Loony Tunes

Spent some time at a beautiful lake house in Maine, recently. Paddled out in a kayak and tried to make friends with this loon. He wasn’t very impressed.

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The Butterfly Effect

Had a chance to go to a butterfly exhibit with my camera recently. There were literally thousands of them in this enclosure – it was really amazing. They would land on your shirt or your hat (you had to go through a special screening to check that no butterflies weren’t “hitchhiking” out of the enclosure on you)..

It was good fun trying to capture them up close, and try get them in focus. Here are a few results (click to make the pictures larger):

Honest Abe

Ok – I’m sure by now you might be thinking: “Shouldn’t this blog be called Eyes on DC?”

Well, I only recently got my camera, and my recent trip to DC was one of the first opportunities I’ve had to really us it. I’m sure once I get back to San Diego and have some time on my hands, I’ll have an opportunity to take some more photos of my beloved city.

Until then, I hope you enjoy the shots of the Nation’s capital.

Vietnam Memorial

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, in the shadow of the Washington Monument.

If you haven’t been to the Vietnam Memorial, you really should. For such a simple memorial (it is two large slabs of reflective black rock, engraved with the names of the 58,000+ servicemen who died during the Vietnam war), it is amazingly powerful.

Birding

There are a whole category of photographers who are very interested in birding, and photographing birds in the wild. From the little I’ve read, there is a strong focus on capturing the bird as sharply as possible, isolating the bird as much as possible from the background through the use of a narrow depth of field, and attempting to achieve a soft, pleasant bokeh.

Wild wandering around DC, I made my first attempt, though I think I missed one of the most important steps: Find an interesting subject. Instead I believe I found a female individual from the species brownis genericus, found in its native habitat – the hood of a Toyota Camry.

Lincoln’s Panorama

Spent most of Monday playing tourist in Washington, DC, so obviously headed down to the National Mall.

Used the opportunity to attempt my first panoramic photo. Wish I could say that I spent hours and hours painstakingly stitching these photos together, but the post-processing software these days include such impressive algorithms for this. All that is required is taking a handful of photos relatively close together (in this case, I believe I included about 7 images), and a good deal of time and processing power while your computer chugs away.

Just like on the penny!

It’s probably worth clicking on the image to get a larger view.