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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
The line up …

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

By Ted Grussing

A good portion of the day was spent going through my 2014 uploads and deleting and putting the remaining images in their appropriate folders … finished through June of 2014 and hope to get at least two months per day done until I finish the year and then onwards into 2015. The idea of course is to keep the images that are best and delete anything with even a slight problem. After the upload folders are gone through the battle is brought to the individual category files and try to do mass deletions. When you shoot a lot it is important to get rid of all but the best; on average I shoot more than 30,000 images per year, 4,000+ so far this month and while there are a lot of very fine shots, there are those that stand out from the rest … I think. A friend stopped over and we had a nice visit and in general it turned out to be a very nice day.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
A new one to me …

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

By Ted Grussing

… I’m not sure how birders will rate this bird and not even sure if they have a separate category for it … I’m calling it a Malpin, as it is a definite crossbreed between a Mallard and an American Pintail. The head shape, beak, neck collar and tail feathers are those of a Pintail and the head color is for sure that of a drake mallard and perhaps some of the body colors, although the wings look a little like a Pintail too. Anyhow, I shot it down at the ponds a few days ago … water is streaming off the beak as he had just ducked his head down for some food. The Canvasback is looking at him seemingly trying to figure it out too. Anyhow it is a beautiful creature and hope you enjoy it. He did not fly and continued to remain in the area feeding.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Cannon ball …

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

By Ted Grussing

… remember when you were a kid (or maybe always) and enjoyed jumping in the pool or a lake and tucking yourself into a kind of ball so that when you hit the splash was maximized … and everyone close by got a heavy duty splash and wave … Sometimes it looks like other creatures enjoy the same behavior like this Ringneck Duck that splashed in and then took a hard right turn to make sure that the splash went high and far … you can kind of see the little dude in the middle of the splash facing towards you with his brilliant yellow eye looking at you.

This is just one of those fun shots showing other species enjoying life too. Fun times.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
All is well …

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

By Ted Grussing

…  the sun was setting … the air was quiet … the rocks, clouds and the peaks were all being lit up … life is good and all is well. I took this shot as I was shedding altitude before entering a left downwind for R3 at Sedona late this afternoon.  The air was relatively clean and thus the detail you can see on the peaks … snowcapped tops touching the clouds.  On the horizon moving left to right you have Sitgreaves Mountain, Kendrick Peak, the San Francisco Peaks and Mt. Elden. The dark canyon running left to right is Oak Creek Canyon and under the peaks it turns left and going right is Munds Canyon … Uptown Sedona is lower left in the image and directly above that is Mt. Wilson. To the left of the photo is the airport.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Beauty …

Monday, January 19th, 2015

By Ted Grussing

… in abundance and always there to be savored and appreciated by all … we live on an incredibly beautiful planet and sometimes get so caught up in the day to day stuff that it is easy to not look out the window or look up at the sky and see that there really is something beyond our homes, gardens and offices … this is planet earth that we get to spend time on and while it cares not whether we are here or not it’s a very cool place to be and we should take advantage of every opportunity during our short lifetimes to enjoy it.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
A tweety bird…

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

By Ted Grussing

… I rather suspect that this little guy/gal doesn’t really care what name we assign to it … it simply is and along with a lot of other tweety birds, sparrows and finches it relishes in the safety of our Desert Olive tree/bushes. No Coopers Hawk is going to penetrate this tightly packed maze of branches … I rather suspect that this is a female Sparrow, but will wait for Eric or someone else to enlighten me. I shot this late afternoon with the new 100/400 and the 1.4 extender on it as Eric wanted to see a bird shot from less than fifteen feet to see how sharp the lens really is … methinks it is quite good. Shot at 560 mm and f8.0 the depth of field for this shot was a little over one inch and I am very pleased with this lens.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
A dynamic planet …

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

By Ted Grussing

… for about the past 4.5 billion years our little planet has been undergoing constant change … we have had several atmospheres and only the latest one is hospitable to human and other carbon based life forms … and the oxygen content of the atmosphere has varied from a low of about 10% to a high of about 35% over the past 500 million years. At 10% combustion is not possible … no fire … at 35% spontaneous combustion in rain forests … I kinda like the present 21% which works well for we humans. A recent study by scientists at MIT shows that minor volcanic activity is having a cooling effect on the planet … because of our relatively short life span things seem pretty stable and unchanging when in geologic time events are occurring quickly.  I would imagine to an insect that only lives for hours there is never any perceptual change and to us the planet seems pretty stable … but it is not.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Overflight …

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

By Ted Grussing

… a Great Blue Heron overflew three Canvasbacks as he was crossing the pond to his favorite fishing spot on the other side … the simple elegance of a large predator comfortable in his place in the world … visiting his own grocery store … fresh seafood and ready to eat. I took this shot last Sunday whilst sitting by the side of one of the ponds observing and relaxing among the beautiful creatures and a little sunshine to go along with it.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Shadows …

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

By Ted Grussing

… and light and a few nice colors describe a late afternoon flight up north last week. I took this shot shortly before we cut a trail back to Sedona so we could land a minute or so before sunset. We climbed up to I think just shy of 15,000’ so that we could get shots of the shadow of the San Francisco Peaks extending outwards almost to the Little Colorado River … anyhow it was pretty cool getting the shot and with the Painted Desert assuming a nice color as well.

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By Ted Grussing

… the hen widgeon in the photo seems to have an aura of innocence about her and the coot had just initiated a get out of town maneuver  looking for a little peace in his pursuit for food.

