Musings from the Last, Best Place

Thoughts on living and working in Montana
Nevada Creek Beaver Slide - Labor Day 2012I captured this beaver slide under the smoke filled skies of Summer 2012. Taken with my Olympus E30 and Zuiko 50-200mm SWD.

Nevada Creek Beaver Slide - Labor Day 2012

I captured this beaver slide under the smoke filled skies of Summer 2012. Taken with my Olympus E30 and Zuiko 50-200mm SWD.

Norris Geyser Basin at SunsetEvery now and then, it pays to follow your muse. Accompanied by my longtime friend Brant Nyberg, we left Bozeman last Sunday at 4PM for a photo drive through Yellowstone. Our timing put us in the Norris Geyser Basin at 8:30PM - just in time to catch shots like this one. This was my last shot of the night - three frames combined in CS5 and processed in LR3. Shot with my Olympus E30 and 50-200mm Zuiko.

Norris Geyser Basin at Sunset

Every now and then, it pays to follow your muse. Accompanied by my longtime friend Brant Nyberg, we left Bozeman last Sunday at 4PM for a photo drive through Yellowstone. Our timing put us in the Norris Geyser Basin at 8:30PM - just in time to catch shots like this one. This was my last shot of the night - three frames combined in CS5 and processed in LR3. Shot with my Olympus E30 and 50-200mm Zuiko.

Yellowtail Reservoir - Montana/Wyoming BorderHere’s a panoramic shot of Yellowtail Reservoir in northern Wyoming. I’ve given this shot some love in post using OnOne’s Perfect Photo Tools suite after tweaking the individual frames in Lightroom. The 70s vibe felt right for this one! Shot with my Olympus E30 and 14-45mm Zuiko.

Yellowtail Reservoir - Montana/Wyoming Border

Here’s a panoramic shot of Yellowtail Reservoir in northern Wyoming. I’ve given this shot some love in post using OnOne’s Perfect Photo Tools suite after tweaking the individual frames in Lightroom. The 70s vibe felt right for this one! Shot with my Olympus E30 and 14-45mm Zuiko.

Washington DC Pano from Arlington HouseHere’s a stitch of four separate frames taken during our fall 2011 trip to DC. Arlington National Cemetery is a sobering place, but a welcome respite from the crowds down the hill…

Washington DC Pano from Arlington House

Here’s a stitch of four separate frames taken during our fall 2011 trip to DC. Arlington National Cemetery is a sobering place, but a welcome respite from the crowds down the hill…

Cheyne Walk, LondonAnother example of Adobe’s Pixel Bender plugin, this time using a seed image I captured on London’s Cheyne Walk several years ago. I think I could overdo playing with this pretty easily!

Cheyne Walk, London

Another example of Adobe’s Pixel Bender plugin, this time using a seed image I captured on London’s Cheyne Walk several years ago. I think I could overdo playing with this pretty easily!

Maui Flowers - a la Pixel BenderI discovered Adobe’s Pixel Bender plugin for CS5 earlier today. I was intrigued by the Oil Painting filter, so I downloaded the plugin and gave it a shot tonight after work. Very impressed with the speed - because it leverages the GPU, updates are almost instant. Quick, easy, done. Here’s the output of one experiment - a shot of Maui flowers taken during my last trip to the island. 

Maui Flowers - a la Pixel Bender

I discovered Adobe’s Pixel Bender plugin for CS5 earlier today. I was intrigued by the Oil Painting filter, so I downloaded the plugin and gave it a shot tonight after work. Very impressed with the speed - because it leverages the GPU, updates are almost instant. Quick, easy, done. Here’s the output of one experiment - a shot of Maui flowers taken during my last trip to the island. 

GettysburgAt the end of our recent trip to Washington, DC, we decided to devote our last day to visiting the hallowed ground of Gettysburg. We didn’t have nearly enough time to spend the time this place deserves, but I’m glad we had a chance to visit nonetheless. Taken with my Olympus E30 and Zuiko 50-200mm lens. 

Gettysburg

At the end of our recent trip to Washington, DC, we decided to devote our last day to visiting the hallowed ground of Gettysburg. We didn’t have nearly enough time to spend the time this place deserves, but I’m glad we had a chance to visit nonetheless. Taken with my Olympus E30 and Zuiko 50-200mm lens. 

EchoesVistas like this one make me thankful to live in a great place like Montana. It may not be heaven, but I think God drops some pretty strong clues. Shot in the mountains near Cooke City.

Echoes

Vistas like this one make me thankful to live in a great place like Montana. It may not be heaven, but I think God drops some pretty strong clues. Shot in the mountains near Cooke City.

VintageSure, it’s a new sled - but it looks pretty classy with a retro treatment. Shot near Cooke City, Montana - New Year’s Eve 2011.

Vintage

Sure, it’s a new sled - but it looks pretty classy with a retro treatment. Shot near Cooke City, Montana - New Year’s Eve 2011.

SmokeSometimes, it’s just about the cold smoke. Taken in the mountains near Cooke City, MT - New Year’s Eve 2011.

Smoke

Sometimes, it’s just about the cold smoke. Taken in the mountains near Cooke City, MT - New Year’s Eve 2011.