Monday, June 22, 2015

A view from the dentist's office

With the change in gear in the last couple of years, I am finding it easier to carry a camera with me all the time since I retired. Grabbed this shot while waiting my turn at the dentist's office. Thought is made for a nice silhouette.


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Sunday, June 21, 2015

A reason to remember Father's Day

This image goes back to the 1980's when I was living in California. The family had gone on a camping weekend at Montano de Oro state park and I got this shot of my kids at a waterfall. Just kids being kids without a care in the world even though we were in the "land of fruits and nuts" [as people used to say about California before "political correctness" came into being]. This was also the time I was very involved with the youth sports programs that my kinds were involved with. Lots of good memories of those days.

This was in my Olympus days and was shot with an OM-2S and Tokina 28-70mm zoom [if my memory is correct]. Originally shot on Kodachrome64, I converted it to monochrome []just because I can!].


Additionally, I thought I would post a few images of dads with their kids that I have been fortunate to capture over the years. To all the fathers who I was able to catch being "dads" (any man can be a father but only a few can be a "dad"), thank you for letting me intrude on your time with your children. HAPPY FATHER'S DAY TO ALL THE DADS OUT THERE!!!

















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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Fill the frame

Might be starting to "see" a little better these days with the Fuji gear. In my DSLR days, I would have shot this with a zoom lens and "filled the frame". But here all I had was a normal focal length lens in the Fuji 35mm on a X-E1 body giving me a 52mm FOV.
But I saw the image I wanted withing the frame. Through the magic of software, I cropped the image, resized it to 8 inches x 12 inches at 300dpi, and converted it to black&white. There was more than enough data from the 16 megapixel sensor to print the image on my Epson R2400 at that size.


While I would love to still "fill the frame", I am finding it is not just as necessary as the technology has advanced. I can carry smaller, lighter gear and maybe still get the image I want.
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Thursday, June 18, 2015

WATCH YOUR STEP!

Still trying to figure out the best setup for me with this [relatively] new Fuji gear. I have had both cameras for over a year. I have the X100S with its fixed 23mm (35mm in 35mm film focal length) and the X-E1 with the 35mm (53mm in film). I also have the one holdover from my Nikon days - a Nikkor 85mm giving a focal length of 128mm in film. Back in my working days, my lenses covered from 12mm (18mm in film) to 300mm (450mm in film).
I have tried shooting with the X100S along with the X-E1 with the 35mm lens but they just seem to close together for me. I could shoot with one or the other but both just do not seem to be a good match. But I do enjoy using the X100S as my wideangle along with the X-E1 and the 85mm lens. Again, in my working days, I usually seem to shoot either long or wide and very few "normal" focal length shots.
Today's image was shot with the X-E1/85mm combo. With the Nikkor lens, I have to manually focus but it also has an aperture ring on it (rather than the Nikkor G-series lenses which do not have an aperture ring). The one downside to this setup is the camera does not record the aperture that is selected.


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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

To the beat of a different drummer

I love catching kids when they are just being kids. This young lady was in her own little world while the rest paid attention to the adults that were teaching them a song. She had found what appeared to be a feather like one from feather boa. She kept picking pieces of it off and tossing the pieces into the air, following them as they floated to the ground.
When I was a freelance news shooter for a small weekly paper, I had my spots that I went to at various times of the year because I knew the odds were in my favor to get a feature photo because of the kids.


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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Man & bird

What else is there to say?



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Thursday, June 11, 2015

NO WAKE

This image is from when I was a contract photographer for a small weekly newspaper in northwest Florida. We had been through a lot of rain and the editor got a call about flooding in a particular neighborhood. We (the reporter (my wife) and I) arrived on scene to talk with several of the residents. As my wife did her work, I roamed around to see what would make a good image. I spotted the sign a homeowner had put up but it needed something to catch the eye. I took several shots of cars going through the flooded street but nothing seemed to be really working for me.
I happened to look to my right down another street and caught a glimpse of a garbage truck making its rounds.
All I had to do was wait for him to come around the circle. This image was shot with a Nikon F100 and Nikkor 18-35mm zoom lens at 18mm, f8. Don't remember the film but this ran on the front page of the paper that weekend. It also took first place in the Florida Press Club Class D Spot News category..


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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

1st roll

Shortly after my wife bought me my first SLR (an Olympus OM-10 w/Zuiko 1,8/50mm), I decided to take a photography course at a local community college. I wanted to get some instruction on developing and printing of black & white film as I did not like the prints that I was getting from a consumer developer. Everything looked like the same shade of gray. As a result, all of the images were very flat. After seeing some of the work by Ansel Adams, I knew there had to be a better way and that involved taking control of the developing and printing processes.
This shot is from the first roll I ever personally developed. When I open the can and saw there was actually something on the film (i.e., I had not screwed up the developing process), I was thrilled to say the least. This image is not very good composition-wise but it is what I think is the best one from that first roll.


The film is Tri-X shot at ASA400 (I had not yet heard about "pushing" film) and developed in D-76 1:1.
From this humble beginning, I would 20 years later (1998) begin to freelance for a little weekly newspaper eventually becoming a contract photographer for the same paper and the only staff photographer the paper has had to date. Sadly, all good thing must come to an end and the 2008 recession forced me out due to cutbacks and I had to return to a previous career field to pay the bills. Now I am "retired" and trying to find my way down a different photographic path. So far, it has been a fun journey!
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Saturday, June 6, 2015

The Lost Art of Face-to-Face Conversation

While technology has brought many good things into my life, I sometimes wonder at what point do we lose sight of some of the simple things that make life worth living. So many people are caught up seeing what is online on their devices that they forget that the person sitting next to them could be their next best friend(s). These folks were waiting to board the Carnival Sensation for a 4-day cruise to the Bahamas and were so engrossed in their devices that the thought of striking up a conversation never crossed their minds.


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Friday, June 5, 2015

The Graduate!

Been missing making some posts for the last three weeks due to travel and other duties. Included in this travel was a day trip to a granddaughter's high school graduation. Seems like every time I take photos of her there are several with her sticking her tongue out at me.


Right now, she and her mom (my daughter) are getting ready to fly to Washington, DC, where she will be honored in a ceremony at the U. S, Capital. After coming close last year, she won the Alabama 7th Congressional district art competition this year. The prize included two roundtrip airplane tickets to have her artwork hung in the Capital building for the next year.
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