Photography

Vacay Pics

11 July 2016

The purpose of the PGs’ latest trip was to provide some help to Daughter PG after the birth of her latest child. So, while PG obtained photos of the cutest kids in the world, he didn’t have as much time for the landscape and nature photography he enjoys as otherwise would have been the case.

That said, PG did spend a bit of time in the Giant Sequoia National Monument. Because it was a holiday weekend, he didn’t venture into the adjacent (and much more crowded) Sequoia National Park.

As a bit of background, the giant sequoia is the world’s largest tree. It grows naturally only in a narrow 60-mile band on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California.

A mature sequoia will reach 250 feet and a few are 300 feet or taller. The closely-related coast redwood tree occasionally grows taller, but the sequoia is far more massive, commonly reaching 20 feet in diameter, with one tree reaching 35 feet in diameter.

It is difficult for a photograph to capture how massive these trees are, in part because the very, very, very large trees tend to have a lot of very, very large neighbors, but here are a couple of PG’s attempts. (click for larger versions of the photos)

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The bottom two photos are of the same tree. To help understand the size of the tree, the largest child in the bottom photo is about 5 feet 4 inches tall. 20 or more adults could have comfortably stood inside the tree at the same time.

For photographers, each of these photos was taken with an 11-16mm zoom lens at its widest setting.

Capitol Reef and Bryce

29 May 2016

A couple of additional pics PG found on his camera.

The first photo is from Capitol Reef and the second from Bryce.

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Pics

27 May 2016

Since Mrs. PG recently published her latest book (Thank you, readers!) and PG has been swamped with work (Thank you, clients!), the PG’s were in need of a short break from their daily labors.

So they visited Capitol Reef National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park.

The two parks are about 112 miles apart in Southern Utah. If the PG’s could travel as Utah crows fly, the distance between the two parks would be much shorter, but this part of the state has a lot of mountains and not much population. Two lane roads connect tiny town with tiny town along a path that is never straight.

Capitol Reef was designated a National Monument in 1937 and made a National Park in 1971. The park is named for a line of cliffs comprised of white Navajo Sandstone with dome formations—similar to the white domes often placed on capitol buildings. The park includes part of  Waterpocket Fold, where the earth buckled in a spectacular and roughly linear fashion extending for about 100 miles. Thus,  Capitol Reef is approximately 60 miles long and six miles wide.

Here are a few photos from Capitol Reef. You can click on each photo to see a larger version.

Repeating Mesas

Wall Arch

Vshape Valley

 

Bryce Canyon has been a National Park since 1928.

Unfortunately, the day of our visit was overcast with light rain after we entered the park. As we traveled a bit higher, the rain turned to snow (yes, snow at the end of May). As an amateur photographer, PG will assure you that snow and thick clouds can be fine additions to some types of photographs, but if you want to take photos of enormous masses of colorful rocks and scenic vistas that extend for miles and miles and miles, snow and clouds are not your friend.

Fortunately the snow eventually stopped and, although we never had the lovely blue skies you can see over Capitol Reef, PG was able to grab a few photos. The second and third photos below were taken with PG’s iPhone because he didn’t want his real camera to get wet. Since the originals looked pretty bland, he did some postprocessing to bring out a bit more color.

Natural Bridge

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Panorama

The last photo is a panorama taken with the iPhone. It’s about a 160 degree view. Click on the photo to see it better.

UPDATE: PG processed these with a laptop he primarily uses when traveling. When he pulled the post up on his home computer, the colors in some of the photos were stronger than he expected after looking at them on the laptop.

You can adjust some monitors to correctly display colors, but perhaps one in ten thousand users do so.

No winter

15 February 2016

No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.

Hal Borland

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Up the hill

Snow

3 February 2016

The mountains near Casa PG are looking good these days.

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This is an iPhone photo. Phone cameras are getting better and better.

Snow

25 January 2016

In the northeastern United States, many residents are shoveling themselves out after an epic snowstorm, which may somewhat diminish their appreciation of the beauty of snow.

PG took the following at Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park, a short drive from Jackson, Wyoming.

Mountain Lake - Clarity - Neon - Layers

Bookface Friday

20 November 2015

Instagram has a #bookfacefriday tag:

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Link to the rest at #bookfacefriday

Canyonlands

24 October 2015

Here’s another shot from Canyonlands, post-processed to make it look a little magical, which is what the park felt like to me.

Click on the photo for a larger version.

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Grandview

Canyonlands

22 October 2015

Canyonlands is another national park near Moab, Utah. If you’re looking for vistas that go on forever, Canyonlands is your place.

This photo is taken from a place called Grandview. A photo, at least one you can view on a computer, tablet or phone, can’t really communicate how huge this is. An unusual amount of humidity in the air cut down on details in the distance a bit. Click on the photo for a larger version.

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Fiery Furnace

21 October 2015

More from Arches National Park.

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Fiery Furnace - Small

On the left-hand side, this photo shows a small portion of an area called Fiery Furnace. It is comprised of a huge number of tall stone towers and fins and it’s necessary to slide sideways to get between some of them. There are no trail markings and the stone cuts off cell service and GPS. As with most parts of Arches, there is no water. Additionally, there are many opportunities for falls of 30-40 feet into stone crevasses.

It’s so easy to get lost in Fiery Furnace that the Park Service requires a permit and strongly recommends either a park ranger or experienced private guide to accompany anyone who wants to enter. Presumably a park ranger will come and try to find you if you don’t show up by the end of the day.

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Window Arch - Small
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This formation is called Window Arch. As mentioned yesterday, there are over 2,000 natural arches in the park.

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