My flickr contact Bill Eaton took this amazing image of a ring necked duck in the Viera Wetlands near Melbourne, Florida.
Our pond is frozen today but has had some mallards on it already this winter/spring and more ducks will come no doubt, including a pair of very colorful wood ducks.
We’ve been hiking a new trail near our house called the Mattatuck trail. Just north of the Shepaug Reservoir a small stream runs into the Shepaug River and its low angle and slow enough that in our recent cold snap it developed a lot of great ice formations.
I shot over 100 still images on this small stream but also decided to experiment with video on my iPhone. I’m new at this and so, my panning skills aren’t great but these short videos will give you a taste of what it’s like on this small stream.
I’m pretty sure the bird in the background is a crow that was annoyed at our presence.
I spent an hour rock hopping up about 50 yards on this stream, taking pictures and making these crude videos. It was great.
Consider zooming them out; there should be enough resolution for most screens.
My flickr contact and friend Gary Sharp posted this high contrast shot of dunes and a pool on the Dellenback Trail on the Oregon coast, taken with his Ricoh GR II.
My flickr contact Roy Savoy took this great picture of the main reading room at the Manhattan branch of the New York Public Library with his Ricoh GR II.
My flickr contact Liping YANG posted this fantastic reflection on a waterway in Beijing, China.
This is a documentary about making music, from instrument making to playing to mixing, mastering, and listening. It was sponsored by Sony although there are only a few plugs in it for Sony gear, the rest is a variety of musicians and music producers talking about how they make and share music. It’s about an hour and 14 minutes long.
The comparison to photography is interesting:
Music: one needs a great song, well played on a decent instrument, well recorded and mastered and played on a decent audio player to channel what the musician laid down.
Photography: one needs a great image, well recorded with decent equipment, well processed and seen on a decent screen or a decent print to channel what the photographer saw and recorded.
In the photography world I like to think of Ansel Adams: he chose great subject matter (Yosemite), used a view camera (big negative, high definition), stopped down to small apertures (more detail), used filters (to get the dramatic look he wanted), and he took great care in developing his negatives and making his prints. If you’ve ever seen a large Ansel Adams print, in person, it’s a thing of wonder and you can feel that care in the print, very much like these musicians and producers talking about the care they take in making and sharing music.
Flickr member Carsten Heyer took this dramatic image of Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Spain.
This is all about being close enough to this amazing and very large structure so that looking up at it foreshortens the towers.
You can see a similar effect in my shots of some amazing tulip trees on the Appalachian Trail near here.
Flickr member David Strom took this great image of a translucent leaf and seeds on snow.
Macricostas Preserve, Washington, Connecticut.
An old friend who hasn’t been on snowshoes in many years and I took a lap around this big field. What looked like a fast approaching storm ended up being nothing. Great to be out though and snowshoeing is a lot of fun.
This image is looking west, the next one is looking back this way from the other side of the field.
Next time we’ll go up the hill at the back of this image. My wife and I broke the trail up and over it a few days ago. The back-left of the hill is called “Waramaug Rock” and it looks out over Lake Waramaug which is about 3/4 mile to the left edge of this image.
This image is looking east, the previous one is looking back this way from the other side of the field.
We’ve been missing John Oliver the past month but he’s back and thank god. In this piece he takes on Donald Trump’s proclivity to exaggerate and lie. It’s brilliant including the ending.