Hi, I’m Kelson (he/him), a hobbyist photographer in the Los Angeles area. I tend to …

Hi, I’m Kelson (he/him), a hobbyist photographer in the Los Angeles area. I tend to shoot , & , and occasionally cosplay. Lately I’ve been taking a lot of nature photos for and posting some of the better ones here & on Flickr (https://flickr.com/kelsonv).

I also have a general account on Wandering Shop (@KelsonV) & more casual photos on Pixelfed (@KelsonV).

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I’ve been spotting monarchs lately, but haven’t caught any photos until today!

I’ve been spotting monarchs lately, but haven’t caught any photos until today!

The first #MonarchButterfly paused up in a tree. I was surprised I could get a clear shot.

The second monarch is injured. I couldn’t see that its wing was torn, but I could tell it was hurt by the way it was flapping its wings on the ground, trying and failing to fly. It did eventually take off, but it landed again soon after.

Bonus: a #MourningCloak from farther down the trail.

#butterflies #photography #nature

An orange and black butterfly perched on a twig.

An orange and black butterfly on the ground, with a torn wing.

A black or dark-brown butterfly with a white edge on its wings, perched on a leaf.

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Perching Monarch on iNaturalist
Injured Monarch on iNaturalist
Mourning Cloak on iNaturalist

Bzzzzzz! A honey bee visiting clover flowers in the strip of lawn along the sidewalk.

A honey bee and a clover flower.
Bzzzzzz! A honey bee visiting clover flowers in the strip of lawn along the sidewalk. I still can't get over being able to get closeup photos like this using my phone.

#bees #macro #nature photogeaphy #flowers

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Final Landing Approach! Another shot from the hike at the marsh preserve earlier this month….

Final Landing Approach!

Another shot from the hike at the marsh preserve earlier this month.

The flowers, apparently Matilija Poppies, had huge, flat white petals with these large yellow centers. They looked like fried eggs.

Flower observation.

More photos from the hike

#flowers #bees #nature #photography

A bee approaches the yellow puff-ball center of a large, white-petaled flower.

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Oops… I realized I’ve already posted this one here. Well, I added more info this time, so at least it’s not a completely duplicate post. 🤦‍♂️

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This squirrel bounded along a wall carrying a walnut in its mouth…

This squirrel bounded along a wall carrying a walnut in its mouth as I walked down the sidewalk. It stopped and looked at me as if it had been caught in the act of walnut burglary. I had enough time to snap a couple of pictures with my phone *and* pull out my camera for a better shot before it scampered away.

#nature #photography #squirrel

Squirrel with a walnut in its mouth.

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Western Bluebirds spotted on a hike at the nearby marsh preserve over the weekend.

Western #Bluebirds spotted on a hike at the nearby marsh preserve over the weekend. This was before my camera battery ran out of power and I was stuck finishing out the hike with my phone. (I still can’t believe I forgot to bring the spare.)

#photography #nature #birds

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/27116848

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/27116015

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I found the original of this while looking for something else and thought it would …

I found the original of this while looking for something else and thought it would look good in black and white.

#photography #BlackAndWhite #Birds

Silhouettes of palm trees and lots of birds.

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I’m kind of surprised that I didn’t post the original back when I took it. Yeah, it was pre-Instagram and I was barely using Flickr at the time, but I had been posting photos to my blog for a couple of years by then.

:shrug: Well, it’s up now. And who knows: maybe I wouldn’t have thought of adjusting the color if I’d stumbled on it as “Oh yeah, that one…” instead of rediscovering a photo I’d completely forgotten.

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Not brush strokes, just digital zoom.

Not brush strokes, just digital zoom.

I couldn't get close without spooking the birds, and I didn't have a camera on hand with optical zoom, but I figured I'd give it a shot with my phone.

It's not clear. But it is a great example of something I've found fascinating about digital zoom: The way it can make a photo look like it’s been painted with brush strokes rather than captured with pixels.

#birds #photography #digitalZoom #blurry #brushStrokes

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No, those aren’t brush strokes. It’s just digital zoom.

https://hyperborea.org/journal/2019/05/digital-zoom-brush-strokes/

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A house finch, perched in a juniper tree. I couldn’t believe it stayed put long …

A house finch, perched in a juniper tree. I couldn’t believe it stayed put long enough for me to go inside, get my camera, come back out, and take seven pictures. Google conveniently linked them together in this animation.

#photography #birds #animation

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I managed to get out to the local botanical gardens again for a mild hike …

I managed to get out to the local botanical gardens again for a mild hike / photo walk. Large parts of the grounds are designed to look wild, though the plants are all grouped by category and labeled. Other parts are obviously manicured. I also have photos of a snail hidden in a rosemary bush and a lizard that…wasn’t very hidden!

Flickr Album: South Coast Botanic Garden

#Photography #nature #flowers #garden #lizard #snail #trees #spring

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A deserted Parisian street on a gloomy November day, years ago.

A deserted Parisian street on a gloomy November day, years ago. I stumbled on it again while looking for my photos of Notre Dame from the same trip, and I actually like this shot better than any of the ones I took of the cathedral. The lack of scaffolding probably helped!

#street #gloomy #trees #paris #deserted

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On the same roll, I found this shot of a deserted Parisian street on a gloomy November day. I really like the way this one came out for some reason.

#Photography #Paris #street #gloomy #France

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Scanned the negatives of my tourist shots from #NotreDameCathedral back in 1999(!).

Scanned the negatives of my tourist shots from #NotreDameCathedral back in 1999(!). It was a gloomy day, but the sun did eventually come out. The front of the cathedral was being renovated at the time.

#Paris #photography #cathedral #France

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Last fall, I conceded that phones have caught up to casual cameras and I’d have …

Last fall, I conceded that phones have caught up to casual cameras and I’d have to get a nicer one to get better image quality. Well, I finally bought a mirrorless camera. The kiddo found my old SLR, and we’ve split a few rolls of film (re)discovering how to shoot with it. Then he started asking about a modern digital equivalent. Since it was going to be two of us using it, not just me, I felt like I could justify the expense.

I read a bunch of reviews and asked around for advice, finally settling on a Sony Alpha a6000. It’s a few generations back in their advanced amateur line, making it a bit more affordable.

We brought the new camera to WonderCon, and I made some discoveries:

  1. It actually handles the light level inside the convention center!
  2. I’ve gotten waaaay too used to just capturing costumes when shooting cosplayers, instead of composing interesting shots. Most of the photos I took on Saturday had good image quality, but were ultimately just snapshots.
  3. Because of #1 and #2, I ended up with a lot of busy backgrounds. I tried to cut down on the distraction by adding vignetting to some of the photos afterward.

Originally we planned totrade off who had the good camera, but he ended up wearing his giant Minecraft Spider Jockey costume the entire time, so he didn’t have much opportunity to take photos. In the end, he only took one all weekend…but it was the best-composed shot of the entire day!

Women dressed as Joy, Sadness and Disgust from Inside Out

I took the lesson from that, and while most of my pictures on Sunday were still utilitarian snaps, I did manage to take a few that I think worked out better, like these three:

My full cosplay gallery is on Flickr, including these four photos and all those snapshots.

Going Mirrorless: WonderCon 2019 Cosplay Photography

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