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I just had one of those coincidences... this one should have freaked me out but I think it didn't because I've gotten so used to them...

Here's what happened. I went into my office to get my laptop and when I sat down to unplug it under the desk, I bumped the cord which caused the laptop to slide off the desk... I didn't realize that the laptop had fallen but I happened to have my hands out and when it touched my hands (both of them) I realized that it had fallen and reacted quickly enough that it didn't leave my hands...

Thirty seconds later, I was carrying my laptop from my office into the livingroom and I turned to turn off the light and in doing so my Droid fell out of my shirt pocket and I caught it as it fell... I realized it was falling when it hit my hand and I caught it.

Thinking about it now, maybe I am a little freaked out... I'm staying away from my Kindle Flame.

Peace
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I worked a long time to produce a couple of photo portfolios that are also weekly planners for 2012.  They are each 280 pages and are two completely different portfolios with some of my most popular images.  One has 118 images and the other 116.  Either will provide inspiration to plan for getting out into it this year.  Here are previews of a few of the pages contained in them.  Each of them has the full year.

2012 weekly planner Portfolio ( I )

2012 weekly planner Portfolio ( II )


Peace

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I originally posted this about a month after moving my blog from Blogger over here to LJ ten years ago.  Its size was a little too wide for many friends' LJ pages back then. 'interesting how things have changed.  and how so many have gone on or onto different venues... and then, there are a few still LJing...

Merry Christmas,  May Peace live in your heart and in your mind and on your lips and in your actions.
Ed

(it's also interesting that I still start lots of sentences with an apostrophe and end them with elipsis

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Look at this image carefully.  What do you see?  (If you need a hint, click the link under the image - or click the image to see it larger on my website.)

 
 Oak Creek, Cascade Range, Washington state

©Ed Book

What did you see?

Did you see...Collapse )

Peace

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This is one happy puppy doing what he does best... being cute.







He's learning paper training very well, comes when called, is learning to heel, sit, sit up, and bunny hop... and he's teaching us to respond to his cuteness.

We see a lot of Hoodoo in Skookum.

Peace

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Current Location: Nika Trail, Silverdale, WA
Current Music: You're My Best Friend

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Washington State Ferry stairs and stern on Puget Sound

©2008 Ed Book

Where be passengers?
They can't afford to travel
one-percenters fly


Peace

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Hybrid Poplar Grove, Boardman, Oregon

©2008 Ed Book

I stopped for a few hours to photograph this grove in north central Oregon and left only because the sun had set. I was not ready to quit so made a couple exposures with my Canon G9 after getting back onto the highway - this is one of them. There is motion blur in the capture because I used a fairly long exposure due to the low light levels and movement of my van. When confronted with such a case, what I like to do if I like the composition is to exaggerate the flaw until it becomes intentional. In the full size image, there is an interesting texture in the whole image that makes the image appear needlepointish.

Peace

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She sits in the car
He sips coffee in the lounge
Orca broach unseen

or

Lane one is empty
Lane two has a copyright
Bad S E O here



Wave if you haven't a clue–tell if you think you know or do know.

Peace

ps LJ doesn't seem to let me do polls anymore.

©2011 Ed Book

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I was riding with yurtmeister to the MTTA Yurt a couple weeks ago and saw this closely packed group of sport riders go by.


sport motorcycles in a close pack on WA SR-16 heading for Tacoma
©2011 Ed Book


Just beyond the next bend in the highway...Collapse )


Peace

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I'm selling my Graflex 4x5 Graphic View camera on Craigslist

I haven't used it in a few years because I have another lighter 4x5 Wista Field View Camera.

See the camera and tripod here...

Peace
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We're going to adopt this Lhasa apso puppy next month. He's five weeks old now.

We're thinking about names now and would appreciate any suggestions. I would like to find a Tibetan name but can't find a Tibetan dictionary...




five week old Lhasa apso puppy waiting for a name
More photos of the pup and his parents here...Collapse )
I'm sure Hoodoo would have liked this puppy.

Thank You Carole.

Peace

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Last weekend, I went up to the Yurt with yurtmeister Pat and Stan from Ohio and on the way home with Pat driving, I sat in the backseat and made some photographs with my Canon G9 camera "Pocket Pal".

