Day 334 (29 Nov 2012) Kids, don’t try this at home. . .

“Now wait a minute,” you say, “that is just a tame photo of a city in the distance, and you forgot to follow the rule of third. Why are you implying danger in this shot?”  Well, I would have to say it’s because of where I was when I shot it.  I was on the side of a bridge on a local freeway (I-291) over the Connecticut river at rush hour.  There wasn’t much room to bet into/out of my car, so I had to time it just right.  But I was smart enough to place the car “up stream” of traffic while I set up my tripod. 🙂

I had thought of doing this shot several times before, but was always concerned a police officer would stop me, but I gave it a shot today and succeeded!  Not a great shot; bridge vibrations on 30 sec exposures caused it to be very unsharp on the details, and the composition wasn’t great, the city in the center and all.  Guess I was distracted?  Yeah, you could say that 🙂

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Day 140 (19 May 2012) Loneliness

Tonight I went on a photo shoot in down-town New London, CT, for a photo calling put on by Artbycamila  The challenge is “Red” & “Loneliness”.  I came  up with an idea for the image and my friend agreed to model for me.

My plan was to have her crouched near a building, and using a long exposure, have people walking past her, showing blurred people w/ her being sharp and in focus.  I wasn’t able to get the image I was after.  There were not a lot of people out, like I had hoped, but I did ask a couple of guys to walk in front of the lens a couple times, but as you can see, they don’t show up in the image.  I’m not sure If I need more people, or just to have them walk real slow, or do it in daylight.  This is my first attempt at doing this kind of shot, and I guess I need to experiment some more 🙂  However, I am pleased with the finished image, but not sure if it will be my final submission.

Loneliness

24 mm, 15 sec, f/14, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (Loneliness)

Day 54 (23 Feb 2012) Norwich at Night

For a while I’ve wanted to find a high location and shoot down-town Norwich, CT at night.  Downtown is situated near the Thames River at a relatively low elevation compared to the surrounding area, so I thought I might find some high ground with a clear view.  As I’ve driven through it the past few times I’ve tried to pay more attention to what is around me as far as possible shooting locations.  This will need some actual dedicated planning and scouting, as all I’ve seen in my limited routes is a parking garage.  So tonight I tried it.  Since it’s winter and not the weekend, the area wasn’t exactly bustling with crowds, so from my vantage point it wasn’t real exciting.  But since it was after 9pm I parked and took a few shots.

Norwich, CT

18 mm, 30 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100, EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens (Norwich, CT)

Red Fire Hydrant

18 mm, 20 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100, EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens ()

Empty

18 mm, 15 sec, f/11.0, ISO 100, EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens (Empty)

Day 33 (2 Feb 2012) Hartford and the CT River Ghost

Many a day I’ve admired the view from I-291 as it crosses the Connecticut River; For a minute you forget you are in a heavily populated area as suburbia gives way to river and woods.  But there is a point along the bridge that where you can catch a glimpse of downtown Hartford, CT, and at night or in the early morning, it is a beautiful sight!

I’ve also noticed the pedestrian portion of the bridge on the northern side, but wondered how to get to it, so using satellite photos on Yahoo maps I found the entrance on the western side.  As It’s hard to get a good shot through a dirty windshield while driving in heavy traffic, I decided to park at the walk-way entrance and walk to a spot on the bridge that afforded a good view and set up my tripod w/o fear of the traffic flying by.

Since I was using a small aperture, I had a slow shutter speed to get a good exposure; this allowed me to catch the infamous CT River Ghost on film!!

CT River Ghost

39 mm, 30 sec, f/18, ISO 100, EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens (CT River Ghost)

Hartford, CT at Night

104mm, 30 sec, f/18, ISO 100, Sigma DC OS 50-200mm HSM lens (Hartford at Night)

Behind the Fence

53 mm, 30 sec, f/18, ISO 100, EF-S 18-55mm kit lens (Behind the Fence)

Day 3 (3 Jan 2012)

Today you are get a special treat: 2 photos!

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55 mm, 0.3 sec, f/8, ISO 800 (Hartford, CT, as shot from I-91 Southbound)

The one above was my planned shot for tonight, one I’ve been wanting to get for a while, now.  However, since it was 14F out, and I only had a light jacket, I didn’t want to get out of the car, set up the tripod, and get a properly stabilized & exposed shot.  So, this is what you get.  I will re-attempt this shot once it warms up a tad (Thursday, maybe?)

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50 mm, 1/20 sec, f/2.2, ISO 400 (dinner, as shot by a hungry man)

So, because the first/planned shot wasn’t so great, I decided I would shoot something else.  And since I was eating dinner when I discovered that my Hartford shot didn’t come out very well, I though I would try turning my camera into a “salad shooter” 😉

P.S. None of the photos on this blog are on my Facebook page, I reserve them especially for this blog (they are on my Flickr site for storage/posting, though)