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Old 02-13-2014, 07:16 PM   #541
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A fun photo from 2002...Smiley Rock on Route 177 due west of Lowville on the Tug Hill Plateau in upstate NY.
This area is very harsh in the wintertime, bitter cold and high winds. The area is mostly hay fields with farmhouses every half mile or so. It's too cold to raise cows or grow corn at that altitude. You have to be made of pretty stern stuff to live here.

Those conditions and hardworking life makes this "art" even more special. Someone felt creative one day.
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Old 02-14-2014, 07:18 AM   #542
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Shutter speed artifacts

It's neat sometimes to notice things in a photo that one normally doesn't get to see because our eyes don't process things the same way a camera does. Everyone's seen photos of a bullet popping a balloon for example, or the smoothly flowing water of a waterfall with a long shutter speed.

Here's an example from yesterday: I'd never been aware that the snow thrower moves the snow out of the chute in pulses. Of course it does, the impeller that "throws" the snow has four blades on a shaft. I'd just never given it a thought until I saw this photo taken at 1/640 sec. Any others have unexpected things like that show up in your photos?
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Shutter speed artifacts

It's neat sometimes to notice things in a photo that one normally doesn't get to see because our eyes don't process things the same way a camera does. Everyone's seen photos of a bullet popping a balloon for example, or the smoothly flowing water of a waterfall with a long shutter speed.

Here's an example from yesterday: I'd never been aware that the snow thrower moves the snow out of the chute in pulses. Of course it does, the impeller that "throws" the snow has four blades on a shaft. I'd just never given it a thought until I saw this photo taken at 1/640 sec. Any others have unexpected things like that show up in your photos?
Ha! Interesting.
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Nice composition with the sheep.
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Nice composition with the sheep.
Sure is. I like the symmetry of the horns and eyes.
It doesn't appear from the DOF that a long telephoto lens was used. I'm assuming he must have been fairly close.
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Thanks ... this was cropped from a larger image. Taken with a 300mm lens on a full frame camera, I had to fudge a bit on the back ram with a bit of sharpening.
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On our mountain hike on Wednesday, we saw two vultures looking for breakfast.
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We spent time in the conservatory at the Denver Botanic gardens yesterday - good way to shake the winter blues.
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Early morning Icicle Dancer...

Stained glass piece is from Salem MA.
Icicles and snow made by Mother Nature (I'll be knocking those icicles down very shortly).
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Terracotta sculpture garden. Dec 2013. Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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I tried to get a decent shot of Alice Cooper playing between periods of the recent Blackhawks-Coyotes game, but holding my camera at arms length above my head resulted in nothing but blurry shots. The blur gives the photo an eery effect.
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California hawk (Broad-winged maybe?):
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Morning well at -17 F

I got the opportunity to visit North Dakota a couple of weeks ago when it was sub-zero every day. We were out at a few well sites and I snapped a few pictures at -17 F with the morning sun up a bit. Here is one well site:

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Awesome pic aja8888. Desolation!
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Very nice! This is a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk.
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I was really impressed with this group of photos showing construction progress on New York's new subway tunnel. The yellow fabric is a waterproofing material that will be covered with architectural materials before the project is finished.
A Colossal Yellow Cave Taking Shape Beneath Manhattan

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