Friday, July 28, 2017

Dance like nobody's watching

Got this shot while covering a concert in Florida while working for a small weekly newspaper. This woman was having a great time listening to the music and just could not sit still. When I picked it for the "FACES"book, finding a quote turned out to be easy.
"There is a bit of insanity in dancing that does everybody a great deal of good." - Edwin Denby


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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Definition of a boy

This shot was taken after I had left the paper due to the 2008 recession. I still had all my work gear and spent as much time shooting on the weekends as I could. I was back to working for a military contractor to pay the bills but got out to the same areas I did as a news photographer. This kid was with his dad wandering through a local arts/crafts festival in Rosemary Beach, FL. He spotted me when I brought the camera up to my eye and gave me this grimace look. I could not have asked for a better expression. I talked with his dad for a while, gave him my card, and sent him the digital file so he could get a print.
For the "FACES" book, I found what I think is a perfect definition of a boy:

Boy,n.: A noise with dirt on it." - Not Your Average Dictionary



The image was shot with a Nikon D2H and Tokina 2,8/80-200mm at f2.8 and ISO200.
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Monday, July 24, 2017

The director

From the "FACES" collection book of images. The story behind getting this image takes a little explaining.
When I first started freelancing for a small relatively new Florida weekly in 1998, I wanted to do some shooting that was more than just a standalone image or assignment. I wanted to do something a little more long term to tell a story in a series of images. With that thought in mind, I decided to check out the local community college and see if there was something that capture my interest. I settled on following the development of a theater production from first auditions through opening night. I started covering the production but soon realized I needed some words to go with it. So I enlisted the skills of my wife. Once a week, we would travel to the campus and I would shoot and she would listen and interview. We turned the weekly event into our "date night" usually stopping at a local Waffle House for dinner on the way home.
Now to today's image. The director (also, if memory serves, the drama professor) was someone I had met earlier while covering a musical production that the paper wanted to cover. He was intrigued with the idea and gave me complete freedom to shoot whenever I wanted. One evening, the cast was sitting around a table reading through the script as he silently listened. The slightly harsh lighting created a dramatic portrait of him as he listened. Since I was shooting film (Kodak Tri-X), I needed to be a little creative myself. I pushed the film two stops to ASA1600 so I could handhold my camera with a 2,8/80-200mm lens with sufficient shutter speed to prevent blurring. This also added to the overall effect of the film by increasing the contrast with the over-development. But I think it works well for the effect that I wanted.
In using this image in the "FACES" collection, I spent some time looking for a good quote to pair with it. This one from Terrance Mann caught my eye:
"Movies will make you famous; television will make you rich; but theater will make you good."


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Sunday, July 23, 2017

A woman's beauty

Another archived shot that is in the "FACES" book. This is a shot of my wife back 20 years ago when I was using her as my model. We were looking toward quitting our jobs, moving to the Florida Panhandle and making a go of working for ourselves. I spent 10 years providing photos to a local weekly newspaper (the most fun job I have ever had!) and she, after a couple of other jobs, was hired as a reporter for the same weekly.
But back to this image. This was the year she turned 50 and she was aging quite beautifully. It was shot on a Olympus OM-4T with a Tokina 80-200mm f2.8 Pro lens on Kodak Tri-X film @ ISO400. This is one of the best shots I have ever taken of my beautiful bride and, with our 50th wedding anniversary coming in  2018, I have been fortunate to still be here with her.
I use this shot to lead off the "FACES" book with the following quote:

"The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from her eyes because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides." - Unknown author
 

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Dispute not

For the past couple of weeks, I have been fiddling with trying to get my old Vista-driven PC to work on the internet. I wasn't able to get signed in to much of anything. After a few days at the local repair shop, I got it back but the antivirus I had been using (AVG) seemed to be the problem. The tech installed a different AV but I could not get it to work at home either. So I took all antivirus s/w off and the computer seemed to work much better. Only problem was I was left without some protection from hackers. After some discussion, the wife and I decided to get new desktops for internet connectivity and use the old machines for her writing and my photography.
Well I now have the new machine up and running (w/Windows 10), installed my antivirus s/w, and things seem to be percolating along. I added a 2-port switch that allows me to have only one keyboard, mouse and display and I picked up the new desktops on sale for $100 off retail.
But I now have to switch between machines to do my blog since I don't trust being without an aintivrus on the old PC. So, for a while, I am going to post from a book I produced on blurb.com a couple of years ago. It is called "FACES" and each image in the book has a quote I found that seems to create a story with that particular image. This first photo is from when I was covering a Florida state representative at a townhall meeting. This woman was very animated when posing her question and the quote I found is from William Shakespeare's "Richard III".

