Monthly Archives: February 2012

Leap Day

Leap Day is a once-every-four-year event, and it also means that March is about to arrive, and with it, the hope of Spring. I think this shot reflects my hopes for the impending Spring.

This Ain’t a 366 Project 060/366 – Impending

Preening

Annoying though the crow may have been, ultimately he did not thwart my attempt to shoot the flicker…

This Ain’t a 366 Project 059/366 – Preening

Annoying

I was trying to get a shot of a shy flicker, and every time I would get close, this jerk would start squawking and scare my quarry away.

This Ain’t a 366 Project 058/266 – Annoying

Iguana Glamour

Oh Mr. DeMille – I’m ready for my head shot.

This Ain’t a 366 Project 057/366 – Iguana Glamour

Buh-bye 500px, Hello 72dpi

I use SmugMug now as the general gallery for Techniverse, but for a while now I’ve been using 500px to display what I consider to be my best work. Unfortunately, I absolutely loathe the rating system they use. In spite of that, I kept using it because other than the rating system, it was a pretty good site. Then came the site update. I got no idea what the hell they were thinking, but whatever features that did attract me are either gone or seriously screwed up. I mean, come on now – stories? I don’t have any goddamn stories to tell. I post PICTURES! And what in God’s name is Flow? If I click on the Flow from my profile page, all I see there is that I joined 6 months ago. If I go to the 500px home page, the flow there contains shit like “So-and-So just liked 2 pictures” or “So-and-So just commented on a picture”. Great – another Facebook wannabe. I’m sorry, but screw that. Social media is great – I am admittedly addicted to Google+, but I want social where it’s appropriate – not on a photo portfolio site. So, I say all that to get to this – I’m done with 500px.

Problem is, I still wanted a site where I could post my best stuff for comment and critique. Luckily, most-excellent photographer and fellow Coloradan and G+er John De Bord has been evangelizing a relatively new site called 72dpi. I checked it out today, and the funny thing is that it’s a lot like 500px was before the update, with what I hope is a better rating system. It’s still in beta, but one thing that immediately attracted me was that they actually [GASP] ask for user suggestions! So I signed up (and get this – I actually scored the user name “Howard”!) and uploaded mostly the same stuff I had at 500px, with a few additions. We’ll see what happens, but I’m already liking it a lot. Anyway, if you wanna check it out, I’m at http://www.72dpi.com/gallery/Howard.

Old and New

This is a composite of two shots taken 10 years apart at the Butterfly Pavilion. The newer image was of the leaf and background, and the butterfly was pulled from a shot taken in 2001, but the background visible in the image was just concrete walls and pipes.

This Ain’t a 366 Project 056/366 – Old and New

Monsters Attack

I’ve been watching way too many old Godzilla movies…

This Ain’t a 366 Project 055/366 – Monsters Attack

Formation Flying – Gimme an L!

This gull was trying to land in the water, but the wind was blowing so hard all he could do was hover.

This Ain’t a 366 Project 054/366 – Formation Flying

Going Up

I’ve probably spent more time editing this shot than I have any shot ever before. I’m not even sure why. Anyway, this was shot last summer at the Downtown Aquarium. I posted some pics at the time, but I never messed with this one until now.

This Ain’t a 366 Project 053/266 – Going Up

Mountain Peaks

This was shot from Crown Hill Park. My goal was to impart a stormy feel, even though it was bright and sunny with just some fluffy white clouds.

This Ain’t a 366 Project 052/366 – Mountain Peaks