Category Archives: Nature

Measuring a Real Win

What a moment to be on a ‘Best Of’ list……….Film Photography Blogs that You Should Follow.…..  That’s a Real Win, and non-distracting.  I’m on the list, so I don’t have to keep trying to BE on the list.  And I made the list for Blogging Here, not on someone else’s site.

Entanglements

I’ll take that as a sign that Untangling myself from needless social media distraction is right direction.

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IR at Mission Santa Barbara

Mission_Santa_Barbara_UR

Digital IR @ Mission Santa Barbara.  I saw these four blooming Century Plants and though they would make a nice IR Study.  Now that they have bloomed, they will die.  But look at the image on the left (below), they already have some baby plants started.  I’d estimate about 10 years old from the size.  So it will be a while before they bloom.  We won’t be here to see it.

Below:  The same perspective in natural color.

Mission_Santa_Barbara_Color

 

Reflected UV Experiments: Orchids

You can fine a lot online regarding Reflected UV and flowers.  So on a visit to a Friend (who conveniently owns an orchid nursery)  I took the time do do a few Experiments:

Cattleya2B

I’m still working on achieving those ‘spectacular examples….But I’m also getting the impression that most flowers DON’T display the spectacular UV Affects.

EpidendrumP1B

And the ‘natural’ light images for comparison.  See all the results HERE.

One Image, Four Crops

I’m showing my final choice first:

LongCanyonTree_FinalCrop

I went through several steps.  The Full Frame image is in the upper left, and proceeding clockwise through my steps. First removing some of the excess sky but keeping both trees and the curves; then removing the secondary tree to make a tighter composition; still not liking the sky; removing the sky from the single tree, but cutting out too much of the curve. Finally, settling on the cropped version I liked, deciding that I wanted more of the of the road, which had attracted me in the first place.

Then I took a second look and decided that maybe Crop #3 had some redeeming qualities.  Hmmmmmmm………

LongCanyonTree_Crop3

Background:  I’ve been experimenting with Infrared Films.  Those that survive, that is.  After much frustration, and seeing my husband’s success with the digital infrared conversion (Nikon-1 mirrorless camera) I opted to have a camera converted to full spectrum for my Christmas Present.  Infrared Images are the only digital B&W I will post on this site.  ot a judgement, just my preference.  Film Experiments and Discussion Posted Here.