I had a lot of fun shooting at Mammoth Lakes while I was there in early June. On this particular day, I had finished fishing at McLeod Lake, and the trail from that lake had originated at the parking area next to Horseshoe Lake. I took my camera and started hiking the shoreline looking for interesting scenes. I’ve found that standing in the water with my tripod is the best way to capture these types of scenes — and of course thank goodness for neutral density filters!
Been playing around with the Theodolite app on my phone today. This is one of the Sherwin Lakes.
Last weekend, I spent some time in Berkeley, and on Saturday I had a chance to see the UC Botanical Garden. This is one of many shots I took.
The whole set can be seen here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ben_erlandson/sets/72157629975114371/
Hope you enjoy them!
I found myself down at Carmel Beach last evening to hang out with a buddy of mine (and his two cool pooches) at the beach to watch the sun and waves, bitch about the week, and talk science.
Eventually the sun went down, my buddy went home, and I stuck around to get some post-sunset surf shots. I love the effect of slow shutter speeds on the waves. Using a circular polarizer adds to the glow of the waves, I think.
In this particular shot, I kept trying to get the timing just right (with about a 4 second exposure, if I remember correctly) to get a good spray off the rock that you can see there. I think this one came out pretty well…
I’ve been enjoying exploring the increased flexibility of my new Canon 7D, and although I like the fact that the new lens I got has image stabilization — allowing for on-the-fly closeups like this bee — I’ve come to realize that it’s causing me to forgo the tripod more than I should. I’m mostly happy with this shot, but I know it could be so much better with a tripod. The sad thing is, I had my tripod with me, strapped to my awesome new slingbag, but I just got caught up in the moment.
Ahh, well. Next time…
I’m happy to announce that my friend and colleague Dirk Ifenthaler will be visiting CSUMB to give a lecture/workshop combo next Thursday and Friday!
Here are the details:
This workshop involves tools for assessing learning and performance in complex, problem-solving domains. Various integrated tools will be discussed and demonstrated. Participants will have an opportunity to refine a research design and apply the tools in a research setting by conducting a mock experimental study. The tools elicit problem conceptualizations from subjects as annotated causal concept maps or in open text form and provide analysts with comparisons of two representations with regard to seven metrics.
Here’s a link to the full description (including specific tools to be used): http://tla.csumb.edu/workshops
Yesterday morning, I was on a boat at 5:30am to go fishing for salmon in Monterey Bay. I didn’t end up catching any salmon — in fact, only one guy in the whole group caught one — but I did catch a few other fish, including a sand dab.
The trip wasn’t a wash, though: we saw a pod of orcas fairly early in the morning. They actually made a kill right near our boat! There were some yearlings with them as well. I never expected to see killer whales live in person. Unfortunately I didn’t get any shots of the orcas because I was too busy fishing. I did, however, get some cool shots of the pre-dawn Bay!
Taking a break from shooting to grab a quick cappuccino (and some broccoli quiche) from the Big Sur Bakery.
I’ve decided that I’m tired of maintaining my own site that I’ve built from scratch.
It’s time to switch over to wordpress for good, methinks. I’ll be updating the look and feel over the next few weeks and integrating a lot of content from all my other web and social media presences.