May 152014

Sometimes I get all tied up in knots about my images. Is it interesting enough to shoot, good enough to share? Is that really the color I saw when I was there?

And sometimes it’s fun to just relax and play.

Here I came across someone else’s playtime, but I got to enjoy it too.

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Nikon D300; f11, ISO 200 (handheld);
AF-S Nikkor 18-200 mm f/3.5–5.6 G ED

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

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.

Jan 222011

On the Tarmac №1
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Lumix DMC-FZ40; f5 @ 1/80sec, ISO 80 (handheld);
Focal length: 16.6mm (91mm EFL)

On the Tarmac №2
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Lumix DMC-FZ40; f5 @ 1/160sec, ISO 80 (handheld);
Focal length: 35.3mm (196mm EFL)

Photographed through an airplane window as the wings were deiced, color first caught my eye on this gray day. Then I noticed the interlocking shapes and lines.

Jan 022011

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Seen the day after Christmas—red and white!

Nikon D300; f8 @ 1/125sec, ISO 200 (handheld);
18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 90mm (135mm EFL); subject distance 14.96m

Jan 022011

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Walking behind stores of a small shopping mall in Asheville, North Carolina, the hues and patterns of this door to a loading bay caught my eye through the falling snow.

I’m grateful to each of you who took the time to stop by this past year—for your comments and encouragement. Happy New Year, everyone!

Nikon D300; f8 @ 1/180sec, ISO 900 (handheld);
18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 200mm (300mm EFL); subject distance 14.96m

Oct 132010

Arching milkweed tufts artfully arranged on the ground.

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Just the other day… I spent a happy three hours of the morning taking photographs in a nearby park which features wetlands and a lagoon. I was surprised to discover over a hundred geese “sleeping”  in the marsh  before sunrise. Panning to capture geese in takeoff will take a lot more practice to pull off well. 😉

Meanwhile, here’s one scene I photographed while looking down instead of up.

Lumix DMC-FZ40; f/5.6 @ 1/50sec, ISO 400 (handheld);
Focal length: 25mm (139mm EFL)

Sep 282010

Horizontal lines of a colorful rusted door and concrete.

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The graphic lines and complementary colors of blue and orange attracted me to this subject in an alley.

It might look well printed on metallic paper, and tie into the series of doors I photographed awhile back in the catacombs of Savannah.

Edit October 2, 2010: I replaced the original image with another, attempting to bring out more color and contrast. Following is version 1 for comparison—change is more obvious in the larger versions:

Horizontal lines of a colorful rusted door and concrete.

Nikon D300; f/6.7 @ 1/125sec, ISO 3200 (handheld);
18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 40mm (60mm EFL); subject distance 2.24m