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Impromptu Photo Trip

I realize that I should be taking more behind the scenes photos as I’m going on these impromptu trips. I should be taking more photos regardless of any trip I’m doing, whether it’s spur-of-the-moment or not. I think I’ll try to do more when it comes to the trip up to Oregon this weekend.

I’m also toying with an idea. What started me in photography was a 365 Photo Project, just taking a photo everyday for a whole year. It definitely improved my skills overall and helped foster my love of photography and take it to another level. If you scope out my Instagram, I still have a few of those photos still posted.

Anyway, the idea I’m toying with is a photo everyday of the next school year, even with some of the training I’ll do. I’m thinking I’ll write something on occasion about what’s happening, though I’m sure, more often than not, I’ll just post something that might represent the day, whether it’s a stack of papers, a sunset as I’m walking out the door, etc.  Or maybe I will write something everyday.  Could be a good thing to help improve on my writing, just like my photography a few years back.  I may start a new Instagram for that as well. We’ll see though. It sounds like an interesting project to take on.

Now, onto the photo.


SH 7.25.17

My word Tahoe . . . how can you be so . . . ugly.

I was with a friend at Barnes and Noble, helping her out with her writing when I noticed the clouds in the sky.  Actually, I think I did this before . . . in fact, I know I was with the same friend, helping her with her writing, when I saw that the clouds could yield a decent sunset.

Apparently, this a pattern with me.

Anyway, I actually drove a bit just to see where I could head out to.  I was going to try and hit up Chimney Beach, but I was just a tad late and decided on the old standby of Sand Harbor.

To the backdrop of the Shakespeare performance tonight, I decided on the composition above, as there were still a few people at the beach, along with their kiddos, enjoying the summer sunset, just like I was.  I just wanted to find a spot of my own and settled here.  This viewpoint allowed the remaining clouds in the basin to light up as the sun settled below the horizon.  If I looked more west or south, it would’ve been a clear sky.  Not that those are bad, mind you, but I do like a bit of drama in the sky, especially for a Tahoe sunset.

Honestly, I don’t think I can ever get sick of these sunsets.

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The Doctor

July 23, 2017 2 comments
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Here’s a new shot.  Not as crisp as I would like, but just something I tossed together for the announcement of the new Doctor.

For those in the know, if I refer to “The Doctor,” I’m referring to the Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey, located in the constellation of Kasterborous, the “Oncoming Storm,” etc. The Doctor has also known to be somewhat . . . eccentric.

Yes, the Doctor is fictional but beloved very much by a large number of fans, myself included.  The Doctor represents a number of high ideals, things to aspire to (like all great fictional characters), like kindness, intelligence, courage, passion, and loyalty.  As stated by the Doctor, “Never cruel or cowardly. Never give up, never give in” which also sounds suspiciously like something said from Galaxy Quest as well.

When the new Doctor was announced . . . it was sad.

It was sad on two fronts. The first was a contingent of fans who felt the need to voice their displeasure at the casting, also vowing not to watch the show again, because the Doctor was going to be a female. Cries of “pandering” and “SJWs” at it again rang through small sectors of the web, still making quite the call when it came to the casting of Jodie Whittaker as the new lead.

Never cruel or cowardly. Never cruel. The responses I came across were exactly that, cruel. Not most of them, fortunately. But it was saddening to read. One commenter even said something along the lines of “they’ve taken away a real great role model, someone who didn’t need a gun to save day, someone who used their intelligence instead of their strength.”

I think I latched on that comment the most. Honestly, I think I can see their point but . . . is the Doctor being female going to change all that?

It’s the Doctor. She’ll come around, after the regeneration, and will do what’s right. It’s what the Doctor does. Never cruel or cowardly.

I have no idea who Jodie Whittaker is and I haven’t seen her in anything else, though if the reviews from fellow actors, like David Tennant (10th Doctor from the video above) are any indication, then I can’t wait to see what Jodie Whittaker will bring to the proverbial “Who” table.

