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A snap from down the beach of thousands of starlings(?) chasing the fast ferry off out of the river Mersey.

 

I've wanted to capture these things for a long time, but the lighting has never been right. So many birds making shapes in the sky, appearing and disapearing as they turn on mass, quite a sight.

 

In shot are a small portion of these, quite hard to appriciate the scale of these things, but if you were wondering what the black dots are, then now you know.

  

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I heard a horror story about such an area on such a gloomy day. A married couple suddenly ran out of petrol. And the man decided to go back to the service station. So he left his wife and promised to come back soon, while she was waiting in the car in the forest. She didn’t know what to do and turned the radio on to hear a bit of music. Outside it was getting darker and darker and she got an eerie feeling as she sat there waiting for her husband. On the radio they brought an announcement: A dangerous madman escaped from the mental hospital and please don’t leave your houses! Well, she was very tired and so she decided to turn off the radio and fell asleep.

 

Hours later she was awakened because she heard a muted sound on the roof of the car. But thank God a police car stopped just behind her. The police officer went out of his car and cried: „Is everything OK with you? Now you do exactly what I tell you!!! When I say one … you open the door of the car … when I say two … you jump out of the car … and when I say three … you run as fast as possible in my direction! Well, such said such done! And when the woman reached the officer they both saw a man sitting on the roof of the car playing around with the head of the woman’s husband.

 

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Wednesday was go time. Once work ended at 3, I had the rest of the week off, with a workshop on Saturday and Sunday my only commitment. The plan was simple. Drive like crazy and end up somewhere cool in time for photography Thursday at sunrise.

 

I needed to scout the Tioga Pass area for the workshop, so it made sense that my ‘cool’ destination would end up being somewhere on highway 395. I just didn’t know where. I thought about a lot of place as I raced down highway 44, past Lassen Park, on my way to Reno; where I would have dinner, buy some groceries, make a football parlay, and top off the gas tank before ultimately finding my sleeping place a few hours later.

 

Let’s just get this out now. If it weren’t for the football Giants of NY I would be $125 richer right now. Way to go fart-knockers.

 

I stopped in Reno at the Cal-Neva, (after fueling up) to make a single $5 sports bet (and pee…it was a long drive.). I think I set a record for the shortest amount of time I’ve ever spent in a casino while in Reno. I flew in, used the restroom, dropped my bet, and was back in the saddle looking for a restaurant and grocery store all before my car seat even lost it’s warmth.

 

Oh Reno, I thought I knew ye.

 

I know ye not.

 

I couldn’t find a grocery store. None. Zip. Nada.

 

I was just driving. Looking. Mumbling. Down Virginia St. I went…casino’s turned to malls, which turned into more casinos, and then more malls…and FINALLY. FINALLY I found a grocery store.

 

If you’ve ever been to Whole Foods. You may know where I’m headed with this tale. The football Giants of NY weren’t the only ones who took my money while in Reno.

 

Wow what a store full of a bunch of food with brand names I don’t recognize. I needed food for breakfast the next day, as well as some ingredients to throw in the crock pot when I met up with Stephen on Thursday night. Where to begin!?! I saw the produce selection and was in heaven. They had every type of vegetable imaginable…and in oddly colored versions even. Purple potatoes, white Asparagus, pinky colored green beans, orange bell peppers…it was truly a site to appreciate if you like food. My recipe called for some lesser purchased pepper varieties…so I was SURE I had found the perfect spot for filling my bizarre shopping list.

 

One problem.

 

Their pepper selection sucks. They had neither of the peppers I needed in fresh, canned, or even dried form.

 

It was time to make some adjustments to the recipe.

 

I didn’t know my way around the grocery store, so this took considerable time…in one aisle…back to another, the back to the same aisle again. I was a mess. Eventually I stumbled into the dairy aisle where I came face to face with dairy bliss. I’m a sucker for aesthetics in everything…even my milk. When I saw milk in an old fashioned glass jars, there was no doubt, I was buying some…even if it set me back $5 for a quart because of ‘bottle deposit’

 

“You can get the deposit back if you bring the bottle back….” The lady behind the counter told me cheerfully.

 

I was already be taking a mortgage out on my home to buy the 15 items I’d selected in my cart…so I was half tempted to chug the milk right there in line and get back my deposit…I was saving it for breakfast, however, to drink with some nice pastries…which whole foods doesn’t sell.

 

No Hostess pies?!??! Shame on you and your no preservatives lifestyle Whole Foods!! Tree Huggers! That meant I would have to stop AGAIN to buy hostess cake...and ice…because apparently ice must have preservatives…they don’t sell it either. You won’t be getting that bottle back jackasses!!

 

I loaded my overpriced food, and set off to find some dinner.

 

I ended up at a little place called Austin’s. Not because it looked outstanding, more because I was starving, and it was right near the 395 onramp. I walked into the bar, and the lady working the counter told me to find a seat and she would be right with me. Big fat liar.

 

She proceeded to chit chat with a few of the regulars, and then struck up a conversation with a few other customers who came in after me, even going as far as getting their beverages for them, and talking about the Monday Night Football game from the past week…because, come to find out, she’s a Broncos fan….and the customer was AT the game, and bought her a t-shirt. This required some joyful celebratory distraction, followed by other conversations and shenanigans that were all adding up to not providing me with anything that would get me closer to being fed.

 

Eventually, there weren’t any other people left in the bar with whom the waitress had not shared some kind of conversation, so she was forced to bring me a menu, call me sweetie, and retreat back to the bar so she could wait for someone else to distract her from giving me decent service.

 

I’m a budget traveler, so I ALWAYS look for the best bang for the buck…and when I saw the spaghetti and meatballs platter for 8.99.…I was sold. I figured it would be average in taste at best, but nothing fill one up like spaghetti and meat fried in ball form. They had an optional side dish for 2.99.…but I wasn’t going for it. Spaghetti was it….and a beer. If baseball is on TV…I have to have a beer while I enjoy the game.

 

MY food comes and low and behold there’s a plate of broccoli with my dinner. I figure it’s probably just a courtesy to me for my patience when dealing with crap-tastic service. IT’ was also late in the evening, so I figured they had some left, and why not give it out…Like the spaghetti it too wasn’t very good…and I only picked at it.

 

When my bill finally came it was almost $20. I was charged for the broccoli…and my small beer was $5. WHAT?!?!?!? This would be a good time to say that I hate tipping at restaurants. I hate giving someone who is paid for their job, extra to do their job. I never get tips for doing my job. Their job is to bring people food, and keep their water glasses full. It’s not rocket science, or brain surgery. I DO tip the required amount, and I will even tip a pizza delivery guy quite well…because I believe there is some skill involved in bringing me my pizza in a timely fashion. There’s cops to avoid, other drivers, route finding, and the ever dwindling hotness of my meal. That takes some skill.

 

I also tip because my wife would kill me if I didn’t…and be totally embarrassed to be out with me and my cheapness. My cheap-titude.

 

My wife wasn’t there, and this lady sucked at her job…so I didn’t tip her. Her tip was the broccoli she charged me for. She can go home and pout about the house in her Monday Night Football shirt.

 

With Reno firmly in my rearview mirror, I set off down 395.…destination still unknown.

 

I really had a lot of options…Lundy Canyon and the aspen groves…Convict Lake, and the elusive epic sunrise I have yet to capture there, down to the Alabama Hills, Owens River…so many places I haven‘t explored to my satisfaction.

 

Where did I end up?

 

Mono Lake. I ALWAYS end up there…I’ve told myself I was happy with my shots from that place…I could leave it. I still end up there. My logic this time was it was that it was almost midnight…I was getting tired, and there would be no bears in that parking lot that would be interested in getting in the Prius with me and ransacking my overpriced preservative free food.

 

I ended up at Mono Lake out of pure chickendry.

 

I set up my bed in the car, and went lights out.

 

I woke up at 3am…because I was freezing. I managed to peak outside, and notice there were NO clouds in the sky….UGH. It was too late to move now. I figured I’d set my alarm for six, and check again. If the clouds were back, I’d just tough out another Mono sunrise. ..if it was still clear, I’d move south to Convict, and give that place another whilrl.

 

6’O clock came, and I shut off the alarm in favor of 30 minutes more of sleep. I’m such a grump when the alarm goes off…and it’s easy to talk myself back down for a few more ZZZZ’s if I’m already at a location.

 

6:30am. I look out the window, and low and behold the clouds came back, and the sky is starting to glow pink. I may not be a big fan of Mono Lake…but I’m no dummy…there was a sunrise a’ comin’ and if I didn’t get my happy ass up, and dressed, I was going to miss it….

  

Here’s the shot…so the next post will be kind of a let down at first…because you know the results…but it’s still a good tale. Oh yeah….I had chocodiles to eat for breakfast with the glass jug of milk.

 

It’s all the fun of Chocolate AND Crocodiles wrapped up in a tasty chocolate covered cream filled cake.

Really I can’t find out what it has to do with those reptiles…it’s just a Twinkie covered in chocolate. I guess that just sounds lame though. Chocolate-covered Twinkie. Mix it with a vicious man-eating reptile…and that will make it delicious…and kind of frightening.

 

Will the cake eat ME…or will I eat the cake?

 

Find out next time…

 

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I came upon this one about 30m from a Forest Service road in the Cascade Mountains. I remained in the mobile blind and turned off the engine. She showed very little concern at my presence. I know that a tongue flick can be a sign of aggression, in this case she just happened to look up while chewing. After about two minutes I left her in peace.

 

Black-tailed Deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus)

 

The black-tailed deer is one of nine subspecies of the mule deer. It was first recorded by the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-06.

Black-tailed deer live in the temperate coniferous forests along the Pacific coast. These forests are characterized by cool temperatures and lots of rain, but an overall mild climate. Black-tailed deer do not therefore migrate in response to seasonal changes, unlike some of the other mule deer subspecies. Instead, black-tailed deer often spend their entire life in the same general area.

