Monday, September 24, 2012

Arbon Valley, Idaho

Two weeks ago I rode my motorcycle through Arbon Valley and I saw numerous photo opportunities.  I was pressed for time so I couldn't stop but Saturday I was able to make a return trip. Here are a few hand-held photographs.  

This old house had been pulled off its foundation and was sitting out in the pasture just begging to have its picture taken.  I stopped at a nearby ranch house to ask permission to take photos.  The friendly rancher just happened to be the owner and told me to take all the photos I wanted. Hopefully he'll check in here on my blog and leave a note.  There was still a little smoke in the air from distant forest fires but otherwise it was a beautiful day.  A few Ansel Adams clouds would have been nice.

E-M5 12-60 f/2.8-4  16mm f/9.0 1/640  ISO 200

E-M5 12-60 f/2.8-4  14mm f/13.0 1/320  ISO 200

E-M5 12-60 f/2.8-4  60mm f/9.0 1/640  ISO 200

E-M5 12-60 f/2.8-4  21mm f/9.0 1/500  ISO 200

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Beartooth Pass Trip

On a trip to Yellowstone Park and the Beartooth Pass I passed these mountains just south of Livingston, Montana.  The smoke from forest fires was lingering around the mountains like fog.  The Yellowstone River is in the foreground.
E-M5 12-60 f/2.8-4  12mm f/4.5 1/200  ISO 200

Fly fisherman on  the Gallatin River
E-M5 12-60 f/2.8-4  60mm f/5.6 1/320  ISO 200

E-M5 12-60 f/2.8-4  18mm f/5.6 1/250  ISO 200

Boardwalk at Mammoth Hot Springs. I did a lot of photography work with a Mamiya C220 square format camera so here's a square photo for old time's sake.
E-M5 12-60 f/2.8-4  32mm f/9 1/500  ISO 200

E-M5 12-60 f/2.8-4  23mm f/9 1/500  ISO 200

View from Beartooth Pass
E-M5 12-60 f/2.8-4  18mm f/6.3 1/250  ISO 200

E-M5 12-60 f/2.8-4  52mm f/7.1 1/320  ISO 200

Sunday, September 2, 2012

More from Antelope Island

I love old wood.  It has great texture and is for the most part very monochromatic so it looks good in b&w and sepia.  Being monochromatic the photographs are not overpowered by the amount and brightness of colors. This board fence is almost a sepia toned black and white.
E-M5 12-60 f/2.8-4  36mm f/8 1/400  ISO 200

black & white 


Back in my darkroom days I used gold toner to get a cool blue tint to the photos.  It was especially nice on winter scenes because it almost made you feel the cold.

E-M5 12-60 f/2.8-4  36mm f/8 1/400  ISO 200

  I don't really like this picture but it  is a good illustration of shallow depth of field with the 12-60
E-M5 12-60 f/2.8-4  39mm f/9 1/500  ISO 200

 The next two show the clarity of the lens when the photo is enlarged several times.  These were taken as L/SF jpegs.
E-M5 12-60 f/2.8-4  60mm f/7.1 1/500  ISO 200

A rather hazy day (thanks to distant forest fires) so it didn't make for the best landscapes.
E-M5 12-60 f/2.8-4  30mm f/10 1/500  ISO 200

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Ford Tractor

My roots are in black and white photography so I was looking for suitable b&w subjects while I was on Antelope Island. I visited "the Ranch" and found this gem. I put just a touch of sepia into it -- you know, about 20 seconds in the sepia tray. This was taken with my Olympus E-M5 12-60mm f/2.8-4 at 35mm f5.0 1/125 sec and ISO 200.