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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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Self parking

Happened on this truck parked in the entranceway to a local bbq spot. Did not go over to see why (should have!) but it must have been a delivery of some sort.
This was shot with a 1972 Yashica Electro35 GS that my dad bought in London while visiting my sister and her Air Force husband.


The film (Tri-X @ ISO400) was processed in Kodak HC-110 developer, dilution B, for seven minutes then scanned with a Nikon Super Coolscan 5000.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Up and down

Happened on a work crew replacing some lights on the town square. Caught this one as one guy was coming down on the lift while the other was working at the base of the light pole.


Just another possible for my "PAIRS" theme.
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Sunday, September 23, 2018

The Slant

I finally got around to developing some Tri-X film last week. I had not realized how long it had been since I exposed the oldest roll. It had been at least TWO years that four of the six rolls had been sitting in stainless steel tanks. It had been so long that I had to get fresh chemicals.
Anyway, this shot was taken just off the town square where an old manufacturing plant, that had been sitting vacant since I moved here, had been renovated for business and future apartments. When I first scanned the image it really confused me. The guys look like they are standing straight but the building is slanted. I really wondered what I was thinking when I hit the shutter button. The building is on a downward sloping street and one level sits below street level. With that the case, the railing the guys are leaning on also slopes downward from left to right. I only took this one shot and now realize I should have taken a second image with the building level. BUT, with the use of photoshop, I rotated the image and found that I did not like that composition as much as this one. I am sure it has to do with all the diagonal lines created by the building and windows so I stuck with this view.



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Saturday, September 22, 2018

A ball in hand

Grabbed this of my son as he was collecting some balls at a recent high school volleyball game where his two daughters play. Thought the timing of this shot with the ball in the air was kinda cool.


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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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