InversionBoise sits in a valley that is about 2,800 feet above sea level.  It is also right next to a ridge of mountains that reach up to about 7,000 feet.  The mountaintop is where the local ski area “Bogus Basin” is located and is only 16 miles from town.

Nearly every winter we get to experience temperature inversions where the temperature in the valley is lower than the temperature on the mountain.  Quite often when this happens, low clouds and sometimes even fog forms in the valley hiding what is truly going on above.

It is days like this when it is fun to escape the valley floor and head to the mountains.  Once you break through the clouds, you get to see a fantastic blue sky above with a blanket of clouds below.  It’s an awesome site.

I did a little bit of exposure manipulation in Photoshop before posting this image.  The sun caused the whole image to appear a bit on the dark side, so I adjusted the image to have a good exposure for the sky and saved it to a file.  Then I took the same image and adjusted the exposure for the hills in the foreground.  I then brought in the original “sky exposure” image and stacked it on top of the “foreground exposure” image.  I then masked out the lower portion of the sky image so that the foreground image showed through on the bottom of the photo.

Canon PowerShot S-500 (pocket camera), lens 7.4mm @ f7.1, 1/1250, ISO 50

Ski BootsAnother sunny day of skiing at Bogus Basin brings this “odd” photo. What is there to do while riding alone on a chair lift but to take pictures.

I grabbed onto the back of the chair and leaned out as far as I dared to grab this shot between my ski boots.

Canon PowerShot S-500 (pocket camera), lens 7.4mm @ f7.1, 1/200, ISO 50.



Skiing SunsetThis weekend was a great time to be at the nearby Bogus Basin ski resort. The sky was quite blue, the snow conditions were nice enough that it made everyone look good as they skied down the mountain.

I referred to this images as a sunset. Actually, it was another 3 hours before the sun would be going down, but only a fraction of that time before it set behind the mountain.

I really like back lit ski shots. It makes for a good spray of the snow as this skier carves his turns.  I also like the silhouette it makes of the subject.

The camera was set to an automatic mode and I pointed it in the general direction of what I wanted to shoot. The direct sun created some interesting highlights as it bounced around between the lens elements.

When I later cropped the image I took into account the rule of thirds for composition. The horizon is about 1/3 of the way up from the bottom. The skier is about 1/3 of the way from the right of the image. The sun was opposite from the main subject to balance the composition.

Canon PowerShot S-500 (pocket camera), lens 7.4mm @ f7.1, 1/800, ISO 50.