Sunday, August 24, 2014

Indian Blessing

Wild horses ~ Navajo Nation

"Let us walk softly on the Earth
with all living beings great and small
remembering as we go, that one God
kind and wise created us all."
~Indian Blessing~

Monday, August 18, 2014

Rainbow Eucalyptus

Rainbow Eucalyptus

Heading towards Hana, Maui on the Hana Highway as you approach mile marker 7 on the left side (ocean side) of the road is perhaps some of the most beautifully colored trees I have ever seen and trees are one of my favorite treasures from mother nature.

 There are a few of these trees on the right side of the road as well but if you park your vehicle up the road on the right side (not much room) and walk back a few hundred feet there is an actual path between the trees in this small grove. Note-the trees may or may not be on private property! If you have a telephoto say in the 70-200mm range you can get some good shots of these trees from the road. If you miss these fret not as being one of Maui's most beautiful tree it is located on other parts of the island.

I loved seeing these trees! The bark looks as if someone hand-painted them in shades of red, purple and green. You can get another glimpse of them at the Ke'anae Arboretum a little later down the road. When we visited this grove we were getting rained on which I think brought out the colors of the trees nicely.

Hope you enjoyed seeing them and thanks for your visit!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Black & White


I have over 20,000 photographs stored on my computer hard drives. I sometimes think about what I want to post, I had an idea for today and then I started editing some photos I took in Colorado in November last year. Before I know it hours turns into many hours and the day is nearly gone. Between reading photography blogs, looking at others photographs and spending time learning Adobe Photoshop it doesn't take long before the day is over.

Those of you that follow my blog I'd like to say that I'm very grateful, I'm trying to post more regularly. I work a four day work week. Not exactly as easy as it sounds, last week was 54 hours. Saturday is my recovery day, Sunday my do things around home, and Monday all photography. Of course every minute I have free in between I am always doing something photography related. I'm definitely not complaining as I see myself as very lucky. This is not an easy field to break into with the thousands of photographers around the world doing the same thing. I just wanted you to know that I am grateful to have a fan base. Keep watching, my passion grows stronger by the day for both photography and the beauty that surrounds all of us.

 From the time I became interested in photography at age 8 until around the age of 15 all I took was black and white. That's about all I could afford as a kid. While my father was in the United States Air Force and stationed at Fuchu AS, Japan I learned how to develop my own film at the base hobby shop of Kanto Mura military housing complex which is no longer there. I had an old Kodak Brownie box camera, a Minolta 16 Model P subminiature spy camera which I loved and wish I still had & a Minolta 35mm Hi-Matic 9. This gave me three film sizes to learn with, 16mm, 35mm & 620mm. That should about date me! lol

I have always loved the look of black and white or monochrome as some call it. Thanks for visiting!


Monday, August 4, 2014

Feels like home

Zion National Park

By far one of my favorite places to visit and photograph. I have been visiting Zion National Park, Utah since 1990 and enjoy it in the summer monsoon season and fall but my favorite time is winter.

The crowds of people on summer vacation are gone. You can travel by your own vehicle into the park and all the way to the Temple of Sinawava parking lot without having to take the park shuttle. This is very convenient when you're carrying a lot of camera gear.

I'm looking forward to visiting Zion this fall and winter. It always feels like home to me...

Zion National Park Eastern Overlook View

Monday, July 28, 2014

Hummingbirds & Arches

Calliope Hummingbird
In my yard I have planted several red autumn sage flower bushes to attract hummingbirds. The flowers appear to enjoy ample water and a flowering fertilizer especially in summer when it's so hot especially like it is here in Las Vegas. The hummers are attracted to the red of the sage and of course the nectar. I also have some feeders set up for them. They are a great little bird to practice your photography on. They move extremely fast so you need to set your shutter speed above 1/800th of a second if you expect to freeze their wings in motion. My photo is not that sharp. It can be a challenge to focus on these little guys. Center point focusing may be pretty difficult. If you own a Canon or Nikon DSLR they offer multi-point focusing which may make the task much easier. Wearing a red hat or shirt will help to attract some hummingbirds to you, it may also help not to scare them away. If you have a place where you can sit comfortably and just wait for them to come to the flowers then practice taking your shot. Keep practicing, raise up the shutter speed if need be above 1/800th. Remember the more you practice the better you will become.

Hummingbird shadow in Alabama Hills near Lone Pine
I thought this shadow looked much like a hummingbird!
Mobius Arch in Alabama Hills & Hummingbird Shadow
Now you see what caused the Hummingbird shadow. This is Mobius Arch located in Alabama Hills Recreational Area, California. There are 12 or so arches in this area and it is probably one of the best known. It's an easy hike on an unmarked trail of about 1/4 mile from the parking lot. The arch itself is about 17 feet wide by 6 feet high and is about 2.5 miles west from the stoplight in the town of Lone Pine on Whitney Portal Road. Make sure you bring plenty of water to drink and sunscreen to protect your skin, oh yeah and don't forget your camera!

Mobius Arch with Mt. Whitney visible through the arch