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A Snake in the Tanbark? (Photocentric)

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A quick posting today. By the time this gets posted I may or may not be doing my civic duty and showing up for jury duty. I say "may not" because I have never had to actually show up fot it and I'm hoping the streak continues. I would like to serve, if trials were actually speedy.

Blogger updated their templates to include some rather neat dynamic/HTML5 views. Sadly I'm unhappy with how this blog works on them. I'll be doing some changes to see if I can get things to work the way I want them to, so please ignore the dust as I experiment with some things.

Today's shot is a visitor I came across while working in the backyard. Not something I see everyday, that's for sure, and I'm not sure who was more surprised him or me.


The Fog Comes Rolling In (Photocentric) UPDATED

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So Blogger has finally updated the way it handles photos. I'm not so sure that it's better than what I was using, but it's not bad. What's so different? When clicking on an image in one of my posts it will show the image in a Picasa viewer, very similar to the Lightbox viewer I coded into the site. It's not as elegant as what I had, but it's a darn sight better than what they had to begin with. I was kind of bummed about it at first because when it was first showing up my Lightbox and their viewer both opened giving essentially 3 layers (the original page, my Lightbox, their viewer) and the user had to close two of them to get back to the page. Thankfully I just needed to take out a bit of code put in the template to get everything working again.

Todays shot is a companion to this shot that I shot earlier this month. Originally I didn't like because it was too colorful, but now I like the different feel of the shot.


Update: Of course after I blog about the c…

Mausoleum (Photocentric)

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Today's posting is a 3 shot HDR of a mausoleum located in a cemetery that I happened to see over the Labor Day weekend. The cemetery itself was located in Ferndale where a lot of the movie Outbreak was filmed. It sits on a plot of land that starts off flat but quickly raises up to take up a hillside. I tried to take shots of the who plot of land, but they didn't really capture the steepness.

I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with this shot. Initially I put it through Silver Efex which gave it a more Halloween like look to it, but it didn't feel right for a shot taken in the middle of the day. I think a cemetery during the day has a much different feel than at night and the monochrome look didn't look right for a day shot.


Hiking Surprise (Photocentric)

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I hope those of you who had a 3 day weekend enjoyed it. I took the time to get out and hike some. The first trail we hit didn't look very promising, until we rounded a bend and this came into view. I should have gone back to the car to grab the seldom used tripod that I had in there, but didn't want to hold up the rest of the group so did my best hand-held shot.

So that's the first "problem" with this shot. The second problem I had was that it was washed out and pretty dull looking color wise. Like a previous shot I took, I decided to try and HDR it to add a little punch to it. It turned out pretty good, I think. I really enjoy shooting panoramic shots, but find them a little disappointing when viewing them because they're restricted by my puny 22 inch monitor.




When I first saw the house my thought was they were in a great place; sandwiched between rolling hills with the coast not far. Then I thought of the recent tsunami scare, and thought differently.

The End of Summer (Photocentric)

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Took a quick shot tonight that I didn't think would work out, but I'm really liking how it turned out so I had to share before my usual Thursday post. Hope you like it.


Roses Revisited (Photocentric)

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After last week I thought I had had my share of roses, but they are back for one last encore. Well, it's more because I wanted to capture the dew drops that were on the roses. I was really happy with how the shots came out; capturing both the full rose and a more localized shot of the rose, and I wanted to find a way to show them all in an easy way. I could have posted my 3 favorite shots individually, but I wanted them all in one layout.

I was surprised to find that an option in Aperture's printing menus allow to do just what I was looking for, but I was disappointed to find that there does not appear to be a whole lot of options for making it happen. So if anyone reading this knows of an Aperture plugin, or stand alone program, that does layouts drop me a line and let me know.