Here’s another door (I like doors). This time from the historic El Presido district of Tucson, Arizona. Named after the Presidio de San Augustín del Tucson and now mainly residential, its actually one of the USA’s oldest continually inhabited areas. The buildings are adobe and brick buildings in the Spanish-Mexican and Anglo-American architectural styles. It was very very quiet the afternoon I was there. I felt like I was in ghost town except of course a lot of the buildings and homes had been lovingly restored. Great for architectural photography but not so good for people pictures. Oh well you can’t have everything! Notice the big padlock on the door. 1/100 @ f8 37mm ISO 100
When we picked up a rental car in Ketchikan, the rental company owner wanted to take us out to this remote Lake about 18 kilometres out of town, insisting that it was one of Ketchikan’s hidden gems and great for a short walk. He was a bit of character and regaled us with his stories of his first time in Europe and other personal stories but once he finally left we discovered he was probably right. You can see from the ISO I used that the light was quite dim. 1/80 @ f16 73mm ISO 800
Slightly to the South East of downtown Santa Fe is Canyon Road, a street with wall to wall art galleries. There are over 100 places to view and purchase art in this area with most of them along Canyon Road. Most of the buildings were or still are houses built in the Pueblo style and some date back to the 1750′s. In fact it didn’t become a magnet for artists until the early 20th century. From the photographers standpoint these ‘Peublo’ style houses are colourful and ooze character. The most attractive parts are the doors and windows and this one was one of many. 1/320 @ f4.5 60mm ISO 100
One of the great tourist activities in Alaska is going on a scenic fight. On the Alaska Panhandle (the bit that runs South east alongside the Canadian border) is the Misty Fjords National Monument, an area of, yes, you’ve guessed it Fjords. We flew from Ketchikan, the closest town, on a DeHavilland Otter seaplane. This one flew over the top and through the Fjords before landing on a lake and then back. The weather in Ketchikan was gloomy with drizzle and low cloud, so we were sceptical when the tour company told us that once you get away from the coast it would be clear. But they were right, well half right, there was still a bit of low cloud but it didn’t detract from clearly seeing some sensational scenery! 1/100 @ f8 75mm ISO 100
Last year I travelled the inside passage on the Alaska marine highway. Not on a cruise ship but on the ferry from Bellingham, near Seattle, to Alaska. More on that in the future. Came back with a lot of images which I am slowly working my way through. The weather was at best, pretty awful to begin with but it made for some interesting skies and scenery. This one is an example. Its not as it appears at first glance, black and white. 1/125 @ f11 100mm ISO100
I keep getting requests for the odd tip or two on photography from people about to go travelling. So I thought I’d combine my normal post of travel photos with the occasional very short tip. First the photo of the Chapel of the holy Cross just out of Sedona and built into the bright coloured rock formations of the tableland. It’s a pretty spectacular sight, especially from the base. The wisps of high cloud drifting across the top give a eerie feel! 1/125 @ f8 24mm ISO100
And so to the tip – if you want to grab a shot at any time keep your camera ON. On both DSLR’s and compacts you need to disable the power saving option (you can always turn it back on later). For smartphones the camera app needs to be on or at least on your home page.
The longest continuously inhabited place in the USA is Taos Pueblo. Someone has been living there for 1000 years and about 150 still call it home. Located about one km from the pretty little town of Taos it’s also a world heritage site and a national heritage landmark. The day we were there the weather was perfect and great for photography. Search the net and you will see lots of photos of this fascinating place but this is my take. 1/800 @ f8 64mm ISO100
Despite the horrendous heat we have here at present, I’m fed up with drinking Chardonnays, Sauv Blancs, and any other white wine. I long for a pinot and hopefully in the next day or so I’ll be able to crack one open. Being a wine ‘enthusiast’ a visit to one of the holy grails of pinot, the Williamette Valley is a must do. Especially as we here don’t get to see many of Oregon’s finest. I wasn’t disappointed. 1/200 @ f13 50mm ISO100
Happy New Year!
On the the Golden Chain highway that sort of runs from Sacramento south to Yosemite is an area of lakes and reservoirs. This particular patch of water is part of the very large Don Pedro reservoir that snakes close to the road so we were able to get a close look at it. As it was reasonably early in the morning I took a punt on leaving the polariser off so that I didn’t interfere too much with the reflections. 1/100 F16 85mm ISO100
Based on the last Half Dome photo I posted it looks like this is a pretty popular national park. I enjoyed every minute of being there. I took this one from a lookout near Glacier Point Road after a bit of hike around there. I thought I’d start sharing some of the techniques I use. I took this at 1/60 at F16 and a focal length of 52 mm and didn’t use a tripod.
You may have noticed that i have been posting twice a week for a while now, except for last week when I forgot! Things just got away from me and next thing you know I’ve missed it.
This is my take on the famous granite Half Dome mountain in Yosemite. It rises nearly 1500m from the valley floor and is probably the most photographed mountain in North America, certainly in Yosemite and for good reason. I took around 20 different angles of this monument and I’m not sure I came up with anything much different than has gone before.
In Arizona there’s a small town called Jerome. Jerome was the epicentre of copper mining before being deserted and then lovingly restored into the trendy chic town it is now.
These couple of guys had just ridden into town and were having a bit of chuckle outside one of the many bars. What they were laughing at is anyone’s guess but they made for a good photo opportunity!
The only road out from the eastern side of Yosemite is, Highway 120. It climbs up to a height of over 3000 metres through the Tioga pass. Lake Ellery was one of two lakes near the roadside just before reaching the highest point. It was early morning and the fresh clear air made for good picture making.
If you look close enough you can see see the reflection of snow topped mountains in the foreground – beautiful!
North west of Seattle in Washington state USA, is the Olympic Peninsula. It’s main attraction is the very wet rainforests, coastal scenery and the odd body of water like this one here, Lake Crescent. On this day the weather was pretty average but if you waited long enough enough light would appear to give you something. I had the camera perched on a rock for this one!