Monday, February 19, 2018

Rocks and Waves

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Rocks and Waves

We stayed on the islands of Maui and Hawaii during our vacation.  Maui was first and our accommodations was a VRBO in Kihei.  One afternoon, Eileen and I went down to Kamaole Beach Park II where I tried to get some ocean sunset pictures.  This is one of those.

It's a combination of three or four different photos masked together.  It was hard to get the waves to crash at the right time in various places in the shot, so I took a bunch of different ones when the waves hit the rocks in different spots and then put together a few of the best ones.

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RocksandWaves
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Captain Cook Sunset 02

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Captain Cook Sunset 02
Here is another view of the pool and the awesome sunset over the ocean as seen from our lanai in Captain Cook, Hawaii.

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Lanai Sunset
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Captain Cook Sunset 01

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Captain Cook Sunset 01

We had a fantastic trip to Hawaii!  This was an early 25th wedding anniversary present to Eileen and myself.  Our anniversary is actually on July 11th, but we wanted to go to Hawaii in February to see the whales and that did not disappoint!  What a great anniversary and here's to 25 more, Eileen!  I love you with all my heart and Happy Valentine's day, too!

Our good friends, Valerie, Ellen and Theresa went along with us and they made the trip a great one as well! We stayed on the islands of Maui and (the big island of) Hawaii.  I think the place we stayed on Hawaii was the best!  This was the view as the sun was setting from the pool below the main house.

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Capt Cook Pool Sunset 01
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Friday, January 26, 2018

Whistler Olympic Rings

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Whistler Olympic Rings

Since the Winter Olympics are coming up, why not post one more Whistler shot... Some of the Winter Olympics were held there in 2010 as Vancouver was the main city for the event.

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Olympic Sign - Whistler
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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Peak 2 Peak Gondola

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Peak 2 Peak Gondola

This is the gondola that connects the Whistler Mountain with the Blackcomb Mountain at the Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort in - you guessed it - Whistler, British Columbia, Canada.  Great place to ski once you get above the cloud deck and the gondola is a great way to get to see both mountains.  You don't even need to be a skier!

According to their website, It is the longest and highest lift in the world for an unparalleled perspective of British Columbia’s rooftop – from incomparable views of snow covered peaks to riding through the mist of the clouds. The world record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola was built for sightseers, skiers and snowboarders alike.

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Peak 2 Peak
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Friday, January 19, 2018

Making a Blanket

I'm going back to Arizona for this post, specifically at the Cameron Trading Post on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona.  Our tour guide stopped here on the way to the Grand Canyon so we could do a little shopping.  Any souvenirs purchased here are non-taxed and all proceeds go to those on the reservation.

This lovely lady here is creating a blanket that will take approximately 6-8 months from start to finish.  It's all done by hand and she said she was commissioned by someone in California to make it.  As you can see, it's probably almost half done.  I asked her how long it would take to complete it and she said about another 3-4 months!  Wow!  She makes it one thread of yarn at a time and she said she comes up with the design off the top of her head! Incredible and beautiful!

I took this shot back in October so I'm guessing she's very close to being done now or already done and starting on another one.  I just wish I would've gotten her name.


Blanket Maker
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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Tahoe Sunset 05

This is another shot taken from a ski trip a couple of years ago.  It was our view of Lake Tahoe from our accommodations and taken on the last night we were there, I believe.  What a sunset!

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Tahoe Sunset 05>
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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Snowy Sun Valley

This is a two-shot iPhone pano taken from the Upper Canyon run overlooking Ketchum, ID (aka Sun Valley) below.  I really miss skiing this year, but will be doing something just as fun - if not more - very soon!

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Upper Canyon Pano
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Heart of the Canyon

This is another shot taken from inside Upper Antelope Canyon near Page, AZ.

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Heart of the Canyon 01
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Monday, January 15, 2018

Reprocessing the Granger Lumber Co

When I first started this little hobby, I was almost exclusively into High Dynamic Range (HDR) as that was all the rage back in 2009-10.  Things have come a long way since then.  Camera sensors have gotten better as has the software we use to process images.  I hardly ever do HDR anymore.  And when I first did HDR, I thought the stuff I did was AWESOME!  Some of it was and most of it, looking back on it now, was crap.  As time went by, I've picked up new skills and learned more about  the things photo processing software - like Adobe Lightroom - can do.  Case in point...

The two shots below of a lumber company in Granger, Texas that I took in 2009 are processed very differently.  The one on top was processed today almost exclusively in Lightroom and I used just one exposure.  The one on the bottom was a 3 exposure HDR and it's horrible! The great David Nightingale would say it looks like, "clown vomit". 

Nowadays, HDR can look a lot more natural and could still be used in this situation with the proper software.  But, software is just the half of it.  Skills are a big part of processing, too and I was sorely lacking them in those days.  However, now processing software is much better as is my knowledge if it.  One exposure worked out well enough for me for the top photo.

The image itself isn't the best one in the world, but I wanted to use it today just to show the differences between what I thought was awesome a long time ago and what is my idea of an improvement.  Of course all of this is in the eye of the beholder and you may think neither one of them are any good.  That's OK, too! 

Moral of the story; keep working on your skills and persevere.  I need to try to be better at doing that myself.  And who knows, maybe what I have at the top here will be crap when I look back on it in another 8 or 9 years, if I'm still doing this that long from now. :-)

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GrangerLumber
Better!


GrangerLumber
Awesome in 2009, but Awful today, with a capital 'A'!


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