Pigs in summer

Commuting sucks. Sometimes an alternate route might take a little longer, but it’ll be so much more pleasant. Today was one of those days. I was almost home when I ran into very sluggish highway traffic. Fortunately, it happened just before my last possible detour so I quickly got out of the jam. Halfway along the way, I turned up the road that goes towards my house and saw that the pigs are back–I say “back” because they had been moved away from the road after the last time I took photos of them. Of course, I had to stop.

Pigs in summer

Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm at 85mm. 1/160 second at f/11, ISO 200.

Canon T2i detouring for the pigs.

A year and an icon

I started this blog on August 8, 2010. My original plan was to post a daily photo grabbed at random locations during 15 minute or less stops on my long commute to and from work. “Out and About” and “Homestead” shots soon crept into the mix, but I did manage to consistently capture and post a LOT of “run and gun” commute photos–and out of those a fair amount were of the Golden Gate Bridge. Today’s bridge shot was taken from the lookout at the north end of the span. Because it’s summer there were hundreds of busy, boisterous, photo-happy tourists taking in the views. Not being a fan of crowds, I did a very quick “run and gun” shoot. Five minutes later I was in my car and back on the road.

Golden Gate Bridge vertical with ferry and crane

Lens: Canon EF-S 15 – 85mm at 85mm. 1/100 second at f/11, ISO 200.
Black and white conversion: Nik Silver Efex Pro (version 1).

Canon T2i celebrating a familiar icon from a well worn path.

A sunny afternoon at Ocean Beach

San Francisco fog can be relentless during the summer months. Clear, warm days at the beach aren’t rare, but happening on one if you don’t live in the city requires a bit of luck and happenstance. This is a view of Ocean Beach on a very nice weekday afternoon.

Ocean Beach in San Francisco

Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm at 27mm. 1/400 second at f/11, ISO 200.

Canon T2i catching some rays.

Quebec City mix

It’s Friday and I’m beat, so anything goes…. Here’s a shot I took during our 10,000 Mile trip of a mixed modern/old view of Quebec City. The structure with the aged copper roof is the Service Canada which is just across the street from the Gare du Palais (a VERY nice train station where we whiled away quite a few hours).

Quebec City color

There’s very little processing on the image, though I did crop a bit to tighten the frame.

Canon G11 overlooking a fave North American city.

Summer pastoral

With the long summer dryness upon us after an extended rainy season, the bare hills are more colorful than their usual ruddy brown. The muted, earthy colors in this scene are pretty typical of what I’m seeing on all the local hillsides right now. The cows, as usual, seem content.

Tree on colorful bare hill with cows

Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm at 85mm. 1/160 second at f/16, ISO 200.

Canon T2i vamping on the pastoral.

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