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Stephen Ingraham

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Christian, birder, photographer, blogger...

Occupation: Retired. Senior Brand Advocate for Birding and Wildlife Observation: Carl Zeiss Sports Optics

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Landscape Photography Show13,688*Landscape Photography Show #46: Power Points* In the last two events, we explored the horizontal and vertical rule of thirds lines and how they divide your frame into 9 equal parts.  It's always great to set a horizon on the lower or upper horizontal line.  It's also good to place a strong element along one of the vertical rule of thirds lines. This event will focus on where the two vertical and horizontal rule of thirds lines intersect.  We call those Power Points.  There are 4 of them: upper left, upper right, lower left, and lower right. Placing a strong element at one of the Power Points can really improve the composition, drama, and power of your photograph.  Examples:  the single red leaf on a green tree; the eye of anything wildlife, and the setting sun on the horizon.    Some landscape photographs really appeal to us and others seem boring. Do you know why?  Your brain is being stimulated by composition, color, and contrast and it's all subconscious.  Your photos can be more interesting and appealing by knowing rules of composition and when to break those rules. Power Points are what we want practice with this event.  Show us something special place at one of the intersection points of those vertical and horizontal lines.   1.  Share your landscape photograph that displays something special at one of the Power Points.       2.  In a comment on the photograph tell us which Power Point you used: upper left, upper right, lower left, or lower right.  Explain how you used this technique in your composition.  If you break the Power Point rules, tell us why.  Also give us some information about the location and any challenges that you faced.  We want to know the details about your photograph. 3.  Other participants will be discussing how you used this technique and asking you questions.  Please join the discussion on other photographs as well. 4.  This event is all about PARTICIPATION and DISCUSSION.  Please don't post a photo and leave.  The LPS reserves the right to remove photos without your comment.    General Rules: 1) Your photo MUST be ORIGINAL.  If you post the work of someone else, you will be removed from the event. 2) You MUST have complete EXIF data for your photo.  Within the event, select your photo and view it large.  Look for the "photo details" on the right.  It should be complete with the date the photo was taken, camera and lens information, ISO, f stop, speed etc.  Photos that don't have complete EXIF data will be removed.  Others will learn from seeing what you have done. 3) Only ONE photograph per person is allowed.  If you submit more than one photo, all of your photos will be removed. 4) Circle the @114888971165518552849 page. 5) Photos must be posted no later than Monday, July 13, 2015, 10 am CDT.  Those posted after that time will be removed. 6) Curator favorites will be shared to the @105588730866970114510 theme page.  Circle the curators and engage them in conversation.  You will learn lots from them!! 7) CuratLPS Event #46: Power Points2015-07-06 17:00:00344  
Landscape Photography Community10,702*Landscape Photography Community:  One of a Kind* *General Rules* 1) You must be a member of the Landscape Photography Community (LPC)!!  Please circle the @106632923256517196664 page. 2) Only ONE photograph per member is allowed.  If you submit more than one photo, all of your photos will be removed. 3) Your photo MUST be ORIGINAL.  Do NOT share someone else's photo.  If you post the work of someone else, you will be banned from the community. *4) You MUST have complete EXIF data for your photo.  Within the event, select your photo and view it large.  Look for the "photo details" on the right.  It should be complete with the date the photo was taken, camera and lens information, ISO, speed, f stop etc.  Photos that don't have complete EXIF data will be removed.* 5) This must be a photograph suitable for the Landscape Photography Community.  6) There is NO VOTING for this contest!  Several of our senior moderators have volunteered to judge this contest.  They are experienced judges of photography events and their decision is final. 7) Photos must be posted no later than Monday, July 6, 2015, 3 pm CDT.  Those posted after that time will be removed. 8) Winners will be announced on Wednesday, July 8, 2015. 9) Moderators of the LPC may participate but they cannot win the contest. 10) Technical Requirements: Enable "sharing" on your photo.  If it receives honors, we want to be able to share it!!  Enable "comments" on your photo.  We want to say how great it is!!  Enable "plus ones" so everyone can give it a big plus!!LPC Contest #43: One of a Kind2015-06-29 22:00:00463  

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2017-03-02 11:04:55 (28 comments; 18 reshares; 308 +1s; )Open 

Children's Pool at La Jolla, California. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm. In-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Most reshares: 18

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2017-03-02 11:04:55 (28 comments; 18 reshares; 308 +1s; )Open 

Children's Pool at La Jolla, California. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm. In-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Most plusones: 308

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2017-03-02 11:04:55 (28 comments; 18 reshares; 308 +1s; )Open 

Children's Pool at La Jolla, California. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm. In-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

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2017-03-20 22:47:59 (13 comments; 6 reshares; 131 +1s; )Open 

The otherworldly landscape of the high coastal desert north of Lima Peru. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

The otherworldly landscape of the high coastal desert north of Lima Peru. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-03-20 22:42:40 (8 comments; 1 reshares; 67 +1s; )Open 

We are at the Garden Hotel near the airport in Quito Ecuador. This is a Black-tailed Trainbearer hummingbird. Honest. Sony Rx10iii in Program mode. Very poor light, with a storm coming over the mountains. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

We are at the Garden Hotel near the airport in Quito Ecuador. This is a Black-tailed Trainbearer hummingbird. Honest. Sony Rx10iii in Program mode. Very poor light, with a storm coming over the mountains. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-03-20 10:50:57 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 62 +1s; )Open 

Kevin and I were shooting side by side in the skiff on a creek off the Amazon for this Horned Screamer in flight shot. Sony Rx10iii in my custom action mode. This bird is just slightly smaller than a Turkey. Note the claws on the wings. ZEISS/Wildside Amazon River Boat tour in Peru.

