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Bison

They are not house cats - They do not preen themselves.

They are not lap dogs - Trust me: You would not like that.

They are not pigs - Though they do seem at home in the mud.

They are not pretty - They are majestic.

If one is on the road over which you would like to drive, pull over - Do not honk lest you make it mad or worse ... give it the idea you want to mate!

Taken in Theodore Roosevelt NP (ND), north unit ... Where the buffalo roam.
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Bison

They are not house cats - They do not preen themselves.

They are not lap dogs - Trust me: You would not like that.

They are not pigs - Though they do seem at home in the mud.

They are not pretty - They are majestic.

If one is on the road over which you would like to drive, pull over - Do not honk lest you make it mad or worse ... give it the idea you want to mate!

Taken in Theodore Roosevelt NP (ND), north unit ... Where the buffalo roam.
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Goooood Morning, Teddy Roosevelt!

What is it with me, the first day of summer, National Parks, northern latitudes, and the sunrise? I know: A pathological desire not to sleep in!

Taken from my trip last month to Theodore Roosevelt NP (ND). The location is on the top of Buck Hill in the south unit of the park.

It had rained quite a bit the night before so there was a lot of moisture in the valleys. The skies had cleared just a little before sunup so I had a good view of both the sunrise and the fog still settled in the valleys. It was worth the sleep deprivation to get the view!

The image is an 8 shot panorama covering just over 270 degrees, taken with a Nikon D810, and processed totally in Lightroom CC. I'm becoming more and more impressed with Lightroom with every new feature they add to it! I still may take some of these images to PS later, but for now ... LR has done a wonderful job!

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm 
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Afternoon Sun

The smoke from the wild fires up in Canada was thick enough to cut with a knife here in North Dakota the other day. About two hours before sunset you could walk outside and look straight at the sun through the smoke with absolutely NO strain on your eyes. (Half an hour later and you couldn't see the sun AT ALL!!!) Bizarre ... I decided that if I had THAT much of a ND filter in the atmosphere I could safely point my camera at the sun and take a couple of photos.

I set up my Nikon with an 80-400 mm zoom set at 400 and added a 2X teleconverter. I metered it for a slightly higher than neutral exposure as the indicated histogram was practically a vertical line. The shake from every tough on the camera during focus was VERY noticeable so I set a 3 second delay on the shutter release to allow everything to settle down after mirror up and before shutter release. Several shots later, I came up with this ...

I was happy just getting a decent exposure with everything in focus an little to no shake. Checking the in-camera review it appeared I probably got a sun-spot in the image too. Much to my surprise when I went to process the shot I found I had SIX sunspots ... (LUCKY ME!)

Straight forward processing in LightRoom CC and added a post crop vignette to subdue a rather less than remarkable gray sky. (I think taking it to black helps focus on the sun a little better, too ...)

Sometimes lady luck just hands you one!!!

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm


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50 Shades of Gray meets Blurred Lines

Gee, I hope with that title I don't get sued ... but then, if I do, I'll become famous!

Yes, actually I think this qualifies as a "Landscape" photo.  More on that at the end!

I decided to take a slightly different tact this week and concentrate on something that was a subset of a landscape.  I looked at this and looked at it, then decided it just wouldn't work in color.  I took it to BW, sharpened it in Photoshop, then applied a little help from Silver Efex 2.  And before anyone asks, NO, I didn't add any grain ... Didn't have to!

I don't know if this would stand as an "art" photo in and of itself.  Maybe, maybe not.  Depends on one's tastes.  What I suspect I'll use it for eventually is some sort of background for a photo collection or something.

In any case ... The landscape:  This is a detail shot of a wall in Upper Antelope Canyon in Arizona.  Now you understand why I didn't ADD any grain ... Mother Nature provided enough of that in the sandstone!

If anyone out there thinks it works as a subject in its own right then maybe I'll print it up for a display.  Otherwise, I suspect I'll just keep it around to use as a background/texture layer for a composite.  In any case, I think I did something right since I had FUN doing it!

Have a great day!

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm +RJ Wilner 
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Bryce Canyon

OK ... So it was a dull cloudy day.  It's amazing what a little work with levels and curves plus a little sharpening can do for an image.  While I really like Lightroom, I'm starting to enjoy playing in Photoshop.  Maybe by the time they come out with version 247.3 I might begin to understand the basics!

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Bison

They are not house cats - They do not preen themselves.

They are not lap dogs - Trust me: You would not like that.

They are not pigs - Though they do seem at home in the mud.

They are not pretty - They are majestic.

If one is on the road over which you would like to drive, pull over - Do not honk lest you make it mad or worse ... give it the idea you want to mate!

