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    hi bertie,
    checked the original and a couple prints from last nite. i think you may be right. i'm not after strict realism, but the haloes compete with the moon and should be toned down. thanks.
    here are a couple more pics from last evening: figure in the fossil rocks and aztec angel in the road.
    the little lake down the hill is surrounded by boulders from the sea bottom and full of shells, etc. mysterious to find at seven thousand feet.
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    ps. i have to keep removing earlier pictures to make room for new ones. you can see the whole series at

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    infrared diamond lookout
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    my infrared view

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    cats only see in black and white

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    Re: shots of a smoky sun

    Your last two are impressive - though I might be inclined to crop out the 'globe' bottom right in the second.

    Your pic of the watch tower reminds me of other fire watchers. This is the cathedral in Bern, Switzerland. Where the covering over the scaffolding begins - going upwards - there is a look out platform - and an apartment/flat - which is still lived in. Originally, it was for the watchman on fire duty. This residential firewatcher seems to have been quite widespread in Europe in the past.
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    hi bertie,
    i can't get the picture to show. i'd really like to see it. japanese cities used to have a lot of watch-towers because of their wooden houses. portugal, turkey, they've still got firelookouts, australia and new zealand too. it's a very long tradition.
    speaking of berlin, i just ran across an old picture of the art student i met in florence, and whom i then visited in berlin. 1965. this made me go back and live in berlin the next winter, though she'd returned to hamburg. (later we met on the island of rhodes and later she became a character in a novel i wrote: www.pbase.com/wwp/greece )
    about a month ago i googled the place i'd lived and blast if i couldn't zoom right in on it. it looks fancy, but it was a half-basement room looking into the grimy courtyard and i had to carry bricks of coal on my back to heat it. there's more to that story too, but i'll leave it for another time!
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    Re: shots of a smoky sun

    Quote Originally Posted by smokysun View Post
    hi bertie,
    i can't get the picture to show. i'd really like to see it. japanese cities used to have a lot of watch-towers because of their wooden houses. portugal, turkey, they've still got firelookouts, australia and new zealand too. it's a very long tradition.
    speaking of berlin, i just ran across an old picture of the art student i met in florence, and whom i then visited in berlin. 1965. this made me go back and live in berlin the next winter, though she'd returned to hamburg. (later we met on the island of rhodes and later she became a character in a novel i wrote: bout a month ago i googled the place i'd lived and blast if i couldn't zoom right in on it. it looks fancy, but it was a half-basement room looking into the grimy courtyard and i had to carry bricks of coal on my back to heat it. there's more to that story too, but i'll leave it for another time!
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    Just about every town in Switzerland seems to have burnt down at some time - and quite a few several times - they were all wooden then, and many towns still have a lot of wooden houses. There was a poignant memorial in Grindelwald a year or two to the great fire around 1884 - but incongrously placed next to the celebration of the inaugauration of the fire brigade a year later..

    Your pic of Berlin shows the typical courtyard house - I imagine it was a bit grim.
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    hi bertie,
    ironically, watch-towers not really passe in even populated areas. when i worked at lake tahoe, the lookouts saved many a house. and even ground reports might be off by thirty miles. last year a fire right below one of the abandoned lookouts i had manned burned 250 very expensive homes. early reports called it a 'control burn' so the response wasn't immediate. a mile from the old tower, an observer could have gotten them going a lot quicker.
    here are a few more infrared pics from last night (with the fuji s6000 and a hoya 76 filter). i call them 'among the old ones.'
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    Re: shots of a smoky sun

    Interesting; I might give this IR a go sometime.
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    to find out if your camera is sensitive to ir shine a tv remote control at it. if you can see the red light, then you're home free. the fuji sensitive, as are cameras like the nikon 995 and the sony 717 which has an ir setting (great camera, everyone should have one).
    what's nice is that ir 'makes the familiar strange' as tolsoy said was the object of art.
    here are some from this evening:

    buddha plays a video game

    aliens

    samson: eyeless in gaza

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    ps. i actually have a 72 hoya, 62mm with a 58 to 62 step-up. just by luck this prevents vignetting wide-angled.
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    russ, the radio tech

    red sunrise

    white forest

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    Love this work Wayne, the IR in particular is eerie. Will have to try and R72 filter

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    Re: shots of a smoky sun

    Quote Originally Posted by Lili View Post
    Lovthe IR in particular is eerie
    Isn't it just. I'll have to try also - it seems that the boosted live view on the Oly 410 etc makes it possible to view and focus.
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    just checked ebay. they've lots of them at good prices:

    http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trk...All-Categories

    best of luck to both of you. it's fun!

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    rainbow

    consolation

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    i've posted more at www.pbase.com/wwp/smoke

    also against my better judgement i've put some excerpts from the lookout diary i wrote years ago, a lot of the events feeling like ancient history:

    www.pbase.com/wwp/cloud
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    Hi Wayne,

    The IR shots are particulalry impressive. I have been in the far east for the past few weeks so have been happily disconnected but it is nice to come back and see the progress in this thread. I will have a good look at your pbase gallery when I get the chance.

    Thanks for documenting this.

