Monthly Archives: January 2014

“F” is for

I guess it would be appropriate today if “F” was for FROZEN!  However, it is not. Today “F” is for Fractal.

Benoit B. Mandelbrot coined the term “fractal” in the 1960s, he was a rebel. Today, he’s revered for inventing a new geometry.

Think of fractal geometry as a way to measure the rough and tumble real world. Nature abounds with complex shapes, from trees to snowflakes to mountains. What Mandelbrot discovered is these geometric shapes look the same when you break them into their smaller components. Consider the cauliflower, whose smaller and smaller buds mirror the whole bunch.

Relative to art, fractals are a unique, digital art form, using mathematical formulas to create art with an infinite diversity of form, detail, color and light. In simple terms, a fractal is a graphical representation of a mathematical equation. The formula used for a particular image determines how each pixel in the image is formed and colored. (Pixels are simply little squares which are the smallest display elements that make up the images you see on a computer monitor or television.) A typical fractal image contains millions of these pixels.

Below are a few “fractaled” images I have created. I hope you enjoy them.

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Posted in Digital Art, Fun Stuff, Project A-Z

“E” is for

ENHANCED! Who doesn’t like to take a photo and make it better? Ansel Adams was a master at this. I would love to see what his work would look like given todays tools.

Below are two images. The first is an unenhanced, pretty much out of the camera, image. The second is the same image but drastically enhanced. This was taken a couple of years ago at the Pecos Pueblo in New Mexico. Which one grabs your attention? Which do you like better? I really would like to hear your impressions. Comment below, drop me a note via email, or leave your comment on my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BillBarberPhotography

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Posted in art and entertainment, New Mexico, photography, Project A-Z

“D” is for

D is for DUCKS!

I have been tending to a very bad knee the past week or so and have not been able to get out and shoot for this project. Managed to get out briefly this morning and i think you will like the results!

As you know from previous posts, Huntington Beach State Park is not far from the house and provides a plethora of photographic opportunities. All week as I was “nursing” my knee, I watched with jealousy as photographer friends were having fun shooting ducks and pelicans and swans and sunsets and eagles. I made a quick and only slightly painful trip to the park this morning and was greeted by Redhead Ducks, Hooded Mergansers and Bufflehead ducks. The Buffleheads alluded my camera but I did get a few shots that you can see below. I have included some “duck facts” to go along with them. Hope you enjoy!

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The hooded merganser (seen above) is the smallest of the three merganser species occurring in North America. Male hooded mergansers have a large white crest surrounded by black. The top of the head, neck and back are all black, and the chest, breast and belly are white. Wavy black lines can be seen on the tawny sides and flanks. The hindback, rump and tail are dark brown. The long, narrow, serrated bill is black. The iris is bright yellow and the legs and feet are dull yellow. Female hooded mergansers have a gray-brown head and neck with a reddish-brown crest. Gray pervades their neck, chest, sides and flanks, and brownish-black dominates their back, rump and tail. The upper bill is black-edged with orange and the lower bill is yellow. The legs and feet are greenish in color and the iris is brown.

 

redhead2-web redhead-duck-pair-3a-webThe two images above are Redhead Ducks. Male redheads have a reddish head and upper neck with a black lower neck, foreback and breast. The remaining back is a dark grayish color. The hind back and tail are brownish-black. A broad band of light gray extends across the dusky gray wing and out onto the primaries, which helps distinguish it from scaup. The legs and feet are gray, and the bill is light blue-gray with a whitish band behind a relatively wide black tip. The male call resembles the “meow” of a cat. Female redheads have a reddish-brown head, neck and breast, with a buff white chin and throat and an indistinct eye ring and stripe behind the eye. The flanks are warm brown, contrasting little with the breast, but with buffer fringes. The upper parts are darker and duller brown, with the upper-wing-coverts browner than on the male; otherwise the wing is similar to that of the male. The bill is duller than the male’s, but similar in pattern.

OK, “E” is next – stay tuned!

Posted in causeway, huntington beach, murrells inlet, outdoor, Project A-Z

“C” is for

CLOUDS! It was a cloudy day along the coast with promises of rain Saturday. Here is a shot of the clouds along the Marshwalk of Murrells Inlet.

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“B” is for

BEER!

Beer was the first alcoholic beverage known to civilization, however, who drank the first beer is unknown. Historians theorize that humankind’s fondness for beer and other alcoholic beverages was a factor in our evolution away from a society of nomadic hunters and gathers into an agrarian society that would settle down to grow crops (and apparently drink). The first product humans made from grain & water before learning to make bread was beer.

Nearly every culture developed their own version of beer using different grains. Africans used millet, maize and cassava. The Chinese used wheat. The Japanese used rice. The Egyptians used barley. However, hops the main ingredient in moden beer beverages was not used in brewing until 1000 AD.

The modern era of brewing beer could not begin until the invention of commercial refrigeration, methods of automatic bottling, and pasteurization.

4,000 years ago in Babylon, it was an accepted practice that for a month after the wedding, the bride’s father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead or beer he could drink. In ancient Babylon, the calendar was lunar-based – based on the cycle of the moon. The month following any wedding was called the “honey month” which evolved into “honeymoon”. Mead is a honey beer and what better way to celebrate a honeymoon.

Did You Know?
On January 24, 1935, the first canned beer, “Krueger Cream Ale,” was sold by the Kruger Brewing Company of Richmond, VA.

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Posted in photography, Project A-Z

“A” is for

About a week ago I detailed a new year project, I called it “Project A-Z“. Today marks the first post of this new project!

“A” is for ANTHURIUM

Want to grow a houseplant that flowers nearly year-round, attracts attention and makes you feel like it’s time to put on sunscreen and order a mai tai? Add an anthurium to your indoor garden collection.  Known for its colorful tropical flower bracts and floral spikes, these exotic-looking houseplants are easier to grow indoors than you might think.

Anthuriums come in a variety of colors, including red, pink, salmon, pale yellow, green and orange. These flowers are so stunning—they almost look like wax.  With proper care, each flower spike can last four to six weeks, and you almost always have blooms to display.

To have success growing anthuriums, keep the following tips in mind:

    Light. Proper lighting is critical to getting your anthurium to bloom indoors. Bright light is best, such as near a southern or eastern window. Western windows also work, but make sure that there is some protection from harsh afternoon rays with sheer curtains or blinds. Or place the plant a couple of feet from the window. When conditions are dim, use full-spectrum lighting.

    Provide humidity. Anthuriums originated in tropical climates and therefore require additional moisture in the air. If you live in a dry climate, put them over a pebble tray and mist on a daily basis.

    Watch watering. Anthuriums like to approach dryness in between waterings and should not be kept continually moist. Promote quick drainage by using a potting soil that is heavy on pumice or orchid bark. As a plant ages, it will mound itself out of the pot, exposing stem. Spraying the stem helps keep the plant well hydrated.

Here are a few images of an Anthurium that lives in my home.

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Posted in flowers, photography, Project A-Z

Last Sunset

This is the last sunset of 2013. Although the clouds were abundant I decided to try to capture this momentous occasion. Went to the causeway at Huntington Beach State Park. The clouds kept rolling in, so I actually shot this just a bit before actual sunset. Hope you enjoy!

Watch for my posts on my A-Z project!

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Posted in art and entertainment, causeway, huntington beach, murrells inlet, outdoor, photography, South Carolina