Day 263 (21 Sep 2012) The Beginning of an Adventure

Right now I’m sitting at Boston Logan waiting or my flight to Barcelona, via Paris! Getting to this point was an ordeal I won’t bore you with, but I will tell you that I bought a ticket on Aer Lingus but am flying Air France. The important thing is that I will be seeing my gf just after 2pm tomorrow, Spanish time 🙂 🙂

I snapped this photo while in a “Big Dig” tunnel in Boston on my way to the airport. I edited it in Snapseed (my fav iPhone photo editing app) and posting via the WordPress app.

I’ll be spending the next 2 weeks in Spain, France, and Andorra (mostly near Barcelona). I will if course be shooting TONS of photos, but may not post for several days. I’ll try to put some quick images up periodically via iPhone, and a wrap-up post after I return. I’ll try to catch up on my blog reading, then too.

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Day 262 (19 Sep 2012) Sculpture

I got to campus about 30 min before class started today because there is a huge red-painted sculpture on the campus I wanted to shoot.  I made several images from various angles, distances, etc.  It’s very interesting with the hard and soft edges, the arcs and angles.

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Day 261 (18 Sep 2012) Stormy Sky

Today has been very stormy; lots of wind, clouds, and rain.  My area of CT is currently under a tornado watch, and I’ve lost power 3 times while trying to edit the photos and post this blog!  On my way home I swung into Gay City State Park and shot a few images of the sky and pond.  I would have loved to say longer and watch the clouds race across the sky, but it was raining, and I had stuff to do, as always.

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18 mm, 1/40 sec, f/8, ISO 200 (Storm Over Pond)

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18 mm, 1/40 sec, f/8, ISO 200 (Sky Drama)

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18 mm, 1/15 sec, f/8, ISO 100 (Stormy Sky)

Tomorrow will probably be my last post for several days; Thursday begins my trek to Spain with a drive to my gf’s parent’s house to stay that night and work from there Friday, before my flight Friday to Barcelona for 2 weeks.  I will land Sat morning and get to see her for the first time in 6 months!  As you can probably guess, I’m a bit excited 🙂  I know I won’t be posting daily while over there, but I will still be shooting every day (yes, she is a photog, too!).

Day 260 (17 Sep 2012) Empty Field, or Corny Photos

I’ve shot corn fields full of corn before, but how about an empty corn field?  I think they are pretty interesting with the short stubble all in rows and the odd ears lying on the ground.  But what really caught my eye about this field a few days ago was a lone corn stalk in the middle of the field.  Just one, all by itself.

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18 mm, 1/50 sec, f/8, ISO 100 (Lone Corn Stalk)

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18 mm, 1/15 sec, f/8, ISO 100 (Last Sunset)

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18 mm, 1/30 sec, f/8, ISO 200 (Heaven Bound)

Day 258 (15 Sep 2012) Fire Dancers

Last night I went to the wedding of a very good and close friend.  After the reception ended at 11:30 pm, a friend and I headed to Downtown Providence, RI to see Waterfire. But due to the late hour, most of the fires were out 😦  But we just hung out a little and stumbled upon a group of people who were playing/performing some ‘fire dancing.’  They had torch-like objects on the ends of two chains which they twirled around. It was pretty cool.  I used the opportunity to set up my tripod and take some images of their art.  I was able to meet and talk with one of them when I showed her the photos I took of her friend, then she wanted me to shoot her doing it.  It was pretty cool to see them and meet them.  She was very appreciative of the fact that she can now get photos of her doing it.

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18 mm, 1 sec, f/4.5, ISO 100 (Ring of Fire)

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18 mm, 8 sec, f/4.5, ISO 100 (Fire Dancer)

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18 mm, 1 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 (Flaming Dance)

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18 mm, 30 sec, f/14, ISO 100 (WaterFire Basin, After)

Day 259 (16 Sep 2012) Down by the Tracks

Today I took the scenic route home from church, which ironically is shorter distance-wise than the ‘normal’ route.  As I was driving and enjoying the fall sunshine and scattered clouds in the sky, I saw a sign for a boat ramp I had not explored yet.  So hit the brakes, hoping they guy behind me was paying attention and cranked the wheel to aim my car down the heavily potted road down to the river.  I parked, took a stroll to the tracks that parallel the river, and did a little shooting.  As you probably know, I have a thing for trains and rail road tracks (I have several posts that feature rail road tracks, such as this, this, and this.)

