German Town

German Town

Makeup picture #4.  I don’t even remember the name of this town. We stopped there on the return trip from our Rhine river tour.

I figured since I started this whole daily photo thing with one of the first ‘good’ pictures I took, I’ll end it with one of the last pictures I’ve taken. This, is the most recent picture I have cataloged.  Oddly enough, they’re both from Germany 1/4 of the way around the globe but taken less than 100 miles apart.

Technology has improved a bit over that time… from a 2MP Olympus C2040z that was best used at ISO 100 storing pictures on 64MB smartmedia cards back then to the 24MP Sony a6000 that can achieve better results all the way up to ISO 800 and maybe 1600 and uses a 128GB SD card that cost less than the 64MB.  Lenses too, though that’s equal parts technology and budget.

And with that… Happy impending new year.

Picture taken with Canon 60D, EF-S 17-85mm lens @ 30mm, 1/320 sec, f/13, ISO 200

Grevy’s zebras

Grevy's Zebras

Two of the three or four Grevy’s zebras that reside at the zoo with their little Mohawk manes.  Pretty standard really, except that we call just call them Zebra’s and don’t care what variety they are.

Picture taken with Sony a6000, SEL 18-200mm lens @ 200mm, f/11, 1/15 sec, ISO 100

Baringo Giraffe


Happy Thanksgiving!  I couldn’t put my finger on a picture of a turkey, so instead you get another (previous one posted quite a while ago) shot of a giraffe – a Barinog Giraffe to be specific, though I was not aware there were distinctions prior to just now.  I’m not sure if this is the same giraffe as previously featured.  And, since I don’t have much more to say about this one in specific, did you know that giraffes tongues are about 18″ long?

Picture taken with Sony a6000, SEL 18200 lens @ 128mm, f/11, 1/200 sec shutter, ISO 3200.

Pygmy Hippo

Pygmy Hippopotamus

This is the best shot I have of this guy, the zoo’s Pygmy Hippo, in no small part because it resides behind a seemingly ever-dirty pane of extra heavy glass which also forms the side to the river / pool in its habitat.  The ability to crank the ISO of the camera up to 6400 and still get a usable shot also helped.

Picture taken with Sony a6000, SEL 18200 lens @ 159mm, f/8.0, 1/160 sec shutter, ISO 6400.

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

The server is misbehaving, so I have to post from my backups.  And, since my backups aren’t cataloged I can’t really do edits, and without edits a lot of the Rhine tour pictures are very, very dull thanks to the haze that day.  So, instead you will get a few shots from a trip to the San Francisco area a few years back, starting with this one – the Golden Gate, with some low clouds and a freighter passing under.

Pictures taken with Canon 60D, SEL18200 lens @ 36mm, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250 sec shutters, f/16, ISO 100


Rothenburg Wall

Rothenburg inskirts.  This was somewhere on the inside of the wall, though I don’t think it was that close to where I took the picture of the outside of the wall.  The wooden structure was a little concerning because at times the stairs were obviously one old 2×10 preventing a 25′ fall to the ground below.

Picture taken with Sony a6000, SEL18200 lens @ 10mm, 1/30 sec shutter, f/5.6, ISO 100