Each time I drive the Nisqually River Valley, I see this scene and at least a couple times have pulled over to visually explore this landscape. I don't recall making any photos there in the past but this trip while cruising down the highway, I pointed the camera and pushed the doohickey.

I was experimenting using various ISOs and shutter speeds for different motion blur effects and for this image I jacked up the sensor sensitivity setting to ISO 1600 which for the G9's sensor is too noisy to use except for documentation type images and fine art... In this case, a digital painting.


I optimized the 1/2500 sec at f/8 RAW image capture in Photoshop Lightroom 3 and then took it into Photoshop CS5 for the 'painterly' digital manipulations including adding texture using the graphic pen filter with multiple direction pen strokes and embossing filter and affecting the image with multiply and soft light blending modes and did some cloning and other Ed stuff...

Here are the before and after versions:


before



Nisqually River Valley farm
Cascade Mountain Range
Washington state, USA

©2011 Ed Book


Peace

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resting shadow and rush plant in evening light

©2011 Ed Book

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I made this photograph a few days ago down at Seabeck on the Hood Canal and then today, when passing through the village, noticed that the large barge and utility boat were gone – another phase of marina construction completed.  The marina access pier is now in place and the rest will be constructed during the next window of opportunity when the environmental impact will not harm the wild salmon runs in the area.



Boat and Barge in Seabeck Bay of Hood Canal in Puget Sound, Washington, USA
©2011 Ed Book

Peace

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Hoodoo, our Lhasa apso, was the smallest puppy in his litter and his mother picked him up and broght him to us.  That was over thirteen years ago.  We wanted a small dog as a companion who we could travel with - he was larger than his parents by six months...  The Lhasa apso acts like a puppy for a long time but Hoodoo continued his puppyhood his whole life.

Hoodoo started slowing down and sleeping much more the past couple years and recently gave us indications that he time with us was to soon end.  He was still acting like a puppy, enjoying all his tricks including those he taught us and still came running for "cheeeeeze", "treat", and the sound of 'pot scrapins'...   

This past weekend I was up at the MTTA Yurt for some work and when I came home Ilene told me that he spent the past two days under the bed on my side refusing to come out and when told "Eddie's home", he came out to greet me in the driveway.  He wanted to go for a walk and I followed him up the driveway where he paused here and there for a sniff... But, there was something very different, he didn't pause to sniff everything and leave his mark, but, instead he was walking fast, so fast that I almost had to run to keep up with him–very different for a dog who normally couldn't skip any pole or mailbox without checking in... we walked about a half mile not slowing and I forced him to turn tward home... homeward was at the same fast speed, occasionally looking over his shoulder to see me following closely behind... 

When we got back home he didn't want to go into the house but insted wanted to walk through the garden past the pasture and then went under the fence into the woods... He wouldn't come when I called and had to go around the fence to get near him... I found him by the sound of his breathing and carried him out of the woods and back home.  We met the neighbor dogs and he was interested in his usual doggie greetings... he especially liked doggie ears, and of course taking turns sniffing.  He wanted to walk on the way home so I let him, this time, taking his time... he climbed the steps slowly and then spent the evening with us.  We put him on the bed for the night, and this morning he was noticably slipping away... he could barely stand and so we knew he had told us it was his time to go to memories...  

We helped him make the transition with vet help this morning.  

Right now, we're having a really tough time...

On our last walk yesterday, I had my camera so recorded some memories:


Hoodoo on his final walk in evening alpenglow






Thank You Hoodoo,

Peace
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An interesting although not simple explaination of Perspective Distortion on Wikipedia.

Simplifying, I'll just say that any time the parallel lines in a subject appear as converging lines instead, this is Perspective Distortion.  It happens in photography when the plane of the film or sensor is not parallel to the lines in the image capture.  

Here's an example and how I modified the image to minimize in one image and emphasize in the others.

Original capture:  I was in a returning Lodgepole Pine forest on the rim of the Firehole Canyon in Yellowstone National Park (that burned in 1987).  I climbed a boulder to get a different perspective (pun intended) and be able to see over some new trees.  I made a few images looking over the new trees and then turned to make this capture:


My high vantage point on the boulder placed me closer to the center of parallel trees so I could include more of the trees without causing distortion, but, I tilted the camera downward and introduced the distortion in reverse of what one would image–giving the effect that the ground level falls away from the camera instead of it being level and, of course, introducing the treetrunk converging lines.  
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Correcting the distortion: to make the trees trunks parallel in Photoshop Lightroom, I made an adjustment to squeese the image at the top closer together.  (this made a trapazoid-shaped image frame so I cropped it to rectangular)

This is my finished image the way I wanted it to appear.  (notice that the ground appears to rise in the distance)

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Over-correcting the distortion:  I wanted to see what it would look like if the camera was raised even higher (by squeezing the top even more and cropping to rectangular)


Notice that the view now appears to be looking up a hill...
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Exaggerating the over-correction even more:  to make the image appear as if it had been made from a much higher position.


Of course, any time an image file has pixels manipulated in this way... squeezing having to eliminate some pixels or spreading having to generate more pixels and guess what color and luminosity to make them...  a little squeezing isn't noticable but spreading is. 

Peace

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This image, scene of grasses against a blue sky with a few scudding clouds passing by... or, is that not sky?

It is the sky but it's reflected in the Skokomish River and the clouds are ripples in the water reflecting brighter light toward the camera.

One evening, recently, when returning home from a visit with my Son's family near Olympia, I paused along the Skokomish River near where it flows into Anna's Bay in the Hood Canal of Puget Sound. I wanted to wait for sunset to warm the sky and clouds over the Olympic Mountains but there was no alpenglow that evening. The light level had dropped to the point where I had to use ISO 1000 and a half second exposure. Since nothing was happening up high, I tilted my camera down to watch the water flow by and tried to imagine what the water would look like at that long exposure–would it look like water? or sky? I guessed correctly that it could be either...


Skokomish River reflects sky in long exposure


Peace

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A few months ago, I was invited to take part in a beta commercial website to provide canvas art prints, ZArtPrints.com.

Hugh and Senta Parker, photographers from Sonoma, California set up a website, Zazagallery.com, originally to promote their own artwork, but because they were set up and had the ability to print more than they personally needed, decided to extend the website to printing the work of other artists too.   Their success prompted them to build a commerce website for other artists to use as a gallery to present their works and provide canvas printing.

The site is still in beta with new features being developed and artists added – it all seems to work as intended.  I seem to be featured on the random images homepage of the site, perhaps because I uploaded more than a few images already.

I ordered a print to see what was in store for my customers and must say when I opened the box delivered by FedEx today,  I was surprised and pleased.  At first examination, the print was perfect, exactly as depicted for color and luminosity as displayed on my calibrated monitors.  Examining further, I found the canvas stretched on a frame ready to hang, the image is wrapped around the edges and the back has a black dust cover with hanging cable.

Ready to hang–it was on the wall in our foyer seconds after completing my inspection.   ZArtPrints.com gets my top rating.  I can't think of any way their canvas print product can be improved.  The printing - perfect, the framing, corners, dust cover, wire hanging, and even the non-detectable UV and abrasion laquer spray - perfect.

I didn't know what was in the package when my FedEx driver handed me the box but I commented to my wife that here was a box I can use for shipping prints... Opening it, I found the print well packed and traveled without damage.

Here is a link to my work on ZArtPrints.com:  http://bit.ly/ZArtPrints-EdBookPhoto 

Sword Fern Fronds

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Jail at Hartsel, in South Park, Colorado
©2004 Ed Book

I found this jail when crossing the Colorado Rockies on my last film photo expedition during late autumn in '04.  I made this capture with the Pentax 4MP point-n-shoot digital camera I was using at the time along with my film camera systems.  I am so far behind in film scanning that I haven't yet seen the film images from this location yet.

 

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Almota Docks JAIL along the Snake River
©2010 Ed Book


I was traveling along some back roads in southeastern Washington state and came across this building labeled "JAIL".  I had stopped to photograph the overflowing wheat elevators along the Snake River and included this building in my captures that day.

A couple days ago, I was optimizing and adding metadata to images and converted this image to monochrome which seems to work better than color for such images.  I add metadata to all my images (stuff like who, what, where, when, etc about the image including keywords that would apply to the image for search engines to locate and list in their searches.  I remembered the location being along either the Columbia or Snake rivers but although I could remember the lay of the land and what was about, couldn't recall the exact location... 

Google Maps and Google Earth to the rescue.  I remembered that I was on the north bank of the river and there was a stream leaving the hills nearby with a road climbing out of the river valley up that canyon.  I started on the lower Columbia River looking for the grain elevators cruising up the river and then up the Snake till I found the location... fairly easy but I was distracted by all the other features along the way, several times forgetting that I was looking for a specific location.  

I found the grain elevators on the dock and the small "jail" and added the location information but what was it about this small jail?   I Googled the location of the elevators to find that it was a county coop and found a phone number for the site... I called... 'was told that labeling their pump house as a "JAIL" was someone's idea of a joke but there really wasn't a story behind it...

So, if there was a story behind it, what would it be?  and why would someone paint JAIL on a pumphouse?  What was the joke?

 

Peace

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I'm often surprised to find the moon in some of my compositions.  Serendipity or poor recollection of where the moon is at all times... (like right now, I have to look up to see the glow of the moon on the wall across the room.  It's a glow in the dark moon pinned to the wall yet, I often am caught off guard catching its light out the corner of my eye and then having to look to see whaaa?

In this image, I was looking at the tall lone Douglas Fir tree and amused at its shape and then, noticed the half moon in close visual vicinity.  I would have thought that the moon would have caught my eye first and then noticed the interaction with the tree

 

 

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 A few years ago when I started the pond, digging a big hole and piling the dirt up along with boulders to make a hill for a waterfall, I bought some pond plants and planted them in a couple muck buckets to wait till the real pond happened.  This lily persisted and prevailed after all the others either quit or were eaten by something that pulled them out of the water a few years ago.

©2011 Ed Book

some more water lily images ...

 

Peace

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Puget Sound crossing

Washington, USA

Although I live on a peninsula in Puget Sound, I don't often cross to Seattle on the ferry so I never get jaded by the experience.  To me, every crossing is different.  Last week we crossed when there was a low thin fog just over the water surface which hid the far shoreline as well as any hazards in the water undetected by radar.  A fog watch was posted on the bow to direct the captain around any such objects (floating logs, stumps, small boats, and slow moving sea monsters)

 
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if the slide show doesn't appear (it doesn't in all browsers) click http://bit.ly/EdBookPhoto-Bald-Eagle-Great-Blue-Heron-confrontation

©2011 Ed Book

This heron must have found a sweet, or rather fishy spot as none of the other herons along the shore were being harassed but even when two or three herons would frequent this spot, the eagles would take offense and harass them.


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what is the simplest composition in an image?  (show of hands)  [I see, no hands, correct, no anything would be the simplest composition, catch my drift now?]   But, with nothing to look at, what would there be to look at?    So, the 'nothing' composition would not work. 

How about adding a line or a texture, or a color would that work–depends on the line or texture or color–I hear you. 

How about this image of the Hood Canal, does this work as a simple composition?  Should it be simplified further and how so?  Would you consider it to be simple enough to be considered "Zen"? 


Hood Canal of Puget Sound simple composition

©2011 Ed Book


Would the composition work if the far shore houses were minimized or removed?  the color on the mountainside?  Is the far shore needed at all?  If there was a flying bird silhouette in the distance as a 'counterpoint' would that take away or add to the image?  ("what's a 'counterpoint'?" some will ask.  Answer: topic for another post.)

So, what do you think?  what statement does this image make and how can it say it more succinctly*?


Peace
 
* succinct |sə(k)ˈsi ng (k)t|
adjective
(esp. of something written or spoken) briefly and clearly expressed : use short, succinct sentences. See note at terse .
DERIVATIVES:
succinctly |sə(k)ˈsɪŋ(k)tli| |səkˈsɪŋk(t)li| adverb
succinctness |sə(k)ˈsɪŋ(k)tn1s| |sə(k)ˈsɪŋk(t)n1s| noun
ORIGIN: late Middle English (in the sense [encircled] ): from Latin succinctus ‘tucked up,’ past participle of succingere, from sub- ‘from below’ + cingere ‘gird.’
SYNONYM: concise, short (and sweet), brief, compact, condensed, crisp, laconic, terse, to the point, pithy, epigrammatic, synoptic, gnomic; formal compendious. See note at terse .
ANTONYM: verbose.

[note]  I had to look it up because it's a word I use sparingly and wanted to see if I was using it correctly... and I see why my use of this word is rare.



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Flying Bald Eagle at the Hood Canal of Puget Sound
 
 ©2011 Ed Book

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Great Blue Heron and Bald Eagle at the Hood Canal of Puget Sound
 

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 So the fish couldn't find it.

or? 


Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
in a
Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)
along the Hood Canal of Puget Sound
©2011 Ed Book

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 I wonder what this mature eagle had to say to the group.

I watched as a mature bald eagle lost a fish to another eagle while in flight.  Then, I heard the victim screeching in typical eagle discourse and then watched six eagles land along the shore with the muggee in the center.  This eagle vocalized a while and then the others watched as it flew off–dipping to the water just after liftoff to snatch another fish and fly of to its nest with the snack.

Watching these magnificent birds interact causes one to think of possible human parallels but I wonder what they were really saying.  What do you think?



gathering of Bald Eagles
along the shore of the Hood Canal at Big Beef Creek
Puget Sound, Washington


©2011 Ed Book


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 We've been having a few sunny clear days lately and I've spent a couple of them, when the tide was out, down the hill where Big Beef Creek flows into the Hood Canal.  The tide flats are broad there and covered by oyster beds.  These very rough textured beds make for lots places where small fish get trapped in shallow pools or to get tangled in seaweed amongst the oysters while the tide is out.  Bald Eagles and Great Blue Herons frequent these tidelands in search of sushi and aren't disappointed.  

Yesterday, when I was down there getting sunburned, I counted over three dozen Bald Eagles without turning my head.  Lots of them are young and inexperienced fliers who need their parents to help finding food while a lot more are adolescents that are two and three years old and can be identified by their splotchy brown feathers starting to give way to solid brown body and white head and tail feathers.

What gives their age away even more than their feather coloring is their adolescent behavior.  They are clumsy and often make poor decisions about safety.  Although they are good fliers and seem to be more responsive in tight turns and close quarter maneuvering than their elders, I suspect the elders are just demonstrating moderation as a survival technique.  The immatures will often confront other immatures as well as adults to try to steal a fresh catch and although often successful, will most often be made a fool for their brash actions.  

I watched a mature eagle catch a small fish (bullhead) and was flying with the fish when attacked by an immature.   The young eagle managed to latch it's talons on either the fish or eagle foot causing the elder to drop the fish, The youngster was successful in the first part of it's theft attempt but found itself in the situation of being upside-down and close to the ground.  Many of these foolish young punks don't make it to adulthood because of these antics.  

In this case, the adult flew off to find another fish while the immature, after crashing, jumped up to see who was watching, went after the fish that fell into the water.  The water was deep and the immature would have to spend some time drying out after it's soaking swim and flailing to get airborne again.

here's one of the images of that interaction:


Bald Eagle confrontation
at Big Beef Creek on the Hood Canal
Puget Sound, Washington
 
 
©2011 Ed Book
 

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 I was in Bremerton for a meeting a couple days ago and driving by Lions Field I saw that there was a ball game happening.  I wasn't in a hurry but was in the mood for making some photographs.  I walked down to the field and liked the diamond grid produced and held my Canon G9 against a post and pushed the doohickey.  There's a delay between pushing the doohickey and actual exposure while the camera decides parameters for exposure so action photos are most often miss instead of hit.  

On this occasion, my button squeeze and meter delay coincided with the pitcher throwing, the ball traveling to the plate and the batter anticipating the pitch... SMACK! and click happened simultaneously and I caught the action... although the exposure was long enough that the batter is a blur, I felt that the image would be a success... for me, at least.  The SMACK resulted in an inside the park home run...  My exposures of the base-running action produced major blurs and no players as they were moving too quickly to register.  

