Alright, work is as done as it's going to be, and my stuff including a rather silly number of camera accessories is all packed. All that's left is a pile of dishes and some leftovers to freeze and I'll be ready to go.
This trip starts with a night in Houston. Originally just because of awkward flight timing, but we’ve turned it into something nice because we’ll get to meet someone in meatspace who so far both of us only know from Online. I am wearing my pineapple socks in honor of the mastodon memes of oh so long ago when we first started chatting.
#florespondence special edition, plus the owner of this resort, and a big beautiful spider.
The flotilla of ships waiting to enter the Panama Canal is a ghostly vision at night.
I’d like to actually visit this country some time, but today we’re just changing planes and being grateful that PTY has the decency to let international transfer passengers stay airside and not make us clear passport control in order to leave like certain other places I won’t name.
So great to feast on this beauty!
Damn that is a pretty little hut!
@eldang wow, these are some great photos! 👀 🐤
@eldang Nice! What setup did you use for the star trails?
@alx my new camera (an Olympus Tough, bought for underwater use) turns out to have some really fun composite photo modes. This one takes successive exposures and after the first one only adds newly bright pixels.
@eldang Ah yes, my Olympus has the same modes - posted some fun party pics using it on here a while back. I'm guessing it's a fixed lens if it's an underwater camera then? Was asking partly because I'm on the lookout for a M43 wide angle with decent low light performance.
@alx yeah, fixed lens with a small zoom range. So what I’m doing here is bringing both cameras on hikes, one with the telephoto lens on it, the other as the wide angle.
@eldang That looks heavenly!
@compostablespork it was. And the tour description totally undersold the forest part, I guess because it’s not the headline attraction, but it added so much.
@eldang good priorities with these folks!
@eldang wow that’s a large tail for a hummingbird 😍 I wonder what kind it is
@Gizmo I think it’s a violet sabrewing, but because it’s so silhouetted I could be mixing it up with others we saw. Costa Rica has generally bigger hummingbirds than I’m used to seeing at temperate latitudes.
@eldang I’ve never seen one up close before
Did you slow the video down?
@jc yeah, it's the iPhone slow motion mode. I kept totally failing to get decent still pictures, and one of the other people in the group pointed out that slo mo video works way better for this.
@eldang *bangs table* mo-chi! mo-chi! mo-chi!
@eldang I am an expert at precisely this see also my rutabaga toots
@nein09 that contributed, but I could maybe have also not used both Instant Pot inserts and two different lids, etc etc....
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