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2013: The Adventure Continues

Wow, I am so behind on, well, everything.  I’ve been back from Africa for several weeks and I’m still blogging about it.  I just finished up Yellowstone and now I’m in Albuquerque for the Balloon Fiesta, it’s October and I haven’t posted Excellent Photo Adventures 2013 Schedule yet.  Putting all the details here on my blog is my very next priority but, in the meantime, here is a listing of the Adventures I have on the calendar for 2013 so far…

Extreme Yellowstone: Jan 6-13, 2013 & Jan 26-Feb 2, 2013  Limit 3, 2 Spots Available (each)

Extreme Yellowstone

 

Oregon Winter Waves: Feb 10-16, 2013  Limit 4, 2 Spots Available

Oregon Winter Waves

 

Cuba: Feb 24-Mar 3, 2013  Sold Out

Cuba

 

Storm Chase Tornado Alley: May 12-24, 2013  Limit 4, 2 Spots Available

Storm Chase Tornado Alley

  

Alaska Brown Bears: June 8-16  Limit 6, 3 Spots Available

Alaska Brown Bears

 

Alaska Brown Bears: Aug 10-18, 2013  Sold Out

Alaska Brown Bears

 

Kenya: Aug 22- Sept 12, 2013  Limit 6, 4 Spots Available

Kenya

 

Spirit Of The American Southwest: Sept 29- Oct 6, 2013  Sold Out 

Spirit Of The American Southwest

 

Yellowstone Fall Rut: Oct 13-19, 2013  Limit 5, 3 Spots Available

Yellowstone Fall Rut

 

To sign up or for additional information contact me at laurie.excell@gmail.com

Full details to be posted shortly.

Albuquerque Balloon Festival… The Adventure Continues

Mid-week at the Balloon Fiesta has a slower pace with fewer visitors and only morning activities but, the photo opportunities still abound. Trying to find some different compositions I attached my ultra wide 14-24mm and got inside the balloons looking for interesting colors and patterns. I found a smiley face that I simply couldn’t resist…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 14-24mm f2.8

The morning began with some amazing clouds at first light but, the wind help up the launch. There were still some nice cloud formations once the balloons hit the air and I looked for a composition that showed a balloon soaring above the clouds to convey the great heights they soar to…


Nikon AF-S 24-120mm f4 VR

When photographing the many balloons dotting the skies, I look for interesting patterns. To capture visual depth I need balloons at varying distances and I also look to avoid merges as much as possible. When I saw the foreground balloon moving into the top left of the frame I zoomed in a bit tighter to capture just the basket as the balloon entered my viewfinder. The clouds and side lighting add texture and dimension to the image…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 24-120mm f4 VR

Today kicks off Excellent Photo Adventures at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta and I am very excited to share this wonderfully colorful event with my enthusiastic fellow adventurers. Stay tuned.

Adventurer’s Spotlight…Jack’s Journey

You recently met Jack Holmes on Musings Of A Fellow Adventurer after the fall rut in Yellowstone…

Jack Holmes

 

I enjoyed the pleasure of having Jack Holmes accompany me on three consecutive Excellent Photo Adventures and he recently summed up his 25 day road trip/journey on his blog.  His was not only a journey of being in the right place at the  right time for capturing extraordinary landscapes, it was a journey of self discovery.  Enjoy…

Excellent Photo Adventures…Storm Chasing

I really look forward to this week each year. There’s nothing like witnessing the amazing power of nature and the furies she unleashes. Over the years I’ve photographed tornados, super cells, lightning and old farmsteads along the way. The night before our adventure began we made a trip to the Oklahoma City National Memorial; the site of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. The site is now a beautiful reflection pond with a wall at each end with 9:01 on one and 9:03 on the other representing the times just before and after the 9:02am bombing on April 19 where 168 people were killed. The memorial site is a lovely, peaceful place with 168 illuminated chairs each inscribed with the name of the person killed…

Each morning Brian and Tank give an overview of the weather forecast and our plans for the day. Depending on the weather we make a game plan and head out. The weather pattern for the first few days looks a bit mild with the possibility of a good storm towards So Texas so off we went. 568 miles and ten hours later we arrived in Del Rio, TX to pouring rain and and incredible lightning storm. The problem is that shooting in a downpour guarantees rain drops on the front of our lenses so we took a dinner break and when we came out the rain had stopped and we could capture some of the storm as it moved off into the distance…

Nikon D800, AF-S 24-120mm f4 VR...400 ISO f4 @ 2 sec

Photographing lightning is a piece of cake with the Lightning Trigger. I simply set my camera to Shutter Priority, select a shutter speed of 1/15 or slower, manual focus and sit back to enjoy the show while the camera and Lightning Trigger do all the work…

When the storm activity is minimal (or non-existent) we spend our days positioning to be in a good location for the chance of capturing storms and along the way we stop at old farms and work the weathered buildings.  One such farm had railroad boxcars as storage sheds.  I particularly liked the weathered wood doors and the colorful, rusted hinges so I converted the image to B&W Infrared using NIK Silver Efex 2 and painted the hinges back in…

Nikon D800, AF-S 24-120mm f4 VR...200 ISO f8 @ 1/60

 

Stepping inside an abandoned house I often wonder about the occupants whose presence is felt in the items left behind.  Where did they go?  Why did they leave?  What is the story that this old building could tell if it could talk?  The light was almost gone but, I had to make this one last image.  I dialed up the ISO to 1600, opened the aperture to f5.6, braced myself and clicked off a 5 frame bracket.  To further emphasize the age of the kitchen, I converted the image to B&W and then used Color Efex Pro 4 Colorize to give the faded old photo look…

Nikon D800, AF-S 24-120mm f4 VR...1600 ISO f5.6 5 frame HDR

The weather pattern continues to show “good” weather over the net few days.  We will head towards Colorado to hopefully find some lightning storms to work.  Stay tuned.