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Bill Weaver
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Born with a camera in my hands
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Photo of the day
Today's photo was taken along the same Montana road that yesterday's was but it is a little more dramatic. Ever since I lived in Oregon and did a lot of photography of mist covered mountain valleys, I'm always on the look out for the potential variations.

Today's shot is one take on that theme.

The smoke from the fires was settling into the ranch valleys, back lit by the sun providing an amazing cascade of tinted color. I used my 70-200mm f/2.8 lens zoomed out to 156 mm to foreshorten the seen, making the rolling hills and mountain background seem compressed.
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A few years ago we were heading home through Glacier National Park during a period when there were a couple of fires on the edge of Glacier's northeast area. Most of the roads were closed but we managed to find another route that ended up putting the fire and its' smoke between us and the sun. The sun was getting low and moving into a more golden phase which together with brown tint of the smoke from the fires produced some of the best light I've seen. Needless to say we made many stops to capture some amazing vistas of the mountains framing big sky under a golden brown mask of color.
This photo was taken early on when I spotted the combine parked in the field reflecting that golden brown light. I'll be posting more from this series in the next few days.
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After many disappointing predictions, that bright light that sometimes appears in the sky and is called the sun, finally appeared. Our cameras have been tucked away for the last several weeks because extreme cold and electronics don't play well together. So with appearance of the sun and warmer weather we headed out for some fun.
We had a loose agenda, starting at Nicollet Island and wandering to some locations we've wanted capture in winter. This shot was captured on Nicollet Island across the Mississippi looking towards the lock and dam and the 3rd Ave bridge. I used my newest camera, Sony a7mkII and 24-70mm lens. I was experimenting with a newly available technique of taking my light readings off the highlights instead of the middle tones. The new sensors are now capable of collecting many times the light info that our Nikons ever could. Which translates to better shadow detail and less blown highlights.
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A reminder for those of us in Polar Vortexland that spring is on its' way and somewhere in the world spring is happening.
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2015-01-09
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About a month ago or so, my web site crashed in the process of a Wordpress update, so since then I've been rebuilding a new one with new images and a new more simplified look.  You can check out what I have so far at http://www.billweaverphoto.com/bwphoto/

In the mean time I've been wading through about 100k photos just from the last couple of years. Most need to be resized to fit the requirements of my new galleries and some I've rediscovered.Here are some of the highlights.

The images below are of the Experience Music Project created by Paul Allen and designed by Frank Gehry. While the juxtaposition of shapes characterizes Gerhy's work what I found unique about the building was the way his choice of materials allow the building to always present a new look as the materials age and the light changes.
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2014-12-18
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My backyard turns into a "wildlife preserve" every winter, we get a wide variety of birds, including an occasional raptor, to lots of deer, and some fox. I decided to use my GoPro to record time-lapse series of our winter visitors. I'll also be including non-GoPro shots from my other cameras.

The series below are a few single images from the last few days.
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2014-11-21
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Since we got back from our recent Colorado trip I've been slowly working my way through the photos we took with an eye for evaluating the image quality and useability of potentially switching to the mirror-less format. Doing so would make photo expeditions much more manageable especially for our aging bodies.
We didn't get into the mountains much due to a combination of weather and our primary purpose of helping my oldest daughter move. Most of the roads we had intended to take in Rocky Mountain National Park like the Trail Ridge Road and others at high elevations were closed due to snow.
We did get a few good mountain shots and a lot of amazing "out the car window" shots with the Sony and the results have blown me away.
This set is primarily out of the the car window at 70+mph. The next set are from the park shot with our Nikons and the Sony.
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Colorado 2014
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Since we got back from our recent Colorado trip I've been slowly working my way through the photos we took with an eye for evaluating the image quality and useability of potentially switching to the mirror-less format. Doing so would make photo expeditions much more manageable especially for our aging bodies.
We didn't get into the mountains much due to a combination of weather and our primary purpose of helping my oldest daughter move. Most of the roads we had intended to take in Rocky Mountain National Park like the Trail Ridge Road and others at high elevations were closed due to snow.
We did get a few good mountain shots and a lot of amazing "out the car window" shots with the Sony and the results have blown me away.
This set is primarily out of the the car window at 70+mph. The next set are from the park shot with our Nikons and the Sony.
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Colorado 2014
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