Yellowstone National Park video

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Polaris and Milky Way galaxy at Joshua Tree National Park

Camping overnight at isolated Joshua Tree National Park gives me a rare opportunity to take pictures of stars and Milky Way.

A long exposure photo of Polaris and neighboring stars taken at Joshua Tree National Park


Milky Way Galaxy at Joshua Tree National Park in California


White Christmas at Mammoth Lakes, California- VIDEO

A year ago we met Warren Harnden on Awa Awapuhi trail in Kauai. We talked about our hobbies, which also includes skiing. He lives in Nevada and he told us about Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort in the Sierras. He also wrote:

‘Keep up the adventuring, It is a great life. Most of my opportunities are rapidly fading. But the Sierra always calls.It is not a misnomer to call the Sierra, “The Range of Light” ‘.

At the end of last year we got a chance to go to California and we reminiscent on that encounter. So the decision was made and we were hoping for a lot of snow.

And we weren’t disappointed. We had truly White Christmas in California.



Alexian Brothers Tour of Elk Grove 2012

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Today ended Alexian Brothers Tour of Elk Grove 2012. In Chicago Blackhawks Pro Men Stage 2 race yesterday the best was Ken Hanson. He felt down during the race but managed to get up and still grab the win. The second was Charles Huff and third was Alexander Serebryakov. This race was UCI 2.1 Elite Men. In overall classifications the best team was Team Kenda/5 Hour Energy. In overall classifications the best cyclist was a Canadian Francois Parisien. He represented Team Spidertech. To see more photos from 2012 Tour of Elk Grove click on the photo.

Metal Print and Enlargement File Size

I recently decided to get my first metal print from bayphoto. They offer variety of prints and finishes. I wanted something bigger so I checked stock sizes and decided for 24×36 inches. But my file size was too small for such a big print. This is my original file of size 2348x 3522.

original file

I used Perfect Resize from OnOne Software company to resize my original file to my desired enlargement size (they offer a 30-day fully functional demo). This software works as a plug-in for Photoshop. I was very happy with the final result. I began with resetting all adjustments from the original file and opening it up in Photoshop and then in Perfect Resize, selecting 24×36 inches and 300 ppi, color profile Adobe RGB (1998) I saving files, I checked the “Embed Color Profile” checkbox and the software did the rest with fascinating results. It enlarged from 2348×3522 pixels to 7200×10800 pixels. I found only about five blemishes which was easily retouched in Photoshop. Then I opened it up again in Aperture and did all adjustments preparing for a final print. Once fully satisfied the file was converted to JPEG format which is the only format that the photo lab accepts. After converting to JPEG I opened both files next to each other and noticed the JPEG file lost some details due to its high compression, so the only thing that I did was a little sharpening to match it back with the original edited file. Now the file was ready for the lab and another dilemma was to go with high gloss or lustre finish. I decided to go for lustre finish to reduce a reflection from the surface. Below you can see the print I just received.

metal print 24x36 inches

back side

Kauai/ Na Pali Coast/ Kalalau Trail Hike

Kalalau Trail is 22 miles roundtrip. We decided to hike one day to the end, stay overnight and come back the next day. It was pretty tough to do it with big packs. Most of our baggage was of course water.
The hike goes along the Na Pali Coast…

and through a lush jungle.

Some parts are pretty steep. Can you spot a path?
There were some nice spots to rest and have a snack.

Your last walk downhill…

…and you are on Kalalau Beach.

The Kalalau Trail is spectacular and the sunset on the beach is unforgettable.