060916: Testing Equipment

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That’s a partial crinoid ossicle sitting on a lichen covered rock that starts off this week’s selection of images. All the images today are the result of testing some new equipment. It used to be that all you needed to know was aperture and shutter speed on a mechanical device. Everything today calls for maneuvering digital menus – all of which vary from system to system. It’s not rocket science. It just takes a bit more time to become familiar. And so I immediately began shooting all that was handy.

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One of the first subjects I approached was my newest collection – gnarled old trunks and knotty boughs that I drag out of the woods.

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Seems the more I wander through nature the more I find objects that both fascinate and intrigue me.

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Of course, the piles of fossil laden rocks that surround my studio provided me with endless opportunities to test out my new camera as well as a new lens for one of my other cameras.

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Even without fossils, some rocks prove to be worthy subjects on their own.

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I even had a good bit of luck as a luna moth made its annual appearance amid my testing. I think I’m getting a handle on this new equipment!

Thanks for the visit.

0709: Revisiting

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Last week I brought you a series of images from the Thompson Street Cemetery in Catskill. Today I’d like to bring you more from that shoot. These images, though, are quite different from the others. I was particularly taken with the backs of many of the headstones and the wear they have suffered over the past 150 years. In a way, they remind me of the images I brought back from Maine last year – the coastal rocks and the patterns found there.

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The colors are not what you would expect to find in a cemetery – they actually seem to be full of life.

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This image, heavy on color and texture, should serve as a reasonable segue into some new fossil images. Over the years, several of these fossils accidentally fell from their places of honor on my deck railing and into a thicket of ferns that surround the deck. Who knows how long they were lost in that thicket (It was very thick indeed!). Having rediscovered them, I am happy to bring them to you today.

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I also found time to revisit the beaver pond to check on the waterlilies. Luckily, someone else had the same thought in mind (although I think fish were the object of this guy’s pursuit!).

Thanks for the visit.