PS Challenge – June 26, 2017

Today’s PS Challenge image comes from the Virginia Range, north of Stagecoach NV. I made this image a few weeks ago when I was out with my old retired guy ATV group. We encountered several bands of wild horses on the ride. Three of these four were more concerned with the guys in the lead, but one kept his eye on me. Bracketed exposures combined in Adobe Camera Raw, cropped in PhotoShop with a filter from Nik Color Efex Pro.

Enjoy – PHOTOROGR

PS Challenge – June 25, 2017

Today’s PS Challenge comes from the dining area at Walker Burger in Walker CA. My lovely bride and I took the Bullitt for a spin and ended up there. Love their burgers! If you haven’t had one, you don’t know what you’re missing! But those if us who have eaten there know!

They have a wonderful outdoor eating area with picnic tables, trees, lawn, yard art, and bird houses and feeders. I tried to catch some of the little birds on the feeder, but you can imagine how that went. Here’s one of the beautiful bird feeders/art works on display. I bracketed exposures, processed it in PhotoMatix and PhotoShop, and added a little filter from On1 PhotoRAW.

Enjoy – PHOTOROGR

PS Challenge – June 10, 2017

Today’s PS Challenge image comes from East Valley Road in the Carson Valley. A couple days ago, we had a nice storm front come through, bringing cooler temperatures and some interesting and gorgeous skies. This is a view of Genoa Peak and Duane Bliss Peak, in the Sierras and forming the northwest border of the Carson Valley.

I couldn’t resist processing the image in black and white to bring out the drama.

Enjoy – PHOTOROGR

PS Challenge – June 5, 2017

A couple days ago, my lovely bride and I decided to take a hike along the Carson River Trail. I hiked the trail a couple months ago, before the mosquitoes hatched and gained air superiority along the River. Since I didn’t have insect repellent in the PhotoRanger, we cut the hike short to preserve my legs. For the first time ever, someone (meaning the mosquitoes) thought I was sweeter than Susan. Please note – I placed a bottle of Off in the PhotoRanger so I’m not caught unarmed again!

While we were on the trail, however, I grabbed a quick shot of the River with the Sierras in the background. The ‘vee’ in the water to the right of the big tree is a Cinnamon Teal swimming away, but trying to maintain a cool demeanor as he did so.

Enjoy – PHOTOROGR

More landscapes and details…

In my post on April 15 (https://photorogr.com/2017/04/15/landscapes-and-details/), I discussed a method to document one’s photo adventures by showing broad landscapes with a shot or two providing a little detail into the scene. During our trip out the other day, my lovely bride and I saw fields of Western Blue Flag flowers on the valley floor. I found this scene just off Mottsville Lane.

Enjoy – PHOTOROGR

There was a very wet ditch between me and the scene, so I included the barb wire in the composition.

I used the big lens to make this close up image of a Western Blue Flag.

PS Challenge – June 2, 2017

My lovely bride and I took a drive yesterday. Our original intent was to take a hike on the Carson River Trail, but the mosquitoes overtook us a short distance in and we called it off. We drove around the ‘West Loop,’ which is my name for the area west of US 395 in the Carson Valley. To our surprise and delight, Mottsville Lane was open (it’s been underwater frequently this Spring!). We found this image on a road south of Mottsville.

I explored some of the wonderful features of my PowerShot G9 to make this image. I mounted the camera on a tripod, set it to bracket exposures, and used the time delay to minimize camera movement. I assembled the HDR in Adobe Camera Raw (a very cool new feature in ACR!) and finished the processing in On1 PhotoRAW.

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