Saturday, August 29, 2015

Canadian Railroad Vacation in 2013

This week, I'm remembering back two years at my honeymoon.  We took the Cross Canadian Railroad Trip from Vancouver to Toronto.  There were great photo opportunities and here are a few that were taken.


Sunrise in Vancouver. Day two of our adventure.  5/5/2013 at 6:53 am.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/22; 1/30 second; ISO-1250; 20 mm focal length)
















Hop on Hop Off Bus takes us sightseeing for the second day of our Adventure in Vancouver.  5/5/2013 at 2:28 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/4.5; 1/50 second; ISO-100; 18 mm focal length)


Obviously beginning an adventure takes a proper Piper to see us off.  5/6/2013 at 8:34 am.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/22; 1/30 second; ISO-3200; 26 mm focal length)


Totem Pole in Stanley Park - Vancouver.  5/5/2013 at 2:49 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/5.6, 1/80 second; ISO-100; 22 mm focal length)



Vancouver to Kamloops on the Rocky Mountaineer tour train.  5/6/2013 at 3:47 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/5.6; 1/100 second; ISO-100; 53 mm focal length)


Close up of the lead engines on the Rocky Mountaineer en route to Kamloops.  5/6/2013 at 5:02 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Sigma 150-500mm f5-6.3 APO DG 08 lens) (f/13; 1/100 second; ISO-100; 500 mm focal length)


Kamloops to Bamff on the Rocky Mountaineer.  5/7/2013 at 10:45 am.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/22; 1/60 second; ISO-1600; 41 mm focal length)



Mount Rundle near Bamff, Alberta, CANADA.  5/8/2013 at 10:50 am.   (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/22; 1/60 second; ISO-640; 32 mm focal length)


Bow Falls behind the Bamff Springs Hotel (Fairmont) in Bamff, Alberta, CANADA.  5/8/2013 at 3:41 pm.   (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/7.1; 1/100 second; ISO-100; 24 mm focal length)


Sunrise at Chateau Lake Louise, Alberta, CANADA.  5/10/2013 at 6:18 am.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/22; 1/25 second; ISO-2500;  18 mm focal length)


Ice Coach on the Athabaska Glacier in Icefields Parkway, Alberta, CANADA.  5/10/2013 at 1:58 pm. (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/22; 1/50 second; ISO-125; 26 mm focal length) 


Lac Beauvert at Jasper Park Lodge (Fairmont), Jasper, Alberta, CANADA.  5/11/2013 at 8:11 am.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/22; 1/60 second; ISO-2000; 38 mm focal length)


American Falls from the Lady of the Mist.  Niagra Falls, Ontario, CANADA.  5/15/2013 at 12:52 pm. (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/11; 1/100 second; ISO-100; 32 mm focal length)


Inukshuk in the foreground with the American Falls in the background.  Taken from the Dock for the Lady of the Mist.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/13; 1/100 second; ISO-100; 41
mm focal length)


Canadian Niagra Falls taken from the Hotel where we had lunch.  6/15/2013 at 11:24 am.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/22; 1/80 second; ISO-200; 55 mm focal length)

Monday, August 10, 2015

Black Hills Motorcycle Rally - 75th Anniversary - Sturgis, South Dakota 2015

For the past week, I have been visiting my long time friend Mikee at his son's ranch in Belle Fourche, South Dakota.  I don't ride a motorcycle, but was there with my buddy and his friends for the 75th annual Black Hills Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota.  It's an interesting event this year estimated to draw about 1.6 million bikers (about double the usual draw).  Below are some photos I took during that 5 day trip.  Some might conclude I was photographing "wildlife" and I have to say I saw things I never wanted to see and some of the sights will haunt my memory for a long time, but seriously, it is an interesting event and there are indeed some exceptionally beautiful motorcycles  to see at the Rally.


