Sept 16: Red Hibiscus I was not able to do my normal walk as it was raining off and on most of the day. There was a break in the weather between on my meetings so I grabbed the macro and headed out across the lot where I saw some flowers from my office landing. This was defiantly an interesting test as I had bounced tested my macro yesterday. I thought my bag was closed when I pulled it from the trunk and the lens fell out. It works fine but I sure sweet it for a while. Marco is my buddy today all over keyboard as i type. here is the full size shot for reference hibiscus Now that I am at work, do you know how hard it is to type with a kitten all over the keyboard and your hands :) He was my buddy this AM
Sept 15: Daytime over the moat.
I went for a walk yesterday at lunch and took a few shots. I did not see a whole lot the stood out as a good picture. I took this shot on my way back to the office as the clouds had started moving in, it had been a cloud free morning. I like the look and feel of this one when I converted to black and white. I had that in mind when I took the shot. I used a red filter on the conversion to get the look I wanted. The kittens are hungry so I need to go. Have a good day
Sept 14: Kittens
I spent most of yesterday redoing my daughters room from the bunk beds I built her in March 07 back to a regular bed and the rearrange and facelift this required I captured these shots on a couple of my breaks from working. The kittens were wired for sound today after being to the vet yesterday. They go a clean bill of health but as he said they slept a lot. They made up for today with a lot of extra energy! I think after 4-5 hrs of high speed playing they climbed up into the tower and took a nap. I could not resist the sleeping shot as she was sleeping on her head as only a kitten will do. Have a great day
Sept 13: 16th century church
We took the kittens to the vet yesterday and on the way there I spied this little quaint church. On the way back from the visit, I stopped and took some pictures. This church is located above Williamsburg in the city of Toano. Compared to the churches you see in Williamsburg and other colonial churches this is a tiny stone church. I was intrigued and stopped and took some pictures. This church was built in 1734- 1740. It was used as a hospital in the Revolutionary War and a pulic school around 1900. It is on national historic register. I think the Antique plate look was more fitting for this historic building than the color shot.
Sept 12: Down in the weeds I went out in the morning looking for a shot. I saw that we had a couple of flowers blooming, nothing spectacular. I took various shot before I saw this water in the grass after the storm we had. I tried various angles but like this one the best. One of my neighbors saw me when I was taking the shot laying on my side in the grass with the camera in the grass. What we do for a picture. As it was dull and overcast this was fitting. I must give Karina credit for giving me the idea to look for a B&W shoot for today. [Thanks Karina and I hope you, bobabby, Shelly and any others fair the storm] I shot this with the tripod to get the effect I wanted so that just added to the weird look and position I was in with it flat on the ground and camera on the boom. I got some looks yesterday :). I used 2 SB200 for light one an the macro ring above the lens and the other in the background in the grass. Here is a link to a focus stack in color of this. Grass focustack
Sept 11: Remembrance Pin
I spent most of the day in meetings and was in on during my daily walk so I did not get to walk. I remembered the Pin I was wearing so I decided to shoot this when I got home for my daily. SO around 9PM while I got a few moments spare time and the kittens were occupied some where else I captured this in my lightbox. I used a LED flashlight to light this and bounced the light onto the pin with a piece of foamcore. Have a great day everyone!
Sept 10: Tools of the Trade
I had one of those days yesterday where it rained all day and I liked nothing I took. I had photographed this picture Saturday knowing I would not be able to leave the lightbox setup with the kittens running around. That thin fabric would be toast the first time one of them tried to climb up it so I took the shot I had setup prior to them getting full run of my office. Speaking of which, they were crying so much I just let them out to play for a bit. Anyway, I took this shot and I processed this last night as my POD.
The 10th is my 6 month anniversary on the dailies as I started this March 10. So after processing I raised a glass in toast to everyone. Have a great day. I am going to watch the little rockets before I leave for work.
Bill Update: I forgot to post this when I uploaded. I heard from Bill Pador last night, he called. He is doing much better and is able to eat now and get out of bed. He hopes to be up and funning by the weekend. He said to say thanks to everyone for the kind words and thougts!
