madshutterbug: (C) 2005 S Grossman (Stalking_Elusive_Photograph)
So these two, along with Trout Haven comprised the General Category this past Monday with Camera Club #2.

Lake Chelan, Washington )
On my Flickr-stream this is my most-viewed photograph,as well as most Favorites. Flickr allows registered users to mark a photo as a favorite of their. I like it as well; a good scenic of a high-country desert lake. There is a bit of a 'punch-up' in post-production, emphasizing the blues closer to what my eyes saw. Do remember, though, I see colour in my own unique manner.

Sterling Falls Triptych )
Sterling Falls is one of the waterfalls (out of, some days, thousands) in Milford Sound. It is a constant waterfall, rather than the many which result from the amount of rain received; with more rainfall there may be those thousands mentioned, most of which will trickle down and disappear as the rainfall eases off.

What is fun for me is that many people who've seen this first assume I've 'zoomed in' with the lens. Not so much; the Mamiya C330 is an interchangeable lens camera, however all the lenses are fixed focal length. Could of done this changing lenses, yes. They're all with the 'normal' 80mm lens (normal is the focal length for a given image size format that most closely matches the perspective/proportions seen by the human eye... wide angle will spread up to the extremes of fish-eye lens distortions, and telephoto lenses 'compress' the perspective) as our tour boat slowly approached the edge of the fjord and the falls.

Night shift last night. Thus today is a 'compressed' day, sleeping the morning away and muddling through the afternoon and evening until bedtime later. Not unproductive, however I've long found that my post night-shift day is one to work on things not requiring a lot of thought. Or energy. So I'm doing laundry while reviewing photos that need printing (for various reasons) and preparing to locate those files for a CD burn, to take to printer.
madshutterbug: (C) 2005 S Grossman (Stalking_Elusive_Photograph)
Monochrome, so two today. One of these as I told the club I believe fits their definition for Nature, summarised as Nothing By Man In Picture.

Mitre Peak, Milford Sound, New Zealand )

Yes, you've seen this one before. Also,

Portrait of Kendra )

And yes, you've seen this one before too. I mentioned a lot of these are already on the Pic'o'Day list, since I cheated a bit by using archived material. Too many other things happening in a short time. Some of this is working to two different camera club themes, and that's part of the 'check 'em out experiment.' Some is also working up pieces for the Con show coming up, and I need to get those off to the printer. Some is work. Nothing over and above what y'all usually hear, and work still eats up at least 9.5 hours of five days a week, not counting Stay Late. Which is Tomorrow. Which is another reason to post two pics today. Feh.

And some ... well, I guess I'm not still quite ready to talk about that. Friday. Maybe. Meanwhile, Houdini is telling me it's time to go feed Cows and Horses, because then (of course) we feed hungry Border Collie Bros. So I guess I'll be doing that soon.
madshutterbug: (C) 2005 S Grossman (Stalking_Elusive_Photograph)
Back to Puget Sound... )

No, I didn't walk over to the stairs for a closer examination. The park boundary is clearly marked. I didn't feel like trespassing on the occasion.

In other news, Houdini and I (with a bit of help from Squrrl) made all the Ranch Rounds this morning. This includes replenishing the hog feed. Everything else will last comfortably through the weekend into next week. We are now taking a short break before sorting laundry and starting that chore. Aren't we productive?

Well, yes, somewhat, as I've also done some on-line searching for parts for Harrison Ford 8N Tractor. I'm chuckling a bit. Mother Mary was not so sure that Clyde did us a favour purchasing us such an 'old' tractor. And it is old; Ford stopped making the N series in '52. Thing is, Ford also made a lot of them, and they're popular still. So there's lots of parts available particularly if one isn't adamant about doing a full, proper, period refurbish job. I'm not. I am happy to get him running again.
madshutterbug: (C) 2005 S Grossman (Stalking_Elusive_Photograph)
Of Federal Way... by about one year )

Not been a bad day, far from it. Nor a great day either. So, just a day. I've uploaded some work and saved a weeks worth of links for Pic'o'Day, something I started experimenting with last week. After all, what better way to ensure good connections to a web site, than to not need those good connections...

And Houdini is becoming quite insistent that it is time to go feed Horses, Cows, and BorderCollie Bros.
madshutterbug: (C) 2005 S Grossman (Stalking_Elusive_Photograph)
Houdini and I took a walk along the fence line over on the Cow Pasture looking for downed branches. What with the wet weather experienced this week, it's a good possibility. After all, while out feeding the Ranch this morning we heard a branch fall over on our neighbor Miss P's side of the fence. We did not find any branches across the fence. This is probably a good thing, because we did find
Suspicious Neighbors )

In case you are wondering, those are Asian Water Buffalo. Our other neighbor, Doc P, he raises them. We gave them a wide berth, and still kept an eye on them because they mostly consider fences as suggestions. Sometimes as not particularly important suggestions.
madshutterbug: (c)2009 by Myself (Default)
I cut this sucker down in MARCH! )

In the background is Big House (as opposed to what is now Studio 318, not in the photo). To the left is a fine old oak that provides shade for Big House. To the right is a power company branch pole; the electric line branches to the west and the other end of Big House for service entry, and to the east, overhead from the point of view to a power pole service entry for the well. There is also a Houdini Border Collie Bro.

In the centre is a mimosa, now a bit of a mimosa bush. On the ground, in front of Houdini is the trunk of the mimosa which used to live here, and got tall enough to threaten the power line to the well. So I cut it down. In March. Then it tried to grow back, out of the trunk, but those shoots all died as well and none became roots. At the stump, however, came the Mimosa That Would Not Die.

