September 2015 Calendar

September is here and it invariably brings up memories of Yellowstone National Park. Except for this past June, every other of our visits to Yellowstone have been in September. 

It’s only fitting, then, that I should pick a photo from one of my September visits to Yellowstone as this month’s calendar photo. Coincidentally, the park is running a photo contest for its 2016 Centennial Celebration (read about it HERE).

No, I’m not entering any of my many photos. You see, they charge a fee for entering. But that’s not what’s stopping me. It’s this (as it is for most contests); the terms and conditions you agree to when entering (quotes as is from the site linked above):

“By entering the Contest, you hereby grant to each Party a nonexclusive{sic}, worldwide, royalty-free license to publically display, reproduce, distribute, modify, transmit, and sublicense the photographs submitted for the Contest in any manner related to the Contest, including all associated reproduction, distribution, derivative works and commercial and non-commercial use in all media including, but not limited to: YPF websites, social media channels, blogs, presentations, brochures, newsletters, articles, calendars, and other printed or digital publications; Nature’s Best Photography publications and all Nature’s Best websites and blogs, print and digital presentations, brochures, newsletters, articles, calendars, and published works related to the Contest; solicitations by YPF and Nature’s Best for the Contest; promotions and ongoing communications in connection with the Contest; and physical and digital galleries and exhibitions of all submissions for, and winners of, the Contest, including, but not limited to; exhibitions of Contest submissions and/or winners displayed at museums and galleries, government centers, conferences, trade shows, and Contest sponsor offices.”

Aside the spelling error, I object to granting a blanket license for them to use ALL the photos submitted, and not just winners, if any. I mean, I could see if they wanted such license for photos that win since they would want to publish it and since I would get something in return. 

As it is, I would be paying them $25 for the privilege of them using up to twenty of my photos for free, including in the production of merchandise they might sell. Right.

So, not entering the contest, but still making the calendar. 

I thought one of these photos might look good on a calendar . . . 

Yellowstone 2013, Buffalos

Yellowstone 2013, Buffalos

Yellowstone 2013, Buffalos posturing for mock battle

Yellowstone 2013, Buffalos posturing for mock battle

Yellowstone 2013, Buffalos engaging in mock battle.

Yellowstone 2013, Buffalos engaging in mock battle.

Meh, this does not evoke in me the spirit of Yellowstone. Well, OK, maybe a little, but I decided to look elsewhere.

By the way, the photos in this post are from 2013, about a month after my last employer and I separated company over a disagreement regarding whether they were being dicks or not. That was also the year torrential rains in Colorado literally wiped out communities. 2013 was also the year I decided to retire, hopefully for good.

Anyway, If not Buffalos, what else might come to symbolize Yellowstone? 

Elk; the answer is Elks. 

By 2013, Yellowstone’s elk population was already in steep decline. Some blame the wolves while others claim the park had already decided to cull the Elk herds because the numbers had gotten out of hand. Whatever the reason, where once one could not spit without annoying an elk or two, they were now rather scarce. For the record, I don’t spit.

The first elks we saw were rather uninspiring.

Yellowstone 2013, Elk resting

Yellowstone 2013, Elk resting

Yellowstone 2013, Elk continuing to rest

Yellowstone 2013, Elk continuing to rest

If you are wondering about the photos, the elk is wet from a recent rain shower. We hoped it would get up and present a better photo op, but instead . . . 

Yellowstone 2013, Elk looking like it found something interesting in the grass in front of it . . .

Yellowstone 2013, Elk looking like it found something interesting in the grass in front of it . . .

. . . nope! The guy is sleepy.

. . . nope! The guy is sleepy.

. . . and sure enough . . . 

Yellowstone 2013, Elk napping.

Yellowstone 2013, Elk napping.

Fortunately, I also snapped a photo of the guy below. He’s also wet as it was raining when I snapped the photo (if you click on it to enlarge it you can see the traces of the raindrops). 