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… cannot be found … today was just a blast and seldom have I had a friend along more enthusiastic than my friend Wayne Ranney … and like my other geologist friends he gave me some lessons on the geology and I gave him views he has never seem. In short we had a blast as we traversed about a thousand square miles of the Colorado Plateau … The first shot is one I took of the north side of Roden Crater with the patterns of the snow not quite covering the surface. The diagonal line id the property line for the crater project … kinda funky!

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… my friend Jim Peterson,  invited me over to shoot the Lovejoy 2014 Q2 comet which is reaching its maximum brightness and visibility and tonight was a good night to get it. The comet was discovered by an amateur astronomer by the name of Lovejoy last summer and it is the fifth one he has discovered … you do not shoot stars and comets handheld … I had to dig out one of my tripods and then fumble with it in the dark and try to find the comet which is not visible to the naked eye … yikes … a tripod? I am embarrassed! Settings for this shot were  f8, 1.3 seconds, ISO 51,200. Even though it is all in focus you can see that everything moved just a little bit in that time. This is shooting that could become addictive.

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One of the really fun things I find in photography is the beautiful abstract patterns present nearly everywhere you are, whether it be in the fractal type designs in leaves, drops of water coming off icicles, patterns in clouds or a view from on high looking at the earth itself. I got this photograph yesterday and the colors, patterns and shadows all combine to give truly neat abstract … I like the volcanic cone in the upper left too … looks like it has not aged very well, but it is trying. Not sure if this cinder cone even has a name, but it is north and east of Sunset Crater … it doesn’t really matter whether we give it a name or not as it exists and is there, dormant for now and perhaps forever.

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…  a friend went flying with me this afternoon and the avowed purpose was to get some great aerial shots up north. We took off around 3:30P and cranked left in a climbing left turn heading for the peaks. The air has generally been of a pretty high quality and we expected to see the San Francisco Peaks come into view with crisp clarity as we climbed up and out of Sedona and the canyons. As the peaks came into view they were totally hazed out with a brownish smoke that filled our vision, left, right and forward.

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By Ted Grussing

Saturday morning Derek and I were talking about a plan he had to shoot the moonrise over the San Francisco Peaks that afternoon. Seemed like a fun idea with him shooting from the ground and me getting it from the air from approximately the same position but about a mile higher. There is a fantastic amount of planning that has to go into getting a shot like that from the ground as you have to position yourself to get the moon rising and traversing the specific area you want to get it. Since you cannot change elevation of your camera much and your ability to traverse horizontally across the ground is limited by stuff like trees, fences and all the good stuff, you really have to lay it  out. For aerial photography there are no such limitations and I can change positions horizontally miles per minute and vertically hundreds of feet per minute  so I have a lot more flexibility … like what time does the moon rise and about where will it make an appearance … after that I have the ability to basically place the moon wherever I want by traveling horizontally and/or vertically. 

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By Ted Grussing

… welcome to my world as it exists in this new year … as you can see in tonight’s photo, a partnership of sorts has been formed … about the same voluntary nature as a shopkeeper who is forced to pay protection money so he can continue to operate … this is my workspace in my office and the tablet that One is resting on mimics the monitor that I work on with my images on screen … the mouse and the pen allow me to have very precise control over the work on screen. The working space on the tablet is in grey and you can see how much grey is visible and that limits my ability to do anything much except wait for her to move to the side of the left monitor and resume her nap on one of many blankets/towels she has scattered through our home. I do not trim her claws, she is strictly an indoor creature and she does rule and regulate life within her castle. She knows how to move my hand … claws :+)

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By Ted Grussing

… 2014 has departed and 2015 is here … we have passed that magical location on our orbit through space as we circumvent the sun … tick, tick, tick … we begin counting anew. The reality is that we simply continue in unbroken fashion a predictable course through space and because we need things to have a beginning and end we tick off our days until we retrace our path again. It is not the same space though as our sun is also traveling through space as it travels around the perimeter of our galaxy the Milky Way. The sun doesn’t get all that many orbits, perhaps ten or twelve total before it becomes the red giant that engulfs the earth and approaches its end time … but still traveling its orbit around the galaxy. It is possible I may be caught up on my emails by then:+)

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… there are the containers, the enclosures we enter, and the nickname for one of the most beautiful of the waterfowl … the Canvasback! After a bunch of stuff around here this morning I headed down to the ponds to see what was happening. The winds were blowing so anything flying would be staying pretty low and the winds would flay the water when ducks took off and landed making for better displays of the water.

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… as in the bird … got this shot last March when Eric and I went down to the ponds to get some waterfowl shooting and what made the day was a bunch of Violet-Green Swallows hitting the water picking up small fish or an insect hatch. Both wings would carve through the water and water would fly. Not sure how many shots we took that afternoon, but it was in the hundreds … small fast moving little creatures are not easy to get a focus on so we did the best we could and it kinda sounded like machine guns firing when going for these guys. Think I saved about thirty of them.

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By Ted Grussing

… at shoots I have done this past year, deleting and categorizing and finding many I like that bring back memories of the year … also some total binge watching of Lilyhammer on Netflix … yesterday I did little else watching the entire Season 2 plus the first episode of Season 3 … four episodes tonight … help! Anyhow, for the next several days the photos will be odds and ends I find in folders I am going through as I continue my quest to get the total portfolio down to the best of the best somewhere around 15,000 images.

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