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We had a few inches of fresh snow just a few days ago. The morning brought us clear skies and sunshine, and as I walked around the end of my garage, I was treated to this beautiful sight!
This mule deer buck was just meandering along, looking for food (or maybe love - it is the season), and of course my sudden arrival definitely got his attention. But he didn't run - he just stood there like a majestic statue studying my every move.
I quickly went back in the house, got (20 comments)
God, I hate spiders! I know, I know - very few are dangerous and they probably do all kinds of good things like eating bad bugs and helping the environment and all that crxp. I don't care - I hate'em - they give me the creeps - 8 legs is unnatural - and some of them can really hurt you! Even the harmless ones have made me bleed many times when I "reacted" to their close presence and jumped too far too fast into something with sharp edges and corners! :-)Okay, I'll give you this - granddaddy long legs aren't too bad. I don't like (9 comments)
Bracketing for HDR - Part 2 - 10/30/09 07:33 AM
Okay, I know that some of you are now pretty enthusiastic about High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging - and you should be! HDR is another great tool that expands your photographic capabilities. But first, there are a few things you need to do with your camera to give you a better chance of getting the images you need to make this work. Important: Put your camera on a tripod. The software can help correct for slight misalignments in the photo series, but you'll increase your chances of a nice sharp image if you'll use that tripod. However, if you don't have (7 comments)
Shortly after that guy first invented the camera, some other guy (or girl) noticed that their exposure was not always perfect. So, they came up with the idea of bracketing photos, which is nothing more than taking your photo, and then underexposing one and overexposing another one. Then, just in case the first try wasn't perfect, one of the other images would probably be closer to what the photographer was looking for. Of course, for years that was all done manually, one at a time. However, with most modern digital cameras, that ability is built right in. My camera, for (18 comments)
William Johnson has announced a new group here on ActiveRain that sure sounds interesting if you're a photography buff. So, take a look and come join - I think it'll be fun and informative. Mike Hendren
Via San Diego Real Estate Voice authored by William Johnson (RE/MAX Associates): I am delighted to announce the formal launch of the ActiveRainPhotoBlogger group today here on ActiveRain. This is an exciting opportunity for all us here in the Rain to learn better ways of presenting our photo blogs, sharing resources for those presentations and having the BEST photo blogging available on the Internet. (4 comments)
This morning, while waiting for my first cup of coffee to brew, I noticed these copper canisters sitting on the counter. So, I grabbed my Nikon D700 with the 14-24 mm lens, set it on the countertop and fired off 5 bracketed shots.Then I played with several of my software "toys" : First, I exported the 5 images into Photomatix Pro to merge them into a single High Dynamic Range (HDR) image. Next, I exported the HDR file into Nik Color Efex Pro and used their "Glamour Glow" filter to soften the image. Finally, in Lightroom, I just tweaked the (9 comments)
I was traveling through Arizona a few days ago - headed home after visiting my son and his wife in Phoenix. I took a little detour, just about 6 miles off I-40, near the eastern border of Arizona to visit the famous Meteor Crater. It is truly impressive, especially when you consider it was caused by a direct hit from a relatively small meteor. The crater is about 550 feet deep and 4,000 feet across and was caused by a meteor not much bigger than a large house - only about 150 feet across. It's scary (22 comments)
I've been thinking about this for a while. We all stay in touch - sporadically - occasional emails and phone calls where we try to "catch up", but there are so many things that happen to us between times, it would be impossible to remember to talk about all of them. So we try to update the really important highlights and some of the other stuff gets lost.
But, you see, some of "the other stuff" - the little things - funny or heartwarming things - can also be helpful in keeping up with what we're feeling and experiencing (13 comments)
Denver Market Update - Oct., 2009 - 10/19/09 07:42 PM
So . . . How's the Market in October, 2009? According to Jack O'Connor, an Owner/Broker of Re/Max Professionals, LLC, our market is showing signs of turning around. The statistics show that Sept., 2009, actually had more sales close than in Sept., 2007, and the number of properties under contract is at the highest level (for October) in 5 years. Another very positive indicator is that the current number of active listings is at the lowest level in the last 5 years as listing inventories continue to decline. This has decreased the average time on the market to less than 100 (5 comments)
New York City is such a vibrant, exciting city and there is so much to do and see. It's really easy to run yourself ragged in a short time just trying to see the main attractions like The Statue of Liberty, Time Square, and the Empire State Building - - oh, and don't forget to take in a Broadway play while you're there. But be sure and make time to slow things down for a while and take a stroll through Central Park. I was lucky enough to be there on this cool autumn afternoon when the colors (21 comments)
The Black Canyon of the Gunnison is an awe inspiring site. The most common place to view it is from the South Rim Visitor Center at the west end not far from Montrose, Colorado.
My favorite part of the canyon starts at the east end where you cross the Blue Mesa Dam and drive Hwy 50 along the north rim of the canyon. Obviously, my favorite time of year is in the fall, when the leaves are changing and colors are breathtaking!
I found this lone aspen sitting near the edge (9 comments)
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