 

Cascade Mountains – Jackson County – Oregon - USA

 

I’m not sure what it is…maybe I’m a glutton for punishment…or perhaps I really do enjoy driving at night, like I tell myself…but it seems that whenever I’m going to photograph I leave early.

 

This past weekend I took my youngest son Aiden, and one of our dogs, Callie for an overnight trip to Redwoods National Park. This trip served to accomplish several goals.

 

1) Separate my kids for one day. They’ve been fighting so much lately we needed an intervention, even if it was just for 24 hours…they could regain normal kid form, and give us ’normal’ parent form again…even if for just 24 hours.

 

2) Last year during this time of year I took Brenden, my oldest son to the Redwoods for a day. I was nearly mauled by an elk…we drove through the worst of the Nor-Cal forest fires…The photography sucked, and I ate way too much fried food for my own good. My son had a good time though, and his bragging led his little brother demanding a trip of his own in the future.

 

That day came this weekend.

 

3) I wanted good photos of the Redwoods. I’ve been there 3 or 4 times in the past two years, and NEVER gotten images I even remotely liked. I live in California. What kind of portfolio can I build without Redwoods NP shots?

  

2AM- I woke up my son, who was mumbling incoherently about doughnuts and our trip. “Time to go…”

 

I know, you’re thinking;

 

“You sick man…what kind of dad-tard wakes his 5-year old up at 2am to torture him…just so he can get someplace for sunrise photography?”

 

Me. That’s the short answer…but in actuality, it was Aiden’s fault as well…he wanted to “get up before anyone else and leave while mom and Brennie were sleeping.” He may not have specified 2am…but we left while everyone else was sleeping, so he got his wish.

 

The drive to the coast was slower than usual due to fog, darkness, old eyes, and deer. We saw at least 7 deer on the drive. There’s no place to get coffee at that time either. Maybe leaving early ISN’T awesome.

 

I planned to shoot Luffenholtz Beach for sunrise…because, really, it’s the best spot in that area for photographing the Ocean. It’s close to Houda Point and Moonstone Beach and has every type of scenario one with a camera would want; Sea Stacks…big crashing waves…slow meandering waves….surfers….dogs…whatever your beach photographing desire is…it‘s there.

 

AND best of all..

 

It’s wiener free.

 

We rolled into one of the parking areas of that region about 5:15am. The sun hadn’t risen yet…but I could tell there was NOTHING in the way of good sunrise photography.

Gray-ball city.

Flat…uninteresting clouds…monochrome wasn’t even a real option.

 

The only thing left to do was nap.

 

Like my kids, my dogs all have very different personalities. Callie is the watch dog of the pack. She barks at each and every noise…no matter who it is….or what it is. She’s ready to protect. This is a reassuring trait…at home…where nighttime noise is minimal.

 

Trying to nap in a parking lot that is rapidly filling with surfers and beach combers-trying to catch the low tide…is really difficult with Callie standing guard.

 

Here a bark the a bark every five minutes a bark bark.

 

Callie. SHUT THE HECK UP!!!

 

Here a growl there a growl everywhere a growl growl

 

Stupid dog. SHUT UP.

 

Somehow…we slept…We reallllly slept. We woke after 9am

 

9am was no different than 5am as far as weather was concerned…..still dull and gray. I think being a weatherman on the northern coast HAS to be the simplest job ever. Just guess…you’ll be wrong 75% of the time but nobody will care…because it’s the coast, and you can hide behind the ‘well…hehe this coastal fog is sure unpredictable isn’t it…should burn off at some point…hehe.”

 

The forecast was supposed to be SUN and partly cloudy.

  

If there is a silver lining to the boring gray skies…it’s that there is a better than average chance that the Redwood regions will be covered with fog…which IS great for photography.

 

Del Norte State Park…here we come.

 

I have to apologize to Oregon…whoever is responsible for Northern California’s coast park regions must have defected from Oregon….because there is far too many State Parks in this region as well. I guess California is guilty of over-park-syndrome as well.

 

I’m not familiar with all the ins and outs of the Redwoods National and State Parks region. It’s vast, and there’s a billion places to turn off and get lost in big trees. Big trees are intimidating to photograph. Photographically, I’ve heard people go nuts for the ‘Rhodies’ which is photo-slang for Rhododendron. I was happy just calling them pink flowers….but it’s not hip to ask another photographer,

 

“Yo…where’s a good spot for some pink flowers?”

 

You have to be photo-jargon-savvy….and say something like,

 

“How’s it going? What trails you tried so far? How the Rhodies?”

 

Then they know you’re IN and give you the 4-1-1 on where the Rhodies are poppin’

 

Damnation Creek trail. Rhodies be poppin. According to a photo source I saw while shooting along the road.

 

Aiden and I parked at the trailhead to Damnation Creek and set off. This trail is a 2.1 mile trek from Highway 101 all the way to the sea. It loses over 1000 feet in elevation as it drops to the beach. The parks service lists it as ‘Very Strenuous’ and ‘Steep’ I figured, being as I had my 5-year old…we wouldn’t go down too far…just enough to shoot some trees, and maybe a ‘Rhodie’ or two…then back up we’d go.

 

.6 miles into the trail…sits another sign warning hikers of the extreme elevation change, and sucktitude of the remaining portion of the hike. I figured this was a good spot to turn around.

 

“Where’s that trail go dad?” Aiden asks…bent down grabbing another wormy-millipede-like bug from the dirt to add to his already heaping handful of the critters.

 

“It’s steep dude…and it goes down to the ocean…”

 

“I wanna go to the ocean…”

 

“Oh we will, we’ll go to a different ocean...with less walking.” I assured him.

 

“I wanna go to THIS ocean.” He says matter-of-factly

 

“It’s STEEP Aiden…and you’re wearing rubber boots….we can go to another beach.”

 

“I don’t care. I wanna go to this one. Let’s go!”

 

“Fine. But I’m not carrying you up on the way back…not carrying…capiche?” I said trying to catch him as he tromped off down the path.

 

“Capiche.” came a little voice from down the trail.

 

The more we hiked…the steeper it got…and the more I reminded my son about the task that would await him once we finished playing at the beach.

 

“I KNOW…why don’t you worry about something else.”

 

“Alright…I just don’t wanna hear the complaining about how steep it is on the way back…”

 

“Well….well….you’re worried about it too.”

 

“I’m not worried about the hike. I’m worried about you…and you not making it….it’s STEEP. I know you too well.”

 

“Beach.” he said, pointing down the trail.

 

“Fine.”

 

The beach was nice…not huge, but under good conditions it could be a pretty sweet place to photograph. We took some snap shots on the beach…threw rocks and sticks…and watched the waves for a bit. There was a group of foreign high-school students there as well. Everyone was looking at me like I was the worst parent in the world.

 

How dare you drag your 5 year old down here…that’s CRAZY! Was the look I was getting from more than one person.

 

Hey. He wanted to. It was HIS idea. Was what I wanted to scream…but they wouldn’t have understood me.

 

As suspected…the hike up was NOT fun for Aiden. 100-yards into the return trip he was asking to be carried.

 

I wasn’t carrying him.

 

I’ll spare you most of the agony of the hike back…but just know it was LONG, and by the end my son was shirtless, and bellyaching with me about how tired, sore, and hungry he was….2/3 of the way back we passed a group of folks heading down.

 

“You guys having fun?” one of the ladies asked, making the typical trail-passing chit chat.

 

“Yeah.” I said, answering with the typical smiling response to trail-passing chit-chat.

 

“I’m not having fun!” My son snaps at me. “She wasn’t asking ME if I was having fun…because I AM NOT having ANY fun right now!”

 

No A, you are not having any fun…that is very apparent.

 

We made it back to the car…it only took an hour and a half. I’ve never seen a child happier to get back in the car.

 

Aiden can also say he’s completed the longest hike out of my kids….and he did it in Goulashes.

 

I’ve got to say I was very proud of him. Despite the complaining he did it all himself, and was patient (or too exhausted to care) while I stopped and took photos the entire hike.

 

This shot was from the hike down. I’ve got to say, even though there aren’t any ‘Rhodies’ in this image…I think it does a good job of showing how dramatic, and moody the park is.

 

Part 2 soon…

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Lake Tahoe has many beautiful places along its shores, but for me Sand Harbor is at the top of the list. The way the white granite boulders merge with the beautifully clear, turquoise water is simply incredible. On this night I was shooting a sunset that started off without a bang. In fact it was so boring I began to pack up my gear to leave. But as I turned around to head back to the car, the clouds to the northeast began to light up with beautiful pink and purple hues. Tearing my camera back out of my bag I set up a composition which highlighted the clarity of the water, the white granite, and the reflection of the beautiful light show happening above the mountains in front of me. With the beauty of the scene, and a complete lack of any wind, it seemed as though Tahoe and I were both left breathless.

 

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Tech Notes on this Photo

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Nikon D300s

Tokina 12-24 mm

ISO100 - To help stretch out the shutter speed

f/10 - as always I started out at f/8 since that's the sharpest spot on my lens and it helps me defocus scratches, drops, and dust on my filters/lens. In this case I wanted to increase the shutter speed a little bit to help smooth out the water as much as possible. Turns out there wasn't much difference to the smoothness in the end, but this shot at f/10 had the best light.

6 sec

12 mm on a crop sensor

Lee 3-stop, 2-stop, and 1 soft GND Filters, handheld at a very slight angle to help darken the horizon on the left.

 

Post-Processing

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In Raw Converter (Nikon Capture NX2)

- Processed single raw file twice, once for the majority of the image, and another time at +0.3 ev to blend in to upper-right corner to remove some darkness there

- Global contrast for added pop

- Slightly darkened and added contrast to the sky to add oomph

- brightened and added contrast to darker rocks on left

- slightly darkened and added contrast to brighter rocks on right

- increased brightness, contrast, and saturation of foreground rock and turquoise water

- straightened horizon by 0.2°

 

In Photoshop:

- Noise reduction via Neat Image

- gradient blend of 2 tiffs to lighten upper right corner a little

- Selective sharpening of rocks and mountain ridge

- Curves layer to slightly brighten submerged rocks in foreground, mid-ground rocks, and upper right part of the sky

- Decided I didn't like the extra pinkness in the foreground rock so I used a hue/saturation layer to tone it down

 

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Here's one more from Rodeo beach a couple weeks ago, and most likely my last shot for 2009. Thank you all for a wonderful year and I wish each and every one of you a safe and happy holiday season and a grand new year! I will be in Southern California for a few days and then hopefully to Death Valley. Any of you who have tips, secret (or well known) spots in either area, let me know! I'll be checking my flickr mail.

