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Reflections from Utah Lake

 I ended up catching a nasty virus recently, so I have been unable to get out and take any photos.  Today I decided to do the next best thing.  I looked at several old photos from the Utah Lake State Park.  This one was taken on December 15th 2009.  The temperatures that day were very much like today's... cold with a North wind blowing.  The biggest difference from that year to this was the amount of snow.  This year is one of our driest on record.

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Ice Mountains

Ice-Mountains

Recently we had a strong storm with high winds move into the area.  This storm broke up the ice covered lake, and the wind blew the ice into twenty foot tall ice hills.  I was at the top of one of these mountains looking towards the sunset.  This photo is a five shot HDR.  The final tuning was in lightroom and Topaz Denoise.  It was a little unnerving being on top of the ice.  The ice was unstable and you could hear the small waves splashing underneath you, but the final reward was worth the effort.


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~wr~

Let's Go

Lets-go!

I took some friends on a photo shoot tonight. This train is over a mile long.  This photo was taken at a very awkward angle.  I was hanging on a ladder of the next car holding my D300 with 24-70 lens behind my head.  This was the photo I captured as I was setting up. This is an HDR made from a single image.

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Timpanogos

Timpanogos Fields

Lately we have had lots of thunderstorms around, but none really hitting our town. Tonight was no different. I looked on the radar and a massive thunderstorm was heading straight for us. Then it died as it tried to go over the mountains. I was a little disappointed. I went outside to look and the light was absolutely amazing. The colors that were to the East were where the color of the sun was coming alive.

This photo was hand held and is a three stop HDR that was processed using Lightroom 2 and Photoshop cs5. I had set my camera to cloudy mode, but the colors were so wild that the sensor was fooled. I played with the color in Lightroom to simulate what it looked like. Then I tried to process in Photomatix, but it looked far to overprocessed. I then finished the HDR using CS5 and gave it the surreal look.

Thank you for visiting today.

~wr~

I will have Dave from DCStep on as a blogger this week. Again Thank you to Rikki of Rikkims on flickr for doing the last guest blog.

Lehman Caves

Lehman Caves

Today we were at Great Basin National Park. One of the main attractions here is Lehman Caves. These caves have some of the most incredible formations. This photo was from a portion of a wall completely covered with the amazing work of nature. For this tour of the cave I took my camera with my 50mm lens. I was planning on taking most of my photos using the light provided by the National Park Service. I was going to have the camera set at f/1.8. When we arrived they told us we could use flash photography in the cave. The problem I had was I left my flash at home and had to rely on the pop-up flash. The tour was amazing, I would love to spend some time in this cave where I could really set up and take as many photos as I wanted with as much time. You could spend all day in there if allowed.

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~wr~

Lewis River

Lewis River

Two weeks ago when we were in the Teton’s and Yellowstone the weather was rainy and less then ideal. This was one of the brief windows we had of no rain and some sunshine. This was the point at which things started to go against my plans. My sinus headache started and I realized I had left my tripod at home. This area was spectacular. There were small waterfalls everywhere. They were being fed by the three feet of snow still on the ground. For this photo I walked through the snow to the edge and quickly took a photo. This was the last I took during our time in Yellowstone. The sinus headache was too painful.

I processed this HDR from a single exposure and then finished the look with a touch of Topaz Adjust.

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~wr~

Reception Hall

Reception-Hall
Yesterday was my oldest daughters wedding reception. I did hire a wedding photographer for the event, but I did have a few minutes after the wedding and before the reception to take this six frame three exposure HDR of the reception hall. This was an amazing day. I gained a new son. I hope in the next few days to begin posting on a more regular schedule again.

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~wr~

Western Porch

Western Porch

I have posted this one in the past, but today I applied some different post processing to the image. Even though it is spring it feels cold and stormy today. So I thought it appropriate to revisit winter.

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~wr~

Meetinghouse

Church-1

This is a simple two frame Five exposure pano of a local meeting house. i took this photo right as the sun was setting in the West. The orange glow of the sun gave the building a little more color then it usually has. I have spent the entire afternoon and evening repairing broken sprinkler pipes, fixing our swamp cooler, weeding and fixing our lawn edger. So for tonight this is all I have.

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~wr~

Yellowstone DeNoise

Yellowstone Denoise

I had a lot of fun yesterday reprocessing my old photo of Gibbon Falls in Yellowstone. For tonights picture I decided to go through the same process. This is taken from a single Raw image split into five different images. I then did a mild enhancement with Topaz Adjust, but I used Topaz Denoise to make the photo have an almost painterly look. I did overprocess the image on purpose, but I like the end result. When you get a moment take the time to look at your old photos and re-process them, but this time try to push the edges. You may like what you see. If you don’t there is no harm done.

