Friday, November 17, 2017

Have a beer!

This week I ran across a contest for a music moment that I thought I would enter. I spent 16 years covering the Seabreeze Jazz Festival (1999-2014) so I figured I would try to find something to fit the various categories. As I was looking for some crowd shots, I ran across this one of jazz guitarist Chuck Loeb accepting a beer from a fan at the last festival I covered. Sadly, Chuck passed away this year on July 31 so I thought this would be a nice tribute to a jazz great. I am not sure if I will enter this in the crowd category but I did want to put something new on the blog.




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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Still learning

For as long as I can remember I have preferred shooting with a narrow depth of field (DOF). I did this usually to help drive the eye to my main subject in an image. But since going to just a prime lens like on my X100S w/TCL-X100 (and leaving the news industry), I have had to adjust. With no more wideangle or telephoto f2.8 zooms available, I have been having trouble seeing photographically with just a 50mm field of view and getting the look that I wanted.
But I was finally able to get the DOF I wanted recently with today's shot. I was sitting in the local coffee shop that I go to when my wife is at her writers' group meeting reading the newspaper (yes, I am one of those old farts you see actually reading a newspaper in (GASP!) print.), when I looked up to see this young lady sitting down with her laptop. Before bringing the camera to my eye, I adjusted the film speed and aperture (I usually shoot in aperture preferred mode and have for almost 50 years!). I also shoot with manual focus but use the focus lock button on the back of the camera to get the focus close and then fine tune. And being a guy who likes the rule of thirds composition "suggestion", I placed my subject on the far right side of the image so the blurry background was the inside of the coffee shop because I really wanted the person at the counter to be in the shot.
Maybe after all this time (I have had the X100s for almost six years!) I am finally starting to slow down enough to get what I want out of this camera.


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Friday, October 27, 2017

A man's best friend

Still trying to build on images for the "PAIRS" theme that I have been working on for about 4 years. While this one probably will not make the cut, I keep trying.


Why will this one NOT make the cut? Something about the composition doesn't sit well with me right now. Maybe in a few months I will think different. It is one of those "wait and see"  things.
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Different styles

Taken earlier this year, I have been undecided on this image as a possible "PAIRS" photo. The difference in styles between these two women keeps drawing me back. So I thought I would get some unbiased thoughts from others.
What do you think?


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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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