Yellowstone 2013, Elk - a fine specimen

Yellowstone 2013, Elk – a fine specimen

This guy was on a rise next to the road. We were the only car there, but there was nowhere to park. Without traffic coming (I could see about a mile back) I risked stopping and shooting out the window. Immediately after I snapped this photo he snorted and took an aggressive stance. We were not that close (probably  a hundred and fifty feet away), but we respected his desire to be left alone and hightailed it out of there. 

Here’s the calendar.

September 2015 Calendar

September 2015 Calendar

Right-Hand Click anywhere on the pictures, and Choose “Save Link As . . . “.

Note that clicking “Save Image” will download the resampled image (640×954, 72dpi) WordPress created for the post. Suitable for viewing on the screen, but not suitable for printing.

Save link as” downloads the native size of 11×17, 300dpi, but can be printed smaller. Printing larger may have mixed results depending on how knowledgeable you are.

Of course, saving is not required . . . one can just ignore the post.  If you are adventuresome, and it does not work, let me know, and I’ll try to fix whatever WordPress screwed up.  

Disclaimers:  I do not guarantee the accuracy of the calendar. My general understanding of time is limited to it being (mostly) an arbitrary demarcation of the unidirectional flow of existence. Many instances in my life demonstrated to me the disconnect between any hard measure of intervals of time and the perception of said time intervals.

For whatever reason, this past month has seen an increase in subscriptions to the blog and more “follows” both in Facebook and Twitter. Before anyone attempts using this bit of data as an explanation for my giganormous ego, I should add a bit more information.

Many of the people subscribing are doing it to promote themselves. How do I know? Well, a clue is when I go to their profile and see they either have 15K followers or are following 15K people or both. 

When I see someone following multiple thousand of people I suddenly lose interest even if I really like the person. The other end of the spectrum is people who are genuinely likable and that I might like to follow or be followed by.

For instance, I like Captain Tightpants (Nathan Fillion) and might be interested in following what he does, but he has 3.1 million followers and he only follows 553 people.

The odds of Mal following me or even interacting with me are . . . let me do the math . . . carry the zero . . . about 0.018%.

Unlike Solo, I do want to know the odds, and the odds tell me it’s not worth my time paying attention to what Fillion does. Understand, many of my new followers are not famous, but it seems they want to be. I’m going to do them a favor and ignore most of them. Yes, I will follow some because they have interesting content.

One interesting factoid . . . it amuses me how often the doodle at the bottom loosely matches what I write about. I use them in the sequence they appear in SmugMug, so I don’t choose specific doodles for specific topics or vice-versa.  

Remember, you don’t have to use the calendar portion . . .  you can cut out the bottom part, and you have a picture to hang on your wall.

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Organized Indifference

Organized Indifference

Astute persons might have noticed these doodles, and correctly surmised they hold some significance for me, and perhaps for humanity at large.  

If you click on the doodle, and nothing happens, this is the link it’s supposed to go to: http://disperser.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/palm-vx-and-i/.  

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Should you still nominate me, I will strongly suspect you pulled my name at random, and that you are not, in fact, a reader of my blog.  If you wish to know more, please read below.

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Photo Rehab Cover Makeover #9: 1984

I came close to not doing anything for Cover Makeover #9 because the sample cover is so simple.

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I take up these challenges to play with features of Photoshop I am familiar with (so I don’t forget them) and to learn new stuff as I come up with a cover.

And then I realized I can make up whatever I want and also comment on a concept presented in the book that, while familiar, seems largely tolerated if not outright embraced; doublespeak. I used to think “doublespeak” originated with this book, but that is not the case. The book actually refers to doublethink, but it’s largely the same thing; the manipulation of emotion by the choice of words.

Regardless, the practice has become so prevalent that we don’t even pay attention to it: ‘assault weapon’ instead of ‘gun’, ‘baby parts’ instead of ‘fetal tissue’, ‘police action’ instead of ‘war’, and so on.

I am, perhaps, more attuned to listening for it than most people. Maybe because I am old, or maybe because I write. Whatever the reason, I analyze the choice of words to determine what the speaker or writer wants to convey and, more important, how they want to manipulate my emotional response.

