Monthly Archives: February 2016

Coastal waters

AM PP

I think I’ll devote this week to shots I took over the weekend whilst visiting Ted, Sus and Annika (nearly 2,000 of them). Derek gave me a number of hints on shooting the waves which helped enormously, but we’ll start with a land/seascape shot of Pigeon Point Lighthouse that I took as we headed down the coast to Carmel, Sunday morning. I’ll finish the week with the same view, but taken at sunset Sunday afternoon with the setting sun behind the lighthouse. Then there will be three shots of water in between these two shots. Looking very much like I’ll combine my April trip to Malibu and Los Angeles into a longer trip and bring One along with me. So much beautiful coast to travel and capture the beauty of the sea … and then to share. Sus has been sharing listings of homes in Monterey and Carmel with me and have to admit I am liking them, but we’ll see … I love it here in Sedona too. Can you imagine basing Mariah at the airport in either Monterey or Carmel and getting low altitude shots of the coastline? I can, but we shall see :+)

A wonderful week underway, so have a beautiful day and share your joy … smiles do a great job of that.

Cheers

Ted

 

Sleep sweetly now that the gates of the crimson night are closed,

and leave tomorrow’s struggle for tomorrow;

The earth is peaceful, only the stars and still moon are abroad, and they wage no war.

Max Ehrmann

Home again

 

HMB1Somehow I always feel like I am home again when alone in the sky or back near the sea … and I am here … again.

For a while I was concerned I might not make it as a person one seat over from me in the plane spent the entire flight coughing, not covering her mouth and in between coughs talking incessantly to the person next to me. I spent the entire flight plotting her demise … since the flight only took 1 hour 40 minutes I did not have time to carry out my plans and we both walked safely from the plane … she alive and coughing merrily in the crowds, and me free and not in custody. I think I might I have smiled at her … certainly not for the proper reason though.

This is the view from the beach near Sam’s Seafood looking across Half Moon Bay harbor tonight. Off to Filoli in the morning and then down the coast shooting the surf and anything else I can get … airline passengers … just one :+)

Have a beautiful day and weekend and share your joy … keep breathing! Back Monday morning.

Cheers

Ted

 

Though work bring naught of power nor wealth

Spare me from want of common needs, and give a share of manly health,

A few good friends of honest deeds;

And till death’s peaceful slumber nears, a life of undishonored years.

 

Max Ehrmann

Creatures of the air

majesty

… leaving in the morning for San Francisco and a few days with Ted, Sus and Annika … and a lot of shooting the sea in all its moods and flowers at Filoli Gardens. How much better can life get. I do miss the ocean and think you will love the photos I bring back with me. Derek told me that Saturday is being predicted to be a Mavericks Day in Half Moon Bay; this is the really big wave surfing that only the best surfers in the world can handle with waves reaching up to sixty-feet. Check it out at: http://titansofmavericks.com/ . This is also going to mean very high surf along the coast which means incredible shooting, provided everything else falls into place too. Minor things like lighting, winds sunny skies or at least enough rays to light up the water and hopefully no rain. Should be flat out awesome.

This afternoon I took a short break to go down to the ponds and was greeted by a Bald Eagle. He spent enough time with me so that I was able to get 500+ shots of him mostly in flight. I also got some shots that are among the best I have taken of eagles and here is one of them.

Time to pack and get the camera gear ready to go; knowing the surf conditions I will be bringing more camera gear than planned …

Have a beautiful day tomorrow … enjoy the company of everyone you meet and greet … who knows what can happen because of a simple smile?

Probably no email Friday morning, but I will try … If not, I’ll be back Monday morning.

Cheers

Ted

…I yield myself to the thousand enchantments of sky and field and wood,

and play again like a child on the soft green of the earth.

And as the God of the universe has made thee to bloom in tenderness,

so also may my heart be made to bloom again.

