July 30: Lynx - Bobcat
I had the day off yesterday, my father in-law had cataract surgery. He takes care of our daughter during the summer for us. It went very well. My daughter and I spent the day on the road. We joined my wife and father in-law for breakfast and saw the patient home. We then went to the Living Museum to visit the animals and to see what we could photograph. I took over 90 shots, 1/2 still to be done. Temps were very hot, in the 90's but we were in the shade most of the time and enjoyed ourselves. I caught this one in the shade keeping cool. He (according to the guide that passed) was asleep till some noise woke him. I captured this shot by leaning over the top of the fence the best I could with my big 70-200 ED lens I took this shot at f/3.3 looking for the shallow focus and due the low lighting in the shade. The processing was color correct to the whibal card, add some black and clarity in ACR. Rotate the shot in PS and add my copyright. Not bad for 11:30 shot in 90 deg heat.
I am behind on the comments as when we came home from running and dinner a major thunderstorm rolled in and I was not on the PC till I finished this before bed. I will catchup late tonight. Busy day today at work
July 29: Geese on the bay
I spotted a large group of geese going to a bath out on the bay during my walk. I captured a bunch of shots in the hard light but I liked this dude the best. He just stood there while I took the shot and then moved on to the water. There was a group of about 30 geese here and they were bathing and carrying on in the bay and the beach. Shot hand held with the D200 on an overcast day. Have a great day eveyone
July 28: Flowers in the sun
I caught this shot right at 12 today as I was late walking as I spent most of the morning in meeting and on the phone. I caught this in the yard on my way out and spent some time on the ground to get the picture. I was laying in the grass to get the shot when the owner came out :) The Cpt though I was a bit nuts but smiled anyway. I like the texture of the leaves in this shot and the blur behind on the other pods. Temps were really hot, 96 and very humid and I payed the price again. :( I turned off the music and camera and looked for shade. I suffered the heat and it was not fun. I will do better today, more water and less time out and earlier to! Have a great day everyone and thanks very much on the cake shot :) It was good and I finished the cake doing this shot.
Thanks for the name, Lantana
July 27: Cake time!! This shot was a bit in the making. I actually bought this cake Saturday evening when we were at the bookstore. Just before I took the shot on the water for yesterday's DP. But I started thinking when I got home that this would make a great shot. I got some ideas and was given some advice which I took (thanks!). I planned the shot, but time prevented me from starting till later in the day. I built a new light table from scratch for this POD, learned it a bit to narrow so I will have to mod this. I was tired of fighting of the one made out of cardboard. This one is made of PVC and uses Ripstop Nylon (kite fabric) as a diffuser. I had the material so it was just the PVC corners and time to build. That took longer than I expected as my ideas were not working. So I dropped to basics and got results. I kept the cake in the fridge till I was ready and took some test shots of the setup. I even bought the plate and found the old silver forks and cleaned them for this shot. Bought the cup and raspberries fresh today and I was set. There is a lot to a studio shot. I took numerous shots till I was happy with the results. I ended up using my strobes and SB800's. If you want to see the lighting setup for this shot it is here. Lighting setup There is more to studio setup and work than I expected! Between building the lightbox and the shot I worked from 3-9 yesterday. I did stop for dinner and the cake was good as I ate some of it doing the processing/sorting. :) I had waited long enough. Have a great day everyone
July 26: Available light shot Today was a very busy day, I started by taking the family to breakfast and then my wife had to go to work. I ended up with a migraine so I lost a few hrs in the morning. I did chores around the house and other items that needed to be done. I did some work on nodal points for pano's. More in the future. We then went out to dinner, bookstore and took some pictures. So by the time I got home to look at shots it was 10PM. This picture was taken on the Colonial Parkway up near Williamsburg. it is a 30 sec exposure and the vignetting you see on the upper left corner is my hand blocking the car lights from the lens. This is the same pond in the fall at 4 in the afternoon. Lake This was my Alt shot for today. York River Bridge
July 25: Girl in the fog
I caught this early morning shot on the way to catch a sunrise that was a dud. The shot intrigued me and I took the time to capture and frame the shot. I thought this was a cool shot and I wanted to share with everyone my 6 am capture
Have a great day
July 24: Light experiment
I took a walk yesterday at lunch, I found some interesting subjects. But due to the really flat light of the overcast day and my low choice of ISO, the pictures did not come out as I would have hoped. So there I sat last night again wondering what to do. My wife suggested this geode and I gave it a whirl. I shot using my little white box lit with 2 led flashlights. A white one from the left is the predominant lighting and a small amount from a blue led light I bought tonight on the right. This shot has very little blue, I just liked the lighting in the center better. I added a slight contrast curve to the shot and my copyright. Happy Friday folks! Spent most of the evening losing the battle to my printer :) Tonight is another night!
