Author Archives: Photo Gorilla

Not Such A Gambling Man


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Any of you reading this who know me know that I am not a morning person. This is why, even though I live in a state with some pretty incredible sunrises, I have only now gotten around to getting a shot of one. Now you may ask why, if I am not a morning person, don’t I get shots of some pretty incredible sunsets instead? Well, to you I say, “Look at the beautiful colors in this image! Aren’t they gorgeous?”

Seriously, aren’t they? I was up early and since I knew that the day before had a great sunrise, I guessed that this day might have one as well. So, I took the camera out with me and captured this beauty. Now I understand why nature photographers get up so early. I also understand why some of them will hike long hours in total darkness just to get to a particular spot for just a chance at capturing such intense and beautiful colors. Because in the end, that’s what great light in landscape photography is – a chance. A risk that you’re going to get incredible light. And those that are willing to take the risk, get rewards like this. But since I’m not much of a gambling man, you’re probably not going to find me making overnight hikes for a shot at great light. However, you just might see me out there at sunset a little more often; after all, I don’t have to get up early for that!

Deets: .8sec, f/11, ISO100, 22mm, tripod mounted, cropped. I don’t remember if MLU was used, but my guess is probably not. Make sure you check out the larger version on Flickr. It looks so much better.

Until next time,
PG

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Mailbox Afro


an image of a snow covered mailbox

20 inches! And it’s not done yet, although it has slowed down considerably since yesterday. This was no surprise storm, as it had been predicted for several days. It’s the first big storm for the ’09 – ’10 winter and it delivered exactly as the forecasters promised – pretty impressive (the storm AND the forecasters)!

This is a shot of the front of the house after it was shoveled for the 3rd time in two days. That’s about a 13″ buildup on top of the mailbox! The city’s snowplows also left me a present this morning, making it more difficult to dig out. That’s a bit unusual for them. They usually plop a pile between my neighbors driveway and mine, but not last night. Oh well, it’s not like I’ve got much else that can get done today anyway.

Sorry about the large gaps between posts. I’m working on some stuff and haven’t gotten around to posting. I’m still taking photo’s though and at some point, some of them will make it onto here.

Photo Deets: 1/500, f5.6, ISO200 @ 10mm, cropped. Overcast conditions and if you look closely you can see it is snowing in the picture.

Until next time,
PG
***Update*** – Forgot to mention – if you click the picture, you’ll get taken to my photostream on Flickr.


Mourning Dove


Caught this one on my fence in the backyard. I’ve always found these birds to be quite shy and prone to flying off quickly, but this one surprised me. It had been perching itself on the same spot of the fence near my back door at the same time every day. I hesitated to take its picture for fear that I would scare it away. Strangely enough, when I first decided to go outside, it stayed on its perch! It even allowed me to approach! I decided to push the envelope and see how close I could get. I moved ever so slowly, watching for reactions and tips as to when I was getting too close. By the time it got nervous enough to fly off, I was probably within 5-7 feet! Awesome stuff!

Deets: 1/125; f/5.6; ISO400; 100-400 @ 260mm. It was around 5 or 6 on a summer evening, but it was a cool and cloudy day, hence the high ISO.

Until next time,
PG


More About Boston



Continuing on a theme, here’s another from my trip to Boston.

The tombstone to the right belongs to one Captain Daniel Malcom. Not much is known about him, save for two particular items: 1) He was a smuggler, and he once got 60 barrels of wine past the British without paying taxes on them and, 2) his tombstone is evidence of British marksmanship. It seems the British occupied Copps’ Hill during the Revolutionary War and to pass the time, they would shoot at the tombstones in the cemetery. The pock marks you see in the photo are the marks left by British musket balls. I especially like the placement of the mark up top.

The inscription reads:

“Here lies buried in a
Stone Grave 10 feet deep
Capt. Daniel Malcom merch
who departed this Life
october 23d 1769
Aged 44 Years
a true son of Liberty
a friend to the Publick
an Enemy to oppression
and one of the foremost
in opposing the Revenue Acts
on America.”

Photo Deets: 1/80, f/4.5, ISO640 @22mm. Overcast conditions, with a slight mist falling.

Until next time,
PG


Baseball History


What can I say about Boston? Aside from all the history there, I found the atmosphere to be like most other large American cities I have visited. I was comfortable walking or taking the “T” when I thought the walk was on the long side. My timing on the “T” wasn’t the greatest though – I found myself riding it mostly during rush hour; not the smartest move in the book.

Photo Deets: 1/250, f/8, ISO100. I used my brand new 10-22mm super wide angle lens, which I absolutely LOVE! I’ve never used one before and I find the perspective amazing. I am loving what I can do with this lens and I can say with confidence that I’ll be ignoring my other lenses for a while.

I wish I could’ve taken this photo without anyone in it, but it is Boston. A tour bus had also just unloaded a family of about 10-12 people and they were preparing to cross the street to get to the statue of the “Splendid Splinter” there under the signage. So I snapped away as fast as I could with as few people in the scene as I was allowed. I suppose I could have slowed down the shutter and closed down the aperture, but I was traveling and didn’t have a tripod with me.

Until next time,
PG


First Time


My first attempt at street photography. This is a severe crop of the original photo, which is much larger. It contains a two-way street construction sign in the right foreground. It is very prominent and a very bright orange, that, once I viewed it on my ‘puter, I found to be very distracting. I like this comp much better as it is a more accurate depiction of what I remember about the scene, namely the long line of yellow trucks on the left.

I found the experience of getting this shot to have a certain energy I’ve never felt before and I’m not sure how to describe it. Certainly I was very self-aware of shooting on the street. There was also some excitement and anxiety as I was being watched by a construction crew who were setting pylons behind me. In fact, two other crew members met with the cone-setters as I was leaving and were clearly discussing why I was there taking photos. All-in-all, it was a fun experience but I’m not sure if street photography is for me. I’ll definitely try it a few more times though, before I make up my mind.

Deets: 50mm, 1/400, f/8, ISO100.

Until next time,
PG


Soccer Sunrise


Took this last June, on an early Sunday morning. I used a P&S. I was trying to get the rays coming through the clouds to be more prominent in the photo, but this was about as good as I could get it. It would’ve been nice if I could have gotten the rays, players, and mow lines more centered, but this was a year ago so there’s no way that thought crossed my mind. The fact that I’m thinking about that now shows that I’m learning. Now I just have to start accomplishing.

I still like the photo.

Deets: Canon A620, 1/1250sec., f/2.8, hand held.

Until next time,
PG