Friday, September 22, 2017

Just a stroll

I do not know why this image caught my eye during the editing process but here it is. Maybe it is the dappled sunlight coming through the trees or the seemingly lack of connection between these two ladies that got me to hit the shutter. This is another possible I have put in to my "PAIRS" collection.

 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

BEHIND!

Another possible for the "PAIRS" theme on the town square. I like the fact the woman behind the man happen to see me and probably wondered what I was doing. I also like the fact that there is a little more light on the man adding a little to the contrast of the image.


Again, this is a situation that most people would probably not even notice or look at twice.
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

FOUR GENERATIONS!

I don't usually post any photos of family but this is one I never thought I would be alive to capture. Our oldest granddaughter recently gave birth to her first child, a girl, and this shot is from our first visit to see our first GREAT-grandchild, Ryleigh.
This is also the first time I have ever used the in-camera flash that all reviewers rave about. Gotta admit it did a nice job balancing existing light while bringing some detail into the shadows.


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Monday, September 11, 2017

FREEDOM!!

When I first got into photography all I had was a little point and shoot camera. My early ventures were taking photos of family, mainly my wife and kids. In 1978, my wife said she wanted me to buy a camera of my choosing because of my interests. I selected an Olympus OM-10 and a 1,8/50mm lens as my initial camera of choice. It wasn't long before I began adding lenses (both primes and zooms) to my collection of gear. In those early days, I shot a lot of Tri-X and Kodachrome64 as my films of choice. I began reading on ways to sell my photos and read Rohn Engh's "Sell and Resell" several times. Jump forward 20 years, my kids are grown and my wife and I were tired of the corporate rat race. We quit our jobs, sold our family home, and moved to our vacation home in the Florida Panhandle permanently. My wife took jobs to keep us in medical insurance and I began trying to establish a photography business. I soon walked into the local weekly newspaper (it was only a year old) in October 1998 and began freelancing for them. The paper assignments brought me a number of contacts and my business started making a little money. I even did some self assignments enlisting the help of my wife the writer. Eventually the paper wanted more of my time and I became a contract photographer with them about the same time the paper offered my wife a fulltime position as a reporter.
In 2005, the paper made me an offer for a fulltime position which I took. The paper paid for the staff to enter various press associations' competitions and I began winning a number of awards. In 2008 with the rise of the internet and the demise of the printed word, I left the paper just before I thought I was about to be laid off and returned to the corporate world to pay the bills. That job ran out in 2012 and I decided to retire. We left Florida, moved to a small town between our daughter and son and tried to figure out what to do with the rest of our lives. I sold all my pro Nikon gear and started to plunge into the world of mirrorless cameras.
Jump forward to today and I think I have finally reached a place of simplicity with my gear. Some photographers these days think that getting the next new camera will dramatically improve their images. But many are starting to realize that the next new thing doesn't. I have finally reached a point of simplicity. I used the same digital cameras (Nikon D2H) for a decade. Even when others were jumping on the full frame band wagon with the Nikon D3 I continue to plug along with my 4.1 megapixel D2H. Mainly because I knew the cameras so well that they "got out of my way."
Today, I shipped off my Fuji X-E1 to its new owner and suddenly felt some freedom. I now have only two cameras, one film and one digital. Both cameras have fixed lenses but I also have a pair of converter lenses for each camera that allow me to have a wide angle and telephoto view. I have decided that I will go back to the way I started out - shooting a "normal" focal length lens (45mm on my Yashica Electro35 GS and 50mm on my Fuji X100s) exclusively for at least the next year. With the capabilities of these two cameras, I no longer feel the need for ultra wide lenses or telephoto lenses. All I feel the need to do is find the image that gets me to hit the shutter button. I want to reach the point with these two cameras that I had with my Nikons - the camera gets out of the way.
Today's image was shot with my Fuji X100S with the TCL-X100 teleconverter attached giving me that 50mm focal length. Again roaming around the local town square looking for anything that caught my eye, I was waiting to cross the street when I saw this man and his granddaughter on the other side. I brought up my camera and took a shot. As soon as I had taken that image, this little girl saw me and, being somewhat shy, turned her back to me. Again I hit the shutter. After crossing the street, I gave the man my card so I could send him the digital file for his records. While the RAW file contains a lot more of the surroundings than shown here, the capabilities of the little X100S (which this gentleman took to be a film camera) allow me to crop to the image I had in mind when I hit the shutter.
But what I really want to emphasize is how simple equipment can be made to present my vision. I just want to find photographs that get me to hit the shutter.


Even with the fairly severe crop of the RAW file, the image works for me. I can crop the X100S RAW files quite a bit and still do prints easily up to 12"X18" which is usually as large as I want to go.
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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Are they OK?

Back in 2007, my wife and I started doing Caribbean cruises rather than traveling overseas. We had taken our first cruise in 1980 aboard Carnival's then flagship, the Festivale.
After doing some research on various cruise companies, we decided on an Eastern Caribbean cruise on board the Carnival Glory. One of the ports we visited was Sint Maarten and the town of Philipsburg. After roaming around the town, we were headed back to the ship when I spotted this woman and her daughter sitting along the promenade. I ask her if I could take a photo of her and her daughter and, after getting her permission, I snapped this image.
After seeing some of the devastation caused early this week by Hurricane Irma, I got to thinking about some of the images I have of the island and its people.This little girl was probably 4 or 5 years old at the time making her a teenager today. I have no way of knowing if they are ok but my hopes are that they survived and are able to get their lives back to normal.
This photo also made my book "FACES" with the following quote:
 " Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face." - Victor Hugo


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Monday, September 4, 2017

On a leash

Not sure who the title applies to here - the dog or the guy? This is my first post since deciding to shoot exclusively with my "poor man's Leica" (a Fuji X100S and a TCL-X100 teleconverter lens) for a while. Spotted this couple as I was making my way around the town square and happened to catch this image as I approached them.
Does this make a possible addition to the "PAIRS" theme? I'm thinking probably not but I do like the overall effect with the dog on a leash and the couple holding hands.


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Sunday, August 27, 2017

SURPRISE!!

Another from my "FACES" book. The story behind this image is that my wife and I had recently relocated closer to our children. Since we were situated about halfway between the two families, we invited everyone to our house for Thanksgiving dinner.
I was letting one of my granddaughters play with one of my Nikon D2H bodies with a Nikkor 1,8/85mm on it. At one point, I decided to show her a little more about the camera's capabilities and turned on the high speed shutter. I then focused on my oldest granddaughter and hit the shutter. The D2H sounded like a machine gun as it fired off a short sequence. The image below was my granddaughter's reaction. As I went looking for a quote to use with the book, I found this one by Aristotle.

"The secret to humor is surprise." - Aristotle



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