"For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity or perception to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication." Friedrich Nietzsche

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Prime Examples


I just ordered a new brush (lens) for my photographs. A prime 24mm Nikon f2.8. Should be here by the end of the week.   I love working with primes. They really force you to think and get pro active about framing. If you want a wider shot you step back, if you want a close you just get real close. Zoom with the feet!
In the two shots above (shot with a prime 50mm f1.4) I was just a few feet away.
Because I shot these wide open at f1.4 you can see the lovely bokeh effect in the background. These kinds of wide apertures (f1.2, 1.4, 2)  are pretty expensive when you get into zooms - sometimes thousands of dollars but much more affordable with primes.   
The two shots of Dacia above are a couple of my favorites from last summer. We were in bright sun and I had an umbrella set up with the flash but on these I just turned off the flash and placed the umbrella between the sun and Dacia and got a beautiful soft light. Using ISO 200 with a shutter speed of 1/400.
Can't wait to try out the 24mm - will post shots as soon as they're available.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Hamilton Pool



I took my 12 year old son to Hamilton Pool today. He'd never been there. He said it was "the most amazing thing he's every seen." Well, that's cool. In the summertime people are floating in the pool on rubber tires, some strewn on the miniscule beach listening to music and all things "beachy"...but it's February and hardly anyone was there. A couple came through but most of the time it was just us. Not planning to do any shooting, I  had my Nikon D70 in the back seat and so that was what I used.  The camera was fitted with a Nikon 28-80mm f3.3 lens, probably Nikon's cheapest lens ever. They sold for about 99 dollars back around 2000.I paid 30 dollars for it. I think they made about a million of these things.  It has a look of it's own or at least that's what I keep telling myself. Every lens paints light a different way and I like the way this one sees things especially on the close up. If you click on the bottom one of the trees you'll see it depicts light in a very natural way. 
 
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Monday, February 6, 2012

Teal Skull

"Teal Skull" was a shot  I had posted on some other sites. I didn't publish here because I thought it was a bit too macabre. But I received a lot of positive feedback on the other sites so I'll include it here. Go figure. It was shot with available light on a very cloudy day on the side of the house at ISO 400 with my old 50mm f1.4 lens (70's) at f1.4, thus the very shallow depth of field, 1/50th of a second.. For the curious-yes, I did paint the skull with very diluted blue acrylic paint for no particular reason. Go figure. I do love the bokeh in the top left quadrant of the photo.

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