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A Shot in the Dark

I found a photography club here in Billings, a chance to get back into the social aspect of photography. At our last meeting, we got some instruction on light painting. I had seen light painting on a grand scale. We did some at Arches last October, shining a billion or so candlepower flashlight on some of the hoodoos. I didn’t really like the result, but my primary aim then was to make some Milky Way images and the light painting kind of interfered with that to my mind.

Well, we learned that it didn’t take a flashlight bright enough to blind a person to do the work, rather, one could work with an LED flashlight and get some pretty cool results. The examples our teacher showed clued me in not only on how to approach the subject, but on what I wanted to do my first light painting project on.

I like single-malt Scotch (Whusky as Mr. Scott calls it in Star Trek). I like Islay single malt because it’s got a very distinctive peaty, smokey flavor. So, of course, the subject had to be my Christmas present to myself, my Laphroaig 18-year-old Scotch. Along with giving me a good subject to work with in the dark, there was the added attraction that if I poured some into a glass, I got to drink it after the shoot. A perfect episode.

Here’s what I got (As always, click to enlarge):

Light paint 1

Light paint

 

I thought it would be a good idea to show a progression, so I started with the bottle and empty glass. The next one shows the Scotch poured and ready to drink. I suppose the third shot should be the smile on my face after I got a taste of that fine Scotch, but I was too busy enjoying it to do a self-portrait.

Laphroaig 2

Laphroaig 2

 

Now all I need to do is find some more subjects for light painting. It’s really quite fun.

More to follow,

Bob

 

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Ma Nature’s Little Jokes

Well, even though I haven’t been bad-mouthing Ma Nature lately, she has had her way with me. I think I’ve told you about her tricks, but here is photographic evidence of her capricious nature.

The first two fotos are from Laramie a couple days before Christmas travel. As you can see, we had a bit of a storm. The University campus was a winter wonderland. I caught Ben Franklin getting ready for a snowball fight:

Ben Franklin Contemplates a Snowball

Ben Franklin Contemplates a Snowball

Then I went to the Student Union to hide:

Wyoming Union in snow

Wyoming Union in snow

The next group is from Arches National Park December 30 (yes, I got a firewire cable). A little exciting driving to get here, then some, er, interesting hiking to get to some of the places and what a great day of photography.

I love Junipers, no matter what the weather, no matter what the day. The juniperus utahensis has so much character. This old guy is just waiting for the thaw.

Juniper in Snowstorm

Juniper in Snowstorm

The fins area is where Landscape Arch is located (more in the next post on that one). The land was layered and then just tipped up on its side. It’s a real wonderland. Especially in the snow.

Fins, Snow, Arches NP

Fins, Snow, Arches NP

And then there’s Delicate Arch. What more can I say?

Delicate Arch, Snowstorm

Delicate Arch, Snowstorm

I met a New Zealander this morning. He was gracious in that he allowed me to say New Zealand was the land of hobbits, then we talked about Arches. He was quite impressed with U.S. National Parks in that getting to them and seeing the cool stuff was pretty easy: just drive to them in many cases. Oh, yes, a hike of a mile or so to see the really cool stuff, but no real effort required. He, too, appreciated the weather because, he observed, it kept the crowds down. Yep, yesterday was the only day I ever stood alone at Delicate Arch. The Kiwi said that in NZ, getting to the parks requires ‘putting on your hiking boots.’

More to follow.

Bob

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Mele Kalikimaka

In honor of my family members who are pining for Hawai’i, I’ll say Mele Kalikimaka and link to Bing Crosby’s version of the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEvGKUXW0iI

Of course, Hawai’i isn’t the only place that celebrates Christmas:

Fallen Roof Christmas

Everybody's decorating for the Holidays

I hope you all have a beautiful Holiday Season. With Next week off, I might just be posting on the blog. I’m only a millennium behind.

More to Follow.

Bob

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