Trees

2013-03-07-Spring-Skiing

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 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?

 

On probably the last nice day of the season for a sunny and warm photo shoot, I had the great pleasure of capturing some amazing images of Kenzie.  There were a couple of new locations to try out and Kenzie and her dog, Koda were my willing subjects of the day.

Here they are next to a pond near Eagle, Idaho.

I forgot to mention what a nice and natural smile she has.

After an outfit change we moved to a second spot that I’ve wanted to shoot at for quite a while.  It was an awesome day for light and the location was magic from a photographer’s point of view.  I’ll be back.

I’m not sure how many times I said, “One more shot” to Kenzie, but I think she quit believing me after about my 10th time.  The following was nearly my last shot showing a totally different mood.  It is one of my favorites.

Thanks for a fun photo shoot, Kenzie.  Hope you enjoy your images.

 

This Fall has been one of the prettiest that I remember for years.  Sometimes the cold weather comes on too quickly and the leaves turn from green to brown in a very short time.  Then there are years like this where the cold weather just teases the trees and  we end up with weeks upon weeks of great color.  We are blessed to have a teaser year which is evidenced by this photo.

When I look at this photo I put myself in a very serene place, but that is far from the truth.  I was on a bike ride on Eagle road which is probably the busiest road in the state.  This walking path was no more than 20 feet from the 55 mph traffic.  It just goes to show you that you can find beauty in the most interesting places, if you just slow down and look around.

Happy Autumn.

2009-11-08While out for a bike ride today I spotted a fisherman having a great time on the river.  I had to stop and take a shot or two since the vibrant colors were showing their stuff.  This fall has been particularly nice for colors and it has lasted longer than usual.

Keep your eyes open for a nice shot and don’t be afraid to stop and take the photo.  It would have been easy for me to pedal on past, but I’m glad that I stopped.

Another thing to note is that I would have normally only my cell phone camera with me on a bike ride, but I took a pocket camera with me in hopes of seeing something good.  I was not disappointed.

Click to buy on iStockphoto.comOne place that I love to photograph is at old cemeteries.  As you walk amongst the gravestones, you think about what life was like for those people in the days of old and how much easier we have it today.

There is one in particular in Boise that is in the foothills and is not visited very often.  I was walking through it the other day looking for a good composition (I didn’t say decomposition 🙂 ) and found this one that I actually took may years ago with a film camera, but decided to capture it again on digital. 

I like the lead-in that the fence provides, taking your eye into the picture and up to the tree. The deep blue sky this winter day provided is quite nice as well.

Here is a photograph of some Aspen trees after an autumn rain taken just north of Ketchum, Idaho. The rain really brings out the vibrancy of the colors.

It used too be that I would leave the camera at home on a rainy day, but a little rain can help to make a great looking image.

Keep on shootiing… even if it looks like rain! 🙂

Vivid Fall ColorsI love taking pictures in the fall season.  You can usually count on getting some very nice colors off of the changing foliage of trees and bushes.  The same day that I photographed the fall picture of the foot bridge (see March 27, 2008 post), we were driving toward Galena summit north of Sun Valley, Idaho and saw these nice colors.  It was also a rainy day which helped to bring out some of the richness of the leaves.

Someday, I would like to travel to the east coast of the country in the fall to see the thousands of square miles of trees all showing off their autumn colors.  It would be a photographer’s dream.

Winter BridgeWe were able to stop by “the foot bridge” to take the winter version of the image that was shown in my last post. I tried to remember just where I was standing and where I had the center of the photo. It was close, but may have to try again next year. 🙂

It’s amazing to see the difference between the 2 shots with no leaves on the trees and the wood planks covered in snow.

Find the location for your 4 season shots and remember the details. Things such as time of day, focal length of the lens, aperture, focus point and where you were standing will help with constancy.