No Travel Thursday

Assateague Island Lighthouse

Normally I would be calling today “Travel Thursday”, but we aren’t in normal times right now. With travel restrictions enacted across the country, there isn’t going to be much in the way of fresh travel photos.

To honor the occasion, today’s travel photo is now a no travel photo, taken on Assateague Island, Virginia at sunrise.

On this particular morning, I rode a scooter out to the inlet to get a sunrise shot across the water of the lighthouse. The temperature was warm, the mosquitoes were thick and the morning was delightful.

Keep on Chooglin’

Wildlife Wednesday

Wild Elk in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado

My photography has been a good reminder to myself that the world still exists.

Since I can’t get outdoors, I’ll do the next best thing and go through my catalogs again to mine for stock photographs. I always find something, but the pickings are getting more slim.

My self imposed goal this year was to have at least 4,000 stock photos online and for sale. I’ve reached that goal as of today. Today’s photo is number 4,000. It’s an old photo, sitting there on the computer with others I’ve processed. The entire sequence of photos was far greater than what I had already skimmed out.

Not a bad shot, I don’t think. I’ll do better the next time I’m out there.

Moose Monday

Colorado Rocky Mountains – Shiras Moose in the Wild

Not much happening these days now that we are holed up at home waiting for the global crisis to subside. That won’t keep me from posting my weekly moose photo. I have enough moose images to post a different shot every day for the next 20 years. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing, but it is a thing.

I hope all of you are faring well and that we can be through with this business sooner rather than later.

Stay safe, stay healthy, stay happy.

Next Chapter

Sandhill Cranes during the Spring migration in Monte Vista, Colorado.

A nice two day R&R, yet I can’t seem to ignore the computer.

I reloaded my computer a few months ago and I never loaded my monitor calibration software. I saved the color profiles before I did the upgrade and have been running on those since. The problem is, they weren’t accurate. I have two monitors and getting the color to match between them can be tedious.

I’ve been using the DataColor Spyder4 for quite some time now. I couldn’t get it to load and do anything. My suspicion is it is either a) discontinued by the manufacturer and no longer supported. Or b) the software isn’t compatible with my new video card. Or c) both.

I searched the current market offerings and realized the price had doubled from when I last bought one. I was almost ready to buy the new version when I saw a post on one of the internet forums about the freeware, open source program called DisplayCAL, and the general line of comment was that it was really good software for calibrating your monitors. I downloaded the software and it installed and ran perfectly on each monitor without have to jump through any hoops. The actual calibration profiling takes a little time, longer than an hour. But, the end result is that both of my monitors are damn near identical with the color curve.

I recommend you check it out, particularly if you have a situation similar to mine where you have a colorometer sensor but the software doesn’t get it done. DisplayCAL recognized my old Spyder4 sensor and ran flawlessly.

There’s always some type of maintenance to do. If it’s not a car, it’s the house, or it’s the yard, or you get the point… I tend to neglect the computer. I guess my head isn’t there like it used to be, it’s just a tool.

It’s nice to sit at the computer and write though. I begin a lot of different things and then drop them if I don’t finish them up in a few days. Things often seem interesting until I discover they aren’t. My favorite groove is to write it as I think of it. Spontaneous, like an epiphany, or something goofy like that.

No matter, I’m caught up and it’s time for the next chapter.