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Flowers in and out of their depth (of field).

Taken with the old Sears TLS.

I went back to the same marsh I'd visited in early December, after a few more rainstorms. The ponds had spread, covering trails I'd walked along just a few weeks earlier. Ducks and geese had arrived in force.

I could also swear I heard a frog, but I couldn't see it, and even with the weird southern California seasons, I don't think it's the right time for frogs to be out. I should've asked at the visitor center.

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More photos: flickr.com/photos/kelsonv/albu

I swear none of these turtles moved at all the entire time I was there.

Another one nearby pulled its head into its shell, but this is a stabilized animation using several photos of these three, and the pond ripples change, the turtles don't move a pixel as far as I can tell!

Obviously I should've said "zoom" and not "close-up" of the moon... 🤦‍♂️

I suggest that a deep orange moon right before Christmas be called a .

I was coming home shortly after sunset, got to the top of a hill and saw this deep orange moon, flattened near the horizon. By the time I found a place to stop, it had risen high enough that it was mostly round.

Composite of a background shot (the moon was waay too bright!) and a close-up of the . I apparently moved a little bit, so the wire passing in front of it doesn't line up exactly.

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/

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.

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.

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