Massey-Harris

Close-up of an old farm tractor

The Pic: Massey-Harris

This is from a local farm that has a pumpkin patch open for the public to come pick pumpkins every year. Last fall they had several old tractors out for visitors to look at. They even had one of them running, it looked to me like a steam powered tractor. This particular tractor was very old and rusty. I really liked how the texture of the rusted metal looked so I snapped this photo of it.

I only had a couple of my photos turn out from this trip to the farm. I was experimenting with setting my camera up to take HDR photos a little more quickly and easily. To do this I saved some of the setting to the custom dial selections on the top of the camera. The idea is that I can then just turn the dial an be ready to go, as opposed to shuffling thorough several menus to get the camera setup. For some reason I did not get it setup correctly and the camera changed the aperture between the bracketed shots instead of the shutter speed to change the exposure of the photos. The problem this creates is that in each photo different things were in or out of focus – which makes it impossible to correctly combine them. I didn’t realize that this was happening until i was trying to combine them later and getting very strange results.

I never bothered to mess around with those custom modes again since then until last week. Out of the blue I got the urge to try it again. I think I have the camera set up correctly this time. We are going camping this weekend so I will be sure to test them. Hopefully they work like I expect and will make the whole process much quicker.

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Good Morning Whale’s Tail

A humpback whale's tail

The Pic: Good Morning Whale’s Tail

While in Maine last summer, we decided to go on a whale-watching trip. Unfortunately it was so foggy that you could barely see one-hundred yards beyond the boat. Nearly half of the people on the boat got sea sick. Because of the thick fog we were unsuccessful in spotting anything, let alone whales. The company we went with gave you a voucher for another trip if you didn’t see any whales, so my father-in-law and I decided to go out again the following morning. This time the fog was much thinner and we found whales! We first spotted them in the distance; they jumped completely out of the water. Of course I didn’t have my camera pointed in the right direction when they jumped out of the water so I missed that photo-op. After that they just rose to the surface and their tails would come out like this. Anyway, this is a photo I captured of one of them diving back down after taking a breath of air. We must have been in good feeding grounds as we saw whales, dolphins, and tons of birds in the area!

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Devil’s Backbone in Black and White

devils backbone rock formation along the Colorado front range

The Pic: Devil’s Backbone

This is the Devil’s Backbone area in Loveland, Colorado. My brother-in-law and I went for an early morning hike here last Thanksgiving. I took this from one of the highest points we reached along the trail. It put us high enough to be able to see all the foothills behind the Devil’s Backbone rock formation. I was very excited to see that the clouds had made a very interesting shape in the sky. I was a little hesitant about getting up early on Thanksgiving but I was able to get several really cool shots so I am so glad I did!

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Maine Lighthouse

a lighthouse

The Pic: Maine Lighthouse

This is a lighthouse on a very small island off the coast of Maine. I cannot remember what it is called but only a couple of biologists are allowed to be on this island to to study the birds and other sea creatures in the area. This was a very foggy day but our tour boat was able to get close enough for us to have a clear view of the island and lighthouse. All of those birds in the water are puffins which actually nest on the island!

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Gem Lake Trail

a trail in the mountains

The Pic: Gem Lake Trail

Last week I went for a hike in Rocky Mountain National Park with my family to a little pond that is called Gem Lake. I know it is called a lake – but it really is just a small pond in the mountains. On the way up the trail goes right through these two large rock walls that line the trail. It was a really cool area and I was wishing I had a wider lens to really capture it, but I had to make do with what I had. In this photo you can see the left rock wall. I will post another one soon that shows both of them. When I stopped to take this photo the wind started blowing really hard. Since I knew I was going to shot a sequence of shot to capture all of the light values at the scene I had to wait around a couple of minutes for the wind to die down so that the leaves and tree were nice and still.

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Backcountry Road at Sunset

sun shining through the trees

The Pic: Backcountry Road at Sunset

While up in State Forest State Park I wandered up this road one evening to see if I could find anything interesting to shoot. I didn’t really find anything interesting on my walk. As I was heading back to our yurt a couple of rangers drove by in their truck. The dust it stirred up created a really cool effect as the sun shone through it and the trees. I quickly grabbed my setup my camera to capture this shot before the dust had a chance to settle again. This was really one of those cases of being in the right place at the right time.

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Em and Annie’s Ocean View

mother and daughter on a rocky coast

The Pic: Em and Annie’s Ocean View

This is a photo from our trip to Maine Last summer. One night we stayed with a high school friend of my mother-in-law in this cool beach house right on the coast. Emily, Annalise and I immediately went down to the shoreline to get a closer view of the ocean. The coastline in Maine is very rocky and rugged. It reminds me of the Rocky Mountains if they were at sea.

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