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For doors and windows....
I couldn't shoot the ones I wanted till next weekend so I grabbed these today. There are 4 doors and 6 windows except for the last one. It has 4 doors and a bunch of windows.
Door 1, Door 2, Door 3, Door 4
Window 1, Window 2, Window 3, Window 4, Window 5, Window 6
And for you So. Cal. guys here is the ride you need for the beach...
Our show here is next week. I'll see if I can't get some better shots.
A couple of flutterbys
A note for those of you on the black and white kick... If you have a 20D or maybe the new Rebel (I'm not sure on this one... read your manual ;-), if you shoot in RAW + JPG you can set the camera to B & W and turn on any of the filters you want to use. The JPG will be at the settings you told it to use and the RAW will be in color. Kind of a 2 for the price of one deal.
Greetings earthlings. I have retruned.
Aren't you just thrilled?
While the rest of you were making loud noises with fireworks, peeping in windows and shooting at doors, my wife, dog and I skipped out of town. It is our 4th of July tradition to go hide in the woods and get away from the noise. We would all much rather listen to the sounds of nature than the "normal" sounds of the 4th.
We pack up the motor home with enough goods to last 4 or 5 days and drive about 80 miles and park it in this same spot.
Looking out the kitchen window is a nice view but walking down the river about 100 yards will give you this view. It is the junction of Roaring River and the South McKenzie.
Now if you are willing to get off your rear and put on the boots you can walk a couple miles up the road and climb down the bank that is covered with wild berries and moss covered rocks to get a better view of Roaring River. It is worth the climb I think.
Just a little further up river you can catch another view at a different rapids. Like the other one, you can see it from the road but really the only way to shoot it is to do the down the bank thing again. It's ok... it's only 50' or so and the stickers from the berry vines will work their way out of your hands in a couple of days. If you put up with it and manage to keep the fuse on your Canon dry (sorry.. had to say that) the view is killer.
There will be a few wildflower and butterfly shots to come later.
Sorry, couldn't pass up the title.
For those of you that have seen noting but red fire equipment...
841 is one of the current pieces of equipment here on the Springfield Fire and Life Safety Department. As far as I know everything in the fleet is this color except one red ladder truck.
42 is a 70's vintage Segrave that was on display last weekend at the public awareness day or whatever they called it.
Firefighting The Old Way
Some of the shots I got today of equipment on some classic trucks and engines. The Eugene Department held their big yearly publicity day in the park and it gave me a chance to see how the "other guys" live. I spend about all my time here in Springfield and I was kind of lost in a sea of red over there. Just about all the equipment over here is orange. I was lost!!
Anyway... things have come along way when you look at the things that were the latest and greatest at the time.
I still love the sound of these old sirens.
Kind of like a squirt gun next to todays stuff.
One of the few things that hasn't changed.
Not really high tech but would still work.
Not really high Talk about old and heavy brass and chrome!
Have you seen the flashlight?
Another way to stay cool
This is from another training burn I shot last Saturday. This place was about 60 years old and when they got finished with the inside burns and let it go it really took off! It was one of the hottest ones I've gotten to shoot.
I'm shooting another one for them next Wed. so should hopefully have a few more to post from it.Hose me down!! It's hot up here.
Tomorrow I may get to shoot some antique trucks and engines. We'll see how that goes.
In my ongoing effort to keep the photographers and viewers cool, I offer this suggestion... Find an iceberg and take a nap. This Harbor Seal seems to think it is the only way to go.
Actually she isn't staying cool. She's laying around waiting to give birth. It is pup season in Alaska and one place the seals go is The Tracy Arm. It is a safe place for them and their young as the Orca's (killer whales) can't come up the arm to feed on them. All of the icebergs mess up the whales built in radar.
For those of you overheating if you sit on one of these it will cool you off. These were taken in the Tracy Arm near the foot of the North Sawyer glacier. The Harbor Seals seem to like them. They go in there to have their pups as the killer whales can't come up the arm. All of the icebergs mess up their radar.
Dirk.... put your jacket on before looking (grin).
Yes they really are that color. I didn't mess with hue or saturation at all.
Greetings earthlings. I have retruned.
If you ever want to feel like the smallest thing in the world go stand on a glacier in Alaska. It will show you just how little you mean in the grand scheme of things.
Your cell phone won't work up here and you can't get here with your SUV. You can bring all the money you want but it won't do you any good.
It is a real eye opener.
I will have many more to post from my Alaska trip as I get them sorted. The trusty Canon 20D took a licking and kept on ticking so to speak. I came home with over 1300 images from the trip.
Answer to RAW vs JPG
The RAW / JPG discussion can get very long and involved. There are threads on the glamour, landscape and any other boards you want to go into that you could read for the rest of your days.
If you are going to shoot RAW you have to be willing to spend time in post processing to end up with the image you want. You have to remember... RAW is RAW. That means the little computer in your camera is doing nothing but grabbing what you point it at with the white balance setting you told it to use.
It can be a real godsend in mixed or changing lighting conditions or if you are shooting under exposed. You can tweak the color temp and bring out details from the shadows you never know were there.
The RAW has had the color temp warmed and has been sharpened with highpass in PS.
RAW can be a blessing but you have to take the time to work with it.
3 more days and off to Alaska. Want to help me with my RAW workflow when I get home? I'm sure it will keep me busy for a while.