Day 251 (8 Sep 2012) Snow White, or A Child’s Tale

As you probably know, I try to participate in as many of the photo challenges SeeingSpotsPhotography hosts/co-hosts, as they are fun, and almost always push the envelope of my skills and/or creativity level.  This month’s challenge was “to bring to life an image that represents both details from your favorite childhood tale AND your feeling about that part of the tale.”

After polling friends on Facebook for ideas, I settled on something to do with Snow White.  I picked the scene where the step mother/witch gives Snow the poised apple.  That was always the saddest part of the movie; betrayal by her own family.  These day’s that part is sadly not limited to a fairy tale; thousands of children are betrayed by their own families: violence, abuse, irresponsible decisions, etc.  Even in “good” families children are often neglected by parents who put career/success before family.  I do believe that most parents’ intent is to provide the best childhood for their kids, but never learned from their parents the best methods and are perpetuating the mistakes.  One thing I’m doing, well before I get married and start a family, is reading books about family, raising kids, being a good husband/man, and talking to/observing families I know.  I know I won’t be perfect, but I hope to build upon the many good things I learned from my parents and go forth from there.

Anyway, I didn’t intend to go off on a tangent, but anyway, here are the two images I created today.  I “like” the first one the best for this challenge, but the second is good too.  Which one do you think I should submit?  I’m also open to suggestions on editing these (not gonna reshoot), if you think a different technique could help them.

 2012_Sep_08_Apple - Snow White_016

2012_Sep_08_Apple - Snow White_025

I had a different idea, but ended up getting home too late last night after the fair to try the idea I had with my friend, so I did this all solo; tripod, infrared remote, flashlight, and a bit of thread to hold the apple.

Day 96 (5 April 2012) An iPod Autopsy

This evening I didn’t have a subject in mind for today’s photo/blog post, so I started rummaging through drawers looking for interesting objects to shoot.  I came across my fist iPod from about 10 years ago.  It is the one w/ the four touch buttons under the screen, black and white, and a 15 GB hard drive.  I remember thinking how tiny it was to hold so much music.  It was great to have with me on deployments on my submarine while I was in the navy.  As you can imagine space is a premium and I was used to packing a Diskman, batteries, a battery charger, and two cases of CDs.  Replacing all that with something the size of a deck of cards was amazing!

But anyway, it had died about 5 years ago.  Being a pack-rat, I held onto it for some reason, i’m sure.  But today I decided I wanted to see the inside.  So I took it apart carefully (mostly) and took some shots to share.

The third shot I wanted to have a little fun with, so I tried playing with split toning.  I didn’t really know what it did, but I’ve got a great idea how it works now 🙂

iPod Autopsy

60 mm, 1/25 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (iPod Autopsy)

Apple Chips

60 mm, 1/25 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (Apple Chips)

Apple Guts

60 mm, 1/25 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (Apple Guts)

Day 66 (6 March 2012) Hunger

Today I wanted to experiment with my close-up lenses some more.  And I wanted to eat pie.  So, why not do both?  I also tried shooting the coffee grounds still in the coffee maker and the aluminium foil that was covering the pie.  Sad thing is that writing about it makes me want to get another piece!  I think  you’ll want one, too!

Apple Pie

34 mm & 10x lens, 1/25 sec, f/5.6, ISO 800, 15-55mm kit lens (Apple Pie)


18 mm, 1/20 sec, f/5.6, ISO 800, 18-55mm kit lens (Hungry)


55 mm & 10x lens, 1/15 sec, f/5.6, ISO 3200, 18-55mm kit lens (Coffee)


55 mm & 10x lens, 1/15 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400, 18-55mm kit lens (Foiled)

Day 41 (10 Feb 2012) Happy Fruit

I was just messing around with my tripod/camera and thought it would be fun to play with my food.  Nothing spectacular today, it was fun to try using my tripod in a different way (pointing down from a low hight).

Happy Fruit

30 mm, 3.2 sec, f/11, ISO 100, Canon 18-55mm kit lens (Happy Fruit)

( fruit )

25 mm, 3.2 sec, f/11, ISO 100, Canon 18-55mm kit lens ( fruit )