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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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Cruising Tracy Arm Fjord

Well our luck of unseasonably nice weather finally ran out and of course it was while we were cruising the Tracy Fjord Inner Passage. So, if shooting from a moving ship didn’t offer enough of a challenge, throw in a steady heavy mist to bouts of light rain. My original plan was to shoot from the bow of the ship, I had scouted out a couple of places that looked promising, but in the end, I found a sheltered area at the stern. The rain covers I ordered just before leaving worked great once I got used to shooting with them covering the camera.

 

The inner passage, tracy arm fjord, alaska

What can I say, just breath taking beauty, even when the weather is bad.

Tracy Arm Fjord

A stunning view of the Inner Passage of Tracy Arm Fjord.

The Inner Passage of Alaska.

Just more breath-taking scenery from the Inner Passage.

As you can see from these shots, bad weather shouldn’t detour you, I actually welcome unpleasant weather; as all this beauty passed by, I just wanted to be on solid ground with my tripod and ISO set to 50 but, I’ll take these hand-held captures any day.

 

Tracy Arm Fjord/Fords Terror Wilderness.

The weather gives a hint as to why this is called Fords Terror Wilderness (zoom in on the iceberg and check out the Bald Eagles).

 

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November at Little Sable Light

Had the week off from work and was going to spend a couple of days driving along the coast of Lake Michigan in Western Michigan but, the weather said other wise. I did get to Little Sable Light just South of Pentwater to get this shot. It was 30 degrees and the wind was blowing about 25 miles an hour making it feel like 18 degrees. I headed home shortly after just ahead of the snow and ice that hit Grand Rapids. Sometimes it pays to trust your gut instincts.

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Little Sable Light

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Winter, winter & more winter

Well, sure is one winter to remember. Storm after storm, snow, snow and more snow and of course don’t forget the polar vortex which is suppose to return this week. This can sure make it tough to get out and shoot, sub-zero temperature and wind chill factors just compound the challenges (these new digital camera don’t take the cold well) but, you can still get shots to remember this wonderful winter.

As the last storm that hit us came through, (at night) I used the wind break of my house to capture the event.

One of many 2014 snow storms in Warren, Michigan

One of many 2014 snow storms in Warren, Michigan

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