Monthly Archives: August 2012

Lower Cotton Canyon-Fall Foliage, Utah

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There was a blanket of snow that had fallen overnight in this canyon. I took off up the canyon hoping to get some snow in the photos. It was melting fast, but fortunately I was able to get some in the photos I took. The colors of fall were vivid in Utah this paricular year and I had a blast traveling up and down each canyon looking for the shots. Usually you think of back east when it comes to fall colors, but Utah gives them a run for their money.

Lower Cotton Canyon, Utah
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Shoshone Falls, Idaho

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The answer to August 28th post is: Shoshone Falls is to the right of the Snake River Photo. This mammoth waterfalls located near Twin Falls, Idaho is called the”Niagra Falls of the West”. It is 212 ft high and 900 ft wide. If you’re lucky you can catch a rainbow from the spray mist of the falls. It’s all about the angle of the dangle of the sun. Usually the sun is to your back somewhere. Exactly where is pretty scientific and beyond the scope of my brain.

Shoshone Falls, Idaho
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Muir Beach Overlook, California

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On a photo tour of San Francisco this past week, we managed to luck out with a few days of clear blue weather. We took a trip up through Muir Woods and along the coast and stumbled upon Muir Beach Overlook. My wife was standing at the overlook admiring the incredible view, so I thought I would photograph the incredible view..my wife.. that is!! Actually I ask her to pose for thissilhouette  shot. It was amazing that we caught the sun reflecting directing toward the steps and that made the model (my wife) a truly amazing shot!

Muir Beach Overlook, California
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Snake River Idaho

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I wander if airplane pilots can actually see those balls hanging from the sky on wires. This vantage point was quite impressive looking down on the Snake River. Can anyone tell me, what is directly to my right of the photo? If you know, drop a comment. I’ll share this weekend what it is, if no one figures it out. It’s even more impressive than the snake river photo!

Snake River, Idaho
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Virgin River and The Watchman, Zion National Park, Utah

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Very famous photo spot in Zion National Park. To get the shot you have to play chicken with the tour busses coming across a bridge you’re standing on, that has no room for you and the bus. I always use a tripod, so as soon as you get your shot framed up and a bus is approaching, you have to hurry up and fold in your tripod and squeeze in at the edge of the bridge and just hope for the best. Obvious they don’t want you there, but wer’e photographers, we’re persisitent and sometimes, always, a bit foolish!

The Watchman, Zion National Park
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Wolf River Cascades in Autumn, West Virginia

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This was an interesting and fun photo to take. I was traveling on a dirt road, trying to find my way out from under the Royal Gorge in West Virgina where a had spent most of the day. It was pretty much dark and I decided to pulled over because I  heard the sound of rapids, an indication water was flowing over some rocks somewhere. Over the edge of a cliff I could barely see the rapids, so I thought what the heck, last photo of the day, I’ll do an extremely long exposure and see what happens. The night was very still, which was a plus. The details in the shadows came out better than I expected, so I left satisfied that even in darkness, there still is a little light shining through.

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Rocky Shore of Acadia National Park, Maine

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The rocky shores of Acadia made for a perfect foreground to the Atlantic Ocean. We took a day trip through Acadia and wished we had stopped on some previous trips through the area. Bar Harbor is one of our favorite destinations in Maine and right next door to Acadia National Park. Lobster anyone!

Rocky Shore of Acadia National Park
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Pua Mana Beach Front-Lahaina, Maui

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This area of Lahaina was perfect for beach shots. The palm trees swung out toward the ocean, so it was easy to frame a good picture. I learned of the world renowned Australian photographer Peter Lik while visiting Lahaina. He has a Photo Gallery in downtown Lahaina and it’s quite impressive. I was inspired by his landscape photography some years ago and still try to figure out some of his techniques. He’s worth the visit. http://www.lik.com

Lahaina, Maui
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Touch of a Master’s Hand- Street Musician in Venice

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Venice like most cities has it’s share of street musicians. This violinist seemed pretty humble, so we ask if we could take his picture. He of course said yes and he played to the camera. We gave him a tip and thanked him for his time. As we walked away, it kind of hit me that this guy reminded me of my dad. I remember as a child listening to my dad play old time songs on his harmonica and us kids thought it was lame. It wasn’t our style of music at the time. Later years we found out he had a secret life playing his harmonica on the radio at night on KDKA in Pittsburgh. He was known as the “Telephone Booth Harmonica Player”. He would sneak off to a telephone booth, call the radio station and they would put him on the air to play a song or two. Apparently at the time KDKA broadcast of over the United States so he had a big audience. People would call in and request songs for him to play. It was his own little private life no one knew about for years.

I spent 25 years singing and playing guitar all over the U.S. I’ve since retired and moved on to other endeavors. These days I kind of like singing those old classics from the Frank Sinatra era. My dad has been gone for 14 years and what I’d give today to hear those old harmonica songs he use to play as we fell asleep at night. Once we were asleep,  he’d be gone to his telephone booth, plunk a dime into the slot..totally incognito..to entertain the world.

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Northwest Railway Museum, Snoqualmie, Washington

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Near Snoqualmie Falls is this Railroad Depot, just 25 miles east of Seattle, Washington. Old trains are scattered everywhere and makes for  great HDR photos. I decided to try an HDR photo of me hugging an antique locomotive. I felt pretty small standing next to this giant. Some weeks ago this was a pit stop before embarking on an Alaskan Cruise. Whole trip was full of these heavy bellowing clouds which I love for HDR photography. I’ll be sharing more in the weeks to come. Next trip planned is for San Francisco. Got any great ideas of photo opportunities there let me know.

Northwest Railway Museum, Washington
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HDR next to an antique locomotive:

Dave at Snowqualmie Railway Depot
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