Apr 262012

Back in Las Vegas tonight.  I was asked by a friend to run over to Hoover Dam and take a night shot.  Ended up attempting a time lapse from the bridge.  The semis and larger vehicles shook the bridge.  Didn’t work out so great.  But did do a 9 shot HDR handheld with the Nikon D800.  Turned out OK….

 Posted by at 12:32 AM
Apr 232012

About a block from the Hotel where I stay in Las Vegas is a Casino.  In Las Vegas really?  This one is in Henderson and away from the strip.  Ever wondered why they call it the strip?  I have a few ideas.  Anyway had just landed and turn the corner to go to the Hotel and saw this potential pic.   Nothing Really.  A casino, some palm trees, and some clouds.  But it caught my eye.  That’s what photography is all about to me looking for “that” shot.  This one in particular had some neat elements.  Cool architecture.  A pattern made by a row of palm trees.  And the clouds that give contrast and depth to a photograph.   Though this shot is really nothing.  In the end it was pleasing to me.    In the end I am the hardest one to please.

 Posted by at 9:35 PM
Apr 222012

I have had my D4 for some time now.  Had a real blast shooting with it.  The only problem…..very little shooting.  My time has been limited.  I did put the time lapse feature to work last week and it worked flawlessly.  As far as exposures go I haven’t really been in conditions to stretch the D4 a little.  Until today.  FBWR and a white Egret midday.  No expeosure compensation.  Straight on… let the camera do the work.  Also threw in a Heron for good measure.  Two of the exposures were run through Color EFX pro4.




 Posted by at 9:27 PM
Apr 192012

Back in Washington for work.  I love Cheney.  Even this time of year when early spring is still a little grey….



Early this morning I did see a little color……

 Posted by at 1:26 AM
Apr 132012

I love Black and White photo’s.  And like anybody that has followed the history of black and white photography I followed and studied Ansel Adams.  The king of B&W.  The inventor of the Zone System.  Many nights were spent in my dark room trying to emulate the process established by Ansel.  Few have even got close to what he produced.  Recently I had a brief interaction with an individual that is as close as it gets to Ansel’s work.  She is well known and her work has been compared to Ansel’s work.   To see her incredible work go here.    She is very gracious yet confident.  Yet another incredible person that creates beautiful images with a passion that I share.

This shot was taken recently on my hike in Kolob Canyon.  Not to the level of Ms. Guilds.  Just want to share my passion also.

 Posted by at 2:46 PM
Apr 122012

In Las Vegas tonight.  Thinking about my last trip to Antelope Island. The Island is an area with a wide array of wildlife.   Tonight my time was looking back at some of the new travelers coming through our beautiful state of Utah.



Can’t wait to get back.  Hopefully this weekend.

 Posted by at 10:08 PM
Apr 102012

It is not uncommon for me to have to drop everything and tend to a critical issue at one of our working stores.  Though I am not directly involved in the maintenance of the stores there are times that my experience is needed.  This last weekend (Easter Weekend) was no exception.  Friday night I left for Cedar City and returned Sunday afternoon.  Not the greatest Easter observance ever.  I did however take a break mid day and drove the short disctance to Kolob Canyon.   Kolob is on the back side of Zions National Park and still within it’s boundaries.  Millions of people drive down I-15 in Utah and drive right past the exit to Kolob Canyon.  The crazy part is that the Canyon is a mere 4-5 miles from I-15.  And it is incredibly beautiful.  Some of the most beautiful scenery in the country.  This day I decided to walk/hike to the back of one of the canyons.  Because of  my failing back I was a little apprehensive.  As I progressed up the trail my pains got no worse.  In fact the strenuous nature of the trail and the beautiful surroundings gave me some relief from the pain.  As a side note the next morning was hell.  Felt like I had a wrecking ball dropped on my back.  It was worth it though.  The hike round trip took a little more than 4 hours.  I carried two cameras, a few lenses and some other gear.  About 30 lbs. worth of gear.  It was delightful.  The grandness of the rock features was overwhelming.  Several times I stopped and enjoyed the scenery.  When my trek stopped at the back of the canyon (too narrow to pass) I sat for a while and meditated.  The only sounds was the slight breeze, a woodpecker and the occasional rustling of last falls dried out leaves.  There is no way photographically or in words to describe what I experienced.


The light reflecting off one wall to the other wall was surreal.  In seemed as though I was standing in the middle of a water color painting.


The formations created by wind, water and the elements where so unique and individual.  Yet an art created just for me that day.


Though I was spent physically, my spirits were lifted with the time alone, the peace and quiet and the accomplishment of getting to the top of the trail….


 Posted by at 10:33 PM
Apr 052012

Tonight on the way home my desire heightened to capture with the new “gear” so I hit the neighborhood.  I love my community.  All makes and sizes, old and new homes.  Very large and very old homes and barns.  Makes for some fun captures with little time to do so.

Grabbed the D4, the 28-300 lens and took some 9 shot HDR captures.  At home in post tonight ran them through  photomatix pro and Silver EFEX pro to the black and white.  Fast simple and enjoyable.  I am blessed.  Just need a whole day with the cameras and the manuals. Stay-in-touch..



 Posted by at 9:21 PM
Apr 042012

The pitch for the Nikon D800 is partially a better pixel/resolution camera for the studio and landscapes.  I’ll tell you what!  The D800 performs just as Nikon is claiming and even better in my opinion.  I am truly amazed with the resolution of this camera.   Just wish I could get out to use it and the incredible D4 more…..

 Posted by at 9:23 PM