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Gibbon Falls

Gibbon Falls 2

Today I received an invite to a new group on Flicker about Yellowstone. This small new site perked an interest in some past photos I have taken. I went back and found a Raw image of Gibbon Falls. To process this image I used NX2 and made five different exposures all one stop difference. I made a few changes in NX2 and saved them as jpegs. Next I imported these images into Photomatix Pro and played with it until I found some colors I liked. I then took the image into Lightroom and made a few small adjustments. I imported to CS4 to finish the photo by using Topaz Adjust to make the colors pop and Topaz DeNoise to reduce the noise. In both of these programs I over processed on purpose to bring out the color of the cliff and the blues of the water.

I like this photo because for the rich colors.
I like the silky smooth effect of the photo.
I like the details of the rocks and the silky feel of the water.

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~wr~

Pine Cone

Pine Cone

Today was the first warm day after several days of cold. I took my boy outside and let him play in the sun. While he was doing this I grabbed a few common objects found in our backyard and began shooting some macro shots. This one of the pine cone was my favorite.

The specs:
iso 200
105mm
f/16
1/100 sec

I did very little post processing on this photo.
I like the patterns found in nature.
I like how each layer is a little less in focus.
I like how the patterns and drop off of focus draw the eye to the focal point of the tip of the pine cone.

With the weather starting to warm up I suggest that you get outside and start taking photos. Start with simple common objects found around your home. You never know what you have or how it will look until you look at it from a different perspective.

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~wr~

Snowy Sunset

Snowy Sunset

I spent all day yesterday working on a photo project for a friend. When it came time to post my blog my two youngest children started throwing up. This went on every fifteen to thirty minutes from seven p.m. to 10:30 p.m. By this time our toddler was not very happy. He was having a hard time going to sleep with all the commotion going on. So needless to say by the time everything had settled down I was too tired to post anything on my web page. Today was a miserably cold grey day. It started out with an inch of snow and a stiff North wind blowing all day. The clouds were grey and without much shape. Just as the sun was about to set the clouds broke and the sun took a quick peek from behind the mountains. This photo was taken at the end of my street. It was hand held and a five exposure HDR. The wild clouds are actually snow. Five minutes after I took this we had a brief but heavy snow squall.

The specs:
Iso 200
24 mm
f/11
5 exposure
Hand held

I processed the photo using Photomatix Pro. I then exported it to Lightroom for some small enhancements in color. From there I exported to Photoshop and completed some dust fixes and some other minor edits. At this point I slightly enhanced the photo using Topaz Adjust and Topaz Denoise 3. The final product has more color then what the natural eye could see.

Broken Down

Broken Down

This was taken a few weeks back. I would have loved to get closer and take this photo from an angle. I also would have loved to spend some time in this junk yard exploring all the gems that were present. I didn’t even try. The yard was guarded by a noisy and mean sounding dog. The owner was yelling at the dog as well. Also just about every house in this area had a sign up that said no trespassing. The entire area had an unfriendly feel to it. Needless to say I shot this HDR hand held with my 70-200mm lens. To get the shot at the distance I was I had to shoot it with my teleconverter making the lens a 250mm lens. The f/stop was 4.8.

I like how old the vehicle looks.
The vehicle is just how the neighborhood was. Broken down.
I would like more depth of field.
I am not sure I like the orange with the rest of the colors.

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~wr~

Tanner

Tanner -1

This is another view of the Tanner building on BYU campus. This time I am facing East and I am not in the main center court. Instead I am in the connection piece that connects the large portion of this building with the new add on. If you look close you will notice that there is a slight reflection from the glass. To get this photo I used five exposures for each of two frames and then stitched them together. Some of the color comes from the low angle of light from the sun as it enters through the roof.

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~wr~

Tanner

Tanner

I went back to the Tanner Building on BYU campus today. Since it was a Sunday it was very quiet. There were people in one of the main rooms singing as part of their church service. In the open main part of the building there was no one there. This photo was fun to shoot. I decided to get low to the ground to allow for the pool structure to be a focal point. This photo is a five shot HDR with a slight enhancement in Topaz Adjust. I could write pages and pages about what I see in this photo (literally, in college I was assigned a 15 page architectural art paper. I had to describe everything the building showed and how it made you feel).

I like the lines in the building.
I like the colors. This came from the interplay of the sunlight bending through the skylight and from some supplementary indoor lights.
I like the reflection of the sky light roof on the far windows.

