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Winter Pastels

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 6, 2019 by lilybug1960

Winter pastels.
 
It has been a while since I have shared an image of “The 3 Chairs”, so I thought it was the perfect time when I looked out the back window the other morning and saw the beautiful pastel clouds over Jasper. I traveled most of January and missed some of the coldest days up here in Bear Woods, some days in the low teens, in the next day or so we are expected to hit 79 degrees! Just in case you were interested, Beary, the resident groundhog here, didn’t emerge from his hole on Groundhog Day. I’m not sure if that means more winter, early spring, or we are moving straight to summer. This morning is a nice foggy, rainy day, nice to catch up on processing and some other work before the travel starts again.
 
Canon M6 and kit lens, Manual Exposure mode, f6.3, ISO 200, shutter speed of 1/15th of a second, handheld, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #BearWoodsPhotography, #The3Chairs
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3 Chairs, 3 Peaks

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 18, 2018 by lilybug1960

3 Chairs, 3 Peaks.
 
I can’t believe I haven’t ever noticed that when you look across the valley from “The 3 Chairs” the line of mountains has 3 peaks! We’ve only had the place 8 years or so and I am just now noticing it. Maybe it has been one of those subconscious things and now its conscious? Either way, I like it!
 
Tamron 18-200mm Di-III VC lens on a Canon M6 mirrorless camera, Manual Mode, f8, ISO 200, shutter speed of 1/60th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #BearWoodsPhotography, #The3Chairs

Down Below

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 13, 2018 by lilybug1960

Down Below.
 
Sunrises can be pretty dramatic around here when conditions are right. We we have some clouds around 4,000 feet and the sun lights the bottom of the clouds and the valley below it is magical. You can see how the town of Jasper is lit with the mountains to the west getting that first warm light, with all the shadows up here, it creates a perfect frame for the image. For my image I will often do a second exposure of The 3 Chairs and then blend the 2 together to balance out the scene but not have a lot of digital noise present in the final image. You can still see the last of the ice behind the the one chair. This morning it is gone, with only a few spots left around the yard. The weather is dramatically different in Jasper than it is here on our mountain. We refer to a pull out (not visible in my image) on the road to Jasper as the “snow line” since often rain below the line turns to snow above it. I would guess that overlook is around 2500 feet in elevation.
 
Tamron 18-200mm Di-III VC lens on a Canon M6 mirrorless camera, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 200, shutter speed of 1/15th of a second, Sirui W2204 tripod and K20 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsPhotography

Approaching the Solstice

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 28, 2018 by lilybug1960

Approaching the Solstice.
 
The Winter Solstice is December 21 and I would love to say that “The 3 Chairs” will line up perfectly with the Sun directly ahead of them, but unless things have changed from previous years, it will still be off to the side of our view a little. Last night was the first real night we had super clear skies during sunset and I wanted to take advantage of the scene. This morning is a chilly one here in Bear Woods, 13.3 degrees with the windchill, 19 without. I have had the wood stove going non-stop for a few days and there is something special about hearing the wood crackle as I sit at my desk. It is actually beginning to feel like the Christmas season. We have already had our first snowfall, albeit minor and actually more ice than snow, but a nice dusting would be pretty in a couple weeks.
 
Tamron 18-200mm Di-III VC lens on a Canon M6, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/30th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #BearWoodsPhotography

All the leaves are gone…almost…

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 24, 2018 by lilybug1960

All the leaves are gone…almost…
 
As the sun rose yesterday to light the skies, there was an eerie pink fog that covered the landscape. With the vast majority of the leaves already off the trees, it was interesting to see “pink” in all directions of the sky. After it lightened up enough I decided it was time to get the leaves off of the porch and from out front. I got out the leaf blower and cleared the porch, then the driveway. Our driveway is about 300 feet long and when I got back to the porch, it looked as if I never cleared it. Oh well, I guess I will have to wait until spring to clear the leaves…
 
Tamron 18-200mm Di-III VC lens on a Canon M6 mirrorless camera, Manual Exposure mode, f5.6, ISO 200, shutter speed of 1/15th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #BearWoodsPhotography

When does Fall become Fell?

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2018 by lilybug1960

When does Fall become Fell?
 
There are so many thoughts this morning running through my head. Some of those thoughts normal, some odd. One of my closest friend’s dog crossed the Rainbow Bridge last night. She was a sweet dog and when I visited became my best friend as long as I was there. These folks are some of the best people I have ever known and I know their pain.
 
Today is Veteran’s Day in the USA. Originally known as Armistice Day, celebrating the end of World War I, it was renamed as Veteran’s Day in 1954. It is a day to recognize those who served in the Armed Forces in America. Often the holiday is confused, by some, with Memorial Day, which recognizes Serviceman who died during service to our country. People often will come up to me, and others, and thank us for our service. It is great to hear someone recognizes the efforts and potential sacrifice a Veteran could make. I watched a video of Dan Crenshaw accepting an apology from one of the cast members of SNL and he said something I couldn’t agree with more. He said, get to know a Veteran, say to them, “Never Forget”. He said it lets them know you are there with them whether they are here or away, you won’t forget those who died and those who serve. Deployments as a Serviceman can be tough as you are so far removed from everything that is familiar and from friends and family. Tell them “Never Forget” so they know their sacrifices are appreciated. Think about the loneliness of some 17 year old kid on an island in Pacific Ocean in World War II not knowing if he would ever see his family again. Think of the guilt they felt wondering why they were one of the lucky ones who made it home. Those thoughts run through the mind of everyone who has ever served. Let them know you will “Never Forget”
 
Lastly, on a much lighter note, when does Fall become Fell? The leaves are rapidly losing their grip on the branches they have called home for the last few months. Their color has mostly faded to brown and they are decorating the ground. They will provide so much life for the things around them as they decay and they will be the life that appears next spring from the trees and plants. I know technically the end of Fall is Winter, but I think we should also have a season for the in between season. We should call it Fell.
 
“Never Forget” We are all in this together.
 
The 3 Chairs at sunrise, Tamron 18-200mm Di-III VC lens on a Sony a6300, Manual Exposure mode, f5.6, ISO 200, shutter speed of 1/30th of a second, Sirui W2204 tripod and K20 ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsPhotography

Operation Avoid Raking

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 10, 2018 by lilybug1960

Operation Avoid Raking.
 
I am usually able to avoid raking or mulching the leaves for a little while by using the logic that I need to photograph them and I need to wait until they are perfect models. We used to rake all the leaves and put them in a compost bin, and we still do with some of them, but with most, we simply set the mower to mulch and it becomes fertilizer for next year. It has all become part of our natural approach to our yard. It does attract insects, the insects help with the breakdown of the leaves, which in return attracts birds getting the insects. Most of the decay has occurred by spring, but the small insects that are there become the food source the nesting spring birds and their young. Remember nature knows what it is doing if we don’t interfere, plus I rake less.
 
Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD 1:1 Macro lens on a Canon M100 via the mount adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/2 second, Sirui W2204 tripod and K20 ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsPhotography