I’ve been reviewing the photos stored on my hard drive and trying to decide which ones to display in my portfolio. During this process I decided to post an article portraying my favorite sunset photos.
This photo of a sailboat backlit by the sun setting behind Boston Harbor is probably my favorite. Due to the speed of the ship and the resultant increasing distance from the sailboat, this was a “one shot” opportunity. In hindsight I would have preferred to open the aperture and lower the ISO, but nonetheless it means a lot to me because back in the day Barbara and I so much enjoyed the quiet and beauty of our summer evening sailing.
It was taken in September 2006 as our cruise ship left Boston enroute to Nova Scotia. Shot in Camera Raw with Nikon D200 camera and Nikon 18-200 f3.5-5.6 zoom lens at 120mm, f/16 aperture, 1/000 second exposure, ISO 400, program mode, matrix metering. Post processing with Photoshop CS6.
This is another cityscape sunset taken from a departing cruise ship. This capture was made in January 2008 as our ship departed Port Everglades bound for Key West and the Caribbean.
Shot in Camera Raw with Nikon D300 camera and Nikon 18-200 f3.5-5.6 zoom lens at 80mm, f/8 aperture, 1/1600 second exposure, ISO 800, program mode, matrix metering. Post processing with Photoshop CS6.
This is another favorite taken at sea while on the same Caribbean Cruise in January, 2008. Shot in Camera Raw with Nikon D300 camera and Nikon 18-200 f3.5-5.6 zoom lens at 44mm, f/14 aperture, 1/800 second exposure, ISO 200, normal program, matrix metering. Post processing with Photoshop CS6.
This capture of the sunset as our cruise ship left the port of Venice in June 2008 is another favorite that brings back fond memories. Shot in Camera Raw with Nikon D300 camera and Nikon 18-200 f3.5-5.6 zoom lens at 105mm, f/13 aperture, 1/640 second exposure, ISO 800, normal program, matrix metering. Post processing with Photoshop CS6.
Sandia Peak Ski Area opened for the season on Saturday, January 24th. The Sandia Mountains are a mountain range located in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, immediately to the east of the city of Albuquerque. Opening had been delayed due to lack of sufficient snow, but thanks to the 10 inches of snow that fell on the east side of the Sandia Mountains during the previous week’s storm, the ski area was able to open Saturday with an 18 inch base of powdery snow. Since it’s only a 45 minute drive from the Albuquerque metro area, we decided to take our grandsons there to try their snowboarding skills. While only a short drive, the elevation increases from 5,000 feet in Albuquerque to 10,679 feet at the ski area. We all enjoyed the day and look forward to returning soon. For more information see www.sandiapeak.com.
One of our most memorable travels was a cruise up the Inside Passage of Alaska. We traveled in early September, and the weather was beautiful. The highlight of the trip was the slow and quiet cruise into Glacier Bay. Just as we arrived the sky cleared revealing the beautiful glacier, sea, mountains and sky.
On Monday, January 18, I took my adopted grandson Jim and his friend snowboarding at Ski Santa Fe. It was Martin Luther King Day, so it was a holiday for many and there was no school. It was a perfect day to enjoy the outdoors, the snow, and the beautiful scenery! The roads were clear, and the weather was perfect – about 40 degrees, sunny, and no wind. The boys spent about 5 hours on the slopes, and I got the opportunity to wander about and enjoy capturing photographs of the abundant snow-covered vistas. I used my Nikon D7100 with Nikon 28-80mm F3.5-5.6 zoom lens – lightweight, versatile, and easy to carry. The boys had a great time and I got to practice skills in photo composition and getting the right exposure in a variety of lighting conditions. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed capturing them!