The specs:
Iso 200
24 mm
f/16
tripod
5 exposure HDR

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~wr~

Timpanogos Reflections

Timpanogos Reflections

We went down to Utah Lake because the setting sun and clouds looked like they may combine to make a spectacular sunset. The sunset was a bit of a dud, but the lake was smoother then I have ever seen it, and Timpanogos Mountain reflected off its surface beautifully. This is a five shot HDR. To take this type of photo you need to have your camera supported on something solid. In this case I used a tripod. I shot the photo at iso 100 with a full stop between each exposure.

I like the white of the snow and its reflection on the water.
I like the blue of the water and the clouds.
I like the colorful rocks in the foreground they add some contrast to the photo
The rocks also compete with the mountain, so I may want to crop this photo down a little.


Let me know what you think. To see this photo large just click onto the photo.

Thank you for visiting the site today.

~WR~

Texture

Texture

This is a small section of the White Rock area of Snow Canyon in St. George. From a distance the rocks look grey and uninviting, but as you get closer the color starts to pop. This section was taken in the full shadow with about two hours of daylight left. I love all the different textures of the rocks. I like the lines of erosion that come straight down the mountain. I like the different colors that are present in the rocks. I also like the cross sections of layers of rock. While we were there we told that these layers are from an ancient sand dune that was compressed into the rocks. These rocks are now being turned back into sand by mother nature. My biggest regret of this trip was to take my back up camera and a kit lens. I wish I would have had one of my pro lenses or my macro 105 mm for this shot.

The specs:
iso 100
66mm
f/22
1/6 second hand held.

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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~

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.

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~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~

Farm Eqipment

Farm Equipment
Today we decided to get out of the valley smog and go for a family drive. We left the smog of the Wasatch Front and went out towards Eureka, Utah. Eureka is a small mountain town in the West mountains of Utah. It was founded on silver mining. Along the way I stopped anywhere I could see some old farm equipment or an old rusted truck. We found plenty. This was the last photo of the day, and by far my favorite. All of the photos were hand held and three exposure HDR. For this one I had to turn the saturation down just to keep the orange under control. The last edit was to apply a small amount of Topaz Adjust to bring out the details.

I like the deep blue of the sky.
I like the texture of the clouds.
I like the orange and blue and the interaction of the burnt brownish red clay soil.
I would like to have the orange a bit more toned down.

Let me know what you think.

~wr~

Front Porch

Front Porch

I showed my friend Jon the photos from my daughter’s engagement photo shoot in Midway. He liked the location so much that on Saturday the two of us went back up. We went early in the morning and found that the Heber Valley was cloaked in a thick layer of fog. The temperature was 13 degrees. By the time we finished shooting the pictures I had small ice droplets starting to form on my beard. We had a blast and this porch was filled with so many interesting subjects. We could have stayed all day.

I like the dark and light areas of this photo.
I like the rustic look of each item.
I like how the snow frames the bottom and the fog frames the top right corner.

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

~wr~

Chevy

Chevy

This is the truck we found while taking pictures of my daughter and her fiance. By the time we came on this scene it was getting quite dark. This was a simple three exposure HDR the longest exposure was for several seconds. First I combined the three photos using Photomatix. Once this was complete I enhanced the details and some colors using Topaz Adjust.

I like how the colors of rust, red, green, brown and much more just flow together.
I like the snow surrounding the truck.
I would like to not have the playground in the photo.

It is always important to make sure to check out the background. A lousy background can ruin a perfect picture.

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~wr~

Rustic Cabin

Rustic Cabin

I decided to take my daughter and her fiance up to Midway today for some Bridal photos. We had a blast, but it was cold. Just as we were about to finish up and leave for warmer weather I came across this fantastic looking cabin. It was getting quite dark at this point. This photo required a tripod and a cable release. It was a five exposure HDR with a slight amount of Topaz adjust for extra pop. The longest exposure was 13 seconds and the shortest was 1.6 seconds.

I like the rich colors of the wood and the decorations on the porch.
I like how the cabin sticks out from the drab clouds.
I like the snow and ice hanging off the front of the building.

The specs
Iso 200
24mm
f/16
tripod mounted
five exposure.

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


~wr~

Covered Bridge

Covered Bridge

This is another photo from last week. The sun was starting to set when we came across this bridge. The covered bridge is located between Heber and Midway, Utah. This is a seven frame HDR photo. I love the look of the bridge. It is new construction with an old fashioned feel. This bridge is a walking/bike path. The bridge goes over the Provo River. Twenty feet to the left is an ugly road for cars and ten feet to the left is a water pipe. I wish this bridge was away from these two structures it would make for some great photos if you could have the water and the bridge.

