Thursday, October 16, 2008

Photos: Zion Narrows

Click below for the photo gallery from the Zion Narrows hike. Possibly the best pictures from the entire trip. I want to go back. As I've said before, the Panoramas will come later. (Though, most of the panoramas from this particular hike are of the vertical variety as opposed to the horizontal due to the landscape.)

The Virgin River near the Temple of Sinawava. Click for Gallery.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Photos: Hoover Dam

This is another small gallery. On our way out of Vegas, we made a stop at Hoover Dam to go on a tour of the power plant and the Dam itself. Click to open the gallery in a new window.

Hoover Dam

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Photos: Las Vegas at Night

This is a small gallery, just a few photos from Las Vegas at night. Most of the photos that turned out from this night are parts of panoramas which will be posted later. Most of the rest just flat out didn't turn out.

After checking into the hotel room around 2:00 PM, we went straight to sleep... woke up... went to dinner... and got back out just before midnight to take these pictures. We were hoping for some of the water show at the Bellagio, but just as we were walking up, the last show of the night (midnight) was wrapping up.

Las Vegas at Night

Photos: Death Valley at Sunrise

The first photo gallery from the road trip: Death Valley at Sunrise. Only minor editing of these photos has occurred. Panoramas to come later.

Desert Sunrise (Opens in a new window)

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Trip Photos!

... but not all of them. I know, the headline is evil and misleading. :-) I've been working on some post-processing of the pictures we took on the trip, which involves a bit of learning how to manipulate .CR2 files and bracketed images to correct exposure settings. Here's a teaser of what I've done so far. (Click on either picture to open a REALLY BIG version in a new window.)

Death Valley at Sunrise:

(This is a blended HDR image from three bracketed shots IMG_6887, IMG_6888, IMG_6889) on a tripod at various exposure levels.

Zion Narrows:

This is a modified single CR2 image with Fill Light added, the Black level tweaked slightly, and some other modifications in Aperture. I think it's a little bit too washed out still, so I may try working on this one some more. The original is a bit too dark, so... compromises, I guess.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Opinion Poll

I'm getting ready to get a new pair of glasses, and I'm trying to decide what to get. Here are two options that I have come across so far:
Option 1: Full Frame

Option 2: Rimless

Please tell me which of the two styles you like better. The Rimless style is shown in black -- I would probably get a different color, similar to the color of the full frame glasses in the first picture. Black frames do not match my skin or hair colors well, and I'm not a particular fan of pink or gold, either.

Photo galleries back online

After three weeks and $550, the computer which hosts my web site has been returned from the shop. Except that when they put it back together, the genius who hooked all the cables back up neglected to fully connect the SAS connector that pigtails off for all my internal SATA drive bays. This, of course, led to several drive bays not working properly until I tore the thing apart to make sure all the cords were connected.

Anyhow, this is a bit of a long-winded way of saying that all my old photo galleries are now back online. It also means that I can start the process of uploading the stuff from my most recent vacation. Look for it soon(ish.)