#SundayStills: Monthly Color Challenge: #Cobalt Blue

I woke up yesterday morning to a strange sky. The front of my house was bathed in sunshine while the back of my house was this very dark blue sky.

Correction: it wasn’t the sky that was this dark blue, it was the clouds.

We had a storm warning, you see. We’re supposed to get around 5-6 inches of snow between Sunday night and Tuesday morning. We shall see about that.

I ran back up to my room, grabbed the camera, changed to the 18-400 mm lens and rushed back down. It was less than a minute, tops but the sky was no longer this dark intense purplish blue. Instead, it was a lighter, still darker shade of blue. Still, I panned the camera around looking for a composition and found one with my neighbor’s aspen trees. The sun was shining on the white branches at that moment.

I actually had to look it up how dark is the color cobalt blue. The color reminded me of the times when I would use a CPL (Circular Polarizer Lens) filter on my camera and all the skies in the picture would be an unnatural shade of blue. Cobalt blue was that color.

I no longer use any filter on my camera, except maybe a ND (neutral-density) filter when I shoot long-exposures. The screwing on and off the filter is quite bothersome in my opinion as it not only takes time but each time when I tried to take the lens filter off, my anxious mind would begin playing out the worst scenarios.

So I’d say, “screw it,” I don’t need filters.

This was one of my favorite photos taken in Niagara Falls, by the way. I have been practicing my sun-star photography when I can. I read somewhere about sun-star photography can tell how many (blades?) is in a lens.

I remember that morning, just walking along the path, checking every few seconds to minutes, hoping the sun would just rise above the clouds, even just for a few seconds because I wanted to photograph the full sun, not just half of the sun with a cloud beneath.

At last, the sun had risen above the clouds. I set the camera to the lowest f-stop and clicked. I wanted to click another one but by the time I checked the photo and tried to focus again, a cloud has once again covered the bottom half of the sun. I was glad I got one though.


CMMC: July Primary Colors

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CFFC: Brings a Smile to My Face

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #206: Treasures

This week, Aletta from the blog, Nowathome, leads Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #206 with the topic of Treasures.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #186: Low Light

This week, on Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #186, host Sofia is exploring low light photography.

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CMMC: January Pick a Topic

Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge

A Photo a Week Challenge: Sunrise

Sunrise at the office
Another sunrise, another day

A Photo a Week Challenge

Las Vegas 2021 Trip Day 2

One thing I must admit about Las Vegas or perhaps every city, the night view is definitely different from what I’m used to especially when it’s from the 35th floor of a 5-star hotel room.

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Las Vegas 2021 Trip Day 1

It was around 8:45 AM when I arrived in Vegas and it was 100-degrees. So hot!

It’s my first time traveling to Las Vegas guys via an airplane and I have to say it’s more exhausting than driving – you have to park at the airport, ride a shuttle to the terminal, go through security, walk to the gate, board the plane, and ride for an hour. An hour later, more walking. Oh and let’s not mention all the things you cannot bring with you when you air travel.

I’m on my way to the hotel. My cold has somewhat subsided after taking multiple medications this morning. Hopefully, it’ll stay that way.

Lens-Artists Challenge #132: Striped

Stripes on the ground formed (I think) by underground volcanic activity
Palm trees that look like columns blocking the view of the houses
Taut cables in the sky

Lens-Artist Challenge

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Wonder

Night sky photography has recently become a new fascination of mine. Whenever I have time and a clear night sky, I’d go to my backyard to practice since it’s pretty dark out there on most nights. Continue reading “Tuesday Photo Challenge – Wonder”

Wordless Wednesday: Storm is Coming…And it came

A Photo a Week Challenge: Contrasting Colors

A Photo A Week Challenge

Photo of the Day!

At long last, I got myself a new camera lens, not that the old one isn’t any good. Continue reading “Photo of the Day!”

Photo of the Day!

Of all the places I could’ve gone, I had no clue why I had chosen to go to Logan Canyon and Bear Lake on Labor Day. Other than knowing the scenery will be beautiful, I knew absolutely nothing about these two places. So imagine my surprise when I saw the pristine blue water of Bear Lake from the overlook point.

After an hour of driving along the twisty roads of Logan Canyon, I reached this rest area near the summit. I half-heartedly wanted to skip this rest stop but then I saw the view. Oh yeah, it was definitely worth it to stop there.

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Technical Details

Sony NEX-5T v. 1.00 (f/9, 32 mm, ISO-100, 1/80 sec)

Photo of the Day!

I took this picture one afternoon last week after I finished planting my tomatoes in a seed starter. Continue reading “Photo of the Day!”

Photo of the Day!

I went to take out the trash on Wednesday night and saw this beautiful full moon. Continue reading “Photo of the Day!”

A Photo a Week Challenge: Look Up

A Photo A Week Challenge

Photo of the Day!

My mom has been on a craze lately. Every weekend since Christmas, she had been calling her friends in Salt Lake City, persuading them to go out. We (meaning me) would be the guide. Continue reading “Photo of the Day!”

Photo of the Day!

We had the very first snow storm of the season on Sunday and overnight, it dumped at least 4 inches of that white stuff on my lawn. Continue reading “Photo of the Day!”

A Photo a Week Challenge: Blue Skies

Last Friday, the day after Thanksgiving otherwise known as Black Friday, was a gorgeous day. Continue reading “A Photo a Week Challenge: Blue Skies”

Photo of the Day!

I took this picture at the beach of Antelope Island last Friday. Continue reading “Photo of the Day!”

Photo of the Day!

I love this picture. Continue reading “Photo of the Day!”