Friday, May 5, 2017

A celebration of sorts

This image is a celebration of sorts for me. It is Cinco de Mayo celebration day which most people celebrate by drinking. For me, it marks the 22nd anniversary of the day I underwent triple bypass heart surgery. The photo posted here was taken just a couple of days before I checked in to the hospital for a coronary angiogram. (The angiogram showed several blockages which could not be corrected without open heart surgery.)
My wife and I were roaming around outside the hospital while waiting for a second series of tests and I found these boys chasing each other around a flagpole. It is a scan of a Kodachrome64 slide converted to b&w through Silver Efex. I don't remember what lens I was using but the camera was an Olympus OM-4T.


Doesn't really mean much but it is an image that I always associated with that event.
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Monday, May 1, 2017

"Sharpness is a bourgeois concept"

The above quote from Henri Cartier-Bresson probably applies very well to this image. I was on the square just looking for photos. Just anything that caught my eye. When looking into the intersection, I was trying to find a decent composition to include the truck in the lot and the car at the light. Then I noticed a man coming from my left and decided to try and get some motion in the shot. I quickly set the aperture to f8 which gave me a shutter speed of 1/50 second and brought the camera up quickly to my eye and hit the shutter. In looking at the image in the computer, I noticed it is not as sharp as the camera can produced. I believe it was because of camera shake because I did not have time to really set myself.
But even with the camera shake, I like the image. The blur of the man draws my eye more than the slight camera shake that makes the rest of the image a little soft.


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Friday, April 28, 2017

Window Shoppers

Found these two older gentlemen eyeballing something in a jewelry shop on the town square. Made sure the sign was in the image to help with the story-telling effort of the image. This is another possible for the "Pairs" theme I am working on.


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Monday, April 24, 2017

Crossing

Another for the "Pairs" theme. I like the way the shadows fall off the two men and the way the hydrant kinda balances the overall composition.


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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Handtrucks-in-waiting

Another for the "Pairs" theme on the town square. Deliveries as noted earlier occur as eateries are preparing to open, usually around 9:30 to 10 AM. I had just arrived on the square this morning and saw the pair of handtrucks waiting to be loaded. In keeping with trying to find normal activity that goes unnoticed, I thought this was perfect. I took the shot with my X100S as I wanted to show a lot of the surroundings. Then I took a few with my X-E1 and Nikkor 1,8/85mm lens. In the end, the Nikkor image was too tight and the X100S was too loose. So I cropped the X100S image for the effect I thought worked best.


I also used Adobe Camera Raw to darken the shadows a little and brighten the highlights a little to give a stronger contrast to the image. For me, it works well.
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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Corona delivery

Just the usual delivery men on the Square at mid-morning. There are usually trucks from several different suppliers of food and drink on the Square almost every morning as eateries prepare for the day's customers.


As I have mentioned, this is a happening that is very normal on the Square and most people would not give a second glance.
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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Signed invoice

Still working on getting the normal everyday occurrence for my "Pairs" theme on the Square. Here is an action that goes on every morning in just about every eatery on the square. Deliveries are made, checked for accuracy, and signed for by the manager/owner. This is something that I know most people would not give a second glance but it happens almost every day. This is a good example of what I am trying to discover on the square.


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