I can't believe I'm still awake. But I wanted to try to write a brief summary of the past two days before I fall over.

I did manage to get up for sunrise yesterday morning. It was kind of so-so but I got some pictures over by one of the lagoons once the sun was finally up. I found this four inch tall skeleton doll alongside the lagoon. When the early morning light hit it, it looked as if Mr. Bones was sunbathing on a rock.

I went back to the bird sanctuary afterward and found out the best section to wait and watch for birds that were close enough to take photos with the 55-250mm lens I have. An egret appeared at the very edge of the beach and an onlooker asked me, "Did you pay him to perform for you?" The egret stayed pretty close for at least ten minutes or so and I got to practice taking photos of birds :)

In the late afternoon, about two hours before sunset, [livejournal.com profile] cortneyofeden met up with me and we went around taking photos together. Sunset was gorgeous. Although, I have to say, I was envious of her because she could move along the beach anywhere she wanted, whereas I didn't go past the boundary of Park Street, which was the limit of my section.

Today I got up early and went out for about an hour and a half. The sky was blah and gray so I gave up on that and went to take photos of ice plant. Tonight after work, Steve picked me up at BART and we rushed home to get my gear and get out and shoot while there was some light left. I tried a few pictures of the moon and then Steve came to pick me up. We ate dinner at Ollie's and I decided to squeeze out what I could of the last half hour and found a silhouette of a big tree with the moon next to it.

The crazy running around part of Alameda on Camera is addictive but now it's done. Now comes the figuring out what to submit for the show. I took a lot of photos yesterday and it looks like my favorites are from those shoots. I've narrowed down the selection and will sit with them for a while until I decide which one(s) to enter into the show and how I'm going to present it/them. (We're each guaranteed to get one in but last year I submitted two and I might again this year. We'll see.)

If nothing else, I got a little more experience taking photos of birds this weekend and that's huge. I used to find it extremely frustrating but it's a little less so now. I'll probably post some of the photos after I submit them for the show so it'll be a while.
I went to the launch party and was one of the last people to sign up for the drawing so I got one of the very last pieces of the map. There were quite a few people who kept saying, "I hope I don't get Bay Farm Island." It wasn't just me. One of the young ladies in the youth division who won two prizes last year got a section of Bay Farm again this year and said it was a curse. But I told her she made fabulous art last year and I was sure she would again this year.

I chose a piece of the map from the hat and it's a section of the island I don't know well at all. In fact, I had no idea there was a bird sanctuary on this island! The section I got is on the south shore - right next to, but thankfully not IN the south shore shopping plaza. (I met the lady that got the shopping plaza. She was NOT thrilled.)

Steve and Sofi and I went exploring, driving and walking around and checking out my area. There are a few lagoons in the section, the Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary and some really ugly houses. I took three pictures with the tiny bit of light from the moon through the clouds tonight. I'm going out for sunrise tomorrow. Because of where this section is, I'll definitely be able to get views towards San Francisco for sunset and possibly views towards San Leandro Bay for sunrise.

Oh, and we met a guy on the walk who told us I could rent a canoe or a kayak from someone in Jack London Square and go out on the water to take pix if I wanted to. We'll see about that - but it's cool to know it exists.

This is gonna be fun :)
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( Mar. 29th, 2009 08:26 pm)
Alameda is burning. Well, an abandoned military hospital on this end of the island burned today and now the smoke is everywhere:
http://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_12024237

In case you missed this info the first time, one or two of my photographs will be in the "Alameda on Camera" show which opens this Friday, 4/3 from 7-9 PM at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru Street, Alameda, CA 94501. The show will be up until 4/25.

Also, if you haven't seen the Plastic Camera Show at Rayko, you have until the end of the month (uh, Tuesday) to see it. I admit, I just got to it today. My friend [livejournal.com profile] rosrua has a beautiful piece in it:
http://raykophoto.com/?page_id=37
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