Day 344 (9 Dec 2012) Christmas Bokeh

Tonight I decided to try and get the shot I was trying to get the other night.  This was much better!

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Day 342 (7 Dec 2012) Christmas

Yesterday I had an idea for a shoot, and I had about an hour to set it up and execute before I had to leave for my evening plans.  Not realizing how late I would be out (hence why this post is coming out today, lol), I did some ‘test’ shots and would finish up after returning home.  Overall I’m happy with the concept and composition, but they are not quite right.  I had to so some selective editing in LR to get the lighting (close to) right.  I thinkI know how I need to modify the set up, so I’ll try again to get it right!

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Day 337 (2 Dec 2012) Christmas in Colchester

Tonight I wandered over to the Colchester Town Green to see our tree.  The tree that was decorated in the past was damaged during Hurricane Sandy and was removed after Thanksgiving and replaced with this one from the edge of the Green.  It’s a bit smaller, but still a beautiful tree!

I set up my camera with my 50mm f/1.8, radio trigger and tripod and just had fun!  It was a warm 50 F with minimal breeze, so I wasn’t in a hurry to be done and was able to enjoy myself out there!  There weren’t very many people out for me to get in the way of (or vice versa, lol), either. 🙂

I’m curious as to your thoughts on my interpretation of the scene.

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Self Portrait 
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Christmas Light

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Christmas Lights and Tree

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Christmas Tree

Day 335 (30 Nov 2012) Bokah

Nothing spectacular tonight; just trying to get some bokah practice in for when I can find a great outdoor Christmas tree 🙂  These were trees in a shopping center parking lot, strung with some white lights.

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Day 310 (5 Nov 2012) Runway Nights

This weekend I was out shooting with a friend and we drove by the Groton – New London Airport and she pointed out that at night the airport runway was lit with the blue lights marking the runway paths every night.  I had never even thought about that; I was surprised to learn it was open/lit at night; it is a very small regional airport.  So tonight I headed that way to see what it was like.

I did find the runway all lit up, and pulled over and set up my tripod right up near the fence.  As I was shooting, I was a little concerned that a police officer might pass by and tell me to stop.  Not that I was breaking any rules that I know of, but in this day and age, people can be paranoid.

Since there was no real foreground interest items to focus on, I decided to play with the focus and crop/composition to try and be creative.  In Lightroom, I played with the white balance and saturation to change the colors a bit.  I found that the level, in-focus shots were boring.  So I broke rules 🙂  You can see part of the fence I shot through, but I like what it does.

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Day 255 (12 Sep 2012) Bubbles!!

Today’s photos were fun and simple; simply a glass bowl full of soapy water, bubbles, my macro lens, and the sun shining through the window.  Of course using the straw to blow more/larger bubbles was the highlight 🙂  I may never grow up!  I think I saw something similar at one point on h2o by Joanna’s blog (she does all sorts of great work centered on the team of water).

Enjoy!

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60 mm, 1/40 sec, f/8, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (Bubble Colors)

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60 mm, 1/30 sec, f/4, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (White Colors)

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60 mm, 1/40 sec, f/8, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (Bubble Colors II)

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60 mm, 1/40 sec, f/8, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (Bubble Bokah)

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60 mm, 1/250 sec, f/8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Soapy)

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60 mm, 1/40 sec, f/8, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (Bubble Colors III)

Note: most of the images are cropped by various amounts.

Day 241 (29 Aug 2012) Playing with Traffic

Not in traffic, but with traffic.  And my camera 🙂

Class started today so it was dark by the time I got around to shooting, and since I was in Manchester, CT, I thought I could try shooting a busy intersection and shooting the light trails from tail/head lights.  After a couple frames I changed things up.  I’ve been a big fan of bokah since I first learned about it, so I flipped my lens to manual focus, and put the camera deliberately out of focus to get these shots:

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43 mm, 2.5 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 (Unfocused Drivers)

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55 mm, 2.0 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 (Focus on the lights)

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Day 192 (10 July 2012) Flowers and Bugs

One thing I like about doing yard work s that I get more than a drive-by look at my yard, and the flowers, plants, and nature that it contains.  As I was mowing after dinner tonight, I spotted some flowering plants that I had not seen/noticed before.  And while shooting one set, I noticed the beetle in the last photo.

Shooting at home is a great way to relax after a day at work, IMO.  Especially since I don’t have to drive anywhere, and I have plenty to shoot with my macro lens 🙂

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60 mm, 1/10 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60 mm macro lens (Looking Up)

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60 mm, 1.6 sec, f/7.1, ISO 100, 60 mm macro lens (Purple Flower)

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60 mm, 1/4 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100, 60 mm macro lens (Beetle)

Day 167 (15 June 2012) Bokah

Tonight I went shooting with a good friend; she likes my work, and has even used some of my images with her writing on her blog, and wanted to hang out and learn a little about night photography.  We had a good time shooting some long exposure traffic, an old church, a local bar, and then we moved to a tree I’ve shot  a few times (here, & here)in an open field under the stars.

Since tonight wasn’t about me, I didn’t shoot too much, but I do like this one, esp. since it’s been a while since I’ve played with bokah lights.

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32 mm, 0.6 sec, f/4.5, ISO 100, (Bokah)

Day 45 (14 Feb 2012) What Is Love?

What is Love?  I’m curious to see what y’all think.  I welcome your definitions/explanations below.  This is what I think Love is:

Love is patient and kind.  Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude.  It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.  It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.  Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
– 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Love

50 mm, 4 sec, f/2.2, ISO 100, EF 50 mm 1.8 (Love)

Hearts

50 mm, 6 sec, f/2.2, ISO 100, EF 50 mm 1.8 (Love and Hearts)

Bokah Love

50 mm, 6 sec, f/2.2, ISO 100, EF 50 mm 1.8 (Bokah Love)

Day 16 (16 Jan 2012) All Stop

A friend & initial photography mentor and I decided to do photography challenges periodically, and for this week, he chose “red.”  I’ll get to choose the next challenge.

So today on my way home I was thinking what I could shoot that is red or has to do with red.  And as I was sitting at a traffic light, it dawned on me that the reason I wasn’t going anywhere is because the light is red!  It was a fairly long light, and the though came quickly, so I grabbed my camera and tried to capture a red light at night.  The shot I like best (or am least unimpressed by) is one that I took out of focus.  You can see the three stop lights and the brake lights of the car in front of me.  It would have probably turned out better had I parked and set up the camera on my tripod and took my time, but that will have to wait for another day.

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55 mm, 1/15 sec, f/5.6, ISO 800 (Red Traffic Light)