Pete's Stuff


It may be nearly December, but things are still blooming in sunny Hawai‘i.

More photos below the fold.


A Bit More Fall

Whoops - forgot a few photos that I wanted to post in my last batch of teleshots. So here they are.

A quiet walk at Afton State Park.



They say that a pun is the lowest form of humor. So, something a little more um, elevated.

The Mississippi River valley viewed from Buena Vista Park in Alma, Wisconsin. Lock and Dam #4 is on the right, the Alma coal plant on the left, and the town down below. Click on the image to see a medium-sized version, or try the 25-megapixel large version and the 150-megapixel enormous version, if you think you can handle it! The full size version is big enough to read the street signs down in the town.

Made with Hugin for Mac, an powerful open-source panorama stitching program. I think it did a excellent job of putting together this image, even though I went out of my way to make it difficult:

  1. My tripod wasn't level.
  2. I forgot to fix the ISO, so the exposure varied between individual shots.
  3. It was basically facing into the sun. I hadn't planned it, so I just shot what I had when I got there.
  4. It was a hazy day with a warm south wind, so the contrast was bad.

Either way, it's good practice for what I'd really like to do, which is to climb Mount Elbert next year when I go to Colorado, and take a 360 degree, gigapixel view, hopefully in perfect, "severe clear" conditions like that excursion in 2007.

Two Hundred Millimeters

The second lens I bought for my SLR (other than the one that came with it) was a 200 mm fixed telephoto lens that opens up to f/2.8 for those low light situations. I've been slowly learning how to use it over the last few months, and here are some of the results.

Juniper seeds are yummy.


All Natural Potpourri

No, I haven't stopped playing with my toys. A potpourri of more nature photography from the past few months.


Lake Superior, in fog.



Found, on West River Road at the Greenway underpass. Within full view of thousands of commuters.

Click on the photo for a high resolution version.

I guess it was for Augustus :)


I've been watching the condition at Wolsfeld Woods over the past couple of weeks - unfortunately, it looks like the dry sunny weather is resulting in a short season for the spring wildflowers. The trees are starting to leaf out rapidly, but there's a few nice touches.

More pictures behind the link.


A New Toy

So I'm now the happy owner of a new DSLR. Based on a combination of Internet research and some scuttlebutt from people "in the know", I ended up getting a Canon Rebel T2i (also branded as the 550D). It's a brand-new camera model, just released in the last few weeks, and it has essentially the same guts as the 7D. In fact, it's so new that neither Apple nor Adobe has released a RAW compatibility update yet - I found this out the hard way because I automatically set the mode to RAW when I got it, but wasn't able to import the pictures when I got home. Thankfully, the Canon software that came with the camera will export a TIFF and thus tide me over until the vendors catch up.

So a couple days later, I went out to capture the early spring.

Sharp-lobed hepatica at Standing Cedars.


The City of Lakes Loppet

Last weekend was the 2010 City of Lakes Loppet, a full two days of ski-related events and races. On Sunday, I went out to Wirth Park with the camera to catch some of the action.

Here are some of my favorite pictures; go to the gallery for the full collection.

Classic skiers coming up to the aid station at Wirth Parkway.


Mount Elbert, Colorado

Here's a few photos to make up for my alarming lack of posts recently. It must be the holiday season... so busy... new snow... seasonal affective disorder... yeah, that's the ticket. From my Colorado trip in 2007.

Summit of Mount Elbert - 8 AM, clear skies.


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