• Juvenile Loggerhead Shrike

  • Rotary Park Morning

  • Attempting some evening HDR shots again. Still not enthusiastic about Affinity Photo’s masking options.

  • Magnolia opening

  • Female Cardinal with her mate in the background.

  • The wind has kicked up some chop in the ponds.

  • First attempt at doing anything with HDR. Quite the learning curve to even get Affinity Photo‘s Tone Mapping Persona to even create anything usable. Not really happy with the way masking tools work in the Persona or how it commits the Tone Map with no later editing!

  • Hei-hei is my WFH copilot

  • Setting down

  • Last night’s sun set. We’ve been spending a lot of time outside in the evening.

    Clouds reflecting the setting sun

  • Osprey squatters

  • One of my favorite birds: the American Kestrel. Can’t believe I got this shot.

  • Hard times in the quarantine. Drastic times call for drastic measures.

  • Baby Great Horned Owl in our local park. According to the park ranger, the siblings have fledged, but this one is a bit scared to leave the tree since it had fallen. Mom and dad still return to feed it.

  • Tried my hand at some macro the other day. Just a zoom lens and high shutter speeds. Really thinking that a real macro lens might be in order.

  • Good news is that we know that L can now climb anywhere.

    Bad news is that she dropped a bottle of Noodler’s Ink from standing on the table.

  • Waves

  • I normally just get coffee. Today, I felt like something a little more special.

  • Route Animation: Pink V4 Pockets

    Had a bit of time to sit down and work on a new route animation. This pink V4 route was the first new set after the Locals Only Comp and uses pocket holds and the volume along the route. The wall angles are such that the dark grey portion comes out at a slight ~5º angle and slants back in at ~5º as you get into the orange portion.

    There’s a few other tricky bits to this route. First, the start lies you sideways while the first move is a reach upwards and into the next pocket. This can be an odd move as you naturally want to push with your foot as soon as you reach. At my height, I had to wait a moment to get my hand into the pocket before pushing on my foot to stabilize the swing. Otherwise, my body would come out from the wall too far and I’d slip right out of the pocket.

    Next, the topmost right hold is terrible the first time you grab it. The top is flat and very lightly textured unlike the rest of the hold. The first time I grabbed it, I exclaimed “What the hell is this?” The flat surface and light texture does not allow your fingers to pull most of your weight on it. You just pull yourself right off. There’s an indentation that you can place your thumb. That can’t be used to pull as much as pinch and push off of.

    Last, the foot chips to the left of the volume and the top-most on the right get masked while you’re on the wall. It can be confusing to try and find them as you cannot see where your left foot is placed behind the volume. As soon as you get up high enough to move your right foot, the chip is placed on the grey portion which becomes partially blocked by the high point of the wall. Once you lean into the wall for stability, the foot chip disappears. Stare at it and memorize where it is before you move because you aren’t going to see it again until you get back on the ground.

    Animation of a pink V4 pocket hold route.

  • Second Place, Wildlife at Pelican Island Conservation Society Photography Contest

  • Here is the first stage on final burn returning all the way to ground.

  • I was waiting for the first picture to stop processing while the first stage separated and second stage kicked in. I threw the camera down, set it up, and triggered the release as soon as I could. A ejection corona lit up the sky like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Unfortunately, I couldn’t capture it.

    The trail to the left is the first stage returning. The trail to the right is the second stage continuing the journey.

  • SpaceX Falcon 9 launch, 3/6/2020. Right as I disconnected the shutter release, the golf course sprinkler turned on right in front of me. I grabbed the camera and tripod and ran for it.

  • 🧗‍♀️New route night🧗🏼‍♂️ at the gym means plenty of fun routes with no ratings yet. However, I did remember to take a picture of these two, the white is the first V5 (plus, even) I’ve sent and pink V4. Hoping to get around to animating these.

  • Riverside walk

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