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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

Goedemorgen!
Start de dag goed en maak een foto.
Dit najaar start ik weer een cursus fotografie.
Deze cursus start op dinsdagavond 23 oktober.Β 
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:Β 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.

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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

Sand textured by the footprints of hundreds of people during the day contrasts with the relative smoothness of the water.
A few people enjoy the last hour of sun on the beach.

A male monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) on a New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) in the backyard.

A male monarch butterfly on false dragonhead (Physostegia virginiana) in the prairie garden.

Last one today I think

A MASSIVE panorama that I can't do justice by on Mastodon...

This is a preview of some of the things I saw recently.

More will be posted to a proper gallery soon.

My full photo gallery from the con, including cosplay and convention floor snapshots, is on Flickr: flickr.com/photos/kelsonv/albu

Most of the cosplay photos are really just snapshots, though I did spend some time composing shots of my wife as Professor Trelawney from Harry Potter. This one came out the best.

A few scenic shots taken around the Long Beach Convention Center during Long Beach Comic Con over the past weekend.

The first is a new walkway that connects the main entrance to the convention center with a theater around the far side.

The second is a building lit up by the sunset reflecting off a building behind me.

The third is a mural on the side of the convention center *under* the theater.

How is it that every time I take exactly two photos of a subject, one photo is sharp, and one photo has the right color balance, and it's never the same photo?

At least I can adjust color balance...

Tonight's Australian Wildlife is the Prehistoric Death Bird - The Cassowary.

These particularly belligerent birds are capable of disembowelling a human with their long toe claws and vicious kick.

They live in the far north of Queensland, on Cape York and the Daintree Forest.

#Bird #photography #PrehistoricDeathBird

Palm tree litter.

Sometimes I just need to get out of the office for a walk, but I've been getting kind of bored with the area I'm in. It's mostly hotels, office buildings and parking lots. I walked past a different hotel yesterday afternoon and found this: the planter has palm trees, smaller plants, and bark chips...and they've allowed the palm fruit/seed pods to collect in the planter, which looks more interesting than it would if they cleared them out.

Statues of a family of watching helplessly while one of their own is trapped in the Tar Pits.

Naturally-occurring asphalt (yes, had asphalt millennia before it had cars!) seeps out of the ground all over the area. Portable fences keep people from stepping in it. animals were less fortunate, and a museum houses an incredible array of fossils found here.

(Flashback to 2013, can't believe I hadn't posted it here yet.)

flickr.com/photos/kelsonv/1114

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