July 23: Another late night shot I came home from work with some shots to review for a POD and was content as I thought for sure I had something. Just before we went out to run some errands and get dinner I downloaded the files and had a look. Not as exciting as I thought. Upon return home I discovered I was right, I had 3 shots but as I had my wife give me the critique of the shots she echoed me sentiments of just not a POD as my normal. I did some thinking and at 9PM I came up with lighting this shot. How I did this. I placed this in my white box and lit with 2 tea lights and the "custom" reflectors, i.e. AL foil. I took the shot. Original link below. Then I went into PS , added some contrast, converted to B&W, and added a gradient map. The result you see here. In the conversion I used the red channel only as I did not like the blue and green. Original shot before PS Origianl here is the alt shot Alt daily My other choice from my walk.
June 22: Take my picture, I am smiling for you!
I caught this little guy at the end of my walk yesterday He watched me walk up to the circle he was in and just sat there and came over to this tree. I slowly raised the camera and took the shot and a few others before I moved on to shower and go back to work. To me it looks like he is smiling at me and posing for the shot. He wants his/her picture taken. The shade of the tree helped lessen the harshness of the noon day sun. I did some color correction in PS to remove the red/blue cast. I did my best today to stay to the shadows in the walk after yesterdays mistake and drank plenty of water. Thanks everyone!
July 21: Lunch Time!
I captured this yesterday at lunch on my walk. This is NOT a macro shot, but taken with my 18-200mm. I was getting getting desperate for a shot as I had a lot of junk. Light was really harsh today and my shots looked really bad. I had run out of water, was hot, thirsty and the heat index was 106. Humm, think I goofed! I will fix the water issue for sure tomorrow. I was just finishing my walk, unhappy as I did not have much and thinking ahead of what I could do when when I got home. I spotted these flowers by the phone building and figured OK another flower shot, they still had some life and the heat had not killed them yet. I saw this bee having lunch and I took ~ 4 shots before he left. This one looks like he is sitting down eating his/her lunch. I liked the shot so I cropped to enhance this and hence my POD. Enjoy.
July 20: Water Lilly
The family and I were out running errands yesterday and when we came out of the bass pro shops I saw this lilly in the pond in front of the store. I grabbed my camera and did the best I could to get some shots. Worst time of day for the shots at 2PM, hot, bright, humid and trying to get around a display in the parking lot :) Lets just say I burnt myself when I attempted to sit on the edge for a better angle. This gave me an even better apperiation for Gerry's (Dreamhat) Lilly shots. These are hard to shoot and capture with any class like he does. The yellow wanted to blow out in the noon day sun.
July 19: Crystal Challenge
I thought on this shot a lot yesterday. kre8ite mentioned the challenge and I gave this this some thought. How to light a crystal bunny without all the wild reflections that is different. I wanted to use different lighting and I tried candles, tea lights. I was not real happy with the results and I remember a not from Bill Pador and I took some inspiration from this and build custom reflectors out of AL foil to direct my light. These baby's get hot with an open flame :). This worked well as I was able to direct my light where I wanted it to get the results I was looking for. This shot was done in a black light box I built from foam core. it is 15" square and light tight with an opening in the front for the lens to poke through. This shot is straight from the camera no PP at all. I just added my copyright in PS. Interesting note is the smoke/focus line at the bottom of the bunny. This is not dust or dirt as I checked and re-shot. I was not bothered by it so I left it as it. Creative license, I wanted this line :)
July 18: Cat fancy
Yesterday was a very busy day for me and today does not look much better. I ran most of the day, took 190 shots for a client that I still have not looked at. Come 10 last night I still did not have a POD. I had wanted to try a studio shot and this was the best I could do on short notice. I do have a thought for tonight. This is a glass figurine of a cat I bought my wife when I was on travel. To do this I build a black box out of mounting boards held together with tape :) (told you it was short notice) 3 sides and a bottom. Lighting is from a AAA celled LED flashlight that I was holding at various angles to get the shot and lighting I wanted. The only PP at all is I add my copyright in CS3. This is straight from the camera.
