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.
On a cold morning last year I went down to the lake as the sun was rising. Just as the sun was rising the fog cleared just around this lone tree. With in a few moments the fog had lifted to the point you could see the snow covered ground and surrounding farmland. I like this photo for the mystery, and how the sun highlights the lone tree.
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It has been awhile since I have been able to get out and take photos. Tonight I drove up the canyon to Bridal Veil falls to take a few ice pictures. I got out and set up my camera and quickly realized I had forgotten one very important piece of equipment. My gloves..... The wind was blowing down the canyon at a steady rate. Within a couple of minutes my hands were hurting. I took about 10 photos of the falls and surrounding ice flows and had to head back to the car. My hands at this point were in serious pain. Well at least I got a few fun photos.
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Today was Easter. This is what we woke up to. There was a pure white blanket of snow. Even though I am ready for winter to be over I have to admit it sure was pretty. There was three inches of snow, and it was attached to everything. The trees looked as pretty as they do in the middle of winter after a cold winter snow storm. I choose this part of the yard because it has lots of color. I like how everything has snow on it, but that the wood provides some color relief from all the white.
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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.
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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.
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When it gets cold in Utah the fog starts to roll in. When you get frost and super cold weather you get a by product called Hoar Frost on all surfaces. This frost is short lived. As soon as the sun pokes through the clouds the frost falls off the trees. The best way to shoot this frost is to use a tripod and a macro lens.
1/500 second shutter speed
I like the delicate formations of the frost.
I Iike how it forms in all directions.
I would like to have a darker background.
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This Panoramic is 4 photos stitched together. Each photo is a 7 photo HDR. Doing the math this photo took 28 shots to put together. I went down to the same location that I did last week for the ice pictures. Actually I am on the same pier just a few hundred yards away. I took this photo seconds after the sun went behind the West mountains. Since it was a pano I had to move fast. The photo is a little softer then I would like. This is due to taking a business call right as I was setting up the camera. I forgot to set the aperture to maximize the depth of field. The call was the right thing to do as I was able to provide some help. There is always next time to get the perfect shot.
I like the intense color of the sun reflected off the new snow.
I like the clouds hanging on to the tops of the mountains.
I like the reflections in the lake.
I would like a bit more depth of field.
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After two days of storms I was ready to get out and take some winter pictures. The clouds broke just before sunset so I headed down to Utah Lake. This was as colorful as it got. For some reason the reds never developed. This photo is a five exposure HDR. I shot the picture at iso 200 and f/13. The yellow and oranges on the lake are broken into sections. This is due to ice starting to form on the lake. Where there was no ice there is a nice reflection. When I left work to take the picture the air temperature was 16 degrees fahrenheit with a wind chill of 5 degrees. The wind was blowing much harder over the lake.
I like the snow in the fourground.
I like the reflection on the water.
I like the rocks separating the water from the snow.
I would like to have more or less of the tree.
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This was a fun day. We decided to drive out to Cedar Fort where the Bald Eagle comes for the winter. I was busy taking photos of the Eagles as they were gliding in for the night. The sun was getting pretty low in the sky. I turned around and this was the photo I saw. I was so focused on the eagles that I forgot to adjust the f/stop. I learned a valuable lesson from this photo. You need to be prepared to make quick changes to your settings, and the best photo is not necessarily the photo you were looking for.
I like how the stream moves in and out of the picture.
I like the reflection of the tree
I would like to reshoot this using a wide lens, tripod, and lower f/stop.
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Today we received a cold blast directly from the Canada. With this cold air came a quick blast of snow. I thought for todays post I would post a local landmark, Bridal Viel Falls. Back when I was a teenager this was a local hot spot for weekend dances. A tram would take 6 people to the top at a time. In the small building on the top was a small building that on the weekends was used for dances. It was wiped out in a massive avalanche. During the winter months this area is a favorite for local ice climbing location.
I like the sheer cold of this photo.
I like the dark areas near the waterfall.
I would like to take this photo during when the sky is light with a nice sunset to see if some color from the sky might transfer to the ice.
This shot is a five shot HDR.
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