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Posts tagged “sunrise

What a GORGEOUS Day!!

Ahh…it felt like Spring.  Hell, it almost felt like summer!  Woke up to a gorgeous sunrise, and had my first cup of coffee on the front porch listening to the sparrows as the sun crept up over the hills…

Sparrow at Sunrise

I got home from work and the Sphinx moths were back out, only this time they were after the freshly blossomed lilacs…

I had to go down to Big Pine to water some animals for a friend who is out of town.  For giggles, I cruised up one of my favorite roads to see if by chance the snakes were awake, and wouldn’t you know it…

Panamint Rattlesnake--Crotalus stephensi

This little juvenile Panamint was very cool, chilling in the road on the way back down.  So it’s official.  First snake of the year means spring is officially here!  I don’t care the weather thinks…

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Finally…A Nice Day

I got a brand-spanking new 70-300mm lens just this past Friday.  I’ve been wanting this lens for a couple of years now, specifically to shoot birds and skittish lizards.  As luck would have it, the weather has been absolutely horrible since Friday evening.  Today was the first chance I had to really take it out and play around.  A lens with this much reach takes some getting used to, but I expect I’ll get the hang of it fairly soon…

As the Sun Fades...

She's thinking, "Can it see me?"...

Spring has come for this nesting hen...

A pair of House Finches, preening in the early morning sun

Just some quick shots from the front yard, and a run through the town park this afternoon.  Not a lot to shoot, but enough to get the lens out and have some fun.   I’m really looking forward to the Eastern Sierra Herpetology Club field trip next Sunday…

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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

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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

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The White Mountains in Shades of Grey

I went out just after sunrise this morning, looking for great lighting, awesome clouds, and some B&W landscapes.  I was not disappointed…

And of course, morning would not be complete without at least one shot of the Eastern Sierras…

Wheeler Crest

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Sunrise…A Good Time to be Me…

I took a quick drive out to a spot I was alerted to by my friend Bob Rice.  I saw an outstanding B&W print he made at this location, and he was kind enough to share directions with me.  What better time than sunrise?

Sunrise at Wheeler Crest--HDR

 This first one is an HDR using 3 exposures at -4EV, -2EV, and 0EV.  I used Photoshop CS4 to process the HDR, and the Photomatix Tone Mapping plug-in.  I was trying to be subtle…

Window to Wheeler Crest

This one is not HDR.  This is a single 5 second exposure.

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Do Overs…

Remember when we were kids?  Like most photographers, I always save my original, straight from the camera files, just in case I ever want to re-visit them.  Over the last couple days, I have done just that.  So here are some older shots that I have recently re-worked to what I believe are better results.  I hope you enjoy!

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Buttermilk Sunrise

Not a spectacular morning as sunrises go.  Rather than battle the hundreds of other photographers at North Lake this morning, I opted for the lower elevation and less-crowded desert of Buttermilk Country…

Nothing fancy, but a very pretty morning to be awake.  Thanks for looking!