Kevin and I were shooting side by side in the skiff on a creek off the Amazon for this Horned Screamer in flight shot. Sony Rx10iii in my custom action mode. This bird is just slightly smaller than a Turkey. Note the claws on the wings. ZEISS/Wildside Amazon River Boat tour in Peru.___

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2017-03-20 10:44:26 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 45 +1s; )Open 

(catching up). Another shot of the Woolly Monkey encounter. The adult this time. On a tributary of the Amazon in Peru. ZEISS/Wildside River Boat Tour. Sony Rx10iii. Program mode. 

(catching up). Another shot of the Woolly Monkey encounter. The adult this time. On a tributary of the Amazon in Peru. ZEISS/Wildside River Boat Tour. Sony Rx10iii. Program mode. ___

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2017-03-20 09:52:19 (15 comments; 10 reshares; 234 +1s; )Open 

It is impossible to believe in the volume of water flowing i'm the Amazon River until you see it! Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR, Processes in Polarr on my iPad pro.

It is impossible to believe in the volume of water flowing i'm the Amazon River until you see it! Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR, Processes in Polarr on my iPad pro.___

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2017-03-20 09:47:24 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 56 +1s; )Open 

Variable Cracker, from our rainy day hike in the White Sand Forest near Iquitos, Peru and the Amazon River, with the ZEISS/Wildside Tour.

Variable Cracker, from our rainy day hike in the White Sand Forest near Iquitos, Peru and the Amazon River, with the ZEISS/Wildside Tour.___

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2017-03-20 01:18:17 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

The fish market in the harbor of Puca Sana, Peru. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

The fish market in the harbor of Puca Sana, Peru. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-03-20 00:27:40 (22 comments; 7 reshares; 220 +1s; )Open 

Dawn over the Amazon River in Peru. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Dawn over the Amazon River in Peru. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-03-20 00:14:26 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 43 +1s; )Open 

Humbolt Penguin
From today in a fishing boat south of Lima. Humbolt Penguin. My first penguin in the wild! Sony Rx10iii in my specialized action mode. 

Humbolt Penguin
From today in a fishing boat south of Lima. Humbolt Penguin. My first penguin in the wild! Sony Rx10iii in my specialized action mode. ___

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2017-03-19 10:15:54 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 53 +1s; )Open 

White-eared Jacamar, White Sand Forest, Iquitos Peru on a rainy day. Sony Rx10iii in Program mode. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

White-eared Jacamar, White Sand Forest, Iquitos Peru on a rainy day. Sony Rx10iii in Program mode. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-03-19 10:12:25 (19 comments; 3 reshares; 171 +1s; )Open 

First view of the Amazon River from the docks in Iquitos. Sony RX10III in-camera HDR. 

First view of the Amazon River from the docks in Iquitos. Sony RX10III in-camera HDR. ___

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2017-03-19 02:49:44 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Hoetzin bird, emblematic of the Amazon River.

Hoetzin bird, emblematic of the Amazon River.___

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2017-03-19 02:42:28 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Just a tease from my Amazon River Boat cruise. A young Woolly Monkey, certainly less than a year old, maybe only months, along a tributary of the Amazon in Peru. 

Just a tease from my Amazon River Boat cruise. A young Woolly Monkey, certainly less than a year old, maybe only months, along a tributary of the Amazon in Peru. ___

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2017-03-19 02:41:56 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 55 +1s; )Open 

Just a tease from my Amazon River Boat cruise. A young Woolly Monkey, certainly less than a year old, maybe only months, along a tributary of the Amazon in Peru. 

Just a tease from my Amazon River Boat cruise. A young Woolly Monkey, certainly less than a year old, maybe only months, along a tributary of the Amazon in Peru. ___

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2017-03-11 22:41:20 (10 comments; 1 reshares; 65 +1s; )Open 

Just a quick post while I have my last internet in Peru until we come back to Lima in a week. Black-skimmers in a urban wetland in the suburbs of Lima. Sony Rx10iii in my flight mode. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro.

Just a quick post while I have my last internet in Peru until we come back to Lima in a week. Black-skimmers in a urban wetland in the suburbs of Lima. Sony Rx10iii in my flight mode. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro.___

2017-03-09 22:13:18 (24 comments; 0 reshares; 52 +1s; )Open 

So, in case you have not been paying attention, I leave early tomorrow morning for 20 days in South American...in a boat on the Amazon in Peru, and then in another boat on and around the Galapagos. Trip of a life-time (again, after South Africa). I will be without internet the whole time (mostly), so Pic for Today and For the love of landscape are on hold for a while. I will continue to prepare posts, but I will not be able to post them until I get back. :) I guess you will just have to subsist on a steady diet of Trump pro and con. I expect to have lots to share when I get back!