 

Onto the shot.

 

Sometimes I forget to mix things up when the light is sweet, instead getting caught up in the moment, in awe of what is unfolding before my eyes. Coastal shooting, in the action zone, requires great attention to all those 'little' details. Which shutter speed to use to get the best water action to retain details is one of them. Dealing with mist and water all over your grad filters is one of the most annoying things. It never ends! And, oh, not gettting totally wiped out by a rogue wave. Yeah, that's important, too.

 

Now, I'm about to let you in on a personality trait of mine. I don't multitask well...at all. I will forget where I'm driving, and miss turns, just by having a conversation. I misplace an item, whether it be keys, wallet, or phone, on a daily basis.

 

So as we are wrapping up this shoot, I suddenly realize I've misplaced my filter holder. I had just taken it off and it's nowhere to be found. I check all eight of my pockets, four in my jacket, four in my pants.

 

Nothing.

 

I conclude that the filter holder fell to the sand and was either swept out to sea or covered in sand by an incoming wave. Steve loans me his flashlight and I start looking. In the meantime, I am getting flustered. I just lost my $70 remote in Tahoe a couple weeks ago, I do not want to lose a $70 filter holder. I hastily set my tripod further up the beach and continue my search. But my tripod falls over and my camera hits the sand. Sand is now wedged into every button and dial on the back of my camera. Nice.

 

But I find nothing. I give up and we head to the parking lot. I sit down in my truck and instantly realize what a fool I am. I NEVER put anything in the back pocket of pants! But there it was, my filter holder.

 

Nikon D300

Nikkor 12-24mm @ 12mm

0.5sec @ f16, ISO 100

Singh-Ray 3-stop Reverse GND Filter

Lee. 6 Hard GND

 

First Impressions are Lasting Impressions

 

Do you dare ask my first impressions about a world famous national park?

 

I drove the Lyell Highway A10 to see a portion of Tasmania I have not seen. It rained almost non-stop from Queenstown to Cradle Mountain. Do you suppose rain slicked roads would be sufficient cause for other road users to slow down, below the speed limit or to not tailgate? No! Well how about narrow winding roads with hairpin turns with a recommended speed limit of 15 km/h (9 mph), that are slick, plus limited visibility? TasManiacs!

 

I had planned stops at Montezuma Falls and Zeehan that is supposed to have one of the best rock and mineral collections, but it was bucketing rain. I decided to continue direct to Cradle Mountain.

 

Very nearly 6 hours later, my wife and I had checked-in to our cabin. I have stayed at 4 and 5 star hotels around the world that were not as nice! They are supposedly rated 2 star, though I would rate them 4 or 5 star accommodation. Cradle Mountain Highlander-

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Raining moderately, cold, and overcast sky, upon arrival. I was eager to visit Dove Lake, but it had to wait for a break in the poor weather. The cabin had its own kitchen, so my wife prepared a lovely dinner. I was tired from the drive, so slept early and past sunrise. I was told by a German tourist the weather was too poor for a sunrise photo. We made our way to the Visitor Centre.

 

BEST ADVICE Buy a two years Parks pass at Service Tasmania and get a car registration sticker for $98.00 and avoid the queue, the poor or deliberately misleading advice and unfriendly attitudes of the Parks and Wildlife Staff at the counter. With that Pass, avoid the time wasted and time lost waiting in a line of tourists all asking the same questions. I firmly believe the Staff are sick of tourists -AND, Tasmania is reliant on tourism $$$, the "Holiday State".

 

The C132 is very narrow and one lane, mostly. The bus service there have a special rule book for them, that nobody else has read and certainly is nowhere within the pages of the Tasmania Driver Licence Handbook, that they do not have to drive at the speed limit and they have ultimate right-of-way! One tourist, in queue, ahead of me had complained about that park attraction to indifferent, almost contemptuous Staff, to absolutely no avail.

 

At Dove Lake Car Park, tourists would mostly take photos whilst standing in the car park. One mainland Chinese older female tourist had her photograph taken in the parking lot by another, she was wearing a bright pink jacket, dark Hollywood actress style thick plastic framed sunglasses (probably a copy of some famous brand label), replete with a toothpick in her mouth, and posing with a President Richard Nixon peace hand gesture. Imagine travelling all the way from mainland China, say 10.5 hours flying time from Shanghai to Sydney, fussing at the airport with Customs and Immigration, for another couple hours, transferring to a flight to Hobart, flying another 1.5 hours, plus driving 4.5 to 6 hours, by tour bus to get a once in a lifetime photograph like that!!! No shit! And, then another mainland Chinese female tourist dropped a piece of paper or tissue, in the parking lot, turned to look at it, then walked off, though a trash can was within 25 meters, at most. We can thank Communist China's President Xi, for the buggers rubbishing our state's most pristine environment. That is not the worst, I saw. Some rogue discarded her tampon near a tree at the famous Boat Shed, where millions of photos have been taken.

 

I met Canadian, English, French, German, Hong Kong and Taiwan tourists, as well as those from interstate. Those are the ones we need to lure to our state. Thinking of one word to describe them -civility.

 

My wife and I had planned this for easily two months of likely windows of opportunity for travel, with all else that is going on in our lives and around the weather. The weather during our stay was poor and very changeable. For example, I had my taken a photo with my Nikon D3x and though I would duplicate the photo with my Hasselblad 503CWD. The sky changed from postcard blue with fluffy sheep-like clouds to bucketing rain in 8 minutes! No joke. The German tourists, two older brothers and their wives, gave up an hour before I was willing to submit. After a few hours, we drove back to our cabin. Unbelievably, I had rainwater inside the leg extensions of my tripod 2 days later.

 

I have not gotten to the best part. I was introduced to a "famous Australian photographer" . . . he charges $7,000 for a guided tour of Cradle Mountain. $7,000!!! I went to get my Nikon D3x camera, though I left my wife guarding my Hasselbald mounted on the tripod, all set up for the above photo. He and his mate could not resist the temptation to spy through my Hasselblad's viewfinder. I would guess for a photographer who can lure other photographers to pay him $7,000 by spruiking how wonderful he is, he should not need to look through my viewfinder, but use his own imagination. I knew he was a "famous photographer" because he was carrying a backpack full of gear and had a camera over his shoulder with a HUGE . . . I mean HUGE telephoto lens. Like who can carry all that shit for very long, unless the famous photographer is also a body-builder.

 

It was a mental chore deciding what camera equipment and lenses I would bring. I made a list of the things I would like to bring or think I might need. I weighed each, the tripod was 3.4 kg, alone! The night before, I decided to change my list, leave my Nikon 20-70mm and 80-200mm f/2.8D lenses home, because they are heavy. I chose Prime lenses. Nikon 28mm f/1.4D, 50mm f/1.4D, 85mm f/1.4D, Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8D, Micro-Nikkor 200mm f/4.0D (did not use) and 300mm f/4.0D (did not use), plus a Nikon 1.4E Tele-converter (did not use) . . . Flash, remote release, spare batteries, 2 CF Cards, a Nikon SC-29 for off-camera flash (didn't use), ExpoDisk, Colour Temperature Meter, and Light Meter. Still, that was heavy and tried carrying it in a backpack. Unrealistic. There are walking tracks of as little as 10 minutes, to half day 6 hours, all day, and further. One does not last very long with heaps of weight strapped to there shoulders.

 

And, before I leave the topic of photographers, another photographer, came to stand right beside where I scouted and set up, to take the same photo. I asked her, "You must be Chinese?" To which she replied, "Me, Chinese?" My meaning was translated for her, then she walked off. The "mainlanders" will come and stand elbow-to-elbow or walk into my still steaming footprints to try to get the same photo. Nil imagination or just lazy-minded.

 

Where are these photographers OWN imagination?

 

By Sunday, I had enough of the gloomy weather, raining and cold 4˚C (39˚F), discounting windchill factor. I told the Receptionist, where we stayed, tat I would probably need a week, here. He replied that he has has guests stay a week and never saw the mountain once, due the changeable and often poor weather.

 

Cradle Mountain would be an awesome place to visit/camp/live, if not for all the tourists. I waited until after school holidays and end of Summer, for a reason. Still the parking lot was full of tourists snapping photos and taking iPhone selfies, when they are not doing that, they are dropping litter, and when not doing that they are walking off the specially constructed track architecture, installed to protect delicate flora.

 

I had a great time, otherwise.

 

Cradle Mountain is very beautiful, to be sure, but there are mountains in China more beautiful and significantly higher, there are the Alps, in Europe, where I saw the Matterhorn, the Rockies, the Grand Tetons, the Sierra Nevada, the Andes, most all of south island in New Zealand, mountains covered by glaciers, in Alaska, too.

 

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I originally wanted to do a photo with my globe as a tribute to the environment and to 'spread awareness' about the issues it faces these days, but I didn't like how they turned out, so I thought it would be best to put a photo of nature instead. This is an old photo... I love winter.

 

If you read this, thanks.

If you don't, I don't care. I'm just putting my thoughts down. You might agree with me, roll your eyes, be somewhere in the middle, or not even give a crap, but this is what is on my mind at the moment.

 

I've just been thinking.. kind of about, well.. everything. But mainly about the world. It keeps me up at night. You don't have to read this, it's more of like a journal entry to the journal I've never had.

