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China: Opera

Chinese Opera performer.


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China: Sampan

Sampan in watertown near Shanghai


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China: Bonsai

Decorative tree in Yu Garden, Shanghai


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China: Panda

Panda, eating bamboo (but I repeat myself)


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China: Red Panda

Red Panda at Chongqing Zoo


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China: Breathe that?

First view outside of Beijing Airport.

This image requires some explanation. The grid at the base is the top of a building outside the Arrivals zone at Beijing Airport. The grey above it is the air outside. Image taken on 26 April 2014.

Still think we don’t need an EPA?


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Hibiscus

Yellow Hibiscus against black


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Jungle Stream

Jungle Stream near Akaka Falls, North of Hilo, HI


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Harris Hawk in Flight

Harris Hawk in Flight with cocked head

I love the little cock of his head, as though he’s checking out what I’m doing down here.


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Sunset, Deception Pass

Sunset, Deception Pass, Washington


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Barn Owl

Barn Owl coming to trainer, Arizona Sonora Desert Museum


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Winter Slopes

Winter Slopes off US95


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Ocotillo, Saguaro National Park

Ocotillo, Prickly Pear at Javalina Rocks, Saguaro National Park


Harris Hawk Dominance

Harris Hawks competing for a perch as dominance contest

Harris Hawks hunt in family groups. Generally the lead female is the alpha, but the new lead male is trying to establish his place, and is pushing her off the top perch on a Saguaro cactus. Shot at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum’s twice-daily Raptor Free Flight.


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Riley’s Farm Colonial Faire – The American Lads Pt 1

I’ve been posting a few pictures from Riley’s Farm Colonial Faire.  They were reenacting the times just prior to and including the Boston Tea Party.  I did the Lasses and the Brits already.  Now we have the Americans.  Again, the lighting was terrible, yadda yadda yadda.  And I wish I had a better telephoto so these would be a bit sharper.  But I think these turned out OK despite all the problems.  All with my Nikon D7200.  Mostly with my 55.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 lens.

This first guy spent all of his time with the candle girl I posted a while back.  And most of THAT time was spent trying to twist apples in half with his bare hands.  Riley’s Farm IS an apple orchard, after all, so I guess that’s the thing to do.  I’m not sure if the candle girl was impressed or not.  I have no idea what his actual job was supposed to be.

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Riley’s Farm Colonial Fair – The Brit Lads

As promised, here are are the lads from the Colonial Faire at Riley’s Farm in Oak Glen from a few weeks ago.  I’m not thrilled about the sharpness in some of these, but short of walking into the middle of the demonstrations, it’s the best I could do.  Now I understand why people have such huge lenses when they do this sort of thing outside of a studio.  But I’m still learning.  As I mentioned when I posted the pictures of the Lasses, the lighting was terrible.  Basically, mid-day.  So I had to do quite a bit of photoshop fuckery to get the pictures even remotely viewable.  You’ll see what I mean.  Shadows are terrible in places and over saturation is rampant.  Doesn’t help that I edited these on my laptop…which seems to show pictures a bit brighter than my desktop, so a few of these are a little dark..  But I tried.

I decided to break them up into Brits and Colonials.  First, the Brits.  They started off the day with an inspection of course.
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Meetup Experiment #1: Mermaid Theme

I recently joined a photography Meetup group .  It is basically set up so models, makeup artists and photographers can get together to build their portfolios and exchange information.  Since I don’t have a lot of experience in these things, I figured it was an easy way to at least start networking.  I went to my first meeting last weekend.  It was a Mermaid theme.  I think there were 8 or 9 different models, but I only got to work with about 5 of them.  They were all good sports about the whole thing, getting into the swampy water and climbing all over the rocks for us.

Originally, we were supposed to shoot at the beach but there was a problem with getting the proper permits.  So, we ended up at a small landscaped stream in front of a water treatment facility in Chino instead.  We spent about four hours shooting.  Unfortunately, it was at the absolute worst time of day in terms of the lighting, 10am-2pm, so I had to do a lot of Photoshop fuckery to get the shots to look even remotely decent.  Even then, a lot of it is bleached out.  Since I’ll post the pictures as I edited them, you’ll see that there was a learning curve in just how to deal with the bad lighting.

All of this was shot with my Nikon D7200, and mostly with my 55-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 lens.  Occasionally, I switched to my 18.0-140.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, usually because there wasn’t a lot of space to work with and some of the models wanted full body shots.  I started off with ISO 200 but had to move to 400 for the shots that were in the shade since I wasn’t using a tripod.

First, we will start with the only pirate that showed up.
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Colonial Faire – The Lasses

My brother visited me for about a week around the 4th of July weekend.  At the time, I just happened to see a flyer for a Colonial Faire near by in Oak Glen at a place called Riley’s Farm.  Having nothing better to do, we decided to take a look.  It was relatively small, but there was a dedicated group of reenactors there so it kept us entertained for a few hours.

It was very bright that day so most of the shots were either too bright or too dark.  But I took a few hundred shots and a few of them were ok after I edited them in Photoshop.  I will start with the shots of the Lasses roaming around the village.  Also, as I put this together, I’m seeing that the editing is a bit off.  I did it all on my laptop because my desktop doesn’t have enough RAM.  I can see now that I really need to get a new damned laptop.  Some of these don’t look at all like what they looked like on the laptop.  Oh, well.

The first two are of a charming little candle girl.  She taught my brother how to make a candle from bee’s wax.

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Gordes & Arles

A few more pictures from France.  These are from Gordes in Provence and over to Arles.  Most of them are from my Nikon D7200 but there are a couple with the iPhone.   This first one is of the Senanque Abbey.  All that vegetation in front of the abbey is lavender, but we were a bit too early and nothing was fully bloomed.  I couple of weeks later and you’d see the famous lavender flowers.

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More from Carcassone Castle

As promised, here are the pictures from my Nikon D7200.  Again, I played with all of them in photoshop a bit, just to sharpen things up or make colors pop.  Nothing major.  Some of these didn’t turn out half bad.  The first one is of Dame Carcas.  She greets you at the front gate.

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Carcassone Castle

Here are a few more pictures of Carcassone Castle.  First, I’ll do the iPhone shots.  Tomorrow, I’ll do the the Nikon shots.   I played with all of em in Photoshop.  Hope you like it. If you are in a rush, they are all in the Flickr page.  This first one is taken from the castle walls, pointing at the cathedral.

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