Grafton, Utah Ghost town in HDR

April 19th, 2011 in Photography

Just south of Zion National Park is a fairly well know ghost town called Grafton.  Several westerns have been filmed there including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

The color of the adobe was amazing and the HDR brought it out even more.  Ghost towns are great subjects for HDR (High Dynamic Range Photography).  It really brings out the detail and color in the old buildings and if you happen to have a dramatic sky, all the better.

Blue-Hour Roadside Neon

April 5th, 2011 in Photography

Coming back from Bryce Canyon last weekend we were passing through a small tourist town called Panguitch, Utah during the “blue hour”;  my favorite time to photograph.  The blue hour is that time after sunset while it is still a little light when everything has a bluish cast.  Just at the perfect time we passed a couple of great old roadside motels with neon signs aglow that came straight out of the sixties,  another of my favorite subjects!  After a quick  U-turn and dodging a couple of semis while setting up in the middle of the road, here are the results.  Time well spent.

Timing is Everything!

April 3rd, 2011 in Photography

I’ve been looking at these trees for about 3 or 4 years and knew that there was a picture there but just needed some interesting light and weather. The other morning on the way to work my patience paid off.  A quick overnight spring storm dropped a few inches of snow and some cold temps caused some freezing ground fog and frost on the trees that only lasted a very short time before it warmed up.  An hour later the fog, frost and snow were gone.  As they say, timing is everything!