July 18 Chocolate
I went out with the office for a quick lunch yesterday so I did not get my walk in. By the time I got home from my errands it was late and I had no picture. I had formed this thought in my head for this shot and tried my luck. It took me about 10+ shots to get the lighting to the levels I liked without shadows. This is Lindt Petite deserts, my daughter shared her' again so I could photograph. I actually had to open the box for this shot. I used 3 flashes to accomplish this shot with the lightbox. SB 800 on the sync cord as the main from the left side, another small on the right and a small clamped to a stand above. If someone wants to try chocolate, put it in the fridge 1st. I learned this the hard way :)
July 16: Hold it there buddy you are in my space!
While out walking yesterday at lunch I saw a duck, goose in the moat and this little guy in the tree. He was giving me the warning with his tail and whipping it madly as I got closer to take the shot, I was in his space. I took several pictures of him, but they were real tough as he was backlit by a large area of sun. I spot metered and pushed the exposure to get this shot and then cropped to remove the big white sky in the upper area. The green is the green grass of the field behind the tree. The I did some color correction in CS3 to pull the green cast out. This took 2 curves to remove all the little guys color cast. Remove to much green and the shot goes red.
July 15: Surreal view
During my walk yesterday I took a group of shots but with the hard lighting most were flat and lifeless. I had liked the lines and angles of the seawall in this shot and decided to try the surreal effect on the shot. I like the shot with this processing, Lightroom. I then moved into CS3 and added the border via a Dave Cross idea I came across that I wanted to try. I think it worked. I tried the black border, but did not like the effect.
July 14: Bad hair day I caught this little gal early on my daily walk. There were a pair of herons down in the moat and I was able to get close enough without my usual scaring them away to get some good pictures. Here is the pair of them on the pipe in the moat Heron Pair The weather was real bad yesterday, heavily overcast, trying to rain so I stayed near the gym facility incase of rain I could run back with my camera. I have now put a big plastic bag in my gym stuff just in case. This gal stood posed on the pipe for me and let me take 4-5 shots. I liked this one the best. 18-200mm lens at 135mm leaning over the moat walk fence to get this shot. The later shot was when I got closer and the male flew in protective :) I took the shot and left them in peace. Shot was color corrected to remove blue - green cast.
July 13: Desert time.
Yesterday was a very hectic day for me and I was rapidly running out of ideas for a POD come 8PM. My lovely wife had this idea and I ran with it. This is my daughter's slice of desert that she graciously let me photograph before she ate the piece. I tried various positions and angles on the fork, that is how it got cool whip on it not from samples, to keep the flashback from the shiny stainless steel fork. I liked this angle and lighting the best. Three flashes used in this shot with a home made light box via notes Oliver posted. 1 R1 mounted on top as fill 1 to the side as fill and SB 800 on cord at the side as primary flash. PS Kara, my 12 yr old, made the cake. The streaks are pudding poured in while backing. Decorated with mandarin oranges.
July 12: Simplicity We went out to the James RIver Bridge to capture a sunset from a different vantage point. The sunset looked good till 15 min before set when the sun went behind a bank of clouds. The sky had some moderate color, but no sun. Very cloudy. This is a shot I took of my daughter after she lost interest in taking pictures of the listless sky walking along the waters edge looking for shell. I converted the shot to B&W and was pleased wit the results. I like the simplicity of the shot and the fact that the girl is my daughter in the shot Here is a link to the alt shot I had for today, a night shot along the james river. It would be to the left of this shot Alt DP Choice This was a timed shot using my new RRD ball head
July 11: Indecision
I could not make up my mind as which shot I liked so I decided to use both. There is a story behind one of these shots and a nickname I have gained with the ladies at work. I was shooting the one on the right, have no idea what it is but is is ~ 1" (25mm) in size. I was determined to get this shot so I had to get down in the mulch bed. Then lower. I also had I my ipod on listing to music and did not know these ladies had come up. Now, I am dressed for my daily walk at 12 in tank top and jogging shorts. When I got up they told me I had mulch everywhere on backside. Including up the shorts. They informed my I had eeraned the nickname "Mulch butt". I was covered with the stuff. I was determined to get this shot, I really liked the play of the stamen shadow on the pedals. LOL, I did not realize how bad I was covered in mulch till I got up. The shot on the left is a small bright red one along one of the buildings at work that I added a gradient mask to and reduced the opacity to let through 25% color. To mate the shots into one I went into photoshop and stretched the canvas area to accept the second shot and dragged in in. I drew the black spacer between and looked at frames. I enlarged the canvas another 1.5" so the frame would fit without cropping the shot and applied this film strip from OnOne demo. I thought this fit the picture today.