So, in case you have not been paying attention, I leave early tomorrow morning for 20 days in South American...in a boat on the Amazon in Peru, and then in another boat on and around the Galapagos. Trip of a life-time (again, after South Africa). I will be without internet the whole time (mostly), so Pic for Today and For the love of landscape are on hold for a while. I will continue to prepare posts, but I will not be able to post them until I get back. :) I guess you will just have to subsist on a steady diet of Trump pro and con. I expect to have lots to share when I get back!___

2017-03-09 22:13:03 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

So, in case you have not been paying attention, I leave early tomorrow morning for 20 days in South American...in a boat on the Amazon in Peru, and then in another boat on and around the Galapagos. Trip of a life-time (again, after South Africa). I will be without internet the whole time (mostly), so Pic for Today and For the love of landscape are on hold for a while. I will continue to prepare posts, but I will not be able to post them until I get back. :) I guess you will just have to subsist on a steady diet of Trump pro and con. I expect to have lots to share when I get back!

So, in case you have not been paying attention, I leave early tomorrow morning for 20 days in South American...in a boat on the Amazon in Peru, and then in another boat on and around the Galapagos. Trip of a life-time (again, after South Africa). I will be without internet the whole time (mostly), so Pic for Today and For the love of landscape are on hold for a while. I will continue to prepare posts, but I will not be able to post them until I get back. :) I guess you will just have to subsist on a steady diet of Trump pro and con. I expect to have lots to share when I get back!___

2017-03-09 20:07:07 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

March 9
I have been back from San Diego
for 4 days, and today I ran out of
landscape images for my daily For
the Love of Landscape... post, so
I waited until the sun came out and
the front came over to fill the sky
with interesting clouds, and drove
down to the beach for a few HDRs.
The wind was blowing so hard
I had to hold my hat with one hand
and lean well into the gale. Not easy
when framing a photo. I got a few
keepers for posting. Tomorrow I
leave early for 20 days in South
America without internet, so I am
off the hook for my daily posts.
Not that I will not write them...
just that no one will see them until
I get back the end of the month.
By then my landscape bank should
be full again, with images of the
Amazon jungle in Peru, and the
volcanic islands and the seas... more »

March 9
I have been back from San Diego
for 4 days, and today I ran out of
landscape images for my daily For
the Love of Landscape... post, so
I waited until the sun came out and
the front came over to fill the sky
with interesting clouds, and drove
down to the beach for a few HDRs.
The wind was blowing so hard
I had to hold my hat with one hand
and lean well into the gale. Not easy
when framing a photo. I got a few
keepers for posting. Tomorrow I
leave early for 20 days in South
America without internet, so I am
off the hook for my daily posts.
Not that I will not write them...
just that no one will see them until
I get back the end of the month.
By then my landscape bank should
be full again, with images of the
Amazon jungle in Peru, and the
volcanic islands and the seas around
them in the Galapagos...and it
should not take me more than a
week to catch up with the posts
I will miss while internetless.
Ah yes, the world we live in! ___

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2017-03-09 15:42:45 (25 comments; 5 reshares; 230 +1s; )Open 

Headed for South American tomorrow, so a shot from the beach near our home in Southern Maine for today. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Headed for South American tomorrow, so a shot from the beach near our home in Southern Maine for today. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-03-09 11:32:39 (8 comments; 4 reshares; 125 +1s; )Open 

Newborn!
When the good people of La Jolla California built a curing sea wall atop a natural rock barrier to enlarge and improve a small portected beach where their children could swim, they may not have realized that they were creating an ideal pupping beach for the Harbor Seals of the area...but that is certainly what they did. Now, Children's Pool Beach (or Casa Beach as it is officially called) is closed to humans during pupping season, but the tender spectacle of the Harbor Seals giving birth and nursing young, and hauling out during molt, brings over a million visitors to La Jolla each year, including many bus-loads of kids. Fair trade. :) The colony of 200 seals at La Jolla is relatively unique. It is one of the few colonies on the mainland, the only one south of Ventura, and the only colony in an urban area. Seals are shy of humans, and La Jolla is one of the rare places where they... more »

Newborn!
When the good people of La Jolla California built a curing sea wall atop a natural rock barrier to enlarge and improve a small portected beach where their children could swim, they may not have realized that they were creating an ideal pupping beach for the Harbor Seals of the area...but that is certainly what they did. Now, Children's Pool Beach (or Casa Beach as it is officially called) is closed to humans during pupping season, but the tender spectacle of the Harbor Seals giving birth and nursing young, and hauling out during molt, brings over a million visitors to La Jolla each year, including many bus-loads of kids. Fair trade. :) The colony of 200 seals at La Jolla is relatively unique. It is one of the few colonies on the mainland, the only one south of Ventura, and the only colony in an urban area. Seals are shy of humans, and La Jolla is one of the rare places where they tolerate people as close as they do here.

