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Garden wildlife

while I was working in the garden this weekend, I was excited by this little fella who decided to visit and hunt for a while.

Flame Skimmer

I quickly ran in to get a camera; my Pen-F Digital in this case, which had the kit zoom lens attached.  It’s an auto-focus lens which allowed me to get close enough but I really struggled to get it to focus on the insect rather than the background.  Luckily, he hung around for a while and I was able to make several attempts.   Continue reading “Garden wildlife”

Pictures of otters!

My wife and I have a certain fondness for otters – sea otters to be specific (although European and fresh water otters are just as nice but less accessible for us in California).  We have seen otters many times in the various aquariums we have visited and love to share pictures with each other we find online.

Last month we planned a visit to Monterey and the Aquarium there, which has a good otter rehab and release program.  Continue reading “Pictures of otters!”

Union Station, Los Angeles

I’ve visited this station just off of downtown LA a few times and I love it features.  It was built in the 1930s and is a mix of Art Deco, Mission Revival, and Streamline Moderne styles.

Art Deco clock by the East entrance
Great typology

For this visit I happened to be meeting a friend coming into town and decided it would do no harm to arrive a little early and see what shots i could find; as it was her train was delayed and I had a couple hours to wander around. Continue reading “Union Station, Los Angeles”

Waiting for the Bull

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I went to Phoenix for Thanksgiving and we were invited out to see bull riding; which is kinda what an ignorant person like me would refer to as Rodeo.

This was a somewhat casual/for-fun event and it happens every Friday night at the Buffalo Chip Saloon

I didn’t know quite what to expect and definitely didn’t dress appropriately for the cold evening in November, but is was a fun event for sure and worth a visit.  I would advise getting to your seats early if you want a decent view; it is extremely popular and busy.

Of course I took a camera; my trust Pen-F Digital and managed to capture this picture of a young boy with (I think) his Grandfather

Come fly with me…

This is another post from my recent trip to Kauai, Hawaii.

One thing that we promised ourselves when we were planning this trip as a wedding present to ourselves was a helicopter flight around the island.  There are quite a few operators doing this but we chose Jack Harter; firstly they offered the longest flight time (only by about 5 or 10 minutes but enough) second they offered doors-off flights and lastly well with a name like Jack Harter you’ve got to just go with it 🙂

Continue reading “Come fly with me…”

Hanapepe

On our trip earlier this month to Kaua’i, we visited the small town of Hanapepe.  The town sits on the southern side of the island between Lihue and Waimea and is easily missed if you aren’t looking for it.

Shot with Olympus Pen-F Digital

It’s a small one street type of town that could easily fit into some Western style movie.  The old dilapidated buildings are great for us photographers and I enjoyed walking around taking shots.  However that dilapidation although interesting is surely not healthy(?)

Shot with Olympus Pen-F Digital

Continue reading “Hanapepe”

The chickens of Kaua’i

If you have been to Kaua’i (one of the islands of Hawai’i) you will quite likely think instantly of chickens; not beautiful beaches or hot weather or even Mai Tais… Chickens

Chickens on Kaua’i are like pigeons of London Continue reading “The chickens of Kaua’i”

July was Blue and August too

Another colour themed post

So for many reasons the July hunt for Blue was a bit of a wash out, actually wash is probably not the right word more the opposite as a primary issue was that it was so hot here getting out to shoot was uncomfortable.

As I was thinking of switching the colours slightly anyway (monocrome is not a colour) I decided to extend blue into August.

As it was I didn’t fair much better in August but here is my selection for your enjoyment.

Hemosa Beach with Voigtländer Vitoret

Continue reading “July was Blue and August too”

Thoughts on being explored

So there I was on Sunday quietly minding my own business when a couple notifications appeared in my inbox from Flickr; the first stating so and so had like one of my pictures and another inviting my image into the ‘in explore‘ group.

My image had been selected by the mystical Flickr algorithm that puts them into Explore!

This is not the first time this has happened but last time I think I only just scraped in and dropped of the list fairly quickly (you can read Jim’s explanation of how this works here) so it didn’t really register.

This weekend however, it seems I was well in there and got a lot of attention.  I haven’t really put any effort in to developing followers on Flickr so my viewing figures are normally quite low; rarely into triple figures and fav’s in the low teens.

Suddenly my figures start climbing and the whole day my phone is buzzing as yet another fav or something comes in.  It was exciting at first and then slightly embarrassing as my phone constantly interrupted conversations or activities throughout the day. Continue reading “Thoughts on being explored”

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