Posts in Category: Landscape

Banff From The Mountains

Banff, Alberta- from a mountain top.  Canon 20D (14 Images stitched with Photoshop CC)

Banff, Alberta- from a mountain top. Canon 20D (14 Images stitched with Photoshop CC)

Reviewing old photos is always fun. They can bring you back in time, but they also can take your breath away. As much as I don’t like the cold and snow, I really do enjoy this photo. The funny part is it is a stitch of about 14 photos that I took back with my Canon 20D. When I took this, there was intentions of stitching these photos to make a great panorama, however the software wasn’t where it needed to be at that time. Fast forward many years later, Photoshop CC has the ability to make panoramas with ease and does a great job at it too! Hope you enjoy my view of Banff, after a cold hike. 🙂 The view is truly breathtaking, and you should be experienced IRL!

Dallas Arboretum – Chihuly Nights

Canon 5D Mk3, Canon 17-40L F4 @ 27mm F4, 1/100s ISO 25600, handheld

The Dallas Arboretum has some fantastic night time displays of the Chihuly glass sculptures which look very cool at night.  These are on display during the daytime, but daytime does not give it justice.  You have to pay extra for the night time tickets, but if you have a yearly membership the Chihuly Nights tickets are discounted significantly.   The above picture has several pieces in water which causes the glass to have a really neat mirror image on the water.  The above was taken handheld at an amazing ISO 25600 and the 5DMk3 took it without a hitch.   Amazing camera.    Also, I was able to use my recently acquired 17-40L for a great ultra wide view.  Hope you enjoyed this picture, and hope you get to make it out to the Dallas Chihuly Nights– They are in town from May 2012 until October 2012. Be sure to bring mosquito repellent!

Freeport Bahamas – Garden of the Groves Flower

Canon SD1200is @ 6.2 mm, 1/125 sec, f/8, ISO 80

Visiting the Bahamas in June, it was an opportune time to visit a flower garden.  This picture was taken at the Garden of the Groves botanical garden in Freeport, The Bahamas.  It was actually taken with a simple little point and shoot (Canon SD1200IS), but post processed.   I’m not sure of the name of this type of flower so if you know, please let me know asap so I can update this post.

Banff National Park – Fall is Beautiful

Canon 20D, Tamron 28-75 F2.8 @ 59mm F/11, 1/25s, ISO 100 Handheld

Every time I miss home, I can either look at family pictures, or I can look at this photo and be humbled.  Banff is an amazing little city a short drive from Calgary, Alberta.  It amazes me every time I go back to see nature at it’s best.  This photo was shot about 3 years ago– I’ve been meaning to post it for ages on this blog, but didn’t think the middle of summer was appropriate to post this 😉   I hope you enjoy it.  It was shot with a Canon 20D with a Tamron 28-75 f2.8 lens.  Shot at F11, at 59mm.

Ennis Blue Bonnet Trails

Canon 1Ds Mk2, Canon 70-200F2.8 IS @ 85 mm, 1/125 sec, f/16, ISO 100

Mid to late April is amazing in the boonies of Texas. This photo was taken about 30 minutes from downtown Dallas near a small town called Ennis. The Texas wildflowers are in full bloom, and the fields upon fields of blue bonnets are absolutely stunning!

Red Baron Peach Tree Blossom

Canon 1Ds Mk2, 100mm, F/8, 1/200 sec, ISO 100

Right from the back yard… Here is a photo from my Red Baron Peach tree that I planted this past winter. This is actually the absolute first blossom from this tree (since I bought it). The site I bought it from mentioned the blossoms will be very colorful and beautiful, and they were right! I can’t wait for my tree to bear fruit!!!

A view from above…

Canon G10 — 6.1 mm, 1/400 sec, f/4 , ISO: 80

This was taken on March 1,2009 on the way back from Houston to Dallas. Notice the nice little landing strip in someone’s back yard? Either you have to be really rich, or you are using the landing strip to transport something special to become really rich ;). Now I want my own landing strip, but I don’t think the neighbors will appreciate the noise lol…

[Updated: Jan 8, 2010]  Rest in peace Harvey!  (Harvey was the pilot of the plane for this picture). http://www.valleycentral.com/news/story.aspx?id=393206

Dallas Downtown Evening Skyline

Dallas Evening Skyline

Canon 1Ds Mk2, 70mm, F11, 10 seconds, ISO 100

I was fortunate enough on Feb 7th to acquire a Canon 70-200 F2.8 IS lens. This is my baby! Not even 45 mintues after purchasing it, I found myself with a group of Dallas photographers shooting the Dallas skyline. (Thanks to the meetup group). I arrived late and was the absolute last person to leave the area. Lucky for me, the clouds cleared up after everybody left and I was left with a pretty skyline with not much cloud cover to bother me. This picture was taken with mirror lockup enabled, on a tripod using cable release… a nice 10 second exposure did the trick. I am not 100% sure, but I think I also removed the UV filter for this pic to get the maximum clarity. (I know somewhere in the evening I removed it, but can’t recall if this had it on or not).