Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Melting Merced and Reflections

melting merced

Yosemite seemed to have gotten a bit of rain just before Monday, which caused a lot of the snow to melt. Compared to the post below which was about a week prior you can see the changes. I had an excellent birthday Monday thanks to my wife and James, couldn't have had it better. Melting ice on the Merced river in the Yosemite valley.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Breaking Storm, Yosemite California

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From the same trip as the post below. These clouds were gone in just a few minutes. An image I like very much.

Light on El Capitan and Merced river

El cap winter

It was amazing how volatile this scene was. Arrived about an hour and a half before sunrise and this was what I saw, but as I was heading back to my tripod as the sun was sinking further I noticed it was moving very quickly. I have never witness light change so fast. I was set up just within seconds time of the light I wanted to capture and it was gone like that, then back, then gone and again. I'm not sure why it happened that way, possibly clouds. However this is not that photograph, but one I like, actually the first one made of the batch. So thanks to Pat I was able to see these changes, because a Geo Metro is not good in the snow. If it was'nt for some of the people in my life (and they know who they are) I wouldnt be able to journey off as much as I do, so cheers!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Breaking Above the Fog


I took a spontaneous drive with a good friend of mine a couple days ago. I was stoked the entire time on how the weather we were having was changing so quickly. We would drive above the fog in awe and we had to to stop each time we saw that we were just above the fog line. It would rise above above us each time until we finally settled just into the Sequoia National Forest, where this photograph was made. The depiction here was about 20 minutes after the sun had gone down. I know I will definitely be going back to make more images. We didn't even get into the park (which the road was closed anyway) but still the landscape was just as beautiful. The original idea was to go to see some giant sequoias because my friend Sean unfortunately has never experienced them, but thanks Sean! and we'll see those grandfathers soon.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Desideratum Promenade

the tops

Just outside of the small town: minkler, a few bare poplar trees still hold a bit of a glow at the beginning of winter. I was very excited to see this composition yet I would have had to go into someones yard to photograph them any closer, I thought it would still be a nice image from the accessible vantage point I was at.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Would anyone like to take some oranges off our hands?

orange sara3

Just picked a good amount of oranges as referred to in the post below. We have a good 7 or 8 big bags full, so I'm actually serious if anyone would like to take some fresh organic oranges off our hands let me know. We just don't want them to go to waste and believe it or not, none of them were harmed during the making of this image. -Sara in a bath of citrus!

Moss and Lichen on Cedar

fence moss

I noticed this moss today while harvesting a couple orange trees in my backyard. The area is pretty much shaded year round and pretty moist at that, being a good spot for these guys to thrive. I have always admired moss since I was a little lad, it grows in the best spots. And lichen is an organism that is often over looked in fact, it can grow in extremely acidic soil down to the most arctic temperatures or in other words all over the world. It spreads its spores and offers it uses for nutrients, floral arrangements, medicine and moss in the Appalachian mountains is a big part of the craft industry as well. So next time you see those little mossy friends under a rock or on an old fence give em' a little shout out for me!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Millerton Lake Sunrise: black & white or color? What Is your take?

Millerton lake sunrise bw

Millerton lake sunrise color

Started my day pretty early on Tuesday in hopes to make a few nice images before the sun came up. I wouldn't say that I had no idea where I was going, I just knew wherever I was heading it would be nice to be there for sunrise. Catching the first light is an amazing way to start your day and I recommend to do it at least once a week. The vision for this photograph was color but after some adjustments in photoshop I started to doubt the original concept. Although I enjoy both, I wonder what some of you out there might think. Your opinion is important so let me know what you think!