Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Carrollton Creative Writers' Club

I went with my wife today to the meeting of her creative writing group and sat off in a corner planning mainly just to read. But as I sat there, I decided to try and take a few photographs with my X100S and see if I could get a composition that might work.
I edited down to this one image which I cropped so that most of the extraneous stuff (extra chairs, a trash can, etc.) would not be in the image. The final product sorta works for me as there is so much going on in the image. First is the woman with her back walking away from me. Then the two guys in the center chatting before the meeting begins and, finally, the group of four that includes my wife (her back to me). In my mind, there is a mathematical progression to the image (1,2,4) that appeals to me.


Since I am still working through some physical restraints, I thought this would be a challenge to see if I could come up with something that worked for me. And these days that is all I can hope for.
Right now, I am still trying to "see" differently than I did when I was a working photojournalist for a small Florida weekly. Back then I carried a pair of Nikons with a wideangle zoom on one and a telephoto zoom on the other. Then I usually had a normal prime in my photo vest and a long, fast telephoto prime for sports and other occasions in the car.
I have been trying to get myself to slow down and look for the decent compositions that appeal to me. I feel comfortable with the image. It is a very ordinary image of ordinary people doing ordinary things. And, as a lifelong documentary photographer, that is all I can hope for.
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Friday, February 19, 2016

I GOT IT!

Still trying to get some physical problems taken care of that have kept me from doing much shooting lately. With that in mind, I have been going through my archives and just putting up images that catch my eye.
This one is from 2005 during Spring Break in south Walton county, FL. Lots of college kids on the beaches having a good time.


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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Leaving San Juan

Taken in 2014 with a Fuji X100S as the Carnival Liberty left San Juan. My wife and I usually get an aft-facing cabin for our cruises which gives us a unique view that not many people pay attention to. They always want to see where we are going rather than where we have been.
I do miss the capabilities of my Nikons and the variety of lenses I once had and I am still, after three years, trying to get used to having just a few primes rather the zooms I used for over 35 years. Will I ever get used to just primes? I don't know but I am not a person that constantly changes equipment often. Since I am no longer working professionally as a news shooter, I am trying to shoot more like the early documentary photographers whose work I have always admired.


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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Can you hear me now?

Still trying to get my various ailments taken care of so I am still looking through my archives for images that have never seen the light of day anywhere. This image was taken in Covent Garden, London, England, in 2006 with a Nikon D2H and Nikkor 18-200mm superzoom.


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Sunday, February 7, 2016

The perils of being a staff of one

For a decade, I worked for a small weekly newspaper in the Florida Panhandle. I started out as a freelancer then a contract photographer (and sports reporter) and finally, for three years, the first (and as it turned out only) staff photographer. I was called on for everything in support of five reporters. Quite often I would work 60-70 hours in a week to cover everything for the reporters plus my duties as the sports reporter.
But I never really "worked". When asked how I liked being a newspaper photographer, I told them "I get to play everyday!" For this image, I got to shoot a new business owner who was opening a yoga/exercise studio. As you can see from this image, it was not all "work"!!


As Yousof Karsh said, "The trouble with photographing beautiful women is that you never get into the dark room until after they've gone!"
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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Rim light

Just a touch of rim light that I saw one day in Stow-on-the-Wold back in 2004. Shot with a Nikon D2H and Nikkor 18-200mm lens. I really like this gear for the shooting I was doing back then. I shot for both pleasure and work (newspaper) for 10 years with a pair of those bodies and really love their capabilities.


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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

"I GOT IT"

Continuing to photograph on the local town square when I caught these two in the local coffeeshop. The young lady was trying to get something down from up high when it slipped from her grasp. One of the owners of the shop was right next to her and reached out but she recovered before it was out of reach. A great save!!


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