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Atlantic way -    The bridge on the atlantic ocean  in Norway.
April 4, 2009 - "Doors and Stairs"
9 Jun 2009    A train from the past :-)    Spotted this near Denver International Airport, and the sun forced me to pull over my car to get a shot of this.
Boats on the Velikaya River bank. (6.11.2011)  Sorry I didn't have time to comment yesterday. Hope everyone has a relaxing weekend.
Rails
I was looking for something to photograph during the week of fog, and I found my subject, the Alex Fraser Bridge.
11/23/10 - Tree in the Fog  I have been watching and studying this tree for a couple of years now.  Whenever there is fog, it seems to stand out from the backdrop...a solitary, lonely figure.  I finally made up  my mind yesterday to figure out where to park the car to get out to take a picture...not a small feat.  I do try to stay safe, but this location is more precarious than some.  Most days I am joyful as I spend time with the kids.  My life is full of laughter and color; it's vibrant and full of life like many of my pictures.  But some days at least deep inside it is like this too.  I guess a bit of that side is slipping through today.  I stopped to think about my mother for a few minutes when I took this.  She was involved in a horrible traffic accident with a tractor trailer on a foggy morning in November just before Thanksgiving in 1985.  For me, the fog will always be more than just the fog.  Back to bright and cheery tomorrow I promise...  Thanks for your comments on Johnny and the Jon boat.  It was as serene out there as you thought.  Little wind, warm sun on our skin, very few boats out on the lake...a calming hour without the chaos of life.  HAGD, Maryann
"The River Flows"  On my way home from an appt. today I stopped at one of my favorite fishing spots on the Rockaway River in my town to grab this capture. Too bad I didn't have a set of waders in my car to get the little water fall that is located just below this scene but I have to be UNDER the bridge I was on in order to get it in the frame LOL. So you'll have to settle for this one.    I love the little water flow control house that is dilapidated here, it adds a nice rigid feel to the scene. I've watched the roof continue to collapse over the years and soon it will just fall in completely. This is one of the best trout spots around here and they stock the river just upstream weekly during trout season from the farm with tags on them so you know if you caught a wild or farm bread fish. The mountain you see in the background is part of the Picatinny Arsenal where they develop & test new weapons for the military.    Anyway, it was an overcast day here as you can see and it really brought some nice contrast into the picture that I liked. I had to make slight levels adjustments to bring the clouds out a bit more and then some selective dodging & burning to the shadow areas but not much more to this one. Oh and a slight filter applied to bring the colors up a bit since it was so dark here. 10 min. of work and it was finished. So I hope you enjoy this next addition to my fall colors month - I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and get out there to enjoy the crisp clean fall air ;)    ALTERNATE VERSION: You can see a second version in SEPIA of this image in my EXTRAS Gallery BY CLICKING HERE    Best Regards,  ~Bill~
11-12: During my lunch break Tuesday  I found another trail along the river north of town. It was a nicer day and I had a very pleasent walk. I thought this was a pretty interesting bridge.
12-26: Another from the golf course on Wednesday morning. There was a heavy frost on the trees which, in this shot, was helping to pick up a glow from the sun.
It's still hot, and I didn't shoot anything today, so this is another shot from the archives.  And in an ultimate showing of laziness, I'm pulling it straight from one of my first galleries uploaded to Smugmug.  One more day until I'll have lots of new festival and river photos to choose from.
March 11...  Beach #9.   This is the last Beach-picture for now. I still need to include some summer-pictures in the series,  so I have to wait 3 month to finish this job . If you look at the horizon line you will see a number of windmills.  We have a lot of offshore windmill parks around our country and they produce 20 % of our total power consumption and this percentage is increasing from year to year
