February 16th, 2014

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Saturday Shoot

The weather was lovely today, wan blue sky and 26°F, brilliant white snow and I've been champing at the bit to go out and do some shooting with the D100 I got for Christmas and the longer 80-200mm f4.5-5.6D AF-NIKKOR. I think I have the camera dialed in better: using the more saturated RGB III color setting, dropping from Higher contrast to Normal, and keeping the Hue adjusment at +3°.

All these shots were taken from the front seat of the Bravada -- I never had to get out. (grin)


Not all the pods on our crop of milkweed fully deployed in the fall, so we're still seeing the winter weather opening up and spreading out the seeds. (Click on photo for larger.)
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I've been eyeing these bright semi-translucent red berries for a couple of weeks and today I had the brightness and the backlight I needed. (Click on photo for larger.)
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More... (Click on photo for larger.)
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... and more berries. (Click on photo for larger.)
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I pulled over off the road on Warner to shoot at this shack I've shot before. Naturally the vehicle that came by next was an Ottawa County deputy who saw me pull over and wanted to see if I was okay. Soon as he saw the camera and I pointed across the road he waved and wished me luck. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Had a coupe of errands in town. On the way in to the Family Fare's drive-thru pharmacy, the huge snow piles had granularized into grains of shiny diamonds. I had two shots of really shiny diamonds, but all they did was impress me that the D100 could record them. This shot of the snow mounds above my head was much more interesting. (Click on photo for larger.)
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My plan was to find the west side of the old M-45 Grand River crossing. But on the winding 40th Avenue connector, I saw the sign for GVSU's Crew team and the access road down the hill was perfectly plowed and graded -- so I went that way. This is the Grand River, almost no open water. With the brush, you can barely make out the eastern shore of the old bridge, where I've shot before. (Click on photo for larger.)
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The road to the boathouse goes under the double span of the new bridge. Nice of them to angle the drain pipes away from the road. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Interesting view of the double M-45 span from below. You can make out the next hill that frames the Grand Valley, for which GVSU is named, in this shot and the next. (Click on photo for larger.)
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And the more pedestrian view from above, with all that access road and such hidden from view -- though we've seen the shells rowing in practice on the Grand from the bridge before. Not today. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Lots of the trees around here still have big cake frosting blobs of snow on them, including this stump. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Not sure what happened here -- maybe the trees were too dense to let this tree fall after cutting. Twice. (Click on photo for larger.)
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I noticed in Allendale on M-45 that not only do we have decent snow banks this February, there are a lot of these young trees lining the road which never lost their leaves in the fall. (Click on photo for larger.)
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I looped around to the other side of the river, but no good sight lines even compared to the other week. So I went through Lamont on the Grand. Without any traffic on 68th Avenue, I stopped on the southern bridge over the sloughs running parallel to the Grand River and shot the ice fishermen. Note the lack of shacks. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Just south of Warner on 68th I had seen this nice soft outline of a creek through a farmer's field on my drive into town, so I hit it on the way home. (Click on photo for larger.)
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And that's my shoot. Not bad for a DSLR about a dozen years old and a clean real Nikon autofocus telephoto zoom lens that only cost me $17.50 on eBay. (grin)

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Olympic-Rings

Zeno's Paradox

To travel from point A to point B, you first have to go halfway...

It's halftime at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

-- the rounds in a hockey shootout are called innings. Or at least by the guy doing the play-by-play. So in the USA win over Russia, it was won in the 8th inning -- practically a baseball game.

-- in the qualifying runs for the snowboard cross, commentator said, "Like NASCAR, keep the shiny side up."

-- last Olympics where only ice dancing is allowed to have vocal music to skate to. Rule change in 2015. Queen! For the win!

-- on Saturday I saw some of the same coverage four times. Live, afternoon, prime time, late night. Not just the same events, the same coverage, same quips, same interviews.

-- on Sunday the interview with Bode Miller after the Super G was cringeworthy. After explaining how he had some mixed emotions about wanting to have been here with his brother (?), who just died, the reporter said, "You're clearly emotional right now -- what are you feeling?" HE JUST TOLD YOU! Pay attention.

-- and speaking of NBC's coverage, where are The Networks of NBC? Amongst NBC, NBCsports, CNBC and USA, at most two of these are in play at any given time. Often one.

-- I will give them credit for showing a decent amount of curling.

-- went to the NBC Olympic website to check what was on tonight. It's a pain in the ass. You can't do anything without entering a ZIPcode. It cheerfully tells me that my provider is DirectTV. No. Allendale has cable -- and it works. Then you can't do anything until you clear this pop over tab. And finally, why, at 8pm at night, is today's listing starting at noon? You have to hit the arrow a couple of times to scroll over to 8pm. Yet Another Lousy Programming Effort.

-- meanwhile I continue to enjoy the feed on the BBC Sports app. They do get punchy at the end of the day. And there are typos, which they don't correct. My favorite last night was talking about Sunday and the first runs of the two-man skeleton. Surely he meant bobsleigh. But imagining one guy diving onto a skeleton sled and another flopping atop while all are moving -- I don't know if it could ok d be an Olympic event, but it would be worth watching just for the starts.

Ice dancing, skeleton, bobsled, speed skating, short track speed skating, snowboard cross, 4x10K cross-country relay, large hill ski jumping -- a Japanese jumper in his SEVENTH Olympics took the silver, hockey, curling. Yup. It's the middle of the Winter Games.

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