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1  Out Of Bounds / Trip Reports / 4.22 Yellowstone on: April 24, 2012, 04:35:29 PM
My cousin and his girlfriend were taking a rather roundabout road trip from Texas to Washington and we met up in Yellowstone for the day yesterday. We drove from Mammoth all the way to Cooke City and back and then down to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Norris Geyser Basin. I hadn't been to the park since back in November and this weekend was the first weekend that more roads opened up from the winter. Great day. We saw wolves, elk, bison, antelope, a fox, and a bald eagle. But still no bears. Most of these were shot in full daylight, handheld, and MFed since all I had was my NEX with my OM 100-200 and 50. But what the heck critique away.

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I leave for my drive back to MA a week from Friday. Getting excited for the summer.
2  Off The Beaten Path / Photography / Re: Moulton Barn Revisited on: April 12, 2012, 08:57:34 PM
 Grin it was a fun trip for sure. Got me into this kind of sufferfest photography.
3  Off The Beaten Path / Photography / Re: Moulton Barn Revisited on: April 11, 2012, 05:19:48 PM
Surf - Thanks! I've always thought this shot had huge potential but was never really able to process it the way I wanted. I'm way happier with this version and I'm probably going to get it printed.

Tony - You saw another winter shot? It's not really a road side attraction at all. In the winter it's a couple mile hike over snow to the barns from the closest road. And it's very cold and dark before sunrise. Not many people at all have this shot. Where did you see the other one?

Whole different story in the summer, however, as the barn is a roadside attraction and is supposedly the most photographed barn in America.
4  Off The Beaten Path / Photography / Moulton Barn Revisited on: April 09, 2012, 11:07:55 PM
Reworked one of my shots from Moulton Barn last March with the new Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS 6 beta. I'm much happier with this than any of my other shots from that trip.

5  Out Of Bounds / Trip Reports / Re: Annual Snowboard and Telemark Trip -- Snowbird and The Canyons on: April 09, 2012, 10:37:25 PM
 Huh How'd that happen?

I had to go ski the entire lift line of one of the base area lifts last season looking for a lost ski from the lift...with the ski boot still attached. little tiny kid and his dad loosened his boots to make his feet warmer?
6  Out Of Bounds / Trip Reports / Re: TT's Avi Adventure on: April 09, 2012, 10:35:58 PM
Yikes. Glad to hear that you're ok. That's an impressive slide down. Looks familiar. I triggered a good section of Snake Pit at Big Sky on Saturday morning while I was checking it out to see if it should be open for public. Made one cut and all the fresh snow that had been baking in the sun slid on a very hard packed icy bed surface in one big full track wet slab. It looks like there's a similar bed surface in your shots? Was this a new snow wet slab or something else?

It's very easy to look at all the good factors and convince yourself a slope is on the safer side. It's another thing to be able to keep a level head and make the right decisions once a mistake has been made and it sounds like you did that.
7  Off The Beaten Path / Random Thoughts / Re: Steep Trails on: April 02, 2012, 01:22:22 AM
that can't be comprehensive...

but yeah I can claim 5 out of the top 20...

That's also a good chart for explaining the difference between slope angle and % grade.
8  Out Of Bounds / Trip Reports / Re: Annual Snowboard and Telemark Trip -- Snowbird and The Canyons on: March 28, 2012, 09:29:27 PM

David, I don't mean to be picking on you.  I hear the same thing in coffee shops in SLC.  People will say stuff like, "Oh, it's too bad you made all that effort to come out here and now there's no snow this winter."  I want to lay about two hundred pictures from multiple Wasatch ski areas and back country in front of them and ask them to pick a picture that shows "no snow." 

Tommy T.

No worries at all. I totally understand that the climate, ranges, and snow is way different there. I was more referencing avy conditions than actual snow depth or the mountains. There's a world of difference just driving down the road to Big Sky from Bozeman. I would never try to compare SLC and Bozeman as being the same thing with the same mountains. Glad that despite the somewhat dry winter you're (meaning you and snowbird :p) still having a good season down there.
9  Out Of Bounds / Trip Reports / Re: Annual Snowboard and Telemark Trip -- Snowbird and The Canyons on: March 27, 2012, 10:05:04 PM
I would say that if conditions are similar in Utah to what they are like here in MT (and I've heard they are) this might be why gates were closed.

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After 9" fresh overnight. Most were triggered by patrol. Morning Glory also went big, as did Slaschmans.

Everything above the midstation at Bridger is likely done for the season.
10  Off The Beaten Path / Random Thoughts / Re: Warm! -Extreme Weather Event on: March 23, 2012, 11:29:48 PM
It was a solid 65 in Bozeman the other day. And there are people in town and around campus raging against the liberals and scientists (their words, not mine...) who chalk all this up to climate change.  Huh Huh As if there could be any question anymore?
11  Off The Beaten Path / Random Thoughts / Re: March 20 -- First Day of Spring is Here on: March 21, 2012, 04:38:44 PM
Bozeman must have heard you. It's 74F here.
12  Out Of Bounds / Outdoor Planning / Re: TUX Early March on: March 21, 2012, 04:33:53 PM
Dave,

Looks like I'll be up at tux the weekend after Easter

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Too late for spring break, too early for me to be home for the summer. I hope to make it up again in May but we'll see if the snow cover is there.
13  Out Of Bounds / Trip Reports / Re: Cannon 3/2/12 on: March 03, 2012, 12:38:08 PM


Cannon Ski Patrol apparently doesn't care about runaway toboggans?

Cannon was one of my favorite areas back east. Haven't skied it since the new lift went in up there, but I'd like to get back there.
14  Out Of Bounds / Outdoor Planning / Re: TUX Early March on: March 02, 2012, 04:25:33 PM
Yeah sunset on Lion's Head is my plan for the end of the day. And as far as star trails go with the batteries...I was gonna bring three cameras. Nikon D200 with 18-200mm lens for shooting skiers in the bowl (planning on shooting some from right next to the guys im with and some by hiking a ways up Right Gully/Lobster Claw and photographing across the ravine to hopefully give a better sens of scale). Olympus E510 with an intervalometer for the stars and I have three batteries for this guy, two that i'll keep in my jacket pocket to keep warm during the day and then swap out in between exposures if there's time. And my NEX3 with various lenses anda couple batteries for scenics and whatnot. It's gonna be a heavy pack but I'm skinning up so that should help.

As far as star trails go I was hoping to get a shot looking back towards Boott Spur and into Jackson/N Conway...dunno how realistic that would be though. What would you use as a foreground up in the bowl, D? Looking out the mouth of the ravine towards Wildcat could be cool...

Also thinking about maybe driving up the night before and doing some star trails from this spot:

15  Out Of Bounds / Outdoor Planning / Re: TUX Early March on: March 02, 2012, 03:06:51 PM
That spot up on Boott Spur that I've seen you shoot from a couple times is actually one place that's definitely on my list, Darrel. You got some awesome shots up there last time. Any other suggestions? We might also be going up to the Alpine Garden area for some star trails if that's possible.
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