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Apr 2017 Rory's Picture Cubes
« on: March 31, 2017, 10:56:15 pm »


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Re: Apr 2017 Rory's Picture Cubes
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2017, 05:39:31 am »
hmmmm...this could fit perfectly with some photos I'm hoping to head out and do this afternoon if it stays dry - though could do with the wind to drop too
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Re: Apr 2017 Rory's Picture Cubes
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2017, 09:12:07 am »
One of my latest discoveries on my daily walks is the privately owned arboretum that has been established by a landowner in the next village over. Thankfully he allows public access.

He lives in the Manor House at the top of the hill and the arboretum is at the foot of the hill. Every day when I walk past his house I keep meaning to knock on his door, congratulate him on his creation and to ask him if he has a list of all the trees and shrubs as some I recognise, some I don't, but I would love to be more knowledgable. Are they all British species or has he brought plants in from around the world?

So today I took the camera and macro lens down there to get some magnified close-ups of the different blossoms before the wind takes its toll. Even if the owner doesn't have a list I should be able to track them down online at least.

But this is my current favourite place for peace and solitude- I usually have it to myself.

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Re: Apr 2017 Rory's Picture Cubes
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2017, 09:20:32 am »
Beautiful photos!

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Re: Apr 2017 Rory's Picture Cubes
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2017, 09:32:44 am »
Lovely indeed.  Nice that you have access to it as well.

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Re: Apr 2017 Rory's Picture Cubes
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2017, 09:40:14 am »
Really lucky. With it being private land he could so easily have kept it private access.
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Re: Apr 2017 Rory's Picture Cubes
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2017, 03:47:08 pm »
The Rodin exhibit in the Legion of Honor in San Francisco was the focus of this morning's excursion.  The view across the bay after walking around the museum.



I saw this nestled under some trees.  The cherry tree next to it is a nice touch too.  If you look closely in the bottom left, you'll see the plaque explaining that this is to commemorate the arrival of a Japanese naval ship which accompanied the US naval ship that brought the first Japanese embassy to the US.

*edit* Cleaned up the post a bit.  Added a space, removed a dangling word.  It seems that I'm not as good at composing posts via my iDevice.
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Re: Apr 2017 Rory's Picture Cubes
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2017, 11:41:38 pm »
Great posts! Gatecon, you are so lucky to have a garden so beautiful and so close. Your photos have made me move a macro lens up to the top of my wish list. Wilyone, if you hadn't told, I would have thought you were in Japan on one of your trips - gorgeous!
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Re: Apr 2017 Rory's Picture Cubes
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2017, 12:27:02 am »
When I took the following shot, I thought it a foolhardy attempt at capturing the tiny, Black Phoebe in a tree. It was not until I magnified (a.k.a. heavily cropped) it in Lightroom that I saw the lovely Mute Swan in the background. My initial exclamation of "Oh, s--t," at not having a long enough lens turned into, "Oh, my!"   



On an earlier trip to Las Gallinas Wetlands, there was much cursing (I tend to do that... silently, of course... when swinging around 5 pounds of camera equipment for several hours), as I shot off over 1000 frames (I kid you not) at trying to capture Tree Swallows feeding on the wing. Again, it was not until I magnified some of the photos in Lightroom that I discovered some rather fuzzy shots of these supersonic creatures. Eureka!



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Re: Apr 2017 Rory's Picture Cubes
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2017, 05:43:55 am »
I just love how much we can enlarge and crop digital images to a far greater - successful - extent than it used to be with 35mm.

Also love how we can discover hidden gems in photos by said magnification.

Lovely shots Selkii.
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Re: Apr 2017 Rory's Picture Cubes
« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2017, 11:21:59 am »
Gorgeous photos of the swallows, and your editing is beautiful