Thursday, January 31, 2019
********Excerpt from my notes for the month**********
Here's a new feature idea for future products: Internal heating elements for your camera bodies. I have noticed that cameras don't like to work well at temperatures below -20F or so, nor do photographer's hands. Particularly photographers who are over "a certain age". Miniature internal heating strips could run off the regular camera battery, and keep the internals warm as well as the photographer's hands, enabling continued use in extreme low temperatures. Such a feature would be very welcome for the tens of thousands of photographers working in non-tropical zones, and would undoubtedly open an opportunity for you to make a pretty substantial amount of money! Don't worry, I am not going to ask you for a percentage for my idea. It is yours for the using, free and clear. However, as a dedicated Nikon shooter for the last 35+ years, making me a gift of one would certainly be appreciated. Preferably before next winter gets here.
Thanks as always,
Thursday, January 3, 2019
Friday, November 30, 2018
It isn't Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree, but it could have been. A long, long time ago. 😊
See you all next year!
Thursday, November 1, 2018
This is a cheetah which looks as if it has just finished a Thanksgiving feast and is mere seconds away from a nap. Something tells me that this particular cheetah would not live up to their reputation as the fastest animals on land at the moment. 😊
Monday, October 1, 2018
It is funny how much more I identify the time of year by the animals I see rather than by the calendar on the wall. These mantis are a great example. They become very much more visible when they turn brown, and I always associate that with the beginning of autumn along with hearing the cranes migrating overhead, both of which happen before any leaves turn color or the furnace kicks on at night.
Sure enough, when I checked the calendar September was already half gone.
And now it is October....time for some cider I think. 😀
Friday, August 31, 2018
Well, after a long period of hot dry weather without any rain whatsoever, we are finally feeling a bit of relief here in west Michigan. Along with the rain came a very nicely cool morning and a reminder that autumn is just around the corner. It won't be too much longer and the trees will trade their uniform green coveralls for the gaudy Hawaiian shirts that draw visitors in from all over the country just to witness.
Like a peacock fanning its tail.
Peacock feathers are incredibly interesting, and a lot harder to photograph well than you'd think. The iridescence which gives them their shiny appearance acts as millions of tiny little mirrors, which can play all sorts of havoc with the light and color, as well as the auto-focusing sensors on modern lenses. Accurately capturing both the colors and the iridescence requires very strict control of the light.
Friday, August 3, 2018
Man, we have had a hot summer so far here. And very little rain. It makes for a lot of real challenges if your job is growing things. This gardener is not only very hard working, but smart enough to follow the shade as she works. She is quite attractive as well, which is nice. :)