How I Spent My Summer Vacation – Volume 4…

Olympic National Park – holy cow! What a fun and beautiful place. My lovely bride and I visited two of the three ecosystems: the Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

We arrived at the road to Hurricane Ridge in the late afternoon, and the skies were less than cooperative. The scenery going up to the Ridge, however, was spectacular.

We hit the roadside flowers seemingly at their peak. This is one of my favorite images.

We saw several Black Tail Deer. This buck was on the hillside above the road. One has to wonder what happened to his antlers.

Our obligatory self portrait at the Hurricane Ridge Visitor’s Center. More wild flowers in the meadow behind us!

And my feeble attempt at a panorama. Despite my poor attempt to capture it, the view was gorgeous!

We tried to visit the Hoh Rain Forest, but construction caused us to save it for another trip. We drove down the Pacific Coast instead.

This is the view from the Kalaloch Lodge dining patio. Great lunch there and the cabins looked interesting. During our trip planning, we tried to get a room there but they were full. Oh well…

This is a view from US 101.

We stopped at Beach 1 and walked down to the shore. We saw a pod of whales apparently feeding off shore – lots of fins, backs, and blows. Here’s our selfie watching whales.

The view up the shore line. It goes on for a long time…

There you have it – fun at Olympic National Park. The whale pictures weren’t very exciting, so I hope you like the scenery shots.

Enjoy – PHOTOROGR

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PS Challenge – August 15, 2017

I’m still kicking around my backyard. A neighbor gave us the Quail yard art (thanks Terri!) and my lovely bride added the other elements. This image is one of those that you won’t normally see, because it’s usually at your feet and you’re looking down on it. Somehow, I saw it in my mind and then made the image.

I shot this handheld, but will likely grab a tripod for the next time. As always, bracketed exposures merged in Photomatix Pro. No further editing.

Enjoy – PHOTOROGR

PS Challenge – August 6, 2017

The NFL pre-season is officially underway and college football is just around the corner. Wyoming’s football team is looking good in preparation for the coming season – Go Pokes!

What does that have to do with today’s PS Challenge? Well, today’s image comes from our backyard – one of our Black-Eyed Susan flowers. These beautiful flowers are sometimes called Brown-Eyed Susan, and they are the reason that Wyoming’s team colors are brown and gold! They were the decorations at a banquet at the then new university, subsequently chosen as the team colors.

We love having them in our yard. They are a not so subtle reminder of home.

Enjoy – PHOTOROGR

PS Challenge – August 3, 2017

Today’s PS Challenge image is a close up of some Phlox blooms, from our back yard. I bracketed exposures but only used the under and normal exposures. I merged them in Adobe Camera Raw, cropped in PhotoShop, applied a Nik filter, and finished the image with a little more sharpening in PhotoShop. Please note, this is natural lighting – no flash used.

Enjoy – PHOTOROGR

PS Challenge – June 6, 2017

Today’s PS Challenge image comes from our backyard, the rose bush along the wall behind my shop. I love this little rose bush and the blooms are beautiful. I have to work on my photography skills for this flower – so far I haven’t made the shot I have in my mind. I decided to share this, however, so just ENJOY! PHOTOROGR

Not a PS Challenge – May 18, 2017…

I couldn’t resist the pun, especially since I’ve been posting so many PS Challenge images lately. I still take pictures with the big camera – sometimes the big lens and sometimes a smaller lens – depending on the situation. I’m finally starting to trust my instincts for shooting, but I still ask for a lot of critique in my processing. Thanks to everyone for your comments and critiques.

Let’s get to some pictures.

This image of a Candy Tuft is similar to a recent PS Challenge image, and was taken with the PowerShot camera.

The big camera mounted on a tripod, 5 exposures to maximize the light.

From my drive up Monitor Pass yesterday. I found the moon setting over the Sierras.

Another image of the stream flowing from Lake Heenan, a popular fishing hole! A California Department of Wildlife truck had just pulled out. It had a big tank on the back of the truck, like those used to transport fish for stocking in waterways (a big wink for my friends who fish!).

I was intrigued by this tree in the middle of a meadow. I made multiple images and experimented with several techniques. The ground was very wet from the winter.

I visited the Nevada State Railroad Museum a few weeks ago. The following images are from my series on the locomotive models on display in the museum. Each model is 30″-36″ in length. The project is still underway, but prints up to 12″ x 36″ are available.

I have many more pictures to share, and I will post more frequently – I promise.

Enjoy – PHOTOROGR