Taken in Theodore Roosevelt NP (ND), north unit ... Where the buffalo roam.
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Goooood Morning, Teddy Roosevelt!

What is it with me, the first day of summer, National Parks, northern latitudes, and the sunrise? I know: A pathological desire not to sleep in!

Taken from my trip last month to Theodore Roosevelt NP (ND). The location is on the top of Buck Hill in the south unit of the park.

It had rained quite a bit the night before so there was a lot of moisture in the valleys. The skies had cleared just a little before sunup so I had a good view of both the sunrise and the fog still settled in the valleys. It was worth the sleep deprivation to get the view!

The image is an 8 shot panorama covering just over 270 degrees, taken with a Nikon D810, and processed totally in Lightroom CC. I'm becoming more and more impressed with Lightroom with every new feature they add to it! I still may take some of these images to PS later, but for now ... LR has done a wonderful job!

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm 
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Goooood Morning, Teddy Roosevelt!

What is it with me, the first day of summer, National Parks, northern latitudes, and the sunrise? I know: A pathological desire not to sleep in!

Taken from my trip last month to Theodore Roosevelt NP (ND). The location is on the top of Buck Hill in the south unit of the park.

It had rained quite a bit the night before so there was a lot of moisture in the valleys. The skies had cleared just a little before sunup so I had a good view of both the sunrise and the fog still settled in the valleys. It was worth the sleep deprivation to get the view!

The image is an 8 shot panorama covering just over 270 degrees, taken with a Nikon D810, and processed totally in Lightroom CC. I'm becoming more and more impressed with Lightroom with every new feature they add to it! I still may take some of these images to PS later, but for now ... LR has done a wonderful job!

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm 
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Wonderful panorama!!  Beautiful!  Thanks for sharing with the #LandscapePhotography theme!!  
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Afternoon Sun

The smoke from the wild fires up in Canada was thick enough to cut with a knife here in North Dakota the other day. About two hours before sunset you could walk outside and look straight at the sun through the smoke with absolutely NO strain on your eyes. (Half an hour later and you couldn't see the sun AT ALL!!!) Bizarre ... I decided that if I had THAT much of a ND filter in the atmosphere I could safely point my camera at the sun and take a couple of photos.

I set up my Nikon with an 80-400 mm zoom set at 400 and added a 2X teleconverter. I metered it for a slightly higher than neutral exposure as the indicated histogram was practically a vertical line. The shake from every touch on the camera during focus was VERY noticeable so I set a 3 second delay on the shutter release to allow everything to settle down after mirror up and before shutter release. Several shots later, I came up with this ...

I was happy just getting a decent exposure with everything in focus an little to no shake. Checking the in-camera review it appeared I probably got a sun-spot in the image too. Much to my surprise when I went to process the shot I found I had SIX sunspots ... (LUCKY ME!)

Straight forward processing in LightRoom CC and added a post crop vignette to subdue a rather less than remarkable gray sky. (I think taking it to black helps focus on the sun a little better, too ...)

Sometimes lady luck just hands you one!!!

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm
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50 Shades of Gray meets Blurred Lines

Gee, I hope with that title I don't get sued ... but then, if I do, I'll become famous!

Yes, actually I think this qualifies as a "Landscape" photo.  More on that at the end!

I decided to take a slightly different tact this week and concentrate on something that was a subset of a landscape.  I looked at this and looked at it, then decided it just wouldn't work in color.  I took it to BW, sharpened it in Photoshop, then applied a little help from Silver Efex 2.  And before anyone asks, NO, I didn't add any grain ... Didn't have to!

I don't know if this would stand as an "art" photo in and of itself.  Maybe, maybe not.  Depends on one's tastes.  What I suspect I'll use it for eventually is some sort of background for a photo collection or something.

In any case ... The landscape:  This is a detail shot of a wall in Upper Antelope Canyon in Arizona.  Now you understand why I didn't ADD any grain ... Mother Nature provided enough of that in the sandstone!

If anyone out there thinks it works as a subject in its own right then maybe I'll print it up for a display.  Otherwise, I suspect I'll just keep it around to use as a background/texture layer for a composite.  In any case, I think I did something right since I had FUN doing it!

Have a great day!

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm +RJ Wilner 
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Very interesting and superb Mike.
Wonderful day for you also ☺️
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Bryce Canyon

OK ... So it was a dull cloudy day.  It's amazing what a little work with levels and curves plus a little sharpening can do for an image.  While I really like Lightroom, I'm starting to enjoy playing in Photoshop.  Maybe by the time they come out with version 247.3 I might begin to understand the basics!

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Kevin O'Connell Fine Art +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm +RJ Wilner 
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