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 8/1/2014 I'd taken 9000 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
stores, don't have any shopping cart set up for buying online. Paypal
accepted by prearrangement.
I wish I could have next and previous links on the picture pages, but the
fact is there are no picture pages. When you click a thumbnail here it's
linked directly to the bigger image, there's no place to put the links. I'd
have to create hundreds of dummy pages just to hold the links. Use your back
Choose a background color:
My jalapenos from underneath (1 row). They go from light green -> dark green
-> black -> red as they ripen. Light green have thin skins so there's not as
much pepper there. I want 1 or 2 red ones for seeds to save but they all
taste about the same. If I pick off the dark green ones soon new peppers
will replace them but we're coming up on the end of the growing season.
Sunset 9/2/2014. I'm limping along with a crappy spare tripod because my old
one fell apart on 8/31 but I should have a new $450 one (more than the
camera itself) by tomorrow
afternoon. I think I can see a difference in sharpness but maybe I'm imagining
it. Especially at bigger sizes the leaves aren't quite sharp. I couldn't
find examples of pictures taken with bad tripods but I think the idea is
that you buy something you know is good and it removes that uncertainty. It
has a 10 year warranty at least. It can also handle 11 lbs of camera so if I
get something with big lenses I'm covered. It's especially noticable when
really zoomed in or when cropping down to a small part of the picture (think
angular movement of the camera within the time the shutter's open). We'll
Finally a serious tripod. Manfrotto (Italian) cost more than my camera but
it's got a 10 year warranty. Now I don't have to wonder if my pictures
aren't sharp because I'm using a cheapie tripod that came from the dump.
This is carbon fiber and only weighs 4 pounds. I wanted one tall enough that
I could look through the viewfinder without having to stoop over and kill my
back. With the center column up this goes over my head. Haven't read much of
the instruction manual yet, it came just before dark and I wanted to use it.
Most tripods I found I couldn't buy replacement parts for if something
breaks or gets lost, this one I can.
I've seen these around before but never happened to get a picture of one. He
was on a mission and not about to hold still for me.
Advertising? Name dropping? Not totally. The tripod itself is wonderful:
big, sturdy, light. The cheapest kit at B&H Photo came with a video
head which I'm not crazy about. My camera can do video but I'm so
uninterested that I've never even done it. For photography it's heavy and
clumsy, the positioning isn't very good. I've got to email them about
swapping just the head (it unscrews). The odd stripes above the model number
I think are the carbon fibers showing through, I see them all along the
Two views from the driveway taken with the camera on the Manfrotto. I've
done these many times with my Velbon, wondering if I can see a difference. I
suppose the real test will be on a clear day at maximum zoom looking at one
of the distant things and comparing that to something I shot before. Clouds
are overexposed: I was using center-weighted metering and not paying
attention to them. Looking for camera shake is different than looking for
A weed in the driveway. This is so much more complex and interesting than
any cultivated flower I've ever seen. The Poison Hemlock and Devil's
Paintbrush are too.
Looking southwest. Got almost everything right except the clouds are
overexposed. The histogram in the viewfinder would have told me that but I
wasn't paying attention to it, being more into focus.
Walked down here again for exercise. I'm planning to drive to Greenfield in
a couple days and I'd like to do Poet's Seat and Sachem's Head so I wanted
to get in shape a little. South end of the house is overexposed from using
averaging metering and not looking at the histogram again.
Looking northeast, I wanted to get the yellow flowers (probably dandelions)
but the whole picture has a yellowish cast. Probably just the sun position,
I checked the white balance setting, it's the same as the rest. Just a hint
of fall foliage color starting to show here.
The wider picture of the house and barn. I usually work around this tree on
the right. The corrugated roof pictures were taken just beyond it.
I thought this was an acorn although I don't remember happening to catch one
red in the ripening stage before. Then it occurred to me later it could be a
tiny puff ball. I didn't pick it up or the weight would have told me. It's
the size of an acorn without the cap.
I didn't eat any. I don't know what they are but I like the red mottled
appearance which isn't visible from a distance.
Two! shots of a nothing sunset. It was just too clear but I like the rays of
the sun in the first one and the glow in the sky in the second.
After the sunset this was to the south, wider than I could capture in a
Moonlight on some clouds with a post lamp showing too.
Spying on the neighbors, sort of. To my naked eye those 2 outdoor lights
looked like they were different colors. I guess the one on the left is
higher wattage but the right one looked more red. This house is 1000 feet
away by Google Earth.
I finally got to Greenfield for the first time in 5 years and headed
straight for Poet's Seat. It was a partly cloudy day so some places are in
sun and some in shadow, it all kept moving around. This is looking toward
The high school and the hospital.
Looking south at Mt. Sugarloaf
Turners Falls. I hadn't been up here in 20 years or so, I forgot you could
see that too. Turners and Deerfield are more visible from the top level of
the tower than below.
Looking north, I think I see Eaglebrook in there.
Looking south. This barely misses Sugarloaf at the left but I also see
Greenfield center in there..
