Friday, August 23, 2019

Another Daylilly...

I guess I have some late season (mid-late?) by the mailbox :)

Canon EOS 50D,0.0025 1/400, f/2.8, focal length 50, ISO 100

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Playing with Flash & Jerry

So this starts off with a Reddit post with this beautiful photo:


Folks were asking how it was done, and some folks were talking about using background sheets and such and I answered "expose for flash, and some distance from the background."

(Based on another comment, at least in part if not all, I believe this was really bright sunshine from windows behind the photographer instead of flash -- basically same idea, but gave cooler "catchlights" in the eyes! Same principles apply of high aperture, fast shutter so only the subject is exposed and the background is 100% underexposed, or done so in post production.)

Since I'm being anti-social today and don't even feel like going outside to play work in the yard (it's kind of schmegy), I figured I'd go back and provide them an example of what can be done with modest equipment.

This is my "studio" (please ignore dust, etc. and an iPhone struggling with the window light v. rest of room)

iPhone 7,0.06666666666666667 1/14, f/1.8, focal length 3.99, ISO 50


It was good for me to practice a bit, I need a lot more practice with flash though I figure I have the winter to play with it :)

But pretty soon I had this dialed in:

:shrug: I don't know why it won't display portrait mode...click on it and you'll see the pic correctly.

Canon EOS 50D,0.004 1/250, f/22, focal length 50, ISO 3200


Well frack me, I got a Reddit Gold for the post I took these pics for:

Hibbard Hill Sunflowers

Hibbard Farm, Woodstock, Connecticut.

This was a nice surprise to stumble across while having a Sunday morning coffee drive on a morning that started off gloomy.

Canon EOS 50D,0.0005 1/2000, f/2.8, focal length 50, ISO 100


Canon EOS 50D,0.0003125 1/3200, f/2.8, focal length 50, ISO 100

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

U.S. Flag

Coffee break at work yesterday...


iPhone 7,0.0006680026720106881 1/1496, f/1.8, focal length 3.99, ISO 20





iPhone 7,0.0007727975270479134 1/1294, f/1.8, focal length 3.99, ISO 20

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Ekonk Hill Church

Started to consider taking out the powerline, and it's shadow, in the pic. Then realized there is the shadow of an entire pole, transformer, and streetlight on the church :D

The church's left side is in Voluntown, New London County while the right side is in Sterling, Windham County.


Friday, August 9, 2019

Back in June on Child Dome

Harmon Farm on Child Dome Road -- private property but with an agricultural preservation easement that should hopefully keep this amazing 180 plus degree northern view open for all time.

This is part of the "Woodstock Drumlin Field" that stands in complete contrast to the adjacent ledge-riddled Bull Hill.

If you really wanted to divide the soils of Connecticut into convenient categories, you could start with the worst ones, which would be the sugar maple country, the bush pasture, the ledge country. This is too rough for cultivation or really mowing, or even good pasture.
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One of the other most distinctive soil types are these upland soils that you see here in drumlins. A drumlin is a rounded hill that formed when the stony, silty, clay rich paste being carried along the base a glacier was literally smeared across the bottom of the landscape where it developed into these really lovely rounded and streamlined shapes.

So a drumlin is one conspicuous landform in Connecticut. These drumlins lent themselves very well for pasture because they were very good at holding water. It wouldn t run off the way it would it ledgy terrain or soak in quickly. In very sandy terrains, the rainwater would simply infiltrate straight through the sand down to the water table and the grass would parch fairly early. But in drumlin terrain, the rainfall would get absorbed into the silt and clay and last and last and last. So the hills would stay green, right up to their summits, through much of the summers.

A drumlin is an ideal soil not so much for agricultural tillage but for pasture. They just grew grass luxuriously. So when you would have lowland terraces parched, when you would have lowland soils boggy, these soils would tend to be easy to walk on, easy to pasture, easy to mow, easy to cut, because of the smooth shape and the absence of truly jagged ledge.
http://www.westonps.org/uploaded/faculty/pattynizlek//Drumlins_in_Connecticut.pdf

I was hoping to get some shots of lightning, which never did set up -- I left as the rain got to me, and ended up driving through hail (so I hid the car under some trees figuring that would break the hail up a bit). Stopped to get gas in Dudley, and watched a cluster of 7 lightning strikes while filling my car :D The lightning ended up developing just south of where I had been looking north.

Canon EOS 50D,0.003125 1/320, f/7.1, focal length 18, ISO 100

Westminster Meetinghouse

From time to time you see things that show the droll sense of Yankee humor.

