Sunday, July 2, 2017

Winter snow in May

As of next week, I will be caught up with photos. I hope you all didn't mind the wait. I have still been going out and taking pictures but with the new camera that I'm using it's proving a bit difficult to take quality photos. Unfortunately, it's not due to the mechanical side of things but the user side... I've tried reading the instructions but they didn't make as much sense as I would like. Maybe I'll be able to find a Dummy book for it... I was able to learn how to use the camera but I'm still having a hard time with the manual settings and how to change settings since I'm used to using the Rebel T1i and not the Rebel 6D. I'm slowly getting there.

I should also mention that I had forgotten I do have a couple of winter photos left. I don't feel bad about it considering the heat wave that Southern Utah has been having the past couple of weeks. Thankfully it's going to cool back down but until then...

This last photo I should mention was the first one I took where the sensor on my Rebel T1i began going out. It got to the point that I couldn't take a photo even in a cloudy setting. I couldn't even take photos indoors which was unfortunate considering I attended a graduation and most of my photos turned out underexposed. I was reviewing the photos while I was taking them so after the ceremony I began using other people's phones when they wanted a picture taken.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Brian Head, Utah Forest Fire

Before I put some more photos up I want to show a photo I took of the Forest Fire located up at Brian Head, Utah. This fire started last week after a man used a blow torch to burn some weeds on his property. The fire as you can tell quickly got out of hand and is currently the largest forest fire burning in the United States of America 42,800 acres. (According to the Salt Lake Tribune) Thankfully it has stalled out for the moment hopefully permitting the fire personnel to stop the fire from spreading closer to populated locations at the very least. 

Taken Tuesday evening with fire burning at ~1,800 acres

I should also add that blaming the guy who started the fire would be using him as a mere scapegoat. Yes, I agree that what he did was being stupid and ignorant without a doubt but our forests didn't die suddenly overnight. Anyone who's gone up there over the years and paid attention would agree that it's been ready to burn for years now. Mismanagement of our forest has a huge part to play. The guy may have pulled the trigger but we as a state assembled, loaded and aimed the gun a long time ago.

I tried taking a picture of the fire yesterday but the fire has spread so much that the smoke clouds aren't uniform like the one up above. If I want (I do) to get a better photo I will need to travel up the mountain a bit. Thankfully there are still areas that are far enough away from the fire where I won't be putting my life at risk. The last thing I want to do is put another person's life at risk just so I can take a good photo.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

18th June 2017

So far in the past two weeks, we’ve had two forest fires caused my humans around Cedar City, Utah, United States of America. One being about twenty minutes West near a place called “Old Iron Town.”. I have a friend living up there so that fire suddenly felt closer than another fire I’ve seen. The second fire started yesterday and in that short time, it had engulfed an estimated 957 acres of land as of last night. That one’s located at a place called Brian Head it being about ____ from Cedar City. Evacuations were issued later on that day for 750 people.  There has been a lot of dead trees up there over the years and this is the first fire that I’ve seen up there since moving here to Utah in 2001. Two forest fires that I know of in such a short period of time that it gives the feeling that this summer is going to be a hot one and a dangerous one.

Thankfully my place of residence is safe but it doesn’t mean my heart doesn’t go out for the people who’s homes are in danger. One house has burned down thus far and several are in danger. Let’s hope the fire died down some last night.

As for the editing software that I'm using; I'm slowly but surely getting the hang of it, thankfully.  See you all next week.