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Grumpy Old Guy

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Member since: Mon Jan 25, 2021, 02:27 AM
Number of posts: 2,397

About Me

Thank you Democratic Underground for keeping me sane for the last four years. I think I was probably the longest lurker here. I started following DU during the Dubya administration. I was first attracted to the "Top Ten Conservative Idiots of the Week." I've been following along ever since. I always felt guilty for not participating, but refrained from doing so because I already spend way too much time online. However, after recent events, I just can't sit back any longer. I had to log on and thank you folks for all that you do. I'm a retired TV newscast director with forty years experience and more than eighteen thousand broadcasts under my belt, most of them live. I now travel the country (when I can) shooting landscape, astro and wildlife photography. You can see some of my photos at Ross-Kestin.Pixels.com or on Instagram at @oldguywithacamera. Thanks again! Ross K. Grumpy Old Guy

Journal Archives

Another bucket list shot for me.

This is the sun rising behind the Angels Gate Lighthouse, one of two lighthouses that mark the entrances to L.A. Harbor. I've been wanting to get this shot for about a year now. FYI, alignments like this can be found using apps like Planit! or The Photographers Ephemeris.

Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Tue Dec 21, 2021, 02:38 AM (27 replies)


I shot these at Kenneth Hahn Park in Los Angeles. Enjoy!

Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Sat Dec 4, 2021, 03:00 AM (6 replies)


Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Sat Dec 4, 2021, 01:42 AM (16 replies)

We bought a new lens this week.

Our recent trip to Maui convinced me that I had to find a lightweight, long zoom lens for my wonderful wife Legger. She has serious shoulder issues, plus she hates to change lenses. We got our new Tamron 18-400mm zoom on Tuesday, which is the same lens that Peggy has used quite a bit. I was wondering where we could go to test it out when the neighborhood Cooper's Hawk obliged us by visiting his favorite tree. I did quite a bit of work on this file, but I am thrilled with the results.

Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Thu Dec 2, 2021, 07:59 PM (20 replies)

I haven't posted for a while.

I had cataract surgery about a week ago, and I've been taking it easy since then. I've been giving my eyeballs a rest, and haven't shot anything. Here are some older pics that I felt like posting, other "reflection" shots that I could have entered in the last contest.

I may be sitting out the next contest. I've been living in Southern California for nearly fifty years, and don't have many good autumn shots.


Sunset at Hot Creek Geological Site

A frozen lagoon on the shore of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee

Century City

Century City

Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Wed Dec 1, 2021, 12:53 PM (15 replies)

More Maui Pics

Here are a few more pics from our recent trip to Maui. Some of these were shot by my lovely wife Legger. There are still a few more to come.

Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Sat Nov 13, 2021, 07:46 PM (14 replies)

We just spent a week in Maui.

More to come.

Spoiler alert: This was the best shot of the week IMHO.
Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Fri Nov 12, 2021, 01:36 AM (10 replies)

More roadscape photos

I had a really hard time picking my best images for the "Roadscape" photo contest. Please indulge me and allow me to share some of the other pics I was also considering. (Do NOT tell me if you think I picked wrong).

Please note that these images were not reduced in size for the contest rules. They are all original size.

Valley Drive in Monument Valley

Point Mugu

Movie Road in the Alabama Hills

The Filosena Ranch, (There was an old west shootout here).

A dashcam shot from the Valley of Fire

A horizontal view of Mount Robson

My lovely wife Legger on the Yellowhead Highway. (I am a very lucky man).

Old Highway 395

Kings Canyon National Park

Pacific Coast Highway at night

Kings Canyon National Park

Thanks for looking!

Grumpy Old Guy

Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Mon Oct 25, 2021, 10:33 PM (31 replies)

One last osprey photo - cross posted to photography forum

Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Thu Oct 21, 2021, 11:54 PM (2 replies)

One last osprey photo -cross posted to Birders forum

Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Thu Oct 21, 2021, 11:53 PM (5 replies)
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