I like how in this photo the road and bridge are at an angle.
I like the blue sky.
I like the bridge being framed by the trees.
I don’t like the dirty snow on the left. It has a slightly yellow color to it due to the sun setting behind me.


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~wr~

Sleeping Lady

Sleeping Lady

Here is one of my favorite photos. I decided to take my daughter for a drive. She had been cooped up in the house for several days since her knee surgery. I took my camera along just in case it looked interesting. This photo was taken on the backside of Timpanogos Mountain. It is a two frame five exposure HDR. By the time we had arrived here it was quite dark. The exposures ranged from 1.6 seconds to 25 seconds. I was quite pleased with the results.

I called this one Sleeping Lady due to the Indian Legend (actually made up by a BYU professor for Family night activities). To make a long story short the male and female were in love. The female was to be sacrificed for the good of the tribe. Through there struggles on the mountain they demonstrated their love for one another in front of their god. Both ended up dying, and their god took great pity on this love story. Mt Timpanogos contains her heart in a cave (National Monument), and her silhouette forms the top of the mountain. Her hair is streaming down towards the great yellow part of this photo.

I like this photo for the colors. They work well together.
I like how the pink ice curves and meanders across the water towards the yellow sunset.
I like the reflections of the mountains on the water and the clouds on the water and ice.

This is the photo I will submit to HDR Spotting.

Thank you for visiting my site.

Let me know what you think.

~wr~

Hinkley Building

Hinkley Building

This is a new building on the campus of Brigham Young University. It is named after the late Gordon B. Hinkley. The building was built before the Prophet died. It is the alumni building at BYU. I have wanted to film this building for a few months now, but never seamed to have the time to drive across town to take a picture of a building. I was driving home one night with my camera and I was near BYU. I decided to stop and take the picture. I didn’t have my tripod, and it was getting to be quite dark. The only place I could get a clear shot of the building that was at eye level was located halfway up the pedestrian overpass. The problem was the only place to rest the camera was on the railing wall which bent downward and pointed away from the building. The solution was to use my hand as a rest for the lens and hope for the best. This is a three shot HDR.

I like the coolness of the clouds.
I like the lighting on the building.
I like the colors of the building.
I would like to not have the business building in the corner, and to have less parking lot.

Let me know what you think. I have added a new link on this page. The contact form located right under the blog button on the left hand side of this page will allow you to directly e-mail me.

Thank you for visiting, and please share this site with your friends. I am now also located on Flicker just type in wasatchreflections. All one word. On flicker you can see many of the pictures located on this site in a larger format. Each picture also has a short description attached.

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Frozen

Frozen
Here is one more view of my photo shoot with my friend Jon from Reflected Pixel.
Located at: http://www.reflectedpixel.com/index.html

Jon recently was invited to participate in HDR Spotting http://www.hdrspotting.com/ This is a new web site sponsored by Stuck in Customs http://www.stuckincustoms.com/hdr-photography/

For this shot I had to move fast. This was a three shot panoramic. To achieve the HDR I shot each section with five different exposures. Much to my horror when I opened the pictures I soon learned that I had changed lenses in a dusty location. I had several dust spots in the sky. To clean this up I used the band aid in photoshop.

Before stitching this particular panoramic together I used NX2 to increase the exposure on my raw photos by one stop. I had read recently that when shooting in the snow it is a good idea to over expose by one stop. Since I read this after this photo was taken I decided to experiment in my digital darkroom. I then exported each set of five exposures into photomatix pro to create the HDR photo. After this was repeated three times I exported the photos to Bridge and photomerged them into a panoramic photo.

The next step was to clean up the dust. (my sensor has since been cleaned). My next step was into Lightroom for some fine tuning of the color and then back to Photoshop. At this point I used Topaz Detail to lightly enhance the ice blocks, and then I used Topaz Denoise 3 to reduce the noise created during the HDR process.

This was quite the process, but the end result was well worth the effort.

The specs.

A tripod
A cable release
Iso 200
24 mm
f/22

To get a crystal clear picture like the one above you need a tripod. It is essential in landscape photography.

I like the curves of the sky and the ice.
I like the rich colors of the sky.
I like how the colors are transmitted into the ice.

