Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Rebecca

Another shot of my continuing efforts on the local town square.


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Friday, September 25, 2015

Looking back...

After a week without my desktop, I am finally back online.
For this shot, I was once again on the town square. Took three frames of this couple but only this one stayed out of the recycle bin.


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Monday, September 14, 2015

Close....

Just another documentary shot down on the town square. I am really trying to just "see" images down on the square that are common, everyday occurrences. Maybe one day I will have enough for a local exhibition.


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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Waiting....

Just wanted to post something today and this one caught my eye during a review. Just a casual shot of a normal everyday occurrence.


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Thursday, September 10, 2015

[Two] Pairs on the Square

These days I find myself shooting less as I no longer have a need to provide images to the clients that I once did.
On Tuesday this week while my wife was at her writing club meeting (she is a former newspaper journalist), I did my usual visit to the town square. I have several themes I am working on concerning the square but also I spend time just looking. Sometimes I roam around the square and its side streets but, this past Tuesday, I decided to just pick a spot and see what came to me.
This photograph, which fits well with my "Pairs on the Square" theme, is the first one that has two pairs that work together. I was just standing at a crosswalk and took a few frames as these two "pairs" crossed. What really works for me is the dress of the four people, the fact that the complementary dress (dresses on the two ladies facing me and pants on the two people walking away) and the positioning of the four subjects.
Usually I am chomping at the bit to just keep shooting. Most of the images end up in my computer's trashcan. This day I shot a total of four images during a 2-hour period. I still got my single keeper.
And, for me, that is all I needed for that day to be a success.


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Monday, September 7, 2015

Latest book cover

I have been working for a couple of years on photos under the theme "Pairs on the Square". I have started to pull together some of the images that I think work for this theme. Again, the book is for my family and I will probably do it as a PDF file just because of costs.
While the book is not ready for primetime yet, I had been struggling to find a decent image for the cover but happened on this one that I captured earlier this year. I cropped the image a little on either side to fit the cover which seems to drive the eye to the two people. What I really like about the shot is the posture of the woman on the right. Not sure why but her fiddling with her hair grabs my attention and then I inspect the rest of the image. I love the light on the back of her tights that separates her legs from the background. Then the lines of the two coolers and upper cases drives my eye to the other woman. Focus wise, I blew this shot. I would have preferred to have more sharpness to it but it still works for me.
And isn't that why a lot of us really shoot. It is not about faves on Facebook or whatever it is on Twitter or any other social site. Just about what sparks something within our hearts and minds when we hit the shutter.


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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Nighttime shuffleboard

Taken during a 4-day cruise earlier this year. Just two couples playing each other - men vs women. No clue as to how the game was going but they were enjoying themselves from the laughter.

Nothing special, just life as it happens.
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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Memories

I ran into one of the local newspaper shooters the other day. I remember vividly walking around my old stomping grounds looking for feature art. One body would have an f2.8 wideangle zoom and the other an f2.8 telephoto zoom. A spare battery, a single fast normal lens, and spare cards would be in one pocket of my photo vest. In my car would reside the 2,8/300mm in case something came up or I had a sporting event to go to.


While I do not miss the weight, I do miss the development of relationships with local folks that occurred on a daily basis. There is really nothing like being a small town photojournalist.
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Opposites

For the last year or two, I have been working on creating books using Blurb.com. I have had a few printed but more that I have just had done as PDF files. In my latest creation titled "Pairs on the Square", I ran across this image shot in 2013 shortly after receiving my Fuji X100S. I was at the local coffeeshop on the town square and saw what I believe were college students from the local university.
I was still in throes of trying to photographically "see" using just a single prime lens (approximately 35mm in full frame terms on the X100S). To say I was having some difficulties would be an understatement. Having used wideangle and telephoto zooms for work for 35 years seeing in just a moderate wideangle format has been a challenge.
But this shot gave me some hope that all was not lost. I still have a tendency (after over 2 years of shooting with the X100S) to see images that I would have taken with my SLR/DSLR cameras but either too far or too close to get with the X100S. But sometimes things fall into place as with this image.


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