There was a partial solar eclipse yesterday, and I wanted to try to get photos of it. I know the photos I got of it aren’t really all that great, but I was just happy to have anything remotely usable; all my previous attempts to photograph the sun haven’t worked out in any real way. I have a pair of welder’s goggles that I bought a couple of years ago to watch the Transit of Venus, so I put those on over my sunglasses which made me feel a bit like the villain in that Doctor Who episode. I added a Neutral Density filter to my lens and then just sort of wished for luck.
1/4000, f/45, 300mm
1/3200, f/45, 300mm
1/2000, f/45, 300mm
With the last one, I did try to focus more consciously on the twigs in front of the eclipse; it looks to me like the other two ended up that way as well, but it was a deliberate attempt in the last shot. I would have liked to have stayed out for more photos, but my daughter wanted to go for a bike ride, so we did that instead.
Some ducks swimming in Bear Creek. I didn’t get many good shots of them, several were blurry. At times a male and the female were swimming side by side in one of those moments that would look super-saccharine if you didn’t know anything about ducks. But I wasn’t able to capture those since the ducks didn’t take any direction very well.
Continuing with the photos I took last week along Bear Creek Trail. We consider ourselves fortunate to have the opportunity to live in this part of the Denver metro area where we are close to nature. We can walk along here and pretend that we’re away from the city. I like taking pictures in the fall when things are colorful in a way that they aren’t during the rest of the year.
It’s almost as if nature is apologizing before the fact that it will soon paint with a monochromatic palette.
The weather’s cooled down enough now that when I get home from work, my wife and I walk a few miles together in the evening along Bear Creek Trail. This year, the colors seem subdued, as if they went from green to dead without that vibrant, awesome colorful phase between them. But there were still enough pretty colors to get a few shots last week.
I’m not really as obsessed with the cat as it probably appears (no, really). Or as much as my wife says I am, either. But I think Rose is a really pretty cat, and she strikes great poses. And sometimes, I can catch her being silly:
A few pictures from March. We drove to Ouray for a weekend for our ‘honeymoon’ and I took some photos of the mountains while we were over there.