Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Always connected

In today's world, I am continually amazed at how technology has afftected our everyday lives. These young ladies, dressed in their finery for "elegant night" on a recent cruise, were waiting to be seated for dinner one evening. Here we were several hundred miles at sea and, instead of talking with one another, all they could do was entertain themselves being connected with their devices.
For me, it was a perfect time to talk with my wife and people watch while waiting for our call to be seated for dinner.


I decided to post a second shot of this group from the same night and young ladies. As I sat watching, I decided an out of focus shot might be interesting.


Both images were shot with the Fuji X100s but shot at different exposure compensation settings. The first one was shot at a minus 2 exposure as I wanted to highlight the light from their devices. The second one was at a minus 1/3 which is my usual setting on the X100S.
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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Lost in the mural

Got this guy on his phone sitting in front of a mural in San Juan. Thought b&w was the way to go......


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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Street poetry in Old San Juan

From a recent stop in San Juan, PR. For the first time in almost 40 years, I took a vacation with only ONE CAMERA and that was my diminutive Fuji X100S. It was a real challenge to try to "see" at only one focal length. Did not get much worth showing here but there are a few that I will be posting over the next week or so.

I captured this image while on a food walking tour in Old San Juan. I do not usually shoot much in the way of tourist-type images and this one is no exception. During my review process of the images from the trip, I only glanced at shots of buildings, monuments, etc. as they did not really interest me even though I did hit the shutter button. I guess I have always been a people watcher and need someone in my images to catch my eye usually. This one is a little different in that the people in the image were the tour group I was with but the wall poetry is what I wanted to focus on.


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Friday, May 5, 2017

A celebration of sorts

This image is a celebration of sorts for me. It is Cinco de Mayo celebration day which most people celebrate by drinking. For me, it marks the 22nd anniversary of the day I underwent triple bypass heart surgery. The photo posted here was taken just a couple of days before I checked in to the hospital for a coronary angiogram. (The angiogram showed several blockages which could not be corrected without open heart surgery.)
My wife and I were roaming around outside the hospital while waiting for a second series of tests and I found these boys chasing each other around a flagpole. It is a scan of a Kodachrome64 slide converted to b&w through Silver Efex. I don't remember what lens I was using but the camera was an Olympus OM-4T.


Doesn't really mean much but it is an image that I always associated with that event.
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Monday, May 1, 2017

"Sharpness is a bourgeois concept"

The above quote from Henri Cartier-Bresson probably applies very well to this image. I was on the square just looking for photos. Just anything that caught my eye. When looking into the intersection, I was trying to find a decent composition to include the truck in the lot and the car at the light. Then I noticed a man coming from my left and decided to try and get some motion in the shot. I quickly set the aperture to f8 which gave me a shutter speed of 1/50 second and brought the camera up quickly to my eye and hit the shutter. In looking at the image in the computer, I noticed it is not as sharp as the camera can produced. I believe it was because of camera shake because I did not have time to really set myself.
But even with the camera shake, I like the image. The blur of the man draws my eye more than the slight camera shake that makes the rest of the image a little soft.


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