Category Archives: Landscape

The Elephant in the Room

As almost everyone, including myself, now carries a smart phone, it would be remiss of me not to recognize these devices and how they are creating photographers out of everyone. And I have to admit, I have used mine from time to time, it’s a great way to stay sharp and sometimes your phone is handier at that particular moment than sadly your camera. In acknowledgement of that, I offer up the following captures from my “smart phone”.

An arching rainbow crosses the sky in late October.

October rainbow as a rainstorm passes by.

A sandwich of seasoned tempeh, lettuce and tomato with avocado spread on pumpernickel bread with olives on the side

A great sandwich ready to eat.

Primitive and provocative images appear in fence panels

Images appear in fence panels

 

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Honorable Mention earned in the Oakland County Parks Photo Contest

As readers of my posts know, I enjoy entering photo contest. Photo contests are a great way to put your photos out for other to see, to get your name out there and see what people think of your work. With small contests the categories are pretty specific as in the annual Oakland County Parks contest. I enjoy the outdoors, I enjoy parks, I enjoy people watching in the parks and Oakland County is right next-door so why not. And the result was an Honorable Mention for my “Buhl Lake Fisherman”, and a wonderful evening in a beautiful park.

Fishing on buhl lake in a kayak

Honorable Mention: Fisherman enjoying an evening of fishing on Buhl Lake.

 

 

Buhl lake with mist.

As the rain moves away the mist rises off Buhl Lake.

Sun gets ready to set after a rainy evening on Buhl Lake.

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Trip to Arizona

Took a week to explore parts of Arizona, from Phoenix northward, most notably Sedona, Jerome and the Grand Canyon. Surprisingly, the weather co-operated, photographically with the threat of rain, light rain, partly cloudy skies and mild temperatures too for most of the trip. The photos below really drive home the point of shooting during the “golden hours” around sunrise and sunset. Even with all the digital tools available today in post processing there is only so much you can do to make up for mid afternoon light as the photo below from the Grand Canyon shows.

Grand Canyon, Arizona

The beautiful, awe inspiring Grand Canyon shot in the mid afternoon.

 

 

 

 

Full moon rising over Sedona, Arizona.

The full moon rises over Sedona.

 

 

 

 

Landscape shot of both Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock in Sedona, Arizona.

Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock under threatening skies.

 

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Results of 2017 Trierenberg International Super Circuit are in

Once again I have had work accepted and send on for final judging. Five of my eighteen submissions went on to final judging. Alas, none won, but they say if you can get even one accepted in this international juried photo show in Austria, your work is pretty damn good.

Here are three of my submissions that went on for final judging.

Alaskan fjord, called Tracy Arm

Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska

Alaskan fjord called Tracy Arm

Cloud and mist swept forests of Tracy Arm Fjord.

water level of the Colorado river Hoover Dam water level

The Colorado river at the Hoover Dam in 2016.

If you’re interested in entering next year, here is the link to the site:

 

http://www.photocontest.at/

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Pura Vida! Costa Rica

We spent a week in beautiful Costa Rica, just South of San Jose in the foothills near Santa Ana. The Hotel Posada Canal Grande gave us great views of the Central Valley and the Volcanoes (Poas and Irazu) to the North. As this is our first visit, I took a somewhat conservative approach and didn’t rent a car to explore on our own and considering the traffic, I think I made a good choice. I was expecting high humidity and windy days in the Central Valley but I wasn’t counting on volcanic ash from Turrialba, which added to the haze on a couple of days, and one morning left our hotel room floors feeling a little gritty.

Parting clouds reveal the volcano

The slope of Poas leading away from the caldera.

The tours were good from a non-photographic stand point, as we usually arrived at our destinations by mid morning but, we had fun, the Costa Rican people are friendly and try to be helpful whenever possible. We were lucky enough on our visit to Arenal Volcano to have a clear view of in but not so much when it came to Poas, which can be hit or miss when you visit it for the clouds seem to constantly roll in.

Poas volcano, Costa Rica

Poas appears out of the mist.

Unfortunately, we didn’t book our trip to the Irazu Volcano soon enough and it was sold out due to the recent eruptions of the Turrialba Volcano, that can be seen from Irazu. The important take away here is, when a place is new to you, you can always find something to photograph, like Flycatchers nesting right next to our hotel pool.

A pair of birds, Fly-catchers bring food to their young.

A pair of Fly-catchers’ working hard to keep their brood fed.

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Business Trip Bonus #2: Hoover Dam

My second excursion while in Las Vegas after business hours was out to Hoover Dam. Built at the height of the Great Depression of the 1930’s as a way to control the Colorado River and generate electricity (also water for the surrounding areas). The dam is a marvel and once you look down upon it from the newly constructed Pat Tillman Bridge you really get a true sense of the utter scale of this project and what it took to build.

