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Morning Light at Ellis Island

   Fossil light.  That’s what astronomers call light from stars and galaxies in the past.  The site that I visited last week wasn’t that old, but light from 109 Piscium would be arriving from when they opened the hospital on Ellis Island.  I went out to Ellis Island with Joe McNally and the Nikon School.  Joe was kind to us and got us out to the south side of the island fairly quickly so we could get the morning light.

This was one of the doctor’s quarters on the island. As you can tell, this was serviceable for it’s era.

This picture was taken in natural light, just after sunrise. Thankfully we were able to use tripods. 

The south side of the island was where the hospital was, so those folks who were immigrating who were ill and curable, spent some time there before being introduced to the rest of the population. It had to be bittersweet feeling for the patients who were being treated.  Just another mile to get to New York City.  But once they were cured they could find a job and get their new start in the United States.

 

 

 

The group, Save Ellis Island is working on restoring the south side of the island. Joe McNally had taken photographs for National Geographic, in 1988 and those photographs showed a gone to nature landscape, with buildings in very sad shape. Our guides from Save Ellis Island were telling us that they were aiming at a stabilized ruin.  I think they have done a marvelous job.


As you can tell most of the windows were broken so most of the interiors had been exposed to the elements for years.  

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Tamron Tours

I had a chance to try out my long lens to photograph wild animals. I went out with the Tamron Tours and the Mikes Camera folks to The Wild Animal Sanctuary near Keenesburg Colorado a few weeks ago. They had a class the night before and we loaded up on the bus the next morning to go out there. 

The Wild Animal Sanctuary has a novel way to allow us into to see the rescued animals.  They have elevated walkways to allow the public in.  The animals don’t feel under stress if you’re in the sky to them.  The Wild Animal sanctuary is speciallizing in rescuing animals that have been kept as pets, or roadside zoos or other unpleasant circumstances for wild animals.  If you want to take pictures the animals have much more room to road around so using a long lens is a very good idea.

The folks from Tamron let us try out long lenses to get our pictures.  Since I already had a Tamron 150-600 zoom  I was just there for the experience.  This is the first time I tried pairing that lens with my Nikon D500, so this was the equivalent of a 900 mm lens. Since there was no problem with light, I used a 1/2500 sec shutter speed to get a steady picture.

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Eagle in infrared

Got up this morning, and went out with the Mike’s Camera and Hawkquest to take pictures of raptors.

Here I was spending some time with my infrared work. Just doing the channel swap resulted in a picture that seemed a bit otherworldly. Which might be a good look for Comiccon, but not for wildlife. So I did a bit of work on this picture with NIK filters by DXO. I applied a slight green filter in the software to pop the eagle out from the trees in the background.
Kin and his folks did their usual unobtrusive job, finding ways to get us good shots. And the Mike’s Camera folks were around to help us with getting the best shots. I was the only one doing infrared, so that’s what I wanted to share.
Eagles have two fovea in their eyes so they can see better than we can, but they can’t see in infrared any more that we can.

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Fort Point – San Francisco

In 1853 the Army started construction of Fort Point in San Francisco.

It was fascinating to see something built before the civil war so well preserved. I was intrigued by the staircases. If you might be coming under fire, I can see where you want everything to be nicely protected.

While it may have been useful to have a tilt shift lens for this series of pictures, the Nikon 14-24 on the D850 worked well.
I took these pictures when I was taking the Photographer’s Breakthrough Process Like a Pro course. I never showed Tim these pictures since we working on pictures that needed Lightroom or Photoshop work.

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Civil Twilight shooting on Hawk Hill

We were out shooting on Hawk Hill a few nights ago with a class from Photographer’s Breakthrough. The class was more of a processing class, but when we weren’t in the meeting room, we did spend some time taking pictures.

There are times when you’re trying to find a picture that describes how many people see a particular locale. San Francisco has so many things that identify it so here’s a single picture.
This picture was taken at F/8 and exposed for 64 seconds.