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1. I submit for your consideration one timber rattler, approximate age 14 years old, who was cooperative enough to let me take these photos of it.


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First Friday is when once a month Johnson City shuts down Main Street and there are open houses at the businesses, performers, and so on. I was wandering about with my camera for this one.

1. In the park between Main and Market


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Took this at First Friday... I had her stand near a shop window that had a neon sign.
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http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/08/sony-camera-robot-youll-always-find-him-on-the-table-at-parties/

Sony introduces a bot that knows when it's a good photo, and takes it for you. Robocamera!

What shall I do now? Stamp collecting? Hmm.
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I took a trip with [livejournal.com profile] nonspecific and her father up to Beauty Spot near Erwin TN. We also spent quite a while at a nearby meadow, where the alien lifeform was discovered. More of that in a minute. It was a GORGEOUS day for shooting, with good light, enough clouds to keep the sky interesting, and perfect temperatures (for this photographer anyway). The theme of the day was orange. I didn't plan it that way, but that's how it turned out.

Onward.

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Just some pics of the family and misc friends. It was a sunny, breezy day. There were kites, smiles, and a baby.

1. Storm flying one of the parafoils


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Several weeks ago we were scheduled to have dinner over at [livejournal.com profile] nonspecific 's house, and a big storm swept through the area. When we arrived, there was no power. But there was a grill, and there was tinfoil, and we had a great time despite the lack of electric current.

1. The dinner spread, by candlelight.


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Downtown

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I've been sitting on these for over a month. I shot these six weeks ago, just walking around downtown one day. Uploaded them around the end of the month, and then forgot about them.

1. A steeple stands in for broken wrought iron.


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So I went to the quarry cave again, this time with [livejournal.com profile] nonspecific. I hooked up the remote switch and set the camera to the bulb setting, so I could hold the shutter open as long as I wanted. Then came the fun part... using my extra-bright flashlights to "paint" the cave with light, only lighting the areas I wanted. It was nearly dark by the time we left, and definitely dark by the time we made it back to the car. As nightfall approached, a heavy mist settled into the cave, making for a surreal experience. When the lights were off, it was pure black, and when on, it seemed pure white, and you could barely see any better. Also strange, was that just 10 or 15 feet apart, and I couldn't understand Kara at all, due to all the echoes. In short, I had a blast. :)

Then suddenly, photos:

Near the entrance:

Exposure Time: 30.000 s
Aperture: f/5.0
ISO equiv: 400
Lighting: natural lighting from left, lesser so from right, fill-in by flashlight

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It seems the 5d Mark II is slightly less infrared sensitive than the Mark I, but with suitably long exposures I was still able to get some IR magic. Usually I convert IR to monochrome, but for some reason I was really digging on the hues the filter was producing, so I desaturated them a bit and went with it.

Results are below... note that these pics seem to have a hotspot near the center. I believe this was due to a smudge on the back of the lens. I didn't notice the hotspot until I downloaded, and went searching for the cause. Nice greasy smudge, near dead center on the rear glass. Can anyone confirm this can cause a hotspot in long exposures?

No idea how I managed that one... I am so careful. Alas. Anyway, I'll retest, sans-smudge, soon. The trees look excessively fuzzy because it was windy, and these were 6-15 second exposures.

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