Friday, August 30, 2013

Photo of the Day

Here is an old photo from Paris. It was taken in the garden of the wonderful Rodin Museum. The famous "Thinker" statue is in the distance, with the Eiffel Tower beyond it.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Photo of the Day

This is a view of Nagoya, Japan, at night. It's not a particularly significant or breathtaking view, but I like how the glow of the lights express the bustle of the city on a November evening.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Photo of the Day

Here is a view of St. Tropez in the south of France. The view is of the old town and the harbor (with the yachts of the super rich) taken from the lovely old Citadel.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Photo of the Day

A final Montana picture this week. This is a row of trees along the banks of the Yellowstone river, Just outside of Knife River, in far eastern Montana.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Open Road

Here's a nice classic "open road" shot of U.S. 12 in Forsyth, Montana. It's hard to convey the vastness of the space out west, but this comes close.

Monday, August 19, 2013

The Infrared Effect

I have posted many photos on this blog that were taken with my infrared camera. On my recent trip to the northwest I happened to take pictures of the same scene with my infrared and my regular cameras. As a result I can show the difference between the two in rendering the same scene (click on the picture to see a larger version).

Above is a view in Forsyth, Montana, taken with my Canon 60D DSLR, and rendered as black and white (obviously). Below is the same scene taken with my infrared camera, an infrared converted Canon G9.

Infrared captures a different part of the light spectrum than regular cameras, and renders colors differently. The most noticeable effect is the way infrared renders green foliage as white. It also makes the sky almost black, which creates a dramatic effect and contrasts wonderfully with clouds.

Since both photos have been converted to black and white (and cropped to be the same size for comparison) I thought it would be a good idea to show the original version of each, straight from the camera with no adjustments of any kind. Below is the original color photo followed by the original infrared shot.

There's obviously a big difference in how they each record the scene.

The move to digital has brought new life to infrared images. While creating infrared photos on film is very difficult, and requires special film and lens filters, all digital camera sensors are sensitive to infrared light. In fact, digital camera sensors have a filter placed over them to prevent them from recording the infrared spectrum. Because of this, any digital camera can be converted to infrared by removing that filter. I had my G9 converted by Lifepixel, but there are other companies that do it as well. The conversion is permanent, but the effect is really great, especially for landscape photography.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Photo of the Day

Here's a view of Mt. Washington in the White Mountains, taken from a lookout in Intervale, New Hampshire.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

An Idyllic Spot

Here's an idyllic summer scene in South Kent, in western Connecticut.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Photo of the Day

This is a recent infrared photo of the countryside near Tolono, IL, with some lovely clouds. The countryside and clouds is one of my favorite scenes to photograph.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Northwest Trip, Part 6: Wyoming

A horse farm in the Wapiti Valley, East of Yellowstone

After following U.S. 20 up into Yellowstone national Park I headed south and east, headed home. The stretch of U.S. 20 through the Wapiti Valley from the eastern Yellowstone entrance to Cody Wyoming has some of the most scenic views in Montana. I recommend it.

An infrared view of the east side of Yellowstone Park from near Sylvan Pass

From there I drove southeast across Wyoming to Casper, an area that is arid, but geologically fascinating. It is mostly wide-open territory, because the land can't support much. It's quite beautiful.

Wyoming countryside at Hiland, Wyoming

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Northwest Trip, Part 5: High Desert

Oregon hills east of Burns

East of the Cascades U.S. 20 crosses the high desert of central Oregon and southern Idaho. It's fascinating territory. Crossing into Idaho the highway runs through Boise, and then across Idaho, running right through the Craters of the Moon National Monument.

Craters of the Moon National Monument

Craters of the Moon National Monument is more interesting than visually appealing. It consists of a vast lava flow from a major rift zone. The lava is fairly recent, geographically speaking, with some of it as little as 2000 years old.

From there the highway continues east through Idaho to Idaho Falls, passing through the vast Idaho National Laboratory. The INL is a major nuclear research facility, and claims to be responsible for our modern nuclear navy. Needless to say, I kept moving.

East Butte and Middle Butte, on the grounds of the Idaho national laboratory

Monday, August 5, 2013

Northwest Trip, Part 4: The Cascades

Two of the Three Sisters, seen from near Bend, Oregon

Driving across central Oregon on U.S. 20 took me through the Cascade Mountains. The Cascades are beautiful, even when they're not. East of the Cascades the highway emerges onto the high desert of central Oregon. From there you can get a beautiful view back toward the mountains.

A view of Mt. Washington in infrared.

Ten years ago the B&B Complex Fire burned 97,000 acres on the east side of the Cascades. U.S. 20 drives through part of this, and provides some very interesting views. At this point it is obvious that the forest is coming back to life.

The South Santiam River, on the west side of the Cascades

Friday, August 2, 2013

Northwest Trip Part 3: The Oregon Coast

"The Three Graces" Garibaldi, Oregon

The day I drove down the Oregon coast started out overcast, but by mid-afternoon it began to clear and became sunny. It gave me nice light with which to photograph some iconic scenes, like Oregon's Three Graces.

My destination was Newport, Oregon, a resort town that is also the starting point for U.S. 20, which was the road I would take east across central Oregon and Idaho. By the time I reached Newport, the sky was clear and blue, and the setting sun was in its glory.

Depoe Bay, Oregon

A view of the Yaquina Head Light, just north of Newport Oregon, from Agate Beach State Park