Saturday, June 30, 2018

Chevy El Camino

I was just walking around off the town square when I grabbed this shot. I have been by this market several times and taken a number of images but none that I thought were worth keeping.
When I took this shot, I really did not think it would be a keeper. But as I looked at it in edit, I felt some stirrings from decades back. Why? Mainly because of the seventies-era (I think) Chevy El Camino parked in front. It kinda reminded me of growing up in the South.


With the newer SUV kinda blocked by the foreground tree, I find this image a little more appealing than others I have taken. I really need to stop in the market one day and just talk to the owners.
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Thursday, June 28, 2018

No redeeming value

Sometimes it is good to hit the shutter even if the image has no story to tell or any other redeeming values. This is one of those images. I was just sitting outside the local coffeeshop that I go to about once a week drinking a fruit smoothie. It was a nice day in the shade with a slight breeze but I just was not inspired.
One of the things I miss about my fast 80-200mm zoom is being able to have a soft out-of-focus background. With that lens and a fast shutter speed (my Nikon D2H had a top shutter speed of 1/8000 second), I could shoot in bright sunlight without a problem. The Fuji X100S I use these days has a leaf shutter so that a f2.0 I am restricted to a top shutter speed of 1/1000 second. But the X100S has an advantage of a 3-stop neutral density filter so that even in bright sunlight I can often get the shutter speed in a usable range.


But, as I said this image has little redeeming value. I just focused on the chair across from me and waited for someone to enter the frame. This woman stopped to look through some items on sale at the boutique next door. So I hit the shutter just to see what the image would look like.
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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

OBLIVIOUS!

Grabbed this shot at a local festival over three years ago and just happened on it recently. These teens seemed oblivious to their surroundings.


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Need to try again

Saw this in a cubbyhole outside a new record shop in the square. This shot, on further reflection, doesn't really convey any sense of anything. Will try again to get something that might be more appealing. Maybe going a little wider (28mm?) will do this trick along with a different angle. Will try a couple of different viewpoints. Will try one looking toward the entrance to the shop and one looking out toward the street and surrounding area. Getting the "FREE RECORDS" sign is mandatory.


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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Have a seat!

Arrived on the square and found this chair. There was no reason for this chair to be there so I started taking a few random shots of it. A guy came walking by and asked what I was doing and I just pointed at the chair. A minute or so later as I was in my fourth position moving around the chair I noticed another man crossing the street and walking toward me. I took two shots of him and I think this one is the better of the two. I see this as a possible inclusion in the "Pairs on the Square" theme.


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Saturday, June 23, 2018

One more

One more from our cruise last month. This image was taken at dinner in the main dining room about midway through the cruise and the head waiter at another table was joking with her guests. She was very animated and the couple were just beginning to laugh when I grabbed this shot.


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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A wider composition

Another I am considering for the "PAIRS" theme I am continuing to work on. This is a wider composition than most of the images as I have tried to adhere to the old photo adage to "fill the frame." As the war photographer Robert Capa once said, "if your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough."
But, on some level, this one seems to work for me. The viewer in this case needs to spend some time to review the image to get the point of it.


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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Learning experience

I missed the better shot of this mother and her son. He was buying a Hot Wheels model car and he was doing the scanning and paying. Just seconds before, she had picked him up so he could put his money in the slot to pay. But my Fuji X100S was in sleep mode which it is always slow to recover from. When I was working as a news photographer, my Nikons would almost instantly turn on when I tapped the shutter button.
But that was then and this is NOW! I have to pay more attention and be ready for the shot.


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Monday, June 18, 2018

BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING!

I have been photographing on our town square now for over five years but had not noticed the proliferation of closed circuit cameras watching. I knew there were some cameras around but this one corner boasts four ,all pointing in different directions.


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Sunday, June 17, 2018

ALL SMILES!

One of the reasons we like to cruise is the crew members we get to meet. Juanita from Columbia was removing some lunch plates when she spotted me taking photos of her at work. She came over and we talked a few minutes while I took a few more snaps of her. I had forgotten my business cards with my email but offered to send her a copy of the photo via email. So she wrote down my email and promised to follow up with me.


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