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Grumpy Old Guy

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Member since: Mon Jan 25, 2021, 02:27 AM
Number of posts: 1,773

About Me

Thank you Democratic Underground for keeping me sane for the last four years. I think I was probably the longest lurker here. I started following DU during the Dubya administration. I was first attracted to the "Top Ten Conservative Idiots of the Week." I've been following along ever since. I always felt guilty for not participating, but refrained from doing so because I already spend way too much time online. However, after recent events, I just can't sit back any longer. I had to log on and thank you folks for all that you do. I'm a retired TV newscast director with forty years experience and more than eighteen thousand broadcasts under my belt, most of them live. I now travel the country (when I can) shooting landscape, astro and wildlife photography. You can see some of my photos at Ross-Kestin.Pixels.com or on Instagram at @oldguywithacamera. Thanks again! Ross K. Grumpy Old Guy

Journal Archives

Big rebates on Canon RF lenses.

Good news for Canon mirrorless users. Canon is giving some big instant rebates on many of their RF lenses. The sale started this morning, but I don't know how long it runs.

https://www.canonrumors.com/canon-usa-launches-new-instant-rebates-on-select-canon-rf-lenses-save-up-to-400/
Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Mon Oct 3, 2022, 10:15 AM (1 replies)

Any word yet on next month's photography contest?

Asking for a friend.

(OK, I'm really asking for me).



Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Fri Sep 30, 2022, 02:50 PM (1 replies)

More beauty from Alaska

Nugget Falls



A coastal brown bear near Sitka



Glacier Bay



Glacier Bay

Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Tue Sep 27, 2022, 07:15 PM (7 replies)

More beauty from Alaska







Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Mon Sep 26, 2022, 10:45 AM (11 replies)

The Beauty of Alaska









More to come...

Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Fri Sep 23, 2022, 12:24 AM (19 replies)

Backyard Shenanigans

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aI2HcruX7Pt0ILoermciFOFeE3VAkDSP/view?usp=sharing


It's been three weeks since my surgery, and I have one more week of taking it easy to get through. I've been really bored, so I thought I'd brush up on my editing skills. Also, I've been wanting to try shooting some 4k video with my Canon R5. I edited the video with Adobe Premiere Pro and created the music using Music Maker looping software.

Enjoy. Please tell me what you think.

Grumpy
Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Sat Sep 3, 2022, 01:39 AM (14 replies)

***AUGUST PHOTO CONTEST: THE WINNERS!***

Thank you all for participating and voting in the August 2022 photo contest. The theme for this contest, as chosen by AndyS, was as follows:

"The unseen world. The small things we walk past every day; the beauty in the bouquets in the floral department at the grocery store, the zen of stones in a garden, that lone green sprout in the compost or that small creature under your feet. Not necessarily macro but that's not excluded. Butterflies and birds reach out and grab our attention but I'm encouraging all of us to take note of the more subtle compositions around us. As for post processing, sure if it makes the image more appealing or enhances the connection between the subject and viewer. Most of all HAVE FUN with it."

As always, we had many amazing entries. I am happy to report that this was the first contest in a while that did not require “second entries” to reach our thirty photos. We had thirty entries by thirty individuals. It was gratifying to see that level of participation. We also tried something new this month, having entrants post a few words about their photos in a separate thread. Here is a link to that thread if you’d like to read more about the pictures. https://democraticunderground.com/1036104759

And now, without further ado.. (drum roll!!!)

First place goes to HappyCynic for their stunning photograph “Morning Dew”! As winner, HappyCynic will chose the topic for the next photo contest. They described their photo in the comments thread:

“I took this a few years back in late January at Stanley Park (Vancouver, BC, Canada). While I've named it Morning Dew, it was actually taken in the early afternoon. At that time of year, with the temperature and humidity, the morning dew pretty much lingered all day. In addition to the dew, what I personally like is the blade of grass that is running through the dew laden blade of grass. I'm not sure how this happened nor how frequent this type of thing is but I found it interesting to look at.”



Second Place goes to 2naSalit and their entry “Clover.” 2naSalit had this to say about their entry:

“Was taken around summer of 2015 in the Hebgen Basin area to the west of Yellowstone NP. It's just a simple clover. I took several shots of different clovers, made a brief study of them and I wasn't sure which to use. I rarely do anything beyond crop, color saturation and some sharpening... I wouldn't know what to do with anything else. I mean, if the shot is a good one, in my mind, I shouldn't have to do much else. I usually shoot with that in mind.”



Third place goes to HAB911 for “Window to Another World.” The wonderful thing about this photo is that it was snapped nearly a half century ago. HAB911 described it this way:

“1974, Nikon F2, Nikkor 50mm f2, cross-screen filter, Kodak Plus-X ASA/ISO 125, literal photo of a print, Nikon D750 with a little scratch removal in PS”



Thanks again for participating and voting!

Grumpy Old Guy









Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Tue Aug 23, 2022, 05:28 PM (32 replies)

***THE WINNERS OF THE AUGUST PHOTO CONTEST!***

The winners thread for the August photo contest is posted in General Discussion. Congratulations to HappyCynic, 2naSalit and HAB911.

https://democraticunderground.com/100217075118
Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Tue Aug 23, 2022, 05:20 PM (1 replies)

Honey bee

I'm home recovering from surgery for two more weeks, so I thought I'd put the time to good use in the backyard. And yes, I did a ton of photo-processing on this image, probably too much.


Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Mon Aug 22, 2022, 02:47 AM (7 replies)

***AUGUST PHOTO CONTEST: FINALS THREAD UP IN GD!***

The finals thread is posted in GD. Please let me know if you see any mistakes.

Good luck to our finalists. This is another tough competition.

Grumpy

https://democraticunderground.com/100217065373
Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Sat Aug 20, 2022, 03:07 PM (2 replies)
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