This is a newborn pup with its mother. In other shots you could see the umbilical cord still attached. Most pups are born on the beach, but they take to the water with their mother within 2 hours. Getting in and out of the water, even in the protected surf of the Children's Pool, is the hardest challenge and mothers and pups seem to practice the maneuver over and over. The "nosing" behavior you see here promotes bonding between pup and parent and helps keep the pair from loosing each other in the water...and helps the pup to find its mother on a crowed beach.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program mode. Processed in Polarr and assembled in Framemagic on my iPad Pro. ___

2017-03-09 01:03:16 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

March 8
I ordered a cleverly designed (from
the look of it on Amazon) Camera
Pack for the trip to Peru and the
Galapagos...to carry two cameras,
my iPad Pro, binoculars, Kindle,
and assorted accessories on the
airplanes, boats, and, as far as the
cameras go, going ashore on wet
landings. (It has a waterproof outer
cover.) It came today, and it is a marvel
of efficiency, brilliantly designed,
quite well made, with room for every-
thing...even a secret pocket for cash
and keys. It is so intelligently crafted
that you can access the camera com-
partment without taking the pack
off completely. Of course fully loaded
it compresses my spine so I am at least
an inch shorter...I feel like a turtle
attempting to walk upright on its
hind legs, but it should get all
my gear safely there and... more »

March 8
I ordered a cleverly designed (from
the look of it on Amazon) Camera
Pack for the trip to Peru and the
Galapagos...to carry two cameras,
my iPad Pro, binoculars, Kindle,
and assorted accessories on the
airplanes, boats, and, as far as the
cameras go, going ashore on wet
landings. (It has a waterproof outer
cover.) It came today, and it is a marvel
of efficiency, brilliantly designed,
quite well made, with room for every-
thing...even a secret pocket for cash
and keys. It is so intelligently crafted
that you can access the camera com-
partment without taking the pack
off completely. Of course fully loaded
it compresses my spine so I am at least
an inch shorter...I feel like a turtle
attempting to walk upright on its
hind legs, but it should get all
my gear safely there and back
again. And, after all, without the
gear to record it, even I might not
believe I was really on the Amazon,
deep in the trackless jungle, where
jaguars and tapirs prowl, puranas swim,
and macaws and toucan's call, or
walking in Darwin's footprints on lava
trails among turtles and penguins, flight-
less cormorants and adapted finches.
I know that is a heavy burden to put
on a pack, but it appears to be up to it.
___

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2017-03-08 11:17:30 (25 comments; 9 reshares; 263 +1s; )Open 

Looking south from La Jolla Cove past Children's Pool. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Looking south from La Jolla Cove past Children's Pool. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-03-08 11:06:51 (4 comments; 6 reshares; 78 +1s; )Open 

Wet Sea Lions chesting
Wet Sea Lions are very difficult to photograph. The water on their slicked down fur catches the sun and reflects back in big patches of pure white burn-out. You can see a bit left in this image. I have already edited out the worst and most distracting instances.

Moving away from technical grumbling :) these two young males (I assume) at La Jolla Cove in southern California were engaged in a bit of play...or working off some aggression...by repeatedly pushing as hard as they could against eachother's chests. It looked like football players bonding, but in Sea Lion world it may have some completely different function. I saw several pairs this age "chesting".

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program mode. 1/250th @ f4 @ ISO 160. Processed in Polarr and TouchRetouch on my iPad Pro. 

Wet Sea Lions chesting
Wet Sea Lions are very difficult to photograph. The water on their slicked down fur catches the sun and reflects back in big patches of pure white burn-out. You can see a bit left in this image. I have already edited out the worst and most distracting instances.

Moving away from technical grumbling :) these two young males (I assume) at La Jolla Cove in southern California were engaged in a bit of play...or working off some aggression...by repeatedly pushing as hard as they could against eachother's chests. It looked like football players bonding, but in Sea Lion world it may have some completely different function. I saw several pairs this age "chesting".

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program mode. 1/250th @ f4 @ ISO 160. Processed in Polarr and TouchRetouch on my iPad Pro. ___

2017-03-07 22:08:56 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

March 7
Booking flights for my April travel...
Honduras requires a night stay in
Houstan to make it to San Pedro Sula
in the morning, to meet the group
and reach Panacam by nightfall...and
St Augustine is always a juggle since
I am paying my own way and need to
be conservative. Flights at Portland
International are getting difficult...
early morning or late evening, and not
much inbetween...with tight connections
in Charlotte or DC or Phili...so I am
taking the bus to Boston and Logan
for both trips. Ah well. I should not
complain. A week in Honduras and
a week in St. Augustine. Not to
be disparaged by any slight flight
inconvenience. Getting there does
not have to be half the fun anymore. 

