Friday, October 31, 2014

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

Hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween night!!


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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

PSYCHO!

Seen in the town square on Tuesday.  Fuji X-E1 & XF 1,4/35mm. Window sticker caught my eye and I couldn't resist.


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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tilt

Slowly, I am starting to get myself to shoot differently than the way I always have done. I used to always look for something that would be publishable in a newspaper environment. This simple image works for me as I just look to document my surroundings with or without people. I have never been much of a nature/landscape photographer as I have always been inspired by the early photojournalists/documentary shooters of the 20th century.


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Saturday, October 25, 2014

In his own world

I am still gathering shots for my "Always Connected" project. Today's is one I ran across in my archives. This young lad was standing in the middle of a street in a resort area in the Florida Panhandle. People just seem to lose track of their surroundings these days as they get so hooked on the devices they are carrying around. We have all seen the YouTube videos of people falling in ponds, running into poles or other people, etc. Those can be quite funny but then you toss in the ones where people have been more interested in their latest text message that they forget they are driving at 70mph on a crowded interstate.


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

In Passing

For the past 18 months or so, I have been working on several retrospectives that I have put into books. I did it mostly to make presents for my family (kids and wife) and expect these books to be one-of-a-kind "limited" editions (because the costs through online publishing are HIGH!). And that is ok.
But it has been fun to rummage through my archives to come up with images for each of the three books I have done to date. As I went through old images, I had other themes come to mind that I am working on.
This image is on a theme I have dubbed "In Passing". As I look at this shot, I am not sure if I consciously did this or it was just a reaction. It was shot with a Nikon D2H (my main bodies for a decade) and a Tokina 4,0/12-24mm DX lens (which was one of my favorite lenses).
For me, this image really works for the "In Passing" theme. Using a wide angle (18mm in full frame terms) like this, it gives good DOF even wide open. And this is something I have been working to produce with my Fuji cameras and shooting only 35mm and 50mm focal lengths (in FF). Not an easy task when you are used to shooting differently for 35 years!



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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Land of plenty

As I walked through the local market, I was stunned by the assortment of goods available.
I was also amazed how we take things for granted. We turn on a faucet and we have drinkable water. We go to the market and there are numerous selections available. To see all the images from around the world that show devastation of all kinds and to not really have a clue as to what people are surviving through.
Yet we cannot imagine not having access this style in our society. Here are just a couple of images that show the abundance of goods that most people in the States think nothing of. They just expect it.



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Monday, October 13, 2014

46 years and counting!


Tomorrow (10-14-2014) I will get to celebrate my 46th anniversary with this lovely lady. She has hung in there with me even when I did stupid things. The image with her having the glasses (my first pair of glasses!) on her head was taken with the first camera she ever bought me - an Olympus OM-10 w/50mm lens on Tri-X film. The one of her laughing at the grocery store is a more recent shot taken with my latest camera, a digital Fuji x-E1. It took a while but I think she has gotten used to me taking photos of her. Thanks for all the memories. I hope for another 46 years!


This one was taken with the first SLR she bought me - an Olympus OM-10 with a Zuiko 1,8/50mm lens. Over the years I have upgraded my equipment but she has been the constant in my life. She hung in through 8+ years of submarine service, bouncing around the country as I took different jobs, hanging in with me when our oldest son died in a single car accident, and even taking a leap of faith in quitting our jobs and six-figure income to go and be beach bums for a while.


With an Olympus OM-4T and Tokina 2,8/80-200mm on Tri-X


Nikon D2H with a Nikkor 3,5-5,6/18-200mm.


And, finally, a Fuji X-E1 with Fuji 1,4/35mm.
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Friday, October 10, 2014

Woo Hoo!

Since leaving the newspaper biz and eventually selling my Nikon DSLR bodies and lenses and shifting to mirrorless, I have had to adjust from shooting for publication and more for enjoyment. When working, I always had a camera with me but it was different. To carry something like that today into, like this shot shows, a grocery, would have been a little conspicious. Now with the little Fuji cameras, I feel more comfortable always having a camera with me.
This shot, as I said, is from our local grocery. As my wife and I went about our shopping, I noticed the "Woo Hoo" sign in the cart. Now I needed something to work with it. that is when I spotted this young lady.
Sometimes I bring the camera to my eye, sometimes I shot from the hip. This shot is of the latter category.



