July 4th 2006

After the storm, Leadville, CO.  Altitude, two miles high.  Attitude, well that is another story. Geographically, 40 miles from Vail, 60 miles from Aspen, nevertheless nowhere close to either.

Canon 5D, 24-70mm f/2.8L, f/8.0, 45mm, ISO 400, 1/160.

This one from before the storm. Canon 5D, 24-70mm f/2.8L, f/20.0, 54mm, ISO 100, 1/40.  Diffraction, what diffraction.  Who knows why it was f/20.0.  Obviously on the Gitzo.

More Nebraska

Just west of Mullen (known for two great golf courses) in the Nebraska Sand Hills.  BNSF coal train heading empty to the Powder Ridge Basin in Wyoming.  Not the same route but inspiration by John McPhee's Coal Train, in Uncommon Carriers. Canon 5D, 17-40mm f/4L, ISO 320, f/8.0, 1/400, 40mm. 

And just a little further west on NE Route 2. Still the 5D and the 17-40.  This time at 36mm, ISO 50, f/22, with a shutter speed of 1/3 of a second.  There may have been a polarizer mounted to help get the effect. These days it would have been the Singh-Ray Vari-ND, to reduce the light, slow the shutter speed and get the blades smoothed out.


somewhat reminiscent of the 2006 Nebraska snap that got a runner up in a AAA contest.  Both happenstance, this on the way to Great Sand Dunes National Park the Nebraska one en route to the Ogalalla National Grasslands.  I guess I get better stuff by accident on the way to to places that only sometimes work for me.

Off CO 17 on LN6N north of Alamosa.  5D Mk II, 17-40mm f/4L @40mm, ISO 100, f/8.0, three shot HDR, handheld, out the Hertz SUV window.

Off NE 2, West of Hemingford, NE, ZCBJ Lodge #298, 5D with 17-40mm f/4L @ 40mm, ISO 100, f/16, on the Gitzo, July '06.

Simulated Picture

Because I am off to Colorado for the week, a Colorado snap.  Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs via a really, really early start to be there for sunrise in March of '06.  Cropped 16:9 like HD TV because this shot (well... actually someone else's like it) was used for a couple years ('08 - '09 or so) by Samsung as the "Simulated Picture" in their HD TV ads.  Oughta know — all of the TVs, here atop Butcher's Hill (there are several of them) are Samsung's of that vintage.

Unforntuately, I buy Apple stuff instead of Apple stock and I buy Samsung TVs instead of selling them snaps, oh well... so much for monetization.

24-70mm f/2.8L on the 5D, @ f/22, 1/4, ISO 320 on the Gitzo.  Weird settings but it was early.

Two mile high wheels

Leadville, CO, Elevation 10,152.  Heading to Colorado on Sunday, not likely to break a mile high though. Denver bound again, unfortunately likely Denver tied.  

Falcon: 24-70mm f/2.8L mounted on 5D, f/8.0, ISO 400, 55mm, on the Gitzo.  Two shot HDR sandwich.

Beatle: 24-70mm f/2.8L mounted on 5D, f/11.0, ISO 400, 51mm, on the Gitzo.  Two shot HDR sandwich.

Umpire State Building

At least it was until I was maybe eleven or twelve.  As a kid growing up nearby occasional viewing lanes to Manhattan, probably should have caught on faster.  Seen here from the CNJRR ferry slips in Jersey City. Snapped in August '06, early in the day that included the trip to Bethlehem, PA.

Three shot bracket with the 70-200mm f/2.8L mounted on the 5D at 80mm, f/16 and ISO 100. HDR Efex.

Blast Furnace Row

Pearl Harbor had Battleship Row — Bethlehem Steel, Blast Furnace Row.  Snapped in late August '06, some of the plant is now a Sands Casino.  Might be worth a return trip, sight-lines have to be better with some access to the plant roads.

Posting motivated by seeing Sean O'Boyle's Bethlehem Steel Gallery.  Motivated enough to buy his book Modern Ruins Portraits of Place in the Mid-Atlantic Region. 

5D with 17-40 f4.0L and 70-200 f2.8L, all likely handheld.