Squawk Squawk


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

Dragon Thing


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

Polar Bear

Polar Bear

For a few years, we thought that the polar bear exhibit was just a mean joke because there was not and, as far as we could tell, had never been a polar bear in the habitat.  Then one showed up, and she looks sad (at least in this picture).  Apparently she’s gone again, as the picture was from 2012 and there’s a 2014 note that she’s moving to another zoo while the enclosure gets remodeled.

Picture taken with Canon 60D, EF 70-300mm lens @ 225mm, f/5.0, 1/80 sec shutter, ISO 100.

Amur (Siberian) Tiger

Amur Tiger

OK – Thanksgiving and the shopping holiday are over,  back to normal.  Here’s one of the zoo’s amur tigers, which apparently used to be called Siberian tigers but the name was changed to better reflect their natural range.

Picture taken with Canon 60D, EF 70-300mm lens @ 235mm, f/5.6, 1/80 sec shutter, ISO 100.

Slumpy the Camel

Slumpy the Bactrian camel

I’ve apparently spent a lot of time wandering around zoos, and the Lincoln Park Zoo in particular.  So, this picture is the start of the series “Lincoln Park Zoo Animals” (I felt very creative in coming up with that title).  Independent of various thoughts on animals in captivity, I like taking pictures of animals; they’re more interesting than plants and while they don’t have the presence of beautiful landscapes, they’re variable and readily available subjects.

First and foremost, this is Slumpy, the zoo’s most notable resident.  OK – that’s probably just because the camel enclosure is by the entrance and I can’t differentiate the other camels.  Here he (or she, I don’t actually know) is in full derp mode gnawing on the log pillars.

Picture taken with Canon 60D, EF 17-85mm lens @ 85mm, f/7.1, 1/200 sec shutter, ISO 100.

Blue Angels Fat Albert

Gizmodo – Blue Angels Fat Albert Fat Albert

Apparently I queued up a few more airshow pictures. I suspect I’ve posted a picture of this guy before, but this is Fat Albert – the Blue Angels transport C-130 Hercules. When I was a kid I saw a demo of the plane taking off and possibly the coolest feature was the battery of takeoff assist rockets that fire downward to help boost it into the air.

Apparently the rockets were in short supply though, and the performance featuring them was discontinued in 2009.

Also, this is probably as much as I can freeze the motion of the props on a plane because it’s the max shutter speed for the 60D.

Picture taken with Canon 60D, EF 70-300mm lens @ 300mm, 1/8000 sec, f/6.3, ISO 800