This photo was taken Friday night, just before the official opening of the Rally, showing the front of the Full Throttle - famous hang out during the rally.  7/31/2015 at 6:36 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/6.3; 1/3200 second; ISO-800; 22 mm focal length)


By changing the mixture and adding an igniter to the pipes, this guy flames his way through the back lot of the Full Throttle Saloon.  7/31/2015 at 7:15 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/6.3; 1/2500 second; ISO-800; 92 mm focal length)


Many souvenir stores line the streets of Sturgis and surrounding communities that carry "official" Rally gear.  8/2/2015 at 6:50 am.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/5.6; 1/800 second; ISO-100; 18 mm focal length)


This is the shot everyone looks for - one can see how many motorcycles are gathered on Main Street in Sturgis for this exceptional event. 8/2/2015 at 7:16 am.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/5.6; 1/500 second; ISO-100; 18 mm focal length)


This photo taken the opposite direction on Main Street from the one above shows the tower that is in the middle of the street where one can pay a fee and get above the street to take the long photo of the collection of motorcycles.  Always thought one could be wealthy beyond lottery style if they had only 1% of the value of the motorcycles on this street alone. 8/2/2015 at 7:18 am.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/5.6; 1/400 second; ISO-100; 24 mm focal length)


One of the semi's turned into a street vendor at the Rally. 8/2/2015 at 7:54 am.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/5.6; 1/400 second; ISO-100; 18 mm focal length)


No end to the opportunities to take photos of Harley's.  8/4/2015 at 12:32 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/5.6; 1/640 second; ISO-100; 67 mm focal length)


While exiting the Full Throttle one can see the people filing in from the parking lot.  In addition to the motorcycles, there were a few cars and trucks as well.  8/4/2015 at 12:33 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/5.6; 1/400 second; ISO-100; 67

Sturgis events spread over a wide area.  Here the crowd wanders by the Rapid City Harley Davidson building.  Many vendors here and across the parking lot in addition to a huge sales floor.  7/31/2015 at 6:36 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/6.3; 1/3200 second; ISO-800; 22 mm focal length)


American Bagger and Urban Bagger Magazine hosted this competition for best of the best at Full Throttle on Tuesday afternoon.  8/4/2015 at 12:09 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/5.6; 1/400 second; ISO-100; 18mm focal length)


Sunday, July 19, 2015

more Montana Landscapes


Amtrac Station at East Glacier, MT.  July 11, 2015 at 8:34 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 mm lens) (f/6.3, 1/250 sec, ISO-800, Focal length of 35mm)




View of Glacier Park Lodge with Rocky Mountains in the background from the Amtrak Station driveway.  July 11, 2015 at 8:39 pm. (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 mm lens) (f/6.3, 1/400 sec, ISO-800, Focal length of 35 mm)


Long view of Glacier Park Lodge from the Amtrak Station parking lot.  July 11, 2015 at 8:37 pm.(Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 mm lens) (f/6.3, 1/400 sec, ISO-800, Focal length of 24 mm)

Closer view of Glacier Park Lodge with Rocky Mountains in the background from Amtrak driveway. July 11, 2015 at 8:39 pm.   (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 mm lens) (f/6.3, 1/320 sec, ISO-800, Focal length of 35mm)


Nevada Creek where highway 200 and 141 meet.  May 2, 2008 at 6:12 pm. (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi w/ Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III lens) (f/11, 1/250 sec, ISO-400, Focal length of 55 mm)


Chewing Blackbones Camp Ground between St. Mary and Babb on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. (Shot with Kodak Advantix film camera) (Unknown date, time and settings)


Flathead Lake from the hill coming down into Polson from the South. (Shot with Kodak Advantix film camera) (Unknown date, time and settings)


There are trees on the high line! (Shot with Kodak Advantix film camera) (Unknown date, time and settings)


Saturday, July 18, 2015

Honoring Ceremony at North American Indian Days

Last weekend I was fortunate to travel to Browning, MT to attend the 64th Annual North American Indian Days Powwow.  This special event focused on honoring the lifetime Chief of the Blackfeet Nation, Earl Old Person.  It's been my pleasure to know Earl for the last 14 years and felt blessed to be present when he was honored.  These photos are of the ceremony.

