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Dry Creek Bed Photos

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Yesterday I went out to shoot pictures for the first time in about a year. I’ve been so dedicated to training this year that I didn’t do many of the other things I enjoy. I really had fun yesterday and will make more of an effort to get out with the camera again while it’s still nice out.

Anyway, while running yesterday I crossed over this creek that was all dried up and cracking from the lack of rain we’ve had this year. Later in the day I drove back with my camera and shot some pictures, it was pretty cool.

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I’ll note, and you’ll probably notice, that the sky is really washed out in all of these. That’s my bad with the camera… mix of being out of practice and lazy.

I went up the creek a little in the other direction and came upon a really neat setting.

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There was a house to the left here and I’m pretty sure this was someone’s property. There was sort of a dam in the creek here and it would have made a nice pond. Still cool looking without the water.

When I first came here I made some noise, and a bird popped up.

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I’m no birder, but am pretty sure that’s a blue heron. There were also a few geese floating in the small pool but they left much more quickly and I only got blurry shots of them.

Surrounded the pool were tons of dead crayfish. I’m not sure whether they died from lack of water or the birds feeding on them, but there were a lot there.

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Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed.
Happy shooting!

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September 26, 2016 at 7:19 pm

Fireworks

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Hi, long time no post. Four months and a day to be exact. I didn’t intend on neglecting this blog but have been keeping busy and more or less forgot about it. While on vacation this week I figured I’d try to post a few things and hopefully will keep with it better moving forward.

This summer I tried photographing fireworks for the first time. It was a lot of trial and error and more bad shots than good, but I had a few “keepers” that I’m relatively pleased with.

The following are a mix from the 4th of July and my town’s annual fair. All were shot with my Pentax K-r and (I think) the 18-55 kit lens.

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December 28, 2015 at 2:39 pm

Mascot Mill Park

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I started experimenting with different routes home from work a few months ago to avoid traffic on the main route and happened upon “Mascot Mill Park.” It’s a neat little park with a couple of picnic tables, benches, a dam, and there are usually people fishing when I go by. I don’t know where the “Mascot” part of the name came from; there is a mill there as well, so maybe that’s where mascots are made?

It’s a quite photogenic setting and I’ve stopped a few times now to take pictures.

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One time I had a surprise helper with my pin hole camera:

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This last one was taken with Google Camera.

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August 27, 2015 at 8:50 pm

Summer Autocross

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It was over two months ago, but I did do one autocross this year. While it would have been nice to do more, I was more focused on training and working on my bike this year, so didn’t devote much time (or money) to the car. The local Corvette Club hosted some autocrosses just a couple miles from my house at a nice big parking lot, so I went to one. It’s nice when they’re so close, I can put my racing wheels and tires on in the comfort of my carport and just drive there on them (rather than packing a ton of tools and the tires and doing it at the event). I was considering going to more than one, but when removing my tires I realized that cords are showing on one of them (meaning they’re extremely worn) so thought it wasn’t safe to keep using them. I’ll have to replace the tires before doing any more racing. In any case, I had a lot of fun and was pleased with how I did.

Here’s a video of my best run of the day.

I finished roughly in the middle of the pack overall, which I was happy with since I hadn’t done it for over a year. I messed up a bit at the end so know I could have been faster yet. Like anything else, you only get better with lots of practice, so I can’t expect to be too competitive unless I start doing it more often. If having fun is your only intention though, it’s still well worth it.

I brought my camera along, too…

Some friends of mine that lived close by stopped to watch and one of them was kind enough to take some pictures of me while I was driving.

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It’s fairly common that some cars will have a rear tire come off the ground during extreme cornering at autocrosses. Some cars are notorious for it; Subaru’s, for example. In a hard turn while braking all of the car’s weight shifts to the front and outside, and all of the travel is used up in the suspension at the lightest inside corner – the rear. These aren’t the best pictures, but look at the rear tire… there’s space between it and the pavement.

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It can look pretty funny. The softer the suspension the more the car will lean in a corner and the tire can lift up pretty high. LIKE THIS!

I mostly tried to practice taking panning shots. I didn’t do as well as last time. I just couldn’t get the timing of the cars right and ended up moving the camera a bit too slow or fast, resulting in blurry pictures. Using an auto focus lens (the 70-210) this time, I think the second it takes to find focus could be having an impact as well. It was still fun to shoot and I know I’ll improve with more practice.

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Thanks for reading and happy driving!

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October 12, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Chickadee Chick

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Two Chickadees built a nest (literally) right next to our front door this year and I found one of the chicks hopping around in the driveway a few weeks ago. I believe it was its first day out of the nest.

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This guy (or gal?) couldn’t fly yet and was just sort of hopping around and flapping its wings. It let me get pretty close, but when I’d get about an arm’s length away it would try to create some more distance. It finally made it to the yard and tried to climb a tree trunk, but couldn’t get very far.

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it was trying to fly, but couldn’t quite get it yet

I shot a number of pics and then left it alone; the parents were perching close by watching, so I’m sure they were relieved when I left, too. The nest is now empty (there were a few other chicks) and I haven’t seen any of them since. I hope they’re well.

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June 14, 2014 at 10:15 am

Chickies Rock

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Today my wife and I went to Chickies Rock, a park that isn’t very far from where we live. There are a lot of hiking trails and a lot of things to see, but the main attraction is the rock and its views. It’s a cliff that over hangs a river and its very scenic. We packed a picnic lunch and had fun taking in the scenery and hanging out for a bit.

Of course I brought my new camera along and took some shots. These are all edited at least a little. I’m having a little trouble getting white balance and contrast how I want it out of the camera. It’s a learning process and I’ll get there. Anyway, not that the pictures are perfect now, but they’re a little better than they were prior to editing.

The trail leading to the overlook, though this was actually taken on the walk back down…

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The overlook and view…

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A train track runs along the side of the river and while we were up there a train went by. I *think* its carrying natural gas, but that’s just an educated guess.

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Oh the way back down this guy came running by us and went sprint off the trail up this steep hill. the picture doesn’t do it justice, toward the top he was more climbing than running. Either the dude didn’t know how to read to the sign, or he was exercising. We may never know.

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And this is just a flower from outside my house to end with

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May 25, 2013 at 11:07 pm