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Photo of the day 2/24/2012 – “Untitled”

After giving out some tips to someone today about what to see and do in Alaska, I wanted to revisit what was the highlight of my trip…A two and a half hour flight-seeing trip that included landing on a glacier in the Sheldon Amphitheater at the hiking basecamp.

There is so much to tell about this photo. It’s probably worth at least a couple thousand words. I’ll have to save those for another time.

In the photo:
The 50+ year-old plane we flew in.
Huge glacier (name unknown)
Mount McKinley

Above Denali National Park & Preserve
June 7, 2010

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Photo of the day 2/23/2012 – “Untitled”

I have tens of thousands of photos that have been virtually piling up from years of travels. Kelli wanted to take some of them and hang them on her wall. Here’s one she picked out.

I have to admit I wasn’t too thrilled with it at first because the original just looked flat and unlifelike. But if you’ve been to this area of Yellowstone, you know it doesn’t even look lifelike when you are standing there.

So I took my novice photo processing skills and gave it a whirl. I think it’s OK for my level of processing ability. No, I didn’t add the rainbow; it appears for about 15 minutes a day if the sun is out.

Lower Yellowstone Falls, Yellowstone National Park
May 31, 2009

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My First Time-Lapse

I got to try out my new, nifty, camera timer for the first time a few weeks ago while out hunting.  Among other things, it allows me to program how many pictures to take and how often to take them, in order to be able to make them in to a time-lapse video.

I really didn’t plan this out; I only came up with the idea of shooting this location about 30 minutes before I did it.  I didn’t have a lot of time to pick the best angle or check the sensor for dirt as I needed to get out in the woods for the last 90 minutes of hunting.

In the first few seconds, you’ll see me walking out to my hunting stand.  About 25 seconds in to it, you can see deer run across the field, and if you watch close in the last few seconds, you can see the blur of me and another hunter walking out.  We’re blurred because of the long shutter speeds needed to expose a photo at dusk.

This is 704 photos taken over 2 hours and 5 minutes.  Camera: Canon 30D

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Photo of the day 4/23/11 – “Surprising Beauty”

“Surprising Beauty”

I guess I had seen photos of this place before I went there and must have dismissed them because they looked fake. And much like I wasn’t expecting the desert in Joshua Tree National Park to be so full of life, I really wasn’t expecting this place to be so colorful. After all, they only have a few months here when it is not covered in snow.

Turns out, the best picture I have of this place (until I get some panorama stitching and HDR software) just so happens to have me in it. So while I did edit some of the dullness out of the photo from the partly cloudy skies, I’m lucky to be able to say it really did look much like this.

About the photo:
This was taken from Eielson Visitors Center in Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska. To get here, one has to either get the very rare permit to drive in, bike or hike, or like we and most people did, endure a 66 mile ride (one way) to the Center in a school bus on a nearly all gravel road. But while we ended up riding 170 miles in 13 hours in the bus this day, the sights were so incredible that I really did forget I was in a school bus.

June 10, 2010
In celebration of National Parks week

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Photo of the day 3/31/11 – “Luckier Shot”

‘Luckier Shot’
A lot of things have to come together for a shot as this. Me in the right place, deer in the right place, snow, soft sunlight, sunlight shining fairly unobstructed on deer, fairly unobstructed camera view, tree lines leading toward the deer… But one of the most crazy things, as deer hunters will tell you, is that deer have a knack for standing behind a tree…even when they don’t even yet know you are there. And if you so much as exhale or blink when they are looking right at you, it’s over–and ‘der he was…gone.

So to have all of the above work out, and then for me to be able to overcome that ‘buck fever’ shaking and be able get a clear shot at 200mm, I’m happy I got any usable picture at all!

My new secret spot, Wisconsin
March 31, 2011

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1/400, f/2.8, ISO320, 200mm, no crop
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Photo of the day 3/30/11 – “Lucky Shot”

‘Lucky Shot’
I’ve put on a lot of miles this year snowshoeing…most times with the goal of hunting deer. I wanted to get a nice, close shot of a deer in the snow with a nice background…you know, wallpaper material. But after going out many times without any luck, I started going without my camera.

Today I decided to take the camera again, but I only took the middle zoom because if nothing else, I could still photo something along the trail. Being overdressed with the sun going down, I soon wished I had left the camera in the car. It’s big, and gets in the way when snowshoeing.

With about 1.5 miles in, I was just daydreaming and trudging along when I saw a little deer. Then I saw three more. I watched them run up the hill only to have the last one give me the pose I had been looking for all season. But when I reviewed the photos I took of the other ten or so deer that I shot shortly afterward, this one jumped out. Yes, pun intended.

Check back tomorrow for the shot I had been waiting for.

My new secret spot, Wisconsin
March 30, 2011

Photo info:
1/400, f/2.8, ISO200, 200mm, cropped about 50%
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