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Thinking of saying “Goodbye” to this blog


Things are slowing down on here quite a bit.  I’ve been thinking of abandoning this blog.  Facebook and Flickr seem to be much more productive in terms of reaching an audience.  This blog seems to fall upon deaf ears.

But that’s not happening yet.  I have one more photo to share with you (for now).

 

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Oh, How I Miss the Hudson River


While looking for a new Windows 8.1 lock screen image, I stumbled upon this photo–which I captured in January of 2012.  I have to admit that I’m somewhat partial–but I much prefer this black and white photo to the loud splash of color that is the default lock screen image.

While I’m on the topic of Windows 8.1, I must say that it seems like a solid operating system crippled by a horrible and assuming interface.  That’s why I set up a dual-boot system with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS–a much cleaner interface and, while it’s not a perfect operating system, it’s pretty good in terms of stability and features.  If you are looking for a free operating system (and a free office experience), then Ubuntu is pretty good.  Expect a learning curve and some interface with the command prompt.

In other words, with free comes the price of a challenge.  =)

Back to the photo:  the day was filled with low clouds and river fog.  The fog stuck to the fjord and the water like glue.  It seemed to ebb and flow with the tidal river.  The breeze would lick as the fog and create interesting effects as it contradicted the flow of the water.  This is one of many images that I captured that day.  More to come, perhaps, if I can process them.

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Best Moon in Awhile (maybe ever)


These photos show what I’ve learned in the past two years.  Seeing was average, with intermittent clouds blocking my view.  The November weather was cool, but very forgiving.  I bounced back and forth between Modern Family and the Moon.

This time, I used every trick in the bag.  1200mm, motor drive, RAW and processed in Nikon CapureNX.

First, black and white (camera mode monochrome):

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Next, color enhanced:

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I’m Awake!


It started snowing (again) in Kansas.  There were nice, petite flakes falling on our patio table–just enough to entice me to take out the ol’ Nikon, turn the lens around to go super macro, and see whether I could capture any of them ultra-close.

Here are the results.  They are not perfect, but they’re a start to a new goal.

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10% Moon at 300mm (450mm effective)


Last night’s Moon was exquisite. It was at about 1-4% and barely a sliver at sunset.

I knew it’d be higher and fuller tonight, and thankfully I was blessed with a window of time to capture, process, and post.

While not frame-filling, these photos show different aspects of our nearest planetary neighbor. I never tire of looking at her, and I can enjoy the challenges of capturing her beauty for the rest of my life.

Oh.  And first post of 2014!  Happy New Year!

Overexposed:
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Edge of light:
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Subdued:
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Perhaps the best:
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