Saturday, November 14, 2015

Quilting Workshop with Al Cote

The guild speaker and workshop teacher this month was Al Cote. The class was on making a quilted rug. On Saturday we layered up the fabrics and trimmed it down to the size of the batting. Did some doodling then stitched lines and started removing fabric. I meant to take a photo before I started the removal process but forgot. So this is taken after the first round of removing fabrics and part way through the second round.

Near the end of the afternoon he had everyone put their project down on the floor for admiring. It was a fun day and we certainly had a great collection of rugs in progress.  It was a really fun day.  Karen came too so it was even better because I got to stitch with my sister.

The next day I continued removing fabric stopping every once in a while to throw it on the floor and look at it to see how it was looking.

By the end of Sunday, this is how it looked. I still have a few pieces to remove before continuing with the quilting and final steps.

Aquarium Workshop #1

On Monday evening I went to the first of three workshops on low light photography at the Aquarium. It was a lot of fun. There was a talk at first about the exposure triangle and settings that might be useful then we went down into the display areas and tried what we had learned about. At first I was having problems getting the photos light enough. Talked to the instructor for a few minutes and suddenly realized that at one point when I was reading the book about my camera, I had limited the auto ISO setting so it couldn't go above 6400. When in and removed that and the pictures were much better.

1/15 sec at f5.6 ISO 6400 95mm

1/15 sec at f4.5 ISO 6400 42mm  The octopus was curled up right out front against the glass. 

1/200 sec at f3.5 ISO 12800 18mm

1/200 sec at f3.5 ISO 10000 18mm The sword fish was just hanging out on the roof of the tunnel.  The ray swam past at intervals.  So did some sharks.  This was the best of the group.  I was sitting on the floor leaning back to take the photo.

1/250 sec at f4.5 ISO 4000 30mm There were lots of reflections in this tank and I had some fun looking for the reflections.

1/320 sec at f5.0 ISO 2000 63mm  Last stop was the jelly fish tanks.  They are some of my favorites.

There are two more sessions to go.  The next one will be about creativity according to the outline.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Flying boat

While up visiting Dad this month, I saw a boat being lifted by crane onto a flat bed truck. The marina is being closed for the season. According to the newspaper the boat is 22000 lbs and 40 ft long.
From the angle I was sitting at to snap some of these photos it looked like it almost hit a sign and the building. Since none of the workers looked panicked, I think everything was actually well clear of the obstacles.
  It was interesting watching this come out of the water. Previously I'd only seen (and helped) when the trailer was backed down a ramp.

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