Earl goes over the ceremony.  July 10, 2015 at 331 pm. (Canon EOS 7D w/ EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/6.3; 1/640 sec; ISO-800; Focal Length of 24 mm) 


The initial meeting with Earl, the Governor and other tribal dignitaries took place in his tipi.  Here he is leaving the tipi to take his place for the Grand Entry for the powwow and ceremony. July 10, 2015 at 6:52 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/6.3; 1/1000 sec; ISO-800; Focal Length of 28 mm)


Friday evening Grand Entry to the 65th Annual North American Indian Days Powwow.  Dignitaries between the colors and the Eagle Staff.  July 10, 2015 at 7:03 pm.   (Canon EOS 7D w/ EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/6.3; 1/1000 sec; ISO-800; Focal Length of 75 mm) 


Montana Governor Steve Bullock gives plaque to Chief Earl Old Person during the honoring ceremony.  July 10, 2015 at 7:52 pm.   (Canon EOS 7D w/ EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/6.3; 1/500 sec; ISO-800; Focal Length of 135 mm) 


Tribal Legislators take part in the honoring ceremony.  July 10, 2015 at 7:53 pm.   (Canon EOS 7D w/ EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/6.3; 1/400sec; ISO-800; Focal Length of 135 mm)  


Chief Old Person speaks to the assembled audience. July 10, 2015 at 8:00 pm.   (Canon EOS 7D w/ EF-S 18-135 IS lens) (f/6.3; 1/1000sec; ISO-800; Focal Length of 135 mm)





Animals


Wildlife has always interested me and so I will always aim my lens at interesting wildlife and often go on trips to Yellowstone, the Tetons and Glacier Parks seeking a great wildlife shot.  



This buck was found on a ranch that I was invited to explore by a friend to take photos.  It is a 2000 acre spread in the Bitter Root.  November 22, 2011 at 2:13 pm.  (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi w/ Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III lens) (f/6.3, 1/320 sec, ISO-400, Focal length of 300mm)


This doe was taken on the same trip to the Bitter Root. November 22, 2011 at 2:12 pm.  (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi w/ Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III lens) (f/5.6, 1/200 sec, ISO-400, Focal length of 300mm)

On the same Bitter Root trip, I saw this eagle in a tree and had to take the photo.  The tree itself is interesting, but more so with the eagle in it. November 22, 2011 at (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi w/ Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III lens) (f/5.6, 1/250 sec, ISO-100, Focal length of 300mm)


This mountain goat was photographed on a trip on Going to the Sun Highway in 2007 at Logan Pass. August 11, 2007 at 4:57 pm.  (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi w/ Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III lens) (f/8, 1/125 sec, ISO-100, Focal length of 55mm)



This ram was spotted near the parking lot of the visitor's center. August 11, 2007.  (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi w/ Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III lens) (f/7.1, 1/400 sec, ISO-400, Focal length of 300mm)
 

This cow elk was seen on my way from Helena to Boise several miles south of the Montana border. March 10, 2008 at 11:00 am.  (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi w/ Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III lens) (f/10, 1/500 sec, ISO-250, Focal length of 300 mm)
 


This scene was on a trip to Lander, WY.  Couldn't resist photographing the gathering.  June 26, 2015 at 8:24 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Sigma 150-500mm F 5-6.3 lens) (f/6.3, 1/1000 sec, ISO-800, Focal length of 500mm)

Wild flowers

Often in my travels I see wildflowers that I think are beautiful, colorful or unique and I can't help focusing my camera on them.  These were taken in the area on the Blackfeet Reservation and Glacier Park.



In this photo, the leaves are as interesting as the flower.  July 12, 2013 at 8:21 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ EF-S 18-135 mm IS lens) (f/5, 1/80 sec, ISO-125, Focal length of 52 mm)


Interesting color and texture of flowers and leaves.  July 12, 2013 at 8:31 pm. (Canon EOS 7D w/ EF-S 18-135 mm IS lens) (f/22, 1/6 sec, ISO-3200, Focal length of 135 mm)


Once again interesting colors and textrure.  July 12, 2013 at 6:19 pm. (Canon EOS 7D w/ EF-S 18-135 mm IS lens) (f/5.6, 1/160 sec, ISO-500, Focal length of 120 mm)


Color and texture draw my lens.  July 12, 2013 at 6:19 pm. (Canon EOS 7D w/ EF-S 18-135 mm IS lens) (f/5.6, 1/160 sec, ISO-1000, Focal length of 120 mm)


Unique flower and leaves in a plant strip in the town of East Glacier Park, MT.  July 11, 2015 at 8:32 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ EF-S 18-135 mm IS lens) (f/6.3, 1/160 sec, ISO-800, Focal length of 135 mm)