Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Texas coast, Christmas 2004

While cleaning up some old email just now, I came across this satellite photo from Christmas 2004 of the Texas coast dusted with snow. Folks, this is an extremely rare thing! Cool photo, too. The upper coast starts at about West Matagorda Bay and goes all the way down the coast into Mexico.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Old rainy day

My wife took this photo a month or so ago of our front porch during a rain storm. I just found it on her camera's memory card. Nice colors!

I corrected some spatial distortion, but now the front chair looks a bit odd. Oh, well. Maybe I shouldn't have said anything.

Night photos

I just bought a remote shutter release for my Nikon D70s. I've needed it before, and I'll need it for the HDR photos I've been meaning to take (that's why I bought the camera). I took a few photos of the night sky to play around with it. None of them are that good, but here are a couple after cropping.

This first one (above) of the moon looks like a grey ball that is illuminated by a flashlight. I couldn't see the dark side of the moon with the naked eye, but it shows up well in the photo. It was windy, so some of the blurriness may be due to slight shaking of the camera. The exposure took around 10 seconds. I increased the contrast a tad to get rid of some of the glare from the cloudy sky. I like the clouds and whatever chromatic aberrations are going on there. It looks like a frame from a silent movie.

This shows the glow over some hills in front of our house. The red light (two, actually) is on an antenna at the nearby fire hall. Depending on your monitor, you may or may not be able to see the silhouette of the trees and what I assume are utility poles on the horizon. I like it like that.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Gun culture

I own guns, but check this out—a double-barreled lighter. Pull back the hammer to light it. Trigger doesn't do anything. Refillable. I don't have anything to light with it but had to have it.

Bought at local convenience store.

Monday, August 06, 2007

"Butterfly on Lavender"

I especially like this photo. The short depth of field yields a 3D effect.

Taken at a vineyard and lavender farm in Stonewall, Texas in summer of 2007.

Prophetic boat name

Taken in the aftermath of flooding in and around Marble Falls, Texas in the summer of 2007.

"The Great Wave off Kanagawa"

Hokusia's work is cliched by its pervasiveness, but I have always found Great Wave breathtakingly beautiful.

They like to get a little high

My new favorite 17th century painting, A Peasant Couple and a Dog on Tiptoe by Adriaen van de Venne.

Found through Neatorama.