Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
The weather is so changeable these last few weeks. From frozen fog and snow to glorious days like this one, no two days in a row are the same.
Skywatch homepage is here.
What I found at my feet on that walk is here.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Well, when I got my disc back I found out that he does not put any written comments--only a number between one and ten, which is his grading scale. So I will try to remember the comments made in class when we looked at the photos together. (The photos will enlarge if you click them--some more than others, and they are also located in larger form at these posts--scenic and macro.)
On the ski lift picture, he liked the way it faded into the fog, and the fact that I included what others might avoid--the snow piled up from plowing. He did think I might have gotten a better shot if I had moved further to th right. I remeber why I hadn't--other than the lame excuse that I didn't have the right shoes for it. There was a big truck unloading kegs of beer onto a snowcat to go up to the lodge. Of course, that might have been a good picture in itself. He gave this photo a 9.
A picture from the student before me had a wide expanse of empty sky, and the instructor suggested cropping it out since there wasn't anything interesting going on there. His remark, similar to others he has made, "Now if an eagle had flown by...). So when this one opened up on the screen I said, "Didn't find any eagles to fly through the frame...".
He sstill suggested that I could crop a bit off the left top corner. I had tried and didn't like it. He had some other suggestions about moving in closer and repositioning. Some of these aI had actually done, but did not like the light poles and didn't want to get run over. He gave this one a 7.
Or maybe this was the one he gave a 9--he graded two of the three, and I'm not totally positive which he called #1 and which #2. Again the way the lift fades out was a positive about this one. I rather like it better than the first.
No for the macros--I will probably remember better since it was only yesterday afternoon. Most of the students did things like a ring or toy car. I had tried to set some things up, but they just seemed forced. I like photos to happen--and of course, they are happening all the time. Just not necessarily the ones you need for a particular assignment when the assignment is made.He liked how well the arbed wire contrasts agains the background. He commented that this is how a macros should be--the focus on the item and the background out of focus. He commented on how the ice crystals stood out jsut clearly enough.
He was somewhat intrigued by this one, especially when I told him the size of the mushrooms. He suggested that I crop some off of the right side. I had already cropped it quite a bit, which contributed to the visual "noise" in the dark shadow. It is not as apparent in the small version here, but is pretty obvious when on the screen in front of the class. He had some suggestions for compensating for that if it were printed.
My friend here got quite a rise--almost as much as one girl's brother's tarantula. I had focus problems when I took this, and I knew it. I took several at the time--I think that is a key in the circumstances. The comment was that he looks like he is coming right into your camera. Everyone liked this.
I forget what was said about this, other than that it looked like something out of Dr. Seuss. Oh, there was something about underexposing it a bit to get more definition in the snow crystals. I may go back and take another look at the original. I had brightened it a bit, and that seems like the opposite of his suggestion.
No scores on these as this was jsut the class discussion.
The next assignment will be action. Oh, dear.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
In the 1960s, I rode through Yellowstone with my folks. We came upon a traffic jam, and what causes traffic jams in Yellowstone? Bearwatching. In this case it was a mama bear with two cubs. And, oh-oh, the cubs were on one side of the road and mama was on the other.
Now one of the biggest warnings about encountering bears or any wild animal is "Do not get between a mother and its young!" And here were a whole stream of cars in that very position.
Mama Bear gave the kids a signal, and they were very well trained. Up the nearest tree they went. Cub One scooted up his tree, a sturdy pine with a trunk about a foot in diameter. He made it to safety twenty or thirty feet up and waited. He was the smarter brother.
Cub Two headed quickly for the nearest tree and scooted right up.
To the top.
Since this was a very young sapling, the top was about twelve or fifteen feet above the ground.
At least it was until it had a young bear in it.
Once Cub Two made it to the top, the top made it in a nice arch to the ground.
How have you interpreted the letter B? To see others, go check out the ABC site, and be sure to give Mrs. Nesbitt a "Hi and thanks." She started us out on the ABC Wednesday trail a year and a half ago.
Those travel Bs will find their way into another ABC post some time. And for our more recent encounter with a Bear, have a look back here last summer.
The assignment is two photos, but last time I turned in three. This time was even harder to decide.
Monday, January 26, 2009
This is my odd shadow on our hike yesterday.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Your ways, O LORD, make known to me;
teach me your paths,
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my savior.
Remember that your compassion, O LORD,
and your love are from of old.
In your kindness remember me,
because of your goodness, O LORD.
Good and upright is the LORD;
thus he shows sinners the way.
He guides the humble to justice
and teaches the humble his way.
--old water tower, Rubel's Castle, Glendora CA
Saturday, January 24, 2009
These were gifts from a friend we visited in another country. They were found by him when he was a boy and would look for things when hiking along the river near where he lived. The large one is dated 1809 and the smaller one 1731 or 1781. The chipped one does not have a readable date.
TnChick's site at www.tnchick.com is where to go to find the Photo Hunters for the day.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Find other Skywatchers here.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I know I have a grandchild older than most of my classmates.
If you are 60 or older, the next time you get a copy of the quarter's class schedule from your local community college, check the index for "seniors."
The way it works at ours is that a senior citizen can get a Gold Card which entitles them to audit up to two classes in any quarter for $5 plus $1 per credit and lab fees. My photography class is costing me $21.50 ($13.50 of that is apparently lab fees for access to the computer lab.)
Being an auditor means that I can participate in everything, but do not have to take exams and I don't get credits. At my age and circumstances, what do I need with credits?
Next quarter I am thinking of taking drama.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
and plastic shopping bags.
During the four weeks we were in Russia, I mastered enough of the Cyrillic alphabet that we were able to find our destination on a timetable, choose a bus or subway line and find our stop, identify certain kinds of stores, and choose a few simple things from a menu.
You can see an example of the alphabet used there in this Pepsi sign.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
If you want some fun shots, just go climb around on the playground sometime. Snow is optional, but adds a special touch, don't you think? Our snow is gone though, and frigid fog and my back have kept me mostly indoors this last week, so this shot is a leftover from last month. If it looks familiar, I did use it in my Yakima Valley Daily Photo blog.
If you are having trouble figuring it out, here is a side view.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
I have waited, waited for the LORD,
and he stooped toward me and heard my cry.
And he put a new song into my mouth,
a hymn to our God.