March 7
Booking flights for my April travel...
Honduras requires a night stay in
Houstan to make it to San Pedro Sula
in the morning, to meet the group
and reach Panacam by nightfall...and
St Augustine is always a juggle since
I am paying my own way and need to
be conservative. Flights at Portland
International are getting difficult...
early morning or late evening, and not
much inbetween...with tight connections
in Charlotte or DC or Phili...so I am
taking the bus to Boston and Logan
for both trips. Ah well. I should not
complain. A week in Honduras and
a week in St. Augustine. Not to
be disparaged by any slight flight
inconvenience. Getting there does
not have to be half the fun anymore. ___

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2017-03-07 10:56:28 (13 comments; 4 reshares; 189 +1s; )Open 

Looking up the coast from the tip of Point Loma, in San Diego, California. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Looking up the coast from the tip of Point Loma, in San Diego, California. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-03-07 10:52:54 (7 comments; 5 reshares; 70 +1s; )Open 

Marbled Godwit
A rainy morning in San Diego, in the marshes in the San Diego River Channel near its mouth, and a flock of Marbled Godwits. Handsome birds even in the half-light.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program mode. 1/500th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Marbled Godwit
A rainy morning in San Diego, in the marshes in the San Diego River Channel near its mouth, and a flock of Marbled Godwits. Handsome birds even in the half-light.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program mode. 1/500th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

2017-03-06 21:44:08 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

March 6
My Keen hiking sandals came today...
too small of course, though I ordered
a half size too big...I guess they are not
meant to be worn with socks, and I want
them over beach socks... those lycra
things with neoprene box and heels...
for more protection from the lava rocks
and too keep the sand out from between
my toes on wet landings. Seemed like
a plan when ordering. As it happens
I have time to send these back and I
already ordered the size 12s. They
will come, barring unforseen disaster,
in plenty of time for the trip. Amazon
rescues my Amazon and Galapagos
adventure (or at least equips my feet)...
seems surprisingly appropriate. 

March 6
My Keen hiking sandals came today...
too small of course, though I ordered
a half size too big...I guess they are not
meant to be worn with socks, and I want
them over beach socks... those lycra
things with neoprene box and heels...
for more protection from the lava rocks
and too keep the sand out from between
my toes on wet landings. Seemed like
a plan when ordering. As it happens
I have time to send these back and I
already ordered the size 12s. They
will come, barring unforseen disaster,
in plenty of time for the trip. Amazon
rescues my Amazon and Galapagos
adventure (or at least equips my feet)...
seems surprisingly appropriate. ___

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2017-03-06 12:44:18 (8 comments; 6 reshares; 132 +1s; )Open 

Looking inland along the San Diego River Channel, from the mouth of the river. Dramatic sky. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Looking inland along the San Diego River Channel, from the mouth of the river. Dramatic sky. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-03-06 12:35:14 (7 comments; 3 reshares; 64 +1s; )Open 

Ring-bill in early light...
There were lots of Ring-billed Gulls sitting on the railing along the riverfront in Jacksonville Florida early in the morning, soon after sunrise. They were absolutely fearless, and easy photographic subjects. The warmth of the light really brings out the color of the eye and its surround.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program mode. 1/800th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Ring-bill in early light...
There were lots of Ring-billed Gulls sitting on the railing along the riverfront in Jacksonville Florida early in the morning, soon after sunrise. They were absolutely fearless, and easy photographic subjects. The warmth of the light really brings out the color of the eye and its surround.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program mode. 1/800th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

2017-03-06 00:47:52 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

March 5
Home from Florida, with only two
delays due to maintenance issues...
made my connection with 2 minutes
to spare. And now I unwind and put
together my travel pack for 19 days
in (and off) South America...mostly
by boat in the Peruvian Amazon,
and then a yacht around the Galapagos...
boat shoes and hiking sandals, dry
bags for wet landings...and getting
some cash for incidentals, washing
the sizing out of my new travel
shirts...studying the books and apps
I have ordered on wildlife and birds.
4 days...and then the adventure begins.
But of course, it started months ago,
and now I am just down to last days
when it all begins to get real...

March 5
Home from Florida, with only two
delays due to maintenance issues...
made my connection with 2 minutes
to spare. And now I unwind and put
together my travel pack for 19 days
in (and off) South America...mostly
by boat in the Peruvian Amazon,
and then a yacht around the Galapagos...
boat shoes and hiking sandals, dry
bags for wet landings...and getting
some cash for incidentals, washing
the sizing out of my new travel
shirts...studying the books and apps
I have ordered on wildlife and birds.
4 days...and then the adventure begins.
But of course, it started months ago,
and now I am just down to last days
when it all begins to get real...___

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2017-03-05 11:22:40 (22 comments; 1 reshares; 178 +1s; )Open 

and sunrises. Sunrise over Jacksonville Florida, from my hotel window. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

and sunrises. Sunrise over Jacksonville Florida, from my hotel window. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-03-05 10:52:40 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Fireworks from the window... Happy Sunday!
"If your eye is generous, you whole being is full of light!" Jesus.