Enjoy!

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18 mm, 1/100 sec, f/11, ISO 100 (Into the Distance)

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18 mm, 1/60 sec, f/11, ISO 100 (River and Rails)

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18 mm, 1/40 sec, f/11, ISO 100 (Rail Road)

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18 mm, 1/40 sec, f/11, ISO 100 (Low Rider)

Day 257 (14 Sep 2012) Disappearing Lake

Last night on my way home from Providence, RI, I took a slight detour to shoot a lake from a different perspective than I normally see and discovered this really neat dam.  As I approached the bridge, I could see a hole in the lake!  I think I’ll go back here during daylight to explore it a little better 🙂

I shot at ISO 100 last night and the issues I had the previous night shooing at ISO 200 were not present. I guess I could say that I learned that my camera does much better w/ very low ISOs on long exposures. Which is fine, I usually don’t mind waiting the extra few minutes, as I usually shoot something I enjoy looking at 🙂

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18 mm, 4 min, f/8, ISO 100 (Disappearing Lake)

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18 mm, 4 min, f/8, ISO 100 (Hole in the Lake)

Day 256 (13 Sep 2012) Night Pond

This is definitely not my best image, and I’m really reluctant to post it, but it’s one of two exposures I shot at a pond on my way home from class, and it’s the least bad of them.  I think that it was a mistake to shoot such a long exposure at ISO 200.  I was hoping to keep the exposure time down since it was late and all.  Guess I should have more patience next time 😦  Though it looks like I may have caught a meteor (center, top), unless it was a plane.

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18 mm, 5 min, f/8, ISO 200 (Night Pond)

Day 255 (12 Sep 2012) Bubbles!!

Today’s photos were fun and simple; simply a glass bowl full of soapy water, bubbles, my macro lens, and the sun shining through the window.  Of course using the straw to blow more/larger bubbles was the highlight 🙂  I may never grow up!  I think I saw something similar at one point on h2o by Joanna’s blog (she does all sorts of great work centered on the team of water).

Enjoy!

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60 mm, 1/40 sec, f/8, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (Bubble Colors)

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60 mm, 1/30 sec, f/4, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (White Colors)

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60 mm, 1/40 sec, f/8, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (Bubble Colors II)

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60 mm, 1/40 sec, f/8, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (Bubble Bokah)

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60 mm, 1/250 sec, f/8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Soapy)

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60 mm, 1/40 sec, f/8, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (Bubble Colors III)

Note: most of the images are cropped by various amounts.

Day 254 (11 Sep 2012) I remember. . .

 

I remember exactly where I was on 9/11/01.  I remember that I was a senior in college at Savannah State University starting my last semester.  I remember that I was in NROTC preparing to take the Oath of Office as an Ensign in the US Navy that December.

I remember that my clock radio woke me up some time after the first tower was struck.  I remember the DJ saying a plane had hit the World Trade Center in New York and thinking why the huge deal over a small plane collision with a big building.  I remember that the possibility of an airliner crashing into such a huge building, or that a major terrorist attach on US soil never entered the realm of possibilities as I hit snooze.  I remember that when I finally did crawl out of bed the shock and horror I felt when I finally realized what had happened.  I remember the anger, fear, and uncertainty that followed for the rest of the day.

I remember how everything changed after that day.  I remember the explosion of patriotism  that swept the nation.  I remember that you couldn’t find a US flag in the store; as they were all sold out.  I remember our nation preparing and going to war in Afghanistan while I was in my naval training.  I remember watching the news of it between classes and being frustrated that I was stuck in a brick building in Groton, CT, and not out on my ship taking the war to the enemy.  I remember about 5 years later that I would go to Afghanistan, and finally “do my part.”

