28-September-2008

Double Rainbow Outside of Canyonville Utah. Gone to See America 2008 Roadtrip

While driving from Zion National Park to Bryce National Park on Utah Highway 12, I noticed a dark sky and then a rainbow in my rear-view mirror. I stopped along the road just outside Canyonville and started to take some pictures. It was great that I had a dark background so I could see the double rainbow. By the time the rainbow was done several other cars stopped. I was the only one with a tripod, which was good since I could take several exposures for later HDR processing.

Double Rainbow in Utah. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 17 mm, f/16, 1/125 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Topaz Define (Color Jump), Topaz DeNoise, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Double Rainbow in Utah. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 17 mm, f/16, 1/125 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Topaz Define (Color Jump), Topaz DeNoise, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)

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16-September-2008

Orange Dragonfly on a Car Antenna.

I noticed this orange dragonfly while waiting for the group to assemble on day 2 of Winston Hall’s Nikonians Photography Workshop in Moab, Utah. It landed on a car antenna and remained still long enough to get several images. I really like the 80-400 mm VR lens since I can hand-hold it and get macro images of insects from 8 feet.

Orange Dragonfly on a Car Antenna. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 640, 400 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Orange Dragonfly on a Car Antenna. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 640, 400 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)

28-September-2008

Double Rainbow in Utah.

While driving between Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument and Bryce National Park on Utah Highway 12 I saw a rainbow in my rear view mirror. I quickly pulled over just outside of Cannonville Utah and started taking some images. Before the rainbow was gone, many other cars also pulled over.

Double Rainbow in Utah. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 17 mm, f/16, 1/125 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Topaz Define (Color Jump), Topaz DeNoise, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Double Rainbow in Utah. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 17 mm, f/16, 1/125 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Topaz Define (Color Jump), Topaz DeNoise, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)

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19-September-2008

Time-Lapsed Video of a Hike down Park Avenue in Arches National Park.

Three years ago today, I was attending a Nikonians Academy Photography Workshop in Moab Utah led by Winston Hall. Winston talked me into carrying a tripod on my shoulders so the DSLR camera would be above my head. We set the camera up with a fisheye lens and had it take images every 15 seconds. I used the ~900 images to make a time-lapsed video of the hike we took on the Park Avenue trail in Arches National Park.

If you are not able to view the time-lapsed video from here, it is also available in the Shepartphotography Gallery

Thanks to Jim Batey, I’ve added an image he took of me wearing the Tripod Headcam.
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Tripod Headcam. Park Avenue Trail, Arches National Park. (Jim Batey)
Tripod Headcam. Park Avenue Trail, Arches National Park. (Jim Batey)

21-June-2011

Winston Hall and Tuner Photography. 

Last night I got an e-mail link to the June 2011 Newsletter from Tuner Photography. The first thing I noticed was the image of an old car in front of the Cow Canyon Trading Post in Bluff, Utah. I remembered taking a snapshot of this vehicle as we were driving by back in February 2008 as part of an Elderhostel (now Road Scholar) Photography Workshop I was attending with my father and brother. Ever since I have wanted to go back to spend some more time in Bluff. Since then based on Winston’s image it looks like the Cow Canyon Trading Post has added a Gallery. If you do a search on the Internet you see a number of images of the Cow Canyon Trading Post and this old car parked out front. Back to Winston’s Newsletter — How to be creative where many have (and/or are) taking images from the same location. I remember a session at Delicate Arch where it seemed that the tripod positions were so used that they were marked in the rocks.

I’ve taken a few Nikonian Academy Workshops with Winston, and recommend him as a teacher. As a new digital photographer, I learned a lot during his workshops, both out in the field and back in the classroom “after the click” processing the images. It is because of a comment he made during one of his workshops that I try to share at least one image a day (preferably one taken on that day). I  started doing this on Facebook, but after dropping Facebook it morphed into my “Images of the Day” Photo-blog. I do recommend that you also to sign up for Winston’s monthly Tuner Photography Newsletter. Some day I hope that I can attend his Balloon Festival Workshop in Albuquerque.

