A continuation of my Walking Pictures page just because the original was
getting too big. I fairly often take 100 pictures a day or so and only a
small fraction of those make it even this far. I got my current camera
10/23/2013 and by 7/1/2014 I'd taken 6300 pictures with it.
Prints of these are available, made on a color laser printer from the full
resolution images. firstname.lastname@example.org I hope to sell them in local
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One of the last times I shot this there was a patch of snow on the roof,
today it was 88°. And I screwed up the focus so I need to go back. What
I'm playing with here are the 3 different corrugations and how they fit
together. The top one is across the road on a different building. The camera
has to be in just about the right spot and there are complications like
trees in the way. A tripod about 30 feet tall would be better.
Big bad cloud dragon eating the sun. Chiaroscuro. This was shot as color but
the colors just confuse things here, the value (lightness) is more
Getting skunked in the other direction on a sunset, such a thick bank of
clouds that no sunlight gets through at all.
Moon, a little overexposed but I got some craters pretty well.
Thundershowery day. Making this black and white doesn't quite work because
that patch of blue sky is about the only color, when you make that gray it's
like turning off the optimism and it becomes a depressing gray mess.
This camera has a "high contrast black and white" effect which I'm
not sure I like but I was trying it out. Most of the "effects" and
"scenes" built in you can live without and do the same thing in the
exposure settings or Photoshop. They're probably selling features making the
camera appeal to people who don't know how to do that. I wish they'd left
out some fluff and put in basics like time exposures, an external flash
connector, being able to make RAW files.
It looked good black and white in the viewfinder, can't go back to color
now. This was about noon so the sun's overhead. If you shoot as black and
white it has to stay black and white, better to shoot color and make it
black and white later if you want. Useless feature.
The windmill and valley fog right after a thundershower. Shot one handed
because I was holding an umbrella in the other hand. Fudged in The Gimp: did
a fuzzy select to select the foreground trees, then inverted the selection
to be everything else instead, and did a histogram stretch, turned up the
color saturation 15% on the selection.
Some little yellow flower that has to be replanted every year. I wanted to
put Jalapenos here.
These are something that everybody around here seems to have, I get a little
tired of them. So there, I got the whole season over with one shot.
Cherry tomatoes, the first of the year. Looks like they were pruned with a
club or something.
Queen Anne's Lace, something else I never took a close look at
before, it just grows wild here as a weed. Because it's white getting the
exposure right was a PITA. I used spot metering, full sunlight plus fill
flash with an
exposure compensation of -1, tried about 50 times. Directed autofocus.
Brought up the black level a hair in The Gimp, used just a bit of Unsharp
Mask, about half the default amount. I really don't like sharpening but I
was trying to add some pizzaz. 3 tiny Earwigs in there, out in full sun on
a 90° day. There's actually color in there. My first pictures of this
had a white haze almost like the lens was fogged. It's easy to lose yourself
in the landscape of this flower and forget that it's about 2 inches across.
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in
having new eyes.
-- MARCEL PROUST
Trying to make this look like an infinite patch of white clover when it was
about 20 feet across. Camera about 2 feet above ground on a collapsed
OK, so these may not be Queen Anne's Lace. I took this picture to show the
leaves better, also the shape of the top of the flower. The yellow bud at
the right is a different plant.
I don't know what this is but I kind of like the composition. Manual focus
because the autofocus refused to work. It was like a mini-jungle.
Another not very interesting sunset, the jet trails were the best part.
After 3 days of rain it's once again too clear for much to be happening.
Just before I quit for the night. It was so windy I had to hold the tripod
to keep it from blowing over. I caught it once earlier in the day. I'm
getting so many sunsets I'm thinking of putting them on their own page.
The final (probably) version of this picture, although I see flaws that I
can improve on. I used to live here until I was about 5 and my father had a
big homemade air compressor in the closer building that was of course loud.
It was kind of dark in there because there weren't any windows and I'd be in
there and that air compressor would kick on at random times, it was like
being caught by the troll.
