Sep 16 2013

Yellowstone Day 2

Day 1 was scouting and stuff so nothing from Day 1.  Here is a shot  from Day 2 Artist Point on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

 

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Sep 12 2013

Aurora Flood Waters

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Images from the rain of 9/12/2013. This is just from rain this morning.  This time I was planning on something different to shoot , but ended up getting soaked to my waist helping push one of the cars out of the water. My good deed for the day….

 

PS: I am still planning on shooting something else today, but I have to dry out first.

 

Joliet and Arizona

Joliet and Arizona

Joliet and Arizona

Joliet and Arizona

Canterbury Park - That is at least 12 ft deep

Canterbury Park – That is at least 12 ft deep

Canterbury Park - That is at least 12 feet deep

Canterbury Park – That is at least 12 feet deep

Canterbury Park - That is at least 12 feet deep

Canterbury Park – That is at least 12 feet deep

Kingston St Creek Overpass

Kingston St Creek Overpass

Kingston St Creek Overpass

Kingston St Creek Overpass

Kingston St Creek Overpass

Kingston St Creek Overpass

Kingston St Creek Overpass

Kingston St Creek Overpass

Kingston St Creek Overpass

Kingston St Creek Overpass

Kingston St Creek Overpass

Kingston St Creek Overpass

Kingston St Creek Overpass

Kingston St Creek Overpass

Kingston St Creek Overpass looking to Kenton and Arizona

Kingston St Creek Overpass looking to Kenton and Arizona

Car I helped push

Car I helped push

Car I helped push

Car I helped push

Mississippi Ave and Kenton Ave Intersection

Mississippi Ave and Kenton Ave Intersection

Mississippi Ave and Kenton Ave Intersection

Mississippi Ave and Kenton Ave Intersection

Mississippi Ave and Kenton Ave Intersection

Mississippi Ave and Kenton Ave Intersection

Mississippi Ave and Kenton Ave Intersection

Mississippi Ave and Kenton Ave Intersection

Mississippi Ave and Kenton Ave Intersection

Mississippi Ave and Kenton Ave Intersection

Mississippi Ave and Kenton Ave Intersection

Mississippi Ave and Kenton Ave Intersection

Mississippi Ave and Kenton Ave Intersection

Mississippi Ave and Kenton Ave Intersection

Mississippi Ave and Kenton Ave Intersection

Mississippi Ave and Kenton Ave Intersection

Mississippi Ave and Kenton Ave Intersection

Mississippi Ave and Kenton Ave Intersection

 

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Aug 17 2013

Almost a Year on This One

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Well it has almost been a year on this blog and how does time fly.  Have been traveling and getting to go take photos of some great places and try some new techniques that I have learned and been wanting to learn also.  Dabbed in macro and really like doing that depending on the subject. Have been to several workshops and have watched so many hours of training online that is hard to imagine. Found that shooting people on the street is really not the hard especially if you do not make it obvious.  Have been able to use new equipment and learn how to use it.

I have meet lots of new people and made some new friends also.  My images have become better as i strive for the “Romancing the Landscape” shot.  Thanks to Moose Peterson, Scott Kelby, Kristina Rice, Mark Alison, and other photogs I ave had the pleasure to shoot with or learn from.

So here to this year and to an even better next year…

Till later…..

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Jul 30 2013

Washington DC at Night

Published by under History,Night Photography,Travel

Tidal Basin Washington, DC

 

Lately I have been having sleeping issues so when I travel for work, I always take the camera and the tripod.  Now there are times when I do not need the tripod, but them times like this I really am glad I have those sticks.  Washington Monument is undergoing some repairs from the quake that was felt in DC back in 2011 and the person paying for half of the restoration/repairs decided that it should be lit up at  night.  I think it was a wise choice. Up close, you can see the taping of the seams in the stone work and everything there.

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I like this area of DC, the tidal basin.  It is away from the hustle  and bustle of Lincoln Memorial and everything that is down on that end of the reflecting pool. Like view looking out over the water with the cherry trees serving as a bountiful shade on a hot summer afternoon.

 

Till later …..

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May 24 2013

The Real Reason for Memorial Day

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As we start our Memorial Day weekend today, let’s not forget the real reason for Memorial Day.

As I sit here at my desk looking outside, I ask myself, what does Memorial Day mean to me? It is more that a day off, it is more than a day that signals the start of summer vacations. It means so much more to me and here is why it means so much more to me.

It is a time to remember the men and the women that has been asked by their country or freely gave of themselves to this country their lives so we can continue to live in a free country, free from tyranny, free to practice any religion we wish or no religion if we choose, the freedom to speak as we wish and in the form we wish to speak it. They gave us the freedom to be able to travel this great country to see its great offerings. They gave us many freedom’s.

