Smoke on the Water

 

Smoke on the Water-4Taken on July 18th, 2017

Lens: Tokina 11 – 16mm

F2.8 |  ISO:100 |  Exp: 1/200


Yeah, with all the wildfires in the Northern Nevada region, this was an obvious title.

For this shot, I was up around 4:30 am just to be sure to beat the sunrise and capture it.  Boy, that sounded rather violent actually.  Maybe I could just say “just to be sure to . . . bludgeon the sunrise and hold it hostage” . . . no, that wasn’t better.  Anyway, this also meant a stop for coffee and this time, I thought I’d treat myself to a donut (yes, very decadent, I know).

Now, if I’m every traveling south from Reno, especially early in the morning, I think what I’ll start doing is paying a visit at the 7-11 on South Virginia and Damonte, just because the clerk there is always cheerful and energetic for those drab and dreary early morning journeys.   I mean, one time, I was in there at around 2 am and this dude was just happy to be working.  Always nice to see that out and about.

As I made my way up Mt. Rose highway, I noticed that the stars seemed to be veiled.  At first, I thought cloud cover, but realized, especially with the creeping, smoky smell penetrating the cabin of my car, that another wildfire was blanketing the area.  It can’t be said enough, the firefighters who are constantly fighting these flames, thank you for everything you’re doing.  Just stay safe up wherever you are.


I arrived at the pull-out around 5:20 am, with enough light and time to ease on down to Bonsai Rock (sunrise was around 5:46).  It was calm, relatively so, but you can also see the smoke had crept into the basin as well.  Not too badly, but enough to where it was noticeable.  I was hoping for some clear skies and calm water, as I was going for a simple composition (which I did get and will later share), but this morning would have to do.

That’s the one thing I’ve noticed about landscape photography . . . sometimes you just work with what you have.  Just find a way to be creative.  Now, I’ve also had situations where I’ve driven to certain areas and not taken a picture . . . sometimes it also just a feel for it.  But normally, I’ll stick around just to see what I can see . . .

Now, I was also intrigued by the police helicopter that kept circling above, basically going from Sand Harbor to around where the Thunderbird Lodge was at.  At first, I thought, “One hell of a drone flying around” then realized it was the police.  Anyone from the area have any information?  I know I could probably find it online, but I’m being a bit lazy at the moment.

Heli

It wasn’t me . . . it was the one armed man? 


Long story short, I got few decent shots from this little session.  Got me all excited and stuff to keep shooting.

I will be out and about again soon, and I’m also making a longer trip soon, trying to complete something I started in the Spring.  I’ll be making my way back up to Oregon next week (last gasp before the new school year!).  Hoping to get a lighthouse shot in, maybe trying to hit up a few other spots as well.

 

Impromptu Landscape Photo Ops

 

There are times when I plan my shots.  There are other times when I don’t.  Today was a day that wasn’t planned as far as landscape photography.

Yes, this happens often with me.


After hanging out at Barnes and Noble helping a friend with her writing, I stepped outside and noticed the clouds forming toward the south and southeast, over Washoe Valley.  To the northwest, it was pretty clear, which usually means the clouds to the southeast had a good chance of catching some light and creating a great opportunity to catch a decent sunset.

Or, at least that’s what I’ll say now.

What I was really thinking was . . . “I do have my camera, and my back is feeling better.  It’d be great to get a photo . . . but the Lakers are playing tonight and Lonzo Ball has been playing better . . . gee willikers . . . what to do . . .”

Okay, I really didn’t say “gee willikers” but honestly, I think that’s a fantastic phrase.  Very Ned Flanders-ish.  Not that I’m a big Ned Flanders fan, but it’s just a fun little thing to say.

flanders.0.0

“Stupid, sexy Flanders!”


Anyway, seeing as this age of technology allows for people to re-watch certain things on television, I opted for the impromptu sunset shot with the reassurance that an NBA summer league game was something I could pass by.

And yes, the Lakers won.  And I’m content to just watching the highlights.  I mean, it’s just summer league!


So here’s one of the shots I captured.  Since the clouds were to the southeast, I chose to go to Washoe Lake (it was too close to sunset to try a Tahoe trip) where I thought the clouds would pick up some color.  With the recent winter here in Northern Nevada, Washoe Lake is filled like I haven’t seen before, or at least since the mid-1990s.  And with the type of winds that get whipped up in Washoe Valley, you sometimes have an opportunity for a capture like this.

 

Sunset at Washoe 7.13.17-4

Pssssst . . . if you’re reading this and you’re from my Instagram page (@moralvictory), thanks for reading.  If you’re not following me on Instagram . . . please do.  I’d like to think I have some witty things to say when I’m out and about, trying to play the part of landscape photographer.


Side note:  I’m definitely going to purchase the 6D Mark II soon.  We’ll see when though.

Side side note:  Can’t believe that we’ll be back in school in less than a month.  I mean, I’m looking forward to it, but at the same time, I like being able to sleep in and then do a bit of research for work.

Side side side note:  The research is centered around app creation for educational purposes, along with reading how to better use blogs in the classroom.  See, I actually do a bit of work.

 

Will This Be a Yearly Thing?

No, I don’t think so.

I’m not one to give up on things so easily so I think I’ll try to start this up again.  I’m sure I’ll stick with education topics but I’ll also incorporate a few things regarding photography and art as well.

