Thursday, January 23, 2014

Some photography projects

For the past couple of months I have been taking a vacation from jewelry making and instead focussed, pun intended, on a couple of photography projects.  I edited and optimized my digital photos from trips to the Thelon region of the Northwest Territories of Canada and also from a trip to see the mountain gorillas of Rwanda and produced two hardbound books of my photos using a print-on-demand service called Blurb.  You lay out your book and then upload it to Blurb and they print and bind it and mail it to you.  Very cool.

You can actually look at my books online.  I had no intention of trying to sell them, but I discovered that Blurb automatically puts them online with the price to produce them, so I'm using it just as a feature to share the books with friends.  If you go to this link, click on the book and then click on the full screen icon (the little box with outward pointing arrows) and you can page through the book.

For the Rwanda book:

For the Thelon book with photos of musk oxen:

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Moose hunting in Algonquin Park

Our moose hunting expedition to Algonquin Park was successful.  We found two small ones during the evening and then a big one the next morning.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

My walk in the woods

I took my camera and went for a walk in the woods.  The trillium were in bloom...(click for larger photos)

there were butterflies about...

and the bees were buzzing.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Some more photos from Monterey

We went for a walk on Friday morning.

I fell in love with this sea otter.
It had a variety of food on its chest.
It started smashing the sea urchin against the crab.
Oops.  Not hard enough.
Let's try it again.

Still not enough.
One more only real hard this time.
I think that one did it.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Day at the Aquarium

While spending a wonderful weekend with my college friends, we went to the Monterey Aquarium. What an amazing place! I highly recommend it to anyone who gets within 100 miles of Monterey.

Here are my best photos from the Aquarium. The light was very low and tripods are not allowed, so I am amazed that any of these are even close to being in focus. If you click on the image, you will see a larger version.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Interacting with Dolphins

We spent a week on a Caribbean island over the holidays, and interacting with two dolphins was just about the best part of the trip.  Now, let me say right up front that I have very mixed feelings about keeping such intelligent animals in captivity, but this operation seemed to be better run than others we've seen.  They were in a very large fenced-off part of the ocean, not in a concrete pool.  They are a mating pair and the female is pregnant, so I don't think they can be too stressed.  One cannot help falling in love with these creatures, so I'm hoping that everyone who visits will be supportive of efforts to protect dolphins in the wild.

Anyway, we started off by introducing ourselves and taking a look at their teeth.

Then they gave us a little ride......

After that we got some kisses.......

And then we got the most amazing ride.  They tell you to float on your face and keep your legs stiff.  The dolphins swim up behind you, put their noses on your feet, and push you forward and then up and out of the water.  Awesome.  They will let you down gently, but my foot slipped off and I made a big splash.

Finally, we got some more kisses.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Total Eclipse of the Moon

What a birthday present!  Just before midnight last night, I went outside and was very disappointed to find the sky completely clouded over.  I started to go to bed but then decided to wait until 1:30am when the eclipse was supposed to begin.  Lo and behold, when I went out, now on my birthday, I found a beautiful clear sky filled with stars.  I lugged my big lens outside and got ready to shoot the moon.  (If you click on the photos, you can see larger ones.)

The eclipse creeping across the moon.

Just about to go into total eclipse.


It was beautiful with the stars of the Milky Way in the background.

Just starting to emerge from the shadow. 

By now it was after 4am.  My fingers were numb from cold, so I went to bed. What a great birthday gift the heavens gave me.

Getting the photos wasn't easy.  I used my Canon 5D and my big mother of a 500mm lens with a 1.4X extender giving me the equivalent of a 700mm lens.  The lens and camera were on a sturdy Gitzo tripod with a Wimberly Sidekick mount on a Really Right Stuff ballhead.  The moon was crossing the sky quite quickly (OK, I know it's the earth revolving) and every few minutes I had to adjust the whole rig to keep the moon in frame.  My fingers were so cold and numb, I could barely feel the little buttons on the camera.  Then, the camera suddenly went dead even though I had put a fully charged battery in it.  I had a couple of freshly charged batteries in my coat pocket, but neither of them worked either.  It was the cold!  These lithium batteries don't like cold weather.  Lucky for me, I had another battery in the house, so I ran and got it and resumed shooting.  I put the other two batteries into my pants, right next to my skin.  When the camera went dead again, I was able to use one of those warmed-up batteries.