Monday, August 26, 2019

Next on our trip we made our way from Ship Rock to Canyon de Chelly.  On the first day we spent our time on the east rim which overlooks Canyon del Muerto.  One cannot just drive down into Canyon de Chelly.  On both the east and west rims there are a number of overlooks down into the canyons.  The views are excellent and well worth the effort.  If you have vertigo, like I do, then you'll need to hold on because there are places at the overlooks were one can get right up to the edge without any rail or wall to hold onto.

Canyon de Chelly is an ancient Pueblo site and one that is still occupied to this day.  The locals control the number of visitors into the canyon but in order to do so one has to pay.  I decided not to but now wish that I had.  I, in particular, wanted to go to the place in the canyon where Ansel Adams took his famous shot of the canyon wall.  The only difference between then and now are all of the cottonwood trees that are in the canyon that were not present when he took his picture.  That image was taken over in Canyon de Chelly itself which can be viewed from the west rim overlooks and that is the next days efforts.  Sometime in the next couple years I will be going back to Canyon de Chelly and spend more than two days there and I will be spending the money for the guide to take me through the canyon.  I think it will be well worth the money.

Again my images are with my IR camera, a Canon 50D with a 35-150mm lens, as I am continuing to learn how to use it and to process the images.  All images were taken using a tripod.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Continuing on our trip we made our way from Farmington, NM over toward Shiprock.  From there  we would  make our way south to Chinle, AZ and Canyon de Chelly.  But that is getting ahead of myself.  So I have a few images of Shiprock.  It is not easy to get to.  The roads are dirt in the best of times and certainly the worst in mud in the worst in times.  I would suggest a high clearance vehicle at least or a four wheel drive.  I, unfortunately, did not.  So I got as close as I could and used both my 70-300mm and my 35-150mm lenses.  I took both IR and visible light images.  The images here are the IR images.  I do want to go back, especially when I have more time and when I have an appropriate vehicle so that I can explore more the area around Shiprock.  By the way, Shiprock is revered by Native Americans as holy ground.  So if you go out there be respectful.

One last thing.  Although all the images are IR images some were brought into photoshop and processed as I would normally process B&W.  Those, however, with the blue tint to them were produced by channel swapping.  I have a lot to learn about the processing of IR images but on a whole I am satisfied with these.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Once in Farmington, NM and finding a place to stay we hauled ourselves to Aztec Ruins named incorrectly for the Aztecs but now known to be a classic Pueblo site.  The best part of the site is the Great Kiva that has been  reconstructed and one in which you can actually enter.  Because there were so few people at the site it was easy to sit and take in the Kiva.  No flash photography was allowed to all images are taken with available light.  This is a site definitely worth seeing and it is free.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

After going to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison Dallas and I traveled to Farmington, NM.  On the way we passed through through Durango, Molas Pass and Silverton, all in Colorado.  I really like Silverton.  It is a nice small town and at the time we passed through there weren't that many tourists and the weather was still decent.  But is was at Molas Pass that we stopped and took a few pictures.

As you can see I like the bluish sky colors that you can achieve with IR. 

We got to Farmington late because I missed a turn outside Durango and ended up in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.  Taking a back way to Farmington required we pass by Navajo Lake where we were pulled over for doing 62 in a 50 mph zone.  When I asked where the sign was he pointed to a place ahead of us.  Fortunately he only gave us a warning.  Not too much further down the road we were stopped at a sobriety check point.  This was a few miles down the road from several boat landings for the lake.  Apparently a few too many people go boating, drink too much and then try to drive home.  Anyway, we got thru that one ok as well and sailed on into Farmington.  The next day we went up to Aztec Ruins misnamed because early on it was thought to be Aztec like.  Instead it is a pueblo site.  What I like about it the  most is the reconstructed Pueblo Great Kiva which one is allowed to enter and experience and all for free.  Here are a few pics of the Kiva.

For those who are wondering, I used a 17-50 mm lens at 1/160 sec, F2.8, and 1250 ISO.  There are no lights in the Kiva except for what is coming thru the windows, door and the hole in the ceiling.  No flash is allowed and none was used.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

My trip to Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona with my new IR camera

My wife and I decided to take a little trip to Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona coming back to the SLC area via Monument Valley, Goblin Valley and the Grand Rafael Swell.  Are first stop was in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.  I've not been there before and wasn't quite sure what we would find.  Well, it is a deep canyon much like the Grand Canyon but only narrower and probably a 1000 ft deep.  Let's just say that I'm glad there were railings to hang on to.  Although it was hot it was fun and some great scenery.  So I will definitely go again.  To top it off it is a Black Sky designated park and so I will definitely be giving that a try.  Below are a few of the images I took in the park.

My new IR camera

Well it has been a year since I last posted.  Since that time I have acquired a new camera.  No, not an expensive one, not even a new model.  Instead I acquired a Canon 50D but with an IR sensor.  This allows me to focus in live view.  The first image I took is this first one I took of my back yard after learning to properly set the white balance.

More later as I organize my images and thoughts.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

So, before anyone says anything about cruelty to animals, etc., the rodeo is not my favorite sport.  I went because it was an opportunity to do some action photos.  I will not be going in the future for a number of reasons which I will not outline here.

I used my F5.0, 70-300 lens from the last row of the stands.  As the light diminished the ISO went from 200 to 3200 but it still wasn't enough to stop the action, although I will have to say that I do like the blurred nature of the images in the bull ride.  All in all I took over 500 pictures using the burst mode on my Canon EOS 7.  I thought it did a good job.  This is something I don't do a lot of and am glad I did.  Just wish it were a different kind of venue.