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First real snow of the season which was just enough to cover the ground and trees. As a result, we drove to one of the private parks for some landscape and bird photos. This happens to be one of our favorite areas.
There were only three sets of footprints in the snow. One set on the road and we were the other set of footprints. In other areas our foot prints were accompanied by deer and turkey prints. We seen only two deer which promptly ran away. They were very skittish this day.
Although, it was a dark cloudy morning, the storm clouds gave way to sunshine in the afternoon. I wonder if anyone sat on the benches when the sun came out?
Yesterday morning, I watched a Bluebird standing on the edge of the house roof. It kept dipping down with its beak under the edge.
I watched for a while and then I realized it was sipping water from the melted snow that was trickling down the roof.
Marengo Road, Half Moon Township
We finally got around to spreading Baba's (https://steveinjapan.aminus3.com/image/2021-11-12.html) ashes along the Naches Peak Trail near Mount Rainier National Park. It was one of his favorite hikes due to the abundant wildflowers and spectacular mountain views. Mama thought she couldn't make the 3.5 miles or so loop, but as this photo proves, she made it with her smile intact!
So if you happen to trek that trail, take some photos for him!
Taking a walk through the historical Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island. One of the attractions there is the Temple to Music. Constructed in 1924 by William T. Aldrich. The location is used for many concerts, organized fundraisers, wedding, and photography.
Guess who was my favorite. Yep, Led Zeppelin! Where were you on 28 February 1977? It is a trick question: I wasn’t at The Summit (in Houston) either. Robert Plant got sick and postponed the concert until May. Ticket price:$9.85. I paid $50. And it was worth every penny!
Other favs: Black Sabbath and ZZ Top.
Fav venue? This Texas boy didn’t have many choices, haha. But best place ever was Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin in the 70s! Broken Spoke Tavern, too.
What’re your fav concerts? Nowadays, I like anything “live” from rap to opera!
Beri and I headed over to the Pismo Beach Western Monarch Butterfly Grove yesterday morning. These delicate creatures were nearly non-existent last year but have come back strong this year and have scientists a bit baffled. I'm just glad they are back! A shaft of sunlight broke through the marine layer and painted them as the were cloistered for warmth. What a beautiful sight!
Had a great day out of the office yesterday with Beri! Here is an image I captured from Tunnel View in Yosemite NP of the full moonlit Valley captured with the new Sony Alpha 1. I captured this at 10pm with the moon just a tad below the monoliths camera-right. That is El Capitan (left and lit by the moon) and Cathedral Rocks and Bridalveil Fall on the right. Down the middle is Sentinel Dome, Half Dome and Cloud's Rest. I processed this purposely to lighten the overall scene - my creative decision, and yes, that is a portion of the lunar moon-dog (ice crystals lit by moonlight) in the upper right-hand corner of the frame.
Sony Alpha 1, Sony 12-24mm G Master, f/2.8, 30 seconds, 200 ISO
A young boy peers out the window as I take the image. It was a cool day in downtown San Diego Ca. The streets were not busy with tourist, so I would imagine this is one way to view it all, at once. I focus the lighting to be sure he is seen, as it shows his wonderment. Not seen is his Mother with another younger child on the tour bus. Thx. AF~
Almost got soaked with this wave.
I got low to photograph, the wave rolled in, it was deceiving as to its height and speed, at the last moment I got up and escaped with millimeters to spare. If the wave had caught me, let's say it would have ruined my day. ;)
A Crested Caracara perched on a fence post by a farm in rural Okeechobee County, Florida. The Caracara is in the falcon family and largely feeds on carrion, birds, reptiles and amphibians. You often see them around Vultures. Vin and I just read a fascinating book about Caracara. It is "A Most Remarkable Creature" by Jonathan Meiburg.
I went back to Trinity Church, on Queen Anne Square in Newport, Rhode Island a few hours after sunrise.
As the sun was positioned right in the bell tower, I also noticed the light shining through the lampposts, as if they were still aglow from the night.
It is interesting that within a few minutes, lighting changes and this instance is gone.
I knew it was weak, but t hadi rained all day and was forecast to be cloudy over night, so I didn't recharge it earlier in the day. As I was ready for bed, I looked out the window and beheld a full moon. Setting up the camera for some test shots of the full moon (I had researched camera setting several days before), I prepared for a long wait...until clouds rolled in, obscuring the moon once again. So I packed up the camera and went inside...only to behold out my window the moon, already partially in shadow, Out I went to set up once again, as the sky got hazy and ground fog began to develop. This time I waited it out and while the sky was not as clear as I would have liked, I did get to watch the eclipse, snapping multiple exposures. Just as the moon was emerging from the earth's umbra, and things looked like they were peaking...the battery died.
Driving a lonely one lane road in South Central Florida a Ferruginous Tiger Crane Fly flopped onto the exterior of my windshield and hiked a ride with me for ten miles.
Milky Way over the ocean by the House of Refuge, Florida. There was haze or fog over the water and the stars were mostly obscured except for those high in the sky. At this time of year when the Milky Way rises around 1 AM, it is low in the sky with an elevation of only about 10 degrees.This is why I wanted to shoot it over the ocean.Great concept. Not so great result.
