I don’t normally notice or even know the names of small birds, only raptors.

But I was pleasantly surprised yesterday at Ft. DeSoto Park to find a couple of colorful little fellows who don’t even live here. They are just stopping in for mulberry pie on their way back elsewhere. I looked up their names in my Smithsonian Handbook.

Scarlet Tanager

Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

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February 2018 Slideshow

In spite of a painful bout of bursitis which reduced me to hobbling with a cane for a couple of weeks, I was able toΒ capture a few ‘honorable mentions’ which I have stitched together in this month’s retrospective.

Mostly birds. Not surprising, as I have been carrying a long lens on my new camera everywhere I go – and these days I tend to gravitate to the water’s edge. I threw in a couple of miscellaneous images just to break the monotony.

And the final image, of course, as always, is my constant companion, Tzuri. She insists on having the last word.

[The first word too, as it’s difficult to be a serious photographer while simultaneously supervising a frisky dog darting this way and that.]

Music: “A Slow Storm Brews” by My Friend the Chocolate Cake.

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Alley Oops #66

Murals are still springing up all around town. I still take their pictures. It’s just that being a multitasker with so many on-going projects I haven’t had time to process & post any lately.

Here is a short slideshow of recent favorites which you haven’t seen yet.

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[a Monday sampling of signs, murals, graffiti]

A Moveable Feast

A friend of mine who lives alone likes to invite a wild rabbit to dinner.

With a little prodding he upgraded the presentation to a 5-Star experience.

Then yesterday I discovered a sumptuous repast carefully set out under a shade tree next to a bubbling brook.

Looks like some serious competition for you, Bill!

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Here Comes the Sun!

Below is my second time-lapse video. (First effort was a New Year’s Day sunrise over Tampa Bay.)

Took me three early morning attempts out at Ft. DeSoto Park to get this one. (Well, not counting a handful of foggy mornings when I got up and peeked outside, then jumped back in bed.)

First time, too windy for my tripod. Second time, over 300 images were out of focus. (Hey, man – like, it was too dark to see the camera buttons! What! I was expected to have a flashlight with me?)

Third time’s a charm, hopefully.

Actually, there’s still some distracting flicker from frame to frame and thus it’s not professional quality yet.Β  Controlling exposure is a nightmare when lighting goes from pitch black to blinding sun. You can’t readjust your settings once the sequence starts because the camera is on auto pilot shooting images every few seconds. In fact, capturing a stunning sunrise or sunset is so difficult, even for the pros, that it is referred to as the “holy grail” of time-lapse photography.

That means there are no guarantees, and to be successful you better start praying. 😦

578 images compressed into 20 seconds

[Richie Havens, “Here Comes the Sun“]

Fujifilm Xt-2

f/4.0Β  Β  Β  ISO 400

Shutter speeds range from 2.3 sec to 1/1000 sec

[processed in Adobe Bridge, Lightroom, Photoshop, Premiere Pro]

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