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Sunset at Hearst Castle
Image by Stuck in Customs
Daily Photo – Sunset at Hearst Castle
Maybe people in California get spoiled by good sunsets. Not living there, I don’t know! But, when you are sitting up high on a mountain, in a castle-mansion, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, how could you not get spoiled?
And this isn’t even the main castle. This is just one of the guest-houses. Hearst had several guest houses there, each one as stunning as the next.
If you are enjoying these Hearst photos, I’ve now published six so far. You can see all the Hearst Castle Photos. Note: These are also accessible via the "Categories" down on the right side of the page.
New Book on Book List!
As some of you know, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Matt Ridley and his wife, Anya Hurlbert. I knew of Matt previously because I’ve always been a fan of his unique science/genetics books; these have delightful and unexpected hooks into economics, anthropology, history, and critical thinking. And then I found out his wife was also of a different sort of scientist, with a concentration in Visual Neuroscience. If you saw my Google Talk, then you’ll know that is also a big interest area for me! Follow her link above if you want to read more.
Anyway, here on the site, I have "Trey’s Book List", that has all sorts of suggestions. There is surely something for everyone in there!
Bonus Book Suggestion!
I just finished listening to the Audio Book of Daemon. You gotta get it! I haven’t heard anything this good in a while… and, as opposed to most books, I really do recommend the audio version. Jeff Gurner does an amazing job with the voices, and hearing the computer voices talk is more than entertaining! The author, Daniel Suarez, really knows his stuff. And, I would not be surprised if he has read some of Matt Ridley’s books — particularly "The Red Queen".
from the blog www.stuckincustoms.com
Golden Gate morning
Image by tychay
Blogged in The Woodwork: Postprocessing for outdoor photography
Blogged in: The Woodwork: Golden Gate
Golden Gate Morning
Golden Gate Bridge, Marin County, California
Nikon D70, Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G
polarizer + 81A
Gitzo 1228LVL, RRS BH-55, PCL-II panoramic clamp
DxO (wb, exp, blur, distorion, ca, vignette. noise) Photoshop (digital blending, CHLomo) nik CEP (pro contrast. brilliance/warmth) Aperture (crop. shadow/highlight, noise reduction, sharpen)
(3 exposures, 1/400-1/25sec) @ f/9, iso 200, 12mm (18mm)
Michael Fletcher is visiting the Golden Gate bridge so I’m posting a shot I have of it.
Being on the Marin side on the winter morning meant that it was much too bright to take a shot of the city after the sun rose. I composed this shot away from the sun and hoped that the matrix meter and bracketing would do an adequate enough job to allow digital blending to work.
This was shot with last night’s light balance so I had DxO adjust the white balance to daylight.
On the third exposure, I caught a stroke of luck as a truck passed just out of frame. I had to leave it in the shot.
When blending, I noticed that I had forgotton to lock down my ballhead and so some alignment was needed. Since it wasn’t perfect, I chose to blend the +2EV as the land on the right giving the whole scene a little “halo.” I left in the -2EV and 0EV portions for much of the foreground to vignette away the stakes in the ground. It turns out the -2EV was dark enough that I could have composed some more of the city into frame. Oh well! live and learn.
I cropped it to 16:9 because it looks much cooler this way.
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CotC as Personal Favorite
Image by joseph beuys hat
Betwen ‘Peter-Jones-stylee’ next door & a late Victorian ‘HG Wells-rooms-above-the-haberdashers’ the other side is this ‘would-be-Glasgow-Art-School’ sliver. Much of the architecture of Woolwich town centre seems often to be not quite the genuine article; rather the idea of an architect [or jobbing builder] who saw a style some decade or so ago & thought it might still fit.