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Resplendent Heron


Minnesota.  Lake of the Woods.

Home to wildlife and pure Nature in quantities that defy comprehension.

This bird was brave and bold.  Hopefully I’ve captured both his color and his spirit in this graphic.

 

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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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NAILED IT!


Rain was forecast for today.

Then the rain hit hard last night and into the early morning.

Then clear skies were predicted.

Then clouds persisted into the mid-afternoon.

I left work and saw the clouds part.  I went to a parking lot where I had a clear view of the setting sun.  Snapped together my aging equipment, threw a blanket over my head and the camera so that I could see the image.  Captured with a Nikon D300, through a 1200mm reflector.  Processed using Darktable and Gimp.

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Stunning! Then clouds moved in.


 

Woke up earlier than expected to see it take place.  Estimates were far off, though.  When I went outside to see whether weather had snuffed my opportunity, this is what I saw:

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My youngest came out–escorted by my wife–blinking to comprehend what I was showing him.

I watched, I wondered, and then I shot a few more photos.

And then clouds moved in:ThenCloudsMovedIn

Effort. . .


Here’s the moon tonight.  Digi-scoped through the 1200mm reflector with my Samsung Galaxy S4.  If I can struggle enough, I’ll be up to capture the eclipse. There’s a narrow (very, very narrow) window tomorrow morning to catch a shadow on the Moon in Kansas.  Houses and trees will block my view and will require me to drive to clear skies.  I will need to be a morning person (which I’m not), and I’ll need to be on the ball.

If I’m lucky, you’ll see it here.

Here’s a result from my systems check tonight:

 

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