I've been shooting this scene every time I walk down this way for about 9
months trying to decide what to do with it. This selective black and white
trick I learned from Jeannette 16 years or so ago, spend a lot of time in
Quick Mask selecting everything you want in one selection or the other at
high magnification. I spent hours on it over 2 days, the real photo is 4896
x 3672, I scaled a version down for the web. That also scales down the
This is taken from up the hill on the opposite side of the road. There's at
least 1 tree in the way. It's possible to stand where the 2 ends of the
roofs line up, but then you only see half as much of the far roof. 1/250
second at f/5.7 exposure, bright sun about 4 PM, tripod with 2 second timer.
7/6/2014 sunset. There's a strange quality about some pictures (taken by
Nikons at least) where they look better than real life, this sort of has it.
The colors are right, but some look almost more like paintings than
photographs. The one before this looks like something from a children's
storybook (to me). Canons look too brown. Vivid memories of standing
out there at the tripod swatting mosquitoes, watching the LCD viewfinder
and the sky.
If you have plants in containers outside (or inside) try this. Cut 10 - 20
layers of newspaper to fit the containers and staple them together. Being
several layers thick the wind doesn't bother them, they may get wet in rain
but that doesn't do any real damage. They keep weeds down and limit
evaporation of water. Almost as good as the traditional black plastic but
with less hassle.
I did take a few other pictures when I was down there to shoot roofs. It was
one of those "partly cloudy" days when I'd just get everything set
up and a cloud would come over so I'd have to wait a few minutes for it to
pass. But yeah, I lived here until I was about 5, my bedroom window was the
left one on the first floor.
I guess this tractor's been put out to pasture. Newer, fancier ones have
been adopted. Those back tires are probably worth as much as the tractor
Still Life #1: Killing time while waiting for something, trying to make an
interesting picture out of nothing special in the front yard. Is there such
a thing as too much "rule of thirds"? This is a cookbook picture:
the pinwheel is 1/3 of the way from the right, most of the flowers are
(about) 1/3 of the way from the top. Those by themselves don't make it
interesting, too much of the picture is taken up by the foliage attached to
the yellow flowers. If I parked something in front of that it would help.
So I dug out the wheel. 7/10/2014
Sunset had this long bank of clouds that the color of changed on but they
didn't move much.
A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.
-- PAUL CEZANNE
I had in mind to do a better shot of a rotting tree off to the west but I'm
too sore from walking there to go that far. This one's off to the east
instead. I'm just enjoying the color of the bare wood when it gets exposed
this way. It's almost as if it had been sawn, planed, sanded, and varnished,
but this is just nature.
A decaying stump in a more advanced state. A whole spectrum of rich browns.
A picture taken by actual moonlight. Most of the night scenes you see on TV
and in the movies are faked with a blue filter, this was real. Full moon at
perigee, 4 second exposure at f/3.0, ISO 400, tripod of course. If
somebody'd turn off that blasted light in the upper left I could see
something. :) (Moon's overexposed deliberately) Slight selective Gaussian
blur to reduce the ISO noise, gamma tweak to make the field more visible.
A Rootin' Tootin' Saturday night in the country.
You know you're hooked on photography when you spot something about the way
distant mountain tops line up you never noticed before. Then it's raining out
but you're out there with umbrella, camera, and tripod trying to capture it
because there's something just so about the way the fog fits the tops of the
farther mountains that'll never be the same again. So what do you do? You
shoot it, crop it, scale it down and make it a Facebook "cover photo".
They just seem to blur together and fade off into infinity:
Listening to baseball games you don't care anything about for hours on end
every day is about as interesting as listening to a neighbor's dog barking.
It has the same kind of insistent cadence that's hard to ignore.
Professional talkers. WEEI: Yech!
If you use unix (or anything with exiftool installed) this is a handy alias:
alias exif "exiftool --list . > exif.txt"
It dumps all the EXIF data from all files in the current directory into a file
called exif.txt. I run it several times a day to dump all the data from the
latest batch of pictures into a file I can refer to later to look up
exposure details. I burn them to DVDs along with the images and a thumbnail
Woodpecker tree, taken mostly for the colors. It's in the shade so nothing's
washed out but a sunny day as you can see by the sunny patches of grass in
the background. Good saturated colors.
