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Michael Menefee
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Reflecting on 2016's Perseid Meteor Shower

For the Perseid Meteor Shower this year we traveled to a low light pollution location near Encampment, WY. We found our campsite here for Saturday night and I thought I would see if I could catch some meteors reflecting in the pond. Achievement unlocked~!

Shot Notes: this is a composite of all the meteors seen from this location over the entire evening. For foreground detail I used frames from when the moon was still out, and the actual background image is a two-frame panorama (vertorama) so I could get the shot I envisioned in the field. In testing out the Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 on the Nikon D500 I was surprised to find coma distortion on the edges of the frame, contrary to what the Lens Tip review suggested. If any other owners of this lens have experience the same, please let me know!
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Fresh Echinacea Blossoms

There is something so vibrant and special about echinacea flowers, I just love them! They are also quite photogenic subjects, here I went for a narrow depth of field to pop them from the background. While a busy background, the Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 did a great job in my opinion on the bokeh.
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Taro Fields of Hanalei Valley

Hanalei Valley in Kauai is said to grow around 60% of Hawaii's taro. Taro is the staple of the Native Hawaiian diet and at the core of the Hawaiian culture. Hawaiians believe the taro plant to be sacred. Taro, called “kalo” in Hawaiian, is central to the Native Hawaiian creation story. It also makes for an incredibly scenic backdrop!
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Exploring Moments in Hawaiian Standard Time

A view of the paradise that is Hanalei Bay in Kaua'i, definitely one of my favorite places we visited and a top spot to watch the sunset on the Island! Have a great Wednesday everyone!
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Stepping into an Hawaiian Sunrise

This was the best sunrise we experienced on our visit to Kauaʻi. This was seen right outside the door of our Airbnb condo just south of Kapaʻa at Islander on the Beach. It was surprisingly affordable for such a killer view, our favorite accommodations of the trip! Oh and it's easy to make sunrise on Kauaʻi thanks to all those chickens waking up and crowing about it before dawn! ;-)))
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Waipoo Falls, Waimea Canyon, Kauai

Here we see one of the highlights of Waimea Canyon, the rather cinematic looking Waipoo Falls.

Kauaʻi is quite diverse for its dimunitive size. This 24 mile long island manages to squeeze in both the wettest spot on earth (Mount Waiʻaleʻale) and one of the world's most impressive and scenic canyons in Waimea Canyon. Waimea stretches for 11 miles (16 km) and is up to 3,000 feet (900 m) deep. Also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific it was formed by the strong errossion of the Waimea River arising from the extreme rainfall on the island's central peak, Mount Waiʻaleʻale. Another major factor in its formation was also born from a catastrophic collapse of the ancient volcano that created Kauaʻi. What a fascinating place!

Image Notes: two exposures used for this image, one 30 second exposure for the foreground/waterfall and a shorter exposure for sky. Not long after we viewed this scene, the clouds quickly filled the canyon. Sadly we didn't manage to make it to the top for the ultra-long view before it filled in, but still felt fortunate to get the long looks we did!
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We had a wonderful trip to Kauai, what an amazing island! Featured here is Kilauea Lighthouse in nearly perfect conditions. When we were on the north side earlier in the trip it was cool and misty with nearly no visibility, but on our return to this side we got this glorious weather.
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Peak Aspen Scenery in the Colorado Rockies

Here's one of my favorite takes from our trip to the Silver Thread byway this past fall. I am in love with the complex geology on display and couldn't have asked for nicer fall color.

Have a great week all!

#Colorado #Fall #Aspen #Nature #Landscape #Photography
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Silver Thread Sunset

While driving back from scouting locations for later in the evening we happened across this fantastic view. Have a great rest of the week all!
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Last Light on Last Fall

When I saw the fleeting last light striking these gorgeous aspen-clad mountains along the Silver Thread, I really liked how those last rays amplified the warm colors of the autumn foliage. I went with a simple composition here to help isolate the special light and play off the contrast of the hillside still in shade, it sort of has made me think I need to explore lower-dynamic range/high-contrast compos more often.

Have a great rest of the week all!


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