Thursday, December 29, 2016

FULLY LOADED!

Taken from a cruise late this year with a Fuji X100S. Even carrying a fully loaded tray of goodies, this young lady had a smile on her face. The lady walking away was one of the main dining room hostesses named Daria. She did a great job making us feel like we were special throughout the cruise. After her contract on the Magic ends and she takes a little time off, she will be on the Carnival Spirit out of Australia in 2017.


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Monday, December 19, 2016

The Baker and The Angels

Just a simple shot of my wife preparing a batch of rolo cookies (a chocolate cookie with a rolo candy (chocolate and caramel) in the center) with the collection of angels she has accrued over the years. The angel on the right was made by our second oldest granddaughter who is a very accomplished artist.


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Friday, December 16, 2016

BOAS!!!

Title says it all. Shot with a Nikon D2H and Tokina 2,8/80-200mm ATX back in 2008.


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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Summer longing

Winter has not "officially" started in the Northern Hemisphere yet (another week to go) but I am already tired of the colder temps. This image is from roughly three years ago at the outside sitting of a local Mexican restaurant in the town square. Just a normal day on the square with folks having lunch and enjoying the mild weather.


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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Backstage

Decided to look through a few past photos to see if anything I have kept catches my eye. I happened on this shot from 2011 of the Northwest Florida Ballet's performance in Rosemary Beach, something the company has been doing for years along County Road 30A. This image caught my eye for several reasons.
I wonder what the two girls at the tree at doing. I don't remember but that is where the focus point is and was probably what got me to hit the shutter. But as I look at the image today, shot with a Nikon D2H and a 1,8/35mm DX Nikkor lens, I also pick up on the girl in the backgound that has spotted me, the group of three on the ground and the posture of the girl on the left side adjusting her hair as she moves through the frame. All of these elements along with the off-balance composition play together well in my eyes. I will probably print this image for my own gratification.


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Friday, December 2, 2016

Mom always gets the last word!

Was trying to come up with a funny title and this pop to mind! As my wife said, "if only this was true!"


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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Super Moon

A couple of weeks back, the world saw a "Super Moon" as the Earth's satellite made its closest pass in several years. Since I no longer have a long telephoto lens that can really make it look like a "Super Moon", I decided to create my own image.
This image is a composite of two images. The moon was shot in 2004 during a lunar eclipse when the moon becomes a "blood moon" when it passes behind the Earth and the sun's light is filtered through the Earth's atmosphere leaving only the red spectrum.
The lighthouse image was shot a few weeks ago in full daylight. I used Adobe Camera Raw to darken the image before bringing it into Photoshop CS for further manipulation. I lightened the image slightly to produce a lighter shade of sky near the horizon before adding the moon.
Then I took the image into Silver Efex Pro 2, converting into a monochrome image. The end result is what you see here. Not perfect by any means and maybe I will continue to play with it to see if I can do better.


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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Beach vendor, Costa Maya, Mexico

Grabbed this shot while on a cruise that hit Costa Maya, Mexico, with a Fuji X-E1 and Fuji XF 1,4/35mm. Still trying to get used to this set up but I think I am making progress after years of SLRs/DSLRs with mostly zooms for newspaper/editorial work. Converted to black&white in Silver Efex Pro 2.


Overall, the composition appeals to me as this guy makes his way among all the beach chairs and umbrellas and the lack of attention he is getting from the "touristas".
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Monday, October 31, 2016

Just looking

Well, after five years of good and faithful service, my old video card died over the weekend. That is why things got quiet on the blog for a few days. I have reverted back to the motherboard graphics and am not sure if I will replace the graphics card or not. Since I am no longer working for pay and I do not go any gaming, even spending $50 USD does not make a lot of sense to me.
But, anyway, here is the latest posting from a review of pics from this year. This one is another possible for the "Pairs" theme. The image was captured with a Yashica Electro35 GS on Tri-X film developed with Adorama film developer which is similar to Kodak D-76. Sadly, the painting has been removed with the building of a covered walkway between this building (the Carrollton Arts Center) and a recently constructed hotel.



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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Title suggestions?

Still working on the "Pairs" project. This one is a possible.


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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Eyeballin'

Another from the scanning effort. Shot with a Yashica Electro35 GS, Tri-X film, Adorama developer and scanned with a Nikon Super Coolscan 5000 ED.
I really like the Yashica for several reasons. I love the fact it is an antique that just keeps working. The 1,7/45mm lens is quite good. And the fact that my dad had kept it in a full camera case, it was and is in pristine condition. The case is beat up but the finish on the camera is like it was bought new yesterday.
When I first got the camera after my dad passed, I took it to my local repair shop to have the light seals replaced. I asked him if the camera was worth putting any money in repairs and he gave me the praises about the lens. Later I also discovered info about the stepless leaf shutter and the camera's ability to flash synch at all speeds.
That said, here is the shot for today.


I like how the painting seems to be "eyeballin" the woman.
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