Friday, July 27, 2012

Thunder Ridge, Utah
June 28, 2012
Nikon D3100: Nikkor 55-200 at  125mm: ISO 200: 1/80 sec.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Thunder Ridge, UT
June 28, 2012
Nikon D3100: Nikkor 18-55 at 30mm: ISO 400: 1/125 sec.: f/9: CPL

Thunder Ridge, Utah
June 28, 2012
Nikon D3100: Nikkor 18-55 at 24 mm: ISO 400: 1/100 sec.: f/9: CPL

Not an exception shot by any means, I just thought these trees were kinda funky and cool.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

My new travel lens came in today! Just in time for my trip to Oregon in a couple weeks.  Look forward to some shots soon with my Tamron 18-270 lens.  I have played with it just a little (lunch break) and it seems a little stiff while zooming in, but I am sure that will loosen up and feels good other than that.
Thunder Ridge, Utah
July 28, 2012
Nikon D3100: Nikkor 18-55 at 18mm: ISO 400: 1/50 sec.: f/8:CPL

I wanted to find a shot where I could get a grove of Aspens with the sunlight coming in.  This was not a great grove by any means, but there was a big pine tree that blocked out enough of the sun that I could just capture the rays coming in.

Nikon D3100: Nikkor 18-55 at 55mm: ISO 400: 1/25 sec.: f/7.1:CPL

This shot is from the same grove of trees as the above shot.  I wish I would have had more time to stop down the aperature to add some depth, but I had people waiting on me and didn't want to mess with trying to get the right light so I just put the camera on landscape and snapped a few quick shots.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah
July 29, 2012

Nikon D3100: Nikkor 18-55 at 18 mm: ISO 400: 1/400 sec.: f/11: CPL

Nikon D3100: Nikkor 18-55 at 18 mm: ISO 400: 1/400 sec.: f/11: CPL

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Alpine Pond Trail
Cedar Breaks National Monument
July 29, 2012
Nikon D3100: Nikkor 18-55 at 42 mm: ISO 400: 1/250 sec.:f/10: CPL 

This shot was taken from the Upper Trail where there is a small break in the trees permitting a view of both the red rock and the pond.

Nikon D3100: Nikkor 18-55 at 55 mm: ISO 400: 1/250 sec.: f/10: CPL

As I mentioned in the previous post, the Alpine Pond stop offers only minimal views of the red rock, but this spot on the Upper Trail is the only spot I found to get a good shot of trees in the foreground.



Alpine Pond
Cedar Break National Monument, Utah
June 29, 2012
Nikon D3100: Nikkor 18-55 at 38 mm: ISO 400: 1/200 sec.:f/10: CPL

Nikon D3100: Nikkor 18-55 at 22 mm: ISO 400: 1/125 sec.:f/9: CPL

This pond is about a 1-2 mile loop from the parking lot in Cedar Breaks.  While the views of the red rock are very limited (see post of red rock from this trail), the pond was clear and quite beautiful.  The forest of mostly dead trees was also quite striking.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah
June 29, 2012
Nikon D3100: Nikkor 18-55 at 55mm: ISO 400: 1/250 sec.: f/10: CPL

Nikon D3100: Nikkor 18-55 at 34mm: ISO 400: 1/250 sec.: f/10: CPL

Nikon D3100: Nikkor 18-55 at 18mm: ISO 400: 1/320 sec.: f/10: CPL

Nikon D3100: Nikkor 18-55 at 18mm: ISO 400: 1/400 sec.: f/11: CPL

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


Washington DC Metro
May 25-28
Nikon D3100: Nikkor 18-55 at 18mm: ISO 800: .80 sec.: f/3.5

Nikon D3100: Nikkor 18-55 at 22mm: ISO 200: 6.0 sec.: f/25

Nikon D3100: Nikkor 18-55 at 18mm: ISO 200: .80 sec.: f/18

Nikon D3100: Nikkor 18-55 at 18mm: ISO 200: .30 sec.: f/14

Nikon D3100: Nikkor 18-55 at 18mm: ISO 200: 2.0 sec.: f/18

The Washington Metro system was incredibly inefficient and we spent a lot of time just waiting around so I took the many opportunities to just play around with different shots.  These were my favorite results.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Arlington Cemetary
Washington DC, USA
May 28, 2012
Nikon D3100: Nikkor 55-200 at 86mm: ISO 400: 1/160 sec.: f/9: CPL

The Old Post Office
Washington DC, USA
May 28, 2012
Pentax Optio E70: 1/200 sec.: f/3.9

My wife and I have been pretty creative while traveling to capture "couple" pictures.  In DC, we often leaned my monopod against something to get a better shot.  Well, right when we got to the old post office, we leaned it against a pole and my camera took a tumble, breaking my lens.  Without another lens that could go wide, I was forced to break out the old back up point and shoot.

Washington Monument
Washington DC, USA
May 27, 2012
Nikon D3100: Nikkor 18-55 at 18mm: ISO 3200: .4 sec.: f/3.5

We were running from MLK Memorial to the nearest subway stop (Smithsonian) when I saw this shot.  I didn't have my tripod and, with the rain, I didn't have time to even use my monopod, so I bumped up the ISO and opened up the aperture and did the best I could with time for one shot. 

Jefferson Memorial
Washington DC
May 27, 2012
Nikon D3100: Nikkor 18-55 at 55mm: ISO 800: 2.0 sec.: f/5.6: CPL

We were over at the Lincoln Memorial when I noticed the sky was turning pink in my shots.  Sure enough, the wind started picking up and the rain began to fall by the time we made it to the Korea War Memorial.  My wife hid out in the building across from the MLK Memorial while I headed out in the storm.  I didn't have a tripod, but I found some shelter under a tree and snapped some shots with the camera on the ground.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Christ Church
Alexandria, Virginia
May 27, 2012
Nikon D3100: ISO 400: 1/320 sec.: f/10: 18 mm: CPL

This is the church where both George Washington and Robert E. Lee attended services.