Bit warm to be dealing with it now. Come cooler weather... It. Goes. Away. Before it starts to threaten that overhead power line again.
madshutterbug: (C) 2005 S Grossman (Stalking_Elusive_Photograph)
So, because High Country Lakes & Blue Look Cool... )

Lake Chelan, Washington. I'm actually somewhat surprised at myself that I've not posted it already as a Pic'o'Day. Over on Flickr, this photograph has the most views, the most 'Favorites', and the most 'Interestingness' according to, well, Flickr. It does not, however, have the most 'Comments' so I guess people simply go and look.

Ran errands today with Herself, took her shopping. Mostly we bought groceries, did get a few other things, and she got a lot of prices. Then we hurried home to be with Houdini because the thunderstorm came along...
madshutterbug: (C) 2005 S Grossman (Stalking_Elusive_Photograph)
Sakura in Black and White )

Much cooler when I made that photograph. Much. Yes, Sakura bloom in Spring. We'd gone where Spring was springing even though it was hot back home...

Houdini is nudging my elbow. Time to go feed the Cows.
madshutterbug: (C) 2005 S Grossman (Stalking_Elusive_Photograph)
Moonrise Over Cape Cod )

Harrier

Jul. 18th, 2010 07:10 pm
madshutterbug: (C) 2005 S Grossman (Stalking_Elusive_Photograph)
Hawk. Not turbojet )

Harrier Hawk over Sandy Neck dunes. They do hover, on the updrafts from the dunes, and often hunt doing just exactly that.

Worked around teh Ranch today, getting laundry done and a yard tractor cart wagon put together for Herself. Herself worked on tilling the ground where the adolescent doeling pen had been. We'll be moving the panels into the goat paddock next weekend, in order to restructure the old buckling pen into a buckling and doeling pen. Never bored, here.

Panorama

Jun. 10th, 2010 07:07 pm
madshutterbug: (C) 2005 S Grossman (Stalking_Elusive_Photograph)
Panorama is a wide-format, not necessarily wide-angle image. It may (and often is) be done with a standard camera/lens combination. It may also be done with a dedicated panoramic camera, which is an interesting beast. In a panoramic camera, the lens pivots on the center of focus point, and thus paints an image on a longer strip of film than is exposed in a regular camera. I don't own one of those.

I've experimented with panoramas rather a bit, starting quite a good length of time before the advent of digital imagery. The key to a fairly seamless panorama is that 'center of focus' mentioned above, rather than the center of the camera or the mounting point to a tripod. Light passing through a camera lens 'inverts' as it is focused; you've seen this if you've looked through some telescopes, particularly simple two-lens telescopes, when you've seen an upside-down and backwards image in the eyepiece. Where it makes that 'flip' is the center of focus, and it is different for each focal length lens.

Digital imagery and manipulation software make it somewhat easier to create a panorama, and the best work still takes that center of focus into account.

Lake Chelan Sunrise )

This photo is from October 2005 in Lake Chelan, Washington. I used a flash mounting bracket to off-set the camera in relation to the tripod mount, putting the center of focus directly over the pivot point of the tripod. It's two frames put together into a single image, and in my case I did not use automation to achieve the compositing.
madshutterbug: (C) 2005 S Grossman (Stalking_Elusive_Photograph)
Suggest a Title, More Mirror, Thanks For Your Feedback! )

About the photo first: this is from our holiday to South Island, New Zealand in September '01. Terribly cliche I know, yet we did do a lot of the 'tourist' things and got to see Milford Sound. I've previously shown you the B&W landscape of this spot, or fairly close to this exact shooting spot of which I am quite fond. This one rather more meets the requirement for the upcoming NCFPC competition theme including both the mirror surface, reflection, and object reflected. I've gone through several permutations of a title, so that's why the floor is open for suggestions.

As you may see, the day started off with a low overcast; we'd experienced some open sky sunny-ness before driving through Homer Tunnel, under the mountain which blocked a portion of these clouds from passing further inland. This portion of the Sound is fairly well sheltered from the off-shore winds which we experienced later.

From the competition manual, supplementary, image size for the submission is to be 1024 pixels on the long axis; the projector software automatically resizes vertical long axes to the projector max, I've sized this more or less square image to that limitation. Aside from the 'signature' and the fact that I suspect I didn't do my 'end processing' addition of Unsharp Mask on this copy, it's about where I plan on it for submission, including the square formatting. The other specifications for the competition are the specifics on file name for the competition (name, rank, and serial number essentially) and that it be a high-quality JPG.
madshutterbug: (C) 2005 S Grossman (Stalking_Elusive_Photograph)
Blast from teh Past )

From a trip to see my sister and brother-in-law in November, 2000. We indulged in a bit of nepotism, since sister organised a seminar on 'Technology in Nursing' for the School of Nursing there, and I submitted an abstract which she accepted. Couldn't pay travel costs, could provide free room and board. Plus, got to see George and the Boys for the first time this trip. After showing me Mt. Rushmore, brother-in-law took me to see the Crazy Horse Memorial, a work in progress. Do your own search for information on this, it is well worth the learning.

This trip also turned up the first signs that the Nikon EM 35mm SLR I'd inherited from a friend would die soon as well. Most probably the cold edged the early signs, but the cause was a lot of use. This photo is not one of the early signs, however.
madshutterbug: (c)2009 by Myself (Moll)
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