For instance, if you listen to certain channels you might hear how terrorist groups are “killing Christians” . . . why not say “killing people”? After all, that what they are doing; they certainly are not killing just Christians. But if you want to fire up a population tired of sending soldiers to die in foreign lands, you want to bring it home to them that “they” are killing “our kind”.

Anyway, it’s neither here or there. I’m disappointed with how we’ve shaped our world and, more important, I’ve lost any hope for humanity in general; in many ways 1984 is an accepted reality that bothers far too few to ever go back. 

My main concern right now is this cover. So, what do I want on my book cover remake of 1984?

Well, I need a representation of Big Brother and the idea of an oppressive society where people have lost their individuality and their freedom of choice. I want eyes, a domed city, and indistinct powerless people.

I begin with this shot for the eyes:

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I needed something conveying a soulless individual . . . so, yes, those are my eyes. I had two other versions of this shot from one of my Untitled Posts series, #00038, but I liked this one better than this one:

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Next, I needed people . . . I don’t have many photos of people and so I am surprised when I find things I can use. This next photo came from my Mount Rushmore post:

Original, unedited version

Original, unedited version

Cropped and run through a few Topaz Plugins (Simplify and Restyle)

Cropped and run through a few Topaz Plugins (Simplify and Restyle)

The city under a dome comes from THIS post of my 2008 visit to Chicago, and specifically, this photo of The Bean:

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With all the individual components in place, I set about creating this:

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Some might say it’s too busy. As usual, I like my effort . . . it’s probably a cognitive bias on my part; having spent time creating this, I can’t help but like it.  

I hope this exercise in a bit of escapism has entertained you. If not, don’t tell anyone about this post. Unless there is someone you don’t like, in which case point them here so I can add them to the long list of people who hate my guts. 

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.

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SuperMoon – August 2015

Last night I went out to capture the fabled “supermoon” . . . to me it looked like any other full moon.

20150829_DSC1692_1_DSC1692jpgDigimarcI watched it for a while waiting for it to do something “super”. I snapped a few more photos as I waited.

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20150829_DSC1694_1_DSC1694jpgDigimarcI waited a little longer, snapped one more photo . . .

20150829_DSC1690_1_DSC1690jpgDigimarc. . . and then remembered a post by mvschulze from a few days ago. 

He had managed to capture a jet passing right in front of the nearly-full moon. I mean, it wasn’t a “supermoon”, but it was a pretty neat photo.

Instantly, I was overcome with the 6th Deadly Sin. The memory also triggered a severe blow to the 7th Deadly Sin, diminishing the appreciation for my own photographic accomplishments.

Lifting a fist to the sky, I cursed this Universe and all its sister Universes and called upon them for my rightful reward for the many years I had dedicated to showing their wonders both here on Earth and . . . well, OK, just here on Earth. 

A flutter of mighty wings kicked up a fierce wind that had me take a step backward . . . but I still managed to take this shot of the Galactic Night Hawk on the wing.

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Somewhat appeased, I was then struck by the 3rd Deadly Sin; I wanted more. And not just more, but a specific shot conforming with the shape of the moon.

I braced myself as once again a gale threatened to unsettle my amazing balance. Calling upon my powerful muscles (I’ve been working out), I readied the camera to capture this perfectly timed shot.

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Temporarily appeased, I looked to see what other celestials wonder I might spy. I looked for Ursa Major or Ursa Minor, but clouds to the North were obscuring both.

But then, looking back at the moon, the supermoon, the Universe really came through . . . 

20150829_DSC1690_1_DSC1690-Processed-7jpgDigimarcI should give some technical photography advice here. For this shot, you really want to get down low to the ground so as to have only the bear outlined against the moon and none of the background. I was really, really low.

That was not necessary for the next opportunity that presented itself . . . 

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. . . or the next . . . 

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I didn’t even know hummingbirds flew at night, but apparently the light of a full moon is enough for them to see.  Amazing.

Wanting a plane, I once again called on the great consciousness of the Universe, this time with less hubris and more whiny pleading. I asked it for a ship of the sky, thinking I might get points for poetic language . . . 

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Apparently the Universe is not much into poetic language. By the way, this is another photograph I really had to get low to shoot.