"Ledgen Wood Road" in North Stonington ("Ledge-and-Wood") which far as I can tell dates back long before unproductive land was absorbed into Pachaug State Forest. What to call the west society of Canterbury? Westminster of course!

Canon EOS 50D,0.001 1/1000, f/8, focal length 42, ISO 200

Early August Potluck...

8/5/2019:




So I think I have to revisit this one...Ekonk Hill meetinghouse. I'm thinking the left door and the steeple-on-the-ground? And does just taking the church's left (south) side count as part of the steeples of Windham County if that half of the church is in Voluntown, New London County?



Taken 8/6 @ Beavertail:

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Point Judith Redux

Rockville Mill on the way there. Beautiful, utterly impractical rehab -- 14 Section 8 apartments for the low sum of $298,000 each (Ok, plus a post office open four hours a day to pick up some of the rent.) There was a single car in the parking lot, checking Google it seems the well has failed and they lost Section 8 status so the project is in limbo at the moment. Well, continuing limbo since the original developer fled the country shortly after the project opened and the mortgage holder (a bank in Utah) has been keeping it running to avoid taking a bath on it.
Canon EOS 50D,0.000625 1/1600, f/8, focal length 25, ISO 200


Not sure why I didn't get EXIF data on the rest of these :/

Condo complex that had some lovely flowers...I may need an 8x12 frame since I'm not liking any of the 8x10 crops I try and I don't think a 4x6 print will do them justice.









Camp Cronin


Tamron 150-600 Tests

After reviewing yesterday's photos I wanted to play with various focal lengths & apertures.

So back to Camp Cronin at Point Judith for some tests :)





1)
So I think I need another set of tests at closer distance -- I suspect the 600mm length will exceed at stuff like close-ups of wildlife more than pulling in distant shots.

2)
I also need a heavier tripod to handle this lens. I left the "VC" image stabilization on because the camera was shaking quite a bit and I had to stabilize with my hand. A more secure tripod and remote trigger may have let me turn off the stabilization (since the camera *shouldn't* be shaking on a tripod at all) and gotten a bit sharper.

Checking the math: Camera 1.8#, Lens 4.65# = 6.45#

Label on my tripod: "3.3#" ...yep I'm a bit over specs :D,BR/>
Here are three shots at 600, 400, and 300 -- initially I was thinking the 300mm or 400mm shot cropped would be clearer than the 600mm shot, now I'm not sure. I almost want to kidnap Becky + Whats His Name to have them be models to work on this shot again :D

The end of the breakwater is about 650 meters from where I had the camera setup.







Canon EOS 50D,0.00125 1/800, f/5, focal length 150, ISO 100


Canon EOS 50D,0.00125 1/800, f/8, focal length 150, ISO 100


Canon EOS 50D,0.01 1/100, f/22, focal length 150, ISO 200


Canon EOS 50D,0.01 1/100, f/22, focal length 150, ISO 200


Canon EOS 50D,0.0008 1/1250, f/8, focal length 300, ISO 100


Canon EOS 50D,0.0015625 1/640, f/5.6, focal length 300, ISO 100


Canon EOS 50D,0.0015625 1/640, f/5.6, focal length 400, ISO 100


Canon EOS 50D,0.0025 1/400, f/6.3, focal length 400, ISO 100


Canon EOS 50D,0.0025 1/400, f/8, focal length 400, ISO 100


Canon EOS 50D,0.008 1/125, f/22, focal length 400, ISO 400


Canon EOS 50D,0.008 1/125, f/22, focal length 400, ISO 400


Canon EOS 50D,0.004 1/250, f/22, focal length 400, ISO 400


Canon EOS 50D,0.004 1/250, f/22, focal length 600, ISO 400


Canon EOS 50D,0.004 1/250, f/22, focal length 600, ISO 400


Canon EOS 50D,0.004 1/250, f/8, focal length 600, ISO 100


Canon EOS 50D,0.004 1/250, f/8, focal length 600, ISO 100


Canon EOS 50D,0.004 1/250, f/8, focal length 600, ISO 100


Canon EOS 50D,0.004 1/250, f/8, focal length 600, ISO 100


Canon EOS 50D,0.004 1/250, f/6.3, focal length 600, ISO 100


Canon EOS 50D,0.004 1/250, f/6.3, focal length 600, ISO 100


Canon EOS 50D,0.002 1/500, f/6.3, focal length 400, ISO 100


Canon EOS 50D,0.002 1/500, f/6.3, focal length 400, ISO 100


Canon EOS 50D,0.002 1/500, f/6.3, focal length 400, ISO 100


Canon EOS 50D,0.002 1/500, f/6.3, focal length 400, ISO 100