Another micro sunset, only interesting in a tiny part of the horizon and
only for a few minutes. The sun moves 360° in 24 hours so 360 / (24 *
60) = 360 / 1440 = 0.25 degrees per minute (OK, we move, the sun doesn't).
There were heavy clouds almost down to the horizon but the sun poked through
for maybe 2 minutes before it disappeared for the night.
Pastoral gloom, maybe fitting for 9/11. NYC is out there somewhere in the
direction the camera's looking.
It's getting chilly out there in shorts.
Yes, I was in Greenfield again. Shot these guys handheld while waiting for a
Not much happening as far as a classic sunset in the west, the third one was
to the south. That's the Berkshire East windmill beacon in there.
The sunset itself was marred by opaque clouds near the horizon again but
some of the stuff higher up was interesting.
More cows today. When they pasture this field after the hay season they
section it off by moving fences around. These cows (organic beef actually)
can't get closer yet until the fences get taken down. I kind of enjoy
talking to them. They get moved around from pasture to pasture according to
It looks a little like fire, but the sun is fire, it livens things up. This
is zoomed way in, those trees are on the far side of the field I go to.
Distant cows. Actually it seems like a mixture of ages, the 2 closest ones
look young. Too young and they're small enough to climb under fences. They
seem interested in something off to the left and they started clustering
Windmill with birds. I was taking yet another picture of the windmill and
noticed all these specks on the screen when I was looking at it. I caught a
flock of birds in the air in the foreground, The windmill's 2½ miles
away, the birds are probably between the camera and that foreground tree.
It's a morning shot so the cell tower at left and fire radio tower right of
the windmill both show up.
The only way I seem to get anything interesting from most recent sunsets is
to wait until the sun itself is just below the horizon then zoom in on this
little area right above it.
The beginning of foliage season, depressing. This is about where I go to
take sunset pictures but looking in a different direction.
Looking south at the clouds. If I expose those right the ground is
underexposed so I dug it out of the mud with the curves tool.
I mostly liked the branches overhead and the daisies under it here. We've
had some daisies around most of the summer but these have blossomed recently
or I just noticed them.
Brown eyed Susans, I've been looking for these all summer but I guess they
Where the horses might be but they're not out today. There's one tree in the
distance starting to turn, I didn't notice the red bush in the foreground
until I got home. Overexposed clouds.
Currants, I think. We used to have a bunch at my grandparents' house and I
used to pick a lot and my grandmother made jelly out of them. Sour without
Daisies by the mailboxes at the crossroads. Bumblebees were busy.
Goldenrod and clouds, looking south.
I got my new ColorMunki. Screwed up my first time through everything but I
got my laptop screen calibrated, need to redo my printer. It aims to do
everything a photographer could need in the way of color calibration. It
does monitors, printers, cameras, scanners, projectors and ambient lighting.
For printers it outputs the first color chart then you scan it using a
sensor on the bottom of the unit, it calculates the second chart which you
print and scan. Software for Windows and Mac, actually it seems to be
written in Java so to some degree it might work under Unix but I imagine
that's unsupported. The color profiles are .icm files which are universal.
Most of my computers boot into Unix or Windows so I can make files in
Windows and use them in Unix also.
One of the spiders that lives overhead here in the basement. They're hard to
catch in a picture and he didn't like the flash at all.
A sunset picture all printed and framed. I may fiddle with the settings more
but the printer is definately better than it's been for several months.
A few freshly picked cherry tomatoes.
9/20/2014 sunset. I like this better than the framed one above because it
has more character.
Cows in fog. One of them's watching me.
My tripod doesn't have a center column that tilts over like the Oben ones
do so I was wondering if I could still use it as a copy stand. There's one
slotted position in the ball head for using the camera up sideways so I put
the camera in that and faced it down. Next I collapsed the 2 legs on the
side toward the picture on the floor by about 3 inches to make the camera
more level. Now I'm pretty much looking down on the picture on the floor
with the camera level. I could collapse the legs more to get closer.
My Macbeth color chart in different lighting conditions. I should have used
the same background for all the pictures, and used spot metering on one of
the gray patches to try to get the exposure more consistent. But this shows
the effect of lighting on colors somewhat.
The ColorMunki in place for profiling a monitor (just finished). The
carrying case doubles as a holder while you're working on a monitor. There's
an opening in the side that's facing the screen to let light through. That
strap is weighted which makes it weird to handle but you hang the strap on
the back of a monitor and it's just the right weight to hold the ColorMunki
up. The software drives the screen through red, green, blue, gray at various
levels and the sensor measures how much light it gives off. There's another
sensor for measuring room light. I gave the screen a quick cleaning first
but didn't do a very good job.
They rearranged the fences this morning so the cows could get closer to the
house. Unfortunately when the cows saw me coming with my tripod and cane
they literally ran out of site over the hill, I couldn't believe it.
Maybe there's a little abuse in their history.
Anyway a blush of early foliage color looking southwest toward the windmill
from the bottom of the lawn.
