Monthly Archives: October 2012

Autumn Falls on Boley Lake, West Virginia

Happy Halloween!!

Time to photograph the kids as they collect lots of candy for me! Maybe it’s just a dream.

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A visit last week to Babcock State Park was a repeat trip from a few years ago. Trying to hit West Virginia’s most photographed spot at just the right time is difficult to do. While waiting for the sun to set I ran up to Boley Lake, just a mile up the hill, to grab some shots of an incredible lake glowing with color. I spent a few hours hiking around the lake shooting tons of shots. More to share at another time.

Boley Lake, Babcock State Park, West Virginia

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Cool Motorcycle at Barrett Jackson Car Auction

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Were traveling in Germany on the Romantic Road and we have run into a blizzard of snow. It makes for some interesting photos with the fall colors contrasted with the snow. Got a lot to share on our return.

I don’t normally take photos of motorcycles, but this one at the Barrett Jackson Car Auction in Scottsdale, Az. last winter, really caught my attention. Flat out gorgeous bike. Took me back to my younger days when motorcycling was part of my life. As entertainers traveling around the country, I had a bike rigged to the back of the Van, that could be ramped down onto the road in about 5 minutes. While on tour to our next gig, if a beautiful stretch of back roads caught my eye, I would pull over, get on the bike, turn the Van over to my wife and she would follow me until I was through enjoying the ride. And then we rode the country-sides during the day, playing our gig at night, somewhere in America. We thought we were pretty cool in those days.

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Motorcycle at Barrett Jackson Car Auction
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Seattle Reflections From Skyline

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After an evening chasing through downtown Seattle, enjoying the perfect weather at an outdoor restaurant, we found our way over to Skyline in West Seattle, which is the perfect spot for capturing the city lights of Seattle. It was our last night there before catching a cruiseship to Alaska for the week.

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Skyline Reflections of Seattle
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Some Town, Somewhere in Ireland

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These our times when I wish I had a GPS, or something to tell me where I’m at. We had spent the day tirelessly traveling south from Shannon, Ireland to wherever we might end up for the night. We pulled into this picturesque town, got a room and I went out to photograph while it was raining. What could be better then strolling the streets of some Irish town, with no direction in mind, and in the end, not even know what town it is. If you happen to recognize this place, let me know where you think it is. It was a beautiful town!

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Somewhere in Ireland
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Sunset Boulders at “The Dells”, Prescott, Arizona

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“The Dells” at Watson Lake in Prescott are quite unique rock formations. As sunset approaches, the granite boulders light up with soft glows of orange, yellow and red. I’d like to catch these formations sometime with billowing  gray clouds in the distance for the HDR effect.  It’s always been perfectly blue skies when I have been there.

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The Dells-Prescott, Az
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A Glimmer of Sunset in Alaska

Quiz:

The TravelBugster is out traveling on “The Romantic Road” this week. Anyone want to guess where in the world this is? Leave a comment and let me know if you can guess it? No Google, No cheating!

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It had been cloudy, and the expectation of a sunset were pretty slim. But I waited, talking to a couple sitting on the cold, windy deck, trying to stay warm under some blankets from their room. As I was adjusting my camera for the sunset, right in front of me, in the water, a whale came up and spouted his spray, which reached all the way up to the deck I was on. I yelled to the couple, come check out the whale, but as quickly as it came, it was gone. I had a great view of it, but the couple didn’t. You can’t plan for these things, but it doesn’t hurt to be at the right place at the right time, at least waiting for something to happen. In my case a fleeting sunset. It wasn’t much, but it turned out to be an event worth going out for.

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Alaskan Sunset on the Volendam
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Cobblestone Pathways in Siena, Italy

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On our many trips to Italy, this was our 1st trip up through Tuscany. As always we look for the backroads, that sometimes turns into dirt roads, that leads to dead ends. It’s always fun getting lost. We carry a “TomTom” to help us get back on track. In Siena, it’s easy to get lost in the back alleyways, especially at night when one gets engulfed in taking pictures. I love long exposures and in this case multiple exposures to create HDR images.

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Cobblestone Pathways of Siena
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Cheboygan Crib Light, Michigan

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Not sure what the “crib” means, but it looks like a lighthouse to me. Got off the main highway and kind of stumbled across this lighthouse while looking for a rest room. We were on our way up to Mackinac Island, taking the backroads, and I guess, you never know what’s up around the next bend, and that makes it’s a whole lot of fun, just exploring.

I’m one who likes photographing “leading lines.” Wouldn’t it be cool, if the sidewalk could have been made to line up with the lighthouse. I guess the designers didn’t check with me or other photographers before building this off center sidewalk and rail!

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Cheboygan Crib Light, Michigan
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Getting Tunnel Vision at Tunnel View in Yosemite

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As you’re coming in from the south on State Route 41, you pass through this mile long tunnel that opens up to the Yosemite Valley. You can’t help but pull off and take in the vistas of El Capitan, Half Moon and Bridalveil Falls. I spent a few hours at sunset shooting the changing light from a thunderhead that was breaking up to show a full moon. As the crowds disappeared and I was there alone, I decided to turn my camera to the tunnel, setup for a long exposure, to catch the red,white and orange beams of light from a few cars passing through the tunnel. They probably thought I was a little crazy, hugging the road in darkness.

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Tunnel View, Yosemite
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Amazing Arizona Sunsets

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Each evening when I’m home in Phoenix, Arizona, I like to keep an eye out for the formation of clouds, as it approaches sunset. I happen to live in a small lake community, where within minutes I can be at the shore-line looking for a vantage point to catch a silhouetted view over the palm  trees. Usually it’s hit or miss, but all the more worth it, when you catch a good one. I always say, you  don’t have to wander far from your back yard to catch some interesting shots. If you want to get better at your photography, just be willing to get out of the house and..shoot..shoot..shoot!

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Arizona Red Sunset
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