July 10: Inspection time!
The rain took a break yesterday during lunch and I was able to take a late lunch and walk. I need my walk as it gets me out of the building and away from work for a little while. This gives me some sanity back to recharge for the afternoon. B&H delivered so I was able to use my 18-200mm again at lunch as I had a sunshade for the lens again. (After I let my other go for a swim while getting my DP last Sat.) I took a group of shots but came up on this flower at the close of my walk. I do not normally go this way as it is a blind curve and the bed is on the curve, but I took a chance and grabbed the shot. I liked the line of ants in the shot and the white lattice on house. Yes the house is that close, hence why I do not like going this way as it hard to get out of cars way. Simple shot all done in Lightroom. Sig in PS.
PS, thanks to everyone for the comments on the SP. It is like going in through the out door :) I d prefer to be the photograpeher not the photographed.
July 9: Out of my comfort zone. Well I did it today, fully out of my comfort zone and in front of the camera. It was raining today and between that and the tasker I was working I did not get my lunchtime walk in today. I have had this SP shot in the back of my head for the last month so I figured that if John could get in front of the camera then I could. I did the setup in my "office" here at home with two SB800's. One is mounted on a stand at 90 degrees to the camera with the diffusion dome on and set for 14mm lens The second was on the camera with the diffusion dome and set for 17mm lens. I was using my 17-35mm lens at 24mm for the shot. Flashes were controlled by the master on the camera set at full and the off camera a -.3EV. Triggering was done with the Nikon electronic trigger set for multi exposure. This forces the camera to focus at every shot so I could trash the 1st shot and use the rest :) I was actually working on a shot in Lightroom in the picture. The sunrise is here. Sunrise This was my alt choice in case I lost my nerve to post my mug shot.
June 8: Begonia up close
This little guy was out along the seawall on my walk yesterday. This was along the gazebo from my April pod. The lighting was a bit hard, but I crossed over and got the shot and I feel it came out well. Colors are nice for 12 noon shooting. 95 degrees, and humid, yes the dog days of summer are here. As I squatted down in the flower bed a few ants thought I was lunch. What we do to get a shot for pod :)
Have a great day everyone
July 7: A prickly subject
This little item is the bane of walkers, joggers, hikers and kite flyers who use the grass fields in southeast VA and northeast NC. This much of the area I know for a fact as I run into them all the time. Like yesterday after a few shots I has them in the backside, shoes and my hand. These little guys are sand burs. I hate them with a passion as they are painful and I do not always see them before I step or what ever. I saw these on top of the moat walk yesterday and took a few shots. This is a focus stack of 3 shot in the wind so there is a bit of blur/fuzz around one of the spikes caused by the stacking of shots. They or I had moved in the process of the shot. I was windy. I lost a lot of shots yesterday due to the wind and not able to keep things in sharp focus.
Thanks to everyone on the comments on Mr Spidey from yesterday. I think the best shot would have been the look on my face when I realized that the spider was on the camera looking at me not the other way around :) Have a great day
July 6: Mr Spidey
Yes I know, ooohhh youck a bug :). I was out looking for a pod, had my 18-200 on and was prowling the neighborhood. I found nothing spectacular, just a few shot. Most of the flowers are dead now due to the excessive heat and the lack of water we have had. I had found a whole 4 shots which were not much when I spotted this guy on the weeping cherry in my front yard. I went in the house and got the 105 macro and the R1 flash rig. I set the flash units on the ring at 0 EV and -1.3 EV and went out. He was still there so I fired away. I took about 30 shots to get a few good ones. He was a fast moving little guy and I chased him around the tree while he was spinning his web. In the end he stopped and was doing some furious work with the front legs and then disappeared. When I looked he was on the ISO knob of the camera checking me out. He is only the size of the thumbnail on my little finger so he is small. I did crop the shot for less leave and better view. I added +5 black and +16 clarity in Lightroom.
