30 minutes in Ramsau, Germany

30 minutes in Ramsau, Germany

The benefits of taking a detour can be substantial at times. In this case, a side trip that led to another side trip left me standing here, firing away.

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A moody look at Hallstatt

A moody look at Hallstatt

The beautiful village of Hallstatt, Austria under moody and menacing skies (that dumped some snow on me).

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Merry Christmas from Austin, TX

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Austin, TX!

Just wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from my hometown of Austin, TX.  No, it's not snowing here right now.  That would be pretty cool though, huh?  I know I would love it.

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Nope, these are from a few years ago when we got a little snow, and I ran around like crazy to take some shots, knowing it wouldn't last...and it didn't.  But I did get these!

Hope you enjoy your holiday, and I will be back in a couple of days with more photos from my travels.  Thanks for stopping by!

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A quiet winter scene

I decided to go with a winter image today, as it is a bit colder in Austin and since Christmas is right around the corner...well, it’s feeling like the thing to do! 

This is actually an old image from several years back.  I went with two buddies up to Jackson Hole, WY for a guys’ trip.  We mostly spent our time in Yellowstone, enjoying the scenery and the wildlife.  At the time, I really did not know my way around the camera, but I did come home with a few that I really like, and this is one of them. 

This was shot outside of Jackson Hole somewhere, although I can’t possibly remember where.  We were just driving around (See?  I told you I like to wander!) some back roads and saw this scene.  The snow was blowing and it was just awesome, so I jumped out and grabbed some shots.

Winter shine

One morning, my wife was out on an errand and immediately after leaving the house, she called me and said "You have to go out and see the fog!  Get your camera and go!".  Or, something to that effect.  Anyways, it's always wise to heed good advice from the wife, right?  

Anyways, I then grabbed my gear and hit it, FAST.  Fog disappears quickly, and it's not something we get much of here in Austin anyways so it's always a treat.  The sun was on the rise.  Time was short.  So, I headed to a deserted cul-de-sac in the neighborhood, hoping to find this elusive fog.  I did.  I lined up.  I fired off brackets.  It was all good.  It's a good way to start a day, even before my cup of Irish Breakfast Tea!

Above the mountain

Continuing with the winter theme, today I have a shot from atop a mountain in Beaver Creek, CO.  I had arrived there and had some spare moments, so I was of course driving around and looking for things to photograph - which isn't hard when you are in the mountains, and it has been snowing.  Everything is beautiful.  I originally took a 5 bracket set for this one, but instead opted to take a single exposure and convert to black & white.  It's probably a cliche, but snowy scenes do look great in monochrome. 

Happy Holidays to all!

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a wonderful Holiday Season!  Thanks so much for the visits, the comments, the Likes, and all that stuff.  It’s been great fun for me and I plan to keep bringing you nice photos to look at each week!

I took this shot a year ago when I was in Beaver Creek, CO.  This is a single long exposure (30 seconds) and the reason I wanted to share it today is that it has three elements in it that represent Christmas to me: the first being (quite obviously) the trees all lit up, the second being the snow (though it is not looking too good here due to the blurred cars passing by), and the third being the light trails of those passing cars, which to me symbolize how rapidly the Holidays come and go - they just whiz by!

Hope you enjoy your Holidays and thanks again for stopping by!  I’ll be back next week with more exciting and beautiful pictures!

Winter's fire

Just a quick post, as I am all "wrapped up" in Christmas preparations, haha.  Stay warm out there!  Hope you are all getting your Christmas shopping done!

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Winter stream

I love wintry shots from the mountains, and doubly so when you can find a nice quiet stream babbling through the scene.  I caught this one in Beaver Creek, CO last winter, and felt it was appropriate since it is winter again.  Plus, there just aren't many winter-looking shots to be had down here in Texas!  Hope everyone is excited about the upcoming Christmas holiday and enjoying some quality time with your friends and family!

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Fresh popcorn in Vail!

Nothing like some warm, fresh popcorn when it’s cold out, right?

I took this HDR shot last December when I was up in Colorado for a business meeting.  I was able to spend a little weekend time shooting around Beaver Creek and Vail, which was my first trip to both locations - and they were great!  They are really lovely little towns, and I’m a big fan of cold weather and mountains anyways, so I had a blast.  I was walking around Vail Village early on a Sunday morning, taking lots of photos and generally just enjoying the heck out of it.  I was making my way to the ski slopes when I saw this little red popcorn wagon/snack shop thing, and thought the red color just popped against the otherwise wintery, dreary, colorless scene  - so I set up and fired off my shots.  Do you see the little icicles hanging on the far end of the red and white striped awning?