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Sunrise Saturday

Sunrise Over Inspiration Point

Upper Inspiration Point, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

No, I’m not in Bryce Canyon. I’m instead going through a few archived shots and using them to create HDR images.

For those of you who have never been to Bryce Canyon National Park, sunrises at Upper Inspiration Point are amazing. Actually, sunrises anywhere in this park are amazing. There’s Inspiration Point, and there’s *Upper* Inspiration Point, accessed via a very steep, but short hike on a very well-maintained trail a little further up along the Rim Trail from the regular Inspiration Point view area.

I used a single image and then copied it a couple of times, using different exposure settings. I then combined all those images into HDR. The reason for this is because I did not bracket my original shots (which I should probably do more often, for when I want to use HDR), and because I handheld the camera. The fence at Upper Inspiration Point is just a little too tall for me to stand on tiptoe with my tripod, trying to look through the viewfinder. There was a tall guy standing next to me with his tall tripod, and he didn’t have any problems. I did. So, instead, I handheld the camera and used the “burst method” of holding down on the shutter button for several clicks. I knew out of all those shots, at least one of them would be nice and sharp. The caveat with the burst method is that it takes up space on the memory cards, so I always bring lots of extras with me, in varying sizes of 16GB to 128GB.

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Waiting For Sunrise In HDR

A North Rim Sunrise HDR

Waiting for sunrise on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

In an article I wrote for future publication in the National Parks Traveler, I mention HDR, what it is, and what it produces. I had to create an example, so I used the free download of Photomatix. I’ve used Photomatix before, pretty much with all the computers I’ve ever owned. Of course, I didn’t have it on this laptop I’m currently using, so I bought it and downloaded it in order to not have their watermark show up on the finished product. While I am not a huge fan of HDR, I will admit it can produce some very nice results, if the hand wielding the preset controls is judicious with the edits. Most of the time, though, I see more overdone HDR images than nice, naturalistic HDR images. Practice makes perfect, in everything including working with HDR, so I’ll be working on this aspect of photography a little more, hence today’s example.

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A Geologic Gem Of A Painted Park

Blue Mesa Colors Layers And Erosion

Blue Mesa layers, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
The National Parks Traveler has published my latest “Photography in the National Parks” column. This article is all about a geologic gem of a painted park: Petrified Forest National Park
 
To read the article, click on the image above.
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Negative Space and Color Space

Full Moon And The Beginning Of Sunrise Over The Tetons

My latest photo article has been published in the National Parks Traveler. This month’s article deals with negative space and color space, something photographers use each time they capture an image, but may not really think much about (and should).

To read the article, click on the photo above.

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The Tree Root Cave

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For all of you #photographers and #geology fans. The first images are of me under the tree root cave (aka Tree of Life) that was undercut by a small stream and is now hanging in place (and has been for quite a few years, according to what I have read) by a few very strong tree roots. The first two photos show you the cobble beach facies overall and the other photos show you close-ups. Because of where I stood and because it was wet and I didn’t want to get my lens cap wet, I did not use anything for scale. Suffice to say that the cobbles range in size from maybe 5-6 inches to less than 1 inch.

These images are good examples of how you can turn photography into a lesson about something other than just photography.

If you are ever in Olympic National Park, on the western portion of the peninsula, you must go see and photograph this oddity of nature and geology. Turn into the drive to the Kalaloch campground and park in the day use/picnic parking lot. Take the short trail down to the beach, turn right and walk straight about 50 feet to see it.

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Rivers Run Through It

Calcite Springs And The Yellowstone River

Calcite Springs (the steaming part) and the Yellowstone River

No matter where you drive within Yellowstone National Park, you’ll encounter a number of rivers running through the land.  According to a newly-published article in the National Parks Traveler, the rivers of this park are key to understanding the hydrothermal activity there.  Click on any of the photos to be taken to this article, then spend some time reading the other articles, as well.

Early Morning Along The Firehole River

Firehole River in Upper Geyser Basin (where Old Faithful is located)

Overlooking The Lewis River

The Lewis River, seen shortly after driving through the southern entrance to the park

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Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park

Boardwalk Leading Line

Boardwalk leading line at Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Travertine Colors

Travertine colors at Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Sunrise Gilding The Terrace CROP

Sunlight gilding the travertine, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park

Killdeer On The Terrace

Killdeer on the travertine, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park

I will be the first to admit that, when I would see photos in books of the Mammoth Hot Springs area, my first thought was “how dull-looking that place is.” In truth, it takes a personal visit to see this amazing sight. Some friends I know still say this is nothing like it used to be, but as a photographer, I can tell you that wonderful images are still there for the camera, as long as you are observant and take some time to put a little thought into your composition.

For instance, the boardwalks around there bring to mind wooden roller coaster rides. Spend some time creating interesting leading line compositions of the boardwalks.

Get some close-up images of the travertine formations you see. The colors are saturated, and if you are there during a sunrise, the formations are gilded with bright gold-yellow.

If there are interesting clouds in the area, include that in your shots.

And look for wildlife – particularly birds. I saw all sorts of killdeer hopping around the terraced springs. Their coloring blends in with the rusty hues of the travertine.

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