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

~wr~

Mystery

Mystery

Last night I took my family to Temple Square in Salt Lake to look at the Christmas lights. The fog was rolling in and it created a surreal feeling. This is a hand held three exposure HDR photo of a building being constructed across the street from Temple Square. The lights and the fog gave an almost Halloween type of feel.

The Specs
iso 1600
62mm
f2.8
Hand held

I like how the building is framed by the trees.
I like the different colors in the photo. These came from the Christmas lights and the colored signs.
I like the skeleton of a building framed by the lights.
I would like to go back to this photo and take it with a tripod, more exposures, a higher f/stop and lower iso.

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

~wr~

Fire and Ice II

Fire and Ice II

Here is a second look at last nights sunset. This time I wanted the ice covered rock to be more prominent.

I like the intense colors of the sky.
I like the reflection in the snow covered water.
I would like to have the clouds have more character.

Let me know what you think.

~wr~

Fire and Ice

Fire and Ice III

I had just gotten off of work as the sun was setting. It has been several days since our last storm so the air quality had started to deteriorate. This made for the sun to appear as a large orange blob in the sky. I rushed home and then straight to the Lake. I just missed the sun. That was the best part of this sunset. I did however get to my destination right as this scene unfolded. This is the same place I took the photo of the frozen lake just over a week ago. Today the temperature was balmy. In the low 40’s

The specs
iso 200
f/22
24mm
7 exposures.

I like how the photo is divided in threes. Odd numbers are always good.
I like the cold snow and ice covered rocks.
I like the intens orange reflections.
I would like the clouds to have more depth.

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Hidding Timpanogos

Hidden Timpanogos

This is another photo from yesterday’s sunset. This is just as the sun went behind the horizon. The snow covered mountain and clouds came to life with color. I would have added this to last nights pano, but there was an ugly road and other items between this mountain and the rest of the the mountains. This is again a seven exposure HDR shot at iso 200.

I like the intense color of the mountain and clouds.
I like the blues of the ice.
I like the rocks in the bottom of the photo.
I would like to have more of Timpanogos showing.

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~wr~

Utah lake

Utah Lake

This photo was one of my first HDR attempts. It was also back when I was afraid to shoot anything in Raw. I saw that there was a good potential for a nice sunset, so I headed down to Utah Lake as quick as I could. This is a three exposure HDR. The processing of this photo produced a large amount of noise and a very distinct Halo around the clouds. After processing the photo I copied the correct sky exposure photo into photo shop and put it as a background layer to the HDR photo. I then erased the halo. Once this was done I merged down and ran a noise reduction software.

I like how the trees frame the mountain, grasses and sunset.
I like the action.
I like the color.
I now shoot all of these types of photos in Raw for greater color control.

Let me know what you think, and please share this site with your friends.

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Ice Cave


Ice Cave-1
This is another photo from Utah Lake. This one was a five exposure HDR. This little cave was on the opposite side of the direction of the waves. The ice formed from the water that spilled over the top. Because of the location of this to the ice below, and the equipment I took I was unable to get a better angle then what I had here.

The Specs
iso 200
70mm
f/7.1

I like the rich colors of the rocks.
I like the reflection of the ice in the corner.
I would like a bit more of the picture to be in focus.

Thanks for visiting. If you like what you see please come back and please share with your friends.


~wr~

Frozen Daylight

Frozen Daylight

This is another photo from yesterday’s photo shoot. It was colder than the photo looks.
For this photo I took two pictures and merged them into one to make the panoramic photo. Each of the photos are a five frame HDR. The sun was setting fast so I had to hurry.

The specs
iso 200
24mm
f/22
Two separate shots photo merged
Each shot is five exposures

I like the ice cold blue color.
I like the orange and yellows mixed in the blues.
I like the sun as it is going behind the mountains.
I would like to have a little more reflection on the ice.

Let me know what you think, and please share this site with your friends.

~wr~

Last Light

Last light

I had a few more minutes again today to take a few pictures. I called my friend Jon from feflectedpixel.com and we headed down to the Utah Lake State Park boat Harbor. This was the same place I was last night. The difference as you can see is the lake is now frozen. A few minutes after we left I called time and temperature and found out it was twelve degrees. It was so cold that the snow almost felt warm on the feet. During this shoot I let Jon use my split level neutral density. He was having a blast with it. During this time I decided to only shoot HDR. This photo is a seven exposure HDR. After processing the photo I used a noise reduction program to clean it up just a bit.

The specs.
iso 200
24mm
f.22
7 exposures

I like the rocks covered in ice.
I like the sunset colors reflected in the ice on the rocks.
I like the solid path of gold from the rocks to the sun.


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~wr~