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I recently posted this photo as I had taken it pretty much straight out of camera.   Then, I played with it a little bit in Instagram and shared with it with a few friends.   My Instagram and Facebook accounts have pretty much blown up with comments and likes.   So, I thought I would share it on here as well.    It’s just another one from my daily commute.   I literally just rolled the window down to take this picture.   I didn’t even get out of the car.

This was taken from the Geiger Grade rest stop looking west at Mount Rose above Reno, Nevada.

Winter Weather

I think I love winter weather pictures more than any other season.    Sure, I love a nice, sunny day but there is so much more drama happening with fog, snow, ice crystals and clouds.    Here … see what I mean?

This morning, there was a true ghost fog with all kinds of mystery pockets in the trees.
This morning, there was a true ghost fog with all kinds of mystery pockets in the trees.

 

I know it stinks to be up early but I hate to miss a good sunrise.
I know it stinks to be up early but I hate to miss a good sunrise.

 

There were lots of a little dew drops this morning.   It was 'warmer' today than it has been in a while.
There were lots of a little dew drops this morning. It was ‘warmer’ today than it has been in a while.

 

A little closer on the dew with some magic in the background.
A little closer on the dew with some magic in the background.

 

One more from my commute to work.   I love these mountains.
One more from my commute to work. I love these mountains.

 

 

 

 

The Great Reno Balloon Races, 2012

I am just now blogging about the Great Reno Balloon Races because … well … someone else was Freshly Pressed for almost the same photographs a while back and I didn’t want to just copy them.   But, I think my shots are pretty good, too.    So, here goes!    First, for more information on the event, please go to http://renoballoon.com/.    It is a fantastic, FREE event that showcases some of the good stuff that Reno, Nevada, is all about … without ever going into a casino or brothel.   (ha ha)

Dawn Patrol.   Literally, you have to get there at 4am to see this.
Dawn Patrol. Literally, you have to get there at 4am to see this.

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I really like these shots because you can see the stars and the moon.
I really like these shots because you can see the stars and the moon.

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The sun was starting to rise ... and the show had not even begun ... more balloons to come!
The sun was starting to rise … and the show had not even begun … more balloons to come!

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And, in case you wanted to see inside the balloon while there were inflating it, here are a couple more shots.
And, in case you wanted to see inside the balloon while there were inflating it, here are a couple more shots.

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Ice Fog

I have a pretty spectacular view on my daily commute.    I drive down from about 6,500 feet near Virginia City, Nevada, into the valley where Reno hugs the Sierra mountains.    Today was one of those days where a weather inversion is holding the clouds down and providing an interesting photo opp.   Enjoy.

FYI:  All photos were taken with my phone, a Samsung Galaxy IIIS.   And, yes, I pulled over to take the pictures.   Safety first.

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This is what it looks like when you are in the valley.   The blanket of fog was pretty thick and makes a “pogonip” of ice crystals all over everything.   It’s one of my favorite things about winter because it doesn’t happen very often and, thankfully, never lasts very long.

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Instagram Web Profiles

Instagram has been releasing web profiles for users all week.  I have been checking and waiting and checking and waiting in anticipation of sharing my profile with you.   There has been a lot of talk about whether or not Instagram is real photography and, before that, whether or not it should have just stayed an iPhone app.    Well, I’m an Android user that prefers her Nikon and I think Instagram is fun.    That’s all.   Just fun.

Are you an Instagrammer?   What do you think about it being a phone app or a web profile?   Either way, come on over and join me at www.instagram.com/gingerleaphoto.

Or, just enjoy some of my recent favorites here:

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Welcome to #Nevada #wwimadventure

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Golden blast of autumn color

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Sand Harbor, #tahoe #kayak

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Mount Rose, Reno, NV

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I am thinking about doing a weekly Instagram post for this site so get ready to see more funky filters and retro shots soon.

Photowalk

It’s appropriate that the first blog post here is about a photowalk.    Actually, it is about the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk 2012 on October 13, 2012.   What is so important about this?

First, this website is a transition for my photography.   It started as a hobby that I never shared to a near obsession that I almost always share now.   This is a whole new website format.   Why not make it completely different?

Second, participating in the SKWP was more about doing something out of my comfort zone.   The event here in Reno had about a dozen photographers show up and we just wandered through a local park looking for some fall foliage to photograph.   It was not life changing but it was definitely something that I don’t normally do.   It was a good opportunity to meet some other people and find a way to be a part of a worldwide effort to get new photos out there.

The photowalk was held at Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno, Nevada.   There was a nice wooded area where we found an owl watching us and then looped around to finish at a 22-foot memorial statue that celebrates the Basque heritage of Northern Nevada.    For more information about the Basque Memorial and sheepherders of the Great Basin, please go to http://basque.unr.edu/banner-basque_monument.html.

Want to see some pictures now?