Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Looking at Grandma

Got a chance to visit my daughter and her family. Here we are at lunch and my great-granddaughter is taking a look at her grandmother (my daughter) while my oldest granddaughter (the little one's mother) tries to hold her first child and eat lunch at the same time. Only a mom can do this right!


Then I got to thinking about all the family opportunities that I did not pay attention to as my kids were growing up. My oldest (the woman on the left in the above image) was about eight years old when I got bit by the photo bug. I thought I could make money with photography and spent my time trying to produce images that I thought would sell. While I did eventually become a news photographer for a small weekly, I can't help but think of all the images that I missed when my kids were kids. Especially since my oldest son died in a car accident in 1991. Moral: don't just shoot what you think will make money but shoot for the memories that photos can provide!
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Thursday, January 11, 2018

On stage!

Thought I would post something a little different today. This was taken during one of the stage productions during my last cruise. Took to playing with it in Photoshop where I changed the orientation from horizontal to vertical then processed it through the Photoshop plug-in Silver Efex. The original image was taken under strong red lighting. I added a little contrast and applied a blue filter to heighten the effect.


Since the image was shot at ISO6400, I did not use the plug-in Dfine to bring down the noise as I thought the noise added a realistic looking film grain to the image.
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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Missed opportunity

I took this shot at the Nachi Cocom resort on Cozumel during a day excursion off a Carnival cruise. While I got the shot I wanted at the time, as I look at it now I see I should have taken more shots in a different fashion, specifically I should have tried a longer exposure in order to show the breeze that was blowing that day. The gentleman was rebuilding a thatched beach umbrella during this time and I just wanted a shot of him working.
What I missed was the opportunity to shoot for more impact by having a longer exposure to show movement in the material used to make the covers. In this shot, everything is frozen and does not show any movement which is not what was happening. It was very breezy as the tradesmen worked their magic to rebuild several of the covers that had been damaged during the 2017 hurricane season. I think a longer exposure would have worked well here if I had timed it right to show some blurring in the roof material. This shot was made at f5.6 and 1/110 of a second shutter. A shot at f11 would have provided a shutter speed of about 1/25 of a second allowing more time for motion to be recorded.

 
This goes back to something I posted earlier (http://meandmyx100s.blogspot.com/2017/09/slow-down.html) about slowing down to work a particular situation. This image lets me know I still have a ways to go in working a situation to its best advantage.
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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

CHILL OUT!

Another shot from the December cruises. I cannot for the life of me understand this attraction people have to be constantly in touch with the Net when they are on vacation. This image was taken as we reached open waters off the coast of Florida at the beginning of a 7-day cruise. I had already put my phone in airplane mode and stuck it in the cabin safe for the duration.
Why can't people really enjoy being away from all the constant input? Read a good book, go to a good stage show, see a standup comedian or just enjoy meeting new people? Everyone seems obsessed with being in constant touch with all their Facebook friends or being able to Twitter this or that! Take the time to chill out!


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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Year's end

Well, it is day after New Year's Day and, as I look back on 2017, I count my blessings.Several things happened this year that are worth noting.
1. My oldest granddaughter (my daughter's oldest child) gave birth to a beautiful little girl named Ryleigh making me a GREATgranddad!
2. I reached the age of 70! Seven decades of life is something I never expected to happen since having a triple bypass at the age of 47!
3. Made it through almost the entire year WITHOUT my implanted defibrillator firing. (Ended up in the emergency room when it fired on December 29 saving my life once again!)
4. Got to spend time with family, something I should be doing more of.
5. Went on four cruises with my wife, the last two being a back-to-back in December, where we celebrated our 49th wedding anniversary several times!
6. My daughter's youngest, her only son, got his high school diploma! 
AND these are just the highlights! I am hoping 2018 will bring more of the same such as a 50th wedding anniversary and the high school graduation of my son's oldest daughter, to name a couple. Every day is an unexpected pleasure for me when I wake up in the morning.


To celebrate 2017, I decided to use my final "PAIRS" image taken on the town square. As always, a matter of being in the right place at the right time. Here is hoping everyone has a great New Year in 2018!
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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Among the towel animals

This woman could not wait to start on her tan and picked a spot among the towel animals as other passengers just admired the creations.


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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Young love

Spotted this couple dancing to a string trio one night while waiting to be seated for dinner. They reminded me of my wife and I on our first cruise back in 1980 on Carnival's TSS Festivale and the lasting addiction cruising has become for us.
(Grandparents had agreed to watch our three kids for the week and our cruise started with a flight from New Orleans to Miami. When we got to the airport, they rushed us from our assigned gate to another to fill up a plane but when we got to the gate the other folks had arrived. We were taken back to our original gate where they told us to wait when everyone else started boarding. The final result? They bumped us up to first class for the flight! THAT is how our first cruise started!)
I did pass my contact info (business card) to this young man after showing him one of the images offering to send him the file. Still waiting to hear from them....
  


As far as the image is concerned, it is cropped slightly and, being a fan of the rule of thirds, I placed the couple slightly off center. Just a personal preference.
I am still shooting with just my Fuji X100S fixed lens camera with the TCL-X100 attached giving me a 50mm field of view. After years of shooting with various zoom and primes for newspaper work, in retirement I am going very light and trying to "see" like the documentary photographers that inspired me in the first place.
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