Friday, December 5, 2008

Carlsbad Caverns

One of the caves in Carlsbad Caverns.Our second day started out very early. After eating the breakfast at our hotel and driving through the downtown we left El Paso and set out to the east, towards the Carlsbad Caverns National Park through Guadalupe Mountains National Parks. These were our two main objectives for the day.

Papa and mama along the route 180 in Texas.As soon as we left the city we were greeted by an always familiar yet different southwestern landscape that I’ve come to love so much over the past years. Huge flats, tall distant mountains, what might seem to be scarce vegetation of unusual to us composition — cacti and yuccas, and the never ending road. Road that I might say is always great no matter how distant of a place it runs through.

Alёna and I on salt flats in Texas along route 180.Our first find was a big white field that was absolutely flat. Finally, the salt flats that I’ve heard so much about. I guess the water evaporated not so long ago, or it was raining recently. The salt was not rock hard, but soft and slightly soggy. I imagine during the summer it feels more like concrete.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park.In Gaudalupe Mountains NP we got a whole bunch of new stamps for our passports (4 official and one bonus). The park consists completely of hiking trails. We took a rather short one going through different plants with plaques attached to most of them. But we didn’t spend much time here as we didn’t want to be late to our next park.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park.We got to Carlsbad Caverns NP at about 1:30pm. The natural entrance to the caverns closes at 2pm and the elevator down closes at 3:30. After talking to the park rangers we decided that we’ll take the elevator right away, since the natural entrance adds an hour to the hike and you don’t really get to the interesting part until you reach the point where elevator would put us anyhow.

One of the caves in Carlsbad Caverns. Look at the guardrails around the trail to get a sense of scale.The elevator took us 750 feet down (that’s more than half of Empire State Building). I’ve never been in any cave or cavern before so for me this was a new experience. First of all the whole thing is HUGE. The farther we went the more space opened up. There were bleak lights installed behind some rocks, but you had to watch carefully where you were going because it was still pretty dark.

Hall of Giants. Carlsbad Caverns.The formations of different stalactites, stalagmites, columns and other things I do not know the names for were magnificent. Underground lakes and springs, the constant sound of water drops. My dad was the “luckiest” of us all with respect to water drops landing on his head. At one point he started worrying about growing a stalagmite. )

Carlsbad Caverns.I managed to take a good number of pictures and most of them came out well thanks to my micro-tripod and a remote control combo. The only thing that is hard to capture is the size of the whole thing. On some photos you will notice the trail itself with guardrails around it. Those were from 1 to 1.5 meters in height and should give you some sense of scale.

Alёna with a nice prickly pear cactus in Carlsbad Caverns NP.After that we drove through a tiny town of Carlsbad itself to our final destination of the day — another tiny town in New Mexico — Artesia. We ended up having our 2nd anniversary dinner right in the hotel Chinese Buffet. But it’s not the food that matters, but the company, and the day itself was great.
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Monday, September 22, 2008

300C Photos

Chrysler 300CYesterday we went hiking somewhere right off Palisades Parkway and took a couple of evening pictures of the car in the process. Photo above is HDR of our Chrysler with HID and fog lights on. The one below is just a shot of the side lines.

Chrysler 300C
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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Summer Sunshower

Sunshower — Слепой ДождикIt was a nice, cool and sunny day. Than it decided to rain. Hard. However the sun didn’t disappear.

There is a term in Russian for it — “слепой дождик” which literally means “blind rain”. Turns out there is a term for it in English too — “sunshower”. I never heard it before. Also turns out there is a whole article on Wikipedia about it.
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Friday, May 9, 2008

Rainy Day

Rainy spring day.Here’s another photograph from my favorite series it seems.

It’s been a rainy day, but unlike usually rainy days this one doesn’t seem too depressing. I guess it’s because all the trees are finally turning green and there is spring in the air after a long gray winter.

The photo is an HDR composed of 3 images. The bright white circles that are visible in some portions of the picture are drops of rain.
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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Walking by the Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan BridgeУже конец марта, а на улице до сих пор холодно! Непорядок! O.o

Brooklyn BridgeСегодня уехала т. Лиля — она приезжала на месяц погостить у Даниных родителей. Время прогарцевало мимо лёгкой иноходью, оставив за собой лишь лёгкое чувство недоумения — неужели ТАК быстро мы постарели на месяц?

Вчера ночью приехал Лёнчик, который будет в Бруклине пару деньков — какой-то там у них отпуск случился. Он немного рассказал нам о своих буднях. Вот что меня поражает, так это то, какими лёгкими в его устах звучат испытания и тренировки — ну прям Continue Reading
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Sunday, November 4, 2007

Sunset

Brooklyn SunsetThere was the most amazing sunset today. I took a couple of shots when I saw it. The thing is that the colors on the photo are pretty much how it looked like for real.
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Thursday, November 1, 2007

Times Square

Times SquareWe ended up in Manhattan towards the end of the day today. Since we often lug around our camera we decided to visit Times Sq. And yet again it has proved hard to photograph. Harder then it seems to me at least.

Times SquareSome aspects of the images came out quite well, but there is still a lot of room for improvement. The things that gets to me the most is the noise in the photos. Continue Reading
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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Raining

Rainy NightIt’s been raining all evening yesterday, then it rained all night, and it’s still raining today. The streets look so unwelcoming today that you just want to stay inside and only glance at it from behind the closed windows covered in rain drops.

But then again, in order to appreciate the sun and blue skies you probably do need to have days like these.

The picture to the left is another HDR completed from a single shot taken in RAW format.
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Friday, October 26, 2007

One Shot HDR

Brooklyn View HDRAbove is a result of a small experiment I tried yesterday. Took a single shot from our window in RAW format. Put the file into Photoshop and saved 3 version of it — normal, underexposed and overexposed. After that I put them in Photomatix and generated an HDR image. Pretty good results for something as simple, I think.
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Monday, September 17, 2007

The Statue Of Liberty

Statue of LibertyСегодня был хороший, в меру солнечный и в меру тёплый, осенний денёк. Мы (наша семейная парочка и Игнат с Викой) провели его в Manhattan. Сперва мы отпра-​вились на остров, бережно несущий на себе Статую Свободы. Конечно, это толь-​ко пишется быстро — на самом деле, нам пришлось отстоять довольно длинную очередь.

Нас позабавил какой-то чер-​нокожий дядечка, подраба-​тывающий себе на жизнь игрой на каком-то неведомом мне интструменте (большой вогнутый диск с какими-то шишечками, по которым он бил палочками). Мне кажется, он был из Ямайки, но голову на отсечение не дам. mrgreen Он спросил Даню — “Hey, where are you guys all from?”, на что мой муж честно ответил “Brooklyn”, а потом, видно сжалившись над музыкантом, добавил “and before that — from Russia”. Дядечка очень обрадовался, и тут же настучал нам Калинку-Малинку и, кажется, Катюшу.

Circle Line ShipВ лодку, готовую отвезти нас и еще толпу народа на заветный остров, мы зашли в первых рядах, так что даже сидели прямо у края качающейся посудины. Качалась она неплохо, между прочим. Поездка ничем примечательным не отличилась, мне даже статую было видно плохо, потому что все стояли и снимали остров самыми разными фотоаппаратами. Прогулялись по острову мы хорошо, хоть мне периодически и хотелось, чтобы люди куда-нибудь пропали хотя бы минуток на 5. Continue Reading
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