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I can’t believe it is June already! I’ve unfortunately been dealing with some things on this end and haven’t been able to post nearly as much as I would like, or really at all as you probably have noticed! I can’t say we’re through the tunnel yet but here is a double-dose of photos to help quench your thirst. :)
From a recent trip to Aspen after fighting the rain and snow for several days. This is The Devil’s Punchbowl located near Independence Pass in the Rocky Mountains.
Most people use a macro lens to take pictures of flowers but on this day I was out in the field with just a 500mm lens as I was photographing birds. What’s a guy to do? Improvise! This shot was taken at 500mm, f/16, ISO 2000 from about 15′ back. The problem with long telephoto lenses such as the 500mm and 600mm is that their MFD [minimum focus distance] is very large. In the case of the Nikon 500mm f/4 VRII it is 13 feet so you have to stand back quite a bit from your subject. For shooting things at a distance this isn’t a problem but it does look funny taking a photo of a flower that is 13 feet away from you! Despite being a long telephoto it doubles as a great flower lens oddly enough. The out of focus areas [bokeh] and sharpness are wonderful.
This post was really quite a long time in the making as I really wasn’t sure what to write. I went to Northern Arkansas near Jasper/Compton back in April of this year hoping to catch outstanding waterfalls during what is normally one of the peak rainfall months. Sadly this was not to be as rain was sparse and not consistent enough to build much flow anywhere. Like most things, it is really a gamble until you get there but we decided to make the most of it and still went to the various falls that we had planned to visit. Some were just a trickle and some were not running at all but the scenery is top notch regardless.
I hope to be back next year if the rain is willing as several of these falls are simply amazing with decent water flow. I also plan to head down to Petit Jean State Park again to visit Cedar Falls again, another lovely area. I have included a selection of photographs from this trip below and instead of rambling on I’ll just let you enjoy them!
Most people think of Hawaii and think of beautiful sand beaches, ocean views, and palm trees. Those are there yes, but there is also a vast variety of things to be seen on the interior portions of the island. This shot is from Kauai in the Waimea Canyon area. Enjoy!