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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.

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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.

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“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.

 

Summer Continues :)

So this week, I had an opportunity to watch Neil Gaiman at The Warfield on Wednesday night.  This was a “bucket-list” item for me, as seeing one of my favorite authors read live is something I’ve always wanted to see.  A big thank you goes to my family who set this up for my birthday.

As far as the experience itself, it was a fascinating show, filled with music, laughter, and art, but for me, hearing Gaiman read live was a rather interesting experience.  Not to mention the classic beauty of The Warfield itself.

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For the first time, aside from watching YouTube videos which clearly doesn’t replicate the ambiance of setting (especially in the case for The Warfield), the “flow” was truly felt (I’m a big fan of “flow”).  Neil was there to read his story The Truth is in a Cave in the Black Mountains, accompanied by FourPlay, a very talented string quartet, and Eddie Campbell, a very talented artist (known for his Bacchus comic) who helped illustrate the tale.

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During the show, it was apparent that Neil had a subtle charisma, if there is such a thing, that radiated through the audience.  Many people were thoroughly engaged and at certain points in the performance, it was eerily quiet as everyone seemed perched on a precipice, waiting for each word of Neil’s as a life-line.  It was amazing to watch and to be a part of, without a doubt.  Throughout the night, it was like peering into the thought process of how an author visualizes his own work, which to me, was invaluable.  It was all parts funny, sad, dramatic, and beautiful.  With FourPlay (also a very funny source for a few bits earlier in the show – they played the Doctor Who theme!)  also enhancing the artwork by Eddie Campbell which was being shown on the big-screen behind Neil, it was an immersive experience as well.

The rest of the trip to San Francisco was just spent trying find a few good spots for pictures 🙂  Are a few of them I took as well.

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I’ll write later about the Art Club Field Trip as well 🙂

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