Saturday, October 27, 2018

Too busy?

Sitting in my usual coffee shop drinking hot chocolate, I looked up and saw these people within a frame. At the time I thought I would be a good street image but, upon further reflection, it seems too busy with no particular main subject to focus on.


I do like the similar posture of the two guys on the left but neither keeps my attention. I wonder how I could make this better....
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Friday, October 26, 2018

Standing Room Only?

Just trying to see things a little different these days with the wide adapter in place on my X100S. I have seen this guy on several occasions at the coffee shop I frequent. When he first arrived, he took a table against the wall next to mine. Then he moved across the room when another table opened up (not sure why, I did take a shower that morning!). A little after his move, I noticed he was standing rather than sitting. Thought it made an interesting composition with the 28mm focal length.


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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Market Shenanigans

My wife and I were doing some grocery shopping and were just heading to checkout when I noticed this group. I thought maybe there was a shot (I had the Fuji X100S with the WCL-X100 adapter) would be worth trying. As the group got closer, one of them stood on the front of the cart. Since I knew I needed to get closer all I could do was hope the person would stay there. While I still need improvement, I was able to catch a shot that has some dynamics to it. All of the people in the shot create a slight diagonal line to help lead the eye through the image.


While I still need to continue to work this effort, it is nice to see some improvement. While I did not consciously see the diagonal that was created until I saw it on the computer, I do hope my subconscious picked up on it.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Better lucky than good

When I first opened this shot in Photoshop, I thought I had gotten lucky.
I was working on trying out the handheld method of shooting from the hip to get a lower point of view. I had the WCL-X100 adapter lens on the X100S, set the aperture to f8, ISO to 200, and zone focused at approximately 7 feet. What I think happened here was that I had inadvertently jerked the camera when I hit the shutter button which just happened to track the direction of the woman.
While she is not tack sharp, the movement of the camera at close range was just enough to track her at the slow shutter speed of 1/75 second.


It is obvious that I still need some more practice with this technique but I like the lower POV. Obviously I need to carry the camera more level (although I do like all the diagonal lines produced here) and get a more comfortable grip so I do not jerk the camera. I also need to pay attention to what my settings are. A higher shutter speed would have helped with the camera movement a little.
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Friday, October 12, 2018

"Some may never return"

With the devastation in the Florida Panhandle this week from Hurricane Michael, I thought this photo from my coverage of Hurricane Katrina to be apropos. I had traveled to Mississippi with some of our South Walton firefighters as they sought to assist some Mississippi firefighters rebuild their home. The headline in the local newspaper said it all.
For places like Mexico Beach and points east in the Panhandle, I am sure some people will never return.


This photo along with several others was part of a two-page spread in the Walton Sun.
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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Focused

Not really sure why I took this shot. Seemed like the thing to do at the time.


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Monday, October 8, 2018

Having a BALL!

A shot of a theater production on my wife's birthday cruise on Carnival Sunshine. This was a production called "Studio VIP" which included interaction with the audience. It really made for a toe-tapping performance!
This was shot with a Fuji X100S with a TCL adapter attached. Really had started getting used to the 50mm FOV. What I really like about this shot is the one person in the audience in the lower left corner of the image. As another cruise approaches, I am considering getting a second X100S to permanently mount the WCL adapter on. Love the idea of having two focal lengths when in port and the weight with the pair would be less than my old Nikon D2H with the 18-200mm lens mounted. Granted I lose the long end of the Nikon lens with my Fujis but I have started to learn to live with that. After all, if a single camera and 50mm lens was good enough for Henri Cartier-Bresson, I should be satisfied with a couple of bodies and two focal lengths!




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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Left turn here

Just thought this was a funny shot. Took it a couple of years ago with a Yashica Electro35 GS on Tri-X film. Finally got around to developing the film (HC-110, dilution B) a week or so ago.


This street has been reconfigured in recent months so that the turn lane no longer exists.
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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Stripes

Another image that caught my eye. The stripes in her dress was the first thing I saw as she got out of her car. She walked over to a local jewelry store waiting for it to open for business. About that time, the guy came on the square and parked his bike as he arrived for work at a local restaurant. I probably should have tried for a deeper DOF but he left before I had a chance.


Even without the deeper DOF this shot may work for the "PAIRS" theme.
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Saturday, September 29, 2018

A simple image

I have a guy whose facebook page I read every morning. By his own admission, he is a simple man and writes about simple things such as the common people he meets and learns their stories which, while simple things happening to ordinary people, come across as the stories that stir our souls.
As photographers, in our quest to get that next "iconic" photo, we often overlook the simple things. That has been my quest with my "Pairs on the Square" effort. But what about the simple images?
Today is just a simple shot of my first great-granddaughter as she reaches for the camera. Just a simple shot that will mean nothing to anyone except family. It will probably not get a second glance on my flickr stream and that is ok.
For me, her inquisitiveness here is enough to make me smile.


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