A tour of Wasatch, Utah: Part 2

The second part of my series of photos taken in the Wasatch National Park just east of Salt Lake City, Utah. Such an amazing drive, temperatures dropped into the teens, it was snowing and the views were awesome.

I loved the little bush/tree on top of this mini-peak.

Hope this guy doesn’t have to go anywhere soon.

Great tree overlooking a little valley.

A balancing act.

Roads and roads…and I still have a few more road shots.

A tour of Wasatch, Utah: Part 1

Wasatch National Park is just east of Salt Lake City and essentially is nothing but high, snowy mountains and low creeks where the valleys are. I was able to get away from work a little early yesterday and had a good amount of time to explore. I took waaaay too many photos, so this is just the first entry in a little series I’ll be doing.

This was shot from a cemetery in Dell’s Dimple as I approached the Wasatch area. I loved the clouds and the big tree on the left.

Green, brown…interesting mixtures.

I took many, many shots from the road…this is one with falling snow and swirls of it sweeping across the roadway.

See, more roads! Powerlines suck usually, but I didn’t mind these.

These Aspen trees are without leaves and really looking amazing against these hills. Would love to see them in the summer!

Weekend storms in Arizona

We had some nice storms roll through town this past weekend and I was lucky enough to get out and shoot a bit on Sunday. Here’s a couple of my favorites from that day.

This one above is a two-shot panoramic stitched together. I enhanced the contrast and colors a bit to make it more vivid and exciting.

Shots of the falling rain.

Murky and ominous clouds approach.

A black and white…rain falling on one end, low hanging clouds on the other…

Just a creepy shot at the airport. A monstrous, low hanging storm.

Love this shot…it’s gotten me an AC on Wunderground, a spotlight on JPG Magazine and has been pretty well-received. My daughter and I watch the incoming storm move towards us. It’s developing from left to right, but moving towards the camera.

A few more photos from the Mormon Temple

Last week I posted a few shots from the Salt Lake City Mormon Temple, but still had a few more I processed over the weekend. Whereas those were black and whites (which I love!), these are all HDR photos.

The fountain in the first shot appears there and the bottom photo. It was somewhat dusky out when I took the fountain shot, so I could do a longer exposure than if it was high-noon, hence the water has a smoother look.

Visiting the Mormon Temple

Last night the group I am with while working in Salt Lake City decided to head downtown for dinner, and in particular, they wanted to see the Salt Lake Mormon Temple. I’d never seen it before, probably not even in pictures, and it was an impressive campus of buildings and architecture.

Below are just a few photos of the place, I have a couple of others I may post this weekend if I get a chance to process them as HDRs like I want to. My work computer doesn’t have all the tools on it I’d like. Specifically, there was a pretty cool water fountain that I took some long exposures on and it might turn out very cool.

Memory of the Old West

I love the train tracks south of Hunt Highway, which is only a few miles from my house. I’ve taken a few pictures there, but this latest I really wanted to try and do something different with it.

It’s made to look old, obviously, but the texture on it comes from a nearby desert park. I found an old rock that had some cool colors, swirls and textures to it. It’s overlayed on this photos to really give it an old look…maybe like faded parchment?

Definitely reminds me of something from an old western photos.

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The Green Arizona Desert

My buddy Jon who was in town with his family this past weekend joined me for a hike of the San Tan Mountains just southeast of the Chandler-Gilbert area. It’s a neat little regional park that I never really paid much attention to until I started getting into photography.

The views were great, but one of the main reason I went out there was to capture the greenery that is now covering much of the desert floor here in Arizona. The incredible amount of rainfall has created greenish tints to all the mountains around town and when you examine them closely, you’ll find newly growing grass, weeds and other vegetation.

Some of these vertical photos might look cool together in a side-by-side display…maybe three frames together, or one wide frame with three spots. I may try to do that myself.

This last photo is just a wide landscape shot of these cliffs on the south area of the San Tan Mountain range. It was too far for us to hike that day, but I plan to get closer eventually.

Storms and Clouds over the Arizona Skies

Monday was eventful in terms of capturing some cool shots of storms, clouds and falling rain around the Phoenix area. I drove out to Apache Junction and snapped some shots of the incoming storm, plus a few other cloud pictures.

Mmmm, I love clouds.

After the rain…the sunlight streams through a hole in the clouds.

Impending storm heads to the east Valley.

Shot from Idaho Road and Lost Dutchman looking West.

Storms over the Superstition Mountains

I think I talked about this road I discovered solely by accident about a month ago. Brown Road going east from the 202 turns into Lost Dutchman. At Idaho Road it’s at the peak of a low hill and suddenly you get this amazing view of the Superstition Mountains.

The first time I saw it was when I was shooting around those mountains and just headed west on that road. When it reached the hill, I stopped because there were storms to the west and I could see them clearly there.

However, as I got out of the car…I turned east and this picture below is what I saw. I’d never have noticed it if I hadn’t stopped. It was breathtaking to see the low clouds cascade over the top of the cliffs.

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So on Monday afternoon I headed back out there because I could see some amazing cloud structures out that way, but I had no idea what I’d actually end up seeing once I got closer.

A storm was approaching from the west and I saw the Superstitions lit up with sunlight which wouldn’t last much longer with the dark clouds approaching. It was a race to get there and snap a few photos. 10 minutes after I was done, the sunlight disappeared.

So here are two photos below, one in color and one in black and white. I like to call this photo “Close Encounters” because it certainly reminds of me of that mountain in the movie. The clouds really add to the awe of what you are seeing.

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These two photos can be cropped to fit any frame. I love the wider, panoramic style, but a cropped version still has a nice look to it.

Weather Station

Below is the readout from Mike’s personal weather station. If you want to read more about how it was purchased and installed, read here and here.