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Grumpy Old Guy

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Member since: Mon Jan 25, 2021, 02:27 AM
Number of posts: 2,202

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

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More from Alaska

Some random shots of the cruise ship NCL Encore at night, shot handheld with a Canon 6dmII and EF17-40mm lens. I threw in a shot of Downtown Seattle for good measure. I love ultrawide lenses.

Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Fri Oct 14, 2022, 12:59 AM (5 replies)

More Beauty from Alaska

These are some very grainy shots taken at great distance in the rain from the deck of a small boat bouncing around on Sitka Sound in failing light.

Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Mon Oct 10, 2022, 01:46 AM (4 replies)

Big rebates on Canon RF lenses.

Good news for Canon mirrorless users. Canon is giving some big instant rebates on many of their RF lenses. The sale started this morning, but I don't know how long it runs.

Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Mon Oct 3, 2022, 10:15 AM (1 replies)

Any word yet on next month's photography contest?

Asking for a friend.

(OK, I'm really asking for me).

Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Fri Sep 30, 2022, 02:50 PM (1 replies)

More beauty from Alaska

Nugget Falls

A coastal brown bear near Sitka

Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay

Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Tue Sep 27, 2022, 07:15 PM (7 replies)

More beauty from Alaska

Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Mon Sep 26, 2022, 10:45 AM (11 replies)

The Beauty of Alaska

More to come...

Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Fri Sep 23, 2022, 12:24 AM (19 replies)

Backyard Shenanigans


It's been three weeks since my surgery, and I have one more week of taking it easy to get through. I've been really bored, so I thought I'd brush up on my editing skills. Also, I've been wanting to try shooting some 4k video with my Canon R5. I edited the video with Adobe Premiere Pro and created the music using Music Maker looping software.

Enjoy. Please tell me what you think.

Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Sat Sep 3, 2022, 01:39 AM (14 replies)


Thank you all for participating and voting in the August 2022 photo contest. The theme for this contest, as chosen by AndyS, was as follows:

"The unseen world. The small things we walk past every day; the beauty in the bouquets in the floral department at the grocery store, the zen of stones in a garden, that lone green sprout in the compost or that small creature under your feet. Not necessarily macro but that's not excluded. Butterflies and birds reach out and grab our attention but I'm encouraging all of us to take note of the more subtle compositions around us. As for post processing, sure if it makes the image more appealing or enhances the connection between the subject and viewer. Most of all HAVE FUN with it."

As always, we had many amazing entries. I am happy to report that this was the first contest in a while that did not require “second entries” to reach our thirty photos. We had thirty entries by thirty individuals. It was gratifying to see that level of participation. We also tried something new this month, having entrants post a few words about their photos in a separate thread. Here is a link to that thread if you’d like to read more about the pictures. https://democraticunderground.com/1036104759

And now, without further ado.. (drum roll!!!)

First place goes to HappyCynic for their stunning photograph “Morning Dew”! As winner, HappyCynic will chose the topic for the next photo contest. They described their photo in the comments thread:

“I took this a few years back in late January at Stanley Park (Vancouver, BC, Canada). While I've named it Morning Dew, it was actually taken in the early afternoon. At that time of year, with the temperature and humidity, the morning dew pretty much lingered all day. In addition to the dew, what I personally like is the blade of grass that is running through the dew laden blade of grass. I'm not sure how this happened nor how frequent this type of thing is but I found it interesting to look at.”

Second Place goes to 2naSalit and their entry “Clover.” 2naSalit had this to say about their entry:

“Was taken around summer of 2015 in the Hebgen Basin area to the west of Yellowstone NP. It's just a simple clover. I took several shots of different clovers, made a brief study of them and I wasn't sure which to use. I rarely do anything beyond crop, color saturation and some sharpening... I wouldn't know what to do with anything else. I mean, if the shot is a good one, in my mind, I shouldn't have to do much else. I usually shoot with that in mind.”

Third place goes to HAB911 for “Window to Another World.” The wonderful thing about this photo is that it was snapped nearly a half century ago. HAB911 described it this way:

“1974, Nikon F2, Nikkor 50mm f2, cross-screen filter, Kodak Plus-X ASA/ISO 125, literal photo of a print, Nikon D750 with a little scratch removal in PS”

Thanks again for participating and voting!

Grumpy Old Guy

Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Tue Aug 23, 2022, 05:28 PM (32 replies)


The winners thread for the August photo contest is posted in General Discussion. Congratulations to HappyCynic, 2naSalit and HAB911.

Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Tue Aug 23, 2022, 05:20 PM (1 replies)
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