Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Email Format
Close

Archive

Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

What to Photograph on Vacation When You’re Feeling Uninspired via Digital Photography School

August 25th, 2018 Comments off
My problem is that I tend to take too many photos when on vacation, but there have been times when I have been frustrated by a particular location or day. I really want to share it with my friends when I get home but I can’t seem to find an “in” that helps me produce great photos. I’m checking out these tips as I prepare a trip to Milan, Italy in a few weeks. — Douglas
 

Vacation is a great time not only to recharge and relax but also to practice your travel photography skills. Whether you’re a pro with lots of gear, or a hobbyist with your first camera, there are plenty of photo opportunities in a new place. In fact, there can be so many that you can easily get overwhelmed or uninspired to shoot anything at all.

If you hit a wall and don’t know what to photograph while traveling, here are some ways to fire up your creativity.

Read What to Photograph on Vacation When You’re Feeling Uninspired via Digital Photography School


Learn more about photography with these books

* A portion of each sale from Amazon.com directly supports our blogs
** Many of these books may be available from your local library. Check it out!
† Available from the LA Public Library


An interesting link found among my daily reading

Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii), Van Nuys, CA, July 8, 2018 – 2 in a series [Video]

August 16th, 2018 Comments off

Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii), Van Nuys, CA, July 8, 2018 – 2 in a series [Video]

A Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) in the garden. A closer, head and shoulders shot.

This series of videos were taken on a particularly hot day hence the bees and hawk were both making great use of the birdbath. The hawk appears a bit annoyed when bees buzz by or try to land on them, but otherwise unperturbed by sharing the space.

Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii), Van Nuys, CA, July 8, 2018 - 2 in a series [Video]

 

More information on Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooper):

 Learn more about Cooper’s Hawks

* A portion of each sale from Amazon.com directly supports our blogs
** Many of these books may be available from your local library. Check it out! 

Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii), Van Nuys, CA, July 8, 2018 – 1 in a series

August 10th, 2018 Comments off

Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii), Van Nuys, CA, July 8, 2018 – 1 in a series

This series of videos were taken on a particularly hot day hence the bees and hawk were both making great use of the birdbath. The hawk appears a bit annoyed when bees buzz by or try to land on them, but otherwise unperturbed by sharing the space.

Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii), Van Nuys, CA, July 8, 2018 - 1 in a series

 

More information on Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooper):

 Learn more about Cooper’s Hawks

* A portion of each sale from Amazon.com directly supports our blogs
** Many of these books may be available from your local library. Check it out! 

Tips for Shooting Out of Focus Cityscape Bokeh Images at Blue Hour via Digital Photography School

August 4th, 2018 Comments off
 

You have probably seen out of focus cityscape bokeh photos with pleasing lights, like the photo below. The term “bokeh” comes from the Japanese word “boke”, which can be translated as “blur”. You should be familiar with bokeh effect that is typically seen in portrait photography where a shallow depth of field is used to purposefully throw the background out of focus (i.e. bokeh) and draw attention solely to the subject.

Unlike portrait photography, everything is thrown out of focus for cityscape bokeh photos that we’re trying here. It makes colourful light orbs appear prominently in the image and creates a unique art style. If you haven’t tried these cityscapes with bokeh lights before, follow along with the simple four steps below. It’s super easy!

Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii), Van Nuys, CA, July 5, 2018 – 3 in a series [Video] (1:00)

July 22nd, 2018 Comments off

Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii), Van Nuys, CA, July 5, 2018 – 3 in a series

A Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) in the garden again, so I’ll be sharing a series of video clips of its behaviors for those interested in raptors. This one appears to be a different hawk from previous videos as it looks much smaller at least to my eyes,

Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii), Van Nuys, CA, July 5, 2018 - 3 in a series

 

More information on Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooper):

 Learn more about Cooper’s Hawks

* A portion of each sale from Amazon.com directly supports our blogs
** Many of these books may be available from your local library. Check it out! 

