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Sailboat

by tolomea on March 9, 2011

Sailboat

One weekend the great great great grand boss invited us and the other out of state visitors to lunch down in Capitola.

It was a really nice day and I had a good time. I took a few photos, but not a lot as I was focusing on not looking like an ass in front of upper management types.

In the end this is the only one I particularly like. It’s actually cheating somewhat, selective framing. There were a couple of dozen boats out on the water on this particular day, this one just happened to be in a patch by itself. I think the lone boat is much more poetic.

Incidentally Capitola is right next to the much more well known Santa Cruz.

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Rolling fog

by tolomea on March 9, 2011

Rolling fog

The weather in and around San Francisco has a knack for cloudly / foggy.

In particular these huge Fog banks can sweep in off the ocean. South of San Fran they then hit the hills and roll up and over them and down into the valley area.

This is a shot of one such bank, taken from the 280 freeway, I believe we were down near Stanford at the time but I’m not sure.

I’d love to take a time lapse of this sometime as the effect is really impressive.

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Redwood

by tolomea on March 8, 2011

Redwood

This the last of Redwood shots.

Then there are a couple of misc shots from the tail end of the August trip, followed by a bunch of Sydney stuff.

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Redwood Canopy

by tolomea on March 8, 2011

Redwood Canopy

Here’s the other canopy shot I mentioned.

Compared to the first shot I think this one is just generally superior.

Mainly the composition is much better, the distribution of the trees fits better with the frame of the photo.

But the light is also improved, the thicker canopy in the center allows the trunk detail to come through a bit more.

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Redwood Stump

by tolomea on March 8, 2011

Redwood Stump

I almost didn’t post this. I do most of my review full screen on a large monitor and this one works better smaller.

Fullscreen you tend to look at the details more, in a smaller view you take in the whole picture.

Fullscreen I looked at the stump and thought it was a fairly boring stump.

In the smaller view I find that something about the framing and composition really works for me, I’m not sure what, I just like the look of the photo.

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Creek

by tolomea on March 7, 2011

Creek

A little creek we passed. We stopped for a bit near here while I chased water bugs with the camera. Despite their small size and speed that turned out to be a remarkably successful exercise, the best of those shots will be in the next set 😛

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Trail

by tolomea on March 7, 2011

Trail

Another shot of the trail. I don’t really have anything to say about this, except to reflect on how much I really do enjoy these little outings and the escape from work they provide.

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Waterfall

by tolomea on March 7, 2011

Waterfall

The new camera has PASM modes which affords me much more control.

Unfortunately it still has a small sensor which means it also has a small aperture mechanism which translates into a very limited range of aperture options.

Still by closing up the aperture as much as I could and pushing the ISO right down I managed to get the exposure on this up to one second (glad I brought my tripod).

That one second exposure is what gives the water it’s nice hazy look.

For my most recent trip I acquired a new module for the camera, this has a fixed 50mm lens with an APS-C (much much larger) sensor. This provides far more options with regard to aperture letting me do both motion blurred water and selectively focused shots with easy. However I do find the lack of zoom restrictive.

Apparently Ricoh is working on an APS-C module with a ~4x zoom, I can’t wait to get my hands on that.

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Trail

by tolomea on March 6, 2011

Trail

This is the general quality of the trails in the Big Basin park. Where we went was all well maintained easy going tracks. Perfect for unwinding.

On a meta note, my big project at work has passed it’s main deliverable so the next few months should be a touch less insane. This should translate into more regular posting. Also in the interests of clearing some of the back log, or at least not falling further behind I’m going to be posting them in slightly larger batches although generally not more than 4 at a time. Todays effort represents about the largest burst you can expect.

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Redwood Canopy

by tolomea on March 6, 2011

Redwood Canopy

This is the view up the middle of a stand of Redwoods.

It really doesn’t do the scale of them justice, standing there looking up like this you really come to appreciate the size of them. And as I understand it these are comparatively small Redwoods and substantially bigger variants grow elsewhere.

I really like the light and color of this shot, the blue sky above the green canopy. Unfortunately this one is a little overexposed in the lower left, I believe I have a better one later in the sequence.

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