July 5: As seen from a canoe
My daughter and I rented a canoe yesterday afternoon after we did our archery shooting. The day was hot, muggy, and overcast. It had just finished raining before we went shooting arrows as the field was still wet. The canoe's were great as the breeze was nice and the water felt good. Sky was overcast and cloudy but the rain held off for us. I took my Pro1 again with us for some shots along the water. This flower was along the bank of one of the small inlets To hold the canoe steady we had our paddles in the water in the mud attempting to hold the canoe at least stable while I tried to get shots at various angles without getting stuck on the down trees in front of this flower. This was the better of the 3 shots I took. Lots of debris behind the plant and this shot does not show this. The frame in this picture I am demoing the program Bill Paldor mentioned in his, OnOne's ProFrame. There are 48 frames in the demo, 4000 in the actual. This is just a plain ellipse keyed to the plant and the background is the same color as the new bulb.
July 4th: Answering the raised bar. Bill Paldor has really raised the bar and this is my attempt to catch up. I took over 35 shots today trying to get this in the form I wanted to no effect. This image was shot using the R1 system with 2 SB200 flash units and filter gels. A blue clamped to a light stand and suspended over the glasses firing down at -1.3 EV and a red on another light stand directly under the lens at -0.3EV. On board flash was in commander mode only (off). The result was fine, but I still did not like the glare/harsh red light I got. I played around with B&W and while adjusting the contrast I found this. What I did is add a slight curve to the blue channel and then flattened the image. Open the new layer and applied the red channel to the RGB and this is the result. The image is only the red channel of the B&W. I discarded the others as I liked this. Hope everyone had a happy 4th. Here is the alt to today's photo using a gridient filter and 25% passed Alt DP In case you have never tired the indv channels in B&W the command in PS is "Command key" and the "~, 1, 2, 3" ~ is RGB, 1 is Red, 2 is Green and 3 is blue.
July 3: Field of Flowers?
On the way back from shopping last night we stopped at the Bass Pro Shops to get some Archery supplies. My daughter tried the shooting game in the store as she has never shot a gun. She had fun :), saw some huge fish they had in the tank there. When we exited the store I saw a great sunset so I grabbed the camera and we went for a walk. Could not get a clear shot of the sunset, but this is the walkway leading to the boat section of the bass pro shop. I go down on top of this rock and took the picture using my fist as a brace for the camera, 1/10 sec exposure. I like the angle and the view. Added 20 clarity and 5 black in LR and copyright in PS
Happy 4th everyone!
10 min later photographing the fountian I lost my lens hood in the lake to the left of this shot. Seems it was not tight and I feed the ducks. They kept looking down at the water and then at me so I know where it went :( B&H here I com.
July 2: On the lake with my daughter
My daughter talked me into renting a paddle boat down at Newport News Park. We (dad) motored across the lake the best we could. The boat handled like a beached whale and spent most of the time crabbing instead of going straight. I took my Pro1 with me and snapped a bunch of shots. I got to see first hand what Kathy means when she kayaks on the lake and says it's great. We had a ball!! I worked us into position to get this shot and Kara held us steady so we did not hit the tree behind us with the wind moving us. It was worth the effort I think. We enjoyed our 2 hrs on the lake, but I was wuppped when we were done. My daughter wants to rent a kayak or canoe next as they blew past us on the way to the other side of the lake.
This shot was color corrected in PS using RGB curves method as it had a blue/green cast to it and I added a touch of contrast to the final product.