Bowing to literal convention, I asked, pleaded for an airplane. I even repeated the request with the more formal ‘aeroplane.’ 

The Universe seemed a little tired—  irritated, even — with all my demands, but it provided the (figurative) Holy Grail.

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I could tell the Universe by now was miffed with my insistent whining.

. . . I could tell because it gave me this . . . 

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I don’t recall ever being as eager to get indoors nor moving as fast to do so.

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.

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The Equalizer

The Equalizer

Astute persons might have noticed these doodles, and correctly surmised they hold some significance for me, and perhaps for humanity at large.  

If you click on the doodle, and nothing happens, this is the link it’s supposed to go to: http://disperser.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/palm-vx-and-i/.

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August Bugs . . .

. . . also from 2014. In fact, from the same day as the previous gallery of flowers.

Following up on the previous post, here’s the rest of the photos shot on August 15, 2014. These are all macros of bugs. And by bugs I mean bees and flies.

People often ask me about my shooting habits. I then have to ask them if they mean with guns or with a camera. They invariably mean with the camera. Specifically, they ask about my macros; do I use a tripod, how do I get the clarity, and so on.  

Here are the quick answers. If I shoot indoors, I usually use a tripod. If I shoot outdoors, I hand-hold. Outdoors, I have a few rules I follow. 

  1. get close (the first rule of macro shooting)
  2. shoot at a speed at least twice (in hundreds of seconds), and sometimes three times, the zoom. That means that if I am using my 105mm macro, I’m looking at shutter speeds ranging from 200th to 300th of a second. I usually accomplish this by bumping up the ISO.
  3. if shooting bugs, move slow. 
  4. I usually shoot a middle aperture (f-stop between 5.6 and 11) depending on the light available. If I shoot in program mode I bump the ISO and let check that the camera picks at least f/5.6. As some know, I’m not a huge fan of shallow depth of field. Unfortunately, it’s unavoidable when shooting macros, but I try to minimize it. 

If interested, go to the SmugMug gallery and hit the “i” for every photo and it gives you the shooting data. With rare exceptions, it conforms to the above. 

Oh, again don’t worry . . . no opinions or commentary with this piece. 

So . . . bees. Regular readers have already seen this shot:

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That shot is actually part of a sequence. I’ll only show a few of the shots, but the rest are in the SmugMug Gallery.

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2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

If you, gentle reader, click on any of the photos, they should open larger in a new window or tab. Once opened, if still small, you can zoom in by clicking on them.

If you do that, you might notice the pollen sacks (one in each hind leg) and notice they are purple. They are purple because these Russian Sage flowers have purple pollen. You can see both of them in this photo.

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I used to have a difficult time photographing insects on the wing . . . I got better. 

Here is a sequence ending with the bee landing on a flower. 

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Notice the pollen sack

Notice the pollen sack

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2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

I’m fairly happy with these shots. 

This next bee engaged in acrobatic maneuvers as it explored the flowers of one of my Bluebeard Shrubs. There are a lot of shots, but I think them worthwhile to show here as most people will not go to SmugMug.

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2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

I know; a lot of photos, but I like the way this guy (gal?) was grabbing at everything it could as it explored the flowers.

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. . . for instance, reaching over to grab the stem even as she’s almost upside down

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2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

Here too, you can clearly see the pollen sack (smaller than the ones on the other bee — perhaps this gal is more particular). 

There are a lot of flies about. Sometimes they sit still long enough for me to capture their digital image.

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When I can get close enough I delight on the detail of the wings. 

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2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

I should urge readers to click on at least one of those to see the details, but I know I’m likely wasting my breath; there be them that do without being asked, and them who don’t no matter how often I mention it. 

Here’s a different and more familiar (traditional) fly. 

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2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

Sometimes I catch other bugs . . . 

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. . . but there are a lot of flies around . . .

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So, nothing spectacular so far . . . 

. . . and then . . . 

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2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

These are a pair of Progressive Bee Flies. One fly sat on the rock and the other fly buzzed it with some insistence, getting almost on top of it and then backing off. 

