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Grumpy Old Guy

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Member since: Mon Jan 25, 2021, 02:27 AM
Number of posts: 2,201

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

The Point Mugu Air Show (cross posted from the photography group).

Please take a few moments to check out my photos from the Point Mugu Air Show this past weekend. This was the first time the Navy held the show since the beginning of the Pandemic.


Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Thu Mar 23, 2023, 02:07 AM (7 replies)

Point Mugu Air Show

The Point Mugu Naval Air Station held their first air show since the start of the pandemic this past weekend. I was fortunate to grab a prime spot for photographing the action. Both the Air Force Thunderbirds and the Navy Blue Angels were performing. For those interested in technical stuff, I was using my Canon EOS R5 with an RF 100-500mm lens, and processed the photos with DXO Pure Raw, Adobe Camera Raw, and Topaz PhotoAI. I used the electronic shutter and was firing off at 20 frames per second. It rained off and on and the skies were dingy most of the day.

All three of these choppers were completely staffed by women in honor of National Womens Month.

This was a Navy PBJ. The Army Air Force version was known as the Mitchell Bomber. These were the aircraft used by Jimmy Doolittle for the surprise raid on Tokyo in 1942. There had never before been a launch of a bomber from an aircraft carrier. The pilots trained in secret at Los Alamitos Naval Air Station in Los Angeles. The carrier Hornet snuck up on Japan, and launched the bombers for a one way raid. The plan was for the pilots to crash or land in China to be recovered by Chinese forces. Some of them made it, others didn't.

This is my favorite shot of the day.

Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Thu Mar 23, 2023, 02:00 AM (23 replies)

Thank you!

Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Tue Feb 28, 2023, 02:43 AM (0 replies)

I went viral today! (cross posted from the General Discussion forum).

I went viral today.

Please check out this link to my post in General Discussion.


Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Tue Feb 28, 2023, 02:38 AM (8 replies)

I went viral today!

Channel 7 in Los Angeles, (my old TV station), posted my photo of the Hollywood Sign with the snow covered mountains in Los Angeles. At last count it has seventy thousand hits and sixteen thousand shares. Of course, I forgot to put my name on it.

As I often do, I grabbed a camera while I was leaving to walk the dog. This was the view about four blocks from home.

Here is the link to ABC7's Facebook page.

Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Tue Feb 28, 2023, 02:36 AM (121 replies)

Aww thanks so much Duppers!

I have been really lazy about uploading my latest pics. I have to put aside a whole day to bring it up to date.
Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Tue Feb 21, 2023, 01:20 AM (0 replies)

Not for the squeamish.

White tailed kites nest building, transferring prey and feeding in Orange County.

Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Mon Feb 20, 2023, 09:54 PM (21 replies)

Point Fermin Falcons

Point Fermin in the San Pedro neighborhood of Los Angeles is one of the premier sites in the country for viewing peregrine falcons. Unfortunately, I don't think it's very safe. The falcons nest and raise their young near the top of a three hundred foot cliff. Many of the bird watchers and photographers ignore the posted signs and climb over the wall meant to keep people away from the edge. The cliffs of San Pedro and nearby Palos Verdes are notoriously unstable, and people fall to their deaths every year, (four people died in 2022).

I love shooting there, but I refuse to climb over the wall. I don't always get the best shots as a result, but it's a matter of principle for me. Nonetheless, I did manage to get photos of the male peregrine perching on a limb near the top of the cliff at Golden Hour.

Locals have named this bird "Tuzee." See if you can spot the reason why.

For the tech freaks, I shot this with a crop sensor Canon R10 mirrorless with a Sigma 150-600mm lens. I used this combination for the extra reach of the crop sensor, and also because it's a relatively inexpensive setup. It's not the safest neighborhood, and there have been thefts and robberies there.

Thanks to all who have given me hearts.

Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Tue Feb 14, 2023, 01:53 AM (15 replies)

This was my second choice to enter in the last contest.

The hardest part of the contests is choosing your entry. This was another pic that I thought about entering. This was the view out my truck window in the Alabama Hills near Lone Pine, California. I like the "picture in picture" nature of it. By the way, a sharp eye can spot Mount Whitney, the highest point in the lower 48 states, left of center in this shot.

Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Wed Jan 18, 2023, 09:01 PM (11 replies)

Any word yet about the next photography contest?

Asking for a friend.

(OK, really asking for me).

Posted by Grumpy Old Guy | Mon Jan 2, 2023, 12:27 PM (1 replies)
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