Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sunset over the Coeur d'Alene River

Kingston, Idaho
July 16, 2013
Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 25 mm: ISO 100: 30.0 sec.: f/20: Hoya ND8: Cokin Grad ND
Here is my final shot of the beautiful sunset that was mixed with the storm.  I really like this shot.  Other shots of the same sunset are: earlier in the evening and a different view.  Here is the same view at night.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Settlers' Grove of Ancient Cedars

Shoshone County, Idaho
July 17, 2013
Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 20 mm: ISO 100: 1/30 sec.: f/3.50
Other posts from the Settlers' Grove here and here.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Pike Place

Seattle, Washington
August 27, 2013
Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 85 mm: ISO 400: f/10: Hoya ND8
My second day in Seattle, I finished up my deposition in time to go explore the city before catching a Mariners' game that night.  My first stop was Pike Place as it was just down the hill from the rail stop that was closest to my hotel.  See my first post from this trip to Seattle --.  Here is a shot I took inside Pike Place back in 2011 and here is a post on my wife's blog of the fun we had there at that time.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Clouds on the Coeur d"Alene River

Kingston, Idaho
July 16, 2013
Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 20 mm: ISO 3200: 1/5 sec.: f/22
I took this on the same shoot as these: 1, 2 and 3.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Space Needle from Fire Escape

Seattle, Washington
August 26, 2013
Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 85 mm: ISO 100: 15 sec.: f/11
I still have plenty more shots from Idaho to post, but I have been to Seattle and Oceanside since then so I wanted to get something more recent up.  I had a deposition in downtown Seattle for work so I got to spend a couple nights there.  I brought my camera along because I knew I would have some free time at night.  I got to my hotel (the Max) fairly late the first night and headed up to the 8th floor.  I could barely see the space needle from my window so I headed out to the fire escape with my tripod.  Looking back, I should have bumped the ISO up a bit and sped up the shutter to make this shot a little sharper.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Stream through the Settlers' Grove of Ancient Cedars

Shoshone County, Idaho
July 17, 2013
Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 27 mm: ISO 100: .30 sec.: f/18: Hoya ND 8
Running through the Settlers' Grove park was a beautiful little stream littered with fallen cedars.  At this point 2 streams came together right where 2 trees had fallen.  Check out another shot from Settlers' Grove here..

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Settlers' Grove of Ancient Cedars

Shoshone County, Idaho
July 17, 2013
Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 18 mm: ISO 100: .40 sec.: f/13
My wife and I took off in the morning to try and see some harder to find sites.  Unfortunately, this meant a lot of dirt roads so we ended up not seeing the waterfalls out there, but we did make it to the Settlers' Grove of Ancient Cedars.  This was a little difficult to find as the directions I had were wrong!  Basically to get there, you turn off on the road toward Murray and a few miles down the road you will pass a large pond on your left and see a small sign showing the turnoff for Settlers' Grove.  The park was nearly empty and after a short, well-maintained trail we entered the main grove of large trees.  They weren't as big as I was expecting, but there was still something majestic about standing at the bottom of these trees.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Sunset and Wild Flowers

Kingston, Idaho
July 16, 2013
Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 25 mm: ISO 100: 30 sec.: f/20: Hoya ND8
I loved the way the trees and flowers framed the sunset and river on this one.  See the same sunset here.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Bellagio Fountains

Las Vegas, Nevada
July 6, 2013
Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 18 mm: ISO 100: 1/320 sec.: f/9
With the Travel Photo Carnival all wrapped up, its time to get back to my photos.  Any trip down to the strip would not be complete without viewing the Bellagio fountains.  Here is the other photo I did on this day.

Friday, September 6, 2013

TRAVEL PHOTO CARNIVAL ROUND 7: PEOPLE



      It's time to start Round 7 of the Travel Photo Carnival.  This is a great opportunity for all kinds of photographers to showcase their work and meet similar people.  Round 6 was hosted by MonkBoughtLunch with the awesome topic "World Heritage Sites."  It was an honor to be picked as the winner of Round 6 with this photo from Ayutthaya Thailand.


Check out other previous winners 

1. Flora shots at AfterGlobe
2. Sand & Stone shots at Calculated Traveller
3. Sunrise & Sunset shots at Outside the Limits
4. Reflection shots at Trek Snappy
5. Motion shots at The Polar Route
6. World Heritage Sites at MonkBoughtLunch

Time for Round 7!

     For Round 7, I have chosen a subject I personally struggle with--People.  I love great shots of people in their natural habitat, but if you look through my blog, you won't find very many.  I dug up a few examples to show the type of shots I am talking about--these are people just living life, not portraits.  These shots can be difficult because it can be difficult to make ordinary life appealing and it can be awkward to find the balance between sneaking a quick photograph and asking someone in a different culture to cooperate as you work on your shot.  Moreover, in many places people will expect payment for taking their photographs.  This happened to me a lot in Romania.

This first example is someone helping to pull our longtail boat to the dock in Krabi, Thailand.  Details for the shot can be found here.


This is probably my favorite person photo.  It was taken during the changing of the guards in Seoul, South Korea.  Details are here.


This shot is from Transylvania, Romania taken from a small dirt road on the way to Viscri. The man was very nice and did not care that we stopped to take photos.  Details are here.


The final example is from the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC.  I liked the reflection of the Vietnam Vet on the wall.  Details are here.


ENTER YOUR SHOTS NOW!

     Anyone can enter as long as they have their own blog or website capable of hosting round 8 of the Travel Photo Carnival.  To enter, simply leave a comment to this post with a link to your photo.  If you want to submit a photo you haven't published yet, email me a copy of the photo together with a link to your blog or website. I will post the submissions below as they are entered so check back often.  The contest closes September 14 with the winner to be posted September 15 so get those photos in fast!

SUBMISSIONS:

Stephen of monkboughtlunch.com brings us our first submission.  This photo from Bishkek. 
Performers on the Bridge - Prague
Anwar from Beyond My Front Door brings us this shot of a performer in Prague.  Details on this photo can be found here.


Anil sends us this great shot.

AND THE WINNER IS:


Thanks for sending in this awesome shot Anil.  I loved shooting the monks while I was in Thailand, but was never able to get them in such a great position.  Email me and I will send you all you need to host the next round.  Thanks to everyone who submitted photographs.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Light catching the hills over the Coeur d'Alene River

Kingston, Idaho
July 16, 2013
Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 18 mm: ISO 100: 1.6 sec.: f/11: Hoya ND8
I love this photo because I spent a long time sitting on a rock shooting here and the clouds opened up just for a minute and shot light on the top of the hills.  You can see other shots here that show more clouds, but you can see there is no light on the hills: 123