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Today is the Lunar New Year and the Chinese Year of the Horse. The horse is part of a 12-year-cycle of animals that make up the Chinese zodiac. These interact with the five elements: wood, metal, fire, water, earth. 2014 is the year of the wood horse. So Happy New Year or in Chinese, pronounced: Gong Xi Fa Cai(Mandarin) and Gong Hey Fat Choy(Cantonese)! Denver Broncos fans, it is the year of the Horse so Go Broncos! Have a Have a Happy New Year and enjoy the Super Bowl this weekend!
Oh and information on this image: I captured this horse in a pasture in Grand Teton National Park, grazing among the wildflowers near a stand of aspen trees. Wonderful scene and some beautiful horses. I used a long lens and captured this horse from a distance with a shallow depth of field.
I’ve seen many views of the Teton Mountain Range from the Wyoming side, but tonight I’ll be showing you the Idaho side of the Grand Tetons. Ryan Wright and I had spent evening having dinner with some of his wonderful cousins in Victor, Idaho, which is in the southern end of Teton Valley.
The Idaho side just seemed much more laid back then in bustling town of Jackson, Wyoming, which is the resort town for Grand Teton National Park and home to some bustling ski areas in the winter. I think I could definitely live on the Idaho side.
After dinner we headed over to near Driggs, Idaho. The area is mostly a farming community and is nestled in the community is the Grand Targhee Resort . We found this wonderful view of Grand Teton along a dirt road and setup quickly for the sunset. The evening was perfect as the sky light up with reds and oranges with the added clouds in the sky for some drama. The pasture land with some abandoned homesteads made for a perfect foreground to the alpenglow lighting up the Idaho side of Grand Tetons. I am tempted to say I like the Idaho side better, but won’t. It’s just unique and a different view of a wonderful mountain is always refreshing!
- For this sunset, just like a sunrise, I used a Graduated Neutral Density filter to balance the brightness between the upper part of the image where the sun is hitting and the lower part that is not illuminated by the sunlight yet. This allows the image to be balanced so you can capture the photo in a single exposure. I prefer Singh-Ray filters and use the Lee Filter Kit System to hold the filters in place, which is especially useful for long exposures. I prefer the Singh-Ray Filters because they don’t leave any unusual color casts like some of the cheaper competitors. They are worth the money.
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
- Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Zoom Lens
- Filter: Singh-Ray 4×6″ Graduated Neutral Density (3-stop) Optical Resin Filter
- Filter Holder: LEE¤Filters Foundation Kit (Standard 4×4″, 4×6″ Filter Holder) (Requires Adapter Ring)
- Adapter Ring: LEE¤Filters Adapter Ring – 77mm – for Wide Angle Lenses
- ISO: 100
- Focal Length: 65 mm
- Aperture: f/8
- Shutter Speed: 1 sec.
- Post Processing: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Software For Mac, Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4
There is plenty of farm and pasture land on the eastern plains of Colorado. Farming and ranching is still very prevalent on the eastern plains so it’s not uncommon to see herds of animals grazing in the pastures along the side of the road. Driving along a this dirt road as I was heading back to the highway I noticed this lone bull grazing. It just looked like the a wonderful scene to capture. I could tell by the way the bull was licking his lips he didn’t want anything to do with me so I quickly took a shot and went on my way. Just another slice of Americana out on the plains of Colorado.
During my fall trip to the Grand Tetons there was a large open field with bison and horses just out grazing in the morning sun about mid-morning. I noticed these two horses just standing in the middle of the pasture with their eyes closed facing into the sun. I’m sure the warmth of the morning sun felt good . It just looked as if they were “catching some rays” and taking a mid-morning nap.
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My dad and I were driving down Colorado Highway 50 heading home from a long weekend trip fishing down along the Gunnison River (my trip to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison earlier this year) and I was just staring out the window watching the miles pass. I noticed this red barn coming up which started to peak my interest.
There have been many times in the past driving along that I wish I would have captured some sunset, some cloud formation, an abandoned car along the side of the road and I decide to keep driving. Inevitably I start kicking myself for not stopping a few minutes to capture the image.
We approach this red barn and I notice there is this single bull standing out in front of the barn. What a great scene! I yell over to my dad to STOP the car. Dad yells out “What’s wrong?!” I swing open the door, run out to this field along the side of the road, dSLR in tow and snap this scene. I think this bull is asking who this nut job is. I get back to the car and my dad is shaking his head and I’m smiling ear to ear!
This weekend I’ve finally had a chance to really dig through the images from the trip down to the Black Canyon. I can’t believe I passed up this image in processing. My dad’s been asking me for pictures from the trip so I’ve decided to put together a book for him from our trip. It was a special weekend together, that male bonding weekend. This image is going in the book. It’s just one of those crazy fleeting memories together. Hopefully it brings a smile to his face. I know it brought a smile to my face.