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Half Dome – from dawn to dusk

OK, everyone’s seen pictures of Half Dome before. Ansel Adams did some quite good shots, Galen Rowell took a few snaps, it may even have become a bit of a cliche… But I don’t care! Here is my HD portrait, from dawn to dusk, and I’m proud of it…

Dawn breaks in Yosemite

Dawn breaks on Half Dome

 

I was just setting up this pic below when a bear swam across the river behind me. Missed the shot completely – so much for my action photographer skills…

 

Half Dome and Merced River

Early morning Half Dome and Merced River

 

I think some quite well-known photographer made this view famous. No clearing winter storm to light my pic, a slightly murky August day instead.

Midday Half Dome from Wawona Road

Midday Half Dome from Wawona Road

 

What a lump of rock this is! The closer you get, the bigger it gets. Not bad for a bit of granite.

 

Half Dome profile from Washburn Point

Half Dome profile from Washburn Point

 

 

It’s distinctive, like a face. This is more portrait photography than landscape…

The face of Half Dome

The face of Half Dome

Reflection at dusk

Reflection at dusk

The valley in shadow

The valley in shadow

 

And if the Yosemite Gods are kind then you get a bit of cloud for a final sunset image.

Half Dome from Olmsted Point

Half Dome from Olmsted Point

What beauty in a lump of granite. Spectacular…

 

 

 


I was always meant to be a cowboy…

I think we all have a secret (American) dream – freedom, escape, leaving it all behind – all that sort of stuff. When I was a kid I loved a good Western. So when I got the chance I had to live the dream, jump on my horse and ride into the sunset. Heady stuff, yihaaaaa!

Me and my steed...

Me and my steed…

 

Bloody hell, look at the view!

Bloody hell, look at the view!

OK, so I only got a 3 hour ride along the rim, but me and trusty Trigger enjoyed the ride. Actually I got the impression that I enjoyed it, Trigger had seen it all before and was bored witless…

Dawn at the rim

Dawn at the rim

Dawn looking the other way

Dawn looking the other way

Colorado river, looking upstream

Colorado river, looking upstream

Even the clouds are just awesome (there's that word again...)

Cloud patterns in the canyon

 

This landscape is a landscape of dreams. Could’ve stayed there for ever, but that is never possible so for a couple of days I indulged my dream. One day I want to go back and instead of Trigger I want to ride the river. Might need a waterproof camera for that one. In the meantime, Trig and I ride into the sunset, in my mind anyway….

Hi Ho Silver Away!

Hi Ho Silver, Away!

 

 


Memories of lazy warm summers

Just before the annual feasting begins, I’ve been looking back at some summer photos. Here’s beautiful Lake Trasimeno in lovely warm Italy. What a delight Umbria is!

Makes me want to take up fishing!

Makes me want to take up fishing!

 

SONY DSC

 

Even the birds just watch the dawn...

Even the birds just watch the dawn…

 

Now, bring on the snow!!! Merry Christmas to all.

 


Jewels too huge to lift…, must be Iceland!

I may have mentioned in an earlier post that Iceland is a pretty wild place. As a result I may have suggested that Mrs P, who is a city girl and likes her creature comforts, would not be hugely amused by cold rain-soaked beaches at dawn. I may even have sighed that “there is nothing for my wife here…” But I would have been wrong. I mean – look at the size of these crystals… diamonds the size of bricks!!!

beach bergs

beach bergs

ice diamond

ice diamond

Now what girl isn’t going to get excited by a such a glittering rock! Isn’t this what girls’ dreams are made of…?

Swarovski jewel

abandoned jewel

just lying there, waiting to bee found...

just lying there, waiting to be found…

Ok, ok, ok. I know that by the time Mrs P had got a jewel like this on her finger it would have melted away into watery nothingness. Let’s say these icy crystals are simply inspiration. They make me think of Swarovski. The size, the colour, the drama – yes, Swarovski!

definitely Swarovski inspiration

definitely Swarovski inspiration

If I were a jeweller, I would get myself out here straight away to have a look at these wild and wacky crystals. Form, texture, colour. All on a black beach, stunning….

icy blue glow

icy blue glow

crystallised water

crystallised water

Come on Mrs Swarovski! get out to Iceland and check out the jewels. Even better, why don’t you send me to take a whole series of photos for you of wonderful multicoloured ice, smashed by the waves, smoothed by the sun, gleaming and glittering on a beach. I promise you inspiration, and your resulting jewellery would make Mrs P a very happy woman indeed!

beached ice fish

beached ice fish

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What happened to Summer?

The penultimate day of the year, it’s raining outside, hammering at the window, and I’m wondering how to make it through to the sunnier days of 2012. At least I can remember the balmy days of 2011!

Lago Trasimeno, in glorious summer

I’ve taken more photos in Italy this year than in any other place. Umbria and Lake Trasimeno was a good hunting ground for photogenic vistas. Here’s the view from above.

through the cypress trees

And the view down by the lakeside was a must.

Dawn, by the pier

 

Dawn again

 

I never can resist a few wooden stakes plonked in the water… And the required photo of a fisherman!

 

Another early riser

 

I guess these photos look quite peaceful and bucolic. Slow life, so Italian. Nothing however, is further from the truth. Taking a dawn photo is usually a mad rush, frantically trying to get in place before the sun blinds everything, tripod legs flying left and right and fumbling with lens and filter combos. I leave the slow life until the afternoon siesta…

Round the lake was pretty good too. One of my all time favourite discoveries was the XI century church of S. Biagio in Pierle. Quintessential Romanesque:

A thousand years old and more beautiful than ever

Cortona was almost impossible to photograph though. The locals kept driving their cars and vans into the square, parking up, and have a long chat with each other, whilst I (tripod, lens, filter etc etc) wished they would get out of my picture…

 

Main square, Cortona

 

 

If Cortona was a nightmare, then Pitiglione was a dream. This one at dusk rather than dawn.

Dusk - so much easier! Why don't I do this more often?

Dawn v dusk, dusk v dawn. Maybe I’m mad, and should just stick to lunchtime:

 

View from a restaurant

 

This was the view at the restaurant we visited in the middle of Trasimeno, on a tiny island, where there was only one pier which my daughter took a fancy to. Wine and fresh fish (and a siesta).

long live lazy lakeside lunches!

Happy New Year, and bring on the sunshine!


Streetwalking, in Perugia.

Italian cities are beautiful. And in Umbria they are pretty deserted too, which makes them very photogenic. This is Perugia, and it’s very lovely.

The town hall steps

Photographers always go on about dawn light. Soft, cool, beautiful. And very few people to get in the way. This is a series of pictures I took between 6 and 7am whilst wandering around the streets of Perugia last week, almost alone. Heaven.

6am, and empty.

Occasionally someone would wander into my picture. But I quite liked that. So I fired the shutter and left them in my shots.

Early morning light

Imagine if this was your front door. Someone is lucky enough to live here. Really.

Clearing shadows.

Perugia is a student town. The lucky devils. I want to be 18 again and study here…

The daily grind

Off to work, through the arches, towards the light. Not a bad way to start the day…

The rush hour