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Fire Over the East River

Here’s a cityscape to change things up a bit today. I was visiting New York City a couple of years back and Mark Garbowski was showing me around the area. I took this image with the Fuji X-T1 and used the Panorama feature. It stitches in camera a wonderful panorama and produces a nice jpeg and other than boostiing a little saturation and cropping slightly the image was ready to go!

Sunset over New York City

Bright fiery orange sunset over the East River and the NYC skyline.

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Ophir Pass

Ophir Pass is a off-road 4WD trail that takes you from the Telluride over to the Million Dollar Highway (Hwy 550) near Silverton, Colorado. The historic town of Ophir is actually home the oldest A/C plant in the US and if you remember from my previous post the 2nd oldest is at the top of Bridal Veil Falls outside of Telluride, Colorado.  The road from Telluride and Ophir over to Silverton was a wagon road between mines. The pass reaches the top at an altitude of 11, 789 feet.

On this day we took the pass it was a very clear day an you could see the valley below formed by the Howard Fork of the San Miguel River.  On the right is the volcanic peaks of Lizard Head and in the distance the 3 Fourteeners, Mt. Wilson, Wilson Peak and El Diente. I need to explore more of the mountain passes near Telluride. The views are spectacular!

Ophir Pass Panorama

Ophir Pass Panorama | Click to Enlarge/Purchase

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12 Best Landscapes 2013 – Part 5

We finish out the 12 Best Landscapes 2013 in Colorado. Image #8 is something panorama of the Milky Way along Ohio Pass near Crested Butte, Colorado. This image was taken on a clear evening this past year during my fall photo tour.  One of the benefits of not having any clouds in the sky makes for an amazing sky at night especially when the moon is small in the sky.

A Panorama of the Milky Way Over Ohio Pass

Milky Way Over Ohio Pass | Click to Enlarge

West Dallas Creek is home to one of the most amazing fall scenes and is image #9 of my 12 Best Landscapes for 2013. This is Mount Sneffels and is a prominent 14 thousand ft. peak near Telluride and Ridgway, Colorado. The Sneffels Meadow here in this image contains some of the most amazing fall colors in Colorado and is a definite must see for photographers. It will definitely be one of the places we visit next year during my Colorado Fall Colors Photography Tour.

A View of Mt. Sneffels and Sneffels Meadow along West Dallas Creek near Telluride and Ridgway, Colorado

Sneffels Meadow | Click to Enlarge

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Milky Way from Signal Mountain

I’m taking you back to Grand Teton National Park again today, but this time for a night-time image from Signal Mountain.  During the day up on Signal Mountain in the early summer months, the side of Signal Mountain is covered with wild flowers. The top of the mountain gives you a great view over the Teton Valley and a view of the Grand Teton Mountain Range. At Night, it’s a great place to get a large view of the sky over the Teton Valley.  This evening started out with some cloud cover but then some brief winds took the storm clouds away leaving the night sky filled with the Milky Way.

The lights in the bottom of the image come from the Jackson Lake Lodge area and also captured the International Space Station streaking across the sky. This is a 9-image stitch. The exposures were a little long for the 14mm lens so you can see some star movement in the images. I’m looking forward to the warm summer months again. Standing out in the dark of the night sure is more pleasant in the summer than in the winter.

Milky Way from Signal Mountain, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Milky Way from Signal Mountain – Click to Enlarge/Purchase

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Reflections of Jackson Lake

One of the many benefits of visiting beautiful locations multiple times is you start to learn about patterns within the park. One of the patterns that seem to occur on a regular basis is that the winds that normally blow over Jackson Lake in Grand Teton Nation Park will calm themselves early morning after sunrise. Ryan Wright and I had just shot sunrise at the Moulton Barns and then drove by Signal Mountain around 6:30am.  The winds were still blowing over the Lake as we passed it on the way up to Signal Mountain giving ripples in the lake.