 

... I'd been dreading and putting off reading a summer assigned book for my IB Environmental Science class, but I finally made a small dent in the material. It's pretty much all statistics so far, which I though would be extremely boring, but I found that instead of boring me, the facts shocked me. I put a star next to the ones that really got me, and will share them here. I mean we are always hearing about environment issues and how we need to do something before it's too late.. and so on.. but I feel as if a normal-minded person like myself can't possibly think of a way to save this planet. Of course recycling is do-able, and so is carpooling, or buying environment friendly things such as reusable bags, but how can small things like this save our home from all of the terrible detrimental acts we've created? It just makes me scared, not necessarily for my life, but for the future generations that we are putting these burdens on. Some eye-opening facts...

 

*It took all of human history for global population to expand by 1900 to a billion and a half people, and today we have over 6 billion.

*One calculation suggests that more energy was consumed in the last 100 years than in all of previous history.

* In 1960, 5% of Marine fisheries were either fished to capacity or over-fished; today 75% of marine fisheries are in this condition.

*A forth of the bird species are extinct and another 12% are threatened.

*25% of mammals and reptiles are threatened, and 30% of fish.

*The rate of species extinction today is estimated to be a hundred to a thousand times the normal rate at which species disappear.

*a third to a half of the world's forests are now gone.

*each year human societies are destroying about 40% of nature's net photosynthetic product.

*a fifth of the world's people lack clean drinking water, and 40% lack sanitary services.

* Over the next two decades, the average supply of water per person will drop by a third.

*In the past 20 years, global energy use is up by 40%, global meat consumption is up by 70%, and global paper use is up by 90%.

*Close to half of the world's people live on less than two dollars a day.

 

All of these facts were only in the first 20 or so pages of this book, and I'm sure there are many more horrifying ones to come, unfortunately.

 

Anyways, us humans are capable of so much, and I am a bit frustrated with what we have done to our planet. And even though I may not see the effects first-hand, I also personally feel responsible for what is happening. I can't help feeling guilty when I take 20 minute showers, when I should be conserving water, or drive in a car knowing it's bad for the environment, or sit in my nice air-conditioned house stuffing my face with dinner when there are people in third-world countries starving and dying each day from malnutrition.

 

So just putting my two cents in:

One: People need to freaking control themselves and stop having so many kids. The world is WAY too populated and we are using up all of our resources FAST. And we need to educate people in other countries like Africa to stop producing kids that they can't feed.

Two: Finding some way to stop global warming, or at least decrease it. And for those people who don't believe in global warming and say "it's just natural for the Earth's temperature to fluctuate"... I'm sorry, I find that completely mental. There has been so much damage done to the planet in the past 100 years, with the Industrial Revolution and cars, and what not, that it makes sense why the Earth is heating up, and glaciers are melting, and making Polar bears extinct.

 

Oh, and one more thing. And I'm not just saying this because I'm a vegetarian. COWS. Cows are ruining our ozone layer. SERIOUSLY. Livestock is responsible for 18% of greenhouse-gas emissions worldwide, according to the U.N. Who would have thought that cow's farting could do such damage :P And I'm not implying that we kill off all the cows in the world, it would just be sensible to stop over-breeding them. But I doubt that will ever happen, because people enjoy their steaks and hamburgers far too much..

 

I could go on, but I won't. Sorry for rambling.

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Panther Beach had been somewhat of an anomaly for me. There is a cove just south of Davenport that I've been to a handful of times to shoot, and I mistakenly had been calling it Panther Beach due to some photos on Flickr labeling it such, albeit incorrectly. Turns out that cove is often called Shark Fin Cove, or Shark Tooth Cove or beach. Something like that. Anyway, I had been set straight by a couple of people, and I wanted to locate the "real deal".

 

Driving home from a sunrise shoot up at Pescadero State Beach, I stopped off at a dirt pull out that I had wanted to explore. And after seeing a nice opening in the cliff, I knew I was at Panther Beach proper. This is a popular spot it turns out. You can tell by the numerous large blackened areas in the sand from campfires and the profuse amount of trash. Both times I've collected quite a bit, mostly the plastic stuff to help do my part. I am very disappointed that there are no trash cans at the top or bottom of the path, as I'm sure that would help out. Hmm, maybe I need to write a letter.

 

On to the shoot. Knowing that rain is coming for a couple days, I felt my best opportunity for some nice sunset shots would be tonight. I got up to the beach late, and quickly found a spot I liked. I really liked how the waves were crashing against the outside rock and streaming off. I also liked how the foreground rock seemed to be pointing towards the sunset. There is so much potential here, I plan on coming back for more. I'll be sure to carry a bag or two for the trash collection on the way out.

 

Update 02/05/09: Thanks to my contact, surfwax, I now stand corrected. This shot is from Hole In The Wall Beach. Panther Beach is the beach north of the hole. I guess Panther Beach eludes me again! That's ok, I'll get there eventually.

 

Nikon D300

Tokina 11-16mm @ 12mm (borrowed from my girlfriend)

0.8sec @ f11, ISO 160

B+W Polarizer

Lee .9 Soft and .6 Hard ND Grad Filters

EXPLORED! rank 359 February 25, 2009.

 

“Those things that nature denied to human sight, she revealed to the eyes of the soul.”

Ovid

 

I have heard it said that at the time of melt - that time when the world around us turns ugly - is a time to put away our cameras for a while - a time to send them off to be serviced and cleaned, because there's nothing worth photographing now until the world freshens itself. I beg to differ... and hold that beauty is where we find it, even if we have to seek it with the eyes of our souls.

It was one of those days you just know is going to be picture perfect. As I drove towards Lee Vining towards areas well known for color I spotted a bit of orange up a canyon to the West. I turned off on the next dirt road that turned out to be more of a trail than a road. Clearly I was on the wrong one but it kept heading in the right direction. I turned left on the first road I could find and it got me started back in the right direction. Then, bummer, a good size creek blocked the road and I was only driving a Toyota Sports Coup. I got out and check the water which was a little over a foot deep and a muddy bottom with a fair drop off from the rocks down into the creek. Checking the phone there was no cell service. If we got stuck it was a number of miles back to Highway 395. Throwing caution to the wind I went for it. We made it though water made it up to the doors on the car.

 

I continued on into the canyon only to find a gate blocking the road I needed to be on and the color was still a ways up the road. I threw on my backpack, grabbed the tripod and camera and began hiking up the road. Eventually it paid off and I found myself alone down in the aspens glowing yellow to deep orange. I spent about an hour taking pictures but had left the wife and dog with the car and needed to get back to them. I came to the end of the orange and the aspens suddenly turned bare so I turned back toward the car. It's too bad this area isn't left open for fall color. It was great and nice being outdoors in the mountains though I had the strangest sense that I was being watched.

 

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In the early 1900's, Mormon homesteaders were given ~160 acres each on which to dig their wells and live off the farm land. Originally there were about 20 homestead properties, which were sold off to a private company over time and turned over to the US Park Service. There are now only a few of these historic structures still standing - the Moulton Barns being the most famous, and the most photographed barns, so many claim. Many of the structures were allowed to decay or perish in fires, until in the 1990's, when the park service realized their historic importance. Now a couple of them are being refurbished.

 

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This is another photo that I took earlier this year shooting with Tom and Alan in Western Palm Beach County off the Miami Canal. These guys just won't let you get close to them and are pretty fast flyers!! I waited for this Barn Owl to bank before taking the photo to give a nice profile of the wings. The shot does have a large 45 percent crop but it was the best I could do!!

  

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Built originally in 1943 - Spitfire RR232 finally made it back to Britain in 1986 when purchased by Charles Church, who in turn sold the airframe to Jim Pearce of Sussex Spraying Services. But it was not until 2001 that current owner Martin Phillips bought the aircraft and began in earnest a full restoration to airworthy condition that would take nearly 13 years, having been challenged by friends on his 40th birthday to produce a Spitfire from the single rivet with which they presented him!

With parts having been sourced from myriad locations around the world, this Spitfire is a story in itself of an epic restoration project that saw parts contributed, sold and scavenged from across the globe, and one man's dogged determination to return an iconic fighter to the skies above Britain. Some parts were found very close to home however; one of the wings for example being salvaged from a hedge outside a pub near Exeter. With a fully rebuilt Merlin engine installed and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) happy that all had been done to the highest standards, in December 2012 Spitfire RR232 took to the skies again, becoming the last aircraft to be assembled at Filton Aerodrome (home of Concorde) before its closure for redevelopment.

She is now known as the 'City of Exeter' in honour of a presentation Spitfire donated to the war effort as a result of local fundraising. That aircraft was presented to the Royal Air Force at RAF Westhampnett almost 75 years to the day before RR232 arrived at its present operating base where she flies off the very same grass runways, now known as Goodwood Aerodrome.

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The Mary K from Hamilton's Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum awaits it's flight home after visiting for a "wings and wheels" event a couple of weeks ago. It was in service from 1944 until 1995 and is dedicated to, Flt. Lt. David Hornell, a Canadian, who was decorated with the British and Commonwealth's highest order - the Victoria Cross.

 

His citation on June 24, 1944, is extraordinary: Flight Lieutenant Hornell was captain and first pilot of a twin-engined amphibian aircraft engaged on an anti-submarine patrol in northern waters. The patrol had lasted for some hours when a fully-surfaced U-boat was sighted, travelling at high speed on the port beam. Flight Lieutenant Hornell at once turned to the attack.

 

The U-boat altered course. The aircraft had been seen and there could be no surprise. The U-boat opened up with anti-aircraft fire which became increasingly fierce and accurate.

 

At a range of 1,200 yards, the front guns of the aircraft replied; then its starboard guns jammed, leaving only one gun effective. Hits were obtained on and around the conning-tower of the U-boat, but the aircraft was itself hit, two large holes appearing in the starboard wing.

 

Ignoring the enemy’s fire, Flight Lieutenant Hornell carefully maneuvered for the attack. Oil was pouring from his starboard engine, which was, by this time, on fire, as was the starboard wing; and the petrol tanks were endangered. Meanwhile, the aircraft was hit again and again by the U-boat’s guns. Holed in many places, it was vibrating violently and very difficult to control.

 

Nevertheless, the captain decided to press home his attack, knowing that with every moment the chances of escape for him and his gallant crew would grow more slender. He brought his aircraft down very low and released his depth charges in a perfect straddle. The bows of the U-boat were lifted out of the water; it sank and the crew were seen in the sea.

