Gravel and dust – a favourite road

Gravel and dust - a favourite road

Two mornings ago, on 30 June 2019, I woke up earlier than usual. Once I was on my computer, I checked the weather forecast and saw raindrop icons in the forecast for the next week, but the 30th was for sun. I knew what I had to do! Luckily, I had a tank full of gas, so I grabbed both cameras and a snack or two, and headed out the door. I must be the only person who hadn’t been to Kananaskis recently and taken photos of the tiny Pikas (Rock Rabbits), and that was my destination.

This was a long weekend for Canada Day, and my plan had been to keep off the roads, as I was sure they would be busy, making it more difficult to stop whenever I wanted, to take a photo or two. However, when I saw the weather forecast, it changed my mind. Sunshine, blue sky with clouds, made it a perfect day to be out – I’m sure you agreed, Bonnie : )

A day in Kananaskis is always great, but sometimes ‘great’ turns out to be fantastic! Can’t believe how lucky I was, not just in the mountains, but on the journey there and, at the end of the day, calling in at my ‘usual’ area closer to home.

I suspect the Pika is most people’s favourite – around 6 inches long and almost impossible to see against the mountainside of broken rocks that are the same colour as the Pika’s fur. Starting to believe that maybe I was going to be out of luck, the first one appeared, racing in and out and over and between the endless, sharp rocks. Take your eyes off the animal and you stand a good chance of not being able to find it again. Then a second one appeared, a baby. It perched itself on top of a rock and simply stayed there for a few minutes. Several of my photos show the eyes closing slightly. However, eventually it did move, and off it went. When it appeared not too far away, I caught sight of it and thought at first it was a mouse, ha. So tiny!

While I was searching for a Pika, a herd of Bighorn Sheep had come down the massive mountain side and, as they usually do, gathered right in the middle of the road to lick salt left by vehicles. After quite a time, there was an almighty BOOM that startled me and a handful of others. We hadn’t noticed a Park’s truck arrive, armed with ‘bangers’ to make the Sheep move from the road. Once the Park’s person had left, the Sheep returned to the road. There were several young ones along with the females.

It will take me ages to go through my photos, especially having to combine two cameras, but lots of images can wait till winter. More important, to me, is to continue editing and posting the remaining Texas photos, if/when I get time to do so.

Posted by annkelliott on 2019-07-02 21:08:25

Tagged: , Alberta , Canada , SW of Calgary , on way to Kananaskis , landscape , scenery , hills , rolling hills , mountains , foothills , field , farm , road , backroad , gravel , undulating , trees , outdoor , summer , 30 June 2019 , Canon , SX60 , Canon SX60 , Powershot , annkelliott , Anne Elliott

Faux 4×5

Faux 4x5

Well, I think I have the technique down now. This is at least as good technically as any 4×5 I ever shot.

It’s an HDR composite of 63 exposures on the 5D, three rows of seven frames at -2, 0 and +2EV. Stitched in PTGui, tonemapped in CS3. The full resolution image is about 150 MP or so. I uploaded a fairly big version so that anyone who’s interested can check it out. View large or huge (>3000 pixels).

A few notes: making these images is fairly labour intensive. It’s certainly not an ‘easy alternative’ to 4×5. In fact, in terms of difficulty, it’s a wash. There are a billion things that can go wrong when you’re shooting 4×5 and the same is true here. You have to learn a ton of technical stuff to shoot and process 4×5 properly, and the same here.

If you want to shoot RAW, you’re using about a gigabyte of storage for every composite. That’s eight shots if you carry an 8 gig card into the field. Practically speaking, you don’t really lose any quality by shooting big jpegs because of the huge dynamic range BUT you lose the ability to forego HDR (if movement ruins the shot, say) and pull the RAWs from the 0EV exposure. You just have to pray your JPEGs are good enough.

A few more tech details. Camera shake is a potential problem. I am using a Nodal Ninja which is borderline for the 5D at low shutter speeds. Anything under 1/60 I stead it with my hand. Under 1/30 I use mirror lockup. I always use a cable release.

