St. Mary’s Holiday Art Sale

Burning Treetops, originally uploaded by tomkellyphoto.

I always look forward to the St. Mary’s Christmas in the Meadow Holiday Boutique as an opportunity to catch up with friends and share my landscape photography! It’s coming up this weekend, Nov. 17-18, at the St. Mary’s White Pine Canyon Church SR224 coming into Park City.

This year I’ll have over 75 unique images for sale in sizes ranging from notecards to large wall prints.

Burning Treetops is one of my favorites of the year, captured as the sun set on a blazing row of aspen along the Mirror Lake Highway. It’s one of many new prints that will be available for sale.

It’s the perfect spot for your holiday shopping where just $30 will buy you a framed, signed original print!

Here’s the details:

St. Mary’s Christmas in the Meadow Holiday Boutique
Sat. Nov. 17 – 9 am – 5 pm
Sun. Nov. 18 – 10 am – 3 pm

I look forward to visting with you!


Sheep Dog in Action

Soldier Hollow Sheep Dog, originally uploaded by tomkellyphoto.

The first time we went to the Soldier Hollow Classic years ago we had no idea what to expect. Sure, we had seen Babe. But this was the real deal. The intelligence of the border collies is mind boggling.

If you haven’t seen a sheep dog event, it goes like this. A border collie starts at the bottom of the hill, running up to greet five sheep. The sheep dog then leads the five sheep through a series of gates – in sequential order – before ultimately splitting the group into two (three and two), bringing them back together and into a pen. Whew, can’t imagine doing that myself.

In this photograph, the border collie has his sheep on the run, heading for the next gate near the bottom of the course, all in near perfect unison.

It’s a fun event to photograph. This image was made with a Nikon D300 using a 70-300mm lens. It’s part of an exciting sequence with the sheep dog hot in pursuit of a record time.


Parissienne Sunset

Parissienne Sunset, originally uploaded by tomkellyphoto.

From the Arc de Triomphe you can see the spokes of a city fan out from the historic monument. In many ways, it is the heart of the city!

It had been a few grey, rainy days in Paris with little sign of the sun. It wasn’t much difference as I climbed the steps to the observation deck – hardly thinking I would find a sunset photograph waiting.

But as so often happens when the sun dips towards the horizon, the clouds lifted like a Broadway stage and the sun created an orange glow over the western edges of the great city of Paris.

My Nikon D300 had been the workhorse camera of this trip, fitted with a Nikkor 10-24mm. This photograph was made at ISO200, 1/40th at f9 – camera propped carefully outside the black metal fence on the edge of the monument.

It’s a photograph that, to me, represents the grandeur of this great city with neat streets pointing towards the Arc de Triomphe as the sun sets on yet another day in Paris.


Descending Into the Tube

The Tube – London 2012, originally uploaded by tomkellyphoto.

London’s Underground is a way of life, moving millions of passengers each day. During the London 2012 Olympics, the “Tube” played a vital role as businessmen, Olympic fans and Londoners all mixed on the escalators and stairs, platforms and trains.

As we descended into a tube station was struck by the motion all around me – passengers going down and up, placards advertising clothing or theatrical performances whizzing by almost in a blur.

Ahead of me was a gentleman going about his daily routine. I placed my Nikon D300 and Nikkor 10-24mm lens on the black hand belt and quickly set a time exposure that would hopefully capture the blurring placards and his thoughtful stare.

I made many wonderful photographs of the tube while in London. But this stood out as my favorite. (c) 2012 Tom Kelly Photo


Morning on the Seine

Morning on the Seine, originally uploaded by tomkellyphoto.

Our last morning in Paris and I hope to find just one more memorable photograph. In the pre-dawn hours I grabbed a Velib bicycle and cruised down along the Seine. It was much quieter than it had been just a few hours earlier.

It was not a brilliant morning. Grey clouds blocked much of the sun. But as I rode past the Pont de l’ArchevĂȘchĂ© and looked back at Notre Dame, I was struck with the pastels in the sky and just a glint of dawn light touching the cathedral.

I made a few initial photographs with the D300 and super wide Nikkor 10mm before switching to the D700 at about 24mm on the zoom. I propped the camera up as best I could on a railing for stability, with no tripod available.

It was okay, I though, and rode away.

Just a few days later I brought the image into Photoshop and saw just how wonderful the light had been. Beautiful pastel skies with grey morning clouds whisping over Paris. Very little direct light but the splash on the east side of the cathedral really helped to make the photograph work.

It was a great way to end a weekend in Paris, spending a morning on the Seine. (c) 2012 Tom Kelly


Mary D. Hume in Gold Beach

Mary D. Hume in Gold Beach, originally uploaded by tomkellyphoto.

It couldn’t help but catch my eye as we drove over the Rogue River and into Gold Beach, Oregon. A ragged old ship – covered in green moss – anchored firmly in the sand. It was a photograph ready to happen.

The Mary D. Hume was built in 1881 by R.D. Hume for his Gold Beach cannery, christening it in honor of his wife, Mary. It served many owners through nearly a full century of seagoing before being retired in 1978.

