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Monday, September 12, 2016

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park



Hello again readers and welcome back!! The subject of today's photo comes from a journey to Sunset Cliffs Natural Park during a recent trip to San Diego, California. I did not have a chance to visit Sunset Cliffs during my previous visit to San Diego, and despite the sunset not being as spectacular as I had hoped, I still managed to get some pretty good photos of, all in all, a pretty underwhelming sunset. 

When we left the hotel to start the short drive out there, it was sunny with some clouds and I thought we would have some really good shots. As we got closer to the park it got more and more overcast and we did not get to witness the amazing sunset that we had hoped for. I think that just means we have to make more trips out to San Diego more often!


Sunset Cliffs





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September 12, 2016 Update: Here is the link to the GoPro video that was shot during our trip out there as well. Almost makes me want to get a drone, I guess it is a good thing I have a birthday coming up soon! ;)


La Jolla Cove San Diego DJI Phantom 3







Sunday, August 21, 2016

Creepy Room


Hello again readers, and welcome back! The subject of today's photo is the room of a small child, located within the Bellamy Mansion Museum in Wilmington, North Carolina. We stopped by the museum during our vacation back in July and took the tour. The tour was interesting, but the temperatures were in the mid 90s, with heat indexes well over 100 degrees, so it got really warm in the home very quickly. I broke off from the main tour group and wandered around the home on my own to take photos. All of the rooms have been restored and have a central underlying theme, but this room was, in my opinion, the best photographic opportunity out of all of them. It kind of reminded me of a scene out of a mystery or horror movie, where the stroller will suddenly start to move on it's own, or the bed would levitate, or something else that was just unnatural.

I took a series of three bracketed photos from the corner of the room with the 24mm lens (rented from Borrow Lenses!) and did some retouching in Photoshop to bring out how I wanted the room to "look". I hope you enjoy it!


Creepy Room

Creepy Room


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Monday, July 13, 2015

Pelican Landing Post


Hello again readers! We spent the first part of July on vacation in Carolina Beach, North Carolina. I had a chance to take more beach pictures than I have in previous years and hope to be able to post them in the coming weeks.

This particular shot captures a post that I believe says "Pelican Landing", a lifeguard tower, a couple of beach goers setting up an umbrella, a lifeguard on an ATV, a couple of gulls, and a dragonfly (among other aspects). Of course, looking beyond all of that is the ocean and sand, which honestly is one of the nicest parts of vacation. I took this from a tripod fairly low to the ground and although I did take bracketed shots, I liked everything that was happening in this photo and just processed it with -2 and +2 using Digital Photo Professional. I then used Photomatix to create the HDR and the Nik tools to clean it up a bit.



Pelican Landing Post





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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

After the Storm


The subject of today's post is the interesting cloud formation and sky coloring that occurred after a line of thunderstorms went through Maryland on June 23, 2015. It dropped quite a bit of rain and there was a LOT of thunder and lightning. When it all cleared up though, it left this awesome looking scene!





After the Storm





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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Resident red shouldered hawk


Hello again readers!! The subject of today's photo post is a red shouldered hawk, which has taken up residence at the top of a large pine tree directly across from our home.  While we are by no means official avian experts, it seems that there is a male and a female who take turns in a very large nest at the top of the tree. We have been doing research as much as possible to try to figure out if there are baby hawks in the nest, but as of yet we have not been able to confirm whether there are baby hawks or not.  We have even contemplated procuring a drone for a look into the nest, as it is about 100 feet off of the ground, but we don't want to hawk(s) to injure itself in the event that it would attack the drone, not to mention the cost of fixing the drone if it were to be attacked.

The hawk has drawn a lot of attentions from black birds (probably either grackles or starlings) who are very noisy when the hawk is perched in a branch. I was hopeful that the hawk was going to smack one of the black birds with the branch it was holding in its beak, but after holding onto it for about two minutes it just let it go and it kind of pinballed its way down the tree finally coming to rest on the ground. It has been very interesting and awe inspiring to be able to see such large birds so close over the past few months. Hopefully there are some baby hawks (which would be some GREAT photos) but, more importantly, hopefully they move in and reuse the nest in the coming years!



Perched


Soaring





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