Below are two versions of  the image I took of the old car in 2008. I admit it is a snapshot or “grab” as I was in the back seat of a van and we were moving when I took the picture. One in color, the other converted to B&W with Nik Silver Efex Pro. Is this just a historical picture from somewhere I have been, or something artistic. I am still digesting Thom Hogan’s 20-June-2011 essay “How Thick is Your Skin”

Back to the images of the old car — I think that it is a Buick from the mid-50’s but am not sure. If you can identify the make/model and year let me know.

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Cow Canyon Trading Post. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 80 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
Cow Canyon Trading Post. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 80 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec).

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Cow Canyon Trading Post. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 80 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec). NIK Silver Efex Pro 2. (David J Mathre)
Cow Canyon Trading Post. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 80 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec). NIK Silver Efex Pro 2.

27-February-2011

NIK Silver Efex Pro 2. Elderhostel “Southwest Photography” 2008 Workshop Day 3. Cow Canyon Trading Post.

An additional example of the new NIK  Silver Efex Pro 2  plugin for Photoshop and Lightroom. The image of the Cow Canyon Trading Post was taken on day 3 of the 2008 Elderhostel “Photography in the Southwest” workshop at while driving through Bluff Utah. The first image was converted to B&W using Silver Efex Pro 2. The second image is the original RAW image processed with Capture One Pro 6.

Cow Canyon Trading Post. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 80 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec). NIK Silver Efex Pro 2. (David J Mathre)
Cow Canyon Trading Post. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 80 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec). NIK Silver Efex Pro 2.

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Cow Canyon Trading Post. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 80 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
Cow Canyon Trading Post. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 80 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec).

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Links to 27-February From Previous Years.

2008: Elderhostel “Photography in the Southwest” Workshop Day 3. Hovenweep National Monument.

2008: Elderhostel “Photography in the Southwest” Workshop Day 3. Sand Island Petroglyphs.

2010: Nikonians “Winter in Yosemite A Season in Contrast” Workshop Day 3

27-February-2008

Elderhostel “Photography in the Southwest” Workshop Day 3. Hovenweep National Monument

The Elderhostel “Photography in the Southwest” workshop was based at Kelly Place B&B  just outside of Cortez Colorado. This is a great location in McElmo Canyon, quiet and remote. It borders Canyon of the Acients National Monument. The following images were taken in and around Hovenweep National Moument in Utah.

Hovenweep National Monument. (David J Mathre) 

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Hovenweep National Monument. (David J Mathre) 

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Hovenweep National Monument. (David J Mathre) 

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Hovenweep National Monument. (David J Mathre) 

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Hovenweep National Monument. (David J Mathre) 

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Hovenweep National Monument. (David J Mathre) 

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Hovenweep National Monument. (David J Mathre) 

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27-February-2008

Elderhostel “Photography in the Southwest” Workshop Day 3. Sand Island Petroglyphs

The Elderhostel “Photography in the Southwest” workshop was based at Kelly Place B&B  just outside of Cortez Colorado. This is a great location in McElmo Canyon, quiet and remote. It borders Canyon of the Acients National Monument. The following images of Petroglyphs and modern graffiti were taken at the Sand Island Petroglyphs Bureau of Land Managment (BLM) site in Utah.

Sand Island Petroglyphs. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 200, 200 mm, f/11, 1/320 sec) (David J Mathre)
Sand Island Petroglyphs. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 200, 200 mm, f/11, 1/320 sec)

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Sand Island Petroglyphs. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 200, 200 mm, f/11, 1/320 sec) (David J Mathre)
Sand Island Petroglyphs. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 200, 200 mm, f/11, 1/320 sec)

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Sand Island Petroglyphs + Modern Graffiti. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 200, 70 mm, f/11, 1/250 sec) (David J Mathre)
Sand Island Petroglyphs + Modern Graffiti. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 200, 70 mm, f/11, 1/250 sec)

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Sand Island Petroglyphs + Modern Graffiti. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 200, 116 mm, f/11, 1/250 sec) (David J Mathre)
Sand Island Petroglyphs + Modern Graffiti. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 200, 116 mm, f/11, 1/250 sec)

“Custer Died For Your Sins”

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Sand Island Petroglyphs. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 200, 200 mm, f/11, 1/250 sec) (David J Mathre)
Sand Island Petroglyphs. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 200, 200 mm, f/11, 1/250 sec)