A yellow jacket nest under the gable end on the garage. I was at least 10
feet under it and they ignored me. 1000 mm (equiv) lens and tripod. Looks a
little like a smoke detector but it's not. I think what's happening is that
the three that aren't near the hole are adding to the edges of the layers
they're working on to expand the nest. They didn't stay there, workers were
constantly coming and going, also from inside via the center hole. I used to
watch my ant farm so I know these things. :)
We've got wild turkeys around. I went out to shoot yellow jackets and
spotted turkeys on the lawn. None of these pictures are perfect so I scaled
them down and combined them. Same lens as the yellow jackets but hand held
so none are quite sharp. They were about 200 feet away.
Checking progress on the nest, I was right as to what they're doing. This
camera seems to autofocus on the wood behind the nest even when I put the
little square on the nest. I guess that's because the wood's firm and the
nest is feathery.
Same windmill from a slightly higher point so there's less foreground junk.
Near sunset so it was lit well from the west. It says "Power Wind"
on the side. By the topo map it's about 2½ miles away. Each of those 3
blades is 190 feet long.
Trying a new experiment with Tragely's but I should have feathered the
Sunset 7/16/2014, these were all taken within 5 minutes so they're very
This probably won't mean much to people not from around here but the road
leads to the house after a few ups and downs. The road's like a roller
coaster. Focus and light could be better, I was concentrating on showing the
vertical shape of the road, also having the tripod set up in the road with
more traffic than I like.
Bird party, no idea what the occasion was. All barn swallows as far as I
Sunset 7/17/2014, nothing very exciting but a different cloud pattern than
last night. It was actually chilly out there.
Volunteers by the brush pile. These are wild, called marshmallows, because
if you boil them down they taste like marshmallows. I haven't tried it. They
look like Petunias to me, except they're tall, so that's what I always
assumed they were.
Another attempt at Tragely's, more feathering on the selection. It looked
clearer (less haze) than I remembered but it's about the same. This is a
farm across the valley. Gimp feathers to the inside of a selection BTW,
seems like Photoshop feathers outside. I intended to feather out into the
woods. I tweaked the levels in the selection to try to cut the haze.
Mount Greylock from the top of the hill above the Heath Transfer Station,
along the same ridge with the fairgrounds. It was supposed to be mostly
sunny today. Greylock's 20 miles west of here so there's bound to be haze.
I don't get many chances to do pet portraits since I don't have any pets.
This is Charlie who I finally got to settle down for a minute so I could get
Fire pit, keeps bugs away, burning broken up palets.
Nobody bought me a balloon for my 60th last week but I had fun with these.
Mylar balloons, mostly reflective, shot at twilight with a flash.
I just ordered some gels for coloring the flash to daylight because using it
as fill flash when I have shadows gives such a bogus color temperature that
I don't do it anymore. The gels are variations on amber so I tried amber and
green pill bottles that I had around.
Checking in on the yellow jackets, first time I've looked in a couple days.
Must be expanding the nest is low priority because it doesn't seem to have
changed much. Caught one in the air as a blur on the right.
Zoomed-out view of the yellow jacket's nest. I'm far enough away when
standing at the tripod that I don't worry about being there.
Still life #2, those white flowers weren't noticeable before. They're not
the white flower I called Queen Anne's Lace but now I'm thinking might be
Poison Hemlock, the leaves are different. It's not poisonous like Poison
Ivy, at worst it's like what Socrates(?) drank, you have to actually eat it.
Don't know what happened to my great depth of field here, OK f/4.3. This
camera doesn't have much of an f-stop range (3.0 - 5.9), should have been
Turned out to be a nice day. Yesterday was predicted to be and it was
overcast, today was supposed to be mostly cloudy and it's been mostly sunny.
Something else that I don't know what it is. There are benefits to not
mowing lawn very often. These usually get mowed off without me ever seeing
the flowers so I never noticed them before.
I stay up late so I don't get up in the morning often. The morning light
from the east lights up the windmill better than any other. There's also a
cell tower to the left of it and another radio tower to the right that
usually aren't very visible.
A dead limb getting ready to fall, maybe this winter. This tree's been
dropping dead limbs since I lived here. (Front yard at the Riddle place).
The horses actually paid a little attention to me today, at least they
showed up instead of being off in the woods or in the barn.
