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The Buttermilks and Mono Lake

The last few days have been busy.  Zayne has been with her mother, so Kevin and I spent a bunch of time wandering around the desert, taking photos, looking for snakes and lizards, and just hanging out.  This really has been one of the most incredible weeks of my life.  We are already planning for him to come visit in August, sometime around my birthday, at least for a day or two.  It’s hard to believe I only met him 7 days ago, and here I sit, missing him, only 9 hours after dropping him at the airport.  I guess that’s life.  Anyhow…on with the photos..

Turkey Vulture

 There was a ton of Turkey Vultures flying around.  This one got fairly brave and flew right down near us, searching the boulders for food.  We also found a bunch of lizards and even a couple Panamints…
 
 

Panamint Rattler–Crotalus stephensi
Panamint Rattler–Crotalus stephensi

It was quite a lovely day…

Kevin trying to get the shot
Little Peak
Buttermilk Ridgeline

Kevin’s flight back home was this afternoon, so we left the house around 5am, and headed up to Mono Lake, to get some early morning shots before he had to go.  It was another spectacular day…

Mono Lake Tufa

Looking for a shot
South Tufa Portrait

This has been one of the most incredible weeks of my life.  I’m really glad I took a chance and reached out to my son.  I’m even more thrilled that he responded positively.  I think we have a good thing to build on here…

Thanks for taking the time to look!


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!


Storms From All Around

Took a quick trip out to a spot along the Owens River to take some photos of the gathering clouds to the north…

Northern Whites

Storm Over the Owens River

Just a quick afternoon trip for some cool B&W shots…

Thanks for looking!