 

Max Ehrmann

Keep holding on

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… one of my all-time favorite songs, as written and performed by my friend Anthony Mazzella and another favorite is Omnipotent which goes along with a video I embedded in our website at: http://tedandcorky.com/fun-vids.html . That one runs 7 minutes is filled with neat aerial shots as well as ground shots that match the aerials … as you watch the video you will feel Anthony’s music sweep you through the sky and along the earth experiencing all that the audio and visual sensory inputs offer. So I was listening to Holding on whilst scouring the archives for a photo I liked tonight and here it is. 

I was just under 13,000’ cruising along the ridgeline from Humphreys Peak (12,633’ on left side of image) to and past Agassiz Peak (12,300’+ center right) and Snow Bowl; ski runs are visible too. The air was moist and the wind from the SW and as it is deflected upwards by the mountain slopes of the peaks the water vapor cools and forms clouds … they pretty well filled the inner basin and with the clouds to the S and SE a lot of drama is added to the image. I really like days like this and in not that long I’ll be back up there and hoping a lot of snow will still be on the peaks … if not there will be beauty of another sort … there always is whether in the air or on the ground … in a city or in a field, you just have to look for it. 

Another great day of learning and practicing and chores and fun; visits with friends and that was the highlight of the day. Interaction with others, especially family and friends makes life a joy to experience. So keep breathing and smiling as life is good. 

Cheers 

Ted 

Give me a few friends who will love me for what I am;

and keep ever burning before my vagrant steps the kindly light of hope.

And though age and infirmity overtake me, and I come not within

sight of the castle of my dreams, teach me still to be thankful for life;

and for time’s olden memories that are good and sweet; and may

the evenings twilight find me gentle still.

 

Max Ehrmann

Looking back

comfort

… to last November which is about the last time I flew Mariah … a series of misadventures which I really do not feel like reliving again, and in January contracting with a new repair facility that is highly competent and as soon as the new parts arrive from the Czech Republic they will be up here finalizing all the repairs and Mariah will once again be a comfortable and safe place to spend hours in the air. This is about the longest I have gone without significant air time in the nearly twenty years I have been flying. Talk about ground sick!!! A good place to be between flights, but not this much time … oh well, there are still plenty of beautiful days to come and in less than a month I should be back up there.

Starting from the left side of the image the flat top is Black Mountain, barely differentiated beyond that is Casner Mountain and behind them not visible is Sycamore Canyon. The little bump on the horizon before you get to the San Francisco Peaks is Kendrick Peak and to the immediate right of the peaks is Mt. Elden; on the right side of the image the loaf shape mountain is Mormon Mountain. Below Black Mountain there is a red rock kind of by itself and that is Robbers Roost which has a cave where the bad guys used to go hideout. At the very right side of the image is the entrance to Long Canyon and further right would be Sedona. In the foreground to mid-ground you have the beautiful contours of the Verde Valley … I love this Place.

All thoughts of selling Mariah have gone up in thin air … that is where I plan to go too … just off the ground is good and thinner air is better; glider guiders have a slogan, “Get High and Stay High” … not exactly something you want to put on a bumper sticker attached to your car though.

Talked to a friend in Denver that I have known forever … almost … and at age 93 he told me that one of the benefits he is finding with advancing age is that he meets new people every day … his humor has not waned.

A quiet day mostly spent online taking lessons from www.lynda.com and more on tap for tomorrow. One spent some quality time out in the yard with me today and we’ll do a repeat of that tomorrow too. Have a beautiful day and soon there will be more of the aerial shots in these emails. I had finished a shot I took yesterday of a finch in our yard, but just couldn’t send it out tonight as I needed to work on an aerial shot as I look forward to March.

Cheers and share a smile (s)

Ted

So each one to his wish, and as for me,

I sit tonight and wait

To find the answers to my soul in me,

And in the beauty of the sky and sea.

 

Max Ehrmann

Like old times

beyond

… One has begun to position herself on the top of the bench and gazing out beyond reality into the universe and possibly crossing into the realm of multiverses … a sense of present, past and that which is yet to come.  She is assuming the position of Seer that Q held before her … and she chased a tabby cat out of the yard today and then zeroed in on the entry from the deck to the house crossing the threshold at about 100 mph (or less) and after a few minutes she was back out there overseeing her world.

