Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Smoke and Sparks


Welding
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

Over the past few days, Crane America has been installing our new hoist at the shop. We've been eagerly awaiting its arrival to speed up production and make our lives a little easier. Up to this point, we've used our fork lift to do the bulk of the lifting, but it's tedious and time consuming, especially when it comes to moving individual tools.

We've did our best to stay out of the crane installers way, but naturally I couldn't resist taking a few pics once the smoke and sparks started flying. When you freeze industrial welding down to 400/sec. it's pretty damn cool.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Long Shadows & New Pillars


Long Shadows & New Pillars
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

I couldn't resist snapping a few pics yesterday when we opened the bay doors at the shop to get a little fresh air.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Orange Jelly - HDR Image


Orange Jelly - HDR Image
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

Today's walk in the woods was just what the doctor ordered. Not only was I able to stretch my legs and get a little exercise, I was also fortunate enough to come across this interesting jelly, and able to add another bird to my life list.

This particular jelly in only about the size of a silver dollar, but glowed like it had its own power source. I spotted it from about ten feet away growing on a dead limb laying in the middle of the trail. At present, I'm tentatively identifying it as Tremella mesenterica (Witches' Butter), but will defer to more trained eyes than mine for a positive identification.

This particular shot looks a bit ghostly since it's an HDR (High Dynamic Range) image. A standard image is posted on my Flickr photostream.

I was also able to get a couple of grainy shots of a Golden-crowned Kinglet. Naturally, I would have like to have gotten a few publishable images, but sometimes you just gotta take what's given.

Woodpeckers Love Suet


Red-bellied Woodpecker
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

I've had a lot of success over the past few weeks with my new suet log. Several Red-bellies and lots of Downeys keep me filling on the holes with fresh suet on a daily basis. Thankfully, all the extra time and energy has paid off with some nice shots.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Sunday Walk in the Woods


Cynthia's Dog
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

After a busy week at the shop, I was really looking forward to getting out and stretching my legs in the woods this weekend. Unfortunately, I got called into work this morning and spent about half of the day at the shop. Thankfully, the sun was out today and I had some pretty decent lighting this afternoon.

I went over to Nelle Chilton's late in the evening to get a little identification help with some mushrooms that I came across in the woods yesterday, and ended up taking a stroll with Nelle and some of her family. Nelle's daughter Cynthia has a very spirited dog that I just love to shoot. Despite the cold weather, it decided to play in a large puddle near an old gas well.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Red-bellied Woodpecker


Red-bellied Woodpecker
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

Typically, my suet log attracts a lot of Nuthatches and Downey Woodpeckers, but every once in a while a Red-bellied Woodpecker stops in for a bite to eat as well.

This is one of the first good images that I've taken on my new suet log. Compared to my old one, this log only has holes drilled on one side. I designed it as such so that I could get nice profile shots by forcing the birds to only feed on one side, and to limit the amount of suet in the frame that detracted from the quality of the image.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Icey Moonset


Moonset 12.5.08
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

As I was walking through my living room a few nights ago, I happened to catch a glimpse of the moon just about to set. For the most part, the sky was clear, but a few light snow clouds were on the horizon, and the moon light made some really beautiful circular glowing rings.