Another wrinkle is the speed of the camera when writing to the card. With jpegs, you’re usually okay. The camera dumps the images about as fast as you shoot them. But with RAWs there’s no way the camera can keep up. So you end up waiting with your finger on the cable release as the camera churns through the -2, 0, 2 EV brackets. It’s boring.

Batteries are something of an issue. I left the kit in my car one night and the next day went out to shoot in -10C weather. The camera wouldn’t even turn on. I guess I could have warmed up the batteries next to my body but instead I went home.

Finally, it’s not obvious, but I’m not framing these in any conventional sense. I’m just picking a spot, trying to figure out where the center of the picture is, and framing in my head. My standard 7 horizontal x 3 vertical shot matrix (15 degree increments horizontally, 20 vertically, with the camera vertical) is designed to capture as close as I can to a 90mm on 4×5’s field of view with a bit of wiggle room for slight reframing. I’ve thought about taking a 4×5 finder into the field. I will probably do that from now on.

Having said all that, there are some real advantages over 4×5. The kit is massively easier to carry around. You can postpone a lot of editorial judgements (BW or color? Filtration? Exposure?) until you are sitting at your computer. I don’t have to fight SCSI to get my 4×5 scanner going. I don’t have to do dust spotting. I don’t have to buy or process film.

And, maybe most important, I can shoot for different formats in the field. If it looks like a 4×5, I can shoot a 4×5. But if it looks square I can shoot it square. If it looks like a Noblex shot, I can shoot that. If it’s a 360, I can shoot that. For a camera whore like me that’s nice.

Posted by John Brownlow on 2008-04-07 13:40:45

Tagged: , indian , brook , thornbury , ontario , canada , tree , trees , forest , wood , woods , wild , tangle , bramble , blackandwhite , bw , monochrome , 400 , stitch , stitched , panorama , composite , ptgui , HDR , tonemapped , cs3 , pinkheadedbug , bestviewedlarge , viewbigplease

iPhone 7 : My notes

iPhone 7  : My notes

18,09.16:First shots from Friday and today very good results with both lenses (when viewed on the iPhone) – wide (28mm) and telephoto (56mm). Add to the latter water and dust resistant, processing speed and other improvements, and I am somewhat mollified re the cdn surcharge of 35%!

Had my first opportunity to view initial and subsequent shots in Photos for Mac this afternoon. Disappointed with some low light shots mainly due to noise and focus (user error? yes 19.09.16). Compared one with shot taken with both this iPhone and the 6s , and it appeared to me that the 7 was a obvious improvement over the latter.

19.09.16: austinmann.com/trek/iphone-7-camera-review-rwanda

Watched a few online videos of iPhone 7 water tests in increments of 5 feet of depth up to 35 feet (5 minutes). From the latter I will be less concerned about shooting in the rain, although I do not think that it would survive snorkelling for about an hour with it clipped to my swimsuit (as I did with my iPhone 5).

21.09.16: youtu.be/5hRuE2gRGVY

The iPhone 7 Plus’s magical cameras have a few hidden catches

From Apple News, a Flipboard magazine by Dvcdank

"The iPhone 7 Plus has an amazing camera, as many pro photographers have already proven. But Apple may have kept some secrets about the way…

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Read it on bgr.com"
22.09.16:
www.imaging-resource.com/news/2016/09/08/apple-iphone-7-a…

23.09.16: No manual available from Apple – yet!

"At a glance, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus might be confused for their predecessors, the 6s and 6s Plus. It’s deceptive. The iPhone 7 is perhaps the…

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Read it on gizmodo.com"

"Fair criticism of iPhone 7 camera might not matter to photographers

From Mobile Photography Daily, a Flipboard magazine by Mobile Photography Awards

I was raised by careful shoppers in a home where Consumer Reports magazine was like a second Bible. Cars, a new washer and dryer,…

Read it on Flipboard

Read it on cultofmac.com"

"bokeh" : iPhone 7 Plus ‘portrait’ mode does background blur better

From CNET on Flipboard

The public beta of iOS 10.1 brings the iPhone 7 Plus depth-of-field effect — and a perfect excuse for us to post pretty pictures of passersby.