Sept 9 : Tree's along the water I went walking yesterday at lunch and it was one of those days where you do not see much to photograph at all. I was looking for black & white subjects for something different as I have taken a lot of shots on post and my subjects are getting limited. This tree along the water caught my eye along with the clouds so I went for this. It was all I was happy with. Here is the changes as per suggestions to yesterday's POD Marina Thanks for the tips
Sept 8: Reflections on the water
I saw this shot yesterday while I was out walking at lunch. I took a group around the marina and I liked this one. I converted the shot to black and white as I like the feel it gave the shot and the tone. I really liked the reflections in the water on this shot. I got a note from Bill I would like to share.
A Note from Bill!
Thanks to all of you who have sent me well wishes, your emails & comments on my pics have brought me great joy in the past week & I'm sorry I've been unable to answer them all individually but believe me they were all taken heartfelt & greatly appreciated. John if you would pass this message on to your visitors who are all my friends as well I would appreciate it my brother ! Thank You ALL VERY VERY MUCH !@ Your Friend & Dailies Group Member Bill Pador edit
Sept 7: SP with a friend:
I was on line reading the Dailies and actually tying a note to Betsy (Shutterbuglady) when Marco decided to fire up the back of the chair and come visit. My daughter heard me talking and came to checkout what was going on. Marco was have a look here at what I was typing here and gave me his opinion. I was fortunate to get this shot, but the camera was setup & on to my left and my daughter know how to use one. Her only comment is "this is heavy!". I use a RRS portrait bracket to hold the flash and Kara is not use to a flash at all. This SP is by Kara, she took several of us and I liked this the best for today.
Bill Pador. I had a text message from Bill late last night. He is still sick and has not had a chance to take any pictures. He said to tell everyone Hello and thanks for the well wishes!! He greatly appreciated all the get wells he got. He has a major infection that is not going well so I wish him the best and a speedy recovery.
A Note from Bill!
Thanks to all of you who have sent me well wishes, your emails & comments on my pics have brought me great joy in the past week & I'm sorry I've been unable to answer them all individually but believe me they were all taken heartfelt & greatly appreciated. John if you would pass this message on to your visitors who are all my friends as well I would appreciate it my brother ! Thank You ALL VERY VERY MUCH !@ Your Friend & Dailies Group Member Bill Pador
Sept 6: Play Time! Petunia and Marco playing with each other. Petunia is under the couch on her back telling Marco you can't touch this. The two of them had a good time playing with each other yesterday under this couch. There are a # of shots in the kitten directory here Kittens
Sept 5: Reflections As some of you might know my family and I drove up to meet Shutterbuglady, Betsy and her husband Mark and adopt 2 of their kittens. My daughter took a liking to Petunia right off and we also liked Marco Polo. So we came home last night prior to the storm with 2 kittens. SO you are going to see a few kitten pictures over the few days in my DP as we enjoy the kittens and their antics. This shot was taken in Betsy's trailer where they kept the kittens when PEtunia jumped up onto the chair to look out the window. This was a great shot and I grabbed a few shots and liked this one the best. She was scoping out the rain last night while her brother and sisters played. We took a group of shoots of them checking out the house last night around midnight and I will post some of those shortly and the one's I have taken today. Betsy was right, take lots as they move fast! :) Have a great weekend BTW kitten gallery is here and I will have some shots shortly. Kittens
Sept 4: Dinner Time!
While waiting for my own dinner I spied these finches on the feeder and grabbed the camera. I knew if I went outside I would scare them away so this shot is taken through the great room window with my 70-200 f/2.8 lens. This is a hand held shot at 1/20th of a sec at 170mm! I did not have time to get the tripod or the room to get near the window with the tripod. I propped my had against the window ledge and laid the lens on this and took several shot. I am really impressed with this shot. Hand holding at that low a speed and shooting through an extra pane of glass that I know is dirty! Have a great day, one more till the weekend!
