Posts Tagged ‘tilt shift’

Fall River Diversion Dam

I’ve photographed this diversion dam a number of times, but the light was pretty lovely last night after the sun had set. Here are three versions of the same location with differing amounts of color left in the sky and reflected moonlight.


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Fall River Diversion Dam, Chester, ID 2015 (version 1)


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Fall River Diversion Dam, Chester, ID 2015 (version 2)


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Fall River Diversion Dam, Chester, ID 2015 (version 3)

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Grand Isle, Louisiana

Grand Isle, Louisiana is a small island in SE Louisiana. It is primarily a fishing destination. It is also a place where locals own or rent vacation homes. It is one of the few accessible beaches in Louisiana. It is also an excellent birding destination. Grand Isle combines open ocean, sandy beaches, marsh, and coastal woodlots. This mix of habitats attracts a large number of birds to Grand Isle, particularly during spring and fall migration. Below are a few photographs made of the beach and woods on the island.

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Rain Puddle (during a rainstorm) Sureway Woods, Grand Isle, LA 2015

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Live Oaks and Rain Puddle, Grand Isle, LA 2015

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Live Oak (detail), Grand Isle, LA 2015

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Gulf of Mexico from Grand Isle, LA 2015

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Peveto Woods Sanctuary

Peveto Woods is a small bird sanctuary located in SW Louisiana in Cameron Parish. It is a chenier (slightly elevated oak woods on the gulf coast) forest. When conditions are favorable (north winds, rain etc.) migrant songbirds crossing the Gulf of Mexico will land in the first trees they see. This small group of trees can be teeming with migrants during an event birders call a fallout, or (like on the day we visited) they can be essentially vacant of birds. Either way, these coastal woodlots are an important habitat and there are few accessible chenier woods left that birders can enjoy. Many have been developed, are in the hands of private landowners, or are inaccessible due to their location (surrounded by impenetrable marsh). Places like Peveto Woods, High Island (Texas), and Dauphin Island (Alabama) are critical to the survival of migratory songbirds and are national treasures.

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Sunrise at Little Florida Beach, Cameron Parish, LA 2015

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Mostly Dead Live Oaks, Peveto Woods, LA 2015

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Backlit Oaks at Sunrise, Peveto Woods, LA 2015

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Peveto Woods, LA 2015

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Live Oak (vertical), Peveto Woods, LA 2015

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Live Oak (horizontal), Peveto Woods, LA 2015

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Dauphin Island, Alabama/Mississippi Coast

I took the opportunity to attend the Society for Photographic Education (SPE) national conference, which was held in New Orleans, last week. It was a great conference and it provided me an opportunity to travel back to Louisiana, where Susan and I lived for four years. I spent a couple of days before and after the conference making landscape photographs at birding locations (perhaps a new long term project) along the gulf coast. This first set of images was from Dauphin Island, Alabama and various locations along the Mississippi Coast.

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Water Tower, Dauphin Island, AL 2015

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Sunrise through Fog, Dauphin Island Beach, AL 2015

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Palmetto Understory, Goat Trees Sanctuary, Dauphin Island, AL 2015

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Live Oak, Goat Trees Sanctuary, Dauphin Island, AL 2015

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Live Oak Branches in Fog (color), Shell Mounds Park, Dauphin Island, AL 2015

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Live Oak Branches in Fog (black-and-white), Shell Mounds Park, Dauphin Island, AL 2015

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Pond in Fog, Dauphin Island, AL 2015

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Birds (Skimmers, Sandpipers, Gulls, Etc.) at St. Louis Bay, MS 2015

 

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Fish Creek Dam

My friend Brian and I visited Fish Creek Dam (near Carey, ID) earlier in the week. I hadn’t been before, but had seen photographs of the impressive structure and have been wanting to photograph for some time. It was pretty magnificent, and a bit overwhelming. I managed to make a couple of photographs I’m happy with, but might need to make another visit to explore it a bit more. Here are the best results:

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Fish Creek Dam and Outlet, near Carey, ID 2014

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Fish Creek Dam with Sage and Cottonwood, near Carey, ID 2014

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Fish Creek Dam and Reservoir, near Carey, ID 2014

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Two Photographs of the Same Tree

These two photographs (both photographs are of the same tree) were taken shortly before and after sunset at one of my favorite local locations to make photographs, a quiet little spot along the Teton River near Sugar City. Both photographs are stitched from three separate images using a 24mm tilt shift lens (a pretty sweet tool).

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Willows along the Teton River, Sugar City, ID 2014

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Willow along the Teton River, Sugar City, ID 2014

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