Jul 272010
 

This time I have a time lapse to share.  I am so happy with the way this turned out!  Not only was this my first night of trying long exposure shots, but taking them while run a time lapse sequence!

This is the night sky from Mesa Verde looking South.  The lights you see at the bottom are from a town way off in the distance.

Description:  The night sky out of our room at the Far View Lodge
Camera: Canon D90 w/ 18-105 lens
Method: 30s exposures on 30 second intervals
Date: July 6-7th, 2010
Comment: This one blew me away.  It’s a little grainy and I’ll work on that, but overall this exceeded my expectations.

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Jul 262010
 

Part 2 of the night shots I took on our road trip.  Here’s another one from Mesa Verde:

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Description:  A shot of the evening sky overlooking the restaurant at the Far View Lodge.
Camera: Canon D90 w/ 18-105 lens
Method: 2 min exposure, f/10 
Date: July 6th, 2010
Comment: Not much to complain about on this one.  I was really just playing around here, and got a little lucky.

Jul 252010
 

We recently took a road trip down through the south end of the state for our 2-hour anniversary. 

During our stay in Mesa Verde, I tried my hand at a little night photography.

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Description:  The night sky out of our room at the Far View Lodge
Camera: Canon D90 w/ 18-105 lens
Method: 30 minute exposure, f/5.6, ISO 100 
Date: July 6th, 2010
Comment: Not bad for my first attempt as at a long exposure shot.  Just a tad grainy, will have to work on that.

Jul 242010
 

Today I went and visited my friend Chris, his wife Krista, and two sons Aiden and Ryder.  Aiden is only 1 and half or so, and Ryder is only 11 weeks.  We hasn’t seen them since Ryder was born, so it was a good chance to visit the new addition to the Wilper clan.

Chris and Krista bought a new house last year further up the mountain from their old house in Coal Creek Canyon.  This time they upsized to a bigger house and an 8 acre lot that included the peak of a small mountain!  While we were there we went with Chris for his first visit to the peak.  HE always figured it would have a great view, and hoped to be able to see downtown Denver.

After a quick climb (20-30 minutes) we reached the peak.  Yes it had a great view, and yes you could see not only downtown Denver, and even downtown Boulder!:

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After getting slightly lost on the way back down, we made our way out to the road that leads to his house.   A short walk up down the road found us back at his house.

Since they have such a fantastic view from their back patio,  I figured it would be a good place to setup the tripod and camera to grab some time lapse shots while we were eating dinner.

I wasn’t too sure how this would turn out as it was pointing into the sun, and I’m still trying to get the exposures correct as it start to get dark, not to mention trying to keep lens flares to a minimum.

After a little touch up, I found that the balance came out well, and the lens flare made for a cool effect to the sun!:

Thanks Chris a Krista for a fun evening hanging out with you guys!

Jul 232010
 

I recently bought a couple Hibiscus to add some color to our patio. Once of them was similar to another I had in the past the blooms great big 10”-12” flowers.  This was was different though as the foliage on it was dark maroon/red colored.  After a couple week of having some bud that looked like that were ready to bloom, I noticed that all of a sudden one of the buds had made an about face while the others still pointed upwards.  But the time the sun had seta couple inches of a flower was sticking out of the end of that bud.  Figuring what was about to transpire, I quickly grabbed my camera, set it up, got the timer setup, and started firing away.   By morning I had a huge flower open wide up and prayed I had captured a good set.

Well here it is, you be the judge:

We’ve since had 304 more flowers since this first night.  Each flower lasts 2-3 days before it shrivels and falls off makinf way for the next.  One day we had two at one, made for a good challenge for that stalk to stay up strait.

Camera: Canon D90 w/ 18-105 lens
10 seconds exposures on 30 intervals
Date: July 15th, 2010