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Misty Cactus

Misty Cactus

f/22, 0.8″, ISO-200, 17mm

Another shot taken at a park outside of Sedona. The wet morning gave rise to some really excellent shots. The overcast sky really brought out the colors of the landscape, and the mist and rain brought out the depth.

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Bridge In The Mist

Bridge In The Mist

f/22, 0.5″, ISO-200, 17mm

As part of my trip to the Grand Canyon, I drove from Flagstaff to Sedona, a winding mountain road that culminates in a bridge over a gorge just this side of Sedona. There’s a series of trails just off the side here, which I took an hour to walk through. On the way back, this spectacular view of the bridge presented itself.

The trip down the mountain was cold and snowy, turning to rain as I went down further. The top 3000 feet of the mountain, large and isolated enough to create its own weather pattern, was enveloped in a cloud that dispersed as near as 30 miles away. Near Sedona, the overcast conditions were just starting to break apart, creating dappled light and dense fog within a few hundred yards.

Coming down the mountain, I was admittedly a little grumpy. I didn’t know about the quickly-changing weather conditions in this area. Even crossing the bridge, I was aware of the potential for a photograph but the mist was still to heavy to get a worthwhile shot. From the nearest vantage point, the bridge was completely obscured. Nevertheless, turned around and went back across the bridge, got out of the car and started down the trail, hoping for some macro shots or other short distance photography. I got a few interesting things, which will also be posted in the future. But on the way back from taking these shots, the mist began to clear a little, and the sun even poked through a little bit.

Suddenly I was faced with the scene above and my general mood improved appreciably. I was thankful I had the foresight to bring my tripod along as I knew I would want the maximum depth of field and a very slow shutter. The result did require more touch up than I’d hoped, as the weather created several water spots on the lens that had to be taken care of in post processing. But this is a shot that’s going on my wall.

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Winning Streak

Winning Streak

f/7.1, 1/160, ISO-100, 28mm

In an era when small business is closing like crazy and technology companies are moving offshore in droves, I am blessed to work for a technology company that is thriving in the heart of Iowa. Innovative Software Engineering is one of the fastest growing businesses in the area and has been providing quality software for some of the largest manufacturers and technology giants in the world.

ISE has long since outgrown the building pictured above, having recently built our own facility, but this converted college building is where we got our start. It’s a technology “incubator” provided to give start-ups an inexpensive facility and encourage the growth and stability of local companies. Yesterday morning a dense fog covered the area, and I happened across this striking image of company’s first home, so I thought I’d share.

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Alien Sunrise

Alien Sunrise

f/18, 1/160, ISO-100, 18mm

Here’s one of my more heavily-edited photos in quite awhile. It came out of the camera looking somewhat unearthly, and after a few attempts at trying to bring some normalcy to the image I decided instead to accentuate the unnatural. I darkened the sky and heightened the yellows to create an otherworldly feel to it without making it seem totally unnatural. The sun, hanging huge in the sky, seemed to burn the mist that hung low in the air.

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PSSSSS!

PSSSSS!

f/18, 1/160, ISO-100, 18mm

I like the idea of this photo more than the execution of it, really. The river looks like it’s steaming hot, but it’s actually just fog lifting on a cool morning. The shutter was fast enough that it “froze” the mist rather than softening it like a longer exposure would do (and which is very tempting whenever getting a water or moisture shot). But a long exposure would I think have lost the steam effect and given a softer, misty feel that I’m glad, for this shot, I avoided.

On the other hand, I’m not pleased with the color at all. I wanted something with more warmth to it to compliment the steam effect. But no matter how I tried, every attempt at warming the image made it come off looking unnatural. I even tried going for black and white, but the effect was totally lost with that. So this is the best my processing skills can do for now. I’m not totally displeased with it, but I can’t help feeling like an opportunity was lost.

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Protruding

Protruding

f/4.5, 1/400, ISO-100, 20mm

Just a peaceful river on a foggy morning. As it turned out I kind of regretted waking early enough to get this photo, but anything for art, right?

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Pastel Morning

Pastel Morning

f/16, 1/10, ISO-400, 50mm

The framing wasn’t quite what I needed on this. The darker ground at the very bottom should be a little more pronounced. Unfortunately there were tall weeds right in front of me that I couldn’t get out of the way and I wasn’t able to move around them. The colors, though, are more than I could have hoped for.

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Fenced-In Fog

Fenced In Fog

f/16, 1/20, ISO-400, 50mm

Took a 10 minute detour on the way to work one morning when a heavy mist hung low in the air over a quiet countryside. The sun was just beginning to lift in the sky and a lovely range of colors spread across the dawn. The fog struggled to hide a small farmstead in the distance but I was able to catch the occasional glimpse of it as the mists wafted slowly over the landscape.

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Fenced-In Fog

Fenced In Fog

f/16, 1/20, ISO-400, 50mm

Took a 10 minute detour on the way to work one morning when a heavy mist hung low in the air over a quiet countryside. The sun was just beginning to lift in the sky and a lovely range of colors spread across the dawn. The fog struggled to hide a small farmstead in the distance but I was able to catch the occasional glimpse of it as the mists wafted slowly over the landscape.

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Soft Focus

Soft Focus

f/9, 1/125, ISO-400, 50mm

This was taken a few weeks ago during the last overnight frost of the season (knock on wood). It’s just outside our office and the fog and soft early morning light gave the whole scene a sort of ethereal glow that made the world seem a little less real than normal. Anyway, I picked up this shot along with some of the earlier posts with frost on the evergreens. I goosed the contrast just a titch and pulled back on the color saturation, but otherwise this is pretty much how it came out of the camera.

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