Tuesday, October 17, 2017

ICEMAN

As I continue to look for images to print for the "office" wall around my computer, I came on this one. Also taken in Nassau about a year later than the previous post, I just like the simplicity of the image. I like how the a/c unit and cars balance each other and light colored blocks on the building and the "iceman" balance each other in my eyes.


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Monday, October 16, 2017

Number 11

Just going through some old images that I plan on printing and hanging in the home office (OK, it is not really a "home office" since I am retired!). This one caught my eye and I thought I would post it in the blog.
It is a little busy with the mural but it got me to stop and get a few snaps.


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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Sales pitch

When I hit the shutter button for this image, I thought I was getting a restaurant manager speaking with one of the kitchen staff. When I walked by on the sidewalk, I could hear the man on the left making a sales pitch for foodstuffs. So, things are not always as they seem.
Then I had to decide on what I wanted in the image. Should I crop out the big window looking into the restaurant or leave it? Should I crop it just enough to edit out the big electrical box? In the end, I decided I wanted to keep the whole frame. I like the reflection in the window along with the table flowers and the interior light. Granted all the electrical boxes are distracting (especially because they are some of the brightest areas of the image which instantly draws the eyes). But trying to crop out those elements loses the details in the window that I find worth keeping.
So, what are your thoughts?


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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Knitting Club

Out on the square this morning and made my usual stop at the local coffee shop. I don't drink coffee but they have some great hot chocolate in the cooler temps and great smoothies in the warmer ones. Today, while sipping on my Tropical Passion smoothie, I had the local knitting club that meets here at least once a week. I know this because an assortment of the members are usually there when I make my weekly stop during my wife's writers' club meeting.
At first only a couple of members were at a table for two. A third member showed up a few minutes after I sat down at a nearby table. She began to set up a contraption that looked awfully strange and I initially had no idea what she was doing. Turns out she had bought some yarn she needed to make into a ball so it could easily allow her to do her knitting. As you see here, it was comprised of a device that held the yarn (she gave me the knitting term for the raw yarn but I did not have a notepad to write anything down) while another device (sitting on the table) would spin the yarn as it was pulled off. It really took very little time to make the ball and was fun to watch.


Since I want to also show the "final product", today's entry includes a second image of the finished ball.


As I was photographing, I found myself thinking about the old days and how I enjoyed meeting various people doing all kinds of activities and the stories they generated. I was fortunate to be in the newspaper business before the internet totally took over. It was a fun time. I was working 60-80 hours a week as the only staff photographer for the small weekly and, as I loved to tell people, "I got to go play everyday!"
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Monday, October 2, 2017

Am I cheating?

Today's post brings up a question I keep having with my current gear. Am I cheating when I SEVERELY crop an image? I have read that Cartier-Bresson never cropped his images and I have seen vertical images that Elliot Erwitt has taken and cropped to make them horizontal. So am I cheating when I crop an image, sometimes quite severely?
I really do not have an answer. But I like about my current gear (a Fuji X100S with a TCL-X100 attached) is that the 16MP sensor will take even a severe cropping and still be suitable for enlargement up to 8"x12".
A full size RAW file from the X100S will open in Photoshop CS6 at 10.88"X16.32". I have cropped files down by 70-75% and printed them out on my Epson R2400 without any issues.
I really should not be surprised by this situation. At one time, I did a shoot for a local real estate developer using a pair of Nikon D2H bodies that has only a 4.2MP sensor. The advertising agency he used took one of the image, cropped the middle part of the image, and enlarged it to roughly 6 feet x 12 feet (I am approximating) and used it on a billboard. When I first saw the advertisement, I was amazed at the detail in the image!
I am still hoping I can adjust to the X100S/TCL setup to get images that do not need cropping. It just is going to take time.
Anyway, here is today's image that is a horizontal that I converted to a vertical to get the composition I saw when I snapped the photo. I took it while walking toward the ladies as they were waiting for a crossing light. I was not able to close the distance enough to get a vertical shot but I was able to crop the image to what you see here. I really did not like the surroundings and did not think they added much to the image so I cropped.


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Saturday, September 30, 2017

A pair of Porsches

Went to meet some friends at Cracker Barrel restaurant yesterday and saw this pair of Porsches sitting in the parking lot. Took a look today to see what these cars go for new and found that the pair would cost about $450,000! The one on the left is a 911 Carrera GTS (around 450 horsepower) and the one on the right is a 911 GT3 RS (around 700 horsepower). A couple of real beasts! Just thought I would post something a little different...


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Thursday, September 28, 2017

SLOW DOWN!

I am trying to settle in to my "poor man's Monochrom & 50mm Summicron" (i.e., a Fuji X100S with a teleconverter) as my only gear of choice. But I still see images both wide and long that I want. This is really becoming something where I have to make a noticeable effort to do.
And I really want to make this work so I am trying to settle down. Today's image is from a couple of weeks ago when I spotted these college students checking out the sidewalk etchings in the town square.


The one thing I am noticing is I need to SLOW DOWN. I get in such a rush I don't take the time to really try and SEE the final image I want. I plan on continuing to use mainly the Fuji with the teleconverter but also to occasionally break out the Yashica Electro35 GS with some Tri-X film. The Yashica, as you may or may not know, is a fixed lens rangefinder with a 1,7/45mm lens so it is comparable with the Fuji setup.
As always, make a comment!! Let me know what you think! Until next time, keep on shooting...