Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Among the towel animals

This woman could not wait to start on her tan and picked a spot among the towel animals as other passengers just admired the creations.


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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Young love

Spotted this couple dancing to a string trio one night while waiting to be seated for dinner. They reminded me of my wife and I on our first cruise back in 1980 on Carnival's TSS Festivale and the lasting addiction cruising has become for us.
(Grandparents had agreed to watch our three kids for the week and our cruise started with a flight from New Orleans to Miami. When we got to the airport, they rushed us from our assigned gate to another to fill up a plane but when we got to the gate the other folks had arrived. We were taken back to our original gate where they told us to wait when everyone else started boarding. The final result? They bumped us up to first class for the flight! THAT is how our first cruise started!)
I did pass my contact info (business card) to this young man after showing him one of the images offering to send him the file. Still waiting to hear from them....
  


As far as the image is concerned, it is cropped slightly and, being a fan of the rule of thirds, I placed the couple slightly off center. Just a personal preference.
I am still shooting with just my Fuji X100S fixed lens camera with the TCL-X100 attached giving me a 50mm field of view. After years of shooting with various zoom and primes for newspaper work, in retirement I am going very light and trying to "see" like the documentary photographers that inspired me in the first place.
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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Dancing Queen!

Been out of the country for the last two weeks on a Carnival cruise! Ate too much, drank too much, saw many productions shows, laughed at several comedians, and met some great crew members (some of whom I have cruised with before).
For anyone who has cruised before, you usually find many people who do things in public in front of strangers that they would not do at home in front of family and friends. When the main dining room wait staff did their nightly dance routine, this young lady (along with many others) hit the floor with the staff.
I like the way the lighting is in this shot with her highlighted in the foreground and the background much darker.
I will probably post a few more shots as I review my efforts over the last couple of weeks. STAY TUNED!


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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

THE HOUR CLUB #2

Got this shot on the same day as the other "HOUR CLUB" photo posted a few days ago. Just thought it was a nice street scene with the bicyclist crossing the street.



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Friday, November 24, 2017

Above it all

Here is another image for my possible "PAIRS" theme. I had taken several shots of this guy as he worked on recaulking some second floor windows from several different angles trying to find something that was interesting. I had crossed to the other side of the street and walked down a little but it just did not seem to be working to my benefit. I started looking around for something else to shoot and then started back up the street. As I approached him again, I noticed this young lady making her way toward him and his ladder. As I prepared for the shot, I noticed he was watching her before continuing to clean off the old window caulking and hit the shutter as she passed.


I thought it might be worthy of the "PAIRS" theme.
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Thursday, November 23, 2017

HOUR CLUB

I have seen this building and sign (THE HOUR CLUB) before but took this shot recently. As I looked at the image I was disappointed but am still not sure why. I believe it has to do with the composition, mainly because I was standing when I hit the shutter.
As I look at this image, I began to think maybe a lower point of view would make me happier with the composition. So, I guess next time I do a walkabout the town square I will have to try again.


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Friday, November 17, 2017

Have a beer!

This week I ran across a contest for a music moment that I thought I would enter. I spent 16 years covering the Seabreeze Jazz Festival (1999-2014) so I figured I would try to find something to fit the various categories. As I was looking for some crowd shots, I ran across this one of jazz guitarist Chuck Loeb accepting a beer from a fan at the last festival I covered. Sadly, Chuck passed away this year on July 31 so I thought this would be a nice tribute to a jazz great. I am not sure if I will enter this in the crowd category but I did want to put something new on the blog.




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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Still learning

For as long as I can remember I have preferred shooting with a narrow depth of field (DOF). I did this usually to help drive the eye to my main subject in an image. But since going to just a prime lens like on my X100S w/TCL-X100 (and leaving the news industry), I have had to adjust. With no more wideangle or telephoto f2.8 zooms available, I have been having trouble seeing photographically with just a 50mm field of view and getting the look that I wanted.
But I was finally able to get the DOF I wanted recently with today's shot. I was sitting in the local coffee shop that I go to when my wife is at her writers' group meeting reading the newspaper (yes, I am one of those old farts you see actually reading a newspaper in (GASP!) print.), when I looked up to see this young lady sitting down with her laptop. Before bringing the camera to my eye, I adjusted the film speed and aperture (I usually shoot in aperture preferred mode and have for almost 50 years!). I also shoot with manual focus but use the focus lock button on the back of the camera to get the focus close and then fine tune. And being a guy who likes the rule of thirds composition "suggestion", I placed my subject on the far right side of the image so the blurry background was the inside of the coffee shop because I really wanted the person at the counter to be in the shot.
Maybe after all this time (I have had the X100s for almost six years!) I am finally starting to slow down enough to get what I want out of this camera.


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Friday, October 27, 2017

A man's best friend

Still trying to build on images for the "PAIRS" theme that I have been working on for about 4 years. While this one probably will not make the cut, I keep trying.


Why will this one NOT make the cut? Something about the composition doesn't sit well with me right now. Maybe in a few months I will think different. It is one of those "wait and see"  things.
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Different styles

Taken earlier this year, I have been undecided on this image as a possible "PAIRS" photo. The difference in styles between these two women keeps drawing me back. So I thought I would get some unbiased thoughts from others.
What do you think?


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