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SELECTIVE COLOR

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This is called Selective Color.  In the process of learning how to use a Crystal Ball for Photography, I learned by some trial & error, on how to color just part of the Image I have taken.  I tend to like doing this, even though their are different steps to do in Post processing.  The Image just does not come out like this.

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Les

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SHOOTING WITH A CRYSTAL BALL

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I took my camera gear “out there” today, because the weather was just great.  I had my 3″ Crystal Lens Ball with me so decided to get some practice in using it with the camera.

I had to set up my Tripod, and attach my Pentax K10d with a Rokinon 14mm 2.5 Lens.  I also needed my Remote Shutter Trigger.  Since the 14mm Rokinon does not have a zoom feature to it, I had to move the Crystal Ball at different positions, find the best position, and focus on that.  Holding a Crystal Ball that is 3″ in Diameter, focus the camera, and then press the remote shutter takes a bit of practice to do.  Before this shot was taken, I did it 5 times before this to get it right.

Now, when you shoot this, the Image in the Crystal Ball is not like you see here.  It’s inverted.  It’s up-side down, because of lens refraction.  Then I have to put the Image into Photoshop CC and just rotate the part I want up-right.  I was not good at this, so again, I had to keep on trying until I got this correct.  This was the result.

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This one was taken before I learned how to rotate just the Crystal Ball and not the whole Image.

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BEAUTY OF NATURE

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Just a few of the flowers that I see while walking around with the camera.

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I usually have no clue what kind of flowers these are.

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There was a large plot of these.  This is just some of them.

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This is my ole’ play area when I was much younger.  It’s the Kerney where the Coal dirt was dumped many years ago from the river dredging.  It’s changing.  Found out that the Blue Mountain Wildlife Ass. is trying to make this into more of a Wildlife Sanctuary.   Getting rid of much Coal dirt as possible.  Don’t know much else about this, yet.

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Les

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ODDS & ENDS

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While crusin’ the Internet, I happen to come across this Image of my ole’ Destroyer, the USS Carpenter DD-825, that was taken in San Francisco Bay.  I was not aboard her at this time.  Was long gone.  Here she looks pretty good, because I’ve enhanced the Image a bit.

In Her later years, she was sold to the Turkish Navy, and re-named but I don’t know what.  She lasted for some years, and then was sold for scrap.  I have many memories of this ole’ “Tin Can.”  This was my Home for 2.5 yrs.  It’s where I got my “sea legs”.  Where for the 1st time at Sea, I was so sea sick that I could not even keep a cracker in my stomach!  I found out what a “sea bat” was.  Learned what it was like to get “fired upon” over in Nam.  Scared the crap out of me!  Much more.

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Ok.  A change of subject.  For the past few weeks I have taken a good interest on doing more of B&W photography.  I’m getting better with it using my Nikon D7000 camera and the software I have to enhance my Images.  I’ve been doing some reading on what settings work when doing B&W and so far they work well.  This one was taken out on the back roads in Hamburg, PA.  I’ve read to use a ISO of 100, a f/stop setting of f/8 at 1/100 of a sec.  Not bad.  I’ll keep going.

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This shot was taken at one of my favorite places I go from time to time.  This “pond” was never here years ago.  It has formed from a depression in the Coal scrap from rain, and snow over the years.  It’s getting some Lilly Pads, and I could hear the “peepers” making their usual song.  Strange how Nature changes the landscape.

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Here is another “muddy” depression that has formed.  The “peepers” are here also.  Too darn muddy to walk down there.  Notice the Coal piles that this place is made of.

That’s it.

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Les

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TRAILS

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On top of Skyline Drive that overlooks the City here, are a number of different types of Walking Trails that can be taken.  This is just one of them.  The sign before walking on the Trail said “Beware! Trail is Not For Beginners”.  “Walk At Your Own Risk!”

I’m not much of a Trail hiker at all.  Once in a while I might walk a Trail, but only if it looks easy and the Trail signs tell me what it is.  This one was not really one for me.  Even though it looks easy from the start, I don’t know what is ahead of me.  I don’t care to not know what is in store for me.  I don’t like going into something un-known.  It’s better to be safe than sorry.  Besides walking a hard trail with camera gear might not be good.  I elected to turn away.

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MORE SNOW GEESE

For a long time now, I’ve been thinking of what it would be like to have a “Big Lens.”  You know, one of those Lens’s that are used for photographing wild life, birds and taking long shot’s.  Ones like a 150-600mm Lens that I see much of and other people using one.

I found out that I could rent one of these Lens’s at a reasonable cost down at Perfect Image in Lancaster, PA.  After some consideration on this, I decided to do it.  The cost for renting a big Lens like the 150-600mm is $70.00 for 7 day’s.  Not bad.  $10.00 a day is more than reasonable for me.  So, I took the drive to Perfect Image in Lancaster yesterday morning to rent one of these.  It takes about 40 min. to drive there, but it’s all open highway.

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This is the Lens that I rented.  It’s a Tamron 150-600mm V1 f/5-6.3 ASF Lens.  If your thinking that it’s big, it is!  It’s a bit heavy, also.  Weight is about 4 lbs.  When I picked it up I was surprised to see just how big it is, and find out that they are not light.  This kind of Lens is used with a Tripod and a Gimble Head.  So, after doing some light paper work, I headed out with my loaned Lens to see what it will do.  I have to remember that if I drop it, scratch it, or damage it in anyway  .  . .  I just bought a $800.00 Lens!  Must be darn careful!!

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I headed up to the Middle Creek Wildlife Refuge which was not too far away to try my Lens out.  I had with me a Tripod, but no Gimble Head so I just mounted the Lens on top of the Tripod without it.  Worked just fine.  This is the very first shot I took with the new Lens.  It’s nice and clear, as you see.  Some of the Snow Geese have left the area for their flight North to the Tundra in Alaska.  Their are not as many as before, but still are there.  Very soon all will be gone.

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Here they are doing what they do  . .  .  eat & rest.

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Here someone or something spooked them and they all took flight at once.  You can’t hear the roar of all the wings, but it’s a sound you don’t forget.

So far, even though, I didn’t get to use the Lens very much I love it.  I have it until next Wednesday, so I will be “out there” more in the near future.

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Les