The flies were bothering them. Much swishing of tails and stomping of feet.
They just seem so perfectly in tandem here, almost exactly the same position
so it's like they worked at it.
An oak sapling on the far side of the fence post with some leaves turning
I bought a cheap Chinese infrared filter and was fascinated with it for a
few days. It has its own page here
but the novelty has worn off. It lets such a tiny amount of light through
that the camera has to work something like 10,000 times as hard, the result
of which is a lot of noise and difficulty focusing. It's also a pain to use:
autofocus doesn't work so I have to use a shirt over my head and the camera
in bright sunlight to see the viewfinder. This was a 1 second exposure taken
in bright sunlight.
Bissell Bridge waterfall in Charlemont. Taken with my tripod fully collapsed
because I had to shoot under a railing. I've never seen anything this sharp
come out of this camera so maybe it's worth spending the big bucks on a fancy
tripod. The tripod was sitting on a concrete walk though. Those are full-sized
car tires lying on the far bank.
There used to be a dam across here when I lived in Charlemont in the 1960s
but somebody must have figured out that it was safer not to have such a
thing right above town. This water wasn't clean enough to drink then but it
ran to fire hydrants and that sort of thing. Some people drank it but it
usually smelled bad. I remember "helping" my father fix a leak in
some rusted-out water line under some building in Charlemont and that
smelled. I was only about 10, I was probably mostly in the way.
7/26/2014 sunset. Everything interesting was happening in a little patch of
sky near the horizon but it was still the best I'd seen in a week or so.
Don't know what it is, don't need to, I just liked the droplets of rain on
it. Strange lighting but it was that kind of day.
Another purple thing. I'd rather shoot wild flowers but I got a few minutes
between showers. This is within 10 feet of the door.
Sun on the back side of a dense cloud. I liked the rays that radiate,
captured by probably more cloud material that isn't formed into a visible
cloud. I like catching the "silver lining" effect which this
doesn't quite do but the rays are good too.
OK, this is getting old, even the pinwheel's fading. I was watching that
cloud and every time the sun wasn't behind it I'd turn around and shoot
this instead. I don't think I'd done this in late afternoon light before. The
sun was almost behind the camera, just about perfect light.
Until the cows come home... They gathered near the road like they were
expecting someone to show up but then they dissipated again before dark.
Weather, ayup. A few minutes later I was scurrying for cover as the first
drops of rain hit. There was distant thunder and lightning.
Several families of turkeys showed up. Actually the males are usually off by
themselves at this point, just hens and chicks are around.
Cute pose, watching both directions at once They're very nervous with chicks
around and they could tell I was out there.
Again, watching both directions. They can fly if they have too but I think
having the wings open was a warning to the chicks. She didn't fly.
A whole different kind of sunset. There was this thick bank of clouds near
the horizon, the only color was higher up.
The real Queeen Anne's Lace, maybe. I posted a picture of the other one on
nikonians.org and some woman in Pennsylvania said she didn't think that was
the right plant. This is less interesting, and less common. I only know
where to find one of these, the other stuff grows beside the roads here.
Different leaf, different stem arrangement going to the flower head. Simpler
I've done this before but I just like the angles involved.
We've got a bumper crop of choke cherries this year, I don't think I've ever
seen so many. There has to be a use for them. Nobody would think rhubarb or
currents were useful either if you ate them without sugar.
Jalapeno pepper blossom. The blossoms face down, so the camera was under the
plant facing up. Fill flash is the camera's normal flash with a ¼ CTO gel
over it to make it more like daylight.
A Facebook profile picture, I change them fairly often, it grabs people's
attention. Same ¼ CTO
gel over the flash. It looks almost too warm but I did spend several hours
in the sun the day before. No religious connotation was intended. This
reminds me of someone in a coffin, that wasn't intended either.
"Photography is a journey with no conceivable destination." HBB,
Pruning apple trees. Never done it before but I read something about it
once. These are drawf apple trees and I curse them every year. I haven't
tried to mow under them this year at all. I only took one major live branch
off each tree and got rid of a bunch of dead stuff.
Written under Firefox 5 (who can keep up?). I basically don't care how it
works in that Microsoft thing.
I'm setting colors by name, some are ugly in some browsers.