 

Flight Lieutenant Hornell contrived, by superhuman efforts at the controls, to gain a little height. The fire in the starboard wing had grown more intense and the vibration had increased. Then the burning engine fell off. The plight of aircraft and crew was now desperate. With the utmost coolness, the captain took his aircraft into wind and, despite the manifold dangers, brought it safely down on the heavy swell. Badly damaged and blazing furiously, the aircraft rapidly settled.

 

After ordeal by fire came ordeal by water. There was only one serviceable dinghy and this could not hold all the crew. So they took turns in the water, holding on to the sides. Once, the dinghy capsized in the rough seas and was righted only with great difficulty. Two of the crew succumbed from exposure.

 

An airborne lifeboat was dropped to them but fell some 500 yards down wind. The men struggled vainly to reach it and Flight Lieutenant Hornell, who throughout had encouraged them by his cheerfulness and inspiring leadership, proposed to swim to it, through he was nearly exhausted. He was with difficulty restrained. The survivors were finally rescued after they had been in the water for 21 hours. By this time Flight Lieutenant Hornell was blinded and completely exhausted. He died shortly after being picked up.

 

Flight Lieutenant Hornell had completed 60 operational missions, involving 600 hours’ flying. He well knew the danger and difficulties attending attacks on submarines. By pressing home a skilful and successful attack against fierce opposition, with his aircraft in a precarious condition, and by fortifying and encouraging his comrades in the subsequent ordeal, this officer displayed valour and devotion to duty of the highest order

  

Baby enjoying her daily dose of Cat T.V. The service is paid for with sunflower seeds.

Textures thanks to les brumes and Flypaper.

foto scattata con: Canon EOS 350D, obiettivo 50mm.

   

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se il tuo ID yahoo è localizzato a Singapore, in Germania oppure ad Hong Kong o in Korea potrai vedere solo foto dal contenuto che è in accordo con il locale

accordo dei termini di servizio per cui gli utenti flickr di quelle nazioni non potranno cambiare da SafeSearch on in SafeSearch off.

 

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The USS Emmons (DD-457/DMS-22) was a destroyer-turned-minesweeper that saw action in Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Pacific Theaters of WWII. It was sunk by a massive kamikaze raid during the first days of the Okinawa campaign, recording 60 dead and 77 wounded. The wreck was discovered in 145 feet of water off Kouri island, Okinawa in February 2001 and is now a popular dive site, with yearly memorial services conducted each April. Here, Mark Glasgow inspects the bow, festooned with a large crinoid. Thanks to Chuck Decesari of North of Nago Dive Operations and Darlene Fong for equipment provision.

The iconic but dilapidated Domino Sugar Refinery on the banks of the East River adjacent to the Williamsburg Bridge (visible in the top right corner) in Williamsburg Brooklyn taken on a Circleline cruise in the Fall of 2012. The refinery at this location dates back to 1857, when Frederick C. Havemeyer Jr established a factory here on the Williamsburg waterfront after they had outgrown their original sugar refinery established at the turn of the 19th century on Vandam Street in Manhattan. Of significant note, at the termination of the Civil War in this country, this refinery became the largest sugar refinery in the world with over 4,000 employees processing over 3,000,000 pounds of sugar daily more than half the sugar consumed in the United States. When Dow Jones Industrial Average was established back in 1896, this company then known as American Sugar was one of the twelve original companies included in the average. A fire in 1882 destroyed much of the original structures and the current 10 story brick structures seen in this image were built back then in 1882. Fredrick’s son Henry Havemeyer named the company Domino’s Sugar at the turn of the 20th century. The plant shut down in 2004 after 148 years of service, laying off its remaining workforce. This was the last of the many great sugar refineries in Brooklyn to close its doors. Sugar refining was New York City’s most profitable industry until the end of World War I.

Since then, 10 years of redevelopment proposals, landmark battles and political controversy, this past year the second redevelopment company with proposals, began in earnest the demolition the buildings on the 13 acre property. The only building that will remain is the 10 story brick structure as it was the only building granted landmark status. When I drove by the location a month ago, it appears it is the only building of the 90,000 square foot complex left at this point. The glass tower with the iconic Domino’s Sugar sign which was a landmark structure for so long in the Brooklyn skyline is no more. I will be taking cruise in the next couple of months and capture some shots from the East River at that time as construction will be started by then.

 

These are the figures for my entry to the Fallout Contest.

 

I am extremely happy with how these turned out :D

 

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More London Estate, London, England

 

Wow what a busy few days. I have just returned from London after going down for a friends surprise birthday party which was great fun. Had a little time to get some photos too and this was one of them.

 

This is some of the buildings of the 'More London' estate. I didn't originally intend to go here to take this image but another of the building you see on the right of this picture, not 100% sure of the official name but its referred by a lot of people as the 'Batman' building because as you look up it looks like a bat. I got all setup with the tripod and you guessed it, Mr Security man came out and told me I couldn't take photos at a weekend here and that I had to have permission. I asked if I could gain permission and he said no and come back Monday. I was short of time so moved on and took this image but I have heard from many other photographers that normally that building is fine.

 

Anyway, this is a 16 stop image of the other buildings of 'More London'. The light was quite harsh but I think I managed to pull it off and get a photo I am happy with. Something that I experimenting with is turning off my in camera long exposure noise reduction. This allows me to save time when taking long exposures as it doesn't have to take a black frame image therefore doubling the exposure time per image. I thought this was great but when getting the image back on the computer I found it to be full of 'Hot Pixels', loads and loads of them. They have been a right pain to remove and edit out. I think there is a link between bright harsh light that creates more of these then diffused light although I am not sure. Any one else get this issue and any work arounds?

 

Hope you all have a great day!

 

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Sony Alpha SLT-A99 / ISO100 / f/14 / 481s / Sony Carl Zeiss 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM @ 16mm

 

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More London is a development on the south bank of the River Thames, immediately south-west of Tower Bridge in London. The southern exit is on Tooley Street.

 

It includes the City Hall, a sunken amphitheatre called The Scoop, office blocks, shops, restaurants, cafes, and a pedestrianized area containing open-air sculptures and water features, including fountains lit by coloured lights. The Hilton London Tower Bridge hotel opened in September 2006.

 

More London is 13 acres (53,000 m2) in size and has planning consent for 3,000,000 square feet (280,000 m2) of mixed use space, of which up to two million square feet will be offices, accommodating up to 20,000 people. The buildings were designed by Foster and Partners architects and some are still under construction. The buildings are known as 1 & 6 More London Place, and 2, 3, 4 and 7 More London Riverside. The public realm, which includes The Scoop, water features and planting areas were designed by Townshend Landscape Architects.

 

The area contains many professional services and financial services firms, including Ernst & Young whose headquarters is 1 More London Place, PricewaterhouseCoopers at 7 More London Riverside, Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co., Norton Rose Fulbright, Markit Group Limited, Terra Firma Capital Partners, Cargill Investor Services, Hewitt Associates whose European headquarters is 6 More London Place, HgCapital, Actis, Aureos Advisers and TNS Research International. Other types of firms in the buildings include Teach First, Truphone, Visit London, Globeleq, the restaurants Strada, Gaucho and DIM T, and the Unicorn Theatre for Children.

 

There are frequently outdoor exhibitions and cultural events in More London, usually associated with City Hall. For most of 2005 there was a popular open-air exhibition of large environmental photographs called Earth from the Air.

 

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Rio Grande’s Malta turn grinds past at Mitchell Colorado, while climbing Tennessee Pass in July 1984. There’s a story that took place after passage of the train. We were camping on the pass and in search of the F9s in freight service. A day or two previous, Mel Patrick let us know that the F-units were going through Parachute, Colorado, with a ballast train. We headed out that way and after a long wait, a headlight and spot of yellow appeared on the horizon. We were soon disappointed by the passage of a Sperry rail detector car!

 

Now camped at Mitchell with my VW bus, our sleep was disturbed by the chant of 567s working hard up the 3% grade of the pass before sunrise. Sleepy-eyed, we watched and photographed with Kodachrome and Ektachrome 64 what we could of the three Aspen gold and silver Fs passing by on the turn.

 

We packed up camp as quickly as possible, and scrambled into the VW for a chase over the pass. I turned the key—and nothing… Tried it again—still nothing… We were dead in the water as the train growled toward a 10,221-foot elevation. That night, my brother Tom and I slept in a tent, while other brother Mark slept in the bus. He mentioned listening to the radio all night, so I’m sure I pretty much blamed him for the dead battery, even though the 1979 bus probably needed a new one anyway. The high elevation probably sucked the final juice out of the thing. While trying to figure out what to do, Mark decides to walk toward Leadville, probably to get away from the uncomfortable mood in camp—hell, we were going to miss the Fs! Our camping spot at Mitchell was a bit off the main road and up a hill to a rocky cut. For anyone familiar with Mitchell, you’ve probably been there. How was I going to get a dead VW bus started from here?

 

After pounding dirt for a while, I realized I had art supplies in the bus from selling prints at Railfair in Denver the previous weekend. I made a sign that read, “Jumper cables?” using a piece of cardboard and a fat black marker. No sooner than I got back to camp from walking the sign to the highway, and a big Cadillac pulls in up the hill with jumper cables. It didn’t take long, and we soon had the VW started.

 

Tom and I headed toward Leadville where I planned to get a new battery installed. We picked up Mark, still walking along Highway 24 near an old abandoned cabin just east (south) of the pass. Yes, he was ready for something to drink. We headed straight to Leadville and a service station that would install a battery, but it would take some time and wouldn’t be ready until the next day. So much for the Rio Grande Fs. These two shots are the only images we got of them working in freight service, and unfortunately, the sun wasn’t up yet! We never saw them the rest of the trip. Such is life…

 

We did spend that afternoon on foot in Leadville, photographing BN’s turn arriving from Climax with an SD9, two cars and a caboose, so all was not lost.

