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Grumpy Old Guy

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Member since: Mon Jan 25, 2021, 02:27 AM
Number of posts: 1,759

About Me

Thank you Democratic Underground for keeping me sane for the last four years. I think I was probably the longest lurker here. I started following DU during the Dubya administration. I was first attracted to the "Top Ten Conservative Idiots of the Week." I've been following along ever since. I always felt guilty for not participating, but refrained from doing so because I already spend way too much time online. However, after recent events, I just can't sit back any longer. I had to log on and thank you folks for all that you do. I'm a retired TV newscast director with forty years experience and more than eighteen thousand broadcasts under my belt, most of them live. I now travel the country (when I can) shooting landscape, astro and wildlife photography. You can see some of my photos at Ross-Kestin.Pixels.com or on Instagram at @oldguywithacamera. Thanks again! Ross K. Grumpy Old Guy

Journal Archives

*** PHOTO CONTEST STARTS WEDNESDAY ***

Here is a link to my previous post concerning the August contest.

https://www.democraticunderground.com/1036104342
Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Tue Aug 9, 2022, 02:37 AM (1 replies)

A constitutional convention?

This terrifies me. There is nothing preventing this from happening. They overturned Roe. They could also rewrite the Constitution.

https://www.rawstory.com/constitutional-convention-right-wing-overthrow/

"This isn't an exercise, either. State lawmakers are invited to huddle in Denver starting on Sunday to learn more about the inner workings of a possible constitutional convention at Academy of States 3.0, the third installment of a boot camp preparing state lawmakers 'in anticipation of an imminent Article V Convention,'" said the report."


"The conservatives aim to change the constitution so that it would eliminate national education requirements, making it harder for any territory to garner statehood, eliminate many federal environmental standards, and make it difficult or impossible for someone like Anthony Fauci to ever work for decades within the government."
Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Mon Aug 1, 2022, 01:20 AM (22 replies)

***INFO ABOUT THE AUGUST PHOTO CONTEST***

Hi folks,

Here is the theme and a tentative timeline for the August contest.

The theme, as chosen by last month's winner AndyS, is as follows:

"The unseen world. The small things we walk past every day; the beauty in the bouquets in the floral department at the grocery store, the zen of stones in a garden, that lone green sprout in the compost or that small creature under your feet. Not necessarily macro but that's not excluded. Butterflies and birds reach out and grab our attention but I'm encouraging all of us to take note of the more subtle compositions around us. As for post processing, sure if it makes the image more appealing or enhances the connection between the subject and viewer. Most of all HAVE FUN with it."

Here is the tentative timeline:

August 10th: Contest entries start, for a period of one week, unless we get thirty entries sooner.

August 17th: The semi-finals start, for a period of three days.

August 21st: Finals thread, for a period of three days.

August 24th: Announcement of the winners.

On a personal note, I am having minor, outpatient surgery on August 11th, which is why I'm scheduling the week of initial entries for August 10th. I'll probably be laid up for a few days, but should be back in business in time for the semi-finals. I'll ask for help if it looks like I'm going to have trouble.

Have fun!

Grumpy Old Guy



Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Sat Jul 30, 2022, 06:17 PM (13 replies)

We added a new camera to the family.

We purchased a new Canon EOS R7 for my wife Legger. Here are some of the first test images.















Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Sat Jul 30, 2022, 02:06 AM (24 replies)

A suggestion for future photo contests

Hi folks,

I'll be running the August photo contest, subject matter yet to be determined.

I have an idea that I'm going to try. Let's see if it works.

As you know, we always have a second thread for comments each month. Usually it's just for the usual "I'm in" comments and a few words of praise. I'm going to recommend that contestants take a few moments to add a few words about their photos, and specifically, how they were processed. For example, I almost always balance out the highlights and shadows, crop, boost the saturation a little, and if necessary, add a little bit of sharpening to the picture. Many of my night shots are long exposures shot on a tripod, with enhanced processing of the Milky Way if it's in the shot.

Not only would this clear up some misunderstandings in advance, it could also be useful for those who want to learn a little more about the craft.

What do you think? Any comments?

Ross
aka Grumpy Old Guy

Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Fri Jul 22, 2022, 01:44 PM (23 replies)

Two other possible contest entries

These are two more pics I considered entering in the July photo contest "I have my eyes on you."

Ninja Squirrel



Grouchy Owl

Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Tue Jul 19, 2022, 01:25 AM (16 replies)

Light painting in the California Desert.

I recently had the opportunity to join several other photographers for an evening of "light painting" in the California Desert. Light painting is a technique where one can create a long exposure of the pitch black night sky, often including the Milky Way, while briefly lighting the foreground for a second or two with a hand held light. It takes a little practice, but the results can be dramatic. It helps if the photographer is working in an official "dark sky" area.

In this case the location was the Galleta Meadows Sculpture Gardens near the town of Borrego Springs in California's Anza Borrego Desert State Park. The park is east of Palm Springs not far from the Salton Sea. Daytime temperatures hit 106F, and the rattlesnakes and scorpions are abundant. (We saw several scorpions, and had to carefully check our camera bags for them when we were finished).

Dennis Avery, heir to the Avery Label fortune, was a resident of Borrego Springs. He purchased the land and commissioned the sculptor, Ricardo Breceda, to create one hundred and thirty metal sculptures, which are placed in the surrounding desert. It's a kick to drive around looking for them in the middle of nowhere. We were honored when Mr. Breceda joined us and hung out for about forty five minutes.

Some of the shots were lit with a small LED RGB light, some were lit with a laser pointer, and some were lit by an overhead drone. All of these exposure were twenty seconds long, and the light painting lasted about two seconds during that long exposure. A few of the softs are soft because due to the difficulty of focusing in pitch black circumstances.

Enjoy!





























Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Sat Jul 16, 2022, 06:49 PM (19 replies)

Juvenile Peregrine Falcons

The peregrine falcons were cooperating today. The fledglings have learned to fly. It was a good day.






















Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Sun Jun 12, 2022, 09:13 PM (41 replies)

Ospreys and herons in Huntington Beach, California

We celebrated my recent birthday by having lunch with an old friend, and then hunting for ospreys. Finding some black crowned night herons was a bonus.

osprey






black crowned night heron


Juvenile black crowned night heron

Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Thu Jun 9, 2022, 03:30 AM (2 replies)

My birthday photos

We celebrated my recent birthday by having lunch with an old friend, and then hunting for ospreys. Finding some black crowned night herons was a bonus.

osprey






black crowned night heron


Juvenile black crowned night heron

Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Thu Jun 9, 2022, 03:29 AM (23 replies)
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