Read it on Flipboard

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26.09.16:

Apple iPhone 7 review: It’s the best iPhone since the iPhone 6S (AAPL) — Quartz

From flip.it/YmrkJR, a Flipboard magazine by flipboard.com/@stlevitt

Before the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were even released, rumors swirled that the phones would be underwhelming, and perhaps…

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Check out this video on YouTube:
Surf Test
youtu.be/D-VNp58_cPU

Posted by Per@vicbcca (Thanks for over 1Mill Views!) on 2016-09-18 03:20:39

Tagged: , 56mm , iPhone 7 plus , iPhone 7+ , Victoria, B.C. , Canada , British Columbia , Beacon Hill Park , Vancouver Island

Exra Baggage

Exra Baggage

Everything in the basement was covered this way due to the new wall being put up; sanding drywall that’s been mudded usually tends to create a ridiculous amount of pesky dust.

Posted by Gamma-Ray Productions on 2009-09-20 04:10:08

Tagged: , plastic , clear , clear plastic , plastic wrap , drywall , dust , covered , chair , computer chair , basement , tiles , new wall , protection , protected , low light , room , ottawa , canada

Sweeping Granny

Sweeping Granny

Another character drawn for an auto dealer newspaper ad. She’s sweeping away old auto inventory!

Drawn in pencil, scanned into Photoshop where color and shading was added.

Want to see more? Check out my new blog! All the cool kids are doing it!

Posted by bob canada on 2005-12-09 16:51:42

Tagged: , photoshop , illustrator , humorous , illustration , drawing , computer , comicbook , cartoon , canada , bobcanada , bob , art , sweep , broom , dust , cleaning lady

Still Life in Parisian Mood

Still Life in Parisian Mood

Received this marvelous card from Paris recently from my dear friend Pixxel Dust who moved there this year. Merci, ma cherie! 🙂 The card is fitting perfectly into a little origami ornaments display I have right next to my computer 🙂

So I’m in Parisian mood and I like it! 🙂 Want a glimpse of Paris for yourself? Take a peek at her stream!

Posted by Katrin Ray on 2010-12-30 03:33:09

Tagged: , Still Life in Parisian Mood , Card from Paris , Thank you Pixxel Dust 🙂 , Origami by Yuri and Katrin Shumakov , Origami Ornaments , Oriland , Oriland.com , Texture Magic , texture , Thank-you DogMa for texture , Toronto , Ontario , Canada , Katrin Ray

Dream A Dream (Publish A Book) – Photo Book X302124

Dream A Dream (Publish A Book) - Photo Book X302124

The idea of printing a photo book is always tempting to me.

However the book will just sit there and collect dust afterwards.

May be I should save the trees and let the pictures be stored in the hard drive or just showing them on Flickr … :o(

Have a great weekend!

The following is the original story posted before.

As photographers, I think most of us love to show our pictures in print form instead of just display on computer monitor screen. There are many great ways to show photo works in print form. One is to show large framed prints in a good gallery or museums such as Louvre (like Cartier-Bresson!), Tate Modern or MoMA. Another way is to publish a book.

Nowadays self publishing is very popular. There are so many photo labs and websites offering photo book printing. Still this is very different from the publishing done by a professional fine arts/photography publisher because they have professional designer and editors to make your works presented in the best format, with professional printing and quality paper.

Anyway these are all dreams to a no-name amateur like me. Recently a local photo lab is offering 40% discount on photo book printing and I did a 20-pages book for my B&W pictures. B&W is one of my constant interests. Nobody will publish a book for me and let’s DIY and dream a dream!

Happy Wednesday!

