Daily Image - Apr 2011 Archive - sonofjohan
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18 Apr 11.  Directly parallel to an entrance to I-5 (145th St) that we commonly use sits a pair of ponds that are part of a City of Shoreline park known as Twin Ponds. We have driven past them hundreds of times not knowing they were there as a) there is nothing to identify their location, and b) they can't be seen from the road. A couple weeks back it was suggested by a list member that I should go check them out for a possible photo opportunity. So we did just that on a typical Seattle gray day and spent the better part of an hour walking the dog around the two little ponds. It was readily apparent that we were far too early for any good vegetation shots, and the animals that were there, about a dozen ducks, were not cooperating in any way photographic. But as we were traversing the more northerly of the two ponds we came to a small area containing some nice trees and a small spring that was feeding the ponds. Unless you were down on the path at that very spot, the presence of the stream would not be apparent. There was sufficient water running in it to provide for a couple of different approaches to shooting it, and I tried to do a cotton effect slow water shot. Trying to do so hand held was a bit of a challenge, but I was able to get the water slowed a bit, although not enough to get both a sharp image and really cottony water, so I elected to err on the sharp side of the equation. As I looked at what was right before me I found it surprising that you can find a stream like this one, pretending to be up in the mountains, right inside the city in a park. The lighting under the trees was quite varied, so the image has been masked for luminosity corrections several times to get this final result. ISO 200; 1/13 sec (hand held with vibration reduction on) @ f / 11.

18 Apr 11. Directly parallel to an entrance to I-5 (145th St) that we commonly use sits a pair of ponds that are part of a City of Shoreline park known as Twin Ponds. We have driven past them hundreds of times not knowing they were there as a) there is nothing to identify their location, and b) they can't be seen from the road. A couple weeks back it was suggested by a list member that I should go check them out for a possible photo opportunity. So we did just that on a typical Seattle gray day and spent the better part of an hour walking the dog around the two little ponds. It was readily apparent that we were far too early for any good vegetation shots, and the animals that were there, about a dozen ducks, were not cooperating in any way photographic. But as we were traversing the more northerly of the two ponds we came to a small area containing some nice trees and a small spring that was feeding the ponds. Unless you were down on the path at that very spot, the presence of the stream would not be apparent. There was sufficient water running in it to provide for a couple of different approaches to shooting it, and I tried to do a cotton effect slow water shot. Trying to do so hand held was a bit of a challenge, but I was able to get the water slowed a bit, although not enough to get both a sharp image and really cottony water, so I elected to err on the sharp side of the equation. As I looked at what was right before me I found it surprising that you can find a stream like this one, pretending to be up in the mountains, right inside the city in a park. The lighting under the trees was quite varied, so the image has been masked for luminosity corrections several times to get this final result. ISO 200; 1/13 sec (hand held with vibration reduction on) @ f / 11.

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