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Since the "This Just In" thing seems to be cactching on, I thought it would be cool to have a thread where folks post their latest caching photos. Thanks to Harmon for the idea. I will start things out:

 

This Just In - Mrs. Rocket Man, Kaching Kristin and Jackie @ Pies Are Square

 

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Since the "This Just In" thing seems to be cactching on, I thought it would be cool to have a thread where folks post their latest caching photos.  Thanks to Harmon for the idea.  I will start things out:

Great idea Rocket Man. On the other hand this is the second time I've been ejected from the SD Thread. Wonder why? Great photo you posted to get things rolling. Looks like Jackie is ready for action at first hint of trouble.

 

Have a great time with the gang at Moab. Don't forget to sneak that moon-shot of Stu into the dinner conversation.

 

Harmon

 

To help kick-start this thread here's my most recent "This just in ..." post featuring the incredible Geobabes.

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Hyas Tyee caching at Fort Flagler's Rocks Return thought field of nettles on a rainy day.

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This just in......PassingWind really has wings!!

 

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Wow!!

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This just in ....

 

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There's about twenty San Diego Geocachers headed for a week or two off-roading near Moab, Utah. Kathy, Marty, Janie, and Robyn couldn't pass up a Las Vegas webcam along the way, GC53E1. Well, maybe it was the cocktails they couldn't pass up.

 

They didn't invite me. Guess why.

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This just in......PassingWind really has wings!!

 

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How do you fumigate the wings? Dry clean or just launder?

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There's about twenty San Diego Geocachers headed for a week or two off-roading near Moab, Utah. Kathy, Marty, Janie, and Robyn couldn't pass up a Las Vegas webcam along the way, GC53E1. Well, maybe it was the cocktails they couldn't pass up.

 

They didn't invite me. Guess why.

Is it because of this.......

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There's about twenty San Diego Geocachers headed for a week or two off-roading near Moab, Utah. Kathy, Marty, Janie, and Robyn couldn't pass up a Las Vegas webcam along the way, GC53E1. Well, maybe it was the cocktails they couldn't pass up.

 

They didn't invite me. Guess why.

Is it because of this.......

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Whoa, in this regard my lips are sealed.

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Hyas Tyee caching at Fort Flagler's Rocks Return thought field of nettles on a rainy day.

Great shot. Next chance you get have everybody carry a huge umbrella through the field.

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FYI - I picked up Trailgators yesterday at DIA and we drove to Grand Junction. Today we cached around Grand Junction and then drove to Moab arriving late in the day.

 

A funny thing yesterday was that we tried to do a cache in Eagle Colorado and couldn't find it. We looked in the recent logs on the PDA and the Dillon Gang had logged the cache this summer. We called Steve for a lifeline and with his help we bagged the cache. No that's what I call a long distance lifeline.

 

Rocket Man

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Awesome! and I spent half of my day on that little-bitty bump called south Fortuna Mountain. I'm so embarrased that I can't hide it.

 

I'm impressed that Steve Dillon can remember things what with the sort of work he does. ... and all that beer.

 

Looking forward to more pix from the Moab adventure. Don't forget a goup shot and don't you dare line up the group shot like a bunch of tourists. Arrange them in odd ways on an interesting formation and pay attention to the lighting.

 

For cryin' out loud.

 

Of course you'll have to help the really old and feeble ones if climbing or stretching is involved. I can provide names if need be.

 

Harmon

 

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Opposable thumbs?

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This Just In - Off-Roading in Moab @ Top of the World Cache

 

The SD Gang on the Edge

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The Vulture Risking Life and Limb

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1/2 of Team Reid and Jack looking over the edge

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Splashette Getting Down to Bag the Cache

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This Just In - Ruscal, 1/2 of Team Reid and Trailgators are the only ones brave enough to go get the Entrada Bluff Cache

 

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This Just In - Good pictures from today to be posted later - Heading to the Sports Bar in Moab to watch the Chargers kick the Steelers butts. RM

 

GO CHARGERS!

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OK Harmon, clue us in. What did you do to this picture???

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I just informed $kimmer to go check the thread!

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OK Harmon, clue us in. What did you do to this picture???

Another case for a levels adjustment. That bright sky forced the camera to produce a landscape silhouette. A fundamental thing to do in these high-contrast situations is to lock exposure on the landscape features and then reframe to complete the shot. Of course that will result in a skyline burnout that will need correction anyway. Six of one, half-dozen of the other.

 

Photoshop of course, select everything but the sky. Easy way is to use the Magic Wand on the sky and then invert the selection. Either way the boundary line will need some fine tuning using the Paintbrush tool in the "Quick Mask" editing mode.

 

A useful trick to eliminate orphaned boundary-line pixels is to use "Free Transform" to ever-so slightly increase the size of the selection so that it overlaps and so covers up any orphaned pixels missed by the fine tuning. Of course the selection must be in the right stacking order for this to work.

 

Once you have the selection in hand then select "Layer/New/Layer via Copy" and then select "Image/Adjustments/Levels" for the new layer. Either fiddle with the levels sliders or just click the "Auto" button. Finish up with some 1-pixel layer masking before flattening the image for a jpg copy. Tada!

 

Sure would love to be there with my camera but your doing a great job with yours. Thanks for sharing.

 

Harmon

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I just informed $kimmer to go check the thread!

Uh-oh, Mr. The Vulture after me again. Must be his personal-best for distance.

 

Not to worry, the Geobabes will protect me. Can't wait to see the shot to show up as the Geocaching banner photo.

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This Just In - Good pictures from today to be posted later - Heading to the Sports Bar in Moab to watch the Chargers kick the Steelers butts. RM

 

GO CHARGERS!

