PS Challenge – April 30, 2017

Today’s PS Challenge image is representative of many things. First, I took it ‘selfie-style,’ which is a big challenge because I don’t take good selfies and the PowerShot G9 doesn’t have a forward camera setting. Second, my lovely bride and I were on the V&T Railroad just leaving the Eastgate Station (east of Carson City) and heading for Virginia City. We were celebrating Susan’s retirement and had a wonderful time. The Carson Valley Pops played well and Piper’s Opera House was an excellent setting! Last, it’s the end of April – 2017 is a third of the way over! Temperatures are starting to rise and I’m going to mow my lawn for the first time this year today. Wahoo?

But anyway – this little camera continues to amaze me with its simplicity, complexity, and most important, its ability to make great images – even of me ‘selfie-style.’


PS Challenge – April 26, 2017

Today’s PS Challenge image comes from the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park. I was hoping the coming storm front would provide good light and great skies for shooting the Home Ranch. Alas, the light didn’t cooperate with me.

To make this image, I used the exposure bracketing feature of the PowerShot G9 X camera to make the three exposures, then combined them in Photomatix. I caught this Momma cow in mid-chew, then she and the calves all ran away.


PS Challenge – April 21, 2017

Today’s PS Challenge image comes from the Nevada State Railroad Museum. This is the car number for Leland Stanford’s personal railroad car, currently under preservation at the NSRM. This number is located above the door at the end of the car.

Like many train cars, this one served many purposes and changed color and configuration several times during its working life.


PS Challenge – April 17, 2017

April 17 has always had very special meaning for me – at least since Ford Mustangs became a part of my life and I learned that on April 17, 1964, Ford introduced the Mustang at the New York World’s Fair. Happy Mustang Day to all my friends, even those of you who were seduced by the evil empire, the pentastar, and those dadburned foreign cars!

I am not sharing a Mustang image today! Instead, I’m sharing a wonderful image of a pine tree taken last week when my lovely bride and I were out and about! This is part of my ongoing series of tree images.


Landscapes and details…

One of my favorite magazines is Outdoor Photographer. I enjoy the content and have been getting wonderful ideas and information for improving my photography. The April 2017 issue had a great article titled ‘Grand Landscapes, Intimate Details’ by Dave Welling. The focus (pun intended) of the article was summed up nicely by the subtitle, ‘Tell a deeper story of a place by adding close-up images to your location portfolios’ The concept is simple – while you’re shooting that grand landscape, take a look around your feet and find something that connects the audience more intimately to the location.

I had the opportunity to employ this technique just yesterday. My lovely bride and I ventured into the mountains during yesterday’s storm, specifically driving CA 89 south of Markleeville CA. The road was wet from the occasional rain and snow, and there were few travelers besides us and a couple government vehicles. The sun appeared and disappeared, the snow blew and stopped, the mountains were covered and uncovered during our visit. (All the images below were taken within an hour of each other. You know what they say – if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes!)

The small valleys were running with water from the rain and the snow melt. Occasionally, the weather made rather ominous scenes in the recently burned areas.

I converted to grey tones to show the desolation of the fire, but the promise of renewal with the snow and running water.

As I walked to a bridge to capture an image of the raging river, a Stellar Jay landed on a rock about 15 yards away. He proceeded to dance about on the rock, as if to say ‘Where’s your big camera? You can’t take my picture with that little camera in your hands!’ (I had grabbed the PowerShot for the river image.) I got my river shot…

East Fork of the Carson River…the Grand Landscape! The Jay was on a rock to the right of this image.

…and ran back to the PhotoRanger for the big camera. Amazingly, the Jay stayed put as I returned and grabbed a few shots, moved a few feet and grabbed a few more shots, moved a few more feet and grabbed a few more shots, and so on.

Stellar Jay…the intimate detail!

There you have it, an example of Grand Landscapes and Intimate Details.

I hope you are enjoying the PS Challenge – I sure am! The process of using the PowerShot – learning its capabilities and limitations – helps to reinforce the principles of photography and composition.


PS Challenge – April 12, 2017

Today’s PS Challenge image is a Bee on one of the Chanticleer Pear trees in my backyard. The lengthy winter (and cool temps) is taking its toll on the beautiful blossoms, and there were only a couple Bees flying around the trees yesterday afternoon – I feel lucky to have captured this one. More winter coming our way in the next few days.


PS Challenge Bonus Day!

I took a hike on the Faye-Luther Canyon Trail System yesterday (I got lots of steps and stairs on my FitBit). Beautiful and well maintained trails with gorgeous vistas everywhere you look.

It’s Bonus Day because you get more than one picture from yesterday’s outing!


A section of the Interpretive Loop Trail. The skies were marvelous!

This is an HDR (High Dynamic Range) image, looking across the Carson Valley. (Mt. Segale is on the right.) The Canon PowerShot G9 X Mk II will bracket exposures for HDR processing.