 

Not much happening this weekend and I just plain kicked back … I know I did a bunch of stuff, but it didn’t seem very important. Also started a new series on Amazon Prime, Orphan Black, and it is a fun view. First episode or two was a little tough to wrap the mind around, but I watched seven episodes’ yesterday. It is a good way to get through the early evening hours; eventually I will fill those hours with something useful, but for now it works for me.

 

A busy and fun week underway. Wednesday the ISO 100 group will convene over here and Thursday a ride down to KPHX and a SWA flight to San Francisco to visit Ted, Sus and Annika. Looking forward to the visit and also a chance to shoot Filoli Gardens, the coast and the harbor again. The thought of living near the ocean again is very tempting, but not very likely … ???

 

Have a beautiful day, look beyond the scattering of light during the day that obscures the infinite realms that lie beyond our little planet and never lose the sense of wonder … and share a smile with those you meet and greet … today and always.

 

Cheers

Ted

 

 

And in this journey over a thousand hills and valleys called life, he is wisest who

is patient where the way is hard, has faith when he does not understand, and carries

into the dark places the light of a cheerful heart.

 

Max Ehrmann

Life

committed

… it is a joy to be here and to experience the simple pleasure of viewing other life forms that we share the planet with … like this Canada Goose barreling down a watery runway as he is taking to flight and just a foot or so behind him you can see a water lily being thrown up into the air as the tremendous power he generates rips the surface of the water and propels him into the air. Derek has it nailed, who can ask for a better office environment than those of us who spend time in nature recording the beauty of nature. I took this shot when I was on my trip to northern Wisconsin last fall; this year One and I will be spending an entire month up at the lake and I suppose a couple of weeks in and around Minnesota too.

We’re into the weekend; have fun, drink in the beauty that is around you and share a smile with those whom you meet and greet. Life is precious and it is beautiful and that includes all of us. Back Monday morning.

Cheers

Ted

Whatever else you do or forbear;

Impose upon yourself the task of happiness;

And now and then abandon yourself

To the joy of laughter.

Max Ehrmann

Yummy

LP macaroons

… for the tummy … a fun day and this evening I got back to my photographic roots doing a product shoot. Chef Michael Cohen is starting a new business baking and selling what have to be the finest macaroons ever … in the entire universe. Hard to describe how the beautiful crunch turns into absolute joy melting in your mouth and it goes without saying that the chocolate chip ones are my favorite. By the end of the shoot there was nothing left to shoot :+) I just started playing with the photos and much left to be done, but wanted to share this one (photo not macaroon as I am not good at sharing stuff like that) so here it is.

Pricing and everything will be complete on the website by Friday, but check it out now … move over Shari’s berries … these are decadent. Most recently Michael was Pastry Chef for Lisa Dahl’s restaurants in Sedona and he has an extensive history which you can read about on the website.  www.lorrainepatisserie.com  Seriously, I have never liked macaroons, but these are just something else and there is nothing to compare them to

A few quick hours for sleep before it is in to Southwest Eye Center to have a laser procedure so I can see again; currently like looking through wax paper … a relatively common occurrence after cataract surgery (a few percent). Soon I will be able to see what my work actually looks like. Vision is really a weird thing and how you adapt to whatever you have.

Have a beautiful day and share a smile with those you pass by and meet today.

Ted

Sleep sweetly now that the gates of the crimson night are closed,

and leave tomorrow’s struggle for tomorrow;

The earth is peaceful, only the stars and still moon are abroad, and they wage no war.