On the first shot, you can see the blur of the one that’s flying. On the second photo, the flyer is more in focus. Here are a couple of the approaches (more in the SmugMug Gallery).

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2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

Understand, I was pretty close, but they basically ignored me. At one point, the fly that was hovering got between me and the fly on the rock. 

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I keep the camera on auto/constant focus and the focus shifted to the hovering fly when it crossed in front of the lens.

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I don’t think I could have shot this if I tried; just dumb luck.

And then they took off, flying in formation. These are flies, you understand, and it would be foolish to try and follow them in flight . . . 

2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

As usual, one can click on the individual photos for a larger version, OR . . . you can go to the SmugMug Gallery HERE to see the photos up to full resolution. Really, at the very least, pick one photo you like most and click on it for the larger version in a new tab or window.

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.

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Engineer

Engineer

Astute persons might have noticed these doodles, and correctly surmised they hold some significance for me, and perhaps for humanity at large.  

If you click on the doodle, and nothing happens, this is the link it’s supposed to go to: http://disperser.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/palm-vx-and-i/.

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If you wish to know more, please read below.

About awards: Blogger Awards
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Note: to those who may click on “like”, or rate the post; if you do not hear from me, know that I am sincerely appreciative, and I thank you for noticing what I do.

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August Flowers . . .

. . . of 2014.

That’s right; I am looking back to more than a year ago and putting up photos that have been aging in digital storage. Don’t worry, I opened them and let them breathe before serving them.

Oh, again don’t worry . . . no opinions or commentary with this piece. 

2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,That’s not a particularly memorable shot . . . but for the direction. I was perpendicular to the flower pot on my patio, snapping the photo from the deck. It’s not a great photo, but I like it.

This next one is of a pot in front of our garage. 

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Both of those shots were taken in very bright sunlight. It, the sun, adds an unflattering harshness to the shots. 

Contrast those shots with these next shots which were taken indoors (a bouquet we had purchased at the local supermarket). 

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2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

Those were taken in natural light from a nearby window. The above are, of course, macros. The flowers themselves were quite photogenic even from a more respectable distance. 

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2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

But, yes, I like the macros as well, specifically for the interesting anthers.

August 15th of last year had me out there in the harsh and unforgiving sun. I’ve already used a few of the photos from that shoot . . . recognize these two?

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2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

It’s some of the photos I converted into B&W and used as submissions to Monochrome Madness. 

These next ones are related to the above . . . 

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2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

This one is not related, but I like the shot . . . somewhat.

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I also shot what are arguably some of my most favorite flowers. 

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I’ll repeat myself and say me liking these flowers stems from the various stages of the flowering process . . . 

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2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

Another flower presenting an interesting bud before flowering is this one . . . 

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Recognize it? How about now?

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That’s right; Black-Eyed Susans.

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2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

These next shots are remnants of the Clematis flowers . . . 

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Last year, as they did this year, the daisies went gangbusters.

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2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

I saved the Cone flowers for last. They were hurt again this year, and it looks like I only have one decent flower to show for it, and I hope to get it before it dies. 

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2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

Cone flowers make excellent macro subjects . . . 

2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

As usual, one can click on the individual photos for a larger version, OR . . . you can go to the SmugMug Gallery HERE to see the photos up to full resolution. Really, at the very least, pick the flower you like most and click on it for the larger version.

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Prissy

Prissy

Astute persons might have noticed these doodles, and correctly surmised they hold some significance for me, and perhaps for humanity at large.  

If you click on the doodle, and nothing happens, this is the link it’s supposed to go to: http://disperser.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/palm-vx-and-i/.

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Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness No. 25

Leanne Cole does a weekly Monochrome Madness post consisting of all the B&W photos she receives during each week. It’s not a contest, but a place for photographers to show their B&W work; anyone can submit photos.

This is the last week of me promoting the site and its weekly B&W showcase. In the process, I am posting the rest of my B&W orphans.

