Wednesday, November 28, 2018

More at the North Rim!

Sooo...I submitted some of my pics to be critiqued in my 
photography club... suggestion was to convert some of them to B&W...

Sooo...what do you think?
(This is the same pic as the banner photo.)

Cape Royal...look through the window...then look above
and find the a bit of perspective doesn't it?!!

I did several of these when nearing sunset...
some show sun spots, others sun rays.
In this one, the shadows and light really took on a blue hue 
and brought out the sun spots.

This one has more of the rays and a more purple tone... 
...I thought I'd try it in B&W also!

Which one of the 3 do you prefer?

This is one I had also submitted at the Photo club...
...after I tweaked it according to the suggestions...

...and then I tried it in B&W!

Believe it or not, I didn't touch the color saturation!

And again in B&W. 

Call me crazy...this angle made me think of the Coliseum in Rome!

No clouds for sunset, but lots of interesting shadows!

The colors kept changing...and the dust in the air 
gave the sunset more color!

Our last night at the North Rim, we got to upgrade to a cabin...
right on the edge of the Canyon rim!!!
It was the very last night that the lodge would be open,
so the next day was my last day to do sunrise...
I was hoping to have some of the expected snow in the morning!

Yeah...well...there was definitely snow!!!
This is sunrise on the canyon rim from the door of our cabin...
that grey on the right...yep...that's the canyon!!!
The canyon was utterly and completely socked in with clouds.

We were the last cabin on the rim edge on the way to 
Bright Angel Point.
The bench has a beautiful view of the canyon.... did the day before!!!

The lodge was closing up, and we were headed to 
Sedona so there was no waiting out the day for the 
clouds to dissipate and let the sun come out.

Loved the North Rim!  Absolutely stunning!
Yeah...I'd love to go back!

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Friday, November 23, 2018

Now...the North Rim of the Grand Canyon!

And I thought Zion was a tough place to photograph!!!

Ohhh My Gosh!!!
Harsh light...deep, deep shadows...

...I was either overexposing or underexposing...

...I have a vastly greater appreciation for any photographer
who gets the really fabulous Grand Canyon shots!

Thank Goodness for Lightroom!!!

The North Rim is spectacularly beautiful.

Staying at the Grand Canyon North Rim Lodge was a wonderful
experience!  The main lodge is right at the edge of the Canyon.
You have to get reservations a year in advance for the cottages.
Our first night was in the newest part of the lodge...a typical
small motel room...
Then we had an opportunity to upgrade for the second night...
which you'll see in the next post!!!

Suffice it to say...we enjoyed hanging out at the edge.
Dining in the original dining room...built in 1928...
with spectacular views of the canyon!

We didn't have far to walk for beautiful views all around the lodge.
But we did take a drive visiting Point Imperial, Vista Encantada,
Walhalla Overlook, and Cape Royal.

I didn't do the canyon's just so "grand" photographs
just don't compare!

More of the Grand Canyon to see in the next post!!!

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

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

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!!! comes the first challenge...
totally bright 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! 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 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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