Friday, July 31, 2009
I've joined a group of photographers that participate in "Friday Shoot Out". A topic is given and one has to post that theme on Friday. The theme this week is 'Eating Outside'. I'm new to this group so I hope I did the assignment correctly.
Yesterday, a beautiful day, was the perfect day to eat outside. Nothing says summer more than watermelon! Here, my niece and I have fun trying to capture this summer time tradition.
Below is a photo taken on Friday for another project I am involved in. For those who have not yet caught onto my blog, this challenge is to take a photo every day for 365 days in a row. Unlike yesterday, today was rainy...AGAIN. Passing by the tennis courts I was struck by the midday fog forming over the warm courts.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Recently, I traveled to the Finger Lake Region of NY. I found it very difficult to capture the lakes, with the sun reflecting off the surface. I found it challenging to capture the colors in the sky and in the landscape during the brightest part of the day. Sometimes we photographers just can't be at a place at the perfect time of the day, so we do our best. These were my best on that day.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Traveling back to Cortland was a big thrill for me as I never really took pictures of the place. I have pictures of friends and fun; however, I never took photos of the places that were important to me. The two houses shown were my first two apartments ever and the only two I lived in at Cortland. The bars and restaurants are good memories along with the academic buildings of course. It was a good trip. I had gone back a number of years ago but I think it was too soon as I was filled with sadness then. I think I still wanted to be in college! Now, no sadness at all. I'm WAY too old to think I would be a college student walking around campus and living the college life. Cortland is one of the places I stopped to visit in the last few days. I will tell more later about my other trip. Incidentally, the New York Jets are making Cortland their summer training city. A big thrill for Cortland! A bigger thrill for me if the team was the Washington Redskins, but I'm happy for Cortland nonetheless.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
First Photo- Exactly as I saw it
Second Photo- Blk/Wht with a infrared filter
Third Photo- Super Saturated and Contrast
There is a place, on my way to the gym, that seems to be setting out a new "old car" every few weeks to sell. I have photographed two of these vehicles so far. Thank you to those people! They have no idea how much help I am getting for this photo-blog contest. Also, I'm learning to wake up early because by 11 the sun is gone! Soon I will be photographing boats! Have a good day!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
My mini-assignment for Thursday is to photograph buttons. Well I found ONE button in an old drawer!
I decided early on that I would create modern art with the theme of buttons. In the background is a photo
of what appears to be many buttons of various sizes. That is a trick of multiple exposure and zooming in and out to
generate different sizes. On top of that background are various photos that I took with that same button. Here I used
filters of various types including cloning, bubble wrap, swirling and texture. I'm sure I won't win an award with my
concept; however, with one button, I think I did pretty well. I look forward to seeing what the other photo-group
participants came up with!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Above, I tried to place the butterfly in the corner to take advantage of the shape of a butterfly's wings. Not bad, considering how quickly I had to snap the shutter! Not sure if I'm explaining myself well or if you can see what I tried to do? Below I inverted the butterfly on Photoshop. I think this trick works well with metallic objects and black and white photos; however, I like this image nonetheless.
Finally, I chose to create an image of the entire butterfly with no alteration whatsoever. I had so many other ideas but wouldn't you know the butterfly had better things to do! I took about twenty five images in 30 seconds. I also would have preferred if the butterfly had landed on a flower or something more attractive but again the subject doesn't always cooperate! An unlikely find at Walgreens, this butterfly was flying around a construction area. Who cares that all those workers wondered what the hell I was doing...get back to work!
The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough. ~Rabindranath Tagore
Sunday, July 19, 2009
A beautiful hike today near Duanesburg. A "short" hike and reasonably flat, this was enjoyable. All I did with the photo above and below is to slow the shutter speed a bit. With no tripod, getting the photos sharp took some patience as I braced the camera on rocks, logs, etc.
The photo above shows the larger of the two falls. Beyond that log is a swimming hole which was being enjoyed by a woman who wouldn't have appreciated me taking her photo. I had to get down low and photograph with the log in my view. It is such a small space I doubt that I would have been able to get the entire waterfall had I moved closer, so it all worked out.