Monday, August 8, 2016

Here are some images I took from Great Basin National Park in eastern Nevada on the Nevada/Utah border.  Two of the images are of Wheeler Peak, the second highest peak in Nevada, +13,000 ft in elevation.  You can drive to 10,000 ft easily on a well paved road and then take the trail up toward the peak and see high alpine lakes.  The other images are of the valley to the east of the park looking toward Utah.  The sun was still a little high but made for some interesting shadows on the valley floor.  One does not appreciate the distances in this part of the country until one can see it from this vantage point.  The last image is of a small hill/mountain just outside of Little Sahara Sand Dunes near Delta, Utah.  I need to make a trip out there sometime.  It would be an opportunity to take images of sand dunes.  The only unfortunate part is that it is overrun by off road vehicle enthusiasts.  They flood the area and there aren't many spots where they have left tread marks.






















Monday, July 25, 2016

Ok, last publication for the night.  This is a little composite I put together for a project I have been working on, mostly in the mind.  I need to learn how to do composites better before I truly start on this project.  This is one of my first attempts.


I haven't made many panoramas lately but here is one from the recent past that I particularly like.  It is of Sevier Lake west of Delta, UT and east of the Nevada/Utah border.  You can see Hwy 6 to the right.  Note the fence posts and the power lines for scale.  It gives you a good idea of the expanse of the country we are talking about.  Sevier Lake is a salt water lake which is fed by, wait for it, the Sevier River.  Not a very big river.  Back east you might call this river a large stream.  Heck you can jump across it in some places.  If you like wide expanses this is one of those places to go.


There was a time when I thought that Salt Lake City was a pretty dead and vanilla village in the desert.  However, that is not exactly true.  There are a few places where other life forms are found and exhibit themselves in interesting ways.  So if you get to SLC and do a little exploring you may find riches of life beyond what you expected.







Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Here are three more images of the Wasatch Mountains.  The first is of one of the peaks in Salt Lake County taken from the west looking east (I work on the west side so it is convenient).  It gives me that feeling of being up in the clouds on top of the peaks when in fact I'm only at about 5000 feet (the peaks are typically 7000 - 9000 feet) but you would know it necessarily by looking at the image.  The second image, also taken from across the valley is from a vantage point where there are homes in the foreground.  Believe me the homes are only 10's of feet from where I took the image.  But this is part of what I wanted to convey.  The homes start in the foothills of the Oquirrh Mountains on the west side of the valley and extend out across the valley to the Wasatch Mountains on the east side of the valley.  If you look close enough you will see that the homes are built right of the side of the Wasatch Mts.  You have to look up to the mountains out your back window.  At one time there were few homes across the valley, we're talking only 10-15 years ago.  How things have changed.  It's becoming more and more difficult to take images of the mountains around here without seeing the hand of man.  The last of the three images reminded me of Monopoly with the little homes all stacked in line.  An interesting contrast to the hills in the background (which are the foothills of the Wasatch Mts.)




I was going thru some of my images over the last couple of months and noticed the ones I took of the tailing pile at the Kennecott Copper mine on the west side of Salt Lake County, Utah.  The pile is terraced and is nearly as high as the mountains that surround them.  Daily they add to the pile, water it down and do other beneficiation on it.  I decided to go out and take some images.  Unfortunately the contrast between the various terraces and within individual terraces was not all that good.  Neither were the color differences.  So I was  a bit disappointed.  But I brought them into my photo processing environment and played around with them a little and was able to come up with the following.  Most of what I did was change the hue which turned them into more of an abstract image rather than a documentary image.






Wednesday, July 6, 2016

I  went to the University Mall in Orem, UT to take pictures.  After about and hour and a half I was asked, politely, I might add, to stop.  Seems there is a policy of no picture taking.  I asked several times if that was the same for people with cell phone cameras.  The officer said yes.  For some reason I don't believe him.  Doesn't make any difference, I still don't understand why they have such a policy.   I didn't take a single image inside a store.  I was going to rant here but have decided not to.  However, if someone could explain why they would have such a policy I would like to hear it.

Here are the images I was able to gather while I did have the opportunity to take pictures.