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Seagulls

We were attached by seagulls while on Mackinac Island.  I’m pretty sure we were not feeding them, but we may have had food out.

I’m not sure how I concocted the camera settings used.  I’m guessing they were from taking pictures of something else the night before and I just grabbed the camera and took the seagull pictures with whatever settings were there.

Picture taken with Canon 60D, EF-S 18-135mm lens @ 18mm, 1/400 sec shutter, f/22, ISO 1600

Epcot

Epcot

Epcot, obviously.  I think I’ve been there three times.  I think every time I’ve been less impressed.  When I was there in 6th grade (no camera), I remember running around to all the countries and seeing all the unique stuff and thinking it was awesome (Magic Kingdom did not get the same rating).  When I was there in 2006 shortly after college, I remember doing the same loop, but my predominant impression being that the country venues were full of fake crap and everywhere you turned there were restaurants, shows and souveniers to buy.  I’m not sure if the content really changed (I’m sure my realization that the stuff was all replica was just part of growing up) or if I just got more annoyed with the persistent sales pitches.

Picture taken with Canon Rebel XT, EF 18-55mm @ 22mm, 1/300 sec shutter, f/3.5, ISO 1600

Tiger

Tiger

One of the good shots of a tiger I got at Animal Kingdom many years ago.  I took a huge number of pictures, but I was more enamored with having a fancy new camera and a 300mm lens than getting good shots.  This mainly meant that one of composition, focus and shutter speed were missing.  As a result I have (or had) lots of pictures that were not very crisp and a good number that were flawed in one way or another.  For example, I have a bunch of this same tiger from a better angle, but they all have a big blade of grass across its face which I can’t really remove in post processing.

Picture taken with Canon Rebel XT, EF 70-300mm @ 300mm, 1/320 sec shutter, f/7.1, ISO 1600

Dragon Thing

Dragon

From Artprize 2013.  This was by no means the most impressive metal sculpture (it was part sculpture, part playground and part pyro-pandering) but I guess dumping large amounts of propane into the air and igniting it is worth something.  After all, I did take a picture.  I took a video too, but it did not turn out well.

Picture taken with Canon 60D, EF-S 17-85mm lens @ 17mm, 1/200 sec shutter, f/10, ISO 400

Jay Peak, VT

Jay Peak, VT

Another from the Sugarloaf trip, except not from Sugarloaf – this one from Jay Peak, VT.  Nice place to ski with lots of ungroomed, free to ski area.  I’m pretty sure we made several ventures through the center of all those trees over the course of the day.

Pictures taken with Canon Rebel 300D, EF-S 18-55mm lens @ 33mm, f/13, 1/250 sec shutter, ISO 100.

Clown Fish & Anemone

Clown fish & Anemone

Leaving the zoo in favor of the aquarium, a clown fish nestled in an anemone… If you look close, this is a really poor picture as, in my experience, most from an aquarium are.  There’s piles of chromatic aberration around all the anemone ends at the bottom, but I think it’s from the aquarium glass, not the lens that’s the cause.  Too bad really, because I like the overall look of it… Maybe I’ll have to go back to the aquarium some day.

Picture taken with Canon 350D, EF-S 17-85mm lens @ 85mm, f/5.6, 1/13 sec, ISO 400