Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Road Trip!!! First Photo Day...Zion National Park!




Disclaimer...
This trip was my first attempt at shooting
the gorgeous canyons of Zion and the Grand Canyon!

That said...OMG!!!
These canyons are sooooooo hard to photograph!!!


One of my very first "test" shots...when I imported them to 
Lightroom, the first 4 were totally black...
this was the 4th one!!!
Thanks to LR tweaks...I managed to resurrect this enough
for online pics!!!


OK...here comes the first challenge...
totally bright light...it was in the mid-late afternoon...
but still harsh light...


I loved the trees against the rock formation!
Again, very challenging as the camera was hand held...
lens was not a long telephoto...
and I cropped the bejeezus out of this to get what I wanted. 


Second and biggest challenge...
shooting extreme shadows against bright light!
Yep...in my original import, the shadows are practically black...
the brightly lit mountain, practically white...


Darned shadows and light!


I found the contrail rather comical!
Here you get a feel for the dark shadow/bright light challenges.


The shadows grew darker fast in the late afternoon.


...and yet...that bright sunlight stayed soooo bright!


I was very intrigued by these single trees springing 
up on the side of these austere canyon walls...


I think this is my favorite shot!


Challenge number three...
balancing the contrast between the bright light and deep shadows, 
without affecting the sky...


We were only in Zion for the afternoon...
our stop for the night was in Kanab Utah.
This was the sunset we got to watch while washing away the dust
with a cocktail at our B&B!!!


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Friday, October 5, 2018

The Next Day...Wine Song!!!



Our friends Steve and Sharron have been telling us about WineSong
for a long time...


So here we are!  In Mendocino...with beautiful surroundings...


...and lots of people!!! 
A wine tasting festival (fundraiser) par excellence!!!


It was a beautiful day...
and we're ready to tantalize our taste buds!!!


But wait!!!
Look at these spectacuar flowers!!!


Aren't they gorgeous?


And music!!!


And more flowers...


...I can't get enough!!!


The flowers were amazing!
After all...it was held in the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens!


I don't think he was too pleased that I took his pic...


...but this guy was fine with it!!!


There were musicians everywhere!


And then of course...the reason we were there...
to taste wine!!!



Tasting wine and smelling the flowers along the way...
with music playing in the background...


...what better way to people and enjoy the fabulous ambience!!!


The foursome!


A random girl, clowning around for her friends...
making hand hearts...
because just across the way....


...a young couple was getting some early wedding pics!!!


The end of the day...feet dragging after all that wine tasting...
more beautiful flowers to enjoy along the way!

WineSong is an annual fundraiser 
for the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation.
Close to 100 of the best California wineries, give or take a few!
Next one...
Saturday, Sept. 7th, 2019



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Friday, September 28, 2018

A Weekend at the Albion River Inn...




Mendocino is a really lovely area of California to visit.
And the Albion River Inn is one of my very favorite places to stay!
Each room has a deck in back, overlooking this spectacular view.




Pretty awesome visit...
sitting on the deck overlooking where the river meets the ocean...
catching up with friends Steve and Sharron...


 Drinking a bit of wine....


...well...maybe a little more than a bit...


...and enjoying the sunsets!



Next post you'll see how we spent our day!!!



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Monday, August 27, 2018

Color in the Sunset Sky...



When I lived in Mammoth Lakes California, in the 
Eastern Sierras, I was privy to lot's of glorious sunsets...
and clouds.

Cloud Series...


This glorious cloud is a combination of a thundercloud forming and the smoke from a nearby fire.


A silver lining to any forest fire is the spectacular
cloud formations and colors.


This one isn't from a fire...just a glorious sunset!



A lenticular cloud...known in Mammoth
as a Sierra Wave.




I'd love to hear what you think about these!

Can you see any of them framed as a single art piece?

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