A Room with a View

A couple of pictures from my hotel room, one taken about five hours ago…

…and another taken just about an hour ago…

You need a lot of lights for 13.1 million people!

Copyright © Ted C. MacRae 2011

About Ted C. MacRae

Ted C. MacRae is a research entomologist by vocation and beetle taxonomist by avocation. Areas of expertise in the latter include worldwide jewel beetles (Buprestidae) and North American longhorned beetles (Cerambycidae). More recent work has focused on North American tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) and their distribution, ecology, and conservation.
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8 Responses to A Room with a View

  1. Great nightscape shot Ted. You took it when there was still light in the sky. Wonderful!

  2. The Ozarkian says:

    I admit I was expecting photos of bedbugs or roaches!!!

  3. Bryan says:

    Great shots. Can you give some insight on your method on the night shot?

    • Thanks, Bryan. I wish I could say that I put a lot of thought into how I did this, but honestly I just bumped the ISO way up (1600), opened up the lens (f/5.7), and braced the camera steady against a window beam for a 1.3 sec exposure (no tripod in my bag of tricks). Perfect timing on the just-set sun was the key – it was already dark enough that all the building and traffic lights were on, but there was still enough light to bring out the colors in the sky. The patchy clouds added some nicely contrasting texture to all the sharp lines.

  4. James C. Trager says:

    And what are you up to in (let me guess) Buenos Aires?

    • Resting up from an overnight flight on a crowded, cramped airplane with very uncomfortable seats! An Ambien did the trick, however, and I had a little time to play before visiting field trials that I’ve got going in different areas. Even though it’s soybean fields rather than the Ecuadorian rain forest, it’s still pretty nice to get paid to look for bugs in foreign lands!

      Okay, your message implies you hadn’t yet seen the next post to know this was Buenos Aires, so I’ll give you 2 bonus points in the current BitB Challenge session for guessing the city. Now with 4 points, you’ve still got some work to do to catch up with current leaders Dave Hubble, Troy Bartlett, and HBG Dave! 🙂


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