Colorado 2010

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Re: Colorado 2010

Post by Roanoker » Wed Sep 26, 2012 1:22 pm

The picture here is actually portrait-oriented, right in the middle. I used portions of its larger self on each side.
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Little window.
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Tiny son can be seen slightly lower-right of center, for scale.
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The camera can see the sun.
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Not sure why, but I liked this odd shot. I tried to find a filter that would make it look better, but I couldn't find one. So here is the
cropped original.
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I altered this picture on the top so I wouldn't lose either of the two sides, but I cannot remember what I did. Guess it worked.
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Like the above picture, I didn't want to lose either side, so I added a larger portion of itself to the top and feather-deleted part of the sky.
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Rather than fussing much with this portrait-oriented picture, I just plopped it onto a larger section of itself.
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This is just a simple crop on either side of a simple picture.
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Nice vista.
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I like lens flares.
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Son and sun approaching the arch. : )
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Re: Colorado 2010

Post by Roanoker » Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:51 am

We're still walking around Arches National Park. This looks like lumps of clay. Big lumps.
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The people help show the size of this rock arch.
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Little window.
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Picture within a larger part of itself.
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One lone flower. It's a bit scraggly. Wait! No, it isn't! It's being visited by a moth or whatever.
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Panorama of sorts.
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See the tiny people?
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That's my son in the foreground.
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I like dead tree branches in my pictures.
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Backing off.
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More dead wood...and little people. I just now noticed them.
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Another tree with character.
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Re: Colorado 2010

Post by Roanoker » Wed Oct 10, 2012 7:23 am

We're still at Arches National Park in Utah. I think this big rock looks like a Byzantine king, bellowing orders.
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It took a while to hike to the "Double Arch," so I had to take a lot of pictures while there. You will see only a few. Notice the people.
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I turned around and snapped the view behind.
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That's my son.
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Another shot behind, with other hikers. You can see their vehicles in the distance.
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The giant arches appear to be walking.
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A side view of sorts.
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Evidence of visitation.
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We've stopped to take pictures.
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And here is one of those pictures.
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Getting a better angle.
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Like this.
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Re: Colorado 2010

Post by Roanoker » Tue Oct 16, 2012 4:07 pm

I wonder what door this knob opens.
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On the road again. I like Photoshop's Note Paper filter.
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This flower is a teensy one. Still pretty.
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Where will this road take us?
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Another road, carrying vehicles.
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Getting warmer.
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Flowers always add charm to a scene.
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Hamburgers, anyone?
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All kinds and colors of rocks.
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We have arrived at a place called the Fiery Furnace.
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Sometimes, turning around is a good idea.
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Proof.
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Re: Colorado 2010

Post by Roanoker » Wed Oct 24, 2012 9:00 pm

We're still hanging around The Fiery Furnace.
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I guess this is sort of the same view, with a fence in the foreground. I like fences.
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No, I don't know why some rocks have white caps. I'm sure Highlander does. :)
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I actually took two pictures of this "driftwood." I picked the one with my kid in it for posting.
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Well, here is another one. It's like a macabre hand reaching out of the ground.
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More of he Fiery Furnace.
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Yet another spooky branch thing.
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And another, holding its own, so to speak.
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I wonder where the doorways lead?
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Is there an ocean on the other side of the portholes?
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These rocks are pointing fingers.
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Some sort of crackers for a giant, I suppose.
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Re: Colorado 2010

Post by Highlander » Wed Oct 24, 2012 10:49 pm

Sure are a lot of pictures of Utah for a thread called "Colorado 2010"!

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Re: Colorado 2010

Post by Roanoker » Thu Oct 25, 2012 6:57 am

Sorry about that. I always name our trips based on the original destination, but the itinerary frequently includes a deviation or two. For the trip I would normally call "Niagara Falls," I started eight threads because we visited that many major places. It is less confusing (I think) to stick with one thread. We visited all these places in one, two-week trip. And we will get back to Colorado. Eventually. :)

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Re: Colorado 2010

Post by Roanoker » Wed Oct 31, 2012 1:27 pm

We're still on a side trip to Utah. These "rocks" are a lot taller than you might think. They look like clapping hands to me.
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I love the asters when they pop up. It's almost like a "Where's Waldo" thing.
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This is a small part of a larger picture. These flowers appear to be encased in wax. They are not.
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Even the weeds are pretty.
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From another perspective.
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Another view of the "clapping rocks."
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I think I turned around for this shot.
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Now to walk in between the "hands." Incidentally, this portrait-oriented picture sits within larger sections of itself.
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We're on the inside.
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I was surprised at all the fine sand. Kids loved it.
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Finished product.
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Looking up and out. This is another portrait-oriented picture imbedded within larger sections of itself.
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Re: Colorado 2010

