I stopped at the viewpoint at the northeast end of the Golden Gate Bridge today and happened upon this large crow. Seems we had both taken refuge quite a few yards away from the throng of noisy tourists. The crow was kind enough (or at least felt safe enough) to pose for a couple of photos. This profile shot was the best of the lot.
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm at 85mm. 1/160 second at f/16, ISO 200.
Canon T2i admiring the crow.
I have a couple of easy to get to spots along the commute that I frequent. This is one of them–the southeast end of the Golden Gate Bridge. If it’s foggy in the City I usually start imagining how things might look by the bridge. I’m not always right, but it’s a good mental exercise. So… there was a thick, bright fog hanging low over the City this afternoon and the bridge looked just like I thought it would. Straight from the camera, here’s the view:
And looking out over the bay from the same spot (more or less), here’s a tweaked shot of a freighter I’d just missed as it passed under the bridge:
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm.
Bridge shot: 59mm, 1/200 second at f/9, ISO 200.
Freighter shot: 24mm, 1/200 second at f/11, ISO 200.
Canon T2i imagining by the bay.
Grass is invading my space–literally. The very wet (and now warm) Spring is making the green stuff very happy. We’ve already got bunches in the field that are 6 feet high, and the ground it still too wet to mow. What to do? Take some photos! Here’s a shot of a tall sprig of wild oats I took late this afternoon. Wild oat is a nuisance grass, but the dangling, rocket shaped seeds look mobile-like–especially when they’re still green.
Canon G11 frolicking in the grass.
Saturday morning, after a good night’s sleep, inspiration strikes. With a large cup of coffee in one hand and the Canon G11 in the other I ventured out into the yard looking for a subject. What I found was truly monumental. I fired off a couple of close-ups and headed back into my studio to view the results on the computer. Oh yeah! After a couple of quick tweaks in Photoshop, this was the outcome of my morning inspiration–Poop art.
For reference: the shot as the camera captured it.
Canon G11 making poop art.
Spring comes slowly in Northern California–not like in cold climates, but later than it seems like it should given the temperate weather. Here’s a couple of ready to bloom close-ups taken from the yard taken this afternoon.
Canon G11 feeling Spring.