Tuolumne Meadows

Tuolumne Meadows, originally uploaded by dmzajac2004.

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One of many pull outs along Hwy 120 that we stopped at on the way home from Bishop,CA.
This is a meadow again by July I’ve heard. I wonder if it’s covered in wildflowers right now.
I remember playing here as a girl.

PP- Usual ACR sliders plus a wee bit of sharpening. Shooting RAW I find I need to add it verses JPEG where I’ve added it in camera. Resized, and cleaned up a few dust spots.

Nikon D300s
Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 AF-S

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4,840 seconds

Star trails from Aug. 14/15, 2010 at Henry Coe State Park, California.

121 Frames @ 17mm, f/5.6, 40 seconds, ISO 400

Nikon D300s and Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 AF-S

Stacked in CS5 and ran it through my standard ACR sliders, then tweaked then foreground a bit to bring it out more. Polaris the North Star is dead center.

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Polaris Blues

A friend and I went south to the town of Morgan Hill about 30 mins. from me to Henry Coe State Park to shoot the stars for Star Trails, and we hoped for a nice sunset too.

Arriving early we scouted the area and found a couple of really beautiful oak trees that we thought would make a lovely foreground to our star trail photographs.

We set up camp which for me is a folding chair, tripod, and camera gear then waited for the sun to set.

The sunset was so golden, and even with my LB ColorCombo Polarizer and SinghRay2 stop soft edge Grad ND filter the sun was hot, and I had lots of sun flare. I actually think it came out cool looking in this photo.

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After this we moved across to the opposite side of this hill to set up for the Moon Rise. The colors on this side of the valley were so much prettier

than the sunset.

I loved the bands of red and blue. One of the beautiful oaks made for a lovely foreground.

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After the moon rise I moved locations to set up and start my test shots for my star trail sequence. Here’s the second test shot.

I was lining up the foreground and Polaris, the North Star.

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We weren’t alone up there last night. There was also an Astronomer hobbyist taking photos of the stars and nebulae with his star tracking gear, and telescope mounted to his camera. It was such a wonderful evening chatting with him and looking through his large telescope at Jupiter, Venus, and the Moon.

I’m still working on my Star Trail  photograph. I hope to post it tomorrow.

Nikon D300s

Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8AF-S

At a Mountain Top Bistro

Mt Shasta , originally uploaded by dmzajac2004.

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Driving up a road to look for a sunset location I spied this view and pulled over to take a shot or two. The volcano looks as if it’s steaming or blowing smoke, but those are just clouds.

It was so quite and beautiful up here.

Nikon D90
Nikkor 18-200mm VR 3.5-5.6
Singh Ray LB Color Combo Polarizer/Color Intensifier
Singh Ray Grad Neutral Density filter

Under the Canopy on a Sunday Morning

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I headed out of my hotel early to do the mile hike out to Root Creek Falls that for me was easy rolling hills densely forested with pines. Here the trail ends. The fall is little now. The snow is nearly melted I guess. I headed back and caught Crag Trail hiking up a ways then turning back when it began to get too hot and I left the shelter of the trees. The high on this day was 100 degrees. By 11:00AM it was 80 already.
When I got back to the parking lot I met a Ranger and spoke to him about the falls, and other shooting locations in the park. He told me I really need to get back to Root Creek Falls in April when it’s gushing and huge. I hope to do that! He told me about a spot where the fall has a 500foot drop. I’d like to see it.

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PP- Not a lot done to these. My standard sliders are vibrance, and clarity. No crop, but did resize them.

Nikon D90

Nikkor 18-200mm VR 3.5-5.6

B+W Neutral Density Filter

SinghRay LB ColorCombo Polarizer/ Color intensifier

An Outdoor Café

Reynolds Mountain- Glacier National Park

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Wild Blue-Pod Lupine- McGuire Peak

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Olmstead Pt- Yosemite National Park

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I hope you enjoy the view!

“Hope never abandons you; you abandon it. ” ~George Weinberg

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“Hope never abandons you; you abandon it. ” ~George WeinbergJulia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Big Sur
McWay Falls
Sunset
Pacific Ocean

McWay Fall
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Big Sur
California
Pacific Ocean
Lagoon

For the history buffs:
After passing through the specially constructed pedestrian underpass, the overlook trail comes out onto the face of a steep bluff about 100 feet above the ocean. The view includes a large sweep of ocean, miles of the Big Sur coastline, and looks directly down into McWay Cove, where a delightful little water-fall drops 80 feet from the granite cliffs. Prior to 1983, it fell directly into the sea, but a major landslide a half-mile north of the cove deposited so much sediment in McWay Cove the the waterfall now lands on a sandy beach. The “new” beach is not open to the public because the surrounding cliffs are extremely unstable.

Nikon D300s| AF-S Nikkor 17-35mm| Tripod