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
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As often happens in the fall we're getting a lot of rainy weather. It's also
beginning to be foliage season so I'm trying to take pictures between
showers and sometimes from under an umbrella.
I was dark and miserable so I was experimenting with using exposure
compensation to make it brighter instead of doing it in software on the
image file. Here I made it look 1.7 stops brighter. What I did was to take a
lot of pictures at different settings then pick what I liked best. The EXIF
data in the file says the exposure compensation was +1.7. It's more
convenient than just changing the F stop and shutter speed plus it's
portable. It will always use settings 1.7 stops brighter than the meter says
it needs, even when the scene changes.
Looking southwest, I can just see the windmill in there. This has an
exposure compensation of +1.3.
My jalapenos between showers. It was still fairly dark so I use the camera's
flash with a gel over it to make it look more like daylight.
I was downstairs trying to take a picture of my gel arrangement when one of
the spiders from overhead paid a visit so I got a few pictures of him
against the white backdrop. Autofocus focuses on the closest thing
it sees so it worked well for this. Trying to take a picture through a
window screen or underbrush it usually does the wrong thing. The flash lit
him up well.
This is the gel. I taped it over the flash on my camera with a piece of
plastic to keep the tape from sticking to the flash at the back. Then I pulled it off
and added more tape for strength so now I can slip it on when I want. It's
still a little awkward, falls off once in a while and I don't know where to
keep it. If I had just the right size bottle that would work. I need to be
able to carry it when I'm outdoors which is far from realistic. It's a 1/4
CTO (Color Temperature Orange) gel, I got a 20 x 24 inch (about) sheet for
$7 from B&H Photo.
Finally we got a sunny day and I had an errand to run so I took a few
pictures out in the big world away from home. This is the Little Red
Schoolhouse in East Charlemont. I don't know its history really but I think
the building's a museum. I didn't go in.
A hydroelectric dam and generating facility in East Charlemont. Mostly I
like the still water and reflections but there isn't much choice of where
you can take a picture from.
I got stuck at a railway crossing for maybe 10 minutes while this went by so
I stuck the camera out the window and took a few pictures. I always liked
I wanted to be on the overpass this is next to taking a picture of Route 2
(AKA Mohawk Trail) looking west but it's totally inhospitable.
3 shots of the Deerfield River taken from a rest area. 10/3/2014
They've rearranged the fences so the cows can roam over the whole pasture.
I'm not quite sure why they bother instead of just letting them at the whole
thing at once. 10/5/2014
One of the younger cattle, little more than a calf really, wasn't feeling
well. Another shows concern and gave it some licking. I did see the one down
raise its head at least once and by the time I got back from my walk they'd
all moved to a different part of the pasture. Taken with the camera
One of my favorite scenes from last year reshot with a different camera and
a tripod instead of handheld. I think last year I was down about even with
that first tree on the right. The foliage season is really just starting up
here but I don't know how advanced it will be by the next sunny day.
Another scene from last year and again I was a little farther forward then
to leave out the road on the left. I'm playing around with making these
darker so nothing is overexposed in the dappled lighting but then I have to
mess with the curves tool to put detail back into the shadows. I'm not sure
I like the result
This almost looks better than last year but mostly because the underbrush is
taller. It's still too early to have much color. Time of day matters too,
those were mostly early afternoon, these were just before noon.
Our first freeze warning of the year for up here. Not a hard frost,
predicted low is 34° I rigged this up last year and it worked fairly
well. It's an old tablecloth held with clothespins to a pair of fiberglass
electric fence stakes horizontally. I can take it off and put it on without
disturbing the plants much at all.
Cows with long shadows since they were right there. They can come up to the
bottom of the lawn now. I worry about them discovering where the pears and
apples live and breaking through the fence to get them a couple feet away.
Some do get out once in a while.
Sunset beside Mount Greylock from my new spot on the back lawn. Not a very
good spot or not a very good sunset, I'm not sure which. Across the road
you can think of the trees in the way to the south like the pivot point of a
seesaw horizontally. As the sun moves farther south I need to go farther
north to see around the trees. I was getting quite a ways into that field.
I'm not sure this new spot will work out, maybe I'll move the picnic table
and stand on it. There's more stuff in the way to the west than I like. I
hate to cut the trees but they have sprung up in the past few years.
It seems to be a year with quite a few acorns. Not sure what that means but
they seem to go in cycles. Probably next year there'll be a lot of
squirrels. Here in the driveway a lot get crushed.
I went back to Bissell Bridge in Charlemont. Last time I came here it turned
out to be Yankee Doodle Days (Charlemont's fair) that I didn't know about,
this time the state police had Route 2 closed in Charlemont center so all of
Route 2's traffic was coming this way. It was a Monday, should have been
I'd like to have been able to actually walk across the bridge but there was
way too much traffic for that. There's no sidewalk or anything. My father
had a job hauling lumber to build the original one, it was replaced a few
years ago. The outside will eventually turn a nice barn board gray, it's
I was in Charlemont for an errand and had to wait a half hour for somebody
to get back from lunch so I walked out here. I went here grades 4 - 7,
haven't even thought about the place much since.
Technically not even a sunset. It still had maybe a couple degrees to go and
it started raining. It wasn't very interesting so I quit. I'm not sure I'm
willing to stand around in cold weather for these.
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I'm setting colors by name, some are ugly in some browsers.