Driving back down about an hour later the wind at Jackson Lake was still which left the water still like glass giving off a great reflection!  The clouds were perfect that morning with a light, wispy, airy look that made for some amazing reflections on the water.  I thought I’d share my 3-shot vertical panorama with you today.  I cropped it to a standard 4X6 format to eliminate some extra sky in the image that was unneeded.

Reflections of Jackson Lake

Morning Reflections at Jackson Lake | Click to Enlarge/Purchase

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My Town Tuesday – Denver, Colorado

I’ve taken this shot many times before.  I think the only thing different is now there isn’t the Qwest logo brightening the skyline.  The Century Link Logo now shines upon the city.  Anyway, it’s a My Town Tuesday theme today and here is Denver, Colorado in its Friday Evening Glory.

This evening I decided to do a vertical panorama of the city.  This image on my blog is a small version of the 6 image panorama.  

Be sure to click on the image and see the full-blown full resolution panorama.

Denver, Colorado Skyline - ©2011 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Click to Enlarge to Full Resolution Panorama

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Waterfall Wednesday!

This week a couple of the other photo bloggers, Curt Fleenor and Heath O’Fee  put out some images of waterfalls and flowing creeks so I had to process one of my images of this small hidden hillside creek we stumbled upon in Banff. Thanks to my friend Wil Bloodworth for spotting this hillside creek.  It’s such an amazing place!

Heath’s image is from this same hillside creek so it was nice to see his vision as he hiked up the hill to capture this magical place.  It was the most amazing place with about 5-6 scenes in the first within about 25 yards of the entrance to this creek and the further up you went on this hillside the more amazing the scenes became.  It was all covered by tall foliage and I literally could have spent the whole day shooting this hillside creek.

This trip to Banff I rented a Canon 24mm tilt-shift lens.  It was a series 1 lens, but I got it at a good price from Camren here in town for the week-long trip.  The series 1 lens has its limitations, but it gave me the opportunity to play with a ts-e lens and understand how it works allow me to try the lens to see if I really wanted one.  A tilt-shift lens is great for landscapes, architecture and product imaging.  It allows you to capture the full scene or product without the distortion of lines you would get from a wide-angle lens.  The use of a tilt-shift lens also allows you to create seamless panoramas without having to adjust for distortion in shots from moving rotating your camera from left to right in capturing a scene.  You literally can shift the lens from left to right and capture the panorama and the camera never moves.  This waterfall scene I just adjusted the lens down a couple of degrees which brought the top of the scene closer allowing for what looks like a flat focal plane.  It’s as if the trees leaning away from you all of sudden get tilted back toward the lens and look straight up and down.  This allows you to increase your aperture and still have the full scene in focus with less diffraction. One note I learned on this trip was when taking pictures of water is to use a circular polarizer. It really reduces the light created by the water and reduces the glare in the scene.

This first image is a panorama stitch of the scene.  I created the scene by shifting the lens from left to right.  The series 1 had some vignetting on the upper edges, so I cropped a little off to get rid of the vignette.  This second image is the standalone center image. I prefer the first, but let me know your thoughts. I like the fact that you can see some of the left and right edge detail of the scene.

Hillside Waterfall - Banff, Alberta, Canada ©2011 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

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Banff Waterfall - ©2011 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Click to Enlarge - Banff Waterfall - ©2011 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

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Teton Mountain Range

Today I’m giving you a large panoramic perspective of Grand Teton National Park.  This panorama is the view from back terrace at Jackson Lake Lodge overlooking the park.  It’s a magnificent 180˚ view over the Willow Flats area to the Teton Range with the Mount Moran and Skillet Glacier being the largest peaks in this range.  If you ever go to Grand Teton National Park this is one place you must not miss.  The view is spectacular!

Teton Mountain Range - ©Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved

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  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II
  • Lens: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8 L USM
  • ISO: 125
  • Focal Length:  55mm
  • Aperture:  f/11
  • Shutter Speed: 1/800 sec.
  • Post Processing: Aperture – Apple® to Adobe Photoshop format, PhotoMerge, sized for web.


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