 

Max Ehrmann

A split second

Sequence

… and the human eye cannot catch all the subtle action that is unfolding before it … actually not so subtle in this case. I had more than fifty emails from pilot friends today about the shot of the mallard holding off before touch/splash down. There is something magical about those milliseconds where you have set up your landing and as your flying speed is slowed and the wings life is drained from the wings you keep holding it off the runway until you settle onto the ground and rejoin life as a ground based creature.  If you have done it right you grease it and a barely perceptible hesitation as the wheel/wheels touch down and squeak a bit as friction brings them from a standstill to your ground speed in fractions of a second … a little off and a slight bump … really off and you recall the adage that you know you have had a good landing because the plane will fly again, but perhaps your passenger will not rejoin you.

For the fun of it I put the four shots I took of this landing together into a composite with all of them in the same image; same duck, and the time period traveling from the first image on the left to the last on the right is approximately one third of a second.

Mallards fly at an average of between 50 and 60 miles an hour and I would guess the speed of this guy at about 20 miles an hour as he begins the landing sequence in this image. That means he was traveling at a speed of about 30 feet per second and in a third of a second he traveled about 10 feet which is about what it looks like in this composite of the 4 shots. You can see it got a wee bit messy, but in a beautiful way and the score for the landing would be a perfect ten.

Another comment I got several times on the first shot is you can see how he is adjusting his trajectory with the primary feathers and the feathers near the body are beginning to lift up which means the airflow is interrupted and he is in an incipient stall and as you can see in the second image his webbed feet are like shoe skis; from the appearance of his body you can see how he is forcing his tail down into the water to increase the drag and increase the rate of deceleration. The third and fourth images show the force being increased and also his feet are visible in each image and the water being forced forward increases showing the braking power his feet and body are having. With the naked eye you will not see this, just a duck coming in and splashing down … just one third of a second elapsed from the first to the fourth image. How can a person not love this stuff?

I like the way Derek puts it … I have the best office to work in of anyone I know … it is true. For those so inclined, it looks like Death Valley is going to be having one of the greatest wildflower blooms in decades and it will be soon. This year I think I’ll go shoot it.

Today was a terrific day spent with friends and answering emails; still way behind, but got more than 200 replies out today, so please be patient.

Beauty can be found anywhere you are … has anyone not seen a duck land in a body of water? Have a wonderful day, keep breathing and thanks for being there for me to share my photographic art with, and smile.

Cheers

Ted

 

But from the brooding beauty of the night, and daily dancing shafts of golden sun …

The mystery and wonder of the world … that play the soundless music of the soul

And fill the heart with memory’s olden dreams … From these will come at last your faith in God.

 

Max Ehrmann

Holding off

flaps

This greenhead is on final, full flaps and just holding off in the split second before his web feet touch the water and the world gets messy around him as water flies everywhere and the transition from flight is completed. Quite a thing to behold and actually I got those shots too, but love the hang time in this shot. Took it this afternoon at the ponds; f8.0, 1/800th, ISO 400, Canon 1DX body, Canon EF100-400mm F4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens at 400mm, spot focus, auto white balance and center weighted metering.

Starting the days with a couple of hours of tutorials from www.lynda.com now … fun to learn and relearn techniques in the programs I use. Some of the things are very cool, but do not fit my workflow or what I do, but fun to learn them and who knows a day may come when I need them … more work on display cases and painting today and a couple of outings with One again. She really enjoys it and still prefers to be inside with knowledge of what is out there … security in here.

The bronze of Athena is taking a wee bit longer than anticipated so John (not just any John) sent the resin prototype home with me today and it is beautiful; looking forward to getting the bronze with her golden face and an incredible patina on her … for now though it is good to have her here on display. Check John’s website out at http://johnsoderberg.com and if you are interested in sculpting he also teaches classes … and check out Myra’s paintings too, beautiful work.

Time to hang it for the night … espresso begins my day in about five hours and friends to share it with in about seven hours. Great day now underway. Have a beautiful day and share your joy.

Smiles

Ted

 

Give me a few friends who will love me for what I am;

and keep ever burning before my vagrant steps the kindly light of hope.

And though age and infirmity overtake me, and I come not within

sight of the castle of my dreams, teach me still to be thankful for life;

and for time’s olden memories that are good and sweet; and may

the evenings twilight find me gentle still.

Max Ehrmann