Monday, September 29, 2014

Sad to see you go.....

This little bakery is closing its doors. Shame they could not make it. The bakery goods were delicious and the lunch sandwiches were full of meat. This image shows a line to get their treats for the day.


No matter what the talking heads in Washington say, it is still a shaky economy in the States.
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Saturday, September 27, 2014

LEFT

Something made me post this.....


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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Something different....

Something totally different today from me. Roaming around on the top floor of the downtown parking deck , temps in the 70s, crystal clear skies, and this light pole just caught my eye against the deep blue sky. Thought it would make a simple b&w with a red filter used in Silver Efex Pro.


Taken with the Fuji X100S at f8, ISO200.
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Sunday, September 21, 2014

I like it anyway....

There is a lot wrong with this photo when judging the composition. It is tilted. Lines cut into the top of the car. The framing cuts off the lower and left part of the car. And on and on and on.
But, for some reason, I really like this shot. It is probably the only shot from the car show last night that I really think is worth keeping. Won't mean anything to anyone but me.
I think the reason I like is for several reasons. Shooting at f8, I got a lot of depth to the image. Everything is recognizable with none of the bokeh so prevalent in sooooo many of my images. I love the sharpness the 23mm lens on the X100S produces especially stopped down like this shot.
And the image reminds me of style of images from a lot of the early photojournalists of the 20th century. In bright daylight such as this, they had to stopped down their lenses to get the exposure within the limits of the gear they were using. Most cameras, either rangefinders or SLRs, had a top shutter speed of 1/1000 of a second. When shooting even ASA200 speed film, the lens had to be stopped down in daylight to prevent overexposure. In looking at the EXIF data for this image, I was at f8 and ISO200 which got me a shutter speed of 1/950 second. I could have activated the ND filter on the X100S and opened up the aperture but, for this image, it might have detracted from the overall impact. At least for me.
And aren't most of us shooting for ourselves? Pros have to deal with directors, clients and editors and give them what they want. But, for most of us, it is all about pleasing ourselves.


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Friday, September 19, 2014

AMAZING TURNOUT, SCOTLAND!!!

Just wanted to congratulate the Scottish people on their amazing voter turnout for independence - over 84% according to what I heard. No matter whether you voted "Yes" or "No", this is an amazing testament to the Scots of today. I wish that we could get that kind of turnout here in the States.
In recognition of the effort put forth by all of Scotland, here is a photo tribute to you from the first time I took my wife to your lovely country in 2003. All of the images are from Tri-X which was shot at ISO1600 so I could shoot indoors, outdoors, and in low light. Some of these images I have posted before but they mean something to me when I think of Scotland and Edinburgh.

 Cashier at the Elephant House restaurant.

 Local Edinburgh residents on the way home after work.

Flower vendor at Waverly Station.

A bus traveling down Princes Street. In the bottom left, is Bauermeister Booksellers, Scotland's last independent general bookstore. Sadly, after 110 years of operation, the bookstore closed its doors in 2004.

An Edinburgh resident waiting for his bus.
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hands full

Got this shot while roaming the local square. I actually got two shots of this woman. The first shot was for my "In Passing" project and this one where she just caught my eye with her hands full of beverages. Both times she was on the phone and the images were taken eight minutes apart. She was probably talking to the same person. I have no idea how long before and after each image she continued to talk. This image I have added to my "Always Connected" project.


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Opposite directions

Another possible for the "In Passing" project. Shot somewhere in London in May, 2006, with a Nikon D2H and Nikkor 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 at 18mm and f8.


So far from my files I have found images from England, Scotland, St. Martin, and various parts of the US. And, of course, I am trying to create more to add a local flavor to the project in hopes of getting an exhibition somewhere in town. Not sure how long I will work on this but so far it has been fun! Next will be a shot of a couple of beer/liquor delivery guys in Adamson Square (or maybe something else I capture down in the Square tomorrow).
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Discovered a little about myself

Well, the "tryout" for the Times-Georgian staff photog position went well. The capabilities of the Fuji X-System and my skills as a sports shooter shooting manually combined to catch enough images for a decent selection for the sports editor.
But there was something missing. The joy I used to get shooting high school sports was not there. Maybe it was the size of the school (Class 5A school vs. the Class A schools when I was working in Florida) or just being in a new area where I was not known, the spark just did not seem to be there.
I did come away with a few decent images that I sent in to the sports editor to meet the 11 PM deadline. I used a Fuji X100S for wide shots of some of the student fans and the Fuji X-E1 with a Nikkor 1,8/85mm for the on-field action. While my hit rate was not very high, I did well enough with manual focus to get the job done. Here is my favorite as the visiting team's quarterback tried to score going over the top. He did not make it as time expired in the first half. But the visitors did continued their unbeaten streak with a 33-23 victory.


