I thought I’d throw up another one from my outing last weekend – I would venture to say that I like this one better for the additional ‘interesting’ things in the frame, though it’s not strictly a photo of the aurora.
What do you think? Do you have a preference?
A couple weeks back I had planned to get up early in order to catch the deep cobalt blue of the sunrise on a lovely Saturday morning. I had looked at my favorite photography app (LightTrac) and determined a best-case-scenario for some excellent sunrise with substance photos.
Anyhow, I arrived at the Fisherman’s Bend dock in Auke Bay hopeful of the specific hue of blue I had been dreaming about, but alas it was too late in the morning to have the darkness I needed. Maybe these things are meant for sunsets alone?
Anyhow, not to be outdone by mother nature, I took a few shots in hopes that maybe I would come up with an HDR image of the sunrise that I as proud of… Not so much. But, the good news is that I enjoyed my quiet (and cold) morning out, and maybe next time I’ll be better prepared to get up earlier!
The one shot I did come away with follows. It is the combination of three images, processed first for noise in Nik’s Dfine, and then secondly in PhotoMatix Pro (a recent acquisition I’m pretty excited to play with!)
Yesterday, while out for a bike ride we sped by a handful of dry-suit clad students and a couple of instructors. It’s that time of year for UAS’s Swift Water Rescue course. Over the past several years, I’ve wanted to go out and get a few action shots, but for whatever reasons hadn’t seen them in action. Today I went out with camera in hand to see what I could find. It was a fairly strong rain for Juneau standards for the 2-3 hours I was out there; I was drenched, my gear was soaked, but it was a ton of fun. For spending multiple hours a day in 34˚ F water, these folks were pretty chipper!
Anyhow, take a look. We’ll see if I head out tomorrow. If I do, I’ll be sure to bring my raincoat!
UPDATE: Day 2 was much dryer (well… for me, not the students!) You’ll see an additional 10 images below. Enjoy!
All too often we get busy with life. We move too quickly through the crowd, we don’t stop to smell the roses. Oftentimes, we don’t realize that we are in the midst of beauty because we don’t expect to see it. Take for instance this image… I’ve grown up in Juneau, experienced around two decades of wintertimes, and never noticed this growth before. It’s a fascinating frozen bud with white wisps of fuzz. I’m not even sure what plant it’s from, but I’m glad I stopped to notice.
[Update: I found out that this is a Willow Rose. For more information, see this posting on the University of Alaska Fairbanks website.]