"Dispute not with her; she is lunatic."


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Friday, July 21, 2017

Rainy Weather

I have set aside the Nikon (trying to sell on ebay) and am considering selling the Fuji X-E1 body. All my Nikon and Fuji lenses have been sold and all I have to shoot with right now is the Fuji X100S and a Yashica Electro35 GS film rangefinder. I am considering maybe selling the X100S and shooting nothing but good old Kodak Tri-X film for the rest of my life. While I would probably occasionally develop the film myself, most of the time I would probably send it to Dewayne's Photo for developing and scanning. I still have my Nikon Coolscan 5000 that I could put back into service so that is another option.
But on to today's blog entry. This image is from a rainy day down on the square. Again, it is cropped quite a bit from the image I was able to get on the X100S. But the 16 megapixel sensor handles the cropping quite well in my opinion. I am still able to print 8-inch x 12-inch prints on my Epson R2400 and come away with something that works for me. They also translate quite well to prints for books that I have been assembling on blurb.com.


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Sunday, July 9, 2017

UNLOADING

Here is one more from the Nikon gear that is being sold. What I really learned from having this gear is that, for the most part, the Fuji mirrorless will cover most of the way I am shooting now. This shot was made at a focal length of 75mm (112mm in full frame) so I could have gotten this shot with the 85mm lens I still have.
This is another one that is under consideration for inclusion in the "Pairs" theme that is ongoing.


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Thursday, July 6, 2017

SHOWTIME!

From a Carnival cruise from early in 2016. Taken with the Fuji X100S. Earlier this year, I took ONLY the X100S on a cruise. It was an interesting challenge to take just one camera with a fixed lens but I will probably do it again!


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Monday, July 3, 2017

To crop or not!

While testing the D2H, I took this shot of a cook in a local restaurant through a window. I am torn between leaving it full frame to give a better idea of the surroundings and cropping down a little to get a better look at the cook's expression.
Here is the full frame image is on the left and the cropped on the right.



Personally, I think both work for different reasons but I am not sure which one I would print. I guess it would depend on my mood that day....
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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Decision made.....

I have made my decision concerning the Nikon D2H and Nikkor 18-200mm superzoom. I am reselling the items on eBay. The camera/lens combination performed flawlessly but it is just too much camera. I used a pair of these bodies (and also the 18-200mm superzoom) when I was contracted to a weekly newspaper and it was great. But the capabilities of this camera (great autofocus and AF tracking, short shutter lag, 8 fps, 1/8000 second shutter speed, 25 RAW shots in a burst, etc.) are much more than I need at this point in my photographic life. Along with the Nikon gear, I am also selling my Nikkor 1,8/85mm lens, a Fuji XF 1,4/35mm lens and a Sekonic light meter. All of this stuff is getting or will get very little use in my retirement. I am considering renting a Fuji 18-135mm lens to use with my X-E1 to see if that is a combination that I might want. I have always liked the capabilities of the Nikkor 18-200mm lens and I am hoping the Fuji lens will do the same. If that does not excite me, I plan on trying the conversion lenses for my X100S (wide (28mm) and tele (50mm). That set up would be similar to the one film camera I still own, a Yashica Electro35 GS rangefinder which has a pair of conversion lenses. All that being said, let's move on to today's image.
This is one from the Nikon gear that would have required more cropping with the Fuji cameras. It was shot at the extreme telephoto end (200mm) of the Nikkor. It may make the "Pairs" theme mainly because I like the shadow and light between the two people and I also like the fact that the man is in loose attire where the woman is showing off her curves with form-fitting clothing. Add in the backpack and her trunk of a purse and everything balances.


On another note, I always liked the out-of-focus areas that the Nikkor lens produced - soft enough to not draw any real detailed attention but enough to where the viewer could get a sense of the surroundings. That is one of the items I will be looking at with the Fuji lens and, for me, it is an important item.
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