Due to the pandemic and the stay-at-home orders over the last year, I have often resorted to photographing toys at home. Here are two shots (this and the previous post) from a recent project that I did. I lit the scene with some LED flashlights (pretending to be another car's headlights here), and posed the dinosaur and car like a scene from Jurassic Park. The "street" is an old dusty laptop and the "fog" is a piece of white tissue I moved around the frame during the long exposures.
Being in semi-isolation due to the pandemic, I've been doing A LOT of digging into my archived photos. I decided to tackle photos taken in Sedona, Arizona back in May of 2013, almost eight years ago. I thought of trying many photos in B&W as I haven't posted many of my site. We had taken a tour with Pink Jeep during the late afternoon/early evening hours one day. During our descent from our high point when overlooking the Mogollon Rim, I took literally hundreds of bracketed photos with multiple exposures knowing that there may be moments when we would be looking toward the sun.
Before processing these 3 bracketed photos, I didn't have any high hopes for what would materialize. But the sunburst really materialized nicely without dominating the image. And I believe the sunburst being off-center works well.
Behind the funeral home... The front of this building had an entrance and signage for a funeral home, It was closed when we passed, but there was no indication that it was out of business. Out back, these three vehicles implied a long closed establishment. The peeled paint is not an "overnight" development, and the flat tire also indicated disuse. I darkened and desaturated this a bit to make for a more somber mood.
After visiting the First Borough for sunrise a few years ago, Dad (https://steveinjapan.aminus3.com) and I planned to visit Mt. Fremont as the trail to the lookout intersects the route we were on, and it looked promising. Unfortunately, he never made it to Mt. Fremont as far as I know, although he might've been up to the lookout in his younger days. The trail features stunning vistas and a fire lookout. When I was there, a ranger was at the lookout. While no longer active, the lookout is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Anyway, I think he would have enjoyed the view of Mount Rainier from there.
I went out yesterday evening to position myself along the edge of the incoming fog bank near sunset. As if on cue, this large hawk hovered above the landscape just long enough for me to grab one frame! A little divine help from above one could say :-)
Walking along the rocky beach, I saw this face staring up at me. I see a very stern, determined face staring back from under a tall helmet, probably with a chin guard. I darkened the outside to draw attention to the face, but have not modified any of the features.
My backyard has been my studio for many of my photographs during the last couple of years due to COVID-19. Even before that though I've been hooked on making long exposure photographs of rocket launches from the backyard. This happens to be one of the more interesting ones due to the clouds and colors.
This launch, dubbed Inspiration4, was the world’s first all-civilian mission to orbit. Launched on a Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center SLC-39A. the 2 days, 23 hours, 3 minutes long "mission" was also the first crewed splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean since Apollo 9 in 1969.
I was hoping to get a chance to photograph the eclipse a couple nights back but low clouds and a thick marine layer made it impossible. Nonetheless, here is an image I captured last May of the super moon eclipse in the Gabilan Mountain Range above San Juan Bautista, California. Enjoy your weekend everyone!
Amazing what we can accomplish when we feel instead of thinking. Yeah I had an idea of what I wanted to capture and that was the easy part, but I allowed myself to linger for two hours last night with this image trying a barrage of ideas. I'd make a move, step back and ask "what if?" Trashed more layers in PS than I kept but I finally arrived at that "Aha" moment that we are all seeking. It felt balanced and complete so there were no more steps to take.
Windmill and Old Farm Gear, Near Entrance to Pinnacles National Park, California
Captured this past Saturday afternoon with my IR converted Sony III. The outside temperature was 110 degrees - the red was seared into my memory.
So many steps and missteps that I could never remember or explain the process - I just kept taking that next step.
Air conditioning, anyone?
I've no idea what's inside this building that it needs so much a/c capacity to stay cool, but the windows are covered with plywood and there is a tall antenna located directly behind it, so my guess is that it has something to do with computers or cell phones or both...
Back in early June 2018, my youngest son Aaron and I took the first doors-off helicopter allowed up at sunrise over Kilauea's famed Fissure 8 on the Big Island of Hawaii. It just so happened, the venting lava hit its peak of 273 feet that morning! I'll never forget the pilot asking me, "how close do you want to get?" I responded, "can you put us right over the top of it!" This is a memory that will last both of us a lifetime!
On Sunday I finally got my wish for snow. However, it came with a dangerous winter storm with below zero temps. Texas is NEVER this cold. Early morning our electricity went off in our all-electric house. It quickly got very cold. We huddled by the fireplace in a dark house with all the curtains and blinds closed, the cats were freezing too.
After a cold miserable night, on Mon we were running out of firewood and none to be had anywhere because hundreds of thousands in North Texas were without power, and more all across the state. We packed up cats, snacks, & warmest clothes and took our chances on the frozen roads to go to Cat Dad’s office where the power was still on. It was warm, but no beds. We slept on sleeping bags on the floor and in a recliner.
Finally on Wed eve after over 61 hours without power it came back so we returned to a very cold house (39F). We are happy to be home, but now a problem with the city water & we must boil water + many grocery shelves are empty.
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