It was a great day for some spring skiing at nearby resort, Bogus Basin.  Mostly sunny with spring type snow.  I had my Canon 40D DSLR with me today, but took this particular image with my iPhone using the new panorama feature.  It does an amazing job.  From the far left edge to the far right edge was about 100 degrees of azimuth.

This image was captured on the cat track heading south from the top of the Superior chairlift near the top of Shafer Butte.  You can see Dear Point with the TV transmitter antennas in the distance.



I’m experimenting a bit more with the Nik HDR Efex Pro 2 software.  I wanted to show you the HDR output along with the original “close to the right exposure” frame.  People can get carried away and overdo the effect, but I’m trying to take a more subtile approach.

Here is the image combining 8 frames into one to expand the dynamic range:

Here is the single exposure image:

Which do you like better?

P.S.  If you look closely, you can see the moon high in the sky.



Here is an image that I captured on Lopez Island, Washington.  It is actually a combination of 8 different images captured at 2/3 of an f-stop difference between each one. They were then combined using the Nik HDR Effects 2 software. The goal of the software is to easily combine images with different exposers in an attempt to expand the dynamic range of the camera sensor to more closely match what the eye sees in real life.

This was my first attempt at using the software and I have a lot more learning to do. But, it is fun learning new things and it gets me thinking a bit more about the final image when I’m capturing the shot in the field.



I was going through some images from a few years ago and ran across this one that I captured one summer morning in Julia Davis Park in Boise, Idaho.  The coolness of the morning brought out the haze in the air which added to the image.  Hope you enjoy it.


I had a fun time this evening at a nearby community named Hidden Springs which is about 5 miles north of Boise in the foothills. It was twilight and getting darker by the minute.

This tree has been a focus of mine for quite some time and I envisioned a photo with stars in the sky and the lights of the community shining from its windows. That wasn’t to be on this particular evening.  The sky was somewhat cloudy, so no stars. Fulfilling my photographic vision will have to be a project for another day.

I did take about a dozen shots, ranging anywhere from 4 seconds to 30 seconds in duration. This particular one was 4 seconds in length. This is nothing like it looked to my eye in the field, as it was very dark, but the more I played with it on the computer the more it became a daytime scene.

My wife never likes it when I go black and white on a subject. She says that it sucks the life out of the image.  I just laugh and she gives me “the look.”  🙂

Here is the same image as it came out of the camera.

What do you think? Do you like the black and white, or the original color image better?


This image was captured on the 2011 Autumnal Equinox just a couple of miles from our house.  I knew of some west facing tracks that would make a great frame from the setting sun.  It was amazing to see how the tracks lit up from the sun’s light, just as if they were on fire.  One other interesting thing to note is how wavy the tracks appear.  This was accentuated by the telephoto lens attached to my camera.



My wife and I took a little hike in the foothills east of Boise, Idaho just to capture some images because I just knew it would be a spectacular sunset. How did I know? Partly because of the fantastic sunrise this morning, plus the sky was clear of clouds but still quite smokey from the nearby wildfires.

I like this particular image because it looks like the branches are holding up the sun.

A larger version of the photo can be seen on the 500px photo sharing site.


Spring is a great time to visit Shoshone Falls near Twin Falls, Idaho. The water drops 212 feet and the falls is nearly 1500 feet wide. I had the fortune of traveling through this part of the world this week and had heard that water over the falls was really flowing high. Later in the year much of the water gets diverted for irrigation purposes and the scene is totally different. So much water was coming over the falls on this day that you could not see the bottom of it due to all the mist that was being kicked up. I also had to watch which way the wind was blowing to keep water off of my camera.

If you have a chance to get down there in the next week or so, make it happen. I have no idea how long until the flow decreases, so you might call ahead and see.

I’m also taking the opportunity of using a new application on the iPad to write this post. It is called Blogsy and is pretty amazing for a brand new application. It makes creating a new blog post quite easy, including the insertion of images.


2009-06-14In the evenings after a good rainstorm we can often look to the east from our house and see some amazing rainbows. This was the case on this day. I used a 17mm lens on the camera so that I could catch the entire rainbow in one shot. Unfortunately, this can introduce some interesting distortion at the edges of the photo.



2009-01-28Here is another shot from the cemetery I visited a few weeks ago.  For this particular image,  I put on the wide angle lens (17mm) and composed the photo.

When I shoot with a wide angle lens, I normally will try to get very close to some part of the subject, otherwise everything in the photo would seem like a long way away.  It is a great way to add some depth to the image.

Next time you are out taking photos, try different focal lengths on your lens (zoom in or out) and recompose your shots by using your feet.  That is, walk around to compensate for the change of perspective.  It’s amazing how different the same subject will look.