Which brings me to the second sad point, something that Whovians sometimes experience, is the reluctance to let go of the last doctor.

As for myself, Peter Capaldi grew into that role beautifully, and one of the best episodes of television, at least for myself, came from the season before last, the Heaven Sent episode. Honestly, that whole season was spectacular (mostly, I should say), as it had some standout scenes that showcased the type of Doctor that Capaldi was.

The first was this speech. Now, the Doctor is pretty good at making speeches, but some of Capaldi’s were incredibly moving and quite brilliant. It melded the angst and frustration of a being who has lived for over two-thousand years, who has seen countless horrors and even believed to contribute to the horror himself, yet intertwined within the embers of that anger . . . was still hope. The following speech best encapsulated that dichotomy of belief and nearly overwhelming bitter emotion.

 

The defining episode of the Capaldi era, at least for me, was the Heaven Sent episode. If there’s one thing the Doctor exhibits is the persistence and determination that is nearly god-like. Of course, the Doctor is also referred to as the Lonely God sometimes. But back to the episode. The Doctor has just lost his companion, who died doing something rash (semi-spoiler there, sorry!), but believing it was the right thing to do, like the Doctor. Guilt is definitely racking his soul and it’s evident with the clip below. Now, to give further context to what’s happening int he clip, the Doctor is in a prison of an unknown design, but has discovered a way out. The Doctor could’ve also been released, if he just confessed to a secret that is way too powerful to let into the open. The way out he just discovered, however, is basically a wall made of super-strong diamond, twenty feet thick. Essentially, the Doctor is trapped, with no way out of the prison he’s in. Which leads to this:

This whole scene, the interplay in the Doctor’s head, also leads the Doctor to actually going for the solution he had known. He wasn’t going to divulge the secret, something that could destroy the universe. Instead, he would choose the hard way . . . the right way:

2 billion years. He sat in the prison for 2 billion years (it was later revealed that he was actually estimated to have been in the prison for 4.5 billion years). Not giving up. Not giving in. Doing what was he thought was right.

That’s the Doctor. The 12th Doctor. And he will be missed.

Time moves on, however, and I do believe that most people are ready for the 13th Doctor. Myself included.

Smoke on the Water

 

Smoke on the Water-4Taken on July 18th, 2017

Lens: Tokina 11 – 16mm

F2.8 |  ISO:100 |  Exp: 1/200


Yeah, with all the wildfires in the Northern Nevada region, this was an obvious title.

For this shot, I was up around 4:30 am just to be sure to beat the sunrise and capture it.  Boy, that sounded rather violent actually.  Maybe I could just say “just to be sure to . . . bludgeon the sunrise and hold it hostage” . . . no, that wasn’t better.  Anyway, this also meant a stop for coffee and this time, I thought I’d treat myself to a donut (yes, very decadent, I know).

Now, if I’m every traveling south from Reno, especially early in the morning, I think what I’ll start doing is paying a visit at the 7-11 on South Virginia and Damonte, just because the clerk there is always cheerful and energetic for those drab and dreary early morning journeys.   I mean, one time, I was in there at around 2 am and this dude was just happy to be working.  Always nice to see that out and about.

As I made my way up Mt. Rose highway, I noticed that the stars seemed to be veiled.  At first, I thought cloud cover, but realized, especially with the creeping, smoky smell penetrating the cabin of my car, that another wildfire was blanketing the area.  It can’t be said enough, the firefighters who are constantly fighting these flames, thank you for everything you’re doing.  Just stay safe up wherever you are.


I arrived at the pull-out around 5:20 am, with enough light and time to ease on down to Bonsai Rock (sunrise was around 5:46).  It was calm, relatively so, but you can also see the smoke had crept into the basin as well.  Not too badly, but enough to where it was noticeable.  I was hoping for some clear skies and calm water, as I was going for a simple composition (which I did get and will later share), but this morning would have to do.