Unexpected fireworks from my 5th floor window at the Hyatt Riverside in Jacksonville Florida last night. Hand held and through glass. :) We are lovers of light. Nothing speaks so directly to our spirits. To be full light is our highest ambition. Let your eye be generous and the light within you great.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program. 1/100th @ f4 @ ISO 1600. Processed in Polarr and assembled in Framemagic on my iPad Pro. 

Fireworks from the window... Happy Sunday!
"If your eye is generous, you whole being is full of light!" Jesus.

Unexpected fireworks from my 5th floor window at the Hyatt Riverside in Jacksonville Florida last night. Hand held and through glass. :) We are lovers of light. Nothing speaks so directly to our spirits. To be full light is our highest ambition. Let your eye be generous and the light within you great.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program. 1/100th @ f4 @ ISO 1600. Processed in Polarr and assembled in Framemagic on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-03-05 09:31:27 (17 comments; 5 reshares; 109 +1s; )Open 

Fireworks from the window... Happy Sunday!
"If your eye is generous, you whole being is full of light!" Jesus.

Unexpected fireworks from my 5th floor window at the Hyatt Riverside in Jacksonville Florida last night. Hand held and through glass. :) We are lovers of light. Nothing speaks so directly to our spirits. To be full light is our highest ambition. Let your eye be generous and the light within you great.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program. 1/100th @ f4 @ ISO 1600. Processed in Polarr and assembled in Framemagic on my iPad Pro. 

Fireworks from the window... Happy Sunday!
"If your eye is generous, you whole being is full of light!" Jesus.

Unexpected fireworks from my 5th floor window at the Hyatt Riverside in Jacksonville Florida last night. Hand held and through glass. :) We are lovers of light. Nothing speaks so directly to our spirits. To be full light is our highest ambition. Let your eye be generous and the light within you great.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program. 1/100th @ f4 @ ISO 1600. Processed in Polarr and assembled in Framemagic on my iPad Pro. ___

2017-03-05 00:12:51 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

March 4
Sitting in my room after the North
American Nature Photography
Association Summit in Jacksonville
Florida, and after a supper of Temphe
Burgers at the hotel restaurant, watching
the latest episode of Emerald City,
when I hear a series of booms. I think
at first they are part of OZ, but then
my ear tunes and I realize they are
coming from outside. Sounds like
fireworks, I think, and, hitting pause,
I go to the window. Sure enough, out
over the river between here and the
Green Bridge, evidently from a barge,
fireworks are shooting, bursting,
great flashes of light and color over
the water. I go quick and turn out
the room lights, and grab my camera
in the sudden dark, and get it set
somehow and find focus (manual
focus is all that works) and shoot off
burst after burst as the... more »

March 4
Sitting in my room after the North
American Nature Photography
Association Summit in Jacksonville
Florida, and after a supper of Temphe
Burgers at the hotel restaurant, watching
the latest episode of Emerald City,
when I hear a series of booms. I think
at first they are part of OZ, but then
my ear tunes and I realize they are
coming from outside. Sounds like
fireworks, I think, and, hitting pause,
I go to the window. Sure enough, out
over the river between here and the
Green Bridge, evidently from a barge,
fireworks are shooting, bursting,
great flashes of light and color over
the water. I go quick and turn out
the room lights, and grab my camera
in the sudden dark, and get it set
somehow and find focus (manual
focus is all that works) and shoot off
burst after burst as the fireworks
burst and the sky is full of fantastic
fountains of color. And no, OZ
has no more magic than this...this
spontaneous, serendipitous, totally
unexpected and undeserved display
of fireworks over the St. John's
in Jacksonville on a Saturday night!___

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2017-03-04 10:37:36 (17 comments; 5 reshares; 194 +1s; )Open 

Pushing the limits of the definition. This is more of a cityscape with bridges. Mostly for Sally Ingraham. Blue and green bridges across the St. John's in Jacksonville, Florida. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Pushing the limits of the definition. This is more of a cityscape with bridges. Mostly for Sally Ingraham. Blue and green bridges across the St. John's in Jacksonville, Florida. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-03-04 10:29:03 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 74 +1s; )Open 

Double-crested Cormorant (with crests :)
For most of the year the name of the Double-crested Cormorant is a total mystery...it has no crests. Only during breeding season do you see why they named it. And even then, Double-eyebrowed Cormorant would be much more accurate. Still those plumes are impressive, especially on a black bird, and especially over that bright green "cat's eye marble" eye...making another handsome Cormorant. :) On the sea cliffs at La Jolla Cove in Southern California.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program mode. 1/250th @ ISO 160 @ f4. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Double-crested Cormorant (with crests :)
For most of the year the name of the Double-crested Cormorant is a total mystery...it has no crests. Only during breeding season do you see why they named it. And even then, Double-eyebrowed Cormorant would be much more accurate. Still those plumes are impressive, especially on a black bird, and especially over that bright green "cat's eye marble" eye...making another handsome Cormorant. :) On the sea cliffs at La Jolla Cove in Southern California.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program mode. 1/250th @ ISO 160 @ f4. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

2017-03-03 19:53:46 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

March 3
Durning a slow spell on the show floor
I got outside for the first time in two
days...took a walk along the river-front,
upriver from the hotel, past the Landing
with its bars and and somewhat seedy
restaurants. They were setting up for
an outdoor concert...but mostly I was
interested in the bridges and the barges
and the gulls among the waterfront,
the skyline on both sides, the FL
sunshine, and the high wispy clouds.
Photo fodder. Just keeping the shutter
finger in shape...and my eye in practice.