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Introduced into service with the Irish Army as a replacement for the Steyr AUG. H&K capitalised on the unused design of the XM8 from a failed project in the States and produced the M8 rifle for the Irish forces. It has been brought into the 21st century with full AR compatibility in terms of stock, pistol grip and magazine, featuring a modular railed interface for the use of non-proprietary accessories and outfitted with impossi-jam internals. When optics are mounted the removable foresight has to be taken off to allow for a clearer cowitness, but the rear sight may remain in-place. The rifle turned out to be very accurate thanks to a long barrel and the fairly gentle round used, the internals performed flawlessly and the Irish were very content with their rifle. The M8 is due to see a slow integration into the Irish Army as financial restraints don't allow for a more immediate introduction, due in part to the rifle's price as well.

 

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The past week, California has seen some pretty big storms rip through the area. Rain, wind, and heavy surf have wreaked havoc on a lot of people. I am probably not alone, but the storms have wreaked havoc on my photography as well.

 

I have been chasing the sunsets up and down the coast, only to be turned away by the pounding sea and the incessant wind. I've been relegated to "tourist" status as I take hand held snapshots of the storm from the safety of my car or from bluffs well above sea level. It has been a spectacle to behold, just difficult to photograph.

 

Last night, I decided to jump into the mix. After driving up the coast 7-8 miles, I verified that the break I saw on the radar was indeed coming towards land. However, few beaches remained as the storm waves engulfed everything.

 

I high tailed it back into town for a little more protection and stopped at Twin Lakes State Beach.

 

Two years ago, these old pier pilings were exposed. Kendra dragged me down to take some photos, one of my first real attempts at seascape photography. A week later, the pilings were covered up. Last winter, they remained covered. But with the recent storms, more pilings are exposed than I've ever seen before.

 

And yes, 50% body immersion was required for this shot.

 

Nikon D300

Tokina 11-16mm @ 15mm

0.4 sec @ f11, ISO 100

Singh-Ray 3-stop Reverse GND Filter

Well yesterday, I decided to go out and get a few snowy pics. After just a few shots though my camera LCD screen read "err 006 Sensor Cleaning cannot be performed, turn your camera off and then on again." I did that many times but the same message just occurred and some extreme frustration set in for me. So, my camera is on its way back to the service center and I'm without a camera again. :^(

 

This is one of the few shots I got before my camera went haywire again.

 

This is a three exposure HDR.

 

I hope everyone enjoys this image! :^)

No, there aren't C&O signals in this shot. Yes, he is on Main 1. Clouds are moving in at the speed of lake effect, and a train is in half a few miles up.

 

Who the hell cares. C&O is still represented with codeline stretching throughout the frame. The leader? One of two MPI/MKCX painted SD40-2's left in operation under HLCX ownership, the other being former MKCX painted 6300.

 

This wasn't supposed to happen anyway, but the day previous the FXE ACe that was coupled up to the trailing SD70AC went on the ground, which apparently was enough to take it off the point after the mishap was cleaned up. One miracle is not enough to get us here, though. The 6305 trailed CSXT 8752 on Q200 the day previous, facing West (geographically North) once it arrived at Walbridge. As usual, after yarding instructions the yardmaster needs fuel readings. After replying with less than 1500 on the 6305, the plan changed once more. Put the 6305 for fuel, take the leader around the horn to Stanley.

 

And per inside information, the 6305 was then supposed to be in local/transfer service. So you can imagine my surprise the next morning when the RL dispatcher called Q276 and asked for their unit ID. "HLCX 6305, wow who did you tick off to get that thing?" I was too far away to hear the engine radio, but the conversation continued "Well, that wasn't even showing in your consist, so now I'm wonderingggggg what else you have." "Well alright guys, start pulling down, you'll go Two to One at Lemoyne. Follow the parade."

 

I was in awe. The engine got turned, taken off original assignment, and was now nose first in early morning sunshine heading for Curtis Bay. Consider this redemption for last time(s).

 

Of course the Two to One comment was lost in the excitement to me at the time, as my blood was flowing and the Lac was in gear. After I caught up to the head end near Bradner, I processed the information and realized that the C&O signal playbook was pretty much out of the question. So here it is, in all her rent-a-wreck glory. HLCX 6305, a YN2 SD70AC, and racks with some pretty decent fall color to go along with it.

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The most recognizable church on Anglesey, St. Cwyfan's, is popularly known as the Church in the Sea (or eglwys bach y mor in Welsh). Perched on a tiny island called Cribinau, encircled by a sea wall, this simple medieval church dates to the 12th century. It is thought to be dedicated to the Irish St. Kevin, who founded the monastery across the sea at Glendalough in Co Wicklow, Ireland.

It may seem an odd and perilous place to build a church, but it originally stood at the end of a peninsula between two bays, Porth Cwyfan and Porth China, as shown on John Speed's map of Anglesey from 1636 (shown left). In the decades after this the sea slowly eroded the coast in the two bays enough that the peninsula was cut off, turning it into an island.

A causeway was built to the island to allow parishioners to get to the island. Its remains are visible in the picture below. However, even with the causeway, sometimes high tides prevented access. At those times services were held in a room in the nearby house, Plas Llangwyfan, which was specially consecrated for the purpose.

The waves continued to eat away at the island until, in the late 19th century, some of the graves surrounding the church began to fall into the sea. At this time the church was also disused and roofless, having been replaced by a new church further inland. However, in 1893 local architect Harold Hughes, concerned for the fate of this evocative old church, raised money to save it by constructing a seawall around the island and restoring the building.

Although the church was initially built in the 12th century, only a small portion of the south wall dates from this period. Most of the walls were rebuilt during a 14th century reconstruction. In the early 16th century an aisle was added to the north side, accessed through an arcade of three arches, but it was demolished in the early 19th century as the cliff edge eroded ever closer. The infilled arches can now be seen in the outer wall, after the old cement mortar was removed during refurbishment in 2006. This refurbishment also involved limewashing the walls, making them very white, to the consternation of some locals who were used to the old grey appearance.

This tiny church was at the centre of a big controversy in the 18th century. In 1766 the Bishop of Bangor appointed Dr Thomas Bowles as the parish priest of Trefdraeth, which included St. Cwyfan's as a chapelry. Unfortunately Dr Bowles spoke no Welsh, and only five of the 500 parishioners understood English. They protested against his appointment and eventually the case was heard in the ecclesiastical court in 1773. The judge ruled that Bowles should not have been appointed, as Welsh speaking priests should be sent to primarily Welsh speaking parishes. However, once a priest has been granted ecclesiastical freehold of a parish it is very difficult to remove them, so the judge ruled that he should be allowed to stay in his post, which he did until his death later that year.

BNSF L-CHI102-23 (Hodgkins IL to Galesburg IL) is on the east-end of Galesburg Yard waiting for the Diesel Shop switch lead to be lined up for the Hodgkins turn so the crew can drop off the motor for servicing. The power of the Hodgkins turn is made up of a pair C44-9W in the faded Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe warbonnet paint scheme "which seem better days!" BNSF 654, and 622 were part of the last sets of GE motors order by the Santa Fe except in even numerical order from 650-698. Even 20 years later after the Burlington Northern bought the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe to form BNSF the glorious Warbonnet is still running around the system standing as a strong image as one of America most famous and jewel fallen flags railroads

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One of the aspects I enjoy immensely about SCUBA diving is the chance encounters with the "locals".

 

Along the central California coast, harbor seals and sea lions often times come in close to get a better look, and in some cases, a friendly nibble. Imagine if coyotes, wolves, and bears were this friendly!

 

There you are, walking along a trail in the forest, and out of nowhere, a bear taps you on the shoulder. You turn to face it and it gives you a hug. Highly unlikely, but not with harbor seals.

 

I have had an underwater encounter just like the scenario I described with the bear. I was leading a couple divers on their final Advanced Class dive, and I felt a nudge behind me. As I turned to investigate, a chubby face full of whiskers greeted me. This friendly seal proceeded to put its front flippers on each of my shoulders. At first I was a bit perplexed, but had heard once that seals like their chests scratched. I slowly reached out and started scratching the seal's chest, all at 50 feet underwater and with my two students witnessing the entire thing.

 

My scratching must not have been up to "standard" because the seal squirmed a little, appeared disappointed, and swam off.

 

Fast forward six years and I am swimming out to do a dive at Point Lobos, one of the most spectacular places to dive in the world, and it's pupping season for the harbor seals. I had my camera set up for macro, but as this harbor seal surfaced a few feet away, I lifted my 15 lbs of camera, housing, and strobes out of the water. Lifting this much weight out of the water does have the effect of pushing me underwater at the same time. I prayed the auto focus would find the right thing, and of the three shots I took before the seal dropped below the surface, it found the proper focus once...this shot.

 

Truly a chance encounter.

 

Nikon D200

Nikkor 105mm AF-D

1/250sec @ f7.1, ISO 100

Aquatica Housing with Flat Port

When Mike arrived at the Havasu Hilltop, he was not pleased.

 

As the crow flies, Havasu Falls is about 55 miles from the south entrance to the Grand Canyon…(where he was staying. ) If you look on a map, it would appear one could take a series of dirt and back country roads, getting you easily from point A (Grand Canyon) to point B (Havasu Hilltop)

 

This only appears to be possible.

 

According to the park rangers he asked, that series of roads either ends at a locked gate, mere feet from where you want to be…or they just branch off into numerous other roads….most of which lead to more branches, or end abruptly in a field of cows. The only way to get to Havasu Hilltop from the Grand Canyon is to drive down one road about 60 miles…then drive across another for nearly the same distance…and, finally up another 60 to the hilltop, making a giant ‘U’

 

This process turned what Mike thought would be an hour drive into nearly 3 and ½.

 

Luckily, he came prepared with steaks and potatoes to calm his situation…and threw quite a BBQ. The steaks were much better than the McDonalds value meal I had supplied myself with prior to leaving Kingman. Bellies full, we sat up for a while and discussed the plans for the following morning.

