Picked Another Apple

…And it tastes soooo good! ūüėČ ¬†Hahaha. ¬†And with that lead-in I just wanted to say I got me a new apple laptop to replace my ancient eight year old powermac desktop, made a legacy machine earlier this year. ¬†I am one happy camper as this is one smoking machine! I believe it was earlier in the year when I wanted to upgrade my photoshop CS2 to the new CS5 and also put Lightroom on my powermac. ¬†Unfortunately when reading the fine print it stated only intel macs were supported. ¬†Uh-oh I thought, my trusty but slow powermac G5 was now a legacy machine. ¬†Soon I couldn’t even upgrade to the newest versions of adobe flash or even apple’s safari. ¬†The writing was on the wall!

So over the summer and the last couple months I’ve been bouncing back and forth between getting a desktop or a laptop. ¬†I had my eyes on Apple’s hex core desktop which was a smoking machine, in price and performance. ¬†Unfortunately it hadn’t had a refresh since summer of 2010 and no one really knew when it would be. ¬†Apple’s new macbook pro update last Feb with quad-core i7 chips with thunderbolt tech was interesting but really hadn’t seriously considered the laptop until a couple weeks ago. ¬†I was reviewing some performance benchmarks at barefeats.com and macperformance.com which compared the new macbookpros with the mac pros and iMacs with the i7 chipset. ¬†The new macbook pros really held their own and weren’t much slower in photoshop processing compared to the mac pro hex core.

After going through those benchmarks it dawned on me that these were really just as strong as the mac pro desktops.  Albeit with more of a ram limit and internal storage.  But more importantly I had realized that I have been processing more images on our older macbook pro than on my desktop, at least for quick edits.  After working all day sitting at a computer the last thing I wanted to do is trudge upstairs and sit at a desk again.  So I decided last weekend it would be a laptop.  I can do reasonable edits using the laptop screen then hook up to my cinema display and make final adjustments.

So what did I get? ¬†The 2011 15″ macbook pro with the highres matte display, 8GB ram, 2.3 intel i7 chip and the 500GB 7200rpm HD. ¬†This thing is fast and blows the doors of our 2008 15″ macbook pro dual core machine. ¬†Photoshop opens in less than 5 seconds. ¬†On my old powermac I could read all the names on the opening screen two or three times, maybe more even, before PS would fully open!

Anyways, I’m a happy camper now. ¬†Just have to figure out a new storage plan!

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Autumn Sunset Mono Lake

Last weekend I headed to Mono Lake for a late afternoon evening session. ¬†I hadn’t been there all summer. ¬†Boy did the lake level come up!! ¬†I had read that it rose 2ft from the heavy snow pack. ¬†There was a lot of water in places that I haven’t seen it in the last couple years.

To avoid the crowds at South Tuffa, especially during the fall, I headed to my go to spot and favorite location just east of Navy Beach. ¬†Judging by the number of headlights leaving that evening after sunset the shores along South Tuffa were jammed packed! ¬†As usually it didn’t disappoint. ¬†There was a sierra wave looming just east of the crest but even better there were alto cumulous clouds, I think that’s what they’re called, behind them and to the east all the way towards Neveda. ¬†I was able to shoot some nice late afternoon lighting on the tuffas as the sun came and went from behind the clouds.

As it got closer to dusk I was expecting a good sunset but was quite surprised at the lack of color where I expected it to occur.  Then when I thought that it might be over the skies to the south east started turning pink.  Foutunately I was in a place that allowed me to accomodate that into my composition!

Tuffas And Clouds Mono Lake

Autumn Skies Mono Lake

Autumn Sunset Mono Lake

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Fall Color Update

Spent yesterday and today shooting in the June Lake Loop, Parker Bench, and Mono Lake areas. ¬†Wow, the color is really nice in the June Lake Loop and Parker Bench. ¬†I’d say it’s at peak there. ¬†Here’s a few pics….

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Sabrina Basin

Classic Sabrina Basin In Fall

The classic Sabrina Basin fall color shot.  As you drive up to North Lake the view of these aspens and the sierra crest above Lake Sabrina is pretty darn nice.

I was able to get up there in the afternoon a day before the snow and wind hit with the recent storms.

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First Snow Fall

The first winter storm of the 11/12 season left quite a bit of snow and brought some chilly temps with it.

The day before this pic was taken it was in the 60s and no snow on the sierra. ¬†What a difference a day makes! ¬†A lot of that will melt off but it’s a good start to the season!

First Season's Snow on Mt. Tom, Bishop, CA

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Change Is In the Wind

Fall Color and Table Mountain in the background.

We had family in town this past weekend and one of our trips was up to North Lake yesterday to do some fishing and see the colors. Pretty windy and the sun was playing hide and seek with the clouds. In between casts I shot a few images as the sun illuminated the trees. I rather liked this one. I caught more pictures than fish yesterday!

If the color in the trees weren’t enough to hint at the changing of the seasons this coming storm to hit wed/thurs will! The temps for bishop will only rise into the 50s and snow levels are supposed to drop to 5500ft as I read this morning for the eastern sierra. Our first winter storm of the coming winter season. Wind sounds to be a big factor and will likely devastate the current trees at peak up the canyon. Hard to say what the cold will do to the many leaves which are still green. I’ve seen it go both ways, either accelerate the color development or just make the leaves turn brown. I’m sure they’ll do fine and we’ll have a couple more weeks left of color from bishop to Conway summit.

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Early Fall Pics Bishop Canyon

Under cloudy rainy skies we headed up to North Lake, Sabrina, and South Lake for our first peak at the changing color. ¬†It’s still early with most color on the South Lake side. ¬†As usual the smaller aspens are changing first especially above 8500′. ¬†Check out the pics on flickr, linked below, or watch the slideshow. ¬†I think we still have a week or two ’til it peaks. ¬†But if you’re here before that there’s some good opportunity to be found.

Early Fall Color Bishop Canyon 9-24-11

early fall color near sabrina cg.

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Front Yard Fall Color

Our hedge is starting to turn color out front.

The hedge in our front yard along with our Japanese Maple tree have started turning colors this past week. I thought I’d take a quick snap of the hedge, not sure what it is called, anyone know? Temps this weekend at the house got down to 42 degrees but I hear it will warm up in Bishop to the low 90s this week.

Fall color for the Bishop Creek Canyon area is only a couple weeks away. For the past five years I’ve lived here color seems to peak up there around sept. 25-30. You can also count on a good dusting of snow to occur along with the first freeze in bishop around that time or the first/second weekend of Oct. I’m Looking forward to the coming fall season!

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9/11 We will never forget

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MCA Gallery’s AutumnColors Exhibit

I’ll be showing the two images below in the upcoming¬†Mono Council for the Arts Gallery’s¬†AutumnColors show. ¬†The exhibit will run from Sept. 23 through November 30.

Fall Colors At North Lake 2008

Fall Colors Below Mt. Morrison 2010

The MCA gallery is located in Mammoth Lakes at the Mammoth Luxury Outlets on Main Street.  See their website for more info.

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