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An avian interlude May 25, 2017

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Some pictures from Point Pelee National Park in Ontario, the southernmost part of mainland Canada. As is probably obvious, the place is known as a hot spot for migrating birds, and this Monday, 23rd May 2017, was at the tail end of the annual Festival of Birds.

For these pictures, I tried acting like a real photographer and shot in RAW format for the first time, including post-processing. Alas, my telephoto lens simply doesn’t take pictures as sharp as my other lenses, so despite the extra work, they don’t look quite as good as other unprocessed pictures I’ve taken (which would be nearly everything I post here). It was an interesting experiment and I did learn a few things as a result, however.

And to round it all off, here’s a couple panorama pictures I took with my phone. Naturally, these, particularly the first one, are shockingly sharp and high-res, especially considering the full-size images are 30% of the original size.

 

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Hurricane Ridge September 25, 2008

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The final photo from Washington has been posted:

Yeah, there’s really no way to grasp this image except at full size, so do feel free to click the thumbnail and view close-up.  This photo was pieced together by hand in Photoshop out of five 16:9 pictures I took at the top of Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park.  There’s really no other way to grasp the immensity of the views there.

A burst of inspiration yesterday brought together some disconnected ideas for a story long in the works – really, my third developed novel idea, after Eyes of a Dragon and The Fire Within – which means that I have another story that’s pretty much ready to write.  Need to outline the story arc so I at least have a vague idea of where it’s meant to go, and world-build.  It’s a shame that all my different fantasy novels have different methods when it comes to magic, so I can’t reuse worlds I’ve already spent the time to develop.

So, that story, working title Dreams to Tears, is ready to write, and after the development I did for TFW recently, I think that one’s about ready to rework/rewrite as well.  These are in addition to the still untitled, failed epic comic turned novel, the opening of which I have already written, and Halcyon, my NaNoWriMo project for this year, which has been pretty much ready to write for some time.  I may lament about not having enough time to write, but I hope I never run out of ideas.

I did finally finish up the last scene I began writing in Eyes about a month and a half ago, I just need to sit down and force myself to start writing and continue with it.  I’m currently in a lull as the main characters have split up, with one group having a lot going on and the other with hardly more than character development to fill the time and pages.  There’s certainly enough of that, what with recent story events, to be interesting, it’s just the starting that I stall on.  Once I get past this part, I should be fairly good through ’til the end of the story, though given that I still don’t have a clear world built, I’ll still have a bit more cleaning up to do.  Still, I’m optimistic.

No time to work on the story this weekend, sad to say, as we’ll be out yet again.  Jans and I are attending Phantasm, a small gaming convention in Peterborough, Ontario.  While it seems unlikely anyone reading this would be able or interested to go, if you happen in on the con, stop by the Classic Battletech table.  Jans and I will be the only ones running it.