Feb 2010

Spring Timpanogos

Spring Timpanogos-1

I took this photo last spring as the sun was setting. This is a three stop HDR of Timpanogos Mountain overlooking a farmers field near Utah Lake. With today being the last day of February it got me thinking about some of the nice warm days coming in the near future.

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~wr~

Eagle

Cleared for Landing

Recently I have been taking a look at my past photos. This photo was taken in Cove Fort, Utah last year. I had just purchased my new camera and was excited to try it out. Even though the light looks good with a nice blue sky it was starting to get dark. I wasn’t aware of how good my camera does at high iso so I was a little tentative about going above 400. Because of this the photo was not as clear as I wanted.

I like this photo because it shows where the eagle is going.
I like all the branches.
I like the wings outstretched as the bird is preparing to land.

~wr~

Provo Canyon

Provo Canyon Sunset-1

Today was a crazy day. I had a friend who purchased some new equipment and he invited me to go on a photoshoot. Just as I was to leave work I had an issue that came up that needed attention. By the time I worked through the issues I was too tired to go on the photoshoot. Instead I came home and spent some time relaxing. As luck would have it with in a few minutes my wife was commenting on how perfect the sunset was. So tonight I decided to return to an old set of photos and look at sunsets. This was one I have posted before but at a different angle. This is again a seven exposure HDR.

Thank you for visiting today.

~wr~

Provo River

Provo River Pano

Today I decided to face reality, we are still in winter’s grasp. This is a photo that I took a few weeks back of the mouth of the Provo Canyon just as the sun was setting. This is a two frame seven exposure panoramic. I used Topaz adjust to bring out a little more color.

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~wr~

Click on the photo if you would like to see this photo large and on black.

Green River Fall

Green River Fall

For today this is about as close to winter as I want to get. This photo was taken last year in Grand Junction along the Green River. I was excited to go to Denver last fall to visit family and to take many cool pictures along the way. The problem was that mother nature got in the way. The week before we left a major cold snap hit on the Eastern side of the Continental Divide. On the Western side the cottonwood trees had some of the most vibrant color I have seen in years. As soon as we hit the mountains the weather had been so cold that all the leaves were frozen off the trees before they could change color. They were all brown and ugly. In this photo the river was framed on each side by these beautiful colors, but there was no way to get in a position to completely capture the moment. On the side of the river we were on there was a thirty foot drop straight down to the river.

I like the intense yellow.
I like the blue sky with clouds.
I like the black trees.

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~wr~

Stream Bed

Stream Bed

This is a five exposure HDR of a dry stream bed in Snow Canyon State Park in Utah. The night before we arrived there was a strong rain storm. The water rushing down this stream bed rearranged the sand into complex and neat patterns. I love the contrast of this scene. The red sandstone rocks with several lava rocks scattered in for good measure. The black color on the stream bed is the lava sand.

I like the lines and patterns made by the rushing water over the sand and lava.
I like the colors and contrast of this scene.
I like the warm feel of this area.

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~wr~

Red Rocks and Pine Mountains

Red Rocks and Pine Mountains

This photo is again from two weeks ago when we were in St. George, Utah. In the foreground is the famous Southern Utah red rocks. These are beautifully outlined by the white snow capped Pine Mountains. This photo is a five frame panoramic just as the sun was setting. I love how the clouds are hugging the mountains on the right side of the photo. These clouds are the last remnant of the storm that pounded the area the night before. I also love the rich red rock cliffs and bluffs that pop out in front of the traditional snow capped mountains.

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~wr~

Fall Trails


Fall Trails

Today I am continuing my protest of winter. My problem was that I spent a few days in St. George, Utah where it felt like spring. When we came back home we were met by a couple of small winter storms. I am ready for some warm weather to return. This photo was taken on my walk up Rock Canyon last fall. I did the final process using Snap Art 2. This program is amazing. It allows people like me to turn a photo into a realistic looking painting. If you get a chance download the program and use it. Snap Art comes with a free trial.

I like the path heading directly into the heart of the color.
I like the green of the pine trees.
I like the black branches.

Let me know what you think.

~wr~

Rock Canyon

Snap Art Rock Canyon

Today was a harsh reminder that we are still in the middle of winter. I am ready for spring and the warmer weather to return. So I decided to look at my photos from a warmer time. This photo was taken in Rock Canyon, Utah this past fall. The colors along the Wasatch Front were spectacular this fall. I loved the way this photo set up, but when I downloaded it to my computer it looked to busy for me. So I took this photo and after my initial processing was complete I finished the editing by using Snap Art 2. After I found the look I wanted I played with the sliders to end up with the finished product.

I like how the dry creek bed draws the eye into the photo.
I like how towards the end of the creek is the red tree. This is the focal point of the photo.
I like the dark cliff at the end of the creek it helps to frame the trees and add contrast to the photo.