I think I have finally managed to catch up with everyone now from my trip. Thanks to everyone for the comments
Enjoy your 4th Holiday!! We are off to breakfast now and some archery, shopping (I get to goto Apple store while they shop), camera store :) and then I promised dinner at the "California Pizza Kitchen" my daughter likes at the big mall in Norfolk
July 1: White Rose
This is one of the roses I got my wife for her birthday. I worked late yesterday and through lunch so I had no shots from a walk to even review. With traffic I got home after 6 and went to shoot arrows for an hour so come 8 I had no pictures. I tried some macro's of the roses, but they just do not have the detail at this level of magnification. They look great under the microscope at 15:1 :)
This one is a focus stack of 3 to get all the areas in focus. White is hard to focus on at 11 at night and get right. Dual flash setup with the R1. One on the ring at -1/3 and one on a light stand shooting down at -1.3 EV
June 30: Sunrise after the storm
Driving into work I was think about what to do for the pod of the day. The morning started with rain and dropped to light rain for my commute. On my way in the rain stopped and I saw the sun trying to peak through the clouds. I watched some of this sunrise on the way in. I really like the angry sky leaving and some of the creamy clouds rolling in behind this. Made for a nice sunrise. To top this my CD player was playing "Sunrise" by Uriah Heap. Funny combination, adding to the mix was the next song of "Desperado" by the eagles as I was now late for meeting my bud to work on our charts. Fitting mix for the morning :) I center weighted the metering, dropped the EV 1/3 and add some clarity and a slight contrast adj in LR for the shot
The 30th is my wife's birthday today so the shot is fitting to her also. I see the error in my early post, yes I did take my wife to a great dinner last night, something she wanted, a dozen white roses (a DP option here) and a card.
June 29: Flower
I saw this flower in the yard and thought it would make a good pod. I do not remember the name right now. To get the shot I was laying on my back shooting up at the plant as it is low to the ground. This is a focus stack of 3 shots to make the image I was after. I used the R1 flash ring on this shot with the on board flash off, A at -1.3 EV and B at 0 EV.
June 28: Dinner Time!
I caught this picture last evening when I remembered that I had not done a pod yet. After all my chores and cleaning up after travel I thought I was done :). I was done on the ground photographing a new plant when this bee landed on the cone flowers. I was able to chase him around for a bit and get a good close up shot. Add to the fact that the wind was blowing I have quite a few misses :). As the light was failing I was using the R1 flash system for this shot. Both were mounted on the ring. Camera was in commander mode with on camera flash off and A at -1/3 and B -1.7 EV. I had the camera at f/16 and +2/3 EV also for this shot.
Slowly catching up with everyone on the comments. I missed some really great pictures while I was gone! That is one thing I missed, my time on line viewing everyones pictures. I have to goto work shortly so have a good day
June 27: Morning plant waterings I took this shot on the way to my morning meting, before my plane trip home. They had just finished this section of feeding and watering of the plants and the morning light was streaming in through the glass ceiling. I was enthralled with the shot and got into the bed and stood on my tip toes to get this shot. I got a bit wet, but I was determined. My boss came upon me and laughed at my positioning and wet shirt and pants :). Thankfully blue jeans do not show water well. I am home now and will start working on catchup right after my chores that have been patiently waiting for me all week. Have to go out early as it is suppose to be 98 with a heat index of 105 today. Summer is here! Thanks everyone! John BTW: I am uploading all my trip photo's of the Opryland hotel to a gallery and will post the link when I get back from taking the girls to breakfast. Opriland Gallery
June 26: On stage:
Again from the hotel, this is gazebo - stage in in the Delta section of the Hotel. I liked the lighting at night and the way it reflected on the floor. This had a nice presence and made you feel good. I even took 2 other photo's for folks with their cameras when they were under this gazebo. I was only able to get 2 shots and this was the best as there was a line waiting to go here. I have a meeting in 30 min and then 2 hrs after that I get to so sit in airports for the day. I also learned last night I am now working this weekend for a Monday presentation. Oh the joys of a road trip. I hope to catch up with everyone and all the nice comments by the end of the weekend.
Thanks to everyone and to some of the great comments and laughs you have given me. It really means a lot to be part of this daily community and get the support from everyone. This has helped me go get some shots when needed. Like now I will grab the camera before the meeting to see what I can get for pod and maybe even breakfast :) Have a great day everyone!!
June 25: Peace Easy Feeling "eagles"
I captured this shot of another of the 5-6 falls they have here in the Opriland hotel. Kathy, this is in delta along the boat ride. I took this from a reserved section that was not being used at the time as it gave me great view of the falls. I was carrying my tripod so I was able to get that smooth silky flow look from a long exposure. As it was night I did not need the ND filter. The light in the bottom of the pool is the only hot spot and cannot be helped, I tried.
