Day 290 (16 Oct 2012) Fall Colors

I really enjoy driving this time of year, even when I’m stuck in traffic it’s not as bad as the rest of the year.  Thought my driving is a tad bit more distracted.  What is causing me to enjoy traffic and be distracted?  It’s gazing at all the beautiful colors on the trees!  I know I posted some leaf photos yesterday, and on Saturday, but it’s just so beautiful here I can’t help but look and shoot!

These photos were taken from a parking lot of a local hardware store.  There were so many times I wanted to stop and shoot today, but the highway is not the safest place to stop.  Enjoy!

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Day 286 (12 Oct 2012) Grocery Store Pumpkin

I’m sooo not fully back into the routine!  About 8pm I realized I had not shot a single image all day, and I still had lots to do to prep for a hike tomorrow,  including running to the local grocery store to pick up some trail food and cider (I’ll be bringing it hot in a thermos for the Summit reward!).  As I was leaving the store, I noticed the typical grocery store bin full of pumpkins that you see this time of year in every grocery story.  So I grabbed my camera and snapped a few shots.  Deff not art of my best stuff, but I did get my daily photo 🙂 Tomorrow will be Fall Foliage from New  Hampshire!!  THAT will be good stuff!!

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Day 285 (11 Oct 2012) I’m Back!!

I know that you must be going into withdrawals not having an image of mine to take in every day over the past two and a half weeks, but now your wait is over!  HaHa, J/K 🙂  I’m not ‘that’ full of myself.  But It is good to get back into this daily activity.

The past two weeks were AMAZING, to say the least.  Spending 2 weeks with my amazing girlfriend in Barcelona and the surrounding areas (France and Andorra, included) was better than I had dreamed.  Can’t wait for her to visit here in December 🙂 🙂

While there I shot just under 2000 images, and have not had a chance to do anything with them, as I had two mid-terms this week upon returning (finished last one tonight), so any spare time was in the books.  I hope to work on them slowly over the next few days/weeks, so keep your eyes peeled for make-up posts (and more images up on Flickr)

Tonight after my last mid-term of the semester, I pulled out a LED powered glow stick to see what kind of fun I could have in my dark basement.  I think I had more fun than the images portray, but that’s always ok 🙂

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Day 248 (5 Sep 2012) Falling

I’m not sure what the proper verb for the onset of the Fall season, but it’s onsetting!  Some of the leaves here are starting to turn.  Before long all the trees will be displaying beautiful hues of red, yellow, and orange; I can hardly wait!  Last year tropical storm Irene came near the Fall season and disrupted the natural seasonal change; in CT the leaves changed over almost completely within a 4 day period; most of which I was stuck out of town (due to the storm delaying my return flight).  This year I’m not going anywhere till late Sept, so I’m hoping to see the leaves in all their glory!

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60 mm, 1/40 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Color of Fall)

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60 mm, 1/40 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Change Is Coming)

Day 243 (31 Aug 2012) Soccer

I took a short drive during my lunch break to the Colchester Recreation Complex because I thought it would have some interesting stuff to shoot, even when all the kids are in school. The soccer goals caught my eye, with all the lines and the way the net hung.

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18 mm, 1/500 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100 (In the Net)

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18 mm, 1/400 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100 (Into The Goal)

Which do you like better? Why?

They were both shot w/ the same f/stop, but the focus point is different.  Both were shot w/in a few inches of each other (first I stuck the lens through the net, second I moved so I could get to my lens’ min focus distance).

This is it till next week; I’m heading out in a couple hours for a weekend of mountain adventure!!

Day 240 (28 Aug 2012) Day Pond State Park

Do you ever have one of those days where you just don’t feel very creative?  Today was one of those days.  I wasn’t in a funk nor did I have a bad day or anything like that.  I was eager to go shoot (not my most eager ever, but eager enough to venture outside my home), but when I got to the Day Pond State Park in my town of Colchester, CT, I just didn’t “feel” it.  Not like other times, at least.  But I still put my camera on my Blackrapid strap, put my macro lens in my pocket, and just started wandering aimlessly.

My shooting felt a little forced, a little uninspired, and it probably shows.  I’m not sure how to kick myself into a more creative mood, or if this is just part of a natural cycle that tends to show itself when you are shooting (or otherwise engaged in a creative pursuit) every day.  What about you?  Have you experienced this?  Is it normal and I just have to sleep it off or is there something you do to reboot your creative side?

