Picture Pick FriYAY: Indian Creek & Moab, Utah

Looking back on these pictures I miss the Jurassic feel of the desert. I miss being on the road, the excitement and freedom of the adventure.

I’m glad I was able to make this journey before starting the adventure of a career/family life. I’m excited to take my family to see the South West one day.

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Have a great weekend.

-Miles

Picture Pick FriYAY: Yosemite, California

 

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Our little RV resting it’s brakes

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Sonora Pass – second highest pass in the Sierra Nevada range. Tioga Pass takes the lead.

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Yosemite Falls

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Tyrolean traverse above Yosemite falls.

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High above the valley floor.

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Time to hurry down. Carrying metal climbing gear high on a rock with approaching lightning is a situation that needs to be mitigated.

-Miles

Picture Pick FriYAY: Lowell

Good morning Bloggers and happy Friday! These photos are from around this time two years ago. I was feeling the urge to be creative, so I took a photo walk around an area in Everett called Lowell. I think it’s really cool to see what kind of compositions we can find when we take it slow and look around. Now, having a camera with us all the time (phone) helps us look for photo opportunities all around, but a lot of the time I think we are in too much of a rush to stop and spend a few minutes with a subject that interests us. I am going to slow down and see what my eyes are drawn to this weekend and perhaps you will do the same.

 

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-Miles

Picture Pick FriYAY: Tuolumne Meadows, Ca

This is Miles popping in to say “hello”.

I visited Toulumme Meadows California in May, 2009 while road-tripping with my best friend. I hope you enjoy these photos from the trip.

Have a great weekend.

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If you have any questions about the photography featured today, please comment below.

Miles McKee

 

Pic Pick Friyay!!!

I love these two pictures. They are some of my first landscapes that I took on film when I was really trying to learn photography. I wish I would have noted the settings and film type! I know I was shooting a few roles of Fuji Velvia around then and judging by the saturation I am going to say it was probably that.

I was in college at the time and was looking for a creative outlet and that’s when I really started to get into photography. I love to hike and be outside and photography was/is a perfect companion for that.

Have a great weekend and make some memories!

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Experimenting with depth of field and low aperture.

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Mt. Baker from the North at sunset.

-Miles

Snoqualmie Falls: An Introduction

Hello, happy Sunday.

My name is Miles and I am Rachel’s husband. Some of my images are featured on illuminated literation, so I thought I would introduce myself and let you know that I will be posting here on occasion to showcase pictures with short descriptions and the techniques involved.

Here are some images from Snoqualmie Falls, WA on Easter weekend. It was mid-morning on a bright sunny day and I was battling high contrast. I decided to shoot ISO 100 and RAW format to allow for maximum manipulation of shadows in post-processing. The featured image is a high dynamic range (HDR) image, blending three different exposures to optimize color tones in all areas of shadows and highlights. I normally try to “get it right in camera” but our eyes/brains have such an amazing ability to register a high degree of contrast, that sometimes to capture the scene as I remember it, the HDR technique is necessary.

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Rachel and Leif at the mid-observation deck.   f/5   1/160   iso 100 nikon d750
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Sort of an abstract composition of an old power turbine.  f/4.5  1/500  iso 100  d750
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Penstock leading to turbines.  f/4.5  1/125  iso 100 d750
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Lower boardwalk viewing of the falls.  f/8  1/125  iso 100 d750