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Postcard Perfect Christmas in Alaska


Dave Stephens
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Merry Christmas All!

 

We have had lousy weather in Anchorage all year, but lucked out on Christmas eve and today. The temperature is not too cold, and we've had a continuous light snow that has made everything look like a holiday card.

 

Here are some photos:

 

My patented PVC pipe Christmas Tree

<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/xvQDo2ocWRMJ3ErEzJZjiMe-6AFPPxrITSbZ_AmJPzc?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-2OydBzTF05E/TvfDyDDKQ0I/AAAAAAAAB2c/O_Aur56heR4/s800/IMG_1697.JPG" height="800" width="534" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/DaveStephens907/ChristmasHottub?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCIPQiubkjP_bKg&feat=embedwebsite">Christmas Hottub</a></td></tr></table>

 

<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/-DCSne0_K0hAwm2pOYi6cse-6AFPPxrITSbZ_AmJPzc?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-KNUi4meL-5M/TvfD3iNObmI/AAAAAAAAB2g/akuigFxPm1U/s800/IMG_1717.JPG" height="534" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/DaveStephens907/ChristmasHottub?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCIPQiubkjP_bKg&feat=embedwebsite">Christmas Hottub</a></td></tr></table>

 

Mouse going for a wade in the snow

<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/oerbWo4ugLqx6fwtdqXOuse-6AFPPxrITSbZ_AmJPzc?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-ymEtI-ZNtn0/TvfD6kwrpiI/AAAAAAAAB2M/BXVjHjqIh4M/s800/IMG_1726.JPG" height="500" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/DaveStephens907/ChristmasHottub?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCIPQiubkjP_bKg&feat=embedwebsite">Christmas Hottub</a></td></tr></table>

 

<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/IvZ8ZGvtJEVB1tf9LyDNOMe-6AFPPxrITSbZ_AmJPzc?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-XNx1QztAl54/TvfD7MauCrI/AAAAAAAAB2Q/z11HhEgWdkI/s800/IMG_1735.JPG" height="800" width="795" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/DaveStephens907/ChristmasHottub?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCIPQiubkjP_bKg&feat=embedwebsite">Christmas Hottub</a></td></tr></table>

 

<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/tW65IH-OLxnWE-jMOVAk48e-6AFPPxrITSbZ_AmJPzc?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-RavN8GBKVtY/TvfD7mXNMmI/AAAAAAAAB2U/wc6D2gU9CPM/s800/IMG_1738.JPG" height="800" width="706" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/DaveStephens907/ChristmasHottub?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCIPQiubkjP_bKg&feat=embedwebsite">Christmas Hottub</a></td></tr></table>

 

My wife and daughter enjoying a Christmas soak in the hottub:<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/DwANp40c1Uff8d6s9rbvc8e-6AFPPxrITSbZ_AmJPzc?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-L9-vne0dPR8/TvfDwdk4gEI/AAAAAAAAB2E/LZmxGKdpoCk/s800/IMG_1689.JPG" height="534" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/DaveStephens907/ChristmasHottub?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCIPQiubkjP_bKg&feat=embedwebsite">Christmas Hottub</a></td></tr></table>

 

 

 

Hope your Christmas was as awesome as ours!

 

Cheers,

 

Dave

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Very nice. The house we are sitting have two Shelties. The snow is deep enough I have to shovel a trail so they can get in the back yard. They need bigger dogs! We don't get much snow in Forest Grove, so this is a nice change. Too bad our daughter and son-in-law shut down their hot tub since she couldn't use it while pregnant. Nothing better than a good soak and a stout beer when it's cold out.

 

Merry Christmas

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Dave ,

 

That does look good. One problem though, when it snows in the UK its white. You either have blue snow or you need to change the white balance setting in your camera.

 

Happy Holidays, Mick.

 

Thanks Mick. Yeah, I have a fancy new camera with no idea how to use it!

 

I adjusted the white balance in Photoshop and reposted.

 

Cheers,

 

Dave

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"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly." -- Theodore Roosevelt

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What sort of fancy camera are you using.

 

Mick

 

A Canon Rebel EOS. http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/slr_cameras/eos_rebel_t2i_ef_s_18_55is_ii_kit

 

I got it so I could do tethered photos (i.e. with a laptop hooked up to it) of my knives. I read that was the way Coop does it.

 

It took me about 30 minutes to figure out that photography is as complicated as knifemaking (or, at least it seems that way). I have a friend who is a good photographer. He came over and played with it and got some amazing results. I just need to invest the time to learn to use it.

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"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly." -- Theodore Roosevelt

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Actually, part of the difference is the reflection of the blue sky. Something rarely seen in the UK I understand. :rolleyes:B)B)

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Nakedanvil,

Reflection of the blue sky, he he. We do get blue skies but they have been a rare thing of late.

 

Dave,

Now you have a good camera we can expect some fine photos of your work, and welcome to a steep learning curve. You will soon be investing in stuff like tripods, lights and new lens.

You obviously have an understanding of how photoshop works to change the exposure levels of your photos. From my understanding of how a camera works in auto mode is that it tries to expose snow as 18% grey or a netural tone. This is why most snow photos look murky and not white.

Next time you are out in the snow with your camera, put the camera in manual mode and look at the exposure level in the viewfinder. Now adjust the level, to the right on Canon cameras I think, by + two stops. Do this by changing the shutter speed to a slower speed or the aperture and you should have white snow. If the snow is loosing detail or over exposed reduce the exposure by half a stop till you get what you want.

The histogram will be your friend here to check values and clipping of highlights.

 

One thing you have on that camera is Live View which is excellent for getting focus on static shots using a tripod.

 

Enjoy your new toy,

Mick

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Actually, I live in the Pacific Northwest. Sorta like the UK only rainyer!

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