A colleague of mine lent me her Canon 1.4X extender so that I could test it out and see if I wanted to buy one. So today, I decided to find some Canada geese – easy enough this year – and test it out. When I found a field full of geese, I also found this insanely weird tree that had been cut down and burned. I only ended up shooting a couple of shots of the geese – the extender seemed to work fine enough – and I focused on the tree. The sun was already setting so I didn’t have much time to really capture all of the crazy nuances of this tree, so I might go back there and shoot it some more.
My favorite of the three shots below is the shot of the charred out innards. There is so many intricate details in the image that it starts to become a Rorschach like image. I posted a larger than usual image of that one, so that if you click on the shot you can see it better.
The tree from Dante's 7th circle of hell
7th circle: tormented soul #1
7th circle: tormented soul #2
Today was a beautiful day, it almost reached 60 degrees here, which as far as I can tell, is a rare treat for this time of year in Montana. Unfortunately, I was forced to run errands all day, and this evening I had to shoot a a video about dancing for the Gazette. I was a little worried that I wasn’t going to have time to take any pictures and get a post up by midnight, but luckily I was a able to take a few pictures of the dancers that I was covering. It is not the greatest photo in the world, hence the over-editing, but I thought it was pretty good for a last minute rush job.
Tom and Katia strike a dance pose for the camera
I went out looking for new places to shoot just southeast of where I live. Unfortunately it was just a lot of empty, muddy fields. I did find this pretty little cattle pasture where some geese flew by as I was taking my shots.
I wasn’t able to get outside and shoot today, so I decided to try out some more high-speed flash photography. This time I used a large stainless steel stew pot, and my wide angle zoom lens set at 40mm. I switched lens so I could hopefully capture larger objects.
Aye que caliente
Dunking the cellphone (It still worked after 20 drops into the bucket)
Today, I went out to Norm Schoenthal Island which is a popular place for locals to take their dogs and let them run around. While hiking around, I saw a strange pyramid shape out on the ice of the Yellowstone River. When I got closer I was able to tell that it was an odd pile up of driftwood frozen in the in the ice. The normal shots of it looked fine, but I had some extra time , so I really played around with the image in Photomatrix pro. It is a bit funkier than what I usually do, but it was fun and an interesting enough image to post. The sunset shot with the colors reflecting on the water is also made with Photomatrix Pro.
Driftwood sculpture close up
A bald eagle relaxes in the Yellowstone River after the sun set
HDR sunset at Norm's Island
I took the first picture by the Yellowstone River. It is of a splintered piece of driftwood trapped in the ice along the bank. The second picture is of cut cat tails along the bank of Lake Elmo.
Caught in the ice
Nature's flag poles
I thought I would try my hand at highspeed flash photography again. This time I took my daughter’s old infant tub and sat it on my kitchen table rather than in my bathtub. This allowed me a better angle to see the splashes.