I’ll admit it. Three weeks between posts is abhorrent and shows a lack of discipline on my part. I just get distracted too easily. Between taking pictures, exploring new techniques in shooting and editing, friends visiting, printer issues, some business stuff, and ensuring I spend time with my lovely bride and the family, the blog suffers – sometimes for a couple weeks. When you see the pictures, however, I think you’ll appreciate what I’ve been doing.
I fixed the printer problem by purchasing a large format printer. I can now print up to 13″ x 19,” and shouldn’t be distracted by printer dysfunction anymore. By the way, the prints are great!
I spent some time working with the PhotoMerge function in Photoshop and Lightroom. I successfully merged a series of images of the Sierras that I made in 2008. I was on my way to work when I saw the mountains with a band of snow, a band of light, a band of dark, and some low clouds. I was in awe and stopped to grab a few pictures. My plans to merge them were always set aside (see, distracted too easily), until now. Here’s the result – not a great image, but it proves that I can do it. More to follow!
Susan’s dad asked for a Walker Burger a couple weeks ago. (It’s a great distraction!) If you haven’t been to Walker Burger, it’s worth the drive from anywhere. Thankfully, it’s only a 40 minute drive from the Carson Valley on US 395. Go soon, because they close for the winter on October 15. Not only are the burgers the best on the planet, but the ‘Garden Dining’ experience is wonderful. The Blue Jays were great and the small birds enjoyed the bird feeders. You can buy a bird house there, or just enjoy the bird houses in the dining area.
We’ve had some phenomenal sunsets due to the smoke from the California fires. Most exciting for me, however, was the morning that the sun was screened by the smoke and I got great pictures. See what I mean! (Check the Landscapes and Scenery page for more sunset images.)
Yes, this is the sun screened by the smoke. The color is great, but I was very excited to catch a couple sun spots.
If I put a stem at the top, it could be an orange or a peach, but it’s the sun. Not the sharpest focus, but the colors are beautiful!
One of my favorite sunset images. The smoke can be seen low on the horizon making a wonderful golden glow, but the light on the contrails makes the picture for me.
Last weekend, a good friend came to visit. Brian and I served together in the Air Force almost 30 years ago. We drove a bunch of miles, but the horses weren’t cooperating, the leaves are already gone in the Sierras (dadburned drought), and the Glen Alpine Falls were a mere trickle. We had a great couple days, catching up on family and life. I’d say ‘just another distraction,’ but it could have been a different story if I’d gotten some pictures.
I caught up with some of the horses this week. Most were uncooperative, but Blue let me walk around his band and make images. In spite of his gruff demeanor, he’s just a big Blue puffcake at heart. Don’t tell the other studs, though – they will NOT believe you! Check out the Wild Horses page for more images.
Blue! Nothing more need be said.
I don’t get ‘artsy’ with the horses very often, but I loved the line of heads as they walked by.
Socks – chillin’ under a tree while his ladies were enjoying a dirt bath. Seriously…
Blue with a couple ladies and one of the kids!
For the business stuff – I’ve been working on new note card designs and filling an order for Christmas cards. I have two images in the Pine Nut Wild Horse Advocates Foals of 2015 calendar, and got notified that I have an image in the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce 2016 landscape calendar. It’s very exciting for me!
So, I hope I’m forgiven for the long wait and I hope you enjoyed these pictures. Many more to follow – please stay tuned!
Enjoy – PHOTOROGR