Day 335—Over The Rainbow

Coming out of Home Depot this afternoon, after the downpour that inundated us, suddenly there were sunshine and rainbows…a double rainbow, in fact, which I discovered only after I started twiddling with the shots in Lightroom. As suddenly as it appeared, the sun disappeared behind a cloud and there was no more color in the sky. I made a few adjustments in Lightroom which brought out the second rainbow and enhanced the brilliance of the colors which were much more muted in the original shots. They look a little artificial but I like the tweaked versions.

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Day 334—The Other Side Of The Windshield

When I got in the car to come home tonight, I thought the ghostly outline of the oak tree across the street made an interesting shot but because it was so dark out and there were raindrops on the windshield, the camera’s autofocus wouldn’t focus on the tree and focused instead on the raindrops on the windshield. I set the lens wide open to let in as much light as possible, perched the camera on the steering wheel to keep it still, and concentrated on the drops rather than the tree. Although the moon is full right now, the moon-like light in this shot is actually a street light that isn’t round at all but the camera turned it into a giant round bokeh. Despite the fact that it will be December in a few days and Xmas decorations are popping up everywhere, this shot is more Halloweeny than Christmassy. In any event, I was happy to discover that the shot meets today’s the Flickr challenge: “on the other side” so I named the blog post appropriately.

Ed. Note (12/6/12) I thought this shot looked familiar. Here’s my post from Feb. 18, 2011; this was taken, as I recall, out my upstairs bathroom window: Almost the same shot

Focal Length 48mm
ISO 100
f/2.8
1/60

Day 333—Cleaned And Cracked

There was a great sale on Dungeness Crab today and I couldn’t resist photographing the poor fellow before I devoured him. He was a two-pounder before the butcher at the market cleaned and cracked him for me. This crab is now unrecognizable as an individual without his face but he died for a good cause…my hedonistic self indulgence! Today’s Flickr challenge is “individual” so….

Focal Length 70mm
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Day 332—These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

Well, not a few but two of my favorite things, anyway. This afternoon Jesse called me outside because a hawk was perched atop the oak tree across the street from Famous Mo’s and, as everyone at Famous Mo’s knows, I’ll drop anything to photograph…or rescue…a hawk. I had only my 24-70mm lens with me so I walked across the street to get a closer look and took this shot as the Cooper’s Hawk left the tree. I think it’s interesting that the tree is blurred and the hawk is not. I panned the camera following the hawk and because I wanted a larger depth of field, I had the camera stopped down to f/14 and the shutter speed set at 1/100. The hawk is fairly sharp but I should have used a larger f/stop and a faster shutter speed for crisper focus. Live and learn.

When I got home this evening, I realized that the moon was full and that I had never photographed the full moon with clouds. I found I don’t know how to do it. I had to make quite a few adjustments to this shot. I couldn’t get the clouds without over-exposing the moon. But with the undeexposed photo, I had to increase exposure in Lightroom to get the clouds to show and as a result, lost some of the clarity and sharpness I usually get with my moon shots and increased the noise.

Day 331—Misperception

I was attracted to the brilliant color of these crape myrtle leaves as the sun shone through them late this afternoon. Despite the fact that the light is behind the leaves, it is not evident in this shot. The leaves appear opaque, not translucent. It looks as if the sun is reflecting light off the top of leaves and that the shadows are also on top of the leaves, created by the leaves in front. They are not. The light is shining through the leaves from behind creating shadows from behind. Ah, the mysteries of light AND the frailties of the human eye and the misperceptions that result.

Except for cropping, this is SOOC.

Focal Length 70mm
ISO 100
f/8
1/400

Day 330—One Last Dog Nose

Mady left a few minutes ago. Bobo and I will miss having her here. I couldn’t resist taking one last dog nose shot. The second shot is a “selfie” of sorts; I’m reflected in Mady’s eyeball. And last, Bobo couldn’t resist the glass of V-8 setting tantalizingly on the table.

Day 329—A Walk On The Wild Side

This morning Mady and I took a walk in an area near my home that I have wanted to walk through but hadn’t taken the time. It turned out to be a short bike trail that connected to a residential area but Mady enjoyed sniffing every clump of grass, leaf, and unmentionable as I took photos of things that struck my fancy. Here are some of the wild things I encountered this morning. I love my 24-70mm lens and I keep it on my camera most of the time but this morning I wish I’d switched to my 28-300mm lens because I would have loved to have had sharper closeups of the kite. Next time….

Focal Length 70mm
ISO 100
f/2.8
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Day 328—Dog Slobber

For the most part, I am meticulous about keeping my camera clean. Today, however, it’s covered with dog slobber. No, Mady didn’t try to eat it. I put it there myself as I depressed the shutter release and made exposure adjustments with slobber-slick fingers from throwing the tennis ball over and over for Mady who pranced and trolloped around the yard. Despite my efforts to get her or the ball stopped midair, I didn’t like any of the action shots I took because the back yard is in deep shade now and the photos weren’t as sharp and crisp as I wanted. So, I’m posting my favorites, all closeups. In the first, she’s sniffing the Thai Basil, preparatory to munching on it. I guess she likes Thai Basil because she kept eating it. In the second, she lay in the only sunny spot in the yard, in the middle of a shrub with her tennis ball. I love closeups of dog noses and I especially like this one. In the last, she runs toward me with the retrieved tennis ball, ready for another romp.

Day 327—’Tis The Season. . .

. . . for Mountain Mandarins. The season for local mandarins is short, only a few weeks so we stopped at a fruit stand on the way back from lunch yesterday and bought some mandarins grown a few miles away in Penryn. Mandarins are delicious, sweet, seedless, and, I just found out from reading the label on the mesh bag they’re stored in, that mountain mandarins contain significant amounts to synephrine, a natural decongestant. I wish I’d had these mouth watering treats a week ago when I was in the throes of nasal congestion from my cold.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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f/2.8
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WB Tungsten
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