Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Cold Spring Harbor Labs (with a stop in Boston)

Every two years there is a conference on Systems Biology of Gene Expression at the Cold Springer Harbor Labs. This is a great conference and I try to attend it regularly.  This year I was an invited to be a speaker, and so I gladly accepted.

view from the plane after takeoff

On the way over I stopped in Boston to visit Ollie Rando in Natick. Unlike previous visits we didn't have time to explore, but we did enjoy a surprisingly warm and sunny day for talking science.

Ollie playing with light beams

The warm spell continued during the conference, although we had few foggy days. On the first day, still jet-lagged, I woke early before dawn and had a stroll to the foggy beach.

The mood of very diffused early light drove me toward B&W photos. The local geese agreed to pose for me.

In the end the sun did come out and we got to see some bright clear days.

Few pictures of early spring flowers - dogwood and magnolias.

On the way back to Boston, we saw this truck carrying a truck carrying a truck.

Boston itself was rainy and so I ended up not taking any photographs. On our way to land in Israel we passed some impressive clouds, which made me wish I had a chance to go and do arial photography...

Thursday, March 8, 2012

A quick trip to Eilat - lights and strobes

Another quick weekend trip to Eilat. On the way, we stopped in the desert and got to see Venus and Saturn bright on the night sky. The moon was full and so they were competing with a strong light from the east.

This time, one of the divers was a child, and so most of the dives where shallower. This actually increased the opportunities for taking pictures of wildlife.

In the night dive we got a chance to see the protective bubble formed by a parrotfish.

The water was full of jellyfish and their close cousins, and so I get a chance to get some photographs of these beautiful life forms.

A new object for exploration was a fiber optic appendage to my strobe that allowed for concentrated light. I am still learning, but so far it lead to interesting effects.

On our last dive we spent more than 15 minute with a octopus that was very sympathetic.