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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

Last weekend I went for a hike at a local marsh. The lower areas are filling with water again now that we've had a few rainstorms.

I made a point of going late in the afternoon to catch some golden hour light, which didn't work out quite as well as I was hoping, but I think this shot came out reasonably interesting.

Not sure, but I think I walked through this pond last time I was here and it was all dry ground.

Ducks feeding in a marsh pond. The last time I was here, the entire marsh had dried out for summer. After a couple of fall rainstorms (which, if they'd come sooner, night have at least cut down on the massive wildfires last month), parts of the marsh have flooded again for winter.

I was halfway there before I realized I hadn't brought the film camera, but I at least had the Canon, which has a more powerful zoom anyway.

Interesting perspective on what software-enhanced phone cameras mean for your pictures. Photography? Digital art? Something in between?

washingtonpost.com/technology/

We got the negatives and scans back from the two rolls of film we shot with the old manual film camera. Despite the damage to the case, it seems to still be light-proof, as the second roll of film came out about as well as the first. It was an interesting experiment. We mostly took […] Show more

Trying out Google's new "Night Sight" mode on a Pixel 2, aimed at a couple of office buildings in El Segundo. It's not quite the use case it's optimized for (City lights provide plenty for the regular mode), but it does pick up better colors.

Blog post: The kiddo found my old film camera, the one my grandfather gave me when I was 12. It's a manual SLR that's older than I am* and probably still works. I've ordered film & a battery** to find out for sure!

hyperborea.org/journal/2018/11

*It appears to be a 1967 model.
**The light meter is the only powered part of the camera. Everything else is automatic. And it used a mercury battery, which hasn't been made in 22 years. Fortunately there are zinc-based replacements!

Smoke from two wildfires in and near Los Angeles this morning. The gigantic Woolsey fire causing evacuations in Ventura County, and a smaller fire in Griffith Park. In at least one photo you can see a layer smoke from the smaller fire drifting past the rising plume of the bigger one.

Flickr has a blog post on how they plan to keep the commons with their new limits on free accounts.

Short version:
1. Flickr Commons partnership with NASA, Smithsonian, etc are staying.
2. All Creative Commons licensed photos uploaded & licensed before Nov. 1 are staying, even on free accounts with more than 1000 photos. (Further uploads will be limited until they either buy a Pro account or drop below 1000)
3. Non-profits can apply for free, unlimited accounts.

blog.flickr.net/en/2018/11/07/

Photographers who shoot film: Where do you buy film? Where do you get it developed?

My son found my old manual SLR camera and I was showing him how everything worked.... without film.

Another amazing sunset! This has been an incredible week for them.

I saw photos of this same sunset from at least 3 other people in the LA/OC area that I know or follow - but because we were all in different places relative to the landscape and clouds, and took the photos at different times, they all ended up looking different.

Pink clouds and blue sky, coastal cliffs, trees, buildings, orange clouds...a real mix.

Fiery . One of those moments when you can't stop and pull over to take a photo, but you can pause at a red light.

Goedemorgen!
Start de dag goed en maak een foto.
Dit najaar start ik weer een cursus fotografie.
Deze cursus start op dinsdagavond 23 oktober. 
In 8 lessen van 2 uur leer je alles over je camera en krijg je tips om je foto’s mooier en spannender te maken.
Informatie vind je op mijn website: diondebakker.nl/cursus-fotogra
Website link in mijn bio.

Found them! Five photos, taken in fading dusk light after panickingly searching for my camera during what I sincerely hoped was a _test_ missile. ;)

flickr.com/photos/brionv/sets/

This was the October 3, 1999 antiballistic missile system test described here articles.latimes.com/1999/oct/

Files scanned October 14, 1999, and sat around for aaaaages. :)

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch from Vandenberg, seen above the Los Angeles area early this evening. The bright spot at the left moved across the sky, trailing a shell of vapor that continued to catch the sunlight for at least 10 minutes after the rocket and booster stage were no longer visible.

photog.social/media/UVyxPes3xA

Finally got around to curating my photos from an August hike at Madrona Marsh in Torrance, California. This was the first time I'd ever been to the marsh that there was *no standing water left*. Usually the lowest part of the preserve still has some ponds even into fall, but this summer, it had all dried up.

Full album (12 items) on Flickr: flickr.com/photos/kelsonv/albu

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