We’re in Montana, and it’s beautiful.
No, I mean really beautiful.
We made some friends amongst the natives.
The humans are friendly too. All in all, a lovely spot.
More pictures are sure to follow soon…
I was quite pleased with this shot, taken by the Marathon Petroleum plant in Dearborn, Michigan last night.
(You can click it for a larger version, which looks much better)
This was handheld – I wish I’d had a tripod, but at this point the security guards pulled up and asked us to move on…
Part of what makes it ‘pretty’ is the use of two different types of lighting – given the industrial location, I imagine the golden light is sodium and the silver is halogen – and the camera’s auto white-balance did a good job of reproducing what I saw.
But when I got home and loaded it into Lightroom, I thought it would be fun to try calibrating the white balance based on a chimney lit by the sodium light. (I could have achieved a similar effect by selecting tungsten white balance in the camera.) The result was also pretty. Can’t quite decide which I prefer…
Complete with fashionable headgear, knobbly knees, trusty hound, and Brompton (on kind loan from John)
Even mad dogs and Englishmen have been choosing early evening for cycling excursions here: it’s been very hot over the last few days. Light showers have made for a more autumnal climate today, though, which makes a nice change.
You’ll notice that, despite this being prime Tour-de-France country only a few miles from the Col de Tourmalet, my parents and I have somehow managed to cycle in the one flat valley in the area.
That’s just for our warm-up training, of course…
A good holiday is when you can't remember whether it's Sunday or Monday.
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