Aug 022011

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…which so easily go unnoticed in our everyday life.

This was photographed in morning light while making the bed on vacation in a “Mountain Hideaway”.

I’m discovering that it’s easier to notice such details when on vacation.  🙂

Now my question is how to view everyday life as an ongoing vacation, which one source defines as “an extended period of recreation.” That seems especially apt!

Panasonic DMC-FZ40; f4.5 @ 1/30 sec, ISO 400 (handheld);
Focal length: 10.2mm (67mm EFL)

Jul 192011

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Photographed in my hotel in Boulder, Colorado while attending the Miksang Institute Summer Program. I’ve ordered a metal print* for our bathroom at home. 🙂

*I’ve never tried a metal print before. This is coming from, and I’ll let you know how it turns out!

Nikon D300; f8 @ 1/60 sec, ISO 3200 (handheld);
18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 170mm (255mm EFL); focus distance 2.24m

Apr 252011

Panasonic DMC-FZ40; f3.5 @ 1/60 sec, ISO 200 (handheld);
Focal length: 19.7mm (119mm EFL)

This is the second capture of a scene photographed in my office three days earlier. While processing the first (shown to the right), I looked over at the same setting under similar light and thought “Hmmm, this isn’t what that was about.”

For the first, I was using a macro lens and emphasis is placed on the cord pull within its surroundings. For the second, I used my Lumix set to the 16:9 format. Now, emphasis is not so much on the cord pull but rather on the vertical pattern of light and line which originally caught my attention.

Feb 262011

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I love the Neotec tripod.

Walking upstairs the other evening in our home, I was stopped by color in this scene. Light from the setting sun was changing rapidly, so I ran down to grab my camera which was already mounted on the tripod with a cable release attached. It took no time to find the right vantage point and set the legs on different steps. Even working that quickly, there was time for only two exposures before the moment was gone.

Noise was a problem during post-processing, despite in-camera long-exposure noise reduction. I exposed for highlights to capture the window as I saw it—spot meter +2EV—and let shadows fall where they may. In hindsight, to “expose right” even further and darken later would have been a better approach. Then, however, I’d have to rely on memory as a reference and try not to fall into the trap of opening everything up for detail.

Nikon D300; f9.5 @ 20sec, ISO 200 (tripod);
18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 44mm (66mm EFL); focus distance 5.96m