Friday, March 31, 2017

Half empty or half full?

The old cliche of "is your glass half empty or half full" came to mind when I brought this image up on the monitor. I had notice the woman on the left had spotted me and seemed to be pleased with having her photo taken by me. But I was watching a person in the background that I wanted to get as much behind the light pole as possible. As a result, I did not notice the expression of the woman on the right. But the old cliche seems to apply quite well here.
The image was taken with a Fuji X-E1 and Nikkor 1,8/85mm AFD lens. I would love to replace the Nikkor with the Fuji 2,0/90mm for autofocus but that lens is just out of what I want to pay. I think this one is an excellent choice for the "Pairs" theme I have been working on for the last three years on the square.



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Monday, March 27, 2017

Outside looking in

The gentleman in the window had been working for a local cable manufacturer in town before he decided to strike out on his own. He established a window washing service several years ago and I see him often on the town square. He says business is doing well and he is even thinking about some part time help.


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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Still hanging on to X-E1

The main reason I have hung on to the Fuji X-E1 is mainly to shoot my son's oldest daughter in her volleyball exploits. That is also the reason I have hung on the an old Nikkor 1,8/85mm lens as my one telephoto lens. With the 16 megapixels of the X-E1 and the 85mm, I can do a little creative cropping to bring the action up close and personal. When I shot for the newspaper, I used a couple of zooms (Tokina 4/12-24mm and 2,8/80-200mm) for shooting volleyball. I also used the 80-200mm for shooting my oldest granddaughter when she was playing softball with my former Nikon D2H bodies.



This image is from a recent volleyball tournament. My granddaughter just pulled back from trying to return this spike when she realized it was going out of bounds. While they eventually lost the match, it has been fun over the last few years to watch her athletic skills improve.
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Friday, March 24, 2017

Looking back!

Seen at a local arts festival. Image taken with a Fuji X100S. I think the guy on the left was wondering what I was photographing. He never knew he was in the shot.


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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Hurry up and wait!

Taken in 2014, this bakery is sadly out of business. The problem was location. The shop just did not get the traffic it needed to stay operating. It was a shame as the pastries were outstanding!




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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

In your face!

Just looking thrugh some archived files for something to post and happened on this shot of a little girl blowing water (I think) in her dad's face. I love his expression as he takes it all in stride. This was at a festival called Flutterby that was a great place to shoot this kind of image. I had left the weekly newspaper three years earlier so this image was never published. It was shot with a Nikon D2H and Nikkor 1,8/85mm lens. I was making a shift to prime lenses to lighten the load since I had come to the conclusion I was never work as a news photographer again - partly because there were so few jobs around and partly because my age put me at a disadvantage. Nobody was going to hire a 60-something year old shooter when they could get a young buck fresh out of school.


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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Holding On

Been a little remiss in posting the last couple of weeks and have decided that I will post some archived photos more often. This is not an archive image but decided to start here.

Thinking about this one for my "Pairs" series. Not sure if I like all the 'extra' people in the shot or not. What got me to hit the shutter was the [perceived] lackadasical attitude of the ladder holder. I tried a couple of other angles but this one shows more of the surroundings. Taken with a Fuji X100S and converted in Silver Efex Pro.


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