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Bayport Battles…

The combatants were gathering.  Young adults for the most part.  They were civil, actually quite friendly with each other as they waited.  But they became more quiet as the time for the battle approached.  Looks of concentration came over their faces as they readied themselves.  I was offered the opportunity to participate, but the rules of battle were totally foreign to me so I preferred to watch.  Soon it was time and everyone manned their devices, sometimes more than one, and began to wander, zombie-like.  The Pokemon battle was underway…

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Technology…

I pulled the trigger on this camera bag so long ago that I had my doubts that it was ever going to arrive.  But it did, finally, and I think I’m pleased with it.  Right now it’s holding my camera with 150-600mm lens attached.  Plus the extra plastic ‘hood’ (I have no clue what it’s really called) that came with it.  Knowing that I could fit this into the bag as I have it here is the entire reason I bought the bag.  In addition I have my 10-18mm wide angle lens, the 18 to 55mm and 75-300mm lenses that came with my Canon T6, and my 1.4 Canon extender for the big telephoto lens.  My wallet fits over top of the longer lens in the side slot, and  additionally I have a spare battery and the bag’s rain bonnet stuffed in there.  There is a second zipper that reveals a large padded laptop and/or iPad pocket, which I can’t imagine the need for carrying either one, but you never know.  There are straps on the side for your tripod, and a side mesh pocket for a bottle of water, or my iPhone if I have on the pocket-less pants I complained about the other day.cameracase

Okay, yes, it’s heavy.  But once it’s on your back the weight is distributed well and actually feels as if it’s supporting your back.  Spoken by a person who has worn this all around the kitchen and is now a total authority on the subject.  I’ll let you know what I think after I wear it to a photo meet up.  Lately I’ve been leaving some of my camera gear in the car when I’m out and about.  It bothers me to do that.  It’s an investment and I’d be heartbroken to lose it.  And since you never know what you’ll discover when you leave the house I’d also be heartbroken to not have the lens I need when I need it.

I’m remembering my love of iPhone photography now, and remembering all the posts I read where people had given up on lugging their photography equipment with them, and they were extolling the virtues of the iPhone camera.  Which is a force to be reckoned with for sure.  But then you spot a baby eagle way up in a tree, across the street and behind a barbed wire fence, plus another distance beyond that, and you just have to take it’s picture.  So you lug the equipment and are happy to do it, just to get that one shot that makes it all worthwhile.

The rest of the story… The bag has been on several outings with me and it’s not too heavy, and it has proven to be fantastic to know that all the lenses are with me.  Literally ‘with’ me, rather than being in the car.  To ride the Clearwater ferry I even had a folded up windbreaker in there, thank goodness.  I can wander at will, and if I get lost I can ask Siri where I parked the car and she’ll get me back there, not to mention giving me directions back home again.  Sometimes it seems that technology is all that is keeping me straight/sane/amused these days…

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A stake out…

The first photography photo shoot I ever went on was to the Chinsegut Conservation Center in Brooksville, to photograph birds.  My camera was still new, and I had hardly had used it except to have it set to auto, and that gave me shots that made me happy.  But going to classes encouraged me to try harder and learn more.  Today I put into practice something I learned on that first photo shoot.  The advice was that if you want to photograph birds you must stake out an spot and stay put, eventually the birds will go about their business forgetting you are there.  In the interests of getting a fourth photo to use for the 10 day photo challenge, and hoping for photos for the blog, I did just that.  Not to mention that I got to sit outside and enjoy the glorious sun and blue skies.

1-31yellowrumpedwarbler1-31yellowrumped41-31yellowrumped31-31duck21-31-duckThe Yellow-rumped Warbler was the star of the show out there, giving me a photo for the challenge.  The Mottled Ducks managed to find a spot of sun in the shadows making them look very dramatic I thought.  I cheated a little since the Tri-colored Heron feature photo was taken a few days ago.  I loved it but couldn’t use it, but it was just the thing for today.

And now I’m cheating again because I wrote this yesterday.  Now today I went back out to see the Tri-color Heron, who seems to be the busiest bird out there.  But this image is my 5th day of the challenge photo.  And after I took it I came in, sat in the recliner, and e-filed my taxes.  And I fear that I’ve taken root in this comfy chair, no more photo ops for me today.2-1Tri-color

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Food for thought…

Grapes, I can’t get enough of them lately. I don’t know it the same thing applies everywhere, but the grapes I’m buying here in Florida lately are really good. I mean really, really good. So I crave them, and I’m sitting here realizing that this craving is exactly like craving candy or ice cream, or any other ‘sweet’ that I shouldn’t eat. But grapes? It’s fruit for gosh sake, how bad can it be? And considering that this obsession has been going on for a while, what is the equivalent amount of wine that my grape consumption represents? Wine ‘on the hoof’, so to speak. So far I haven’t had to resort to anything illegal to fund my grape habit, but with my reduced hours of work per week who knows how long that will last. I did eat $10 worth in one day, which I only know because I bought them and finished them all in one day. If the 24 hour period spans two days it really doesn’t seem that extreme.

