05.09.2016 Purgee Brook

This morning I visited a new brook in the Quabbin.  New to me, of course.  The brook has been there for a while.  I’ve seen images from this stream and decided it was time.  I think there will be a lot of cascades along further beyond today’s trek and possibly a waterfall.

Please click for a larger view.Purgee-Brook-1-050916-1075I also finally figured out how to shoot video with the 5D Mark II (it wasn’t rocket science, but I am a bit slow at times).  I’ve a lot more to learn, including editing, but at least it’s a steady video instead of my handheld iPhone efforts. I need to figure out how to control the aperture as it automatically switched to f/2.8 so the background isn’t as crisp as I would have liked it to be.  Anyway, just a first effort.



About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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10 Responses to 05.09.2016 Purgee Brook

  1. krikitarts says:

    Beautiful spot, beautiful shot. I hope to be able to do some moderate hiking again in a month or so and am so eager!

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  2. The video puts a new perspective to your photos. Now the brook is not just a brook but it’s alive with sound and color and meaning. Beautiful.

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  3. shoreacres says:

    It’s just lovely. You do beautifully with the videos, too. Aren’t learning curves fun? I finally made the transfer to my new computer yesterday, and was a little surprised by how much work was involved after the fact. The data transfer went fine, but some programs aren’t responding as they used to. They’re functional, just different: things like the dialog window for the printer/scanner. A combination of tweaking and adjusting will no doubt improve things. At least I finally found the Freecell game last night. Priorities, priorities.

    Images certainly are crisper and more colorful. That means yours look better, and mine look worse! That’s only half a joke — being able to see the flaws more clearly will make it easier to improve.

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    • What computer did you purchase? Display? Memory (both hard disk and Ram)? I am still running Windows 7 and do not want to “upgrade” to Windows 10 although they are trying to get me to. Sneaky upgrade contained in the updates which I turned off auto. Like you mention, some programs work differently and some are not compatible. I like my workflow as it is. If you don’t already, it is a very good idea to calibrate your display. It’s an added expense but the only way you can be sure that your color is correct reliably.

      The video was a first try and the camera did all the work. I was just a button-pusher and am not sure how far I will go with it. For cascades it is a nice addition for the sound accompaniment to the stills. I say that now, but it sounds just like when I said I was never going to go digital. 🙂


      • shoreacres says:

        I didn’t buy off the shelf, but had one built. It was an interesting process, and well worth all I learned about computers in the process. The fellow I worked with started by asking how I intended to use the machine. When he heard the word “photography,” the first thing he asked was if I intended to shoot in RAW. As it turns out he’s built systems for plenty of photographers, and I think his counsel to buy for future, not present, use was right on.

        My new baby has an Intel 17 CPU with 8 GB DDR3 SDRAM, and a 2 TB hard drive. It’s got two USB 2.0 ports and six USB 3.0 ports, and the whole gizmo’s attached to a lovely 2 TB external drive for backup. I threw in an uninterruptable power supply, and a 500 GB SSD USB drive. When it’s time to evacuate, I can unplug and go.

        And, it’s running Windows 7 Pro. The fellow I was working with said their company still is cautioning people against Win10. If they can avoid it, they don’t install it. He said (with a grin) that if he needed more work, he’d tell people to go with Win10, just because there are so many opportunities to solve problems.

        I’m really happy with it. The only problem I haven’t been able to solve yet is a “ripple” in online pages when scrolling with the mouse wheel. I can stop it by reconfiguring some Firefox settings, but I don’t like the clunky scrolling that results, so I’ll have to do some more troubleshooting. it’s weird, because it doesn’t do it with the keyboard arrows. Clearly, there’s an answer. I just don’t know what it is.

        Next up is some software. I did manage to load the program for processing RAW images that came with my camera, got some photos into it, and figured out how to convert to jpeg and save, but that’s it. One step at a time!


      • It sounds like a great system and very good that you have a local tech who can help in times of need. When I purchased my custom built computer, there wasn’t anyone local I had confidence in (admittedly I did not talk to every possible business) so ended up with Puget. I am very happy with the computer, but had to keep the very large box and packing because it would have to go back to Washington should serious trouble arise. But they are able to remotely solve a lot of issues and are also very good at showing you how to replace components if necessary…which happened with the built in card reader.
        Did he advise you to update carefully? Supposedly when doing Windows updates, they try to automatically upgrade to Windows 10 without your approval. I do not allow automatic updates any longer.

        I am no longer using Firefox due to some issues like yous, although not that specific one. I now use Google Chrome.

        I don’t envy your need to plan for evacuations, although it certainly makes sense in your situation.


  4. I like both, but the still especially. Spring has finally arrived here for real. Wildflowers are all about and the spring migration is happening as well. We’ve had warmer days with very cool nights … and I’ve got my first black fly bites …. my Vermont badge-of-honor.

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