When I see the indifference that the ‘people’ of this nation now have towards the conflict or the event 11 years ago, I remember the lives lost on that horrific day, and those lost since and still being lost.

I remember.

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Day 253 (10 Sep 2012) Garder Lake Sunset

I know y’all have seen many, many sunset photos; I’ve shot a lot.  But I still love sunsets!  I love shooting them and sharing them, too 🙂

I’ve driven by this lake in Montville, CT more times that I can count, and last night I noticed that the sun set in such a way that I could shoot it from one of the few areas of the lake that are not private property.  I arrived just as the sun was dropping behind the trees and took some periodic photos until the few clouds started to change from white, to yellow, orange, and eventually purple.  I love the composition of the dock opposite the sun’s position 🙂

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18 mm, 1/40 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100 (Tranquil Lake)

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18 mm, 1/60 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100 (Purple Clouds)

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47 mm (cropped), 1/4 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100 (Spillway)

Day 252 (9 Sep 2012) Night Flows

On my way home this evening I saw sight I wanted to shoot, so I turned around, found a place to park, and tried to capture a good image.  I wasn’t really impressed with what I shot (limited access due to road and private property is what I’ll blame tonight, lol).  So as I walked back to my car, I heard rushing water.  I kept walking to the back of the lot and discovered a small creek.  I swapped out my battery (the indicator was blinking) and took some shots.  There was a motion light that stayed on for many minutes and I didn’t realize it was affecting my images, but I did end up with a couple after it shut off that I was able to tweak to my liking.

Normally I would have been home much earlier, but I was spending the afternoon hanging several of my prints at a local coffee shop as the featured artist for September!  So, if you are in the New London, CT area this month, swing by the Bean and Leaf and help a starving artist buy more lens! 🙂

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18 mm, 30 sec, f/8.0, ISO 400 (Night Flow)

Day 251 (8 Sep 2012) Snow White, or A Child’s Tale

As you probably know, I try to participate in as many of the photo challenges SeeingSpotsPhotography hosts/co-hosts, as they are fun, and almost always push the envelope of my skills and/or creativity level.  This month’s challenge was “to bring to life an image that represents both details from your favorite childhood tale AND your feeling about that part of the tale.”

After polling friends on Facebook for ideas, I settled on something to do with Snow White.  I picked the scene where the step mother/witch gives Snow the poised apple.  That was always the saddest part of the movie; betrayal by her own family.  These day’s that part is sadly not limited to a fairy tale; thousands of children are betrayed by their own families: violence, abuse, irresponsible decisions, etc.  Even in “good” families children are often neglected by parents who put career/success before family.  I do believe that most parents’ intent is to provide the best childhood for their kids, but never learned from their parents the best methods and are perpetuating the mistakes.  One thing I’m doing, well before I get married and start a family, is reading books about family, raising kids, being a good husband/man, and talking to/observing families I know.  I know I won’t be perfect, but I hope to build upon the many good things I learned from my parents and go forth from there.

Anyway, I didn’t intend to go off on a tangent, but anyway, here are the two images I created today.  I “like” the first one the best for this challenge, but the second is good too.  Which one do you think I should submit?  I’m also open to suggestions on editing these (not gonna reshoot), if you think a different technique could help them.

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I had a different idea, but ended up getting home too late last night after the fair to try the idea I had with my friend, so I did this all solo; tripod, infrared remote, flashlight, and a bit of thread to hold the apple.

Day 250 (7 Sep 2012) Hebron Harvest Festival

Last night a friend and I attended the Hebron Harvest Festival, primarily because I wanted to make images of the rides at night 🙂  Like I did here.

On the bumper cars, I know realize that I should have popped a second-curtian flash; I can see how it would have added a bit more definition to the ride, but still preserve the motion.  It was challenging to get any shots I wanted with the ferris wheel; it took so long to reload that it was only running about 60 sec out of each 5 min.  A smaller one would have done better, at least for me 😉

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18 mm, 1 sec, f/22, ISO 100 (Carnival Rides)

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18 mm, 1.6 sec, f/8, ISO 100 (Round and Round. . .)