For them who wonder about such things, I still like the idea but I am busy with other stuff. Sure, I could just do a quick conversion ans submit something, but I would not be giving it the effort MM deserves. Besides, it’s not like me promoting the site will do much and, truthfully, if all my previous posts regarding Monochrome Madness have not worked to date, I doubt a few more will make a difference. 

The orphans below derive from quick efforts as opposed to thoughtful and inspired efforts. These are photos I converted and ended up not using week after week because I was not as happy with them as I should have been.  Don’t get me wrong; there are a couple of photos I really like. For instance, I like this conversion a lot, but I have a soft spot for the shot; a stranger looking at this would see nothing special in the B&W shot.

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Another shot I am partial to is this one:

Navarre, Pensacola,

This was one of the rare photos I planned as a B&W because of the contrast. A similar shot does not work quite as well.

Navarre, Pensacola,

I had these two photos . . . 

Bee, Butterfly,

2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

. . . and I wondered what they would look like in B&W. It turns out the answer is “not that great”.

Bee, Butterfly,

2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,I mean, they are not awful, but I wanted to do more with them, and in the process I lost interest.

I also had macro shots of shells that I thought might show well . . . nope!

macro, sea shells,

macro, sea shells,

macro, sea shells,

macro, sea shells,

macro, sea shells,

The look a lot better in their original presentation.

My lat two orphans are interesting, but again they were originally chosen because of the memories I have of the shots. They mean something to me, but they don’t show all that well on their own.

Cruise 2014, St. Kitts,

Vicksburg NP,

And that’s it. That’s all my Monochrome Madness orphans. I gave them what I had originally promised them; a brief moment in the spotlight. Sure, not as bright a spotlight as MM-2, but I am confident at least three or four people will look at them. Well, somewhat confident. Two people for sure as long as I count myself. 

Monochrome Madness is open to all. As mentioned, it is not a contest; it’s a showcase for people’s adventures in B&W photography. Professional or amateur, all are welcomed. If you have a favorite B&W photo or even a not-so-favorite, consider contributing; you will not be judged, and the photo might provide enjoyment for a pair of eyes or two.

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Photo Rehab Cover Makeover #8: The Green Mile

Cover Makeover #8 and this one I almost didn’t do.

You see, just last week I posted THIS and this week’s challenge is about one of King’s books, The Green MileIs this irony, or what?

I had the choice of doing either the novel or the movie. I opted for doing the novel. Here is the original cover (I assume one of many):

Image courtesy of amazon.com

I don’t have any photos of prisons, of green trucks, of anything like the above, so I read Wikipedia’s entry for the book to get a feel for the novel. On a side note, in the process I confirmed my lack of interest in reading it.

Anyway, where was I? Oh, yeah . . . making the cover. After thinking about it for a few minutes, I picked these shots . . . 

Savannah, Fort Jackson,

Alaska Cruise 2012

The Wires

Interesting, no?

The hallway of arches is from Old Fort Jackson in Savannah, Georgia. I cropped it and played with the colors to get this:

Savannah, Fort Jackson,

Next, I wanted to add three elements to the scene. I don’t have a photo of an electric chair, but I did have the photo of the mattress spring. I figured the two cross springs and a few loops might give the impression of something electrical.  I blended the spring into the background at the end of the hallway. 

A few of the covers have a vintage truck driving at night (probably John going to heal the warden’s wife). I took the B&W truck and tinted it . . . 

Alaska Cruise 2012

It too got blended into the hallway, and I added the beams of light in Photoshop. 

Here’s what that looks like.

Savannah, Fort Jackson,

The third item I wanted was a reference to Johns presence in the hallway. Of course, I don’t have any such photo . . . but I could hint at the ghost of his shadow.

Savannah, Fort Jackson,

I liked all of that. I did move the shadow a bit when I added the writing . . . Savannah, Fort Jackson,

I thought the cover was a tad too dark, so I bumped up the exposure and increased the saturation.

Savannah, Fort Jackson,

As usual, I like my effort . . . but I’m sort of biased. 

I hope this exercise in a bit of escapism has entertained you. If not, don’t tell anyone about this post. Unless there is someone you don’t like, in which case point them here so I can add them to the long list of people who hate my guts. 

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