Reading – Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson – 19 in a series

June 5th, 2018 Comments off

I’ll be highlighting books that I am reading (or re-reading) on all sorts of topics this year — Douglas

Reading – Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson – 19 in a series

Reading -  Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson - 19 in a series

It takes a special talent to explain science — and write a book on highly scientific topics — without erring in 2 possible ways. Typically science books for the layman go into far too much detail with far too much technical jargon and quickly leave the reader disheartened. They want to understand, but without a good intermediary to help bridge the gap from expert to everyman, they fail.

Secondly, science can be explained in such a simplistic way that the reader is left wondering about its importance to the world and also, perhaps, about why scientists find it so difficult to make theoretical and experiential headway into the particular topic. Scientists are always trying to find the “sweet spot” between over complication and oversimplification and it is a difficult path to walk.

Thankfully, Neil Degrasse Dyson has, for whatever reasons, been blessed with the ability to clearly explain complicated scientific concepts to the average person without either talking over their heads or, even worse, talking down to them. This collection of essays holds together nicely as a book, something that doesn’t always happen. Thinking back over my reading there were perhaps 2 times when I lost the thread of what was being discussed, but a quick re-read of a particularly troublesome section seemed to clear it up, at least enough for my purposes. When I read A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking† there were many times when I felt hopelessly lost in the world of theoretical physics, but Astrophysics for People in a Hurry kept me involved, enlightened and educated throughout.

While many of us will never have a need for a deep knowledge of Astrophysics, I am a great believer in knowing a little about a lot. Learning new theories, reading new books and absorbing new ideas keeps us growing throughout our lives. Pick up a copy of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry and I think you will enjoy the trip through the cosmos in all its, sometimes confusing, glory.

From Amazon.com…

What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.

But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

While you wait for your morning coffee to brew, for the bus, the train, or a plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.

* A portion of each sale from Amazon.com directly supports our blogs
** Many of these books may be available from your local library. Check it out!
† Available from the LA Public Library

Previously in (Re)Reading:

Categories: Books, Education, Science Tags:

Tiffen Open House & Stabilizer Gear Expo – A Minute in Los Angeles 11 from My Word [Video]

June 5th, 2018 Comments off

A Penguin Encounter at the Santa Barbara Zoo – Humboldt Penguin (Spheniscus humboldti) [Video] (3:23)

May 24th, 2018 Comments off

A penguin encounter with Cito, a Humboldt Penguin (Spheniscus humboldti) at the Santa Barbara Zoo. I was attending the Island Fox Conservation Working Group Conference at the zoo and these keepers gave us a special treat by bringing Cito out for some interaction and an informative talk. It was great to be so “up-close and personal” with such an amazing animal.

A Penguin Encounter at the Santa Barbara Zoo - Humboldt Penguin (Spheniscus humboldti) [Video] (3:23)

 

Subscribe to the Douglas E. Welch Mailing List


Learn more about penguins with these books

* A portion of each sale from Amazon.com directly supports our blogs
** Many of these books may be available from your local library. Check it out!
† Available from the LA Public Library

King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at California Science Center

April 23rd, 2018 Comments off

King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at California Science Center

King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh

On Saturday we toured the King Tut Exhibit at the California Science Museum. It is a wonderful exhibit and I will be featuring photos here over the next several weeks. 
You can see the entire collection of King Tut photos on my Flickr and Facebook pages. 

Instagram and Follow Me

Join me on Douglas E. Welch Photography on Facebook 


Subscribe to the Douglas E. Welch Mailing List


Learn more about King Tut with these books

* A portion of each sale from Amazon.com directly supports our blogs
** Many of these books may be available from your local library. Check it out!
† Available from the LA Public Library

Yellow-rumped warbler (Setophaga coronata) from My Word with Douglas E. Welch

March 26th, 2018 Comments off