rules — and it actually works — is really what I ultimately look for in any image.
Here is an image from Arapaho Basin (A-Basin) Colorado. Spring morning skiing here in April leaves the mountain practically to ourselves. Since I learned to ski in the cold-soaked flatlands of Minnesota I am thoroughly used to skiing on ice while the afternoon crowds are busy prepping and partying in the bars waiting for the Sun to soften the ice. My buddy Chip and I are at the top with one hell of a wicked wind blowing snow hundreds of feet into the air and building a new cornice at the top of the Ridgeline.
This was taken in the mid to late 1990’s with a Nikon N2000 and a 50mm f2.8 kit lens using Kodak Ektachrome transparancy film that was scanned with my Epson V700 scanner.
Here is yet another of my personal favorites. This was taken near a family cabin during hunting season when I am usually carrying a shotgun or a rifle around in the woods. Lately I’ve traded these in for my camera with a long lens and tripod. Here I snapped the shot with my macro lens. This image was not prepped or doctored in any way, the subject was as I found it, no spritzing water for effect or arranging the materials for the shot. Simple frame-focus-set exposure-shoot. Very simple, but amply powerful, at least it is to me.
Can’t you just smell the wonderful subtle scents and decay of the cool moist autumn morning? Enjoy…