Lights, camera, action; fun with ‘wiggly photography’… part 3… the final chapter?

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No, this won’t be the final chapter. These are just the last of the photos I have already taken, using my new low-light-long-shutter-opening-wiggling-the-camera-around-like-a-maniac-and-trying-to-make-art-technique.

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These are photos I took from the mountain overlooking the San Francisco Bay.

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You can see the city of Oakland in that one… not enough wiggling.

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I am still trying to decide if it is better with the regular lens or the zoom, and the best distance from the light I should be, and how dark is the optimal level of darkness.

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I like this because you never know what you are going to get.

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But it is guaranteed to be interesting.

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So every now and then, when I am back in San Diego, I will try doing this again.

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And I will only try to show you the best ones, not the ones where I am still learning how to do it.

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Maybe there is even some fun digital effects to use on these to make them even better… hmmmmm…

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I do have other things to share.

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But I have to drive back to San Diego tomorrow.

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So we will see what happens.

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I sort of like that you can see the bay reflecting the sunset in that one.

Okay, see you soon!

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Lights, camera, action; fun with ‘wiggly photography’… part 2…

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Well, I am not going to go into the whole story of how I came to take these photos, or what these are photos of. I did all that in part 1. But I will say that the picture above is one of the better ones I took, after I had gotten better at the wiggling part.

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That one is sort of cool.

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But moving the camera in interesting ways while the shutter is open takes some practice.

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You can’t just go up and down.

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And you can’t just go side to side.

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It is a little better if you go side to side with a little up and down mixed in.

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But you only have a very brief moment to move the camera before the shutter shuts again.

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I tried to do the same thing with some city lights in the distance.

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Good wiggling, but not as much color as the Christmas lights.

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And they seemed to be the right distance away. I think, if I keep trying this, I will find the perfect lights, the correct distance away, with lots of colors, and the right level of darkness with the best lens on the camera and my wiggling perfected.

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I did take my mom up to the top of the mountain overlooking the San Francisco Bay last night, to watch the sunset. I have photos of that, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself. I also tried a few more of these wiggly shots. That is the lights of Oakland in the distance, with the bay beyond them.

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Not bad, but I hope some of them turned out a little better than that. We will see, in the next post in this series.

 

 

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Lights, camera, action; fun with ‘wiggly photography’… part 1…

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It started off, like most of my ideas do, as an accident with some lucky happenstance thrown in. I thought I was done with the Christmas photography, but I was getting ready to take a picture of a nice sunset from my mom’s front balcony here in the Bay Area… you know… like I do… when I noticed the reflection of the tree lights in the front window.

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I was trying to capture the tree, the reflections, and the sunset… but it was impossible to focus on all of them at once.

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I played around with the idea for a while. I was hoping to get a photo where the reflected lights looks like stars in the sky.

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And while some of these are fairly nice shots…

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They never really captured what I was going for.

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But I still think there is a good idea in there someplace, I just need better happenstances.

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Well, by the time I got done playing around, the sunset was gone. So I decided to take a picture or two of some lights way up the street. Well, as any photographer can tell you, night photography is a challenge. Without a flash, the shutter has to stay open longer. And without a tripod, that means that ‘camera shake’ comes into play.

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Either it was really windy, or I was shaking from the cold. But when I downloaded these images a short while later, I decided that I liked them. “So what,” I heard the crack squirrels that live inside my head say, “is stopping you from taking some pictures of lights while you wiggle the camera around on purpose?” Hey, sometimes those crazy little varmints are useful to have around.a 9

So I tried it on the tree. The first one isn’t that good. It just looks out of focus. “Not enough wiggling”, the squirrels assured me.

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And they were right. A Christmas tree turned into a magical light show. Also, when I keep them busy, they don’t chew on the wiring up there.

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What about the garlands hanging on the tops of the windows?

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Interesting, but I like the faraway lights better.

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What about the wild apple tree down on the street below?

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The white lights are too plain.

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And I was still refining my wiggling technique.

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And that was when I decided to focus… HA!… on the lights up the street for a few more tries. And that will lead us into the next post in this series. See ya!

 

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What the heck is that?; A micro-photography guessing game… part 2…

I am going to put up a few more pictures I took with my new digital microscope. Try to guess what they are of. I will have a photo of what I was examining down below the post. If you enjoy this series, join me later for: ‘Does this look malignant to you?; A micro-photography self-examination medical guessing game’ where I show you pictures of my moles and other bodily growths, and ask if you think I should be worried…

HINT- These are all natural things, not man-made.

Also, I took more than one image of some of the objects.

Come on, answer in the comments. Take a wild guess. Play the game. And no peeking at the answer!

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Okay, are you ready to see what those things are?

Are you excited?

Are you thinking of cheating by scrolling down to look?

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The answers you have been waiting for…

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Are just ahead… or below, as the case may be…

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Here we go…

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Just out of curiosity, did anybody even notice that the last picture way up there was a photo I took of an airplane’s contrail with my telephoto lens?

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And now, the mandatory post of flower pictures in my mom’s garden…

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I always do these posts when I visit my mom in the Bay Area.

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I love that steep garden, where I played as a small child.

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And the view of San Francisco and the bay, seen over the roof from the top level of the yard.

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The yard does look a little different.

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When my three brothers and I were young, there were a lot more forts back there. And underground hiding places, and tunnels, and random holes, and army men scattered about.

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Uh… that one is almost sexual, I just noticed.

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This is supposed to be a family-friendly blog.

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None of that plant porn here, oh no.

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Then again, as my 95-year-old mother says: ‘Nature in the wild is seldom mild’!

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The weather has been very nice… especially for the Bay Area in December.

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It has been t-shirt weather in the middle of the day, something which doesn’t always happen here, even in the middle of summer.

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Okay, I am going to get my new Christmas toy… the digital microscope… and make you guess what I am taking super-close-up images of. Come on, play the game. Nobody even tried to guess on the first post.

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Maybe some things from this post will make it into the next post. HINT!

 

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Yes, that is a nice photo of the Golden Gate Bridge, but this post also has cute dogs and my lovely daughter in it…

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A view of the Golden Gate, across the waters of the San Francisco Bay.

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And my sweet, smart and kind younger daughter, Mollie.

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And that is Winston, a very nice dog that Mollie and I met. Because we were at a dog park… by the bay.

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Winston was a good dog.

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San Francisco. That is the view you want while you are petting numerous dogs.

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Just sayin’.

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Mollie is with us… here, and back in San Diego… for a whole month, on break from her college pre-med courses. Hey, I said she was smart.

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She is also a little silly. I wonder where she gets that from?

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But nobody who ever met Mollie didn’t like her. Is that good English? Maybe not. But it is true.

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A cute puppy that I didn’t even get to pet. He was too busy running around. Hey, you can’t pet them all. Believe me… I have tried it.

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And I really wanted to meet that one.

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And one last shot of my new friend Oso, with the awesome ice-blue eyes.

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What the heck is that?; A micro-photography guessing game… part 1…

I am going to put up a few pictures I took with my new digital microscope. Try to guess what they are of. I will have the answers at the bottom, and photos of what I was examining. If you enjoy this series, join me later for: ‘Does this look malignant to you?; A micro-photography self-examination medical guessing game’ where I show you pictures of my moles and other bodily growths, and ask if you think I should be worried…

HINT- These are all natural things, not man-made.

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HEY!

No looking ahead at the answers…

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Even if you did cheat…

so did I…

One thing from above isn’t in the pictures below…

and there is more than one image of one object up above…

HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Seriously… does this mole look funny to you???

And now…

the answers:

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