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.




We’ve been visited several times in our neighborhood by this gorgeous bird.  I checked with some good friends of ours and they said it is a Kestrel, a member of the falcon family.

It is a beautiful bird.


I like taking a different view of normal scenes. Here is another image of my wife walking along the river in Boise. I wanted to frame her with the darkness of the tunnel, so I positioned myself on one end, and her on the other, having first calculated the exposure. If I would have let the camera pick the exposure the subject would have been very much over exposed due to all the blackness of the tunnel. Manual mode is a great way to take control of the situation. Expose for the subject, then frame the subject.  The subject will look great.

I did a bit of enhancement after the fact using NIK Viveza 2 software to warm up the scene and to bring out some of the shadow details of the cement wall on the left.


One of our favorite things to do is to take walks along the river.  Every time we walk passed this particular place (near Eagle, Idaho), I compose this particular shot in my mind. I like it because of how all the trees are leaning, framing the subject.  This time I was prepared with a camera with a telephoto lens so that I could get the look I was seeing in my head.

After copying the image to my computer, I added a couple of filters from NIK Color Efex Pro 4, then made just a few more adjustments in Adobe Lightroom 3.

A Walk by the Boise River in Eagle, Idaho

2010-02-19It’s winter in Idaho and with that comes fun in the snow.  We are blessed to have a great ski resort just 15 miles from Boise.  On this particular day, there was an occasional hint of blue sky peeking through, but for the most part, it was foggy and sometimes snowing.  This lead to some very flat lighting.  I took my Canon 40D with me this day in hopes for some great shots, but didn’t end up with too much, but did end up with a couple.

Even if the day isn’t the best for shooting, try to make the best of what the day has to give, no matter which end of the camera you are on.

2010-01-23This photo is a little more inline for the current season.  Sure we would like to be sailing under a nice blue sky as seen in my prior post, but the snow is this photo turns into water to sail on when summer finally arrives.

We were cross country skiing up a Bogus Basin a few miles from Boise and I liked the image of the parallel lines formed by the ski tracks.  I sat down on the back of my skis an took this shot making sure to leave the tips of my skis in the photo. This puts in some color and to adds more to the storyline 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.