Monthly Archives: May 2013

Wide-Angle Zionsville and Time-Lapse

Today was my day to wander around Zionsville; since I like to be democratic, I try to see to it that each of my lenses gets some air-time on occasion. I hadn’t had the 8mm wide angle out in a while so today was its day.

My 8mm isn’t the highest quality lens in the universe so the focus isn’t terribly sharp but for all that it sure is… well, wide.

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And the color’s not bad either. Though perhaps that’s more because I sorta know what I’m doing when I process the photos.

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Wide angle is always good for amusing perspective tricks. Or… no, not tricks… my arms really are this long.

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And I’m REALLY tall. Heeeelllloooooo down there.

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The top two pics are taken from on top of an old train trestle; there’s a wooden walkway down to the creek bed.

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And it’s wonderfully old-looking from below.

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Finally, it was an active cloud night so I did a couple of time-lapses that are at times moderately amusing. Not terribly, but maybe worth 30 seconds.

Clouds…

Sunset…

So I guess that’s the day that was.

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Carmel at Dusk – May, 2013

Every single evening when it’s cloudy out, I bemoan the fact that I’m missing the sunset.

Every single evening when it’s not cloudy, I sit on my butt and barely bother to look outside.

Tonight, I made a point to go and chase the sunset.  The colors really are better in the first and final hours of the day.

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Did I mention…. soooo green.

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Low perspective on the water.

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I’m always a sucker for the contradiction between nature and the stern and metallic man-made objects…

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Coxhall Gardens.

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From 5-28-2013 Carmel at Dusk

Love the gentle curve above and its reflection.

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The fiery dusk

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And that was pretty much the day that was.

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Carmel Parks Nature – May, 2013

As the afternoon rolled around it seemed a good day to go and see what the natural world was up to. Carmel Indiana offers many parks but I tend to end up at West Park and Coxhall Gardens most frequently and today was no exception. Also, last post I speculated about the joys of the “Golden Hour” and I’m increasingly convinced that the concept is limited to portraiture and landscapes so today when I wandered out while the near-noonday sun was pounding down, I did so with the 500mm zoom and 60mm macro in tow.

I know exactly one bird song and it’s for these colorful critters.

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I’ve spoken before about my fascination for aquatic plants. These delicate plants live on the boundaries of land and water and were probably the first to poke their heads from the primordial ooze a few hundred million years ago.

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The reptiles were out in force today as the tiny new-hatched turtles sunned themselves on the vegetation. This one sports a skirt of moss.

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Usually when I’m out I don’t talk to a soul. Today I was approached twice by people who evidently thought I knew what I was doing as I glared like a big-game hunter into the muck. Happily I was able to direct someone to a cluster of white lotus in the area but another’s search for muskrats was beyond my powers to aid. They were sadly stuck with turtles, which is about as far from muskrats as one can get.

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One thing that’s under-appreciated about carrying a veritable 500mm cannon around, beyond the sheer weight of the thing, is that it’s just idiotically hard to keep anything in frame at that zoom let alone keep it focused. Many of my shots were sadly poor in focus but a few came out as crisply as I could ever have hoped for. Will make a mental note to be more patient next time, at least as far as it’s possible to be patient with birds flitting about from branch to branch like nuts.

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Heading to Coxhall gardens for the second part of the day, I switched to macro.

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Bees are a perennial favorite, especially against contrasting color backgrounds.

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And I love buds of all sorts, even of the rather lackluster day lily. There’s so much pent-up potential here. Soon this will grow, burst, bloom and die. Sad, sure, but it’ll enjoy the trip. An allegory for life if ever I saw one.

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The benefactors who created (or at least funded) the gardens stand as silent guardians. The kids always call them rather creepy but this is a caring face if ever I saw one, metal though it may be.

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I often underestimate the power of the macro lens and also forget to appreciate the intricacies of the common dandelion. Such worlds contained herein.

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OK, that’s the day that was. As always, click the link to download copies. You have my permission to print, share, do whatever with my photos, as long as you don’t profit financially. The world is open and free to be shared; I’m just borrowing it with my camera.

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Zionsville, Indiana – May 2013

Lately it’s occurred to me that it has been a frightfully long time since I’ve posted anything. Apparently photography is at times a daily obsession and at other times a semi-annual one. At any rate…

The Midwest is officially in the verdant throes of Spring officially it seems, though in Zionsville the roads diverging in the woods are paved with tarmac.

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For once I bothered to wander out in the hours just before dusk. They call this the “golden hour” of photography but I’ve never been a huge believer in that. Doubt aside though, the lighting is fairly gentle and the colors true.

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I’m a sucker for contrasts; here a harsh metallic bridge hides a starburst sun.

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Since I was last here the city has put in a new pedestrian bridge over this little creek. Not a bad view.

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Remnants of the older vehicular bridge, complete with some grim history.

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OK, I said a couple of photos ago that I wasn’t a fan of the “golden hour” theory but I love the lighting in this shot. So maybe I am a fan, though a reluctant one.

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The denizens of Zionsville, though they are close to a major metropolitan area, aren’t far from their smalltown roots as demonstrated by their outdoor decor.

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And nothing says Indiana like this. Again, the angle of the lighting…

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Missing from this picture is the adjoining sign that says to use the front door. What? No special Hippies-only door in 2013? feh!

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And so the day ends with a golden and thorny crown.

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Also, I’ve been asked in the past about prints of my photos. If you want a print just click the album link and download a copy and have it printed by whatever lab you prefer. I don’t make any money off of that and don’t expect to. We live in a free and highly visual world. Share and share alike. Print my photos all you want and hang them on your wall but don’t go around selling them for your own profit lest the wheel of karma crush you like a bug.

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