Wheeler Farm

Alone With The Moon

The moon is a loyal companion. It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human. Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.
― Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/200 sec. at f/5.3, 105 mm


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A Little Bit Country

Photographing Amber put me once again at Salt Lake City’s Wheeler Farm, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite locales purely from the standpoint of versatility and accessibility. I’ve been to Wheeler Farm at least once every week for the last four weeks! If you’re a local and you’ve not been, it’s a great destination for spending an afternoon relaxing outdoors in the sunshine.

Nikon D300, 1/40 sec at f/4.5, fill-flash using Nikon SB-700 Speedlight with (modified) Gary Fong LightSphere


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High Dynamic Barn

“I was so naive as a kid I used to sneak behind the barn and do nothing.”
– Johnny Carson

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/400 sec at f/8, 18 mm

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/100 sec at f/13, 18 mm

This is my first attempt at using HDR, an effect I really like the look of on the right photo. Essentially, it’s done by merging three shots bracketed 1 f-stop apart. Now that I am using Adobe Lightroom (4), I thought I would give it a try. Suggestions?


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Historic Wheeler Farm

“It’s no good running a pig farm badly for 30 years while saying, ‘Really, I was meant to be a ballet dancer.’ By then, pigs will be your style.”
– Quentin Crisp (1908-1999)

Just down the road a piece is a very beautiful Salt Lake County park, Historic Wheeler Farm. I should probably have gone there a long time ago, but sometimes you miss the things that are right in front of you. Or am I the only one that happens to?

The first convincing evidence of spring that I've seen!

Captured just seconds before this ornery fella tried to peck my camera (but due to my quick reflexes, he got the tripod instead!)

The original barn has been redone as an activity center.

I've had a thing for locks since I was a child... I don't have to collect them now, though - I'm happy just photographing them.

Poor guy: the other ducks would run away when he'd approach, as if bad coiffure was contagious!

Please come back tomorrow for a close-up look at some antique farm machines…

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