After attracting the Flamingo’s glare at the Santa Barbara Zoo, I managed to catch the attention of the Silverback Gorilla. This was pretty cool. I’ve seen plenty of gorillas at the zoo, but never one quite as active as this one was. He even charged to his spot for a moment. That was enough for me to clearly understand that I never want to be at the receiving end of that charge. He was looking my way for me to get plenty of shots. These are my two favorites. Yup, for the bottom one, I even had the time to turn bracketing on to make the most out of the 2pm lighting.
We hit the Santa Barbara Zoo today for Father’s Day. The shutter was clicking and I managed to get a few decent shots. This is a sleeping flamingo that was somewhat curious in what I was up to, but not enough to remove its beak from under his wing.
Today I saw the full extent of the recession here in the United States. We can’t even afford bald eagles for photo ops. We’re settling for bald seagulls in front of old flags.
This image pretty much sums up how I’ve been feeling the last couple weeks. Completely wrapped up in what I’m doing and oblivious to the outside world. I think I have caught up, for now, to all I need to get done and can resume posting here.
What we’re looking at is my four-year-old daughter (she would correct me, 4 1/2) painting a mug for Mother’s day. This was a great moment where she paused to figure out what her next move was to trace the outline of what she wanted to paint.
This evening’s Light & Shadow Camera Club competition went pretty good. The categories this evening for digital were Monochrome, Color Pictorial, Nature and Creative. All of my entries except monochrome held a second place. No real critical commentary on the images this time around from the judge. Overall all of the submissions were really strong and I’m more than pleased to have been awarded seconds.
Back to the Monterey trip. This blue house overlooking the rocky beach with the gold grass in the foreground caught my eye.
Here is the other image of the inside of the shack from yesterday. While this one lacks the wonderful junk vs. beauty contrast, it certainly screams junk and abandoned in spades. The right-most window is the same one you saw in yesterday’s image. The early morning light really makes this work. Now that I am home, I would have preferred to see more off to the left of the image than is there. I’ll have to try again one day.
Just outside the suburban areas of San Jose you’ll find lots of farmland that provides several possibilities for shooting rustic images. One such opportunity, just at daybreak was a shack along the side of the road filled with all kinds of junk. There was some gang tagging on the walls and weeds growing up between all the clutter. All the windows were broken out and water damage was very apparent.
As I’ve mentioned before, I love images of gritty scenes. I’ve always been a fan abandoned places. This image, with the nasty mattress, cracked walls and trash contrasted with the soft, warm morning light, hills and trees has it all. I really like this one. It may even move to my favorites page next time I update it.
Not much time to write today, so I’ll let the image tell its own story.
Lets take a break from the California coast and once again revisit our (well maybe just my) favorite gigantic dandelion, the Salsify plant and its softball-sized seed ball. Before this year, I had never heard or seen one before. Now they are all over the place. It must have something to do with the abnormally cold weather we’ve been subject to.
To get these images, attempted to pick the seed head off the plant to give it a proper backdrop. Unlike a regular dandelion where this is a trivial task, salsify required me to resort to more aggressive tactics like such as employing a pair of scissors because breaking the fibrous stem by hand was difficult and risked disrupting the seeds.
Yes, this is a real flamingo. It is probably the most dramatic flamingo image, as it steps from the shadows. Very little post processing was done to this other than trying to sharpen it just a tad since there is the slightest bit of motion blur. I love the lighting here!
Fun image for today purely due to the sign’s location and backdrop. This was found across the street from a kid’s park in Monterey. Back to our regularly scheduled program tomorrow.
This nice Black Sea Turtle posed ever so briefly for photo. He was highly admired by all of the children at the aquarium which furthered my need to be agile in my photography. Squeezing in for a moment to get the shot sometimes is harder than the shot itself.