Thank you for visiting.

~wr~

Alaskan Husky


Alaskan-Husky
I took the day off yesterday due to an illness. Today these two amazing dogs were at a local school for an assembly. They are two beautiful Alaskan Huskies. I was amazed at the size of these animals. They were much smaller then I thought they would be. I was also drawn to the eyes. The Dog on the right has one blue and one brown eye. The blue of these eyes was the most intense color of blue I have ever seen. They showed so much life in the animals. The presenter was Lorraine Temple. She was very entertaining and knowledgeable. Her assembly was well put together and kept the students focus throughout the entire time.

Thank you for visiting today.
I will have more new stuff again tomorrow.
~wr~

White Rock Stream

White Rock Stream

Here is another view from the White Rock area of Snow Canyon State Park in Utah. This small lake is being feed by a stream that is coming out of the rock cliff a few yards away. The flow of water would be equal to having your garden hose on full.

I like the colors of the water against the rocks.
I like the blue sky and pond. They add additional color.
I like how the rocks have some yellows and orange coloring.
I like how of in the distance there are mountains with snow.

Thank you for visiting.

~wr~

White Rock Cliff

White Rock Cliff

This photo is in the White Rock area. It is a five exposure HDR with some Topaz Adjust to enhance the sky. From a distance these mountains look relatively white compared to the rest of the surroundings. When you get in the mountains they have a huge range of color. The colors range from grey, white, yellow to orange and reds. The sand is a brilliant white. This area amazes me. There is a small amount of water, lots of sand, rocks and plenty of vegetation.

I like the color of the sky and the patterns of the clouds.
I like the colors of the rocks.
I would like to have the rocks be a bit brighter, but then again they were in total shade.

Let me know what you think, and thank you for visiting my site.


~wr~

Oasis

Oasis

This photo was taken in the White Rocks area of the Snow Canyon State Park in Utah. This photo was a five frame HDR. As I was walking up to the white rock area I was slightly unimpressed by the formation. The rocks had a dirty white look to them. They looked very similar to the Petrified Dunes but without all the color. I was quickly proven wrong. This area was spectacular. It had a small stream that was flowing down one side, and the white rocks had incredible color. There was some reds, yellow, and oranges mixed in. As I followed this small stream it led me to the origin. Here was a small oasis in the desert. The water was coming from the rocks. The sand was white, and plants were growing out of the sand and rocks.

I like the details found in the sand.
I like the color of the plants growing out of the sand and rock.
I like the color of the rocks.
I like the small amount of water that was present.

Let me know what you think, and thanks for visiting my site.

~wr~

Provo Airport Sunset

Provo Airport Sunset

The day I took this photo was stormy, but it looked like the storm was ending just as the sun was going down. I headed out to The Provo Airport. The road that surrounds the airport also borders Utah Lake. The sunset was absolutely incredible. The colors were as good as they get. I was just completing the shoot when I turned to the South and saw this reflection. The pond was completely still. Even though this turned out with fantastic color, the pond was as ugly and dirty as you can imagine. This photo is the perfect example of looking all around when you are on a photo shoot. Sometimes the best picture is not where you are aiming the camera. In this case this part of the sunset was the part with the least color, but the only part where there was a reflection.

I like how the rocks and twigs separate the photo.
I like the reflection. It looks almost like it is on glass.
I like the color of the clouds. 

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~wr~

St George Temple

St George Temple

On our first night in St George we decided to go down to the St George Temple. This building was built by hand by the early Pioneers. It’s white exterior is a beautiful contrast to the red rock sandstone cliffs that surround the valley.
This photo was taken with a tripod and a 20 second exposure at is 200 and f/22. I have this in the HDR Man made section of this web site, but this photo is a single exposure.

I like the detail the pioneers were able to build in the exterior of the building.
I like the white surrounded by the black sky.
I like the palm trees. It reminds me of warmer times.

Thank you for visiting.

~wr~

Petrified Sand Dunes

Petrified Sand Dunes

On Thursday I was in St. George, Utah. I took the opportunity to go to nearby Snow Canyon State Park. This is such a beautiful area of Utah. Everywhere you turn there is a photo opportunity. The location this photo is taken at is called the Petrified Sand Dunes. This red rock formation has taken on the look of wind swept sand dunes. I was excited to go to this place because the night before we arrived there was a heavy rainstorm. I was looking for signs of the water in this desert area. This area is host to the white rocks. This is the formation at the top of the photo. There is several lava flows, and red sandstone everywhere. This is a spectacular looking state park.

I like this photo for the variety of colors.
I like the plants growing on the rocks in sand.
I like the small rain pond.
I like the white rock formation.

Let me know what you think, and thank you for visiting.

~wr~

Train Bridge

Train Bridge

This old bridge is part of an abandoned rail line near Eureka, Utah. I found this location last week as we were out and about on a family drive.

