Friday, November 21, 2014

Yellowstone National Park and Grand Tetons National Park

A couple of months ago, my wife and I took a long weekend in Gardner which is next to the northwest entrance to Yellowstone Park.  For three days we took trips to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National parks.


No trip to Yellowstone is complete without seeing some of the hundreds of Bison that roam throughout the park.  These were spotted in the Lemar Valley.  This is also an area known for wolf packs seeking bison for a meal.  This photo was taken on 9/15/2014 at 8:08 am.  Camera:  Canon EOS 7D, Lens:  Sigma 150-500 f5-f6.3 APO DB OS, f/16, 1/30 sec shutter speed, ISO 400, Focal length 340 mm..


Elk are often seen in the park, especially at Mammoth Hot Springs which sports a fairly large herd with several males.  This one being a very large bull.  Don't be fooled by his laid back position, he can move from that position in a split second and is a very fast animal.  Tourists need to respect the fact that he is a WILD animal.  This photo was taken on 9/13/2014 at 5:22 pm.  Camera:  Canon EOS 7D, Lens: Sigma 150-500 f5 - f6.3 APO DB OS, f/16, 1/8 sec shutter speed, ISO 100, Focal length 500 mm..

This is a photograph of Mammoth Hot Springs.  It was Taken on 9/13/2014 at 4:26 pm. Camera:  Canon EOS 7D, Lens:  Canon EF-S 18-135 IS with neutral density filter, f/16, 1/100 sec shutter speed, ISO 100, Focal length 18 mm..
 

These are trees on the west side of Jackson Lake near the resort.  It shows the great array of fall colors which were just coming out at the time.  This photo was taken on 9/14/2014 at 3:16 pm. Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Lens:  Canon EF-S 18-135 IS with neutral density filter, f/22, 1/20 sec shutter speed, ISO 100, Focal length 120 mm.

 

This photograph was taken on the southeast side of Jackson Lake.  It was taken on 9/14/2014 at 1:29 pm.  Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Lens:  Canon EF-S 18-135 IS with neutral density filter, f/22, 1/80 sec shutter speed, ISO 200, Focal length 44 mm.


Another view of the Tetons coming up on the east side of the river from Jackson south of the dam.  This photograph was taken at 2:51 pm.  Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Lens:  Canon EF-S 18-135 IS with neutral density filter, f/22, 1/100 sec shutter speed, ISO 200, Focal length 45 mm.


This shot is from the east side of Jackson Lake facing southwest.  This photograph was taken on 9/14/2014 at 3:08 pm. Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Lens:  Canon EF-S 18-135 IS with neutral density filter, f/22, 1/100sec shutter speed, ISO 100, Focal length 31 mm.

Underwater world

Another day another post.  Thought I'd add some underwater exposure.  I was a serious scuba diver and a National Association of Underwater Instructors scuba instructor in the late 70's and 80's.  During that time I also did some underwater photography.  Here are some samples.


This is a moon snail taken in Puget Sound.  It was taken with a Nikonis II underwater camera with a 1:1 macro extension tube with a standard lens and flash.


This is a striped nudebranch which an underwater version of a slug.  Little more colorful.  The shiny pieces that look like glitter are grains of sand.  Again taken with a Nikonis II underwater camera with a 1:1 macro extension tube, normal lens and flash.


This is a photo of a student I was teaching a sport diving class for.  On one of our open water dives we ran into this octopus in Elliott Bay in West Seattle.  Taken with a Nikonis II underwater camera with standard lens and flash.


This is another photo of the octopus from the last frame.


These are sea pens with perch hiding among them.  The particles in the water are most likely either river run-off or plankton.  This was taken on a night dive near Alki Point in west Seattle.  Taken with a Nikonis II underwater camera with a normal lens and a flash.


This is a close up of the colonies of animals that make up the living portion of the sea pen.  You can see the parts of the animals that grab the plankton from the current as it floats by.  Taken with a Nikonis II underwater camera and a flash.


This is a photograph of a hermit crab taken in Puget Sound.  Taken with a Nikonis II underwater camera with a 1:1 macro extension tube, normal lens and flash.


This is a Quillback Rock Fish with several Orange Gherkin Sea Cucumbers in the background.  This was taken with a Nikonis II underwater camera with a normal lens and the flash extended to the left and lighting the cave that the fish is in.


Monday, September 22, 2014

Hot Air Balloons in Billings

Once again photos are being added to this blog.  These are hot air balloon photos that were taken at a park in Billings several weeks ago.


Earliest shot of three of the balloons being inflated.  7/27/2014 at 6:51 am.  (EOS Canon 7D with EF-S 18-135 IS lens)  (f/11, 1/125 sec, ISO 200, 22 mm focal length).


Next shot - balloons more inflated.  7/27/2014 at 6:52 am.  (EOS Canon 7D with EF-S 18-135 IS lens)  (f/11, 1/125 sec, ISO 200, 20 mm focal length).