Thanks to everyone for the kind comments, I tried to do some catch up last night after I finished todays brief, before I went to bed. I will catch a few more this AM and the rest when I return, I started a new job ~ 2 wks ago so the level of work and detail plus the learning is high right now.
Thanks and have a great week. PS, I got a note from my co-worker and she said thanks for the kinds words!
June 25: #2 Gaylord's Opriland Hotel, Cascades section
As I mentioned earlier, I am having net access problems and I have found that I have more work to do here than I thought! Worked till 7 PM tonight at the meeting, from 7:30 AM and have to be in at 7:00 tomorrow AM. The work is twice what I expected.
I took this after the meeting and tried to show the inside of the Cascade section of the hotel. There are 5 area's with a canal and a boat ride in the Delta section I am in. I will post more photo's when I get home and get a good connection. It it taking ~2 min a comment and ~ 8 to upload a photo
LOL, Tom!! You would think. This hotel is next door to the grand ole Opri
June 24: Flower at the Gaylord Hotel
I captured this flower in the lobby of the hotel on the way to dinner. I had a 45 min break so I took a group of shot that I will try to upload before I go to my meeting this AM. This hotel is phenomenal. I have not stayed in one so extravagant like this. I really like this little pink flower and the small bud below the bloom
Thanks to everyone for the kind comments!!! I will pass these on to my coworker who thanks you. I was not expecting to be this busy! Hopefully tonight I will have some time to myself. I will most likely catchup this weekend
Thanks everyone, John
I seem to be having net problems this AM so I will try later
June 23 Trouble in paridise
Quickly, when I got here to Nashville, 3 hrs late. My co worker got the news that her mother died. My boss & I spent the evening with her so I did not get much in pictures.
This is inside the hotel I am staying at, I grabbed this on the way to move the car and get out luggage. I have to take my coworker to the airport now to catch a flight home and go to the conference so I hope everyone understands. I will get comments when I can. I am behind in those and work now.
Have a good day
June 22: Clematis pedal
While walking around the house yesterday I had the thought to photograph some flowers and pedals up close at high magnification. I had gone back in the house to get some assistance in the form of a clamp as the wind was blowing a good clip. I brought out the R1 ring and diffuser clamp, but that did not work as it was to short to hold the rose bush I was working on. I found this clematis pedal that had fallen off the bush from one and used the clamp to hold the pedal to take my picture. I used natural lighting of the day to light the pedal. Mag rate is 1:1 on this pedal.
I am headed to Nashville on business today, I have my camera and laptop packed. I am not sure my net access or the time I will have, but I will do my best and catchup when I return.
June 21: Breakfast Time
After yesterdays fiasco I was up first thing, even after the sleep over, looking for a pod. I was a bit sleepy, but I was not going to be taking picture at 11 PM again. I took several in the early morning light. Wind was blowing so my job was tougher. I caught some roses and cone flowers, but this brown eyed susan with the bug having breakfast beat out the pollen covered ants on the cone flower. I got 1 shot as when he saw me he moved on. I had the tripod setup and both R1 flashes on so this was the best. 1 flash on the camera at - 1/3 EV the other hand held at 90 degrees at - 1.3 EV. D200 and the 105 macro in manual mode.
June 20: A swirl of Colors
This would make a good can you guess. But as not many people use this item then I do not think you would guess the item. It is polycabonate and tooled to this shape and polished. It is round, and I use one daily at work. It is related to an item that is on my site. This group of item everyone uses, just the the type they do not However 50-60 years ago they did. Also it fits in my pocket. This is a macro shot of the item.
Fountain Pen. This is the cap to a Bexley Fountain Pen that I use. I have a Namiki Hawk and a Pelican M200 also. I will do the hawk some day as the silver is tough. to get right and the engraved hawks are exquisite.