I passed everyone's comments to Bill yesterday. He is still sick right now and not back on line at all. We wish him a speedy recovery
Sept 3: Butterfly who wanted his picture taken. While out walking yesterday I was looking for shots for my POD as usual and I came across this butterfly and another. I stopped and took a few shots of this guy and did not see his mate. When I took the camera down from my eye the mate was on the lens hood looking at me. :) I took a few more shot and it was still there. I was wondering how long it would stay on he lens as I had started walking again when it decided to leave me to my walk. I figured this was a sign to look close at these 2 shots and pick one for the daily. Hence todays shot as chosen by the butterfly. My alt choice for today is in my B&W gallery here. Gazebo Have a great day everyone. NOTE: I just got into work and I have a note from Bill Pador, he is real sick with a kidney infection. He is back home now and hopes to be back up to speed in a few days.
Sept 2: Grass Abstract
Trying to get back into the swing of things I took my macro when I went for a walk. I should have known better as it was windy and makes capturing anything without a tripod and lots of time, which I do not have a lunch, a real chore. I took a bunch of shots but I was not happy with anyone of them. None better that 2 stars or just OK in my book. I started to play around with some PP on the shots and see what abstract inspiration I could draw from the images and I settled on this one. The bizarre of this fit with the migraine I have been fighting so I went with this image as I felt it was a good reflection of the explosion in my head..
Hope everyone has a great day and I think I have finally caught up with the comments from vacation. Thanks everyone for the kind comments on the pictures
Sept 1: Dinner Time!
I went out yesterday afternoon looking for something to shoot for my daily. I remembered this flower I had seen earlier that was popular with the bee's. I found this guy having dinner and chased him around for a bit, before I was able to capture this shot. I have seen him before as there is a notch missing in his wing on the right side. I was able to get fairly close with the macro today and I stopped the action using the SB200's on the macro ring.
August 31: Snack Time This is more of a desperation shot than anything else. It was 9:30 PM and I had not touched the camera all day. I spent most of the day building a kitty tower. It started life as a small scratching post and kinda morphed into this Tower I got this idea when I was talking to Bill and decided to run with it as I was hot and tired. Very little PP here. I added +10 on the black and +15 on the clarity in LR and that is all. We have since ate the evidence :)
August 30: Who are you looking at??
I was desperate for a shot as the day had gone by and I did not have one. We were home from the beach and I spent the day cleaning the car, doing a brake job (brakes decided to die while we were away), rotating tires, putting away suitcase and cleaning. I was beat, it was 4:30 and I had nothing. I saw a honey bee on the flowers so I went in and grabbed the macro lens. I took a few shots and spotted this guy hanging from a plant behind the bees. What I thought was cool as he is looking at me in this shot.
We are back, I have net access again on more than my iPhone. Many thanks to Bill Pador who kept me informed and let everyone know I had no access. The "free" access turned out to be a rider on your accounts and no login's worked and most of the time it was down. I will start working on comments after we goto the store in the AM. As it is midnight I am going to bed as I am beat. Have a great long weekend folks!!
August 29: Butterfly
I captured this guy while taking shots of my daughter at the pool. He flew in while we were leaving so I popped off the lens cap and chased him around the pool for about 10 shots. The white is the vinyl fence around the pool. I added a small while staggered vignette to the shot to finish it off.
August 28: Roanoke Island Lighthouse
I shot this in the rain as I was determined to get the shot. I did this as a 5 shot HDR as the weather was bad. As you can see it was raining and I was standing holding my coat over the camera to keep it dry while I took the shot. Straight from the basic settings in Photomatix no LR adjustments.
August 26: Mirror reflections
Reflections caused by the fish swimming near the surface of the water. It took a few shots to capture this right and to get all the reflections without the flash bouncing back into the picture. I used the 18-200 and the SB800 on a flash bracket to capture this shot. I really liked the mirror image reflections I was able to capture of these fish.
August 24: Boogie boarding
My daughter Kara boogie boarding at the beach. She was determined to get dad as I was standing in the surf taking this shot. She just did miss me :) SHe had a blast doing this Sunday, the water was a bit rough but she had a great time.
