Karl's Photo Blog
Welcome to my photographic journey. I'll be posting a blog entry with a new photo each day for 2018. Check back each day.
I first started a photo of the day project in 2012. Tried it again in 2013 and 2015. Giving it another go in 2018.
First Me Monday shot. Dusty said it was my turn if she had to handle all the Wednesday photos. Fair enough.
Umbrella flash camera left, reflectors below and to camera right. I think it worked. Can't make be beautiful, but the lighting isn't bad.
Sea gull portrait day at Lake Crabtree. Sunny but cold and windy afternoon. Birds seemed happy enough, so I was happy too.
Took a trip to Eastern NC, to Lake Mattamuskeet. It is the location of Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge. This refuge as well as surrounding public and private lands in eastern North Carolina are a major wintering site for waterfowl including ducks like northern pintail and green-wing teal, geese like Canada geese and tundra swans.
This is a century-old hunting lodge on Lake Mattamuskeet. Mattamuskeet Lodge first opened as a pumping station in 1914 in an attempt to drain the lake and replace it with farmland and a town called New Holland. The federal government ended that experiment when it bought the property in the 1930s, and the building was converted to a hunting lodge, with an observation tower that resembles a lighthouse.
It was closed in 2010 when engineers found structural damage so severe that the second-floor ballroom could collapse under the weight of an event.
Renovations scheduled (legislated) to be complete by June 30, 2018. No estimate on when it will be opened to the public.
A Great Egret and a Beaver working together to find a meal:
More photos in the Lake Mattamuskeet gallery.
First duck photos of the new year. You know, you can't have too many duck pictures.
EF 100-400 II with a 1.4x teleconverter.
Three good friends walking off into the sunset:
And another park resident:
Shot for 30 minutes to make a short night sky time lapse. Just enough cloud movement to make things interesting.
And the Video!:
My new baby. Santa left this under the tree this year. I was a very good boy last year.
8 images at f/2.2 focus stacked to give me this image all in focus but still keeping a very shallow depth of field.
Visited WRAL today, knowing the fountain out front is what they are calling Fountain Mountain. Lots and lots of ice. Probably the last in my series of icy fountain shots. Unless we get a good cold spell next December. I love the layers of icicles that have formed on this fountain. Very cool. And very cold!
Found the ice. New fountain in Cary. Been below freezing for days, and the ice has built up nicely on this fountain. The Lights cycle through many colors, I caught a bit of a pink color here. Very pretty. It is cold, but there were many people checking out the water and ice.
Went out looking for icy fountains this evening. Been below freezing for 5 or 6 days now, and some fountains are really iced over. Not this one. There were two other fountains above this, and I think they would have been icy if they hadn't been removed... that limited the ice! But this one is pretty, and was fun to photograph. The flames should be bigger, at least on a cold night like this. 21° this evening.
I will find an icy fountain this weekend!
It snowed! We only got about a half inch, and it melted quickly where the sun hit it.
SAS Building R
First Wabbit Wednesday of the year. I don't beleive *all* Wednesdays will be of Wabbits, but many of them will.
This is Miss Dusty nibbling on a Carrot Crunchy treat. She is so cute!
Merry Christmas on this Ninth day of Christmas!
My Christmas tree. Tried a new techinque to capture the tree. I took a photo with the lights on, reducing the exposure to capture the color of th lights. I then turned the lights off, turned on more room lights and took another photo capturing the details of the tree. I then blended the photos in Photoshop with the Lighten blend mode. Brought the lights into the tree and preserved the detail in the ornaments. Would it work with subjects posed in front of the tree? Probably will.