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A few more random shots…

Just a few more random shots from the last couple of days that Kevin was in town…

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What a Day!

So…I picked my son up at the airport on Sunday.  I haven’t seen him since he was 2 years old, and he has no conscious memory of me at all.  He’s a 21-year-old Army combat veteran, now.  We had a 4 hour drive from the airport to the house, and we spent 99% of it talking, laughing, and getting to know each other.  It really surprises me how much we have in common, both in terms of things we enjoy, and our personalities…the way we think.  We share similar opinions on many subjects, and enjoy many of the same hobbies and activities. 

It’s really been a nice couple of days.  We went for a walk around the Buttermilk area, looking for snake and lizards, and taking pictures yesterday afternoon…

My son, Kevin, looking for snakes and lizards, camera 'round his neck

 We did manage to find a few lizards, but no snakes…

Great Basin Fence Lizard--Sceloporus occidentalis longipes

And a B&W panorama of some of my favorite mountains…

2 shot pano--Paiute Crag to Mt. Humphries

 Last night, Kevin and I went road cruising for snakes for a little bit.  We didn’t see any snakes, but we did find a Great Basin Spadefoot toad, which is always a welcome and rare treat in Inyo County…

Great Basin Spadefoot--Spea intermontana

It’s been fantastic so far!  We are going to pick up Zayne either tonight or tomorrow.  These two haven’t met, yet, so I’m pretty excited to get them both together…

Thanks for looking!


HDR from Last Night…

While shooting the sunset last night, I took a chance and shot a 4 exposure HDR, at 1stop intervals.  I don’t do HDR very often, but occasionally, it works out…

As the Sun Goes Down...

I also thought I would share a couple of bird shots from yesterday morning.  I’m really diggin’ the new 70-300mm lens, but I am already drooling over the Zuiko 2X tele-converter…

Anyhow…bird shots…

Grey bird in the tree...I'm not real good with bird ID's...

Cool looking blackbird with a bright yellow breast and orange head...

That’s it.  Just a few more from yesterday.  Thanks for looking!


Finally…A Sunset!

FINALLY!!  Decent weather, not too cold, decent cloud coverage, and good lighting…I went out for some landscape shots…

Black Mountain

Sierra Sunset

White Mountain Sunset

Not a bad night.  Thanks for coming along!


More from yesterday morning…

Just a couple more shots from yesterday morning I felt like sharing…

Bishop Range-Eastern Sierra

Jessica, James, and Little Man

Thanks for stopping by!


Another Gorgeous Morning

So I woke up early, went to get some breakfast with a couple of friends, and went out for photos.  I missed the actual sunrise, but it wasn’t spectacular due to too many clouds in the east.  But just as the sun crested the peaks of the White Mountains, the clouds began to gather over the Sierras, and it turned into a gorgeous morning…

3-shot pano of The Buttermilks

Checkered Demon, Emmerson Peak, Mt Humphries, Little Peak, and Basin Mountains

Buttermilk Morning--HDR

This last one is virtually the same composition as the panorama above, but it is a single exposure, converted to B&W…

Bishop Range, Sierra Nevada Mountains

Thanks for taking the time to look!


Rare Occasion…

OK, so every once in a while, I get bit by the HDR bug, and decide to play around a little bit. The other night, while out shooting B&W storm clouds, I also shot through some brackets for an HDR merge.  This is what I got…

Northern Inyo COunty--HDR

Not too bad.  I don’t like super-saturated, over-cooked HDR images.  I like them when they are subtle…you wouldn’t really know it’s an HDR unless someone told you.  I think this one satisfies that description, but still puts together a nice, wide dynamic range.  What do you think?

Thanks for looking!


Spring…In Places…

So, I dropped the girls off for school this morning, and brought my camera bag with me…just in case.  On the way back, I couldn’t help but catch the storm over the Sierras, moving in from the west…

Bishop Range--3-shot Panoramic

I decided to try a pano shot this morning.  Most of my landscapes are shot at 14-20mm(28-40mm equivalent).  This one was taken with 3 shots in portrait orientation, at 42mm(84mmequiv.), stitched in CS4.  Below is a single exposure at 21mm…

Bishop Range

Just when it’s starting to look like winter isn’t done with us, yet, I pull in the driveway and find tiny, purple Storksbill flowers blooming everywhere!  So here are the first wildflower macros of the season!!

Portrait, in full sunlight

Pretty Pair

It is starting to warm up around here.  I imagine it won’t be but a couple of weeks before smaller wildflowers start springing up everywhere.  Seems a trip to the Alabama Hills again may be in order…

Thanks for coming along!