Boulder

Drove up to Chautauqua this afternoon to see if there was an image of the supermoon rising over the plains. Nothing doing, but I stayed around till twilight and grabbed a frame looking along US36 heading north out of town.

Road to the mountains

Oahu Thanksgiving 2017

Back from a week’s vacation in Hawaii with my wife. We spent some time on the North Shore, where the waves and the surfers (setting up for a World Cup event at the weekend) were both fun to watch. Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay and the botanical gardens at Waimea Valley were other highlights. Not really a photo trip, but I shot some images I’m quite pleased with using the Sony RX100 II.

Sunset Beach on the North Shore

Waimea Valley, Oahu

USS Bowfin, Pearl Harbor, Honolulu

Yukon’s Tombstone Provincial Park

The far north of Canada was in the news today, with the opening of a road (unpaved, there are limits to even the Canadian government’s largesse) between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk. The closest I’ve gotten to these outposts is Tombstone Provincial Park, which is near the start of the (also unpaved) Dempster highway that leads across the arctic circle up to Inuvik. It’s truly spectacular country!

Hiker, Grizzly Lake trail, Tombstones

Hiking toward Grizzly Lake, Tombstone Provincial Park

(For a glimpse of the Dempster, check out my brother’s timelapse viseo. No gimbals or fancy mounting equipment here, this is reversed footage from a hacked Canon compact strapped to the rear spoiler of our rental car!)

Mount Hood wilderness

Looking back at images from a late summer visit in 2012 to the Mount Hood wilderness. I have fond memories of this trip. We hiked from the Timberline Lodge across Zigzag canyon to reach the meadows in the Paradise Park area. The wildflower display there was the best I’ve ever seen.

Wildflowers at Paradise Park

Hiking back to the lodge the sunset light on Mount Hood was good.

Sunset

Mount Hood from the Timberline trail

After main years of being closed due to a washout, the Timberline trail that circumnavigates the mountain is now open again. It’s a tempting prospect!

Hiking Upper Muley Twist

Upper Muley Twist is my favorite hike in Capitol Reef National Park. I’ve done it three times now, most recently earlier this year with my brother. The video is a mix of Canon 5D3, Sony RX100 II and DJI Osmo shots. Some color balance issues aside, the Osmo really worked remarkably well despite my almost complete lack of practice ahead of time!

Update: I’ve put up a new Capitol Reef hiking page, with images from three or four trips over the years that I’d never gotten around to processing. There are still hikes in the park I haven’t done, including Hall Creek Narrows (though that’s tough to reach on a day hike) and the slot canyons on the east side.

Chasm Lake

Process of an old slide from 2004… dawn light at Chasm Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Sunrise didn’t happen on a return trip with digital equipment, so for now this is the best capture I have of the magical scene.

Chasm Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park

Deserts in black and white

Experimenting with monochrome versions of images from the Namib desert and Death Valley. Cropped of the sky, sand dunes lend themselves to somewhat abstract and highly textured images, and I think these ones work better in black and white than in color.

Namibia

The Namib desert

Death Valley

Views of the Namib desert

Looking back through the catalog of Namibia photos, trying to find images that better capture some of the vastness and barren beauty of the place. These four are from the Namib desert.

Before sunrise

Early morning

Noon

Afternoon

Utah 2017

Took a short break last week with my brother to go hiking in Utah. We based ourselves out of Torrey and Boulder, exploring a few of the canyons in Capitol Reef and the Box-Death Hollow wilderness. I rented a Fuji GFX 50S medium format camera for the trip, and shot a mixture of stills and video (the latter with my usual Canon 5D3, supplemented with a DJI Osmo gimbal). More about all that gear later, but the short version is that it was tremendous fun and, although I’m not yet a convert to mirrorless, I’m open to being proselytized! For now a few images from the trip, all captured using the Fuji with a 63mm f/2.8 lens.

Chimney Rock Canyon, Capitol Reef National Park

Lower Calf Creek Falls, Utah

Canyon walls, Utah

Green River overlook sunset, Canyonlands