Aside from grapes I do ponder what to eat, but not because I’m craving carbs or anything like that. I just don’t know what to eat, mostly because my diet instruction came second hand from an acquaintance who said that his PA daughter said, “Don’t drink your calories.” Okay, that’s easy, I thought, even though I don’t think that coffee was an approved drink, but no one gets between me and my coffee. Then I asked okay, what do you eat, he shrugged and said “a lot of salad”. I realize now that the reason this all worked for me is because I said to myself, ‘Self, you like salad. And water, easy peasy”! And it was. Had I said to myself that I wasn’t going to ever eat a piece of bread again it would have been harder. A lot harder! By the time that thought crossed my mind I had seen results, and I have no real desire to change anything. So I’ll pull up my big girl pants, which are now held in place by a belt so there is no worry about what unintended consequence putting my phone in my back pocket might cause. You gotta do what you gotta do!1-13groceries.jpgI went grocery shopping today.  This is the mainstay of my diet lately.  I could have added a jar of peanut butter which I spread on the celery, and a can or two of Progresso soup.  I don’t eat much processed food, but this chilly weather has made a nice bowl of soup a must here and there.1-11truthinadvertisingDid I say that I don’t do processed food much at all?  When I do make an exception it usually turns out like this.  I have a little glass pyrex bowl, but even if I had transferred this meal into that bowl it wouldn’t have looked like the illustration.  It tasted okay, and was on sale, and dinner in 8 minutes was too much to resist…

 

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This is a test…

If you are seeing this post it means it rained like crazy and I couldn’t get out for photos, or I fell asleep in the recliner, or maybe I had a hot date.  But I wouldn’t bet money on that last one.  No, it was pouring, but happily I had just recently gotten on the roof of the lanai with a leaf blower and de-leafed the gutters! But I remembered my idea to take one photo and put it through it’s paces in all my various photo apps on the iPad.  I started with the featured photo above, and here’s where it went.

In Distressed Effects I liked every single one I tried.  All I did was open the photo and clicked the various effects buttons and it came up with these.  There are adjustments within the app that I haven’t learned, but it gives you an idea of what’s possible.  If you hover over each photo it will tell you the date, DE for Distressed Effects, and the effect for that photo.  I think it would be worth learning more about that app, practice makes perfect and all that.

 

 

Next I tried the Reflect app, but it was a terrible photo to use for that app.  I do like adding reflections, I’ve played with that before, but not with this photo.  But within the app is an fx button, and using that I dragged in a desert sun and then tried a few other things which I can’t say that I remember.  It’s a really good app, just not so much for this photo.1-6reflectfxNow for the Prisma app.  I’ve never tried this app and not liked the results, but again this wasn’t the right photo for it.  So the idea of taking a single photo and using it in multiple apps probably wasn’t the greatest idea.  See, this is why I like living with dogs, I ran the idea past them and they thought it was a great idea. But then they think all my ideas are terrific.  Don’t tell them otherwise.

 

 

Wait, I forgot about Superimpose.  This was easy to use, and again, there is a lot more you can do.  I need to play with this app some more.  But this is just the bird photo and one of my moon photos, with the opacity adjusted.  There are tutorials within the app, and probably on You Tube also.  What else is there to do when you are hunkered down waiting for better weather?1-6superimpose

Why not try iColorama? Another one I’ve played with before.

 

 

PIP Camera too!

 

 

Yes, I cheated and included a couple of photos that were better suited to the PIP app.  I’m sorry, I couldn’t help myself.  And as long as I’m breaking my own premise for this post I’ll include several more photos done in iColorama.  I had to work to find the kaleidoscope-type effects I’ve played with before.  I found a nice hibiscus photo in my stash, and started with ‘form’ in the top group of adjustments, then tried effects from there.  Another fun app to play with…

 

 

Sometimes a rainy day isn’t such a bad thing…

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Moonlight…

It’s not unusual for the dogs to want to go out at 4 AM, but was unusual that it was so light out on Wednesday morning that I didn’t need to turn on the outside light to see them wandering out back.  The moon was big and beautiful, and straight up overhead.  Once it occurred to me that I hadn’t attempted a moon photo since I got the 600mm lens and extender I just had to try it.  Here I’ve been complaining about the cold, and yet I didn’t even notice the cold while I was taking pictures out there.  It was 30 degrees out, according to Siri, but with no wind it didn’t feel so bad.  Or I was so distracted by trying to get the tripod to point straight up that I didn’t notice.

Since that went well I was off to Bayport for the sunrise a little later, and found it to be so windy and cold that I got right back into the car and didn’t take any pictures at all.  Instead I headed to Jenkin’s Creek where the birds were no where to be seen.  So much for always finding an eagle at sunrise.  But at least I have my best moon photo so far…

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The featured photo is one I took quite a while ago and finally decided to see what I could do with it.  The moon was blown out, and I always seem to try to include branches or something besides just the moon in my moon photos, but it honestly doesn’t work well.  I guess the camera wants you to focus on one or the other.  But I liked this picture so I took it into an app called Distressed Effects and played around until I came up with this image.  I have a lot of photo editing apps that I never use anymore.  I’ve often thought that it might be fun to choose a single picture and put it through all the apps that I have to see what I could do with them.  If this cold snap continues to keep me inside I might just try it.