March 3
Durning a slow spell on the show floor
I got outside for the first time in two
days...took a walk along the river-front,
upriver from the hotel, past the Landing
with its bars and and somewhat seedy
restaurants. They were setting up for
an outdoor concert...but mostly I was
interested in the bridges and the barges
and the gulls among the waterfront,
the skyline on both sides, the FL
sunshine, and the high wispy clouds.
Photo fodder. Just keeping the shutter
finger in shape...and my eye in practice.___

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2017-03-03 16:22:01 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 52 +1s; )Open 

Come see me at the ZEISS booth at the North American Nature Photography Association Summit at the Hyatt Riverside in Jacksonville, Florida. Public day tomorrow! 

Come see me at the ZEISS booth at the North American Nature Photography Association Summit at the Hyatt Riverside in Jacksonville, Florida. Public day tomorrow! ___

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2017-03-03 16:19:12 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Come see me at the ZEISS booth at the North American Nature Photography Association Summit at the Hyatt Riverside in Jacksonville, Florida. Public day tomorrow! 

Come see me at the ZEISS booth at the North American Nature Photography Association Summit at the Hyatt Riverside in Jacksonville, Florida. Public day tomorrow! ___

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2017-03-03 10:18:24 (16 comments; 4 reshares; 256 +1s; )Open 

More of the loess cliffs at the tip of Point Loma. Tide Pools, Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego California. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

More of the loess cliffs at the tip of Point Loma. Tide Pools, Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego California. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-03-03 10:13:58 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 86 +1s; )Open 

Brant's Cormorant
This time of year the cormorants in La Jolla Cove are in full breeding plumage. This is a Brant's Cormorant. Note the white mutton chops, the white filaments down the back, and the bright blue throat. And, of course, the blue crystal eye. One handsome bird!

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program mode. 1/400th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro.

Brant's Cormorant
This time of year the cormorants in La Jolla Cove are in full breeding plumage. This is a Brant's Cormorant. Note the white mutton chops, the white filaments down the back, and the bright blue throat. And, of course, the blue crystal eye. One handsome bird!

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program mode. 1/400th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro.___

2017-03-02 16:06:18 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

March 2
Sitting in the hotel looking out
over rainy downtown JAX
(that's Jacksonville Florida
for the uninitiated), over the
roof of the convention center
two floors below, between the
19 story room towers to the
filigree arches of the old trestle
bridge over the Saint Johns...
the only, according to the shuttle
driver, north flowing river in
the US...tired already of studying
the birds of northern Peru for
the next trip, wiling away a
few hours before the fun
begins. It is the North American
Nature Photography Association
Summit. The hotel is full of
photographers who left their
cameras in their rooms, looking
somehow naked and particularly
vulnerable...the accessing eye,
the calculating mind...untethered
from the camera and the lens.


March 2
Sitting in the hotel looking out
over rainy downtown JAX
(that's Jacksonville Florida
for the uninitiated), over the
roof of the convention center
two floors below, between the
19 story room towers to the
filigree arches of the old trestle
bridge over the Saint Johns...
the only, according to the shuttle
driver, north flowing river in
the US...tired already of studying
the birds of northern Peru for
the next trip, wiling away a
few hours before the fun
begins. It is the North American
Nature Photography Association
Summit. The hotel is full of
photographers who left their
cameras in their rooms, looking
somehow naked and particularly
vulnerable...the accessing eye,
the calculating mind...untethered
from the camera and the lens.
___

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2017-03-02 11:10:28 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 49 +1s; )Open 

Pelican in flight, Point Loma
Another Brown Pelican in flight shot…this time from the Tide Pools at Cabrillo National Monument at the end of Point Loma in San Diego. The loess cliffs at the Tide Pools are idea for Pelican flight shots, as the birds often ride the uplift right above the top of the cliffs, just above eye-level. This image really catches the “mass” of the bird and the huge wings that sustain it in a glide.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/1000th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro.



Pelican in flight, Point Loma
Another Brown Pelican in flight shot…this time from the Tide Pools at Cabrillo National Monument at the end of Point Loma in San Diego. The loess cliffs at the Tide Pools are idea for Pelican flight shots, as the birds often ride the uplift right above the top of the cliffs, just above eye-level. This image really catches the “mass” of the bird and the huge wings that sustain it in a glide.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/1000th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro.

___

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2017-03-02 11:04:55 (28 comments; 18 reshares; 308 +1s; )Open 

Children's Pool at La Jolla, California. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm. In-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Children's Pool at La Jolla, California. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm. In-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

2017-03-02 01:34:06 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

March 1
American has been messing with
the boarding process again...
imagine my shock when I looked
at my boarding pass and saw there,
printed bold and bright, Group 7.

