Ryan and I loaded the kayaks in the truck and hit the road at 4 a.m. We had planned our trip to Owl’s Head Mountain in the Keene Valley, the High Peaks Region of the Adirondack Mountains, for weeks. The weather could not have been more perfect for hiking, and hadn’t dropped below 55 degrees F overnight. The goal was to be on the Owl’s Head lookout when the sun rose over the Green Mountains of Vermont, and crawled it’s way to some of New York’s greatest natural wonders, The Adirondacks, just in time for their spectacular fall foliage display. Along the way, somehow we tossed a kayak into the back window of Ryan’s Toyota Tundra, breaking the glass. How lucky we were that was to be the single downer of the entire day, and we got it out of the way before sunrise. As the dawn sky began to brighten, the ride was one of phenomenal beauty. The destination was gorgeous, the trail itself was beautiful, the view from the Lookout awe-inspiring. There are not enough superlatives to describe climbing up, standing on, or descending from that summit, so I must let photos speak for me. After the Owl’s head hike, we launched the kayaks on nearby Mirror Lake, and watched the sunrise again, this time over a granite bluff as it slowly spilled its way into our placid pool. A cormorant greeted us, and a pair of mergansers joined us. Or should I say we joined them? Along the way we passed the Lake Placid Olympic Training Center and the strange structure rising up out of the mountain woodlands; the ski jump tower, viewable from the road to the Adirondack Loj and South Meadows Wilderness Area. I’d suggest you see the Adirondacks some time, but then again these gems are some heirlooms I am tempted to keep for myself. You stay home, and enjoy the pictures. I’ll take care of the mountain climbing for you! – Paz
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High Peaks Color
Sunrise on Owl’s Head
Ryan & I at the summit
Colorful Leaf Wreath
Bright Autumn Sun
High Altitude Resident
Sunrise over the bluff
Cormorant Greets the day
Morning on Mirror Lake
Mergansers planning lunch
Invitation to swim
The Happy Couple
Self-portrait in Tundra mirror
High Peaks Meadow
Olympic Ski Tower
Colors of September
Hope you get a chance to get out and enjoy some of the lovely fall!
Remember, there’s more than one way to respond if someone tells you “Take a hike!”
Some photos of the beautiful, snowy, blowy winter before it fades into spring.
Down The Lane
Geese “On” The Pond
Color Of February
North Loop Trail
Juney Was Here
Soft Rock Wall
Evening At Engleville
Moon And Snow Geese
An early spring equinox this year, as the sun crosses the equator on the trek northward.
Maybe that means winter will return sooner, too! One can only hope!
These skis are terrible on grass.
As of tomorrow, Happy Spring!
What? August? Okay, so here’s the June Gallery. Three shoots really occupied me in June. First, granddaughter Ellie graduates from Pre-Kindergarten. Many pictures for Grampa to cry over. They grow so fast! Kids at that age are always photoworthy and touch the heart. Then, a trip to Forked Lake with son Ryan and pal Carl. Clouds rolled over Blue Mountain, and I sat and shot dozens of frames. Worthy of its own post, watch for “The Many Moods of Blue Mountain” as a Photoshoot post. The other biggy: Daughter Kerry surprises us with an impromptu wedding, as she makes an honest man out of her long-time beau (and domestic partner) Kenyon. A unique wedding by a unique couple, the whole thing took place right there on the farm, the reception in the barn. Without a doubt one of the best weddings I’ve ever attended (being Father of The Bride had no influence, I’m sure). I’ll do a Photoshoot post for that, too. It was a great time with some great pix, and some trix and pointers.
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Hole In The Sky
Sunset In camp
At The Edge
Osprey In Flight
Self-Portrait In Harley
A Box Of Light
Flower Girl In The Rain
Many Moods Of The Lake
Thirty frames hath September.
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Did you see the heron? Neither did I. I was shooting frames of the creek, and after 4 or 5 shots the heron jumped up and flew toward me, and under the bridge on which I stood!
Take care and keep in touch,
Something new for Crescent Moon Studio, this is the first of a series of “Photo Shoot” posts.
Here are 24 images of a recent shoot, including a variety of keepers and some raw images that might not make the cut.
When applicable, comments may be added to describe challenges to overcome, methodology, errors, and other details.
Here we go: click any image to enlarge & scroll.
The broad shot shows it was a cloudy day. In fact, it’s obviously snowing. White Balance settings are imperative for proper color resolution in digital photography, and this is one condition that can be challenging. I find the “Shade” preset to sometimes be more accurate than the “Cloudy” preset under such conditions. Exposure is the other element manipulated during the shoot. The bright colors of the trees have a high lux, and the sky, while overcast, still has a lot of UV light. A couple of experimental shots are in order. You see a couple shots here that are over-exposed. Not only is the over-exposure obvious on highlights, but this also tends to wash out contrast and color saturation. Some shots are “bracketed”, wherein we shoot one frame at the meter-suggested exposure, then a frame with a lower stop followed by a frame with a higher stop.
How to shoot all that time in snow without flecks on the lens or exposing the camera to the wet snow? Stay in the car.
The only challenge on this shoot was my dog, Sassy June. She wanted to get at the geese and tried desperately to squeeze her 47-pound self through a 4-inch opening in the window. She made a lot of noise, and in fact, probably cut the session a little short.