Feb 032014

Slush №1

Slush №1
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Panasonic DMC-FZ40; f3 @ 1/60 sec, ISO 100 (handheld);
Focal length: 6.1mm (35mm EFL)

Slush №2

Slush №2
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Panasonic DMC-FZ40; f4.5 @ 1/125sec, ISO 80 (handheld);
Focal length: 12.6mm (70mm EFL)

Walking in Chicago winters, I spend a lot of time looking down.

Jul 182013

Laundry Day ©2013 by April Siegfried

It’s curious to realize I posted a similar photograph in July of 2010, but there was no conscious intent to replicate the scene. Both were shot after attending workshops in Miksang Level 1, but I much prefer the clarity of the second image. Same place, different time…

Nikon D300; 1/45 sec @ f4.2, ISO 1000 (handheld);
18-200 mm f/3.5–5.6 @ 38mm (57mm EFL); focus distance .89m

Aug 232012

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  1. A period of public revelry at a regular time each year…
  2. An exciting or riotous mixture of something.

Chicago is famous for its neighborhoods, and this reflection was photographed during the annual art fair held in ours last weekend. The event was definitely a “riotous mixture” of arts and crafts, food ranging from pizza through Ethiopian stew, and dancing in the streets to three (loud!) sound stages performing different styles of music all at once.

Nikon D300; 1/90 sec @ f5.6, ISO 200 (handheld);
70-300 mm f/4.5–5.6 @ 145mm (217mm EFL); focus distance 3m

Dec 062011

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The other day I visited an exhibition of Charles James fashion design at the Chicago History Museum. Though photography wasn’t allowed in that exhibit, it was elsewhere. At some point I realized I didn’t have to absorb the information displays, but instead could simply enjoy the surroundings. This image is of one space that drew my eye.

You have to love a stabilized lens in low light! Too, DxO Optics Pro does a great job of noise reduction during RAW processing.

Nikon D300; f5.3 @ 1/45 sec, ISO 3200 (handheld);
18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 95mm (142mm EFL); focus distance 10.59m

Aug 302011

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Walking the streets before sunrise on my way to the lakefront, the colors in this image are as seen! It was only after returning home that I realized I’ve passed this window many times, and the blind is white.

I wonder what was shining through from behind…

Nikon D300; f4.5 @ 1/90 sec, ISO 3200 (handheld);
18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 40mm (60mm EFL); focus distance 1.12m

Jun 122011

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A red car, green leaves, and blue overcast light: RGB!

Peering through foliage to find a clear shot, the in-camera square format helped convey an impression of tapestry as I saw it.

But, the highly saturated complimentary colors created some nasty fringing around the edges of the leaves—challenge a lens/confuse the sensor. 😉 After trying several correction methods found online, I made up a solution for this particular image. In Photoshop:

  1. Select the red background, Invert to select the leaves, and Stroke > Outside with a pixel width to cover the fringe.
  2. Because the red changes in value from light-to-dark, top-to-bottom, create a selection from the stroke and fill with a gradient of light-to-dark red using the Eyedropper to sample hues.
  3. Add a Gaussian blur to further help blend, and;
  4. A little high-pass sharpening on the edges to finish.

This result isn’t quite print-ready, but with some refinement I think it could be. Getting it to print within gamut, however, is likely another thing altogether.

Panasonic DMC-FZ40; f4 @ 1/50 sec, ISO 400 (handheld);
Focal length: 45.6mm (299mm EFL)

May 172011

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Exploring the idea of simplicity, “…where form and space produce strong contrasts—where the experience of the form is heightened because of the space around it.”

Nikon D300; f9.5 @ 1/180 sec, ISO 400 (handheld);
18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 112mm (168mm EFL); focus distance 33.5m

May 152011

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I seem to have a “thing” for blinds…

To block reflections, this was photographed with the lens pressed flat against the window—a trick I learned from a video interview with Jay Maisel.

Nikon D300; f5.6 @ 1/125 sec, ISO 3200 (handheld);
105mm f/2.8 @ 40mm (60mm EFL); focus distance .71m

May 092011

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Nikon D300; f9.5 @ 1/180 sec, ISO 2000 (handheld);
18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 112mm (168mm EFL); focus distance 1.12m