On a completely separate note, this weekend 3 good friends and I will be heading up to the Adirondacks for 4 days of camping including 2 extended hikes 🙂  That is exciting!  Since I’ll be on the trail for 2 days, and camping 3 nights, what kind of photos would you like to see?  I’m going to have to look at some outdoor photography to see what techniques work; I’ve not been satisfied by my trail photos as of yet.

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60 mm, 1/40 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 (Frog)

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18 mm, 1/30 sec, f/11, ISO 100 (Moon Over Day Pond)

Day 236 (24 Aug 2012) Morning Fog

I took this image this morning before the fog burned off.  I kinda like it, though not sure it conveys the fogginess.   Maybe if I get up earlier and get it while still a bit dark and use a long exposure? (getting up early is the hard part, lol) 🙂  Anyway, my camera is not put away for the night, so maybe I’ll see something interesting to shoot again 🙂

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55 mm, 1/15 sec, f/29, ISO 100 (Sun and Fog)

Day 234 (22 Aug 22) Morning Flowers

This morning I grabbed my camera and marco lens to shoot some flowers (aka weeks) growing in my yard as soon as the sun peaked up over the hills.  I was really tempted to spend an hour shooting dew on grass (cause I love the images and it’s fun), but had to work, so I limited it to a couple subjects 🙂  Plus, I’ve shot dew a couple times already 😉  Let me know what you think of these images:

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60 mm, 1/160 sec, f/8.0, ISO 400, 60mm macro lens (Dandelion)

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60 mm, 1/100 sec, f/8.0, ISO 400, 60mm macro lens (Flower and Fly)

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60 mm, 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Clover Flower)

Day 233 (21 Aug 2012) Black Eyed Susan

How to grow Black Eyed Susans: don’t mow your lawn!  Well, thats how these have grown.  I haven’t gotten to the mower in a couple weeks (and almost got to it today, good thing I didn’t!) so these survived long enough to be memorialized forever in my blog 🙂

The last shot is of one flower I’ve shot before.  It sadly is past it’s prime 😦  But it had a good life, brining cheer to me many days as I left my home, and to you when you saw it the first time.

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60 mm, 1/60 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (Sisters)

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60 mm, 1/20 sec, f/8.0, ISO 800, 60mm macro lens (Little Sister)

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60 mm, 1/60 sec, f/3.2, ISO 400, 60mm macro lens (I Lived A Full Life)

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60 mm, 1/30 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400, 60mm macro lens (Waiting For Tomorrow)

Day 227 (15 Aug 2012) Dragon Tree

For some reason I keep trying to type May or April for the date of my blog; it’s been happening over the past few days.  Am I stuck in a time warp, or is there a wormhole passing over my desk chair?  Anyway. . . .

This morning we had a few thundershowers pass through, with sun in-between.  I noticed my baby Dragon Tree looked pretty cool with the few drops that remained glistening in the sun, so I busted out my macro lens and spent a few moments between meetings shooting.

In case you are wondering why I say “baby” Dragon Tree, well, its because the momma died (I’m not the best with house plants), before I had a chance to dump the pot, two babies sprung up!  Talk about Grace 🙂

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60 mm, 1/250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Dragon Tree)

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60 mm, 1/150 sec, f/5.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Dragon Tree)

Day 226 (13 Aug 2012) Sunset on the Farm

I’ve passed this farm many times, driving to hiking and riding trails.  I was on my way to ride this evening and just HAD to stop!  I would like to plan a shoot here, but for tonight, the clouds made it a great site! (though this, and other delays, gave me the experience of riding in the dark, lol).

I tried several presets in LR3 and used my own settings on the first one.  I really enjoy making an image my own, even if it’s not exactly what I saw with my eye.  I do at least a little tweaking to every image I publish.  Sometimes it’s just adjusting white-ballance or a B&W conversion, or taking a bad exposure and creating a great image from.  Or sometimes it’s just fun to go hog-wild!  What are your thoughts on image editing?

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18 mm, 1/320 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100 (Sunset on the Farm)

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18 mm, 1/160 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100 (End of the day)

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18 mm, 1/60 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100 (End of a Long Day)

Day 225 (12 Aug 2012) Perseid Meteor Shower

Seems I’m running a day late!  Well, I did send the last hour of yesterday with my shutter open (and the first hour of today waiting for the image), so I hope you like the result!

