Landscape

Slate Basin Overlook

Slate Basin

Tonight we decided to go for a drive up beautiful Provo Canyon to Heber Valley for a good old fashioned American Hamburger.  After dinner we drove into the High Uinta Mountains on our way to the Upper Provo River Waterfalls.  As we approached our destination a late summer thunderstorm opened up on us.  I was getting a little discouraged.  So I pulled over to the side of the road where a pull out section had been built.  This was the scene that was awaiting me.

Geyser Basin

Geyser Basin-1

I have had a great time recently looking at past photo shoots. This one is from Geyser Basin in Yellowstone. This area amazes me. Geysers everywhere and the smell of sulfur everywhere you go. This photo is what is so amazing about this basin. With sulfur and hot water everywhere there is life that exists. The thing I re-learned from this photo was to always shoot in Raw and to save your old photos. Every time I tried to process this photo I was always less then pleased by the results.

Keep shooting and have fun looking back at past photos you have taken.

~wr~

Minerva Terrace

Minerva Terrace

This shot is from a year and a half ago. I was just starting to understand how to shoot photos in camera raw. I still took the photos in raw and jpeg. I haven’t done anything with this photo until today. Everytime I tried to edit I didn’t like how it turned out. That was before I had lightroom and CS4. Overall I like how most of the photo turned out. The main problem I had was how to bring out the color of the center without blowing out the white areas. This photo is the perfect example to me of why you shouldn’t throw away you old files and that you should shoot everything in Raw. As your skill in using the editing software increases your photos will likewise look that much better.

Thank you for visiting today.

~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~

Zion Moon

Zion Moon

We were in Zion’s National Park right after I had purchased my first DSLR. It was winter and we only had a couple of hours to look. The trails had ice on them but there were some good photo opportunities. This picture is a perfect example of getting to know your equipment. I had just purchased a 70-200mm lens and I was experimenting with it. Normally I won’t shoot landscape photos hand held and with the lens wide open. This photo turned out ok, but it could have been a lot better if I had been more familiar with my equipment.

The Specs:
f2.8
Shutter 1/3000s
exposure +.3

I like the interaction of the clouds, moon, and sky.
I like the colors of the cliffs with the rich blue backdrop.
I like the moon centered in the “V” of the cliffs.
I would like to have more depth of field.

Let me know what you think.

~wr~