August 23: Sunset Pano.
Saturday Night when I first arrived at the beach. We went up to Duck to some shops and I spotted this from the parking lot. I grabbed the camera and tripod that were in the trunk and headed across the street while the girls went shopping in another store. This is a 9 shot progression of the sound at sunset just before the sun vanished . Tripod mounted using the RRS nodal bracket and pan head. 17-35mm lens at 35mm all manual
My thanks to Bill Pador for letting everyone known that the only net access I had was my cell phone.
I am starting to upload all the shots I was behind that I took while there, some panoramas' and some black & whites
This is funny as it was a failed upload at the Wendy's parking lot. I never knew this loaded until later that evening when I was chatting with Bill P and I learned it had.
Panoramic of the bay, 180 degree 36 shot HDR converted to B&W.
I took this stack off the bay Monday morning. I liked the view. I did a 12 shot first and then I took a 3 shot range of the HDR on this same pano for a total of 36 shots. I converted to HDR then into PS to merge. The merge took 45 min on this old laptop, 441M file that I reduced 4 time so I could upload. I then took this shot into PS and tried a B&W conversion and was happy with this result. Sitting in Wendy's right now to get net access :)
August 22: Breaking colors of the new day
I saw this scene when I pulled into the moat to go to my building at work in the morning. I saw the breaking colors and the silhouettes. I pulled my car into the lot, grabbed my camera and hustled back to this spot to get the shot. I set the f/stop where I wanted it and raised the ISO till I could hand hold the shot and I was pleased with the results. I took 4 from various angles before the sun and the colors changed. I did have to goto work :) I even added the sig using the brush tool on the sunset. I am impressed as I wrote my sig to where you can actually ready my name, LOL
Well folks we are off to the beach today, not sure about net access. At a min I will try to find an internet cafe so I can upload once or twice. I will catchup with comments when I can. My family and I will raise a toast to you all when we do our fancy dinner on the bay one night. Have a great week. John, aka 300m JMJStudios
August 21: Sunrise over the small bay
I saw this on the way into work. It figured that I did not have my D200 with me as we were going out at lunch or a tripod. Then I remember the point & shoot with tripod I keep in the car for just such occasions. I whipped the car into this parking lot overlooking the bay and did a quick setup with my Pro1. I moved to the waters edge did some bracketing to figure my shot and then took a group of 6. I wanted that old pier in the shot and the bridge in the background. The Regatta shots were on the other side of the bridge in the background. The lights in the left are my destination and that bridge I will drive across.. Where I am at use to be a restaurant prior to hurricane Isabel. The building stretched from where my tripod was to that pier in the water. Isabel broke the back for the restaurant and they folded. They removed the building and debris last year and this is sometimes a good place for shots. Today should be interesting as I have to rebuild 2 briefings before I can leave on vacation. Have a great day everyone!
August 20: Imagination!
When I stared my walk yesterday this little guy flew around in front of me and I took a few shots. I took 3 more steps and he/she landed in front of me as if to say "take my picture" I took a bunch and was able to get down onto the ground and close before he/she flew away. I was impressed. I had a shot for POD after taking 20 pic's I was sure I had something :) While walking this inspiration came to me and I processed the shots with this in mind looking for one with the wings unfolded and I did not have to rotate much. I chose this one as I liked the deep brown colors and the way the sun played out on the wings. I did a little process in LR along with rotating the butterfly to this angle and then the frame work here in PS. Hope you enjoy.
Counting the days till Friday evening when my vacation starts!!! My daughter is already packing, we are going to the beach for a week :)
August 19: Racing into the turn
I was under the weather yesterday. I came home from work sick and did not get a chance to take a POD. I have one setup but at 9:30 starting a POD with lots of glass and reflective surfaces is not a good idea when you get up at 4:30AMI would have been at that at least 2 hrs to get it right with no reflections. So I opted to do something I have not done yet and that is reach into the archives for a shot to work. This is another from the Regatta I needed to finish. I did some cropping in LR, a slight contrast tweek and added my sig in PS.
