I like to hike, I love the mountains, I love everything about it. Except sweating, I really don't like to sweat...
Took a hike with my brother and carried my usual one lens/camera kit my SMC 24mm f2.8 & Pentax K200D body. Generally harmonious as a combination and small, perfect for hiking. Think I need to start carrying a macro lens too.
Water drops on leaves are a favorite of mine. Here is where the macro would have come in handy...
The sun peeking through the trees was breathtaking, and I spent quite a bit of time playing. Stopping down to f11 gives me a nice starburst effect without the overdone effect that lenses with a LOT of blades give. 5 blades works for me.
I may have processed this too warm in tone for what was there, but I like it!!!
Maybe I overdid the starburst a little but a new toy is a new toy, you need to master it!!!
This is a pile of old mine diggings that is one of many. Amazing what those tough dudes did in the middle of nowhere in the late 1700's!
Beautiful area to hike in, have really grown to love the Smith&Moorehouse area.
I sometimes get a little tired of the quest for the next "Most awesome shot I have ever taken!" Sometimes it is fun to just shoot without getting too fussy about it. Day after the 4th of July was just such a day. Not stressing over getting to the launch site before anything happens, not ticking off my awesome wife and kids by focusing on photography, just mosey on down to Provo, chase a couple of balloons, and mosey on home. Liked a few of the shots, what is not to like about hot air balloons?
Abstracty but the pattern interests me. Less is more sometimes I guess.
Fun to see a balloon land in the middle of a residential area and people running around in their pyjamas watching.
Never knew Smokey was now a hot air balloon, hope he never gets set on fire!
Yes this last shot is overblown HDR. So what? Like I said I was having FUN!!!
I'm not really much for wildlife photography though I have been attempting it a little more recently due to the proximity of a lake to my home. If I were to get truly serious about it I would start jonesing for a number of lenses that I cannot afford and subsequently drive my wife crazy. So... I dabble.
I found that exposure compensation was a big deal as I was shooting dark plumage and while trying to get enough light to have some shadow detail I had to make sure I didn't over expose the image and get something truly terrible looking.
I was especially pleased with this image, in the full resolution file, you can see he is looking RIGHT at me, perhaps wondering if I am a threat, or possibly if I taste good...
I was not pleased with the color rendition in this photo, I think it is simply a characteristic of this particular lens. Really need to place this lens next to my DA 55-300 @ 300mm and see how well they compare.
Whenever I think I have gotten as many photos as I need of the temple, I find I need more. Why? Because I do. Just because. These first three are HDR and maybe a trifle over the top. Doesn't matter to me, I like them. Neiner neiner!
In this series I was trying to duplicate a prior success and in part I did, I have wanted to toy with backlighting on the temple for a long time. Looking for drama I suppose. It definitely challenges a lens to shoot directly into the sun though.
I'm behind on editing and posting photos, LOVE being busy but it gets me crazy sometimes. Like I NEED crazy added!!!!
These were all taken with my DA 55-300mm lens, "consumer grade" but plays above it's origins as far as IQ goes. There are sharper lenses, but for the size and weight, it works very well. I shot all of these out by the lake by my home. I had never seen a Yellow Headed Blackbird before, that was pretty cool! So was the Green bee...
Sometimes I like to take my camera with me just anywhere. This time it was to a wedding. Yeah, photographer at a wedding, but not THE photographer, thank heavens!
What I love are the details and decorative stuff that would normally annoy me but that are fun to take pictures of. Who thinks of this stuff?
As a side note, I am definitely a Prime not a Zoom lens shooter, but there is something to be said for my Sigma 17-70 (The older f2.8-4.5 screwdrive version) It is just a versatile lens, and not too big. I will likely ALWAYS have one in my bag... unless Pentax makes something better for the size.
Sometimes I find myself wanting to push things a little bit, I try to not alter reality too much, in fact I try to use the manipulations I can do to create images that look more realistic than the camera can capture in a single exposure. This particular trip into downtown after work I decided that I wanted to just let it all hang out and capture the weirdness of the clouds.
This shot is actually flipped, it is a reflection in a pool that just begged to be turned so that it looked like the actual thing. The reflections made for a cool look once run through Photomatix, HDR is pretty much a have to use with this kind of backlighting. Makes it look like the temple is on fire!
If you could term any of my HDR's to be conventional this is more that way. Still pretty crazy.
These used to be used as the main entrance to the temple, I wonder how many hands have used these knobs!
I stooged around waiting for the sun to get DIRECTLY behind the spire, then I stood in the slightly wrong spot and slightly missed it. Like the effect a LOT though!
This is my FAVE!!!! I truly want to print this one. Maybe Canvas????
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