Monday, January 19, 2015

Flagstaff Street Photography

Pretty simple self-assignment: shoot anything that catches your eye, let the camera do the work, just focus on scenes or moments that make you pause, that might have some potential.

For me, this translated into two days shooting with my Olympus E-PL1 on Program mode, in monochrome with a red filter applied. I let it choose the ISO, aperture and shutter speed, all I did was compose roughly and fire away.

The result is a fun collection of loosey-goosey type photographs. I could edit this down tighter, but the selection below gives a better FEEL of what I shot, and this series is all about that feel.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Sunset - off my butt

Got off my butt the other night and went out chasing sunset.

Got a couple pictures close to home, then spent the last bit of the light looking for a good place to catch the color on the mountains. Also learned the difference between snapping one picture and taking my time on a big panorama... in a way that really shows which I should be pursuing more often.

single frame
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15 frame stitch
650mb full rez

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Warm Creek Bay - Winter Camp

Camping in the cold is... well, it's cold.

New Years day, Kristen and I spent some time with another FJ Photographer out playing in the 12" of fresh snow Flagstaff received. Between the two of us, out playing in the trails near Lake Mary, we managed at least five recoveries of multiple vehicles, from mud, snow, ice, and the occasional high center. We used tow straps, D-rings, Element Ramps (by Smittybuilt - review on those coming later) and lots of old-fashioned shoveling to get ourselves out of some very interesting situations.

Later that day, we towed a 4x6 trailer full of salvaged wood up to Warm Creek Bay, outside of Page, AZ. We spent a night on the lake, camping with our friends in the freezing cold. With plenty of firewood, we stayed warm enough, but barely. Lows in the high teens makes for pretty chilly camping.

Photos are from the various adventures mentioned above. Processed in Lightroom (my first time!) and shown below for your viewing pleasure. (As always, click to view an enlarged version)

Excited for more adventures in 2015!