Posts Tagged ‘photography’

A picture I took yesterday afternoon in Eureka.  I loved the contrast between warm and cold colours.


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Port of refuge

The Hawaiian Chieftain, a ketch, took refuge at the Bonnie Gool public dock in Eureka Tuesday and will probably leave today. We stopped by last night to snap a few pictures with the camera-phones; I have 14 of mine posted online here but this was my favourite. I’m quite pleased with the effect.

The Hawaiian Chieftain sails out of Grays Harbor in Washington, and is operated by the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority for “educational cruises and ambassadorial visits along the west coast.”

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Buoy at the Samoa Cookhouse -- Copyright 2009 Sophie Lagacé

I mentioned a few days ago that I had done some light painting and night photography at the Samoa Cookhouse. It was the first time I had ever tried this technique, which involves

We had a very pretty moon, full at 11:12 pm, veiled in shreds of clouds; I took some photos of that too.  Here is one of my images of light painting; this is an old buoy lying next to the little gift shop and mini-museum.  I used a standard flashlight to paint the parts I wanted to stand out.

Technical info: Minolta SR-T101 with 28mm lens, using Portra NC 160 film and a 15-second exposure at f/22.

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On Friday night my husband and I went to to take a walk and do a little bird watching and photographing at the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge near Table Bluff. Even in overcast weather, it’s lovely to walk along Hookton Slough between the large heron and crane rookery at the foot of the bluff (great blue herons, black-crowned night herons, great egrets, white egrets, cattle egrets) and the cormorant colony nesting on Teal Island and beyond.

On Saturday, we went to the farmers market in Arcata, got lovely produce and meat (those strawberries from Fortuna were divine!), had lunch at Humboldt Brews. I’ve loved farmers markets since I was three; they feel so vivid and exciting.

Yesterday we went to see the new Pixar animation movie, Up! and were pleasantly surprised.  I really liked it, and yes, we both shed tears.  The movie is full of good quotable bits, clever observations, and little send-offs.

And under the full moon, we went to the Samoa Cookhouse to do a little night photography and light painting.  I hope a few shots will come out — but I won’t know until the film is developed.

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NASA, AS17-148-2272, taken from Apollo 17 mission on December 7, 1972, at 5:39 a.m. ESTWe live on a beautiful, fragile yet amazingly resilient world, which we celebrate on April 22.  It’s the third planet from our star, the sun, formed over four and half billion  years ago from accreting stellar matter, along with the rest of our system.  Life developed rapidly on the new planet, taking merely half a billion year or so, maybe a little more, but took another two billion before jumping to a multicellular arrangement.  All the time, it has branched and multiplied, trying all sorts of crazy strategies to get the edge in survival.  The whole system is an intricately interconnected web stretched around a lovely blue marble.

To the right is the most famous photo ever taken of our world, NASA’s image no. AS17-148-2272, taken from the Apollo 17 mission on December 7, 1972, at 5:39 a.m. EST.  We’re more used to see it reversed, with the South Pole at the bottom.   It was the the first clear image of an illuminated face of Earth we ever received — this was a new trajectory never used before by an Apollo mission — and is sometimes described as the most reproduced image of all times.  (That’s an unverifiable claim, but it’s true that this is a widely known, iconic image.  I posted the South-Pole-up version rather than the more familiar reversed version to remind myself that up and down, north and south, are entirely relative to our frame of reference.

I think I’m going to go listen to Vangelis’ Albedo 0.39 now.

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