I take the time to really remember those men from Lexington defending the hill, to those that froze in the winter at Valley Forge, those men that braved the chill of the Delaware River to cross it with George Washington to help turn the tide, those men that fought in the swamps of Georgia, North and South Carolina. To the men that brought victory to our new nation in Yorktown.

Remember the sailors and the marines that said to the pirates of Tripoli that you cannot take our ships.

Remember the troops defending us that night our anthem was wrote watching the bombardment of Baltimore during the War of 1812, to the sailors of the USS Constitution as the shells bounced off sides of the hull giving her the name “OLD IRONSIDES”.

Remember the men that fought in the Mexican American War. Remember the brothers and fathers fighting arm in arm or against each other during our own Civil War.

Remember the soldiers charging up San Juan Hill.

Remember the doughboys fighting in the trenches to make sure France stayed free.

Remember the sailor’s, soldier’s, airmen, and marine’s, our father’s and grandfather’s, that gave their all to make sure this world remained free. Remember those men that fought the battles in the desert of North Africa, that brought freedom back to the people of Sicily and to Italy. Remember those men that landed that fateful day in June of 1944 on the beaches of Normandy to bring freedom back to France once again. Remember those men that refused to surrender in Christmas of 1944 in a small city called Bastogne.Remember the sailors and Marines that fought in the jungles of the Solomon’s. Remember the men that fell in the worst battles at Tarawa and Peleliu. Remember those that gave all on the volcanic sands of Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

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Remember the men that said our ship will not sink on the USS Franklin and USS Bunker Hill after being attacked by kamikaze planes.

Remember those marines that refused to surrender on Chosen during Korea.

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Remember the men that gave of themselves in the heat of the jungles of Vietnam.

Remember those men that gave freedom back to people of Grenada.

Remember the men and the women that freed Kuwait from its occupation and to those men and women that brought a new freedom to the people of Irag and Afghanistan.

I will remember those sailors that are still on patrol and waiting to return to their home port. I remember those on the Thresher and Scorpion as they are still on patrol. I remember my shipmates from my time giving of myself to this country. I thank those men and women that are on the lines today willing to give it all so I can stay free.

This is what Memorial Day means to me.

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Apr 07 2013

Scratching a new Itch

No I do not have a new insect bite or a new rash of some sort.  But in the realm of my photography, I do have a new itch to scratch.  This itch had a beginning in earnest back in Oct 2012 at a Moose Peterson workshop called Mono Lake and Beyond (I would call it that since we shot everything around the lake and beyond the lake).  Since he had us there so early in the darken confines of the South Tufa Parking Lot, he had us shooting the stars and to just look up and see what you saw.  Well looking up you can see one of two things there, black sky and stars for the most part. During that workshop, I took my first nighttime photograph of the stars.  Now this was not looking through some monster telescope or anything.  It was looking through the viewfinder of a DSLR and a 16mm lens.  In other words, you are looking a whole bunch of stars. Below is that first image.

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Now lets fast forward that to March and April timeframe.  Living in Denver, CO, you are up high enough, but with so much light pollution from the city, you can rarely see the stars and they are only the brightest ones that can get thru the light pollution.  So in the meantime, I have been scouring for sources to learn more about nighttime photography and other stuff related to that type of photography.  I have learned that the Milky Way is only visible during certain hours of the night and even only certain months of the years depending on where you are at. Putting all this new knowledge to use, I went up to Devils Tower in Wyoming this weekend (a long drive but worth it) and was aiming for sunrise shoots, but got some night photography in.  Heck, I am still learning it, but I think the results speak for themselves.

Devils Tower-1

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Still learning and from this and know that I have to make some small adjustments to make , but now it is just using the time to get the results I want from the photography. Now I need to go to REI and really get some warm cold weather gear because it does look like I am going to be spending some long nights up high on Mt Evans, Mt Goliath Nature Area, and Trail Ridge Road this summer scratching that itch.

Till later …..

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Feb 11 2013

Some Birds Have All the Fun

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Laughing Gull from back in 2011 from the balcony of Treasure Island on the Mississippi Gulf Coast during Spring Break. These birds will dive bomb for anything……

 

Seagulls from Hotel Balacony-1

 

 

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Feb 10 2013

Got Nothing

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Sometimes you have nothing to say and along with that nothing to post.  So here we are with nothing to say or to post.  I will leave it up you to determine idf I am nuts or what…

 

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Jan 31 2013

Just Amazing Buildings

Published by under History,Night Photography,Travel

When you think of the time in which Lincoln was President of the US and what he accomplished. This building is a great memorial to the man himself and to the ideals he stood for.  SO many that are now mis quoted and taken out of context.

 

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Lincoln Memorial at Night

And then you have George Washington….

 

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Washington Memorial in the Reflecting Pool

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Jan 25 2013

Some clicks from last year

Taken at a workshop in California, just some clicks that I was looking at recently…

 

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