That’s the one thing I’ve noticed about landscape photography . . . sometimes you just work with what you have.  Just find a way to be creative.  Now, I’ve also had situations where I’ve driven to certain areas and not taken a picture . . . sometimes it also just a feel for it.  But normally, I’ll stick around just to see what I can see . . .

Now, I was also intrigued by the police helicopter that kept circling above, basically going from Sand Harbor to around where the Thunderbird Lodge was at.  At first, I thought, “One hell of a drone flying around” then realized it was the police.  Anyone from the area have any information?  I know I could probably find it online, but I’m being a bit lazy at the moment.

Heli

It wasn’t me . . . it was the one armed man? 


Long story short, I got few decent shots from this little session.  Got me all excited and stuff to keep shooting.

I will be out and about again soon, and I’m also making a longer trip soon, trying to complete something I started in the Spring.  I’ll be making my way back up to Oregon next week (last gasp before the new school year!).  Hoping to get a lighthouse shot in, maybe trying to hit up a few other spots as well.

 

Impromptu Landscape Photo Ops

 

There are times when I plan my shots.  There are other times when I don’t.  Today was a day that wasn’t planned as far as landscape photography.

Yes, this happens often with me.


After hanging out at Barnes and Noble helping a friend with her writing, I stepped outside and noticed the clouds forming toward the south and southeast, over Washoe Valley.  To the northwest, it was pretty clear, which usually means the clouds to the southeast had a good chance of catching some light and creating a great opportunity to catch a decent sunset.

Or, at least that’s what I’ll say now.

What I was really thinking was . . . “I do have my camera, and my back is feeling better.  It’d be great to get a photo . . . but the Lakers are playing tonight and Lonzo Ball has been playing better . . . gee willikers . . . what to do . . .”

Okay, I really didn’t say “gee willikers” but honestly, I think that’s a fantastic phrase.  Very Ned Flanders-ish.  Not that I’m a big Ned Flanders fan, but it’s just a fun little thing to say.

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“Stupid, sexy Flanders!”


Anyway, seeing as this age of technology allows for people to re-watch certain things on television, I opted for the impromptu sunset shot with the reassurance that an NBA summer league game was something I could pass by.

And yes, the Lakers won.  And I’m content to just watching the highlights.  I mean, it’s just summer league!


So here’s one of the shots I captured.  Since the clouds were to the southeast, I chose to go to Washoe Lake (it was too close to sunset to try a Tahoe trip) where I thought the clouds would pick up some color.  With the recent winter here in Northern Nevada, Washoe Lake is filled like I haven’t seen before, or at least since the mid-1990s.  And with the type of winds that get whipped up in Washoe Valley, you sometimes have an opportunity for a capture like this.

 

Sunset at Washoe 7.13.17-4

Pssssst . . . if you’re reading this and you’re from my Instagram page (@moralvictory), thanks for reading.  If you’re not following me on Instagram . . . please do.  I’d like to think I have some witty things to say when I’m out and about, trying to play the part of landscape photographer.


Side note:  I’m definitely going to purchase the 6D Mark II soon.  We’ll see when though.

Side side note:  Can’t believe that we’ll be back in school in less than a month.  I mean, I’m looking forward to it, but at the same time, I like being able to sleep in and then do a bit of research for work.

Side side side note:  The research is centered around app creation for educational purposes, along with reading how to better use blogs in the classroom.  See, I actually do a bit of work.

 

Will This Be a Yearly Thing?

No, I don’t think so.

I’m not one to give up on things so easily so I think I’ll try to start this up again.  I’m sure I’ll stick with education topics but I’ll also incorporate a few things regarding photography and art as well.

Of course, tearing an achilles does put a damper on things (Don’t worry, I did that last summer, hence the stoppage of posts for the last year or so).

So we’ll keep at it, determined and resolute to keep writing.  We’ll see what I can come up with.  I’ll start by leaving you the last picture I took (before hurting my back last week – I’ll catch a break soon I think!).