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18 mm, 3.2 sec, f/8, ISO 100 (Bumper Cars)

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18 mm, 1 sec, f/8, ISO 100 (Cliff Hanger)

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18 mm, 4 sec, f/16, ISO 100 (The Midway)

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(Variable focal length), 0.4 sec, f/6.3, ISO 100 (Zoom Lens Fun)

Day 245 (2 Sep 2012) Giant Mountain

On this date, my 3 friends and I climbed Giant Mountain, and one of them and I left the other two to rest on the summit and added Rocky Peak in our quest to become “46ers“.  I’m up to 9 of the 46 High Peaks in the Adirondacks (click the link to learn more about it), and I plan on becoming a full-fledged 46er someday.  🙂

I took quite a few less photos on this hike, as it was a little more technical of a climb, and I was a little tired from the 16 miles I did the previous day.  This day’s hike ended up being just about 10 miles, the last part, being the hardest (the decent; my knees were wishing for a break about the time I hit the first summit).  You might notice that there are some trees starting to turn, I would love to come up here next fall and shoot from a peak at the peak of leaf season 🙂 Here are my favorites:

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Misty Mountians

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The High Peaks

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Weathered Tree

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Giant’s Basin

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Mountain Sunset

Day 244 (1 Sep 2012) Mt. Marcy, ADKs

Back on Sept 1st, 3 friends and I climbed Mt. March, which is one of the ADK’s “46ers” and the tallest peak in the state of New York at 5,344 feet (1,629 m).  It was the second attempt for two of us, who attempted to climb it back in May, when the last several miles of trail were still covered in snow and ice.  This time the trail was dry 🙂

It was a great hike, with some spectacular views from the top, and a great time with friends!  Here are some of my favorite photos from the day:

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Reflection

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Edge of the Path

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Nestled Berries

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Cloud Break over Mt. Marcy

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Marsh Crossing

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View From Mt. Marcy’s Summit

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My Accomplishment

Day 249 (6 Sep 2012) Night Silhouette

On my way home from class tonight I pulled down the driveway of a public golf course near Hebron, CT.  I saw this tree silhouetted by a distant street light, and the light fog cause it a glow around it.

There is also a pond there that I’ve shot in daylight before, but I think I’ll give it a shot at night some day after class 🙂

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55 mm, 2 min, f/8.0, ISO 200 (Night Silhouette)

Day 248 (5 Sep 2012) Falling

I’m not sure what the proper verb for the onset of the Fall season, but it’s onsetting!  Some of the leaves here are starting to turn.  Before long all the trees will be displaying beautiful hues of red, yellow, and orange; I can hardly wait!  Last year tropical storm Irene came near the Fall season and disrupted the natural seasonal change; in CT the leaves changed over almost completely within a 4 day period; most of which I was stuck out of town (due to the storm delaying my return flight).  This year I’m not going anywhere till late Sept, so I’m hoping to see the leaves in all their glory!

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60 mm, 1/40 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Color of Fall)

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60 mm, 1/40 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Change Is Coming)

Day 247 (4 Sep 2012) Pinecone

Sunday while hiking I picked up this little guy, I was looking for more, but I was just trying to get down the mountain.  One of my knees started acting up, so my complete focus was on “down”, down to the car.

I still haven’t gotten to processing, or even looking at, the photos from my trip.  Between work and getting some homework done, I just got them downloaded into my computer.  I’ll work on them after Thursday, and hopefully get a few up this week(end).

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60 mm, 1/50 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (Casting a Shadow)

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60 mm, 1/50 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (Pinecone)

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60 mm, 1/50 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (Negative Space)

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60 mm, 1/50 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (Desaturated Cone)

Day 246 (3 Sep 2012) Farmers Market

I’m currently heading home after spending the long weekend hiking and camping in the Adirondacks. It was an awesome weekend! My friends and I covered >25 miles and summited 3 of the “46ers”!

Today includes a 5 hr drive, which requires a few rest stops. One such roadside plaza had a mini-farmers market. The peppers were especially colorful, and having my iPhone with me, I took a few photos and ran them through Snapseed. Enjoy!

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