Yesterday I waited to long to do the POD, I was with my daughter most of the day and we did some errands and got a new Xbox game for her sleep over. Some dance mat game she wanted, she is happy so I am happy! 9 rolls around and I have taken zero picture, so I grabbed the trusty macro and figured easy shot. HA! I tried some glasses and the reflections and details were Yuck. bottom line, I took 68 pictures to get this shot. This one I had to block all light as the polished surface was reflecting off the white background, the ceiling and even the l;ow room light. In the end I use 2 SB200 flashes on the stands (R1 system) and a black foam core board to block the light and another to set the pen on. Group A was at -1.3EV, left and right was at -.7 EV
June 19: "You can't take my picture!"
I got to take a break at lunch yesterday, we are working hard for the summit meeting next week. While out walking near the marina I saw this trio of ducks. What is intreating is that my initial plan had been building and overall shots. I had the 18-35mm wide on the camera. So trying to get up close with the ducks was a bit hard. Hence the crop on this shot These 3 let me get a little close while bobbing for lunch. They were funny to watch, looked like the animated dolls you see in some windows. The one in the middle is different as she has blue feathers in two other shots. I liked how I caught the water splashing as he ducked to get some food. I used a shallow depth of field, f/5.0, to keep a minimum area in focus
Thanks to Kurt for the correction on the Ducks!
June 18: Can you guess what this is?
I did my usual walk at lunch, but was not happy with any of the miriad of shots I had taken so at 9PM I started looking for a picture of the day. I grabbed the macro and setup the R1 flash system on the lens and started hunting shots. I took several, got some nice shots of glasses, but with a macro they really need to be clean and not dusty like the ones in our china cabinet. Guess I know what I am doing tomorrow night, washing crystal.
I found this item that is used on something that has been pictured on more than one POD that I have seen. This is a close up shot, 1:1 of the item, toward one end of it.
105mm VR macro in manual mode
R1 Flash system on the ring with diffusers set at -2/3 EV and - 1.7 EV
+5 black, +15 clarity, +.3 exposure in Lightroom
I see there are a lot of hit, but no correct guess. It is leather and it is tooled. It is long and narrow and not a belt
I will answer more questions later tonight as I am super busy at work. I have to finish a briefing in 10 min for a 1-3 presentation. I beleive there is a shot of it on my site
June 17: Daisy in the morning light
I caught this daisy in the early morning light as I wandered around taking pictures while waiting to get my car worked on. My flat tire from fathers day will not hold air so I had to replace the tire and discovered it an odd size. I liked the way the light played across the flower and the lingering effects of last nights rain were still present in the center and the pedals. I liked the effect of both the shadows and the light in this shot.
105mm VR hand held in manual mode
+5 black in LR
+15 clarity LR
June 16: Fishing for Lunch
I was out walking at lunch yesterday when I saw this yellow crested night heron in the moat intently staring at the water. I took a few shots as I watched him/her watching something or lunch. He was so intent on lunch that I was able to get closer with my 200mm and get this shot. You can see the water still dripping from his beak.
18-200 mm @ 200mm
Shot cropped to remove the pea green water of the moat
June 15: Muted Clematis
This is one of the Clematis flowers growing on the vine my wife planted last year along a fence in the yard. There are actually 4 other bushes between me and this flower so I used the macro as a prime to get this shot. My neighbor came out to cut his grass while I was taking this shot, tripod in the bushes trying to get closer and asked if I was trying to commune with nature :) There were four other clematis in the shot, but this was the one I focused on and crisp so I cropped the shot to convey what I tried to frame when I took the picture. I used the gradient mask method to mute the colors that Gerry (Dream Hat) showed me to give the clematis the soft look it has. I am only letting 25% of the color through. I also used a reflector to bounce light back into the pedals at exposure. Here is the original http://300m.smugmug.com/photos/314038752_z7r8Z-M.jpg
June 14: Damselfly
I was out today looking for some shots for my POD when I saw the cone flower in bloom. I went back in to get my tripod and flash as the sky was heavily overcast and gloomy. When I came back out with the gear in my hand I saw this damselfly on the flower. I photo, the fly in various poses while holding the flashes in one hand and the tripod leaning against me. So much for the gear. The on camera flash was up but at -2 EV as I had indented to hand hold the lighting for the flower. When I moved close he flew away. I cropped this shot to show the detail of the fly and the flower. Look for these cone flowers in the future.
Happy Fathers Day folks.
105mm in manual.
flash -2.0 EV
Off to get a flat fixed as my front tire is flat. I will get comments later when I get the car fixed.