August 18: Details, Details Early in my walk yesterday I came across this Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14 that caught my eye due to this huge rear wheel. Rear Wheel I stopped and walked across the street to check out the bike and took a bunch of pictures. Here is the whole bike. Bike I was intrigued and took about 20 pictures trying to get around the noon day sun and glare. I really liked how this rear wheel looked and the details so I took several shots. The fun part is I am sitting in the side of the road in jogging shorts and tank shirt taking these pictures. That blacktop was a bit warm, but I was determined to get the shot. This was all done in LR and I used a darken brush preset I developed on the inside hub to reduce light to the chain cog and the grey brake housing.
August 17: A mother's kiss I had an appointment yesterday afternoon to take baby pictures for Erin & Ricky of their new baby Parker. We drove over and took many pictures of the baby an the doting parents. Of the pictures I have processed so far, I liked this shot, My second choice is on Parkers page here Family Kiss, Thanks to everyone on the comments I am still playing catchup. I was down part of yesterday with a killer migraine and when your already behind......... PS, Bill you were right on the printer the new yellow cartridge was bad. I can print again and people do not look alien with no brown in the tone
August 16: Cookie Monster
My daughters Hamster Oreo who I call cookie or cookie monster. I spent most of the day reloading my machine and rebuilding my system so I did not venture far for a POD. My daughter came in with Oreo so I thought this would make a good shot. We tried to get some good ones as he squirms everywhere. I liked this one as he was turned side ways to the camera and had his paw on my daughters hand. Thanks to everyone for the well wishes on the rebuild, no glitches just time consuming and only 1 hitch on an e-mail account that I need to fix. I need to do catch up on chores and pictures today and a baby shoot. Have a great day
August 15: Angel
I was messing here in the office - studio yesterday between things I had to do and tried this shot. This is a glass angel that I lit from underneath with a cr123 flashlight that was fading and an LED flashlight on the front. This is sitting on top of my light box with a piece of foam board in the back to reflect the minimal light. The best I could do on short notice.
I am backing up my entire system, I started yesterday as I ran out of drive again yesterday. Bought a 750G drive for my photo's and will move all the raw's to DVD's in the next week before vacation. Today I am doing a full reload of the OS and replacing all the programs and start fresh. I have upgraded to the new OS and wanter to delete all the old junk I have acclimated over the years on the system. Wish me luck as I wanted to upload the POD before I started this. If you hear any loud screaming it means I deleted some program I forgot I had and did not backup :) "Murphy's Law"
Have a good week and I will get to comments as soon as the system is up
August 14: B&W Cannas
I took a walk yesterday at lunch and shot various items and while processing I came across this cannas that caught my eye. I did a conversion to B&W on the shot and was pleased with the results so I am submitting this for my POD. I really liked the contrast this filter gave me for the shot. Have a great day folks
August 13: Warning Sunrise
I saw the beginnings of this sunrise on my way into work so I had to stop and catch what I could as the sunrise really looked promising. I drove out to the seawall and got my camera and took a few shots while I waited for the sun to come up. This was one of the shot I took while I was waiting. Good thing as the sun never came up at all here yesterday. The darker area you see in the center is the clouds moving in an the fog. The sky went from this red to orange to lt orange fade to white in like 3 min. All before sunrise. I was all set for the sunrise too. Another day as I was really happy with this shot and the colors. This is straight from the camera with .35 added to the exposure. I originally shot the scene -1/3 under so this is how I saw the sky. I did not bracket as this was the peak of when the colors started fading my next shot was orange and the last a faded orange. Have a great day
August 12: Little Lighthouse
I spent the first 3 hrs yesterday preparing for a briefing and then 6 hrs in a briefing and an extra hour on the phone before I could go home. So needles to say I did not get a walk in yesterday afternoon. My daughter decided we were going out to dinner so during dinner I put on my thinking cap for ideas. I saw this little lighthouse statue before I left for dinner plus another couple ideas I filed away for another day. I put this in my lightbox and tried 4 different lighting types till I found this setup. After reviewing this and I spent a few shot tweaking the light action and how they projected onto the statue. The lighting for this is 4 flashlights of different light temps and sources. I used a blue LED on the right, when you correct this with WB it jumps to 50,000K due to all the blue. In the center I used a 123A flashlight, temp on that is 3100K with a slight red tint and on the left I used another LED with a single white bulb at 4950K which has a green cast. The fourth is another 123A flashlight spotting the center implying the lighthouse light is shining. I took about 5 shots before I was happy. Trying to juggle flashlights, look through the viewfinder and hit the remote can make for a chore and a real pain trying to exact repeat. I did use my mike stand to hold the center light and I learned to prop the left and right against things to steady the beam leaving me to hold just one and the remote :) My wife did get a good laugh at me doing this. The final step was in PS I added a film grain effect to add to the grittiness of the shot and to add texture to the weird light pattern on the light tent wall.