Group 7? What?

The nice lady at the gate took the
time to explain it before we boarded.
There are now nine numbered groups
(after about five layers of privilege),
the first 4 being priority lane people,
and, as it turns out, number 6 being
the big one (what used to be group
2), and 9 being the poor economy
folk who bought discounted fares...
so Group 7 is not all that bad...could
be worse. As to why they did it, she
did not offer any explaination.

It was certainly not any faster!

March 1
American has been messing with
the boarding process again...
imagine my shock when I looked
at my boarding pass and saw there,
printed bold and bright, Group 7.

Group 7? What?

The nice lady at the gate took the
time to explain it before we boarded.
There are now nine numbered groups
(after about five layers of privilege),
the first 4 being priority lane people,
and, as it turns out, number 6 being
the big one (what used to be group
2), and 9 being the poor economy
folk who bought discounted fares...
so Group 7 is not all that bad...could
be worse. As to why they did it, she
did not offer any explaination.

It was certainly not any faster!___

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2017-03-01 12:12:27 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 28 +1s; )Open 

G+ having fun with my burst again. :)

G+ having fun with my burst again. :)___

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2017-03-01 12:05:35 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 66 +1s; )Open 

Pelican in flight...
I ventured out onto the sea wall that protects Children’s Beach in La Jolla, California when I visited last week, mostly to get closer to the Harbor Seals that had clustered on that side of the beach…but as I was shooting seals this breeding plumage Brown Pelican flew by just below eye-level. I turned in time for a short burst of shots. Pelicans are easy flight shot targets, but that only makes them more fun! 🙂

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program mode. 1/1000th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro.



Pelican in flight...
I ventured out onto the sea wall that protects Children’s Beach in La Jolla, California when I visited last week, mostly to get closer to the Harbor Seals that had clustered on that side of the beach…but as I was shooting seals this breeding plumage Brown Pelican flew by just below eye-level. I turned in time for a short burst of shots. Pelicans are easy flight shot targets, but that only makes them more fun! 🙂

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program mode. 1/1000th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro.

___

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2017-03-01 12:02:41 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 128 +1s; )Open 

Looking out along the San Diego River Channel toward the sea on a rainy day. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm. In-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Looking out along the San Diego River Channel toward the sea on a rainy day. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm. In-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

2017-03-01 00:10:37 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

February 28
A rest day between San Diego and
Jacksonville (the North American
Nature Photography Association
Summit)...a bit of laundry, filing
expenses, paying bills, catching up
on the programs I follow on CBS and
Hulu...just a bit of recreation, re-
generation, relaxation between flights
and shows...oh, and downloading
bird apps for Peru and the Galapagos,
and digging out soft-sided luggage
for the boats, and my dry bags, and
figuring out how much money I need
to bring to buy Sols in Peru for tips
and trinkets...but I never really un-
packed...no point...I am back to the
airport and on to the next adventure
by noon tomorrow. It is a strange
busy life...good thing I am retired. 

February 28
A rest day between San Diego and
Jacksonville (the North American
Nature Photography Association
Summit)...a bit of laundry, filing
expenses, paying bills, catching up
on the programs I follow on CBS and
Hulu...just a bit of recreation, re-
generation, relaxation between flights
and shows...oh, and downloading
bird apps for Peru and the Galapagos,
and digging out soft-sided luggage
for the boats, and my dry bags, and
figuring out how much money I need
to bring to buy Sols in Peru for tips
and trinkets...but I never really un-
packed...no point...I am back to the
airport and on to the next adventure
by noon tomorrow. It is a strange
busy life...good thing I am retired. ___

2017-02-28 13:19:11 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

February 27
Late landing in Newark, due to weather
in San Diego, and a close connection.
There was one of those airport carts
waiting at my gate for others in the
same situation...since we all had to
catch the bus to Terminal A for our
flights to regional airports...Albany NY,
Portland, ME, and the like, and we were,
literally, as far from the transfer point
as is possible in sprawling Newark. I
got on the cart and was whisked away
through the airport halls, horn beeping
and pedestrians scattering, at a speed
I could not have come close to matching
on foot, even in the my best days of my
youth, let alone in my dotage. I actually
made it to my gate before they started
boarding. I have always looked with
unconscious disdain on the cart riders
at airports...no more. Lesson learned. 

February 27
Late landing in Newark, due to weather
in San Diego, and a close connection.
There was one of those airport carts
waiting at my gate for others in the
same situation...since we all had to
catch the bus to Terminal A for our
flights to regional airports...Albany NY,
Portland, ME, and the like, and we were,
literally, as far from the transfer point
as is possible in sprawling Newark. I
got on the cart and was whisked away
through the airport halls, horn beeping
and pedestrians scattering, at a speed
I could not have come close to matching
on foot, even in the my best days of my
youth, let alone in my dotage. I actually
made it to my gate before they started
boarding. I have always looked with
unconscious disdain on the cart riders
at airports...no more. Lesson learned. ___

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