Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Brackets and Sunsets

Longer days and later sunsets are fueling my February spring fever. I can only imagine what the cool kids are wearing downtown, the ones who won't put on socks in a blizzard. 
I didn't have to go far to catch some interesting light today. I liked the results when I used auto exposure bracketing (AEB) on my sweet old T3i.
My biggest concerns were the crater-sized potholes on Cinder Lane and wondering what brightness setting to use when viewing and editing photos. It seems especially pertinent when shooting winter sunsets. 
I hope these don't look too dark on your screen.



There were people on the swing sets instead of the pond


You're going to have to take this parasail out of his cold. dead hands. Sounds about right


A famous skinny dipping spot when the sun goes down


I respectfully decline


Too late and lazy to go to  Governor's Island, but I caught some color nearby




Monday, February 13, 2017

Sunday Leftovers

Like leftovers from a defrosting fridge, I have a few more photos from Sunday.


Lady R looking shiny on a murky day



I'd like to say it was so cold the cream in the coffee froze midair, but I can't.



I can spot a case of Pabst Blue Ribbon from over 100 yards away



Yup, an ATV and PBR on ice. "Hello, Wisconsin!"





Saturday, February 11, 2017

I Melt With You

It hit 42˚ today and this is what you get when stuck between open water and melting ice.
Click on the pics to get a fuller view.


A real Wisconsin fisherman spits in the face of winter (and heavy currents and freezing water)


Jasper makes a mental note to come back for this later


A real ice fisherman will drag small buildings and campers onto a melting lake






Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Iffy Shades of Gray

I was reminded how difficult it is to shoot in snow and ice last weekend at the Frozen Assets festival. Or I should say on top of the Frozen Assets festival: Cold weather and bad knees = creative parking and a warm car.


A parasail taxi service on Lake Mendota would be cool

I've been reading about different types of metering, setting your exposure compensation, making sure the needle goes to minus when in manual and using the histogram.


Blech, shooting far away may be part of the problem. But is that an angel?

Fat Tires and Ice Angels in a Blizzard

At one point I just gave up and started playing with filters. The Diffuse Glow filter in Elements created this Heavenly Blizzard.


"Ta da!" Grey snow and dark figures make Homer something something

How do you deal with shooting in snow and ice? What challenging conditions have you had to face?
The First and Third photos are worth clicking to enlarge.





Saturday, February 4, 2017

Driver's Seat Photography

A fine subject for many a photographer and schlepper of children and old people, the UW Arboretum is an all-weather drive and winter allows you to pull over and take the shot.  I've never gotten stuck doing that. Now watch me get stuck. I'll take photos of the car getting towed if I do.
I grew up around the Arboretum and often return.
There weren't any turkeys out this time, but there were some walkers ("Brainnssss").


A good place to hide from a Zombie Apocolypse?

There are more shady trees than shady characters in the Arb (as far as I know)

The Owls Are Not What They Seem

This was our idea of an interactive device

You can catch a glimpse of traffic just behind the trees

Fun Fact: There were over 50,000 Little Free Libraries in 2016

Does the sepia tone make it seem warmer? Not warm enough to grab a book and park your dupa on a rock.







Sunday, January 29, 2017

Opinion Overload or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Don

The situation, I recently had one of two minor surgical procedures and have been homebound for a few days.
The problem, I've been spending time on Twitter.

The Tweet In Question (about Barron Trump)
Katie Rich @katymaryrich "Barron will be this country's first homeschool shooter." 


Trump named his kid "Barron" and I can't comment on that?
Just when I thought it was safe to crawl back into my social media bubble of like-minded liberals, SNL fires a comedian for tweeting a joke.
I see it as a violation of freedom of speech and the failure of a show that used to stand for Truth and Justice and who am I kidding all my heroes are dead.
Have people never seen a comedy roast?
And the bloody cherry on this flaming crap cake is that while searching for voices of reason on Twitter (yeah, I know) I found Dan Harmon (Community) instead.




Harmon is also known for Rick and Morty and Great Minds with Dan Harmon. Unfortunately, he is better known for going on drunken Twitter rants from airplanes.
I'm the "@dishcurtain" he's tweeting below.

Am determined to name something The Petty F*cking Sloths
I got lucky when he acknowledged his misinterpretation and responded with "not my fault." Finally Dan, I'm calling him, "Dan" now, followed that up with a tweet about  his'"misperceived intent,'" which btw I have no idea how to punctuate and would make a great name for a band.



That's a lot to read and who's got the time. Here are some photos from the Walker Protests of 2011.

 "...we must move forward, not backward; upward, not forward; and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom! "
—Kang, The Simpsons



In sum during my three-day convalescence, I expressed dismay about a young comic whose life has been damaged by an eight-word tweet. Within a short period of time I offended a few of my liberal cousins, Dan Harmon and a very disturbed individual calling himself raiderman108.



We are coincidentally coming up on the sixth anniversary of the Governor Walker protests and this discord, this twonsense, has me thinking about how easily and strongly people react to things no one is arguing about in the first place. All you need is a logical fallacy and something to get indignant about and it's off to the races (or a day at the races, see quote).

Puppies are off limits

Groucho Marx said, "Humor is reason gone mad." I think people have gone mad because they have no reasonable sense of humor.