Day 30 (30 Jan 2012) Windsor Sky

As I was leaving work this evening, an hour later than normal, I glanced up from the road and saw a beautiful sky!  I drove a little out of my way to get away from the business park and found an open field where I could pull over, set up the tripod, and capture the sky.  Then I turned around and pointed at the traffic circle (round-about, for those from other parts of the country/world).  The surrounding towns put these in, most of which don’t have any other roads off of them, to keep the semi-trucks from taking a short cut through residential areas.  I’m not sure how well they work, ’cause I’ve seen tracks go over the top of them, or cutting the corners.  Problem not solved, and everyone has to deal w/ driving around these.  Gotta love government solutions (stepping down from my soap box, now).

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18 mm, 30 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200, EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens (Dusk in Windsor, CT)

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18 mm, 30 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100, EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens (Windsor Sky)

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18 mm, 30 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200, EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens (Dusk in Windsor, CT)

Day 22 (22 Jan 2012) Sunday River, Day 3

Good by wonderful mountain!  I’ll miss you!

Today was great!  The light snow that fell yesterday coupled with a cold night and bright sun made for great conditions!  Some of the best I’ve seen on the East Coast!  The mountain was mostly empty, too!  It was great to just be able to point my board down and push the limits of control (I maxed out today at 43 mph!)!

Tomorrow starts ‘normal’ life again, but that’s not a bad thing!  I’ll get to see my friends again, and start a new semester!

These photos were taken after I decided I was done for the day/weekend.  It was 2 hrs before my lift ticket expired, but after 3 days of hard riding (and not being as young as I once was), coupled with a pending 5 hr drive home, I was finished!

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23 mm, 1/80 sec, f/22, ISO 100, EF-S 18-55mm Kit Lens (Goodby Sunday River)

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23 mm, 1/80 sec, f/22, ISO 100, EF-S 18-55mm Kit Lens (Goodby Sunday River)

Day 21 (21 Jan 2012) Day 2 at Sunday River

It’s hard to beat a day snowboarding; the pure speed, pushing the edge of control, and enjoying God’s creation!  I’ve always enjoyed being outside, and a physical challenge.  This gives me both 🙂

I wanted to get some vista views today, but the peaks started out shrouded in mist, so I just took some photos at the base (both in the morning and at night).  Even without going too far from the comfort of the lodge, there was plenty to shoot, but since it was cold, I limited my time outside (esp. tonight, when I was just wearing jeans and a light jacket in the 8 degree night).  I hope you enjoy them.  And as always, any feed back is appreciated (not just the good stuff, I am always looking for pointers on how to improve).

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I realize now that I should have used my speed light and fired it off from the left side to help accentuate the chairs.  This is a learning experience, so next time 🙂
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20 mm, 30 sec, f/8.0, ISO 800, EF-S 18-55mm IS Kit Lens (Chair Lift Under Orion)

Day 17 (17 Jan 2012) Winter is Here

It’s taken long enough, but Winter decided to show up, half way through January.  We’ve had a few days of ‘normal’ January weather, and last night it finally snowed a couple of inches!!  I knew as I went to bed last night that I would finally get to shoot some true winter photos 🙂

I had a hard time picking out which one(s) to put up, so if you would like the see some more, please check out my Flickr Photostream.

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55 mm, 1/100 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400 (Snow on Backhoe Treads)

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55 mm, 1/60 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 (Snow on Fir Tree)