I do believe I am getting more comfortable with the little Fuji X100S and "seeing" what it sees. While not perfectly aligned, it is, as an editor once told me, "good enough".
Maybe in a year or so I will no longer wish I had my Nikons and the variety of focal lengths.....
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Thursday, October 9, 2014

STOP

Fuji X100S, Carrollton, GA, Burson Feed & Seed


Just a run of the mill snapshot.
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Close quarters

Fuji X100S, Taste of Villa Rica food festival
This couple seemed to have little desire for the food that was available.


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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

In the air

Went to a local food festival this weekend. Found this guy from a local pizzeria doing hand-tossed pizzas on site. Did not try the pizza but he seemed to be enjoying himself. I was shocked to see a trailer with a pair of pizza ovens in it. Kinda cool.


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Sunday, October 5, 2014

You don't have to leave home.....

Yesterday, while my wife was attending a writers' workshop at the local arts center, I did my usual roaming around the small downtown square searching for images. As usual, I stopped in at the local used bookstore to see if there was anything new in the photo section. I am always looking for photobooks. Not ones that are about gear or composition but ones that are monographs of a photographer's work. I found two such manuscripts yesterday. One on Edouard Boubat by Bernard George (with a copyright date of 1972 - 42 years old!) and "Photo Op" by David Hume Kennerly.
I started my through Kennerly's monograph first and learned several things about him. One, he is my age. We are both part of the class of 1965 making us 67 years old and approaching our 50th high school reunions next year. He was fortunate to find a path in his photo life much earlier than I as he began working for a daily newspaper shortly after high school and his career went up from there including winning the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography at the ripe old age of 25.
As I made my way through his life as a photojournalist (a word he seems to have problems with), I notice a distinct difference from his thoughts that were centered more on himself and the opportunities he had as he made his way through his photographic life. I began to feel a little unsettled about the writing to go with the images. He seemed almost arrogant or conceited. I had never felt these emotions about another photographer that was my own age and that I should have found inspiring.
As I continued through Kennerly's book, I happened upon an image that suddenly struck a chord with me. It was during the time of Watergate scandal in 1972. By this time, Kennerly had covered the war in Southest Asia and returned to cover politics in Washington, D.C. while I was serving as a sonar technician onboard fast attack nuclear submarines from 1968 to 1976.
The image that caught my eye was one of that showed a young woman holding an "IMPEACH NIXON" placard with two men walking through the frame in the background with a "FELLOW AMERICANS SUPPORT OUR PRESIDENT" sign.
I remembered a similar image that I was to catch three decades later in Seaside, FL, as I was freelancing for a weekly newspaper and fulfilling my dream of being a newspaper photographer. My image also shows two political signs depicting a person's emotions about the current president, George W. Bush, in 2004.


The thought that suddenly came to mind was something that I had happened on when looking for some inspiration. I ran across a book, "Photosynthesis", by Bryan Moss. Moss had worked as a newspaper photographer some 40 years but had traveled a much different path in his career. He worked for numerous papers both large and small even earning a share of two Pulitizer Prize awards.
But it is Moss's approach to photojournalism that is so very different from Kennerly's that appeals to me. His focus is on the so-called "little guy" in our world. I am sure he could have traveled the world looking for the next "big" opportunity but he chose instead to focus on the common man and the importance of covering ordinary people with extraordinary images.
Whenever I feel a little down, I re-read "Photosynthesis" for inspiration.
Where Kennerly's photo of the Watergate signs was shot with the fence surrounding the White House in the background, my shot is just ordinary people in a common resort area of the Florida Panhandle.
But it proves the point that Moss made in his book. You don't have to travel to the ends of the earth to find iconic images. This is one of my "iconic" images". I will never be a famous news shooter such as Kennerly or any of the others that have a desire to be on the front lines of the next conflict. And that is all right. During my ten years supporting that small weekly newspaper, I had images published that some people still have hanging on their walls or posted under a magnet on their refrigerators.
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Thursday, October 2, 2014

UNCORKED at Plates

Rummaging through some images from earlier this year and this one caught my eye. I suddenly saw a nice black&white image imbedded in the RAW color file.


Shot with a Fuji X-E1 & 1,4/35mm lens and processed through CS6 w/Silver Efex Pro 2 with a yellow filter.
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