Shot handheld, manual focus, metered with a Sekonic L-358 lightmeter, ISO at 6400. Cleaned up with Nik Dfine and converted with Silver Efex Pro 2. While I got the job done (IMO), the main thing I learned is that my Nikons and lenses ranging from 18mm to 450mm FF would have made for a much higher keeper rate. That fact and the fact that I just did not have the enjoyment that I once felt doing this kind of work have made me realize that, at my age, doing something like this full time is not something I should be doing. My desire to do something beyond a single photo is gnawing at me. I had several opportunities during my time at the Walton Sun to cover an event and do a full page spread or even a double truck spread. I want to be able to spend time covering something and not feel pressed with deadlines or someone else's thoughts as to how it needs to be photographed. Just want to give some people their "15 minutes of fame", work on a couple of books from almost 40 years of shooting. You know, just enjoy my photography again doing my own thing. Maybe even do an online news magazine geared on the local residents and area I now live in. Nothing serious (there is enough bad stuff being pushed) but something to give a little hope to people and maybe put a smile on their faces.
So, with these thoughts in mind, I have prepared an email to the managing editor to remove my name from consideration. But it was nice to see that I could still do it if the spark was there.
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Be careful what you ask for.....

I recently applied for a newspaper's staff photographer position as I miss being in the game. Well, today I got a call from the managing editor to see if I was still interested and would I be willing to do an assignment or two to see what happens beyond my website and portfolio.
The first assignment is to cover a football game for one of the local high schools.
If I still had my Nikons and all the lenses (I had coverage from 18mm to 450mm in FF), I would not be anxious in the least. My D2H bodies along with the fast zooms and primes could easily handle the assignment. But since I now have just a Fuji X100S and a Fuji X-E1 along with just a couple of primes, I am wondering if they will do the job. I won't be using autofocus on either camera. For the X-E1, I will have the Fuji 1,4/35mm and a Nikkor 1,8/85mm. It should be an interesting night.
I enjoyed shooting all the various high school sports for my Florida newspaper and loved being on the sidelines, in dugouts, etc., for the games. But this will definitely be different. I will have to anticipate better than ever before and I have not cover a football game in close to three years. Fortunately, I did cover my granddaughter's volleyball game a couple of weeks ago so that should help the reflexes. Not sure if I am young enough to do this anymore (I turn 67 next month) but it will be fun to try. Wish me luck!
Here is a shot from 2009 that has always stood out in my memory. This was shot with a Nikon D2H and Tokina 2,8/80-200mm at f2.8 & ISO1600.


And one from my granddaughter's volleyball game. This was shot with my X-E1 and the Nikkor 1,8/85mm at f2.8 & ISO6400.


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Monday, September 8, 2014

Wondering....

I was looking through some old photos as I try to see what, if any, images would be usable for my "In Passing" project. I came across this one from one of several trips to London. Nothing, and I repeat, nothing is really in sharp focus. I was trying to get the moving train but had hoped to get the woman without motion. I sadly realized (after taking a few shots, of course) that I had my ISO set to 200 so I ended up with a shutter speed of 1/5 sec. Needless to say, the woman is moving as well as the train. I was upset I had missed what I saw as a great opportunity.
But, as I look at the image today, I see the woman's left leg is in motion and she appears to have only one leg. Suddenly, for me, the image works and may make the final edit for my project.


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Friday, September 5, 2014

Still trying...

I am looking at my images in a different light these days. In a previous post, I mentioned a little about cropping images. This was something I usually did in-camera with a zoom lens. But now that I am using 16MP cameras (Fuji X100S and X-E1) instead of 4MP (Nikon D2H), I feel I have more latitude. I really should not be surprised by this as I had an image from my D2H enlarged to roughly 6 feet x 12 feet for use on a billboard and it looked great when viewed from the ground.
Today's image is a shot from the X100S that I found in a recent review. I found an "image within an image". I have been inspired by a shot that Elliott Erwitt took of the feet of a woman, her Great Dane, and a chihuahua. The horizontal image that is famous was originally a vertical that Erwitt cropped because he saw the "image within an image".


I will continue to try and "see" images as I get used to the gear that I have. I just have to be patient....
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Thursday, September 4, 2014

I wonder....

if she drives her car the same way.


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