Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Week 43, Day 303, February 24, 2010 Plesiosuar

This photo was taken inside the atrium of Snee Hall at Cornell University.  The building hosts a portion of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.  It's a great department where I have worked for the past 30 years.

On the wall of the atrium a caste of a Plesiosuar is hung.  One of it's flippers is missing.  I wonder if it lost it in a fight, or was just missing from the bones before the caste was made. 

Lessons Learned:
  • Yesterday's bomb of a photo led to some interesting comments.  Some of the things that people had mentioned I had tried, but others I had not.  But, the discussion did lead to some new ideas.  Perhaps some of the best lessons can be learned when we struggle the most.
  • I tried to rotate this photo 90 degrees.  At that point the Plesiousaur looked like it was resting on the floor, and was a less interesting photo.    I just found this interesting.
  • Picasa has an interesting feature to help with the white balance.  It's called the neutral color selector.  I selected what I felt should be white, and it adjusted the rest of the image to a more accurate White Balance. 
Photo details: Exposure time 40 sec, Aperture f/4.0, ISO 100, Focal Length 22 mm, Lens Canon EF 17-40mm, handheld.


toledonative said...

I like it! Very interesting perspective - kind of like it's hunting me! Cool feature in Picasa - I will have to check it out!

James said...

That really is a cool perspective. I really need to start using picasa. Thanks for the tip.
Yesterday's photo looks way better to me now. It's strange but it really does.

Andrew said...

I'm a big fan of the PoV. Great shot! You should do more of this guy, closer up.

ruma2008 said...

Thank you for showing a very precious fossil.
It seems to totally fly.