I like how the tracks cut across the photo.
I like the rich colors of the tracks.
I like the blue of the sky and the clouds.

Let me know what you think.

I will be posting my blog on my flickr page for the next couple of days. I will start tomorrow. You can link to the site here. The blog will be exactly the same as it appears on this site. The only difference is that you can comment on each of the photos. I will return to the regular blog site on Friday.

~wr~

Missed Tackle

Missed Tackle

Here is my entry on Super Bowl Sunday. Last year at my son’s football game I had just gotten a new teleconverter. I placed this on my 70-200mm lens. I shot the photo from 70 yards away. While it looks like the players have this running back contained they did not wrap up. The back was hit by three Provo players at the exact same moment. The Provo players all fell down. The running back waltzed into the end zone 60 yards away.

Here are a few keys to this type of photo. First you must have a quick lens. That means a pro quality lens. These lenses are expensive, but when you get the pictures back from your child’s recital or sports game it is all worth while.
Next a quality camera is important. Never underestimate what a quality cameras (a DSLR) can do for your photos. One of the first things you will notice is the rapid fire picture taking. There is no lag. Then you need to have some knowledge of the sport or event you are filming. This is so that you can position yourself in the place that offers the greatest chance of success.

After this photo was processed I then added a small touch of Topaz adjust. This program brought out the details of the action.

Thank you for visiting.

~wr~

Bridal Veil Falls Section

Bridal Section-1

This is a small cutout of yesterday’s photo. The bad thing about the panoramic photos is that on the web it is hard to see the intricate details. I decided to take a small portion of the photo and blow it up so that you can see these details. The portion on the right is where the water is flowing over the ice. This section of the photo is at 33 percent enlargement, but I think it shows the detail much better then yesterday.

I like this look because it shows such detail in the ice.
I like how the ice looks like flowstone in a cave.
I like the flow and the hundreds of ice formations.

Let me know what you think.

~wr~

Bridal

Bridal

I was talking with a friend the other day and he commented that he liked this photo taken in December. It was the place he proposed to his wife in the winter. The only thing that was different was the last post of this photo had much more color to the snow. He said I don’t remember it being that dirty looking when I proposed. The “dirty” look to the snow came from all the detail that was pulled out of the snow by processing the photo as an HDR. I decided to go back and process this as a simple one exposure photo. I actually like this one better. The snow is whiter, the ice is cleaner, and the color is very natural in this photo. Yet at the same time it still has some color in areas of the ice formations.


Thank you for visiting and let me know what you think.

~wr~

Feeder falls

Provo River Feeder Falls

This summer I went to the High Uinta Mountain range in Utah. After a great day in the sun we were about to leave when we came to the Upper Provo River waterfalls. This is a region in the High Uinta’s that has beautiful pine trees with large rock formations. You could spend an entire summer taking pictures and not even touch this region.
This small waterfall was an overflow area of one of the main Provo River Waterfalls. It was hard to get the right exposure on this photo because the sun was at its full glory.

I like the photo because of the textures on the rocks.
I like the moss under the water.
I like the plant life .
I like the rocks and the steps they take.
I would like to have this picture without the sun.

Thank you for visiting today.

~wr~

Dragonfly

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The top image was of a dragonfly I showed on this site a few weeks ago. I love taking pictures of these masters of the air. You have to move in slowly and have the camera on rapid fire. I like them because they have so many details. They look so delicate, yet they are predators. I also like how they look like they are laughing at you.

Today and tomorrow’s post will be quick. I have a couple of very long days at work. I will have some winter items again on Friday. I will post tomorrow.

Thank you for visiting.

~wr~

Pushing Snow

Pushing Snow

Here is another photo in my recent series from Saturday. This is again a three exposure HDR that was hand held. Part of the reason I took these photos hand held was because I was feeling lousy. I wanted to get out of the house, but I just didn’t have the energy to haul the tripod with me. I know this was a terrible excuse, but in the end I had a good time on the day. I like this photo because it has color during the winter.

I like the orange and yellows against the white snow.
I like the play of the blue sky it goes well with the snow and the rusty machine.
I like how the machine seams to be overpowered by the snow.

Let me know what you think, and thank you for visiting the site today.

~wr~

Sinclair

Sinclair
Here is another photo from the western part of Utah County. This was again caught with a three exposure HDR hand held. I shot this one from a good distance from the small Sinclair building. I did this so that Nebo Mountain in the background would appear taller then the building.
Sinclair

This is the same building processed using Snap Art 2. I like how the painting sofware gives the photograph a completely different look.

I like the play between the building, the tree, and the mountain. They all give depth to this photo.
I like the tree it looks like it is protecting the building and adds texture.
I like the color of the field and tree. This color offsets the blue tint of winter.

Let me know what you think.

~wr~