August 11: Butterflies are free tonight, fly away bye bye
I caught this little guy on the way out for a walk yesterday. I chased him around a bit but was able to capture this shot with my zoom when he/she landed on the grass for a breather and held still. I grabbed 2 shots before he took off again. This is a pretty much straight from the camera with a crop in to remove the excess grass.
August 10: Knock Knock
We went to Newport News Park yesterday to checkout the work the beavers had done on some trees and to go for a walk. We had a nice walk and enjoyed the trip, my daughter was a real ham :). I caught this woodpecker when I was leaving the park. He was on the tree check us out. Shot handheld leaning against the walkway. I just added the vignetting blur in PS.
August 9: "Peaceful Easy Feeling" Don Henley Eagles
I went out last night determined to do something different and to get a panoramic. The sun decided I was not going to get a sunset and went behind the clouds. So I went across the street to the park and tried my luck there. This is a nine shot panoramic shot in manual using my 18-38mm lens at 35mm. I used the RRS pano rig with this to get the camera over the axis without distortion. PCL-1 and the 192 bar. I moved the camera every 15 degrees to give me coverage. I was able to capture 135 degrees of the area, the trees blocked the full 180 :) These were 1 sec exposures merged in PS to give the panoramic. The lake in the shot is called Lake Murray and the bridge is Lyons Bridge. I had to reduce this picture 6 times to get to upload as the original is 282M @ 240 pixels :)
August 8: The need for Speed
The title fits yesterdays work and after work were I took this shot. It was a day were I was in early and worked full tilt in afterburner all day to get the briefings done. I did and I was told I did a good job, take 59 min (the gov. was of getting an hour off) and enjoy my weekend. I knew the Hampton Cup Regatta was running on post so I drove around, found a parking space and grabbed my 70-200 ED lens to see what I could get and to unwind and destress before I went home. I filled the memory card with POD objects and had Adobe decide to puke on my library 1/2 through the processing.
I am still wound up, can't you tell :) Think I will mow the grass and work in the yard
This shot is one of the modified classes these boats were running 2&3. I like the shot as they were colorful, #1 is all white, and they are in the rooster tail of the lead boat racing for position. I took some clear shot and some pan shot. All were done using Shutter priority, .3EV and center weighting. FYI, matrix tended to blow out the shot.
August 7: Simplicity in expression
I captured this Zinia yesterday while walking at lunch. The weather was hot, hazy and humid, typical for August. I saw these Zinia' and stopped to capture the shot. In the processing I noted the simplicity of the shot in B&W and choose this for my POD. This is a yellow pass filter on the shot. This morning and afternoon are going to be rough for me as we had a major change to my briefings yesterday. Two of my major programs changed and I am hustling to get the powerpoint charts done for a 1PM briefing. I will not be able to comment on photo's until late tonight. Wish me luck as I am already 20 min late.
