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I'm a hobbyist photographer in the Los Angeles area. I mostly go for scenic , nature or architecture. I also look for funny/odd sights, and cosplay photos at comic conventions.

My main Mastodon account is @KelsonV, and I also talk about books & comics at @KelsonReads

Blog: hyperborea.org/journal/

Other photo sharing sites:
flickr.com/kelsonv
instagram.com/kelsonv
pixelfed.social/KelsonV

*sigh* Consistent identity across servers vs. servers getting truncated when displaying usernames...

I'm thinking here for artistic photos, pixelfed for random photos, and Wandering Shop (my main Mastodon profile) for screencaps, pics that need commentary, etc

Now that @pixelfed is close to supporting federation, I'm considering how I want to handle photos with my various Fediverse accounts.

I feel like this place is more for the artistic shots (successful or otherwise), while I can post anything random/interesting at @KelsonV. Other images, or photos that need more commentary, maybe should go on @KelsonV?

The cool thing is if something fits in 2 places, I can post in the more specific one and boost it to the other!

Federation Update:

✅- webfinger
✅- actor profile
✅- actor outbox
✅- remote profile fetch (also fetches 20 recent posts with images)
✅- Outgoing activity delivery
✅- actor inbox
✅- shared inbox
❌- activity transformer

We're close 😁

#pixelfed #pixeldev

I'm a hobbyist photographer in the Los Angeles area. I mostly go for scenic , nature or architecture. I also look for funny/odd sights, and cosplay photos at comic conventions.

My main Mastodon account is @KelsonV, and I also talk about books & comics at @KelsonReads

Blog: hyperborea.org/journal/

Other photo sharing sites:
flickr.com/kelsonv
instagram.com/kelsonv
pixelfed.social/KelsonV

I went to the Orange County Fair yesterday, which was weird because it's in the smoke plume from the wildfire in the nearest mountains. The light was dim & yellow. The sun, when we could see it, was deep red. At night we could see the mountains silhouetted by an orange glow. But the smoke was all high enough we didn't smell it, and no ashes reached the ground.

This popped up on a flashback post today. Back in 2009 I was exploring a disused railroad spur in an industrial park and found this 3.5" floppy disk just sitting there.

The tracks have since been ripped out. This section was turned into a walkway for a commuter train station on the main tracks a couple hundred feet behind this spot.

hyperborea.org/journal/2009/03

Another of my from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. I'm terrible at holding binoculars steady, so I'll take zoomed photos to see what's in the distance. I think these were antelope or something, but the camera autofocused on the cables holding a balloon between the deck I was standing on and the open area below. For comparison, the giraffes at a similar distance are a lot clearer.

Looking at the photo reminded me: Tigers and other large cats have round pupils, unlike housecats. I read an article a while back on a study that linked pupil shape to ecological niche: Horizontal pupils mainly appear in prey animals, and vertical pupils in predators low to the ground, because of the impact on visual field, glare, and distance comparison. Higher off the ground the vertical slits don't help as much, so bigger cats kept round pupils.

news.berkeley.edu/2015/08/07/p

The tiger was a lot closer to the fence than I expected, watching the tourists with a disdainful look as it lounged in the afternoon heat. The fence mostly blurred out of view, but I didn't notice a dry leaf in front of its face to the left of its mouth.

At the Safari Park run by the San Diego Zoo. The tigers have quite a bit of space, and this isn't the only shade, which makes me think they were people watching.

In 1908, a photographer strapped cameras to pigeons to take aerial photos.

Literally a bird's-eye view of the world.

atlasobscura.com/articles/pige

Blurry monarch butterfly. It’s a wonder I caught it at all with my phone, though!

Back in 2005, I visited the in . There were active lava flows at the time, but the main caldera was only venting gases (this was before the lava lake *formed* in Halema‘uma‘u).

I followed the road around the main caldera, then down to the coast to see where lava flows had obliterated the road and look at active flows waaaay off in the distance.

With the current eruption transforming the area, I've just uploaded an album to Flickr: flickr.com/photos/kelsonv/albu

First post at . Very basic so far, but it works. Looking forward to seeing how it shapes up!

pixelfed.social/p/KelsonV/681

Some sort of purple flowers on the unmaintained greenbelt beneath a set of transmission lines. A lot of it is more of a brown belt this time of year, but I think this section gets water seeping over from neighboring yards.

Double halo in the sky. The 22° halo around the sun is really bright and clear, and not that unusual even in Los Angeles. The circumhorizon arc below it, while faint, is also the longest I've ever seen. I've seen a couple of fragments before, some really bright: hyperborea.org/journal/tag/cir

It's cool to be able to get pictures of these with my phone. There was a time I'd run to get a camera & hope it wouldn't fade first.

Saturation enhanced. It's really hazy!