Another view of one of the balloons with another one in the background.  7/27/2014 at 6:57 am.  (EOS Canon 7D with EF-S 18-135 IS lens)  (f/11, 1/80 sec, ISO 200, 18 mm focal length).


Balloon just prior to launch.  7/27/2014 at 6:58.  (EOS Canon 7D with EF-S 18-135 IS lens)  (f/11, 1/125 sec, ISO 200, 33 mm focal length).


Two more balloons nearing launch.  7/27/2014 at 7:04 am.  (EOS Canon 7D with EF-S 18-135 IS lens)  (f/11, 1/200 sec, ISO 200, 18 mm focal length).


Hot air balloon after launch.  7/27/2014 at 7:07 am.  (EOS Canon 7D with EF-S 18-135 IS lens)  (f/11, 1/200 sec, ISO 200, 41 mm focal length).


Hot air balloons moving away from the park.  7/27/2014 at 7:14 am.  (EOS Canon 7D with EF-S 18-135 IS lens)  (f/11, 1/400 sec, ISO 200, 35 mm focal length).

Saturday, August 30, 2014

War Memorials in Washington DC

Now that schools out - I'm planning on providing weekly photos which will be old, new and everything in between.  I've been taking photographs for as long as I can remember.  I'll share my photos and hope you enjoy them.


Iwo Jima Statue at Arlington Cemetery.  5/30/2007 at 5:13 pm.  Taken with Canon EOS Rebel XTi camera with EF-S 18-55 mm lens.  (f10, 1/160th sec, ISO-400, Focal Length 34 mm)


World War II Memorial on the Mall in WA DC. 4/21/2005 at 2:43 pm.  Taken with a FujiFilm FinePix S3100 Camera with built in zoom lens.  (f 3.2, 1/105 sec, ISO-100, Focal Length 25 mm)


"Coming in from Patrol" statue at Viet Nam Memorial.  4/21/2005 at 3:02 pm.  FujiFilm FinePix S3100 camera with built in zoom lens.  (f 3.2, 1/15 sec, ISO-100, Focal Length 14 mm)


Karean War Memorial on the Mall in Washington, D.C.  (4/21/2005 at 3:15 pm)  FujiFilm FinePix S3100 camera with built in zoom lens.  (f 3.2, 1/70 sec, ISO-100, Focal Length 19 mm)


Lincoln Memorial on the Mall in Washington, D.C.  4/21/2005 at 2:56 pm.  FujiFilm FinePix S3100 camera with built in zoom lens.  (f 3.2, 1/120 sec, ISO-100, Focal Length 19mm)


Viet Nam Memorial with Washington Monument in the background.  4/21/2005 at 3:07 pm.  FujiFilm FinePix S3100 camera with built in zoom lens.  (f 2.8, 1/105 sec, ISO-100, Focal Length 6 mm)


Engraved wall at the Korean War Memorial.  4/21/2005 at 5:16 pm.  FujiFilm FinePix S3100 camera with built in zoom lens.  (f 3.2, 1/9 sec, ISO 100,  Focal Length 19 mm)

Thursday, May 15, 2014

San Diego Zoo and Safari Park

Several weeks ago, my wife and I went to California.  We spent ten wonderful days with her family.  One day we spent at the San Diego Zoo and another at San Diego Zoo's Safari Park in Encinitas.  A lot of great photo opportunities.  Of the thousands of photos I took, here are a few.

1.  This lioness was hanging with the regal male I showed in earlier photos.  They were pretty lazy until she got up and moved to the other side of the area. 4/18/2014 at 2:37 pm..  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/22 1/10 sec., ISO 200) 92mm focal length.


2.  This Chetah was seen at the Safari park.  Cheetahs use so much energy when they chase their prey that they sleep 1/2 to 2/3 of their day.  This one just got up from relaxing under the tree at the Safari Park.  4/18/2014 at 10:33 am.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/5.6, 1/1250 sec., ISO 3200) 135mm focal length.
 

3.  Close to the front of the San Diego Zoo, there was a fountain containing a large number of Flamingos.  This is a few of the colorful birds.  4/17/2014 at 10:17 am.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/5.6, 1/500 sec., ISO 800) 120mm focal length.
  

4.  This playful Pelican was flapping around in the water.  He even looked like he was smiling and enjoying himself in the effort.  4/18/2014 at 5:20 pm.   (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/11, 1/1250 sec., ISO 3200) 135mm focal length.


5.  This Peacock helped greet us to the San Diego Zoo.  The colorful tail feathers were spread out fully behind. 4/17/2014 at 10:15 am.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/5.6, 1/160 sec., ISO 800) 50mm focal length.
 

6. This Tiger was resting in the back of his enclosure at the San Diego Zoo.  He seemed calm in the face of all the visitors who were trying to see him.  4/17/2014 at 11:02 am.   (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/5.6, 1/400 sec., ISO 3200) 135mm focal length.


7.  This Koala was having a bite in a tree in his enclosure at the San Diego Zoo.  4/17/2014 at 6:13 pm.   (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/5.6, 1/800 sec., ISO 3200) 135mm focal length.