February 26, 2011

photos from Nicasio, Cailifornia 94946

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photo by Donald Kinney

A week or two ago I noticed these daffodils and others that had sprouted in the "home run zone" of the baseball diamond that sits smack dad in the center of Nicasio, California.   I rarely plan my shots, but I kept thinking it might be a cool shot if I could get the daffodils and the church in the same photo.   So on Thursday I had the opportunity to get back out there and try my luck.   I put the camera directly on the ground and then used my right-angle finder attachment to be able to see into the viewfinder.

I'm not completely happy with how this (above) turned out -- maybe I'll shoot it again on a sunny day, and maybe there will be less wind, allowing me to use a slower shutter speed so I can stop the lens down farther for more depth-of-field.   But there you go for now -- daffodils and the church at Nicasio.

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photo by Donald Kinney

While I was shooting this I couldn't help thinking of my good buddy, the most talented and wonderful Julie Michelle, a San Francisco photographer and writer. You will enjoy reading her poem, "History's Child" and seeing the photo she used here.

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This is the "old" fire station in Nicasio.   They've since built a much more modern station up the road a bit.   Progress in Nicasio moves at a snail's pace...   Frozen-in-time -- it's pretty much the same way it was 100 years ago. Nicasio is located in west Marin County, not far from where I live.

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Berit said...

Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures Donald.
Have a nice weekend.

John @ Beans and I on the Loose said...

Like the daffodil shot and I agree, I think with the church in the scene a greater DOF would be cool. A right angle finder attachment? Where's the fun in that? I'm lying down on the ground getting dirty and all. Might consider one of those. Would be easier on these old bones. As for your question, I have a Nikon and got the AF-S 70mm-300mm F/4.5-5.6vibration reduction lens. Very pleased so far.

Tomate Farcie said...

Oh, I don't know, I kind of like that first shot myself. Don't take this the wrong way but that is exactly how I like to see churches, these days, blurry and in the background! ;)

seriously, I do like the blurry background in this particular shot, because the flower alone is so bright and colorful.

photowannabe said...

Frozen in time. I like that and the grungy firehouse.
Gorgeous daffys with the church in the background. Nice shot Don.

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