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Merry Christmas for All Paddling and Photographing Friends

December 24, 2013 – 2:24 pm | Comments Off

Dax, the Newfoundland, 2002-2013

June 2, 2013 – 8:26 pm | Comments Off
Dax, the Newfoundland, 2002-2013

Dax, my Newfounland girl and amazing water dog, didn’t wake up from her afternoon nap yesterday.
She was named after Star Trek character just like our first Newfounland dog, Worf. I feel that a certain chapter in my life is closed. A lot of memories remain.

Dax …

8 Years Ago: First Impressions of New Waterproof Camera – Pentax Optio WP

March 22, 2013 – 11:59 pm | Comments Off
8 Years Ago: First Impressions of New Waterproof Camera – Pentax Optio WP

In April of 2005 I bought my first digital waterproof camera – Pentax Optio WP. It was pretty unique little camera at that time which really changed my paddling photography and blogging. Since then, I have upgraded through several models of Pentax Optio as seen …

Smoke from High Park Wildfire over Horsetooth Reservoir

June 12, 2012 – 8:13 pm | One Comment
Smoke from High Park Wildfire over Horsetooth Reservoir

On Saturday morning (June 9, 2012) I managed to paddle 12 miles in JKK Supernova kayak. I started from the Sunrise Area south of the Soldier Dam and paddled to the South Bay. I was returning back with a strong and gusty wind and drove home just before the High Park fire plume was visible over Fort Collins. The fire started about 6 am when I was still paddling..

Pictures below were shot on Sunday evening from the Centennial Road under strong wind conditions Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II with24-105mm lens on a tripod.

Related posts on paddling the Horsetooth Reservoir:
Early Morning Paddling on the Horsetooth Reservoir
Springtime Paddling on the Horsetooth Reservoir
Paddling Horsetooth Reservoir in Winter Scenery
Thanksgiving Day Paddling on Horsetooth Reservoir
160 Lakes and Reservoirs of Colorado

US Wildfires Map

11 Ways You Can Improve Your Photography – A Free E-Book from Craft and Vision

December 1, 2011 – 2:00 pm | Comments Off
11 Ways You Can Improve Your Photography – A Free E-Book from Craft and Vision

Craft & Vision just released a new and free e-book 11 Ways You Can Improve Your Photography edited by David DuChemin. It’s a compilation of articles from their library of e-books. A lot of of great information!

1. Make your images more dynamic by Piet van den Eynde
2. Tame your digital exposures by David DuChemin
3. The power of the print by Martin Bailey
4. Learn to direct the eye by Michael Frey
5. Understand the stages by Alexandre Buisse
6. Create projects and collaborate by Andrew S. Gibson
7. Refine your composition by Nicole S. Young
8. The power of the moment by Eli Reinholdsten
9. Forget the lens stereotypes by Piet van den Eynde
10. Slow down and learn to see by Stuart Sipahigil
11. Make stronger portraits by David DuChemin

I have downloaded and read several e-books from Craft and Vision including two books by Piet van den Eynde on using off camera flash, Making Light, and (micro)STOCK From Passion to Paycheck by Nicole S. Young aka Nicolesy. And, of course, I am also a fan of paper books by David DuChemin:

VisionMongers: Making a Life and a Living in Photography
Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision
Vision & Voice: Refining Your Vision in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

4 Years of the Missouri River 340 Race – A Slide Show

July 24, 2010 – 1:55 pm | Comments Off

I just posted a new slide show in Fitness Paddling blog – 120 pictures selected from the four years of Missouri River 340 Race. This annual paddling race take place in July/August at full moon and runs nonstop across the state of Missouri from Kansas City to St Charles.

This year the race was postponed for a month due to flooding conditions on the Missouri River. So, instead of driving to Kansas City I had time to go through my old pictures. A lot of memories!