As The Sky and Sea Burn Gold

I was a little later getting to the beach that morning but the delay was fortunate because this was the sight that greeted me as I reached the sand dunes. As pretty as sunrises are, they get very samey if you don't have something of interest in your foreground. The beaches at Ocean City Maryland are well tended but there's not much in the way of natural features left, which can result in a bland photo. The fencing here made for some ideal framing.  

Ocean City Pier at Dusk

This photo was taken around dusk and while the sun hadn't set it was getting dark. However, courtesy of an 8 second exposure it looks almost like full daylight. I think it captures the peaceful nature of the moment well. You can see a couple of smudges where people are moving but the long exposure has smoothed out the sea in a very satisfying way and all in all I find it very satisfying to look at.

Sunrise at the Beach

While I enjoy sitting on the beach at sunrise and taking photos, they can get a little samey after a while,  particularly in this case where there was literally nothing but beach and ocean in sight. So I tried something a little different, moving the focus to the sand and having the sun in the background. I think it worked rather well. f/1.7 - 1/125 - 25mm - ISO160


While my new lens isn't a macro lens in any traditional sense the narrow depth of field does make it very good for detail shots because you can isolate just a tiny part of something like this flower for example. I'm having a lot of fun with my new lens but I need to find some additional subject matter for it I think. Maybe try some landscape shots or something. f/2.8 - 1/2500 - 25mm - ISO160

A Rose By Any Other Name

Well it's a tea rose to be precise and you can't smell it at all because, you know, it's a photo, but quoting Shakespeare makes me sound clever and stuff. I'm still practicing with my new camera lens. The previous shots were mostly about taking advantage of the low light capability. Here though there was plenty of light and I wanted to work with depth of field. Once you get down to f1.7 it gets really tricky to get the right bits of the image in focus. I actually misjudged this slightly and the stamen are out of focus, but the petals are nice and sharp so I can live with …Read more  »

The History Of Science Fiction Special — Traveller

Traveller wasn't the first roleplaying game or even the first science fiction roleplaying game (that prize goes to either Empire of the Petal Throne (1975) if you count science fantasy or Metamorphosis Alpha (1976) both of which were published by TSR) but it does count as the first space opera roleplaying game, it's also the longest lived SF RPG and the most influential both on RPGs and on gaming in general. All of which makes it deserving of a History of Science Fiction special I think. Traveller was designed by Mark Miller and published by Games Designers Workshop in 1977.  The setting and style of the game was influenced by …Read more  »


Toothless here is not an easy cat to photograph. For a start he's all black which means half the time all you see is eyes. But also any time you get down on the floor to take a photo of him he immediately walks right over to you to sniff the camera. He does, however, love staring out the door when it's open. So I had the opportunity to sneak up on him for this shot. Basically I sat in my chair and hung round the door to snap the photo which accounts for the odd angle.  The speed of the lens let me keep the ISO very low which …Read more  »