Since the sky was clear and the Perseid meteor shower in progress, I set up my tripod in my drive way, triggered the shutter, took a nap, and hoped for the best.  Well, actually I did spend about 10-15 min on my deck and saw two meteors.  However, in an hour, my camera only caught one (maybe North isn’t the best direction?).  My lens fogged up at some point, so you can see the it in the way the star trails change over time, but It’s still a good image.  Can you spot the one meteor streak?

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18 mm, 61 min, f/4.5, ISO 100 (Perseid Meteor Shower)

It crosses the bottom left corner 🙂

Day 221 (8 Aug 2012) Into The Unknown. . .

Well, sorta.  It’s actually my driveway.  Thought you never know what will happen, or where you will end up when you leave home 🙂

I was given some advice the last time I shot in the fog, and I completely forgot to bring out my tripod 😦  Maybe next time! (of course I never have time on week mornings; the job and all). I did go a little crazy on the first image; I do like it, though. it kinda looks painted to me. But on both I like how the road disappears into the mist. What do you think?

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18 mm, 1/80 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200 (Into The Unknown)

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36 mm, 1/40 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200 (Into The Mist)

Day 219 (6 Aug 2012) The Morning Dew

This morning as after I awoke, I noticed that the lawn was sparkling like a field a diamonds!  I recalled the photos I took a while ago, and how pleased I was with them, so I decided right then and there to grab my camera, macro lens, and my cardboard (It keeps me dry and comfortable when shooing on the ground, esp. after last nights rain 🙂 ).  I cropped most of these to focus on the best elements of the image.

I hope you enjoy these images as much as I do!

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60 mm, 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (My World In A Drop)

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60 mm, 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Dew on Grass)

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60 mm, 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Edge of the Blade)

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60 mm, 1/80 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Morning Dew

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60 mm, 1/1250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Diamond Field)

as an FYI, I cropped most of these to focus on the best elements of the image.  I may experiment with a slightly smaller aperture on the drops next time, might get a shaper image, or more of the drop-world in focus 🙂

Day 215 (2 Aug 2012) Shifting Gears

. . . is something I have not been able to do for a week and a half in my TDI Jetta 😦  I’m in the process of replacing the clutch, flywheel, and other misc parts to get it back to 100%.  For those of you that are car-savy, my throw-out bearing disintegrated!  Not just wore out, but when I separated the transmission from the engine, a bunch of parts fell out: ball bearings, metal pieces, and other stuff.  Because one of the parts that was destroyed was the clutch fork, I had to order more parts to continue.  The first photo is the edge where it has worn agains the clutch housing.

The second photo I took on my way home today.  I had to stop and shoot some photos 🙂

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60 mm, 1/60 sec, f/4.0, ISO 400, 60mm macro lens (Clutch Fork)

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29 mm, 1/1000 sec, f/9.0, ISO 100 (Sun Rays)

Day 214 (1 Aug 2012) Grilled Corn

Wow, It’s hard to believe that it’s August already!  Where has the year gone?  Summer is almost over 😦  But one of my favorite things to do in the summer is to cook on the grill, and my grilled corn is always asked for at cookouts 🙂

My method of grilling is quite different than that of most people I know.  I actually grill the ears after I husk them.  My secret recipe is this: rub the ear down with butter (the real stuff, not the oil-based stuff that comes in a tub), and sprinkle lightly with Lawry’s Seasoning Salt.  Then I put it on a hot grill, turning till each side is cooked (some kernels start to brown/blacken).  Serve hot!  You can use any seasoning you like: garlic, pepper, curry, etc.  Try it and you will love it!!  Or your money back 🙂

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60 mm, 1/25 sec, f/11, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Grilled Corn)

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60 mm, 1/160 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (Grilled Corn, up close)

 

Day 213 (31 July 2012) Morning Fog

I was treated to some fog covering my front door landscape; I’ve always like the way fog adds an air of mystery to any landscape 🙂

 

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30 mm, 1/30 sec, f/4.5, ISO 100 (Morning Fog)

When I look at this image, I’m not too fond of it.  It doesn’t really grab my attention, speak to any feelings/emotions, or look ‘cool’.  My next step is to look at some fