Feb 252013
 

The weather outside these days just sucks and Southern Ontario winters are fantastically boring.  One is festooned with dull flat skies, damp chilly cold, darkness after 5:30 PM, the flat uninspired lay of the land in suburbia and no money or vacation time left to seek out warmer and more photogenic venues.  I’m a person who loves summer and detests winter, yet I live in Canada…go figure.  It’s a time of year where I tend to spend my time indoors and look for ways to keep myself occupied.

Last weekend, I setup a cheesy macro experiment.  I wanted to try my hand at using water drops to act as lenses.  First, I tried to capture water drops falling in front of an image of the Orion Nebula to see if that would work.  My hasty setup did not achieve what I wanted, the drops are too hard to capture in flight without some elaborate setup .  However, the jerry rigged water dropper I made out of a pierced sandwich bag produced a nifty photo.

Here’s one for the wall of shame.  If you look closely, you’ll see the Orion Nebula in the drop.  This is as good as I got it.

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This photo is the one I thought was cool.  It looks like some new kind of translucent life form with DNA strands floating around inside its body.  It was accidental that I got this effect, but it made the above failure worth it.

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My other experiment used some water droplets hanging from a rose bush twig I rescued from under two feet of snow.  I used a picture of the moon I took with my telescope to provide the subject for the water drop lens.   Again, it’s a bit cheesy.  However, I wanted to learn this technique so I can apply it someday to make better water drop images after a rain storm.   There are some really good examples of this type of photography on the internet, but it takes lots of practice to get it right.  This is my first attempt.

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Mission accomplished: I staved off another day of boring cabin fever.

All photos were taken with a Pentax K-5, FA-100mm Macro Lens and two flashes.

Feb 162013
 

Since Nov 2012, we have added more pets to the house.  Namely two Devon Rex cats, a male called Charlie and a female named Leela.

Charlie’s skills include lying under the couch for most of his life and then producing bioweapons grade smells when he defecates.   Sudden bursts of his rare energy are used only when I enter the room and he retreats back to his condo under the couch.  He is the darker of the two new cats.

Leela is a combination of a monkey and a dog with some cat thrown in for good measure.  She is perpetually exploring the house and getting into everything.   Last night she did a perfect impersonation of Peter Seller’s famous scene in “The Party” when he unraveled an entire roll of toilet paper.   She has also become a willing accomplice to Charlie’s bioweapons.

My 17 year Amazon Parrot, Lucinda is the undisputed master of us all.


Feb 082013
 

A snowstorm has hit Southern Ontario and I took a day off to avoid the inevitable hellish commute to and from work. Quite a number of birds were visiting our bird feeder this morning, so I grabbed my camera and a telephoto lens to take the following shots in my backyard. I would have taken more shots, but the lens was getting caked in snow and I did not want to damage it.

All shots were taken with a Pentax K-5 and a Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM zoom.

Feb 052013
 

As mentioned in an earlier post, I had to break up my e-book of my family’s September 2012 France vacation into two volumes.  The second of which is now available for downloading.

Volume 2 features Avignon, Nîmes, Pont du Gard, Arles, Aix-en-Provence, Port de Cassis, Salon-de-Provence and Carry-le-Rouet.

Cover Preview in Google Docs:

Use the links below to download the book in two parts.

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