 

The “plan” was, wake up early, meet a contact that Mike’s company had supplied. She had arranged our helicopter flight from the hilltop into the Supai village…8 miles into the canyon village, from the village we would hike the remaining 2 miles into the campgrounds. His contact would also serve as our guide for the duration, showing us what to see, and when to see it. This plan seemed good.

 

It was getting late, and cold so we decided to retreat to our respective vehicles to get some sleep. Tomorrow we would see a place that to us had previously only existed in other people’s photographs.

 

People assume that Arizona is a hot place (“ooooh you‘re going to Arizona…it‘s going to be SO hot.”)…They’re right, partly. Arizona IS hot, when the sun is out, and in the summer. When it is NOT summer…and you’re in northern Arizona at about 6,000 ft elevation…at night, with 50 mph winds blowing…it’s cold. REALLY cold. One of the coldest nights I have ever spent in my life cold. I have a 25-degree sleeping bag, a blanket…and was inside a vehicle…I still froze.

 

I woke up close to 6am, the sun was already peeking over the canyon walls. Mike was up as well, and heading off towards the heli-pad to see if his contact had arrived. Apparently, his contact information was vague at best. “Meet ------- at the helicopter pad in the morning.” There was no description. There was no time. That’s what he had to go with.

 

Mike checked several times, and there was no contact…in fact, there wasn’t even a helicopter for the first two hours…it was just us, milling about the hilltop, watching the first waves of hikers returning to their cars after their days in the canyon. I remember thinking…those people look extremely relieved to be done with that hike.

 

9:30am: The copter starts arriving for its day of shuttling…and we hurry over, to look at the chopper, and for our contact.

 

The copter service in Havasu Hilltop operates on a first come, first serve basis…First the Indians come, then they’re first to get service. When the locals are done…the non-Supai are taken in. We still don’t see a contact…so we add our name to the list of outsiders that need shuttled into the village, and sit down to wait.

 

We’re the first one on the list, which is a good thing… at this time, there is only one truck load of Native Americans and their stuff waiting to be taken to their home in the canyon. Everything that goes into the Supai village goes in by horse, copter, or foot…It’s not uncommon for you to see someone sitting at the hilltop with their new hot water heater, some groceries, a new bike, and suitcases…all waiting to be taken home.

 

I think one of us made the comment, “This shouldn’t take long…it’s just us and them, and we’re first on the list…I bet we get on the 2nd copter.”

 

The Indians KNOW when the copter is coming, and believe me, they arrive in droves shortly thereafter…truck after truck after truck packed to the rails with people and stuff arrive. We saw lots of bikes, groceries, appliances, medical supplies for the clinic, strollers, etc, etc…there suddenly were a lot of people, and stuff to get into that canyon…and that meant our chances of getting to the village in a timely manor was slim. Maybe we should’ve walked…

 

Time passed, and Mike went to check when we might be able to get a ride into the village. Luckily…passengers are taken before cargo…and the ground crew says we’ll probably get on the next copter. He was right. I was shocked…I thought he was just trying to get us to stop asking.

 

Even though it was only 3 minutes in length, the helicopter ride was awesome. There’s nothing quite like being on a big piece of metal that hangs a hard right, and drops like a rock, 400 feet into a valley with cliffs, many thousands of feet high on either side….think best rollercoaster drop ever, and multiply it by a couple and you have an idea…I think I said ‘Whee’ a couple times.

 

While we flew I could see people hiking on the trail below….I thought to myself…that doesn’t look so bad after all.

 

We landed, gathered our gear and headed for the village…to try and find our contact…and get to the campground.

 

Our contact found us…using only a flickr picture of Mike she had been given. When we met her she had already grabbed our hiking permits, and campground reservations…we were all set. We made a pit stop at the local store for some water, and we were off on our two mile trek to the camping area. The store, was well stocked with about anything you might need in order to make your visit a little more tolerable. They had soda, candy, chips, water, canned goods, etc. The prices were far more reasonable than I expected. I bought a large bottle of water for less than $2.

 

The hike to the falls was hot, but easy…it went quick…only ½ mile outside the village you’re treated to your first glimpses of the famous bright blue-green water the Havasupai people are named after. No matter how many photos you see of it, words can’t really do it justice…it’s like the bluest swimming pool you’ve ever seen, only it’s flowing in a creek…in the middle of a desert. Unreal. I expected to look behind a tree and see an Indian bent over, squirting food coloring into the stream.

 

The campground is situated along a very pretty stretch of creek, Cottonwood trees and greenery help shade the entire area, and the proximity to the water makes it quite literally…a desert oasis.

 

We had glimpsed 2 of the 3 waterfalls on our way to the campground…and even in those brief views we were very much ready to get camp set up, and get out to explore each of them.

  

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Today, September 25, 2015, Pope Francis on his historic visit to New York City was down at the World Trade Center Memorial where he greeted families of September 11 victims and visited the Museum. He’s probably finished with his service at Madison Square Garden this evening and was greeted by 80,000 strong who won a lottery to see him in Central Park earlier today. This year I wandered to Liberty State Park in Jersey City on the night of September 11th, as the Tribute in Lights that for more than 10 years had been presented and handled by the Municipal Art Society of New York, it’s now under the stewardship of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, another way of honoring those who perished in the tragedy and those who labor to restore the city. I was witness to a moving ceremony that night, as several motor cycle clubs which included firemen, rode their bikes through Empty Sky Memorial, Jersey City’s September 11th Memorial there in Liberty State Park, while bagpipes played amazing grace in honor of the fallen heros.

I was very close to the Central New Jersey Railroad Terminal when I took this image, this year there were many puffy clouds in motion, the twin lights piercing the clouds looking like a phaser shot from the USS Enterprise from the 1960’s series Star Trek special effects. It was unseasonably warm that night so the number of fowl in the lights was more than I’ve seen before. Birds fly into the beams, when the number becomes too great, the lights are turned off to let them disperse. Then they are turned by on. The winged friends return. Shot with Olympus E-5 using a Olympus Zuiko 12-60MM F2.8-4 lens on a Bogen Tripod, HDR processed Photomatix cleaned up in Adobe Lightroom.

 

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'8 Minutes 11 seconds' On Black

 

5:01 BEEP...BEEP...BEEP...BEEP...BAM (as the snooze button is slammed down)

 

5:06 Arghhh...alright, I'll get my lazy arse up. But there better be some stars damnit, past two mornings I've woken up at 5am, rushed out in the cold and dark, and been hosed by overcast and cloudy conditions. Bill...Bill...stop snoring and wake your ass up, let's go.

 

5:10 Nothing like a can of cold espresso and cream when it's 40 degrees outside! How did photographers survive before canned coffee? Just part of the Starbucks plan to rule the world I'm sure.

 

5:15 Ok, batteries charged. Check. Memory cards cleaned. Check. Lenses cleaned. Check. 24-105 on the 5d, yep, 70-200 on the 10d...yep. Oh wait, I'm supposed to say check. Cooler is in the car, camera bags, tripod. Should I put on the long johns? No, it should warm up. Real boots instead of those fakes ones. Yup. Great...should have packed another pair of socks...ewwww...these are ripe. Bill, you ready? Great. Let's hit the road.

 

5:20 On the road again! Hey, look at that Bill, stars! Never been so damn excited to see stars in my life. (A weekends photo trip washed out by overcast conditions will do that to you).

 

5:25 Uh oh...are those clouds rolling in. Quick, put on Hallelujah....we need divine intervention. No, I don't care if that makes me a nut job, it got us an hour of sun yesterday...put it on!

 

5:27 Hallelujah...does it say she broke your throat and cut your hair? I don't think so, but maybe this isn't the divine intervention we need after all. (note...it's throne not throat!)

 

5:45 Ok, this looks as good a place as any to park, probably should have scouted better last night. Tough to pick out where you are going to trudge a mile through the sand when it's a moonless night and the sun isn't up.

 

5:50 Flashlight. Check. Camera bag. Check. Tripod. Check. Water...grab plenty of water, don't want to go the way of Sue and John. Damn...it's cold, should have put on those long johns. And a second shirt. Too late now, let's go.

 

5:55 Bill...turn off that headlamp, you look like a dork! How are my eyes supposed to adjust to the low light anyways.

 

5:58 Cool...are those snake tracks? That beanie cap and gloves were a good call.

 

6:01 You know how you can tell someone has never lived at the beach? They think it's cool to walk on the beach. Walking in sand sucks.

 

6:10 Probably should have thought about hitting the restroom before heading out here.

 

6:14 I wonder how I'd look with a beard...do the femmes go for the grizzly adams look nowadays?

 

6:20 Well, we aren't going to make it to those big dunes, geez, they just keep getting farther away the more we walk. Time to make a stand.

 

6:25 Alright, this looks like the spot. Come on clouds...don't...let the sun come out....pleeeeeeease. Stay away...stop drifting towards the sun.

 

6:30 (watching the clouds move ever closer to where the sun is going to rise)

 

6:35 Tripod setup, scan the dunes...really could have used those long johns right about now. And really, you should think about getting better gloves, tough to do anything wearing ski gloves when working a camera.

 

6:37 Various shots of the pre sunrise dunes while warily watching the clouds drift closer and closer to where the sun is going to come up.

 

6:39 Oh look, wind is kicking up a little. (watches a "wave" of sand blow in the wind). You can really see how the dunes are reformed every night. Ahhh...(spits sand out of mouth and wipes off face). Yeah, that wasn't all that smart.

 

6:45 Ok, 7 minutes until go time...stay away clouds. This was the single number one reason for coming out to Death Valley...sand dune shots at sunrise! Of course, maybe we shouldn't have waited until the end of the trip, but hey...this sand is going to put some serious bad mojo on these cameras, Canon Factory service center...here I come.

 

6:48 Sunriiiise..sunset...geez, nice ear worm. That one backfired, but it will all be worth it if it's stuck in Bill's head for the rest of the week.

 

6:52 Ok, so I should have looked at the exact time the sun was going to rise. But this works, some great soft light on the dunes.

 

6:59 We have sun on the mountains!

 

7:02 Closer...closer...light bathing the valley floor...stay away clouds. Don't shoot until you see the whites of their eyes!

