Archive for August 17th, 2009

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8/19/2009

Hills above Kendal, between the Lakes and the Dales

Hills above Kendal, between the Lakes and the Dales

In honor of being in England (where I will not have access to this blog), I will post some images from a trip my wife and took to the Lake Country and Yorkshire Dales in 2005. They were taken with the Minolta A1, perhaps the worst digital camera I have ever used…it had a great lens: 28 to 140mm equivalent as I remember, but the sensor had very limited dynamic range compared to cameras I have owned since. I eventually bought a little 6mp Sony pocket camera and, when I saw the results it produce, stopped carrying the A1 altogether. Eventually there was a recall on the model when the sensors failed. By then my daughter was using the camera, and the sensor failed right after the Sony Minolta deal when service was in limbo. I never did get it fixed.

This is image, on the other hand, is one of my favorites from the camera and the trip. Our first night at a farm house B&B above Kendal at the edge of the Lake District, between the lakes and the dales, we took a walk in the B&B.

Minolta A1, at 70mm equivalent. F7.1 @ 1/400th @ ISO 100. Programed auto.

In Lightroom I preprocessed all the images in this set (>200) as a batch, applying the Punch preset (added Clarity and Vibrance), and the Landscape sharpen preset. I then opened individual images for additional processing. On this one I applied some Recovery for the sky, a bit of Fill Light, and slid the blackpoint to the right to intensify all the colors.

From England 2005.

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17
Aug
09

8/18/2009

Pumpkin Flower

Pumpkin Flower

I leave for England and the British Birding Fair, where I will be assisting Zeiss UK with the Digiscoping Stand, attending meetings, etc. I am posting a few ahead here so you might not notice my absence.

This is from a growing set of images from around my yard in Kennebunk. Our yard is nothing special. We are casual landscapers and gardeners at best. But we do have pumpkin plants. They are unlikely to make pumpkins here inside the tide line where the season is short even by southern Maine standards, but they are great plants…with great flowers.

This was taken with the super macro on my little Sanyo dual HD camcorder and 10mp still camera.  It does a not half bad job. As you might guess, the camera was right down inside the large flower to take this shot.

Sanyo VPC GG 10 at it’s 40mm equivalent widest setting and macro. F3.5 @ 1/280th @ ISO 100. Programed auto.

Just my basic added Clarity, Vibrance, and sharpen in Lighroom.

17
Aug
09

8/17/2009

Mature Indian Pipe Flower

Mature Indian Pipe Flower

I have seen Indian Pipe at this stage of development, and photographed it here at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge…it was pinker last year…but somehow I never looked inside the blossom. Indian Pipe begins well drooped over on its stalk and only goes erect as the blossom matures. Inside, as you can see, are all the flower parts. I think these are actually beginning to form seeds.

Indian Pipe is often thought of as fungus…deriving nutrients from decomposing plant matter…but it is actually a fungal symbiont, taking its nutrients from the fungus it is associated with. Generally symbiont provide sugars from photosynthesis in exchange for the minerals they get from the fungus, but the Indian Pipe actually robs the fungus of sugars it got from another symbiont in exchange for minerals. More  parasite that symbiont, when you come right down to it.

This shot was taken right down to it too…using the flip out LCD on the H50 at ground level.

Sony DSC H50 at full wide and macro. F3.2 @ 1/40th @ ISO 200. Programed auto.

In Lightroom, cropped a bit for a tighter view. Mild Recovery for the white of the flower. Blackpoint to the right. Added Clarity and Vibrance, and Landscape sharpen.

This is a view of a pair of fully mature flowers from straight above.

Indian Pipe from Straight Up

Indian Pipe from Straight Up