The very next thing that you’ll notice is the white “bath tub” ring on Lake Mead that shows just how much the years and years of drought have had on the area. Yes, that’s well over one hundred feet below where it should be and if it drops much lower they will not be able to generate electricity.

The Colorado River leaves the Hoover Dam flowing under the Pat Tillman Bridge

The Colorado River leaves the Hoover Dam flowing under the Pat Tillman Bridge.

hoover dam lake mead

The Hoover Dam water intakes on Lake Mead. The water should be just below the bridges connecting the water intakes!

The Hoover Dam intakes on the Arizona side.

The Hoover Dam and what’s left of Lake Mead on the Arizona side.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tip: Because of the tripod issues from the day before, I decided to boost the ISO and hand hold for these shots, the key is to develop a good solid stance and brace you against something.

 

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Vegas Business Trip

 

I recently made the most of a four day business trip to Las Vegas with evening trips to Red Rock Canyon and Hoover Dam (Hoover Dam will be posted very soon). The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is an awe inspiring park about twenty miles outside Las Vegas and for a small admission price you can enjoy a beautiful loop drive offering plenty of places to stop, get out and hike, bike, climb, picnic all the while taking in the desert views and wildlife.

Getting these shots proved to be a bit of a challenge due to the thirty to forty mile an hour winds and my use of a unfamiliar tripod but, with the sun approaching the horizon on a cloudless sky you have to adapt quickly and I did. It also helped that I wasn’t driving (Thank you to my co-worker Theresa).

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Red Rock Canyon as sunset nears.

A foot path leading to one of the sandstone outcropping

Red Rock Canyon path

A shot of the sandstone with divergent patterns and people

Putting it into perspective.

 

 

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2016 Trierenberg Super Circuit has opened for entries

The Trierenberg Super Circuit is now accepting submissions for their 2016 competitions. It is an international photo salon that I have be participating in for years and it’s a great opportunity to have your work judged on an international level getting international recognition as well. Over the years, this salon has grown steadily and now offers a wide variety of themes. One of this years themes, “My Four Best Images” is giving me a chance to submit two of my past Gold Metal winning photographs, “Goose On McNally Lake” & “Winter’s Remains”, that won and gave me a reason to visit Austria to accept the gold medals in person. If you’re interested, here is the link to the site:   http://www.photocontest.at/

 

Goose on a misty lake early in the morning

Early in the morning a Goose floats through the mist on McNally Lake.

Deer leg lies on the snow.

The remains of a deer leg on snow.

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A Special Trip to Denver, Colorado

I got the chance to return to Denver after to many years away and boy the changes. After a couple of days of work related meetings, I rented a car to check out a few of my old favorite places near Denver: Mt. Evans and Red Rocks Park. The drive up to Mt. Evans was loaded with anticipation over the autumn views and the weather, but, sadly, the road to the summit had closed just the week before and as far as I could go was Echo Lake, which isn’t bad and the weather was great. After hiking around the Echo Lake area, I headed to Red Rocks Park taking in the beautiful fall vistas along the way. It was afternoon sun but, I didn’t care, it was a great opportunity and I was going to make the most of it.

Bride and her Maid of Honor hike along a trail near Mount Evans.

A bride and her Maid of Honor on the foot path near Mount Evans.

 

The golden aspen trees give way to the pine forest with snowy mountain peak touching a hazy blue sky.

An autumn view on the foot path from Echo Lake.

Reddish colored rock outcopping tilted in various angles

Red Rocks Park, a geological outcropping of reddish colored rocks near Denver.

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Final Stop: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

This final stop of our cruise on the Ruby Princess didn’t afford us a lot of daylight so we choose to take the short walk down to Fisherman’s Wharf and as the sun began to set on the calm, near cloudless warm evening, we soaked up the marine environment strolling around the docks. As the day slowly eased to night in the eclectic neighborhood of colorful float homes, the calm, peaceful, welcoming atmosphere was in stark contrast to the excessive hustle and bustle of the past few days. The homes are colorful and the evening light with the light crowds make the experience that must better. It may have the perfect weather, the evening light or just the lack of crowds but this tiny little community left its mark on me.

 

Victoria, British Columbia's Float Home Community, 2015.

Colorful homes of Fisherman’s Wharf

Fishermans Wharf Folk Art

Just Sitting on the Wharf.

MoonShadow 1

MoonShadow’s Statement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes it’s just being in the right place and the right time. Most of the tourist had left for the day, things got peaceful and the setting sun gave this colorful little community extra pop allowing me to get these great shots.

 

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