Post by Roanoker » Wed Nov 07, 2012 9:25 pm

We are walking between the "clapping hands" rocks. And so are a few other people.
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I like "graphic" shots like this one.
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This spot between the big rocks was like a giant sandbox.
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Almost a stage for these kids.
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My son is upstaging the kids.
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Doing "Hamlet."
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The next set of big rocks.
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Great place for kids.
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Found a tree!
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Through the alley.
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For scale.
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Like big fingers.
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Re: Colorado 2010

Post by Roanoker » Tue Nov 13, 2012 4:05 pm

If you have to have a picture of your son...
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Just a tree with no leaves.
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Always room for wildflowers.
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Two of my favorites: Lens flares and grassy flowers (or flowery grass).
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Since we're in the neighborhood...
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Oh, look! Fauna!
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Are these rocks praying?
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From another angle.
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Son is playing the field.
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Flowers of sorts.
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Closer look.
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Closer yet.
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Re: Colorado 2010

Post by Roanoker » Tue Nov 13, 2012 4:07 pm

I just noticed that this post was a duplicate of the above. Not sure how it happened. Deleted the content. :(
Last edited by Roanoker on Wed Dec 12, 2012 9:13 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: Colorado 2010

Post by Roanoker » Tue Nov 20, 2012 1:33 pm

Flowers are in focus now.
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And rocks.
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Same picture. Different parts.
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Weeds can be pretty.
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Ditto.
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Same picture. Different zoom levels.
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Rocks and flowers of sorts.
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Waiting for something. Almost like meerkats.
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In concert.
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Back to rocks.
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Centerpiece.
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Byzantine king, deciding which book to take off the shelf.
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Re: Colorado 2010

Post by Roanoker » Wed Nov 28, 2012 3:18 pm

Rocks and flowers again. The original image was portrait-oriented. I added the top portion of itself to the right.
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I still like odd branches.
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Almost looks like antlers.
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Tortured tree.
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This is another portrait-oriented image. This time, I added the left side of the image to the left.
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This is a close-up section of the original image. I like those waxy blooms.
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This is a section of a larger, portrait-oriented image.
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Here is my shadow as I take the picture.
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I took so many pictures of these flowers, I had to make the pictures different somehow. This one took a while, to cut away unwanted background.
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Simple can be nice. It is certainly easier.
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I applied a filter to the entire image to make it look like an oil painting.
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This one's a little forced. Oh, well. It's done.
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Re: Colorado 2010

Post by Roanoker » Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:14 pm

Experiment with grass.
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I applied a filter to this grassy scene to give it an oil-painting appearance.
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Just big rocks. The "praying hands" things again. My son and another hiker are at bottom right.
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Well, I like these things.
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Another filter applied to a grass image. (I go on vacation to look at grass.)
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Here's one where I didn't apply a filter. Seriously. That's how it came out of the camera.
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I'm always drawn to any asters.
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This is almost a mistake. I had intended to do the oval thing, as this picture was portrait-oriented, but I forgot that the oval tool had a soft,
feathered edge. I was surprised at the result, but I liked it and left it alone.
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Another view of the "clapping hands."
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Distant arch.
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Just interesting rock. Nice sky.
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I believe there is a giant chasm between us and the perky formations on the other side. If I remember correctly.
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Re: Colorado 2010

Post by mgh7676 » Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:20 pm

Nice pictures. I've always liked the distinct "color" of the Utah backcountry.

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Re: Colorado 2010

Post by Roanoker » Wed Dec 12, 2012 9:25 pm

mgh7676 wrote:Nice pictures. I've always liked the distinct "color" of the Utah backcountry.

Thank you. I like the color--colors, actually--too.

I wasn't going to include this picture, but I needed just one more to avoid going to the next day (another folder). These are concretions.
They are little rock balls that somehow form and then wiggle their way out of their bedrock host. They can be fun to pull out of a rock wall.
I have a handful of them on my office desk.
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This confirms my "chasm" comment posted last week.
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There are seven people at the bottom of the picture. Can you find them?
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I like the variety of colors and textures here.
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Wouldn't you take his picture?
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I wonder what he is saying.
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These rocks get even more red as the sun sets.
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I just now noticed a person standing next to the right-most "rock." I'm pretty sure it's my son. He's wearing a dark shirt and off-white shorts.
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I call this a doorknob. Maybe you see something else.
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You can see all kinds of things here. Some of these rocks definitely resemble people. Maybe that's a happy skull on the right.
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This big rock is pointing his finger to the sky.
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Those rock people are further away now.
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Next time, we'll start a new day.

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Re: Colorado 2010

Post by Highlander » Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:22 pm

Nice photos but at this point, you may want to start a Colorado 2010 II thread. It's starting to take while to load all the photos!

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