Rose hips, I guess. I've heard the term as a source of vitamin C but never
seen the way they grow. These are rose bushes so that must be what they
are. Wikipedia concurs and says you can make jam out of them, but I've got 2
cups at most.
Trying to gradually make friends with these beefers. Shooting handheld so I
didn't scare them with the tripod. That may sound silly but when I realized
the fence had been moved so they could get closer to the house I went
rushing out near where they were and they all ran.
You might say they all look the same but they probably say the same thing
about us. They were in a little patch of woods beside the driveway where
it's dark and shadowy so I walked up there slowly with no cane or tripod to
not scare them.
I keep going up and this time they were out in the sun. I got a little
closer but still couldn't pet one, they backed away when I tried to step too
close. I went back after this with the tripod and a few pears but by then
they'd all wandered off.
Sunset is getting earlier by 2 mintes per day at this point, I missed the
best part of this one.
My old and new business cards, just found my card wallet and cleaned it out.
I follow these cows around and babble at them trying to get them used to me.
Most of the time they ignore me like the horses across the road.
Increasingly I seem to live for sunsets. For about 10 or 20 minutes I'm
really busy zooming in and out, checking the focus, resetting the timer,
trying an exposure an F/stop darker to see if the colors get enhanced,
trying to capture different parts of it. It's not really action photography
like sports but almost. I took about 75 pictures of this one.
There were several things going on here. There were 2 long clouds that were
probably old vapor trails possibly running parallel but from my perspective
they looked like a V. There was another long dark cloud at right angles to
them overhead. For some reason it made me think of sitting in the balcony of
a theatre with an awning overhead looking at the stage. And then the left
vapor trail was spewing out something that made streaks off to its left.
Went for a walk, most of a mile, on a crappy day and this is the best
picture I pulled out of it.
A couple of very similar cow and early foliage pictures. Neither are around
all year. I'm going to miss this view when I have to leave here.
I went up to "High Ledges" in Shelburne which has a spot overlooking
Shelburne Falls but I must have taken the wrong trail up there because I
never found it. I walked until I didn't feel like I could walk much more and
still had to turn around and walk back to the car. Rare 80° day too. I'd
only been there once before about 20 years ago. This was up there anyway, I
took a wrong turn just beyond this I think.
The little boy in me wanted to play in the puddle but the old man in me
didn't want to climb down the bank to get to it.
I'll probably go back but on a weekday. If the overflow parking lot is this
full it's almost not worth going. There's no handicapped parking but I could
have parked in the main lot and saved a little walking. It seemed like the
place was crawling with people but then I'm from Heath and not used to them.
I can tell I was in the wrong place because it was quiet where I went.
I found this farm scene outside the wildlife sanctuary with a spot to pull
over and set up my tripod. I was on Patten Road, this was north of it.
Got home and promptly went for a walk after a little rest. Managed to catch
this hawk circling, once of several tries. Didn't see any wildlife at the
The leaves up high haven't started to change as much as in the valley but
Route 2 was crowded with "leaf peepers"
A closeup of foliage. I've already got my next trip down into the valley
planned. It seems photographers don't have any time off this time of year
unless it rains.
Catching this scene was what prompted me to go for a walk on tired legs.
There'll be more color later. Might even get a rainy day this week.
The sky looked interesting (relatively) so I got the camera out. It was dark
and sprinkling a little, not worth trying to take any real pictures I cared
about. I was using the flash for cow pictures.
The cows seemed like they were feeling neglected so I went over there. I've
been picking up pears that fall off the pear tree and bringing up a few as
treats. I guess word got around or the smell was still on the ground. So I
spent about 5 minutes talking to them and tossing in a few pears, trying to
keep track of who'd had one. Cows have 3 stomachs (really) and food takes so
long to go through that if they eat many of some fruits like apples they'll
actually ferment. Cows get drunk from eating apples. They get rowdy and if
they're dairy cows it screws up the milk for a few days. It curdles if I
remember right so it can't be used but they still have to be milked and the
milk thrown away (or fed to pigs). It doesn't happen often because dairy
farmers go to great lengths to avoid it. Ever see apple trees in a pasture?
This is a blurry picture but I like the expression, looking at me out of the
corner of his eye. Don't remember if he'd had his treat yet or not. They
have such placid expressions and we can't reliably read their emotions but
there must be some.
Then there came some moo, not very loud, from off to the right, and they all
left, some running. I couldn't figure out what it was about. These are just
domestic cattle but buffalo probably have similar communication and a social
structure of their own.
So in the end I was left with clouds and the cows had gone off to do
something else. Sometimes their mooing seems aggravated and frantic but I
can never see the reason for it, it must be something only they
understand. But it seems to be a spoken language which implies more
intelligence than we give them credit for having. Much like we thought about
Good fishing tonight, probably the best since June. I'm not in control of
what the sky does, that's just luck. I can fudge a bad night to try to pull
something out of it but nothing like this. 9/29/2014
I'm getting tired of fog pictures. I'm all psyched to do foliage and at 9 AM
it looks like this, might as well go back to bed.