Category Archives: Photography

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

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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

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July 4, 2014 Backyard Dronie

Reports: Ferguson, Missouri, and militarized cops


Three video reports, two from Democracy Now! and one from RT America, look at the Washington-fund-and-armed militarization of American police and the ongoing war on photographers and journalists by police unhappy with their reports.

From Democracy Now!:

Program notes:

Protests are continuing in Ferguson, Missouri, over the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager who was shot by police on Saturday. But the mood in Ferguson has changed drastically over the past 24 hours. On Wednesday night, the city looked like a warzone as police fired tear gas, stun grenades and smoke bombs. Police arrested at least 10 people, including a St. Louis alderman and two journalists. But last night the mood was less tense after Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon put an African-American highway patrol captain, Ron Johnson, in charge of security in the town of Ferguson. Johnson marched with protesters and ordered the riot gear put away. We go to St. Louis to speak with the Rev. Renita Lamkin, who was hit with a rubber bullet by police on Wednesday while attending the protest, and Patricia Bynes, Democratic committee member of Ferguson Township.

[Editor’s Note: Rev. Renita Lamkin was incorrectly identified during the interview. Democracy Now! regrets the error.]

From Democracy Now! again:

Cops or Soldiers? Pentagon, DHS Helped Arm Police in Ferguson with Equipment Used in War

Program notes:

The events in Ferguson over the past week have sparked a national debate over racial profiling and the militarization of local police forces. On Thursday, Attorney General Eric Holder said, “I am deeply concerned that the deployment of military equipment and vehicles sends a conflicting message.” What Holder did not mention was the federal government’s role in supplying local police forces with military-grade equipment. The New York Times reports Department of Homeland Security grant money paid for the $360,000 Bearcat armored truck on patrol in Ferguson. Most of the body armor worn by officers responding to the Ferguson protests was also paid for with federal money. We speak to Radley Balko, author of the book, “Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces.” “When we take domestic police officers and we train them like soldiers and we give them military gear and we dress them up like soldiers and we tell them they’re fighting a war — a war on crime or a war on terror — they’re going to start to see themselves as soldiers,” Balko says.

And from RT America:

Controlling the narrative: Ferguson police target journalists

Program notes:

Journalists reporting on the unrest in Ferguson, MO were in the crosshairs of police Wednesday night, with violence and intimidation directed at many prominent journalists. Wesley Lowery of The Washington Post and Ryan J. Reilly of the Huffington Post made headlines after being confronted, assaulted and arrested without reason or justification given, while a crew from Al Jazeera America was targeted by SWAT forces who fired tear gas directly at the team while filming a protest. Christopher Chambers, a journalism professor at Georgetown University, explains to RT’s Ameera David why law enforcement seem to be targeting members of the media.

UPDATE: On a related note, consider this chart from Reuters:

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