August 6: Creamsicle
I did my usual walk at lunch yesterday, but ran into an old coworker and we walk and chatted. I ended up only taking a few shots. I saw this one just before I went back into the gym to shower. They had a sprinkler out side adding water at noon to plants. I looked funny running to grab a shot and run out between the oscillations of the sprinkler. I added a filter to this and like the effect so I left this and you see my POD. The effect is Indian Summer and it fit the hot swelter day I took the shot in.
August 5: Cannas in the midday sun
I captured this on my lunch time walk. I decided to carry my macro lens instead of the 18-200 to see what a change in perspective will bring. I captured this not to far from the gym in one of the quarters where they still have a lot of flowers and shade in the yard. I liked this cannas and decided to change the perspective when I was processing the picture as the idea for this angle hit me vs the horizontal. I added the red border picking up the red color from the cannas and some back to the background and I was done.
August 4: Taste Treat
The new M&M Premium mint chocolate. I took some shot at lunch yesterday but was not real happy with them so I turned to the studio last night and came up with this. I took this with the M&M's on a plate using available light, and a CR123A flashlight I used diffused and some bounced lighting. Of the shots I took I liked the macro the best. If not for the little "M's" you would think they were rocks. I added some contrast and the black vignetting effect plus my copyright in PS.
August 3: Parker Grayson Locke
We went up to the hospital to see my niece and her husband as they had their first child late Friday evening. Meet Parker, he was born at 9PM on Friday August 1st, 7 lbs 15 oz @ 18" of length. I took this shot with a bit of help from the nurse to get the size of the baby's hand in the Father's (Ricky) hand. I did blur the background and some of the foreground to remove the hospital stuff that was in focus. The baby was in this corner and trying to sleep when I took the shots. I will have another opportunity on Friday evening to take some more shots for the family. Erin has requested that I take a set of shots of the baby for them.
August 2: Glass Art
When my daughter and I went to the Living Museum on Wednesday she saw that piece of glass art that she liked but could not afford. Like a good Dad I bought it for her. I told her I did want to photograph the dolphin as a DP and she said Sure! I struggled with this yesterday, the reflections, the lighting, the colors of light. All the odd things that go with multi angle glass work. In the final product I ended up purchasing a second C123A flashlight, I like the color of light they produce, to due the job. A drawback to these lights is they get HOT fast. Trying to hold 2 hot flashlights and the remote trigger while framing the shot and light is a trip. I ended up getting an inspiration and using my microphone stand to hold one of the light and that helped. I took about 30 shots before I decided on this combo. This is a left side shot and a right side shot merged in PS with layers nose to nose. I made a layer around both dolphins and moved them to a new layer. The background is the blue off one of the blue stripes and the frame borders are the yellow, green, and red in the pattern. The depressions/ dark spot on the head is the insets in the glass for the eyes. We are going to frame this shot and hang it on the wall in my daughters bathroom. I think I am going to have to resize as it is 8.5x24 :) Have a great day everyone
August 1: A challenge to myself
When my daughter and I went to the Living Museum on Wednesday I found this hand made pin in case I thought my wife would like. My daughter agreed with me so i bought the pin. It was a hit :). My challenge was to photograph this in a manor that could be used to display the product before I forgot about the pin :) I took about 20 shots yesterday under differing light conditions, mostly some on white background and some on black. Both my wife and I agree that the black background shot look best to set off the silver in the pin. I used a compact fluorescent for the overall lighting and then bounced fill with a flashlight, CR123 type as the color was close White balanced with a WhibBal card. The frame and position idea I got when I had finished. I tried various ideas and liked this rotation and I added the dual borders in PS.
July 31: Lighthouse in training????
I captured this while walking yesterday. I did not see a lot to take pictures of. The day was hot, hazy and humid. 93, heat index 103 when I was out. So the conditions were really bad for shots. I found this in a garden outside the marina on Post. I captured the shot and balanced using the WhiBal card and hoped for a good shot. I liked how it looked sitting in the shade against the stark white building of the marina in the background.
Happy Friday people! PS if you have not tried the WhiBal card that Bill Pador turned me on to you should. This is positively great for setting the white balance in a shot. Thanks Bill!!