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This swirling shape in the sea, off the coast of Iceland, is a bloom of phytoplankton. They usually happen when water from the deep sea is dredged up to the surface, where there's enough light to support photosynthesis.

Phytoplankton are a major part of Earth's carbon cycle, accounting for about half of all photosynthesis on the planet.
#EarthDay

Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

Fly away! This crane was standing on the road around #MadronaMarsh, swaying back and forth and looking upward like it was dancing or something, until it finally decided to fly off.

#EarthDay #birds #nature #wings #california #marsh

On the same roll, I found this shot of a deserted Parisian street on a gloomy November day. I really like the way this one came out for some reason.

Scanned the negatives of my tourist shots from back in 1999(!). It was a gloomy day, but the sun did eventually come out. The front of the cathedral was being renovated at the time.

Found my tourist snapshots from visiting #NotreDameCathedral way back when. Gloomy day with scaffolding, and a note that none of the inside photos came out. I can see why I never scanned them, though I might dig out the negatives and do that now just to get them onto digital.

Don't forget folks "Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day" is April 28, so get your pinholes ready. I'm currently designing and 3D printing a 4x5 camera for the 28th.

pinholeday.org/

The western horizon was blocked at sunset...but the view upward wasn't!

Took the new camera to for .

1. I finally have a camera that can really handle inside lighting at a convention center!

2. I've gotten too used to just capturing costumes, instead of composing interesting shots.

2a. My 8YO took 1 photo all weekend () & it ended up being the best that day. I took the lesson & improved my shots the next day, including the other 3 here.

Album: flickr.com/photos/kelsonv/albu

We've had a wet winter, so the seasonal marsh has actually filled up a lot more than it has for the last few years. In addition to the full ponds (including two on either side of a road that was still muddy) I saw a lot of birds, including a crane that was swaying back and forth until it took flight, lots of ducks and geese.

A few more photos on Flickr if you're interested: flickr.com/photos/kelsonv/albu

I took this with my phone to use as a reference for a photo I took with another camera. I wasn't intending to do anything with it, but I find it *fascinating* that the phone's digital zoom function makes it look like it's made up of brushstrokes instead of pixels.

(Though personally, I've never understood why digital zoom is implemented as a resize instead of just cropping to a lower resolution.)

🌸 Cherry blossoms!

I had a hard time narrowing down which of these to post, and finally settled on two from the a6000, one from my phone in portrait mode, and one from my phone in regular mode.

The simulated depth of field on the Pixel 2 still looks a *little* off in most pictures, but it's always better than I expect it to be!

More photos from this botanical garden: flickr.com/photos/kelsonv/albu

This shot looks OK at small sizes, but at larger sizes it just looks wrong to me. I was going for a view with the daffodils in focus and the coral tree behind them blurry, but unfortunately it's not blurry enough to look intentional.

I took a shot with my film camera too, but I haven't finished the roll yet, so I won't know for a while whether that one came out better.

A windmill in suburbia. Apparently it was built by one of Hermosa Beach's city founders around 1900 and later moved to its present location, a small triangle of grass and trees in the corner of a grocery store lot next to Pacific Coast Highway. It's no longer functional as far as I know, except as a historical landmark.

Tonight's waxing crescent moon. It's passing in front of the Hyades star cluster right now, which I'd love to get a photo of, but the moon's just waaay too bright to capture the background stars!

flickr.com/photos/kelsonv/4736

In the time it took me to get a light meter reading and swap lenses on the old film camera, the light went from perfectly highlighting the flowers to leaving some of them in shadow.

Fortunately I took a shot with my phone before I started fumbling with equipment and the shadows moved, but the fake depth of field just isn't the same.

Lemons after the rain (digital). And the same lemons ~2 months earlier (film).

The potted lemon tree is still small, but it's mature enough to produce lemons. Of course, at two feet tall, it's only producing a crop of maybe five lemons a year.

One of the photos I took when we dragged out the old film camera was of this tree, so I keep coming back to it. It's joined the moon and the distant LA skyline as a standard test subject!

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