Category Archives: Photography

The writing on the wall. . .in Martinez


Captured on a newspaper wall during a drive around San Francisco Bay:

28 June 2014, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 100, 11.7 mm, 1/125 sec, f4.9

28 June 2014, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 100, 11.7 mm, 1/125 sec, f4.9

Southern Berkeley/North Oakland street seens


Some images captured on a stroll with younger daughter. . .

First, a face spotted by Samantha on the base of a freeway support. . .

14 September 2014, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 800, 33.3 mm, 1/100 sec, f5.5

14 September 2014, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 800, 33.3 mm, 1/100 sec, f5.5

Another face, spotted on the asphalt beneath out feet. . .

14 September 2014, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 100, 12.5 mm, 1/400 sec, f4.9

14 September 2014, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 100, 12.5 mm, 1/400 sec, f4.9

Another sidewalk vignette. . .

14 September 2014, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 100, 4.3 mm, 1/1000 sec, f3.3

14 September 2014, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 100, 4.3 mm, 1/1000 sec, f3.3

The ghost of a long-vacant neighborhood snack stand. . .

14 September 2014, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 100, 18.4 mm, 1/400 sec, f5.3

14 September 2014, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 100, 18.4 mm, 1/400 sec, f5.3

And light and shadow at play on a street tree bole. . .

14 September 2014, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 100, 24.4 mm, 1/320 sec, f5.4

14 September 2014, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 100, 24.4 mm, 1/320 sec, f5.4

Image of the day: Tragedy in Amazonia


From NASA’s Earth Observatory:

Amazon Forest Fires

Amazon Forest Fires

Explanation and credits:

On an unusually cloud-free day at the height of the dry season, several fires were burning in Amazonia, giving rise to a broad smoke pall easily seen from the International Space Station (ISS). Parts of the ISS appear along the margins of the photo.

Against the backdrop of the dark green rainforest, several fires follow the major highway BR 163. Fires are set to clear patches of forest for agriculture, a process that reveals red-brown soils. A long line of newly cleared patches snakes east from BR 163 towards the remote valley of Rio Crepori.

Extensive deforested areas in Brazil’s state of Mato Grosso appear in tan across the top of the image. Fires show the advance of deforestation into the state of Pará, which is now second after Mato Grosso in terms of deforestation acreage.

Astronaut photograph ISS040-E-103496 was acquired on August 19, 2014, with a Nikon D3S digital camera using a 70 millimeter lens, and is provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations Facility and the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, Johnson Space Center. The image was taken by the Expedition 40 crew. It has been cropped and enhanced to improve contrast, and lens artifacts have been removed. The International Space Station Program supports the laboratory as part of the ISS National Lab to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth. Caption by M. Justin Wilkinson, Jacobs, and Michael Trenchard, Barrios Technology, at NASA-JSC.

Berkeley Street Seens: A post-prandial stroll


Walking southbound on Shattuck Avenue, we encountered the abandoned. . .

13 September 2014, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 1600, 35.6 mm, 1/125 sec, f5.5

13 September 2014, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 1600, 35.6 mm, 1/125 sec, f5.5

BLOG Clothes

13 September 2014, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 3200, 19.4 mm, 1/80 sec, f5.3

13 September 2014, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 3200, 19.4 mm, 1/80 sec, f5.3

The broken. . .

13 September 2014, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 800, 18.2 mm, 1/100 sec, f5.3

13 September 2014, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 800, 18.2 mm, 1/100 sec, f5.3

The engimatic. . .

13 September 2014, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 400, 13.3 mm, 1/60 sec, f4.9

13 September 2014, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 400, 13.3 mm, 1/60 sec, f4.9

13 September 2014, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 200, 6.9 mm, 1/200 sec, f3.9

13 September 2014, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 200, 6.9 mm, 1/200 sec, f3.9

And the luminous. . .

13 September 2014, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 800, 25.9 mm, 1/125 sec, f5.4

13 September 2014, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 800, 25.9 mm, 1/125 sec, f5.4

13 September 2014, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 1600, 10.3 mm, 1/60 sec, f4.7

13 September 2014, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 1600, 10.3 mm, 1/60 sec, f4.7

13 September 2014, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 160, 11.7 mm, 1/200 sec, f4.9

13 September 2014, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 160, 11.7 mm, 1/200 sec, f4.9

Berkeley Street Seens: A frog on Shattuck Ave.


Spotted on the sidewalk whilst on our way to hoist a pint with pals in downtown Berkeley:

4 September 2014, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 100, 21.8 mm, 1/400 sec, f5.4

4 September 2014, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 100, 21.8 mm, 1/400 sec, f5.4

And now for something completely different


Namely, volcanic eruption.

From RT:

Aerial Iceland volcano footage: Lava fountains, huge smoke clouds

Program notes:

The alert warning for the area surrounding Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano was kept at orange on Tuesday, indicating that it is showing increased unrest with greater potential for an eruption. Since August 16, a series of earthquakes in the area have created breaks in the Vatnajokull glacier, which is northeast of the volcano. The tremors have created cracks in the glacier, allowing streams of lava to pour through. In the past 72 hours, the volcanic activity has increased dramatically, with the lava now covering an area of more than four square kilometres.

 

Forget selfies: Nowadays it’s gotta be dronies


We begin with a clip from Bloomberg News explaining just what a dronie is and looking at a piece of hardware for the task:

See the $1,300 Drone That Can Take Your ‘Dronie’ Selfies

Program note:

Bloomberg Businessweek’s Brad Stone tries out the $1,300 drone that can take your picture.

Now on to the dronies, which you can find in growing numbers of YouTube, Vimeo, and other video posting sites.

First up, from Scandinavian vlogger Olli Huttunen:

Dronie for my mother 70th birthday

Program note:

This dronie is for my mother. She had her 70th birthday and we where celebrating that with my brother and my sister and their families. Nice group!

Next on to the Eternal city with the Alvin Ang:

Dronie at the Colosseum

Program note:

A dronie taken during our holiday at the Colosseum. Thank God for a safe flight and safe flying conditions :)

No birds were harmed during the taking of this video. Just some curious birds that kept flying round the craft :)

And from Scotland [soon to be independent, or not], via vlogger NadTob:

Dronie Kilchurn Castle (from the air)

Program note:

Dronie @ Kilchurn Castle, Scotland. We used the beautiful scenery of the Kilchurn Castle in Scotland to take a video shot from above.

Another ruin dronie, this time in the United Arab Emirates from vlogger Kim Marc Krüger:

Dhayah Fort #Dronie

Program note:

First #dronie with a P2V+ at Dhayah Fort in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE

And from E.T. Phoned Home:

Dronie at Piedmont Park in Atlanta Georgia

Program note:

This was our first attempt at a Dronie. The dronie was taken at Piedmont Park in Atlanta Georgia.

Next, a Texas dronie from Steve Behen:

Dronies in the Hood

Program note:

Mckinney Texas Dronie with a Sunset.

To close, from vlogger Daniel C:

Moms Backyard Dronie

Program not

July 4, 2014 Backyard Dronie