Saturday, July 4, 2020

We speculated aliens stole the moon

Last night my buddy Cam joined me for a just-pre-full-moon rising practice shoot in Fish Creek. As regular readers of my blog will know, I have my difficulties shooting the moon. There is a socially distant meet up Saturday night to try again with some buddies. I wanted the practice.

So there we were, on a hill, chatting and waiting. Waiting and chatting. Both of us looking at our phones with different apps telling us different things about where, exactly, the moon would appear. There was some low cloud or murk or inversion on the horizon, and we weren't optimistic about getting the ultimate moon rise shot. Still, both apps lied to us. Split the difference and it would have been right on.

The moon was well above the horizon when it finally emerged. We were wondering what had happened to it. With all the weird stuff that has happened over the last few years, including the improbable Trump, and coronavirus, and many other things, we figured that aliens stealing the moon was at least as probable as some of the other whack-job conspiracy theories out there.

But I got some nice shots of other stuff out of the deal, and it's always fun chatting with Cam. We went to the fireworks after. The spot I hoped was secret turned out not to be that at all. Still they were nice, though I didn't set up to photograph them. It was weird seeing Blackfoot Trail at beyond rush hour traffic late at night.







No, I've no idea what kind of deer these are.



Earlier in the day I was in another part of Fish Creek, walking past a huge burl. I've been past it many times, and have aimed the camera at it several times, but somehow never been happy with the results. This is one of the better ones.




I was amused by this little lily, all by it's lonesome. We've had only a few day lilies open up in our garden.


There is a nice little micro-landscape getting started.



Of the Day
Michelle


Curtis


Flowers


Driftwood


Ribbon Creek


Me

Friday, July 3, 2020

Flowery Friday 6 starring the red peony plus

Yes there is a plus. An accidental and on purpose plus. And news. Some of you may have missed a wet white peony finally opened up yesterday.

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A bee checking out the peony! We haven't seen as many bees around as we'd like, and hope they're ok. Now, you might think, SIX photos of the same flower with the same bee. Isn't that a bit overkill? You might think that, but you'd be very wrong. Extremely very wrong. Catching a bee in flight, in focus, even seeing a bit of wing detail is extremely hard. Try it yourself. So if I get a good photo of a bee in flight, it's going on the blog. Even if there are 6 of them.


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Similar timing and angle, trying to catch the sun making the petals glow. Stupid clouds.


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From a little earlier, before it unfolded.

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The on purpose plus. One of the secrets to making some photos look better is to convert them to black and white. The blue-y distant mountain shots are a no brainer for that, at least now for me. Other shots where colour isn't important, or there isn't much colour, often look better in black and white.

And yet, here's the red peony in black and white even though it's a deep glorious red that is hard to photograph well. I'm still working on it. The water drops seem to show up better, and there are some faint magenta tones in the colour version I don't care for. See for yourself. These are identically processed, except for the conversion. I used Lightroom's conversion, not a fancy pants specialty software


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Of the Day
Michelle


Curtis
In his new supervisory role. Yes, I've taken another work contract. I was made an offer I couldn't resist. Short. Part time.

Flowers
Just so you don't forget, there is a white peony, and you'll be seeing more from it.



Driftwood


Ribbon Creek


Me

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Peonies!

The anticipation has been killing me. The white peony has been unfurling so slowly I thought some of the other ones would beat it to bloom. Both the white and red have one blossom spreading their petals. It's been raining so there was lots of water drops on them this morning. Not so much later on, though there was a brief bit of nice light. I was out indulging myself. If you don't like peonies you might as well skip down the Of the Day section.

Except there's 29 from this morning. That might be a little much. So I'll break them up a bit, except later today, and tomorrow morning I might get more. Hope you like peonies. Too bad if you don't.

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There are more of the red peony, but there are two different kinds of bonus for it. Stay tuned.
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And because it's Canada Day. Or was when I took the photo and wrote most of this. Hope you had fun, in a careful sort of way.



Of the Day
Michelle


Curtis


Flowers

Driftwood


Ribbon Creek
Yes, it's a long way down. No, I don't think he was in any real danger. Yes, he got the shot. No, I wasn't going after him if he did fall in.


Me


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

June Image of the Month

That wasn't so hard after all. The tulips put on an amazing show this year, sometimes glowing like molten glass in the morning sun. And yet, the photos from the Ribbon Creek hike make my day every time I look at them.

Second Runner up
I totally love that orange!

First Runner up
I mentioned I often have a tough time with photos of water coming out nice. Our brains and the camera see moving water very differently. This is the first time I've been happy with the textures of moving water, rushing over the log and spraying off that one branch. The sun catching on it just right, giving some texture to the water.

Image of the Month
As soon as I saw this scene I was captured. I loved the light, the contrasts between the rocks and water and trees. I could have happily spent much longer playing with composition, different photo ideas but I'm so happy this turned out like I wanted. I think it's one of the more 'painterly' photos I've done.

Some other posts you might enjoy.

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