The Dock Before Sunrise, Bayview TX    I woke up in time for the blue hour before sunrise despite having only four hours of sleep that night, and driving 14 hours on very little sleep the day before.  It was worth it.  There was one burst of clouds on the horizon and they were well placed at the end of the dock I had access to.  There was very little wind and the water was calm.  The blue hour was already underway when I arrived and the sunrise colors were starting to trickle across the horizon.  Mother Nature was not going to be out-shined by the fireworks the night before.    This is a single 43 second exposure.  I used a circular polarizer to increase the glare on the water so that it would be more reflective and so that the exposure of the water would more closely match the exposure of the sky.  I had trouble focusing in the dark so I did not want to go below f/11 and risk having some of the dock out of focus.  I had to take several shots and check the focus by zooming in on my LCD screen. When a 30 second exposure was still too dark, I went to bulb mode so I could hold the trigger down for as long as I needed.  I used my other camera as a timer to help me time the shots.  For a 60 second exposure I held the trigger down while firing two 30 second exposures on my other camera.  This was probably supposed to be a 40 second exposure but I held the trigger three seconds too long.  Bulb mode is never an exact science.  Lastly, I started out shooting at 17mm, which really stretched the dock into the horizon and squashed the clouds.  I've been pushing myself to stop shooting exclusively at 17mm and it paid off this time.  Switching to 40mm compressed the frame by making the clouds appear closer and taller, and I think it created a more dramatic photo.    I really like the long exposure effect on the water and I have been longing to try this technique on a dock since we went to Andaman Islands India back in early January.    Daily photo: July 9, 2012, taken July 5, 2012
Red Sunset, Lake Sam Rayburn    I'm happy to report that Nini and I have found our sunset spot here in Nacogdoches.  The only problem is that it's not in Nacogdoches, and is a good hour drive from our home.  But it is nice.  We went out early yesterday so we could try a few places.  The first stop on the list was Harvey Creek recreation area.  Upon first sight it was nothing more than an uninteresting boat ramp.  So we left right away and spent about an hour driving around on various gravel roads looking for a better view of the lake.  But all we found was a lot of private property.  So we headed back to Harvey Creek, and low and behold, we found a dirt road in the rec area that lead us to the best beach we've seen since we found the best beach in Missouri.   There is a lot of room for the dogs to run while I shoot and Nini reads, and there is a strong cross wind that keeps the mosquitoes at bay.  We can't wait to go back and spend the day there sometime soon.    This is a single 8 second exposure.  I started off by using a 3-stop hard-step neutral density filter, which helped me bring the exposure of the sky closer to that of the foreground.  Then I added a 5 stop neutral density filter to allow me to use a longer exposure.  I wanted the long exposure effect on the water, but the long exposure also let the sensor capture more of the rapidly changing colors as they spilled across the sky.  I was surprised at how much more red came through.  When I was on the beach I was thinking that maybe the filter was just tricking the camera's auto white balance into setting a really warm color temperature.  But the color temperature here is actually 5200, the color temperature of daylight.  I would guess the actual color temperature was somewhere closer to 6500, since the sun was partially behind the clouds, but of course if I changed it to 6500 it would be even more red!  Anyway, long story short, I'm still learning about these filters, but I'm liking the results.  Lastly, our new beach has solved my foreground problems.  Now I have a lot more options and look forward to trying out some different foregrounds as we return to this beach over the next few months.    Critiques always welcome!    Daily photo: August 27, 2012, taken August 26, 2012
September 23, 2012    This is my contribution to Indigo's challenge to post something blue today for Prostate Cancer Awareness Day.    I LOVED this sign.      Do you remember playing the alphabet game in the car when you were a kid and driving along to your vacation destination with your parents?  I sure do.  We played lots of "car games" and the alphabet game was one of my favorites!!    We passed this awesome blue sign as we were driving from Idaho Falls, back towards Jackson, WY.      I caught it out of the corner of my eye as we passed, and I laughed out loud.      Bill hadn't seen it, but when I told him about it - we had to turn around and go get a photo.    Hope you enjoy, and that it also gives you a laugh today!    Linda
Atlantic way -

The bridge on the atlantic ocean
in Norway.

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Atlantic way -    The bridge on the atlantic ocean  in Norway.
Atlantic way -

The bridge on the atlantic ocean
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