MW at Bonsai

  • Photo Notes:  I stacked 10 images to reduce noise, shot at F2.8, ISO 3200, around 17 seconds.  Used Lightroom and Photoshop.
  • Education Quote:  Just saw this one on Twitter and I couldn’t agree more . . .

    “Schools do not thrive because of programs or plans… they thrive because of the passionate educators in the building.”

    From Danny Steele (Twitter: @SteeleThoughts).

Still Here?

January 8, 2016 Leave a comment

 

Realization

Me, realizing that school starts up again on Monday. And it’s the 3rd Quarter of School

Okay, so consistency has never been something I’ve done on this site for, well, a consistent period of time.  But that doesn’t mean I give up on it!

Anyway, here’s a few new photos to keep you interested (at least I hope) in the site.  I may, or may not be doing something more with photography soon.  I’m also still going to use this site to talk education as well, especially here in Nevada . . . and especially in light of all the recent news that has been happening.  News like “rankings” and Bills for spending more on education and the like.

Sand Harbor 1.1.16

Sand Harbor on New Year’s Day

Winter at Mayberry Park

A recent picture of Winter at Mayberry Park

Again, I’m on Instagram if you’d like to see more or on 500px.  Again, I may just keep this blog for education and general information while I may start another primarily for photography.  We’ll see though!

Watchful Wednesdays

October 8, 2014 Leave a comment

I’m starting to think along the lines of organizing my posts according to the days of the week.  Mondays can be reserved for work-related, educational posts (with maybe a Friday thrown in for reflection on said posts).  I’m also thinking Fridays can be used to post some of my favorites things, a “Friday Favorites” so to speak.  A part of that will also be some of the pictures I’ve taken, but I may do something else with those.

Wednesdays can be reserved for things I’ve been watching on television, in the theaters, or reading in the media.  For example, I could talk about the new Doctor Who (which I’ve done before) or perhaps Agents of Shield as well (which I have also done before).

Or I can review some sports related items I’ve watched (I do like sports!).

For today, I think I’ll start this “Watchful Wednesday” with something I did watch today (at least technically).

The lunar eclipse, aka the “Blood Moon.”

Blood Moon

Lunar Eclipse – Taken early morning on 10.8.14 by me 🙂 The secret ingredient . . . is blood. No, not really 🙂

Yes, it was cold.  Yes, it threw my sleep pattern a bit of a curve . . . but it was interesting to watch and photograph.

It also got me thinking about something I had said in class the other day, when I had the students imagine for themselves, ways to explain natural phenomena without the use of research or the scientific method (to a certain degree).  Some of the responses they gave were along the lines of storytelling, which the students thought was an interesting way to explain things (stories are usually explanations anyway, are they not?).  We were reading about earthquakes and volcanoes and how the ancient Romans and Hawaiians had explained volcanic activity and I started thinking . . . “I’d definitely freak out if I saw this eclipse way back when!”

Yes, “way back when” is a technical term for thousands and thousands of years ago.   Coincidentally, I still need to watch the movie “The Way Way Back.”  Heard nothing but good things about that movie, especially the soundtrack!

But I digress.  Back on topic . . . as far as this blood moon, I also started thinking . . . how would I explain this if I did live “way back when”. . .

. . . so in no particular order (and with the use of anachronisms . . . I couldn’t resist these other explanations), here are my explanations as I watched the lunar eclipse.

1) Kool-Aid Man is upping his game.  Instead of a wall . . . hello moon!

2) Old-Testament Plague except moon-style this time!

3) Moon got really embarrassed by something.  Or angry . . . 

Honestly, these were just random thoughts as I watched the lunar eclipse at 4:00 am in the morning (on a break from school no less . . . how fortunate!).  More or less, I was glad I witnessed this as I know it’s not extremely rare . . . but still rare enough to get me out of bed to watch the spectacle of nature and the cosmos 🙂

 

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