Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The evil eye

Of course, I AM kidding! This is another shot of my first great-granddaughter with her great grandmother (my wife!). As luck would have it, I happened to catch this precious little girl at a bad time resulting in the photo which had made me chuckle!


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Monday, September 17, 2018

All chiefts and one indian

We had a saying in the Navy that went like the title. It meant there were a lot of supervisors but only one REAL worker. I thought it applied for this image.


However, I did want to show an expanse of space but needed something to ground the image so I included the signs in the foreground.
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Sunday, September 16, 2018

PAIRS

Last week I swapped the TCL lens I had on the X100S for the WCL that I had not used since making the eBay buy a year ago. I thought I would try to do some zone focusing while shooting from the hip.
I walked around my usual spot on the town square and tried to visualize some street images. I saw this one coming and got a decent composition but I was initially put off by the tilt to the image. When I corrected the tilt in photoshop, it seemed too bland. So I left the tilt in.
Of course leaving the tilt adds some diagonal lines to the image which I found to be more appealing. 


I still need to work on really visualizing the image better as I needed to crop the image more than I thought I would. One of the reasons I am doing this effort is to try and get closer to the subjects before pressing the shutter. When I was a working news photographer, I had no problem getting close but now that I am just another amateur I seem to hesitate. Oh, well, practice makes perfect.
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Saturday, September 15, 2018

[sort of] A Family Portrait

Ever notice how sometimes you are so focused on your subject(s) that you do not notice the background until later in review?
That is the case here. I was shooting a volleyball game with my son's daughters are players. In my effort to try and get both of the girls in the shot, I lined up just in front of the back boundary. The server is his oldest (who also plays on a traveling team) and the blonde in front of her is her younger sister. What I did not notice at the time was that in the front row of the bleachers between the two girls was my son, his wife, and my wife (his mom).
So the shot becomes kind of an impromptu family portrait.



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Friday, September 14, 2018

Keep on trying

The title reminds me of the fish Dory in Disney's "Nemo" when Dory keeps saying "keep on swimming". I am going to try (and I emphasize "try") to post something either new or from my archives every day for a while.
For today's image, I decided on one that I caught two weeks ago. On initial edit, I almost deleted it. But this past week, I decided on a new challenge. Instead of using the telephoto adapter on my X100S (which had been mounted on the camera for the last year), I put on the wide angle adapter for a change of pace and decided to shoot with zone focusing and from the hip to get a different look. While this shot was with the telephoto adapter, shooting with a different tact got me to relook at this shot. A little cropping and I found something that worked for me. It was a slow enough shutter speed to show a little movement but gave me a different look than usual (at least usual for the past year). I will probably add this to my "PAIRS" series because it is different. I shot it from the hip and took a guess at my angle. While I thought it was wrong initially it, now it catches my eye.
What do you think?


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Thursday, September 13, 2018

DANCE DANCE DANCE

Got this shot at a theater production during our last cruise. Something about it reminds me of some of the dance TV shows back in the 50's and 60's. I like how two of the performers are in the spotlight and everyone else ( including a lot of the cruisers) are in the shadows.


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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Great grand

Went over to visit my daughter and her family recently and came away with a few shots I really like. This one, shot with the Fuji X100S and TCL-X100 lens attached, works for me. My daughter, on the left, was fairly close to me with her first granddaughter (my first greatgranddaughter hence the title) was right behind her. I like the softness of my daughter with the focus on the greatgranddaughter as she makes a statement. She just recently began walking so now the trouble starts!


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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

See through

Grabbed this shot while sitting alongside the Carnival Horizon, Carnival's newest ship. Just thought it made an interesting composition with the folks on the Lido deck around the pool and the one woman on the deck above at the railing.


I continue to be impressed with the Fuji X100S and the telephoto adapter lens. I call it my faux Leica and 50mm Summicron. Maybe at some point of enlargement a Leica camera with the 50mm Summicron is better but for the size I print the Fuji does well at up to 12"x18".
BUT I sometimes feel the need for another focal length. So I am looking for a second X100S body to add my wide angle adapter lens to and have a 28mm field of view.
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Monday, September 3, 2018

Sports with the X100S & TCL

After selling all my SLR/DSLR bodies and lenses in 2013 and then selling my Fuji X-E1 and lenses in favor of just the Fuji X100S and the two conversion lenses, I have been amazed at what this little camera can do.
When I was a working news photographer, the idea of shooting sports without my wide angle and telephoto zooms paired with a 2,8/300mm lens was unthinkable. However, then I was shooting a camera with either 35mm film or an 4MP APS-C sensor.
The Fuji X100S, that is now my sole digital camera, has a 16MP APS-C sensor which allows me to do things I thought were unthinkable back in my working days.
The image below was taken while I was watching my granddaughters play volleyball. It is a fairly severe crop (from roughly 16" wide x 11" high to 4.7" wide x 7.1" high) or roughly 20% or the original image. For screen display @ 96dpi, that is not an issue.



BUT I wondered would it be usable for print in, say, a newspaper @ 200dpi or a magazine @ 300dpi. So I tried it out. Using Photoshop CS6 along with Perfect Resize, Dfine, and Silver Efex, I manipulated the image and discovered that, at a NORMAL viewing distance, an 8" wide x 12" high image was easily doable.Today's cameras with their 36MP and higher full frame sensors easily outmatched any print or computer mediums.
So today's modern sensors are more than a match for just about any printed medium IMO. So let us forget about gear and technology and concentrate on getting the image to begin with.....
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Sunday, August 26, 2018

OPEN WIDE!

During a recent cruise stop in Curacao, my walkabout brought me to a long row building that appeared at one time to have been home to several businesses. Sadly, it was now abandoned but the long row had attracted the attention of graffiti artists. Some were quite attractive such as this one. I thought the use of the glass window in the door as an open mouth was a nice touch.


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