Today, it rests silently in the Rogue River, anchored firmly in the beach and appearing in totality at low tide.

As a photographic object, there are few rivals. It’s brilliant color and near perfect angle for early morning sunlight make it a perfect model.

This image was made with a Nikon D-300, fitted with my favorite Nikkor 10-24 mm lens. And thanks for the clouds for making the perfect backdrop. (c) 2012 Tom Kelly Photo

Mary D. Hume was build in 1881 by R.D. Hume for his Cannery in Gold Beach. He named the ship after his wife. Over the years, different owners reconstructed it and it has been used for many purposes around Gold Beach on the Oregon Coast. Back in the 1970s it even had the title as the oldest serving commercial vessel.

When good old Mary D. Hume retired in 1978, they tried to make her into a museum ship with no luck.


Portland Farmer’s Market

Portland Farmer’s Market, originally uploaded by tomkellyphoto.

Living in the Utah desert, we’re not accustomed to the breadth and scope of vegetables we found at the Portland Farmer’s Market in early June.

It was a rainy, dreary day as we walked through the stands on a mall at Portland State University. But amidst the gray, overcast haze that hung over the city, the vegetables spoke to us in vivid colors.

At first I made a few photographs just to record the scene. But I quickly found the vegetables to be engaging models, forming mysterious lines and radiating wonderful, full color.

These parsnips and carrots are just one of many photographs from the market, all handheld with a Nikon D-700 with a Nikkor 24-120 mm lens. (c) 2012 Tom Kelly Photo


Mother’s Day Brunch with the Ladies

Mother’s Day Brunch, originally uploaded by tomkellyphoto.

We love to entertain but one of my favorite occasions is Mother’s Day Brunch with the ladies. It’s a wonderful time to bring together all of our friends who don’t have another Mother’s Day engagement and treat them to a special day.

This year’s menu was tons of fun to create and prepare, including a few brunch appetizers around our kitchen butcher block to allow it to warm up a bit before enjoying some beautiful spring sunshine on the deck.

Mother’s Day Menu
Brie and Chevre cheeses with pumpernickel bread
Norwegian Gjetost cheese
Assorted meats
Asiago bagels with salsa cream cheese
Strawberries with Grand Marnier whipped cream
Scrambled eggs with dill and smoked Alaskan salmon
Colosimo’s sausage
Chef Tom’s Lyonnaise hash browns
Chocolate covered strawberries (thank you Elizabeth and Candace)
Winder Farms Orange Juice



Returning to Russia

Moscow Sheremetyevo, originally uploaded by tomkellyphoto.

Landing at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport brought back memories of 28 years ago with bitter cold you could see in the air as our Delta 767 touched down on the tarmac. But that’s where the memories stopped. Walking into the gleaming Terminal D with walls adorned with advertising and free WiFi throughout was a far cry from the Soviet Union I got to know in two amazing adventures in the ’80s.

Nearly 30 years ago my friend Peter Graves and I pioneered an adventure travel company, Worldwide Nordic USA, taking cross country skiers to far off destinations. One of those destinations was Murmansk, 500 miles north of the Arctic Circle in the then Soviet Union.

It took years to get permission for a dozen Americans to ski in the Murmansk Marathon. But a partnership with the New York-based Russian Travel Bureau eventually cut through the red tape and resulted in us being one of the first American groups ever to visit the city which played a vital role in World War II.

Three decades have passed since those two trips to Murmansk. Now the Soviet Union has dissolved and Russia is preparing to host its first Olympic Winter Games in 2014. Over the next few days I’ll visit the venues surrounding Rosa Khutor. It will be a markedly different experience than that of 28 years ago when a group of American citizen skiers took Murmansk by storm.


Chef Tom’s Thanksgiving Feast 2011


Thanksgiving is always an amazing feast in our home, with a regular group of family and friends who have been joining us for over 20 years. In the leadup, my friend Chef Richard and I match minds over Mexican lunches at El Chubasco while paging through the Bon Appetit Thanksgiving issue, debating which turkey it will be. After many years of shoveling way too much food onto the table, we’ve tried to come to our senses as of late and keep it simple. Well, maybe a bit simpler. It’s hard to keep two passionate chefs tied down when it comes to Thanksgiving.

This year’s bird was a debate between the Cajun Spiced Turkey and the Cider Brined Turkey with Star Anise and Cinnamon. Cider brined it is!

It’s Thanksgiving Day and we’re all frantically prepping in the kitchen. Checkout the photos and full review later!

Happy Thanksgiving!

2011 Thanksgiving Menu

Appetizers and Salad
Selection of cheeses, crackers, salami
Roasted Beet Salad – Hostess Carole

Main Course
Cider Brined Turkey with Star Anise and Cinnamon
Cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts Gratin – Chef Tom
Garlic mashed potatoes with apple cider gravy – Chef Richard (still King of Gravy)
Spinach, Fennel and Sausage Dressing (prepared gluten free and with vegetarian option) – Chef Tom
Gail’s Famous Cranberry Orange Relish

Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake – Chef Liza (veteran of Letty’s Deer Valley Resort bakery)
Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie – Chef Liza