Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Photo of the Day

The weather outside might be crazy with freezing rain in January, but the sun is getting a little higher, and we do have some wonderful greenery inside Innovation Place. I'm sure the people in their offices were wondering what I was taking photos of, but I couldn't resist the backlit leaves.

backlit leaves

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Print of the Week

The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.
- Dorothea Lange
I have my Flickr photos as the screen saver on my Apple TV and this photo happened to come up. As it slid onto the screen I couldn't figure out what it was at first. I like photos like that, where it's something real and natural, but still somewhat abstract, where it puzzles you for a moment. In this case it's also a matter of camouflage. I wonder what slow reptilian thoughts pass through its brain as it waits motionless but alert.

american alligator

The large print (15" x 20") shows off the texture and detail well, a good example of why I like to print my photos. I cringe when I think that a lot of people see photos mostly on tiny phone screens or as a small image in their Facebook feed.

This was one from the Santa Barabara zoo in the fall

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Land of the Living Skies

Beautiful sunset on the walk home from work yesterday. I'm not sure what made it so colorful.

land of the living skies

land of the living skies

I also did panorama versions - click on them to view larger.

land of the living skies

land of the living skies

Now that Lightroom has a panorama merge built-in I find I'm doing more than when I had to switch to Photoshop for it. (The panorama feature built into cameras isn't usually available if you're shooting Raw.)

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Photos of the Day

I had an appointment downtown so I was walking along the river a little later than my usual walk to work, which meant I got to catch the sunrise. It was -20c, not much wind, with some fog on the river. A little cold for photography, and I didn't have much time to spare, but I couldn't resist a few shots.



There were Common Goldeneyes on the river and a Downy Woodpecker in a tree. I could hear more chickadees than I could see, always a cheery sound. On the way home, at noon, in broad daylight I encountered a coyote on the paved Meewasin trail. It looked at me, and the people approaching from the other direction, and then wandered away from the path and down to the riverbank.