Here's what that SMACK/click produced:



Home Run at Lions Field, Bremerton, Washington
©2011 Ed Book

The next batter ended the game but I managed to catch him in his swing... uh huh, another homerun...   (I overheard someone say that the score was so lopsided that the team that was ahead put in a pitcher who had never pitched before and threw some pitches other hand...  

Here are a few more images made at the baseball field...

Peace

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The Palouse wheatlands viewed from Steptoe Butte


More Palouse wheatlands


and still more Palouse

and click here for even more Palouse including the windfarms of the Blue Mountain foothills
©Ed Book

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 I'm posting this for Mike Bay, a local friend in response to an image he posted on FaceBook and also because not all who subscribe to this LJ also see the posts at my Alpenglo LJ (which is really messed up now that I no longer have the image server that I linked to for the images there).



 
 
 
Where are the fish? The old marina at Seabeck on the Hood Canal - Puget Sound, Washington



recipe for making this image...
- take one digital camera (Canon G9 in this case)
- lacking a waterproof case make one (Ziploc bag YES a Ziploc bag)
- arrange remote release cord through a sealed penetration in the bag (lacking a remote release cord just forget the cord)
- fasten the camera (inside the plastic bag (very) firmly to a stout line with a weight that will displace more than the buoyancy of the plastic bag.
- set the camera up for an auto exposure at +1 ev and manual focus to infinity and shutter delay to ten seconds...
- push the doohickey and drop the camera in the water... (HANG ONTO THE END OF THE LINE!)
- retrieve the camera, chimp, and try again...

or

- see the pilings sticking up out of the water as an interesting compositon
- aim the camera at the pilings and push the doohickey
- in your digital imaging program (Adobe Lightroom 2 in this case) crop and optimize the image and then invert it. (you know, turn it upside-down)

Peace

ps all the fish are underwater

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hol(e)y cow
©2005 Ed Book

The image was from one of my workshops up on Whidbey Island, north of here.  We visited a sculpture garden in Coupeville and found some interesting compositions... this one being serendipity.

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©2011 Ed Book

A few days ago, I was in Bremerton to visit yurtmeister to see his spiffy new electric motor scooter and pick up the box that it was shipped in (I always need large strong cardboard for shipping large framed photos).

On my return home, I drove along the waters of Washington Narrows and Dyes Inlet and had to stop to record this scene.

Pat offered to let me take the scooter for a spin but I declined because I don't want to get hooked again to two wheeled highway transportation.  I'm currently getting my '84 Gold Wing Aspencade spiffed up to sell and will have to restrain myself from deciding to ride again.  The memories of all my motorcycle travel are strong and I often dream of my cruises across the land.
 

A long story made short, I had to stop riding after motorcycling was my primary transportation for over a dozen years because of some bone surgery and when I was repairing and learning to walk again, I had a dream that I should not return to ride.  It was a dream that didn't fade with time so I decided to stop riding... and haven't been over a hundred MPH since except in airplanes.  Yes, I was addicted to driving my bike very fast and don't want it to be, literally, my downfall.  The wing isn't a crotch rocket but will get up to 118MPH quickly and can cruise at that speed all day.  

 
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or the dancing camera... depending on the point of view


 
©2011 Ed Book

 
camera motion blur in the forest


...or is it the dancing photographer?  Here are some more of the forest from last week

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Last week, I spent a few days up the drainage of the South Fork of the Skokomish River in the Olympic National Forest on the south side of the Olympic Mountains.

It's an area of low steep sided mountains and foothills that for thousands of years were covered by rain forests with giant trees.  This land has forever changed from many years of clearcut logging and hundreds of miles of logging roads–maps look like mazes and the biomsss has changed form mixed Douglas Fir, Western Hemlock, Spruce, and Western Red Cedar to an even texture of a homogeneous Douglas Fir.

Click here to see some more images I made last week along the Skokomish Rver drainage..


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I made this image yesterday over on the Toandos Peninsula on my return home from visiting my Son's family down near Olympia.  I took the long way home and had interesting rain squalls mixed with sunny skies the whole day. 

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visualize peace
pray for peace
work for peace
be at peace
it starts in your heart