This one came out probably wide enough for four panorama monitors.
Another macro panorama. Let me know if you think its too much of something.
I had good fun with my camera on Memorial Day. Been a while since I filled up a memory card.
Since I have such a nice computer at work, I’ve decided that I refocus my photography towards landscapes, and put out multi-desktop wallpapers.
I like the phrase “starter crank.” I loved planes as a boy, but now I’m bitter about the symbolism. Is this an attempt to poke at jingoism? I love the tone of the shiny metal, truly.
HIgher res available.
The side of a van I saw tonight. I’ve got another picture that shows how tidily this van is parked, patching a hole in the fence of it’s yard.
I was able to prop the camera against a signpost and get this 1 second exposure with my 28mm lens. Sometimes I’ll start some post-processing, get a bit frustrated, and come back to it after puzzling it out in the back of my head after a while. It getting texture I visualized for the water involved playing with grayscale layer for a while, coupled with a dodging layer on the top to restore the level of the mist that morning.
I’m going to start making all the desktop pictures 1680×1050 now.
I really like this one. I was able to get a good, distant background and multiplication darkened it easily.
I enjoyed the tiny bit of “sun” today and cruised some alleyways. I’ve gained a used Vivitar 28mm f2.5 M42 lens. This is the first lens that I’ve noticed a big difference in “quality” of the light. I mostly use modern lenses with smooth aspherical properties that make a picture seem evenly bright. The low-exposure areas drop off pretty steeply, and it meters the highlights differently. So with my Sigma zoom, I’ll get a 1/10th exposure at f2.8, but it will appear brighter than the 1/15th f2.5 exposure with this Vivitar. (I’m sure you think I’ve been swindled.) There are some homely reasons I like this vivitar lens, though. It’s focusing is stiffer, and the minimum focusing distance is about 4 inches…I can treat it like a macro lens and I’m not so afraid I’m going to wear this lens out as with the Sigma. The Tamron and Sigma lenses I have feel very fragile.
This is also the first picture I’ve used a map/distortion filter on. I mapped the picture to a tilted plan in order to reduce the parallax in the picture. That was my biggest problem with the composition, the “looking down at” point of view in the picture made it look a lot cheaper. If it still looks cheap, let me know…I can take it.
A bit more colorful than some of the others. I really like how my 50mm can focus in pretty close without needing to use extension rings.
I think this was one of the better desktop pictures, I think.
This “short walk” turned into a mini photo-safari. When I got back to camp, I had to pack everything up.
Another pleasant picture.
This is one of about a dozen pleasant images of bark. I was having fun with my shallow depth of field. Razar State Park was pleasant, except for the droves of mosquitoes.
I don’t clearly recall this trip. I think I was on autopilot the whole time, getting used to a life of small kids, constant server failures, lots of caffeine and less sleep. It must have involved crossing the border. I wonder if this was the trip we tried visiting the UBC campus and got lost trying to get back to Freeway 1 to get home. Probably. The signage in Vancouver BC sucked. Miracle we made it out with our lives.
Is there something wrong with the balance of this photo? How would you crop it differently? I find a lot of interesting elements, but I think I study it too much. Should it focus on the rock, or the shadowy face it paints?
I have visited Semiahmoo Spit twice. Each time, I’ve been impressed with the amount of driftwood along the spit. I took lots of photos of the driftwood. Few of those pictures seem interesting to me now. However, a fun experiment with some pictures of old machinery on the spit still shows sparkle. I often don’t use edge-detection techniques, but in this case, it gave the geometry of the gears a crisp punch that I like.
A nascent family tradition is to spend a weekend at Iron Springs. I was quite pleased that I was able to get some sunset pictures out of it. I don’t often take my camera near a wet beach. This time I was, and running around wildly shooting up the landscape.
This one makes a better desktop background I think.
I make a black border around the print versions for framing purposes. Often the cropping of the image doesn’t match a premade 8×10 or 10×14 matte. It also allows me to not worry about aspect ratio. The black can be trimmed or cropped however.
I saw this at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, California. Jesse was just getting over a cold and Liam was getting badgered by me to drink water. It was only about 99F that day. I got to see the inside of a diesel train, that was neato.
Once again, angles and geometry. The Bell System is the forefather of my work…Unix and Linux and what.
One of the most beautiful minerals I know is vanadanite. It compares to diotase and wulfenite. Bob generously gave Liam some minerals to kick start his own collection, and for his science fair project we were taking pictures of them.
Reds are easy to juice up. The actual specimen is not quite a lusty a red as this, but many vanadanite crystals I’ve seen are, so this view is not far exaggerated.
We went to look for geese and eagles–and found both. I didn’t bring big lenses or tripods, so pictures of birds would have proved vain. I have a 200mm lens, and that would become like ~280-300mm when using a CCD. Anyhow, as usual, the clouds are sometimes the best parts of trips to Skagit.
This was an old wreck in Big Morongo Canyon, just soaking up the sun after 60 years of neglect. I like taking pictures of entropy and geometry and neglect. Some might think it’s cheap character, though.
This picture was from some logs at Big Morongo Canyon Preserve in 2007, after fires swept through the Little San Bernardino mountain area (among other places). It was super duper hot that day, and Jesse fell asleep in the kid backpack for a lot of the walk.