 

7:07:20 Fire...fire...snap snap snap...sun! Stay away clouds.

 

Snap...snap...over there...oh...look at that. Move up the dune a little...Crap...(foot slides down the face of the dune in the soft sand)...can you really pull your groin taking pictures?

 

Snap...snap...slow down sparky. Look...compose. Where's the ND, oops, no time for that. Bracket and worry about the details later. Stay away clouds...noooooooooooo.

 

7:15:31...snap...fade to shadow...sigh...and there it goes.

 

8 minutes 11 seconds, sometimes that's all you get.

 

Death Valley Dunes

Stove Pipe Wells, CA

December 2006

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Improving one's home through new projects can be a wonderful plan to start, even if you don't have the necessary skills to obtain it done. Don't let DIY TV shows trick you. Not all home improvement jobs are massive and entail hiring expensive crews. Read these tips so you can have fun while improving your home.

 

You can make your ceiling seem higher than it actually is by using two simple methods. Add a funky lamp to your room or paint your walls in more than one color. Adding this to your rooms will create an optical illusion for your eye to follow. Your eyes naturally focus on following lines, making ceilings appear higher.

 

As you make improvements to your residence, consider the neighborhood's character and style. A house that has a style completely different from those surrounding it may be problematic. Your resale value may be affected if the renovation is not in line with the surrounding homes.

 

You can make a room in your home feel fresh and new by updating the floor covering. You can do the work yourself by visiting a DIY store in your area. Otherwise, the work can be completed in 24 hours or less if you find a reliable flooring company that specializes in carpet, tile, laminate and hardwood.

 

It is important to turn the breaker off when doing any electrical work. It is dangerous and can even be fatal to touch live electrical wires.

 

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And it doesn't matter

how you feel now, anything at all

Seems to be your only way, so vicious

Heavenly apart

 

When your envy is on a piece of paper

Let me sweetly smile

You're devouring all the crumbs

I'm living caught up in your lies

 

You're on any other side

 

Clawing up my eyes

I'm feeling your arms around me

On the other side

It's time to go

I'm hearing your voice

without words

On the other side

 

But it doesn't matter

how I feel now, anything at all

Since I've left you with the wrong

impression while I'm still the same

 

When I turn around and look

at my life, shadows in disguise

but I'm working on

an interruption of hypocrisy

 

You're an any other side

 

Clawing up my eyes

I'm feeling your arms around me

On the other side, it's time to go

I'm hearing your voice without words

On the other side

 

Clawing up my eyes

I'm feeling your arms around me

On the other side, it's time to go

I'm hearing your voice without words

On the other side

 

Any other side

 

- Lacuna Coil

   

View On Black hopefully you will because it looks better there.

   

This was not supposed to be my photo, it was just a random testing shot but everything else failed today so I edited it for fun.

I've beens sick for the whole week.

It started off as a high fever about 39 degrees, the fever died down but then I lost my voice.

Completely.

I was like a mute child.

It was a strange experience, using my phone's text messaging mode to tell service staff what I wanted. I also had two model agency scouts approach me that day (at different timings), I pointed to my throat and shook my head. I meant to tell them that I had lost my voice but they assumed I was mute.

   

I hope I get better soon, I've been having a lot of creative blocks lately, nothing seems to be coming out the way I want and I often blank out =/

   

Oh yes, tomorrow's Singapore's National Day!!!

I can't actually remember how old my country is supposed to be though, 45.. 46? or so I guess. I'm watching fireworks, but I don't think I will be shooting them, not really my kind of thing.

 

Today was a wet and chilly mid-March day in Toronto and the city is growing weary of winter. Conversations everywhere are turning to spring and the anticipation of budding trees and spring bulbs breaking free of the ground. Mind you, neither of these things is happening, but we’ve got our fantasies.

 

After leaving my class downtown I’d had the good fortune to happen across Laticia (my Stranger #386) almost immediately. Following that stroke of good luck I decided to swing past Allan Gardens and walk through the Conservatory to remind myself what flowers and greenery look like. Allan Gardens is in the heart of downtown and the Conservatory is a large public greenhouse. (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allan_Gardens0

 

The Conservatory was filled with school children on field trips, being herded along by their teachers who looked like they were trying to keep track of their charges and their wits as children explored in all directions. As I threaded my way through the hubbub of children I came to a placid pond with goldfish, surrounded by greenery and with a classical Greek statue. I suddenly noticed this interesting man standing nearby. He was also enjoying the pond and the warm tropical air of the Conservatory. “I’m sure glad I stopped by” I said. “This taste of the tropics just might get me through this long, harsh winter.” His eyes smiled and behind his beard I’m sure his mouth did too. “No kidding” he replied. “This winter just doesn’t quit does it?” We moved on from weather talk and he said he hadn’t been down here in a while but his reason for coming today was the same as mine. He said he was glad to see the goldfish are still in the pond. We shook hands. Meet Ross.

 

Ross was a very warm and friendly man and our conversation just seemed to flow from the start. I learned that his background is Jamaican (that makes two for two today) but that he grew up in New York (near Central Park) but traveled back and forth to Jamaica numerous times through the years, finally ending up in Canada. We compared notes on when we came to Toronto and how it has changed - some for the better and some for the worse – since then. When I asked his age to make sense of the chronology of his story his eyes twinkled and he said “I’m 63 years young, man.”

 

Ross is a musician and plays mostly blues and R&B and is in the process of making an electric guitar. My brother has made musical instruments so we had another common connection. Then we touched on the trends in the U.S. when we moved to Canada and this led to talk about the “old days” when many of us were preoccupied with the threat of being drafted into the army and sent to a war in Viet Nam that we opposed. That experience seems to form a particularly strong sense of brotherhood between men who lived in that time and and Ross and I were having a major trip down memory lane. I found out he did not get drafted because he was a sole surviving son of a veteran. I, on the other hand, turned too old (26). It’s somewhat ironic that we both ended up moving to Canada, not to avoid the army but for other personal reasons.

 

When I introduced my photo project Ross was an attentive listener and did not immediately agree or decline. I made my pitch and said I thought he would make a great subject. I learned that he doesn’t know Flickr “I’m not a computer person” and is rather suspicious of the internet. I said I didn’t want to twist his arm but I would sure like to be able to photograph him but I would need his consent. He told me “Hey man, I’m not crazy about being photographed and especially the internet thing, but I can tell you’re an honest guy and I trust you. Let’s do it but soon I have to get going.”

 

I quickly faced him south against the greenery and took the photos, pausing a couple of times to let visitors pass between us on the narrow path through the vegetation. “Come on through” he said at one point to a couple who were politely waiting. “This isn’t Hollywood or anything. We’re just taking a couple of photos.” I have found taking portraits in indoor, glassed in atriums and the like to be a challenge. The glass tends to produce a "cool" cast to the light that's difficult for me to compensate for in post-processing. I would have preferred it if I could have achieved a somewhat softer effect but to overcome "flatness' I had to put up with a bit of harsh effect. Still, I'm very happy with the photo and feel it captures a nice glimpse into his character.

 

When I found out Ross didn’t use a computer we puzzled a bit over how I might get a couple of prints to him. He hit on a solution: I could drop off photos at a social club he said he spends a lot of time at. “If I’m not there, just tell them they’re for ‘Dreads’.” He added as an afterthought “Stop in there and visit. It’s a cool place and there’s lots of youngsters like you and me.” As it turned out, I did drop by the place with prints a week later and discovered it was a social service organization providing a variety of services to a population of (largely) homeless men, It was a very interesting tour and although Ross wasn't there, the fellow who showed me around recognized him from the photo and said he would make sure Ross got the photos next time he saw him.

 

I really enjoyed meeting you Ross. Thank you for the fun conversation and for trusting me enough to participate in 100 Strangers. You are Stranger #387 in Round 4 of my project.

 

Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the 100 Strangers Flickr Group page

 

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To browse Round 2 of my 100 Strangers project click here:www.flickr.com/photos/jeffcbowen/sets/72157634422850489/

To browse Round 3 of my 100 Strangers project click here: www.flickr.com/photos/jeffcbowen/sets/72157635541434065/

Empenage of a Boeing B-52E Stratofortress, on the disused Photo Resolution Range at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert of Southern California.

 

The particular airframe, built in 1957 under serial # 0-70119, had been loaned by the USAF to General Electric in the 1960's for testing of the massive TF-39 turbofan engine, which was being developed for eventual use on the Lockheed C-5A Galaxy, one of the largest military transports in the world. Both the C-5 and TF-39 are still in service to this day.

 

Upon return from GE, 70119 was decommissioned and relegated to the Photo Resolution Range on the south edge of Edwards AFB, but that doesn't explain why her tail section - and for that matter all of her components - are cut off and spread around the area.

 

it turns out that in 1991, 70019 fell victim to the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) between the US and Russia, and her fuselage was blown up by a demolitions team for compliance purposes, with the rest of the airframe components detached and segregated from the fuselage such that Russian Intelligence was satisfied from their satellite imagery that the bomber was no longer operational.

 

The desert B-52 site sits right at the very edge of Rogers Dry Lake Bed, the surface from which many well-known and historically important experimental aircraft were flown by some of the most famous test pilots in history, including General Chuck Yeager. Later, the lake bed was used as the first alternate landing site for the Space Shuttle, whenever the primary landing facility at Cape Canaveral was unavailable. The edge of the lake bed can be discerned in this photo by where the terrain turns from off-white to tan, in the background.

 

Night, full moon, CTO-gelled X-2000 flashlight from inside the tail section, with the ambient glow over the left horizontal stabilizer of the central area of Edwards AFB.

KLM 747-400 at Houston (IAH). The Crew checks all Systems it's time to go home.

 

PH-BFV

 

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The sole pre-dereg Whitby turn on service 255 to Middlesbrough was usually worked by 3096, or fellow 3095 if this was off the road. In the late 80s 3096 moved to Loftus, then Hartlepool in May 1989. It was withdrawn in August 1990 for scrap

Turning off Princess Street is East Didsbury service tram 3096.

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