Posted by Harris Hui (in search of light) on 2016-01-22 23:48:00

Tagged: , Harris Hui , Fuji X10 , Digital compact , Fuji , Fujifilm , Vancouver , Richmond , BC , Canada , Vancouver DSLR shooter , Lisbon , Lisboa , Portugal , Vacation , Travel , Vacation travel , Europe , Point & Shoot , Travel photography , Photo book , Dream a dream , Dreams , Show your photos in print form , Show your works in gallery and museums , Louvre , Tate Modern , MoMA , Print a photo book , Publish a book , B&W , Black & White , 夢想 , 我有一個夢想 , 出版一本攝影集 , 在盧浮宮展出攝影作品

2008-10-08 Michael Calce AKA – Mafiaboy

2008-10-08 Michael Calce AKA - Mafiaboy

In 2000, a hacker made history – when big-time websites like CNN, Yahoo, Amazon and eBay ground to a halt. Just a harmless prank, right? Think again. Reports at the time claimed it cost the companies more than a billion dollars, and panic set in. In the days after the web attacks President Bill Clinton held a special cyber security summit at the White House. And the FBI and the RCMP were on the case. In the end, the Mounties got their man, only he wasn’t quite a man yet. He turned out to be a 15 year old kid from Montreal who goes by the handle "mafiaboy." When the dust cleared, he ended up serving 8 months in a youth detention centre, plus a year’s probation. Mafiaboy’s real name is Michael Calce and to date, he’s never told his story – how he did it and why. He’s turned down every interview request since his arrest – until now.

Check out what he’s got to say here – www.cbc.ca/thehour/videos.html?id=881280938

Posted by thehour on 2008-10-16 19:27:39

Tagged: , canada , canadian , tv , television , entertainment , talkshow , interview , on set , cbc , celebrity , celebrities , music , toronto , red , black , strombo , george stromboulopoulos , thehour , video , stars , hacker , computer , virus , scandal , rcmp , fbi , csis , mafiaboy , michael calce

2008-10-08 Michael Calce AKA – Mafiaboy

2008-10-08 Michael Calce AKA - Mafiaboy

In 2000, a hacker made history – when big-time websites like CNN, Yahoo, Amazon and eBay ground to a halt. Just a harmless prank, right? Think again. Reports at the time claimed it cost the companies more than a billion dollars, and panic set in. In the days after the web attacks President Bill Clinton held a special cyber security summit at the White House. And the FBI and the RCMP were on the case. In the end, the Mounties got their man, only he wasn’t quite a man yet. He turned out to be a 15 year old kid from Montreal who goes by the handle "mafiaboy." When the dust cleared, he ended up serving 8 months in a youth detention centre, plus a year’s probation. Mafiaboy’s real name is Michael Calce and to date, he’s never told his story – how he did it and why. He’s turned down every interview request since his arrest – until now.

Check out what he’s got to say here – www.cbc.ca/thehour/videos.html?id=881280938

Posted by thehour on 2008-10-16 19:25:53

Tagged: , canada , canadian , tv , television , entertainment , talkshow , interview , on set , cbc , celebrity , celebrities , music , toronto , red , black , strombo , george stromboulopoulos , thehour , video , stars , hacker , computer , virus , scandal , rcmp , fbi , csis , mafiaboy , michael calce

2008-10-08 Michael Calce AKA – Mafiaboy

2008-10-08 Michael Calce AKA - Mafiaboy

In 2000, a hacker made history – when big-time websites like CNN, Yahoo, Amazon and eBay ground to a halt. Just a harmless prank, right? Think again. Reports at the time claimed it cost the companies more than a billion dollars, and panic set in. In the days after the web attacks President Bill Clinton held a special cyber security summit at the White House. And the FBI and the RCMP were on the case. In the end, the Mounties got their man, only he wasn’t quite a man yet. He turned out to be a 15 year old kid from Montreal who goes by the handle "mafiaboy." When the dust cleared, he ended up serving 8 months in a youth detention centre, plus a year’s probation. Mafiaboy’s real name is Michael Calce and to date, he’s never told his story – how he did it and why. He’s turned down every interview request since his arrest – until now.

Check out what he’s got to say here – www.cbc.ca/thehour/videos.html?id=881280938

Posted by thehour on 2008-10-16 19:35:20

Tagged: , canada , canadian , tv , television , entertainment , talkshow , interview , on set , cbc , celebrity , celebrities , music , toronto , red , black , strombo , george stromboulopoulos , thehour , video , stars , hacker , computer , virus , scandal , rcmp , fbi , csis , mafiaboy , michael calce