Losers.

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this is from the park in 2 Picos; 93 Buzones. not sure what they are.

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this is from the park in 2 Picos; 93 Buzones. not sure what they are.

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Looks like a play structure for primates. I'm sorry, ... for dear little children.

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Mr. The Vulture, Wile E. Coyote, and little Mr. Willy together as you've always wanted them.

Don't y' just love it?

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sunset at Both Sides Now (GCHM8J) on the Ellie Lane loop of Iron Mountain. finishing up my logs for the weekend.

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Sunset at Both Sides Now (GCHM8J) on the Ellie Lane loop of Iron Mountain. finishing up my logs for the weekend.

Love those sunset shots. This ball of molten iron we live on sure knows how to put on a show doesn't it?

 

The other amazing thing about such a shot is that a camera captures an unexpected amount of detail in the dark areas. In this case the blue channel reveals a lot about the foreground after a bit of fiddling with levels.

 

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This Just In - The Moab Gang at Hurrah Pass

 

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Rocket Man at a View Area

 

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Splashette in the Wind

 

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Eagle Eye Rye at Chicken Corners

 

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Eagle Eye Rye at the Edge

 

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The Moab Gang Having Lunch

 

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This Just In - Ruscal Talked Rocket Man into taking Mrs. Rocket Man's Landcruiser on Hells Revenge Trail

 

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Mrs. Rocket Man will not be happy - More Hells Revenge Photos to Follow

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You're breaking my heart. Love the shots and can't wait to 'shop a few.

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This just in! (well sort of - it was 2 days ago)

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Ruscal, Eagle Eye Rye, Artie and Bunny from San Antonio, Rocket Man, Fkrexcal and I did the 5th most difficult trail in Moab called "Hell's Revenge".

Trust me, the pictures don't do this terrorizing trail justice but here are a few:

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Eagle Eye Rye on an adjacent cliff to "Lion's Back," the most dangerous hill in Moab or maybe anywhere...

This is an optional hill at the start of the trail and it costs $25 to try this insane stunt.

Fortunately for us, we couldn't seem to find any money! B)

Those that are crazy enough to attempt this challenge have to climb up the height of a ten story building on a slab barely wider than a Jeep.

But the worst part is that they have to turn around on extremely narrow top part and go back down!

The cross shown on the right was at the bottom from a poor soul that failed in his attempt to turn around at the top.

After pondering all that we began our adventure.....

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This trail reminded me of a roller coaster without the rails that hold you safely to the track.

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Remember what Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid said when thery jumped off that cliff?

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Note the shadow angle behind Russ! This image was not Photoshopped! :D

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Fkrexcal refused to ride down this one (and others) with RM and I.

I felt like a had to change my shorts after we were done. :o

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Fearless Ruscal and Eagle Eye Rye

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Fearless Ruscal and Eagle Eye Rye at a POI.

POI in this case means Point of Insanity and not Point of Interest! B)

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"We're in a tight spot!"

Mrs. 4x4 got an ouch on this little manuever. B)

It could have been a lot worse!

The irony was that this was the very last obstacle on the trail!

Lesson Learned: It pays to have a tiny little Jeep on some of these trails....especially on the 5th toughest one in Moab!! B)

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This just in too!

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Rcoket Man caching through the snow.... B)

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The cache is under that? :o

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I have to admit that it was pretty fun getting my first cache in the snow! :D

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This Just In - More Hells Revenge Pictures

 

Ruscal at the start of the trail

 

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Just getting past a tippy spot

 

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Too steep for comfort

 

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You can't see it, but it is a long way down on both sides

 

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It gets even steeper over that edge below

 

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"We're in a tight spot!"

Mrs. 4x4 got an ouch on this little manuever.  :o

It could have been a lot worse!

The irony was that this was the very last obstacle on the trail!

Lesson Learned: It pays to have a tiny little Jeep on some of these trails....especially on the 5th toughest one in Moab!!  :D

Vacation Day from work... -$200

Tank of fuel... -$65

GPSr... -$300

McToy prize... +$1.06

Telling your wife you're home from caching early so you can take her out to any restaurant she desires for a champaign dinner... Priceless! B)

 

''Let's take my car sweat heart. You deserve the best. Have you been loosing weight because you sure look pretty.''

B)

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"We're in a tight spot!"

Mrs. 4x4 got an ouch on this little manuever.  ;)

It could have been a lot worse!

The irony was that this was the very last obstacle on the trail!

Lesson Learned: It pays to have a tiny little Jeep on some of these trails....especially on the 5th toughest one in Moab!!  :blink:

Vacation Day from work... -$200

Tank of fuel... -$65

GPSr... -$300

McToy prize... +$1.06

Telling your wife you're home from caching early so you can take her out to any restaurant she desires for a champaign dinner... Priceless! :lol:

 

''Let's take my car sweat heart. You deserve the best. Have you been loosing weight because you sure look pretty.''

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Sweat heart? :lol:

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Very Nice! Much better than the spots on the windshield. RM

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Very Nice!  Much better than the spots on the windshield.  RM

Some shot, sort of a Heaven's Gate for good little Geocachers. Not sure how you guys got included.

 

The hard part was getting the windshield spot out of the tire track.

 

Guess I'll have to work up the other view, Dante's Inferno for bad little Geocachers.

 

Truth is that I was just experimenting with that burnt-in edge effect but it didn't turn out well. I wanted a smooth blend so that the transition from gray background to image wasn't apparent. O well.

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While out caching with Snake and Rooster, and Trovamo on Sunday, we ran across this hat laying in the bushes. We called around to no avail, TT wasn't anywhere around. B)

 

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