Of course, tearing an achilles does put a damper on things (Don’t worry, I did that last summer, hence the stoppage of posts for the last year or so).

So we’ll keep at it, determined and resolute to keep writing.  We’ll see what I can come up with.  I’ll start by leaving you the last picture I took (before hurting my back last week – I’ll catch a break soon I think!).

MW at Bonsai

  • Photo Notes:  I stacked 10 images to reduce noise, shot at F2.8, ISO 3200, around 17 seconds.  Used Lightroom and Photoshop.
  • Education Quote:  Just saw this one on Twitter and I couldn’t agree more . . .

    “Schools do not thrive because of programs or plans… they thrive because of the passionate educators in the building.”

    From Danny Steele (Twitter: @SteeleThoughts).

Thought I was finally gone, didn’t you?

Well, I’m not gone yet, just very very busy.

I also think I’ll start adding new things, especially during the school year.  For example, here’s something I would like to do more of . . . Scenes from the School. 

Scene from last night’s school dance.

Mr. Cates, our music teacher on the mic: Okay, here’s a classic to dance to!

(Starts playing “Eye of the Tiger)

(My 5th grade Students start running over to me)

Students: You need to dance to this, it’s a classic!!!

Me: Wait, I have to dance to this because “it’s a classic?” So when you think “classic” you immediately think of me?!

Students: Yes!

Me: Is this because I’m old?

(Students start laughing)

End scene.

 

I’ll exit stage left now.

Still Here?

January 8, 2016 Leave a comment

 

Realization

Me, realizing that school starts up again on Monday. And it’s the 3rd Quarter of School

Okay, so consistency has never been something I’ve done on this site for, well, a consistent period of time.  But that doesn’t mean I give up on it!

Anyway, here’s a few new photos to keep you interested (at least I hope) in the site.  I may, or may not be doing something more with photography soon.  I’m also still going to use this site to talk education as well, especially here in Nevada . . . and especially in light of all the recent news that has been happening.  News like “rankings” and Bills for spending more on education and the like.

Sand Harbor 1.1.16

Sand Harbor on New Year’s Day

Winter at Mayberry Park

A recent picture of Winter at Mayberry Park

Again, I’m on Instagram if you’d like to see more or on 500px.  Again, I may just keep this blog for education and general information while I may start another primarily for photography.  We’ll see though!

Back to School!

October 13, 2014 Leave a comment

Reflection

So on Mondays, I figured to keep the post to some educational items, especially if I can reflect on some of the goals I set for last week. Just to recap:

1) Become a visual math teacher!

2) More concepts, less procedural!

3) Patience and Consistency

I will say that today, during the Math period, I definitely addressed the idea of “conceptual” and “procedural.”  However, I believe I’ll continue doing that throughout the course of the school year.

I’ll also say that today was rather fun.  I was working off of 3 – 4 hours of sleep so maybe that had something to do with my desperate and wandering style today.  One student even asked “Mr. D, are you talking to yourself?”  Anyway, this was, perhaps, the best the class has been since we started school.  I enjoyed myself immensely in the classroom today and it definitely rubbed off on the kiddos as well.

I think for this week, especially during the Math period, I’ll continue with the conceptual and procedural discussion with the students.

Or force myself to sleep only 3 – 4 hours a day.  That’s sure to work out better . . .

Resources

One place I’m finding myself going to more and more is illustrativemathematics.org. If you’re looking for a decent Common Core (still don’t know what to think about the Common Core sometimes.  I’ll save this for a later post) resource for Math, I definitely like this one.

 

 

Friday Favorites

October 10, 2014 Leave a comment

So, here I am, a little refreshed after having the week off for Fall Break (though it still feels weird to have a break now) and somewhat ready to go back to work.  For the next few days, I’ll be readjusting my mindset to “school-mode,” which honestly, isn’t all that different from “non-school mode.”  Just less swearing.

Anyway, I have continued with my 365 Photo-A-Day Challenge and yes, I feel I’m a better photographer than when I first started.  It also helps that I upgraded my equipment midway through!  Honestly, it just reinforces the idea that working hard at something will yield some positive results.

So here are a few more favorites from the past few weeks.

 

 

If you’d like, I’m also on Instagram if you’d like to follow me there.  I’m at photo #283 right now and yes, I’m pretty proud of myself for staying consistent with this idea.  If you scroll through my Instagram feed, you’ll see a progression from the beginning of the year to now, in terms of the photographs I’ve taken.  It’s been fun!

Other Favorites from the week:

1) Agents of Shield is definitely picking up well during the second season.  May have to write more on this later.

2) I’m also liking Peter Capaldi’s Doctor.  Very alien and also a very good foil to the human companion(s) on the show, especially Clara.  Also, apparently Clara is one of THE most important companions in the Who-Mythology.  Her run as the companion has seen her influence a number of critical events in the mythology of the show.  More on that later as well!  We’ll see how it goes with a possible “Clara-less” show this Saturday.

3) Great Basin Sweet Potato Waffle Fries.  Holy smokes I can’t get enough of those things.  I’ll see if I can’t get a picture of em’ the next time around.

4) NBA basketball.  Huge basketball fan (Lakers fan) and any fan should appreciate seeing Kobe Bryant back in action.  Yes, he’s older and performing off two very extensive and devastating injuries, but the guy keeps hustling.

That’s it for now.  I’ll be back Monday 🙂

 

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