"For the artist communication with nature remains the most essential condition. The artist is human, himself nature, part of nature within natural space." Paul Klee

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Missing Colors

Here are some colors from this past spring and summer. New color adventures are around the corner...and I can't wait. Not much to say this time except I hope you're enjoying the images.

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sunday Morning Drive

I was out on a Sunday morning drive looking for something to photograph. Mmm..what would come my way? I pass this low water point on a back road and I was trying to keep my eye on the road and also peeled for some interest and then this sight flashed by me on my right so I went up the road a piece until I could safely turn around...the road was two lane with sharp turns and hills.
The rock formations are what first caught my interest. Then a lot of other things started to fall into place.

I used my D80 with the 28-80mm 3.3 with a Cokin polarizer. The shutter speeds were from 125 to 160 with f stops hovering around 5.6/6.3/7.1, ISO 200.

I made a mental note that I must return with a film camera...perhaps bring out the 120.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Fall Colors are Getting Close

That time of year is almost upon us. When the chlorophyll has vanished from the leaves and vegetation and all the other spectacular colors appear. Perusing my shots from last year, some of my favorites came around the end of November beginning of December...just 8-10 weeks away!!

This shot was on December 1st of last year. D80 at ISO 400 @ 5.3 1/100th of a sec with the lens at 100mm.

I love the last gasp of red and purple against the decaying blackness underneath. It definately signifies change...a visual reminder of the motion of the seasons and the passage of time. Can't wait.
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Monday, September 20, 2010

Go Home Go Chrome

OK, sure digital is nice. And it does have a lot of advantages. But the look of film still reigns. At least in my heart of visual hearts. It may not be practical now with the photographic market the way it is. Most magazines want 21mp files of your work. That means expensive cameras, expensive storage, time consumed on a computer, etc.
The light table, the lupe, the colors of Kodak and Fuji, the touchy feely thing. Oh yeah. I have slide film in all my film cameras right now. A couple of 35s and a 120. I'm gonna have to go out there and satisfy my need. Yup, I'm gonna shoot film for the next couple of months. Not to get it out of my system...that won't happen but just to get that "feel". If you're a film person you know what I mean.

Not going to stash the digital stuff away no that will go out in the field, too. But I just need to be able to pick up an original. Something that came out of the camera. You can't pick up a file. All the ones and zeros fall on the floor.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Fast Moving Colors

I don't know if it's just me...but it looks like this train is just whipping by. Actually it's parked. But I think the way I framed it with the door, the angle of the street reenforced by the angles of the lines all moving toward frame right makes it seem to be on the move.
Shot with the D80 at ISO 100 @f9 at 125th of a sec with color temperature custom set at 4800K.
Anytime there's big puffy clouds I get on the prowl looking for something to shoot. Love the way they always make the picture pop a little more by setting up solid contrasts.
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Warmer Architecture

OK, so I thought I should go ahead and post a little nicer building shot after yesterday's cold mausoleum photo. Actually it was a structure at a shopping mall. An old Sears or something- either closed, abandoned, or waiting for wrecking ball.

This shot was taken at sunset...the bldg was already a yellowish tone but the setting orange sun made it even more eye catching and the bright clear blue sky didn't hurt.

I think there maybe even a little Andrea Palladio here...mmmm?

Shot with the Nikon D80 set ISO 200 @ f5.6, 1/250th with the lens at a 27mm equivalent.

Monday, September 13, 2010

After the Rains

Since my last post of September 6. It rained for a couple of days last week dumping about 12 inches. Some of my usual haunts were under water. See the top of the car poking thru the water. I was on that particular street just a couple of days prior shooting.

So after getting soaked, boots caked in mud. I came up with some shots. Not much to crow about but hey I was out there sloshing around in it all like a Viking into the raging froth.
(I find it straining and most of the time unnecessary to title photographs) So for want of better titles, here goes;
Foggy Truck - yeah, that truck again. I had to see what it looked like in the rain. When I got out of the car my lens fogged up hence foggy truck.
Wet Stripes - waiting to cross the parking lot I noticed the rain gave these stripes some extra pop.
Strange Link - I'm not sure. Just some chain links on the wet ground. Man has left his mark again. This was out in the woods, will probably be there two hundred years from now.
Green Mossy - a sheet metal fence, sopping wet and green. This side never sees the sun.
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Monday, September 6, 2010

Just Shooting in the Rain

Tomorrow is supposed to be sopping wet. Now I love shooting after the rain...and sometimes while it's raining. I've been known to get soaked a few times. Yes, the camera is covered. I use one of the 1 gallon freezer bags. Fits well over my camera and allows room for my hands. Just remember to poke a hole for the lens. I will be on the look out for something wet and hopefully visually cool to shoot. It's not fall yet so I won't be getting the colors like this shot which was made last December during a good drenching.

This was with the D80 set at ISO 500, @ f4.8 for 1/40th of a second. So I will be out there sloshing around and maybe get something good enough to post. We'll see. Pun intended.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Old Point and Shoot

Today was an extremely bright day with big puffy white clouds. So I thought while driving around on errands I bring my point and shoot. The camera is a Canon Powershot SX100 that I purchased three years ago. I've carried this little guy all over the place. Canon makes exceptional P&Ss...so don't count these puppies out. They make great back up cameras. But if this was the only camera available I wouldn't complain. The auto ISO selected 80. The clock tower was f4 at 1/1250th of a second...whew!! I told you it was a bright day...and the Riviera Springs Clubhouse was f4 at 1/1000th. Added a little juice in P/S. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Til next time.