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    hi ed,
    good to have you back. thanks for the kind words. one thing i like about ir is the shots can be processed in so many ways. and the otherworldlyness that seems to come automatically with many of them.
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    Wayne both kits lenses for my e410 and the S6000fd take 58mm, so one filter cane used for all! Sweet!
    Bertie; thanks for the tip on the Oly

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    hi lili,
    just a thought. i have a 62mm with a step-up rring from 58. you might want to check out the 58 and see if you get vignetting with the widest angel.
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    Re: shots of a smoky sun

    Quote Originally Posted by Lili View Post
    Wayne both kits lenses for my e410 and the S6000fd take 58mm, so one filter cane used for all! Sweet!
    Bertie; thanks for the tip on the Oly
    Lili, I found this quite by accident;

    http://www.photographyblog.com/revie...pus_e520_2.php

    if you scroll down a bit there is a paragraph about infra red and how to do it. Though the review is about the 520, it should be applicable to the 410,420 and 510 at least.
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    Re: shots of a smoky sun

    after days off, very warm up here. the weather forecasts keep changing. one minute they say no precip for ten days. the next day they say there's a 95% chance come halloween! the only sure thing, the skies will change on a dime.

    elegant

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    ps. here are some wonderful photos of winter lookouts from the air: http://www.pbase.com/nolock/firelookouts

    pss. the poet gary snyder made desolation lookout famous:

    http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&...result#PPP1,M1
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    visitor

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    Re: shots of a smoky sun

    Quite trippy Fun.... Very surreal
    Is this the Earth to come or the Earth that once was
    love it, Wayne

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    hi helen,
    thanks. don't have any answers! but here's

    the strange case of the vanishing lookout #1

    my homage to the film blow up

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    the strange case of the vanishing lookout #2

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    the strange case of the vanishing lookout #3

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    the strange case of the vanishing lookout #4

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    too many dirty dishes, thinks the buddha, waiting for the weather to change.

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    ps. the whole summer series at www.pbase.com/wwp/smoke
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    Quite a series, Wayne - very cool stuff! I keep feeling like I'll see Sasquatch appear right behind you in one them. Be careful out there.
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    hi joan,
    that's what i kept thinkng! even the bear tracks seemed bigger than usual.
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    where are they all going?

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    Re: shots of a smoky sun

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    where are they all going?

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    Impressive series, Wayne.
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    thanks, bertie. yes, hard to separate fact from fiction in the present scene. as long as plenty of people believe in an illusion, it will pass as a truth.
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    Great series of self portraits Wayne, never seen anything quite like it. Superb.

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    thanks, simon. three years ago i spent the summer up here doing a self-portrait project. you might get a kick out of them (best watched as a slideshow). www.pbase.com/wwp/self

    just looked through your people, streetphotgraphy, and coastal colour galleries. i especially liked the street shots. you've a very sympathetic eye for people.

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    Nice work Wayne

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    thanks, lili. went out last night with the xti plus 50mm 1.8 for a change of pace. this combination, ironically, very close to the d2 and s6000 in size but it weighs twice as much. for a dslr it is pretty quiet. the small sensors actually record a lot of detail, if you pull it out. the xti a bit more and also you can play with depth of field much more easily. however, the self-portrait project mentioned above shot totally with a 4 mpg canon digital elf. the computer on the desk-top becomes simply an extension of the computer in the camera. every part of the picture can be changed, without necessarily losing the sense of it being a photograph (though i blur the distinction all the time and i think we should stop calling it 'manipulation' with all the negative connotations that implies). i still love classical photography, especially black and white. here are a couple of examples from the bigger sensor. do they seem any different?

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    here are a couple more comparison shots with the xti and a leica R 75-200 lens mounted with a confirmation adaptor.

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    the weather forecast: http://weather.msn.com/tenday.aspx?w...orecast:tenday

    packing up!

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    clean up quick, reminds the buddha, still staring at the sink
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    the return to civilization is never easy

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    Oh, hell, Wayne.
    I hope you are not a creature which goes into hibernation for the winter. Your images are some of the funniest, most interestingly manipulated story telling pics around. I trust you are able to continue posting once you have descended into the madness that lies down in the lower altitudes.
    Good luck with the move.
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    thanks, gandolfi! let's see if i can come up with something for halloween. it's been fun doing this thread this summer. going out to take some last pics in a few minutes. i'll see if i can find something worth posting.
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    ps. just heard someone wrote very explicit graffiti on the abandoned lookout at argentine peak. a crew going up in the morning to take pics (sorry i can't send you any) and paint it out.
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    alas, even in paradise. i ran across two of the species devouring the planet (both reveal an inner emptiness that can never be filled).

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    our only hope

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    LOL, Wayne, you rock

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    ah, all things must pass.

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    2nd work inthis last set superb but love looking at them all,hope all goes well downstairs,all the best ________ Neil.

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    thanks, neil. beat the rain, but it's coming down now. lot of mood swings my first day in town (it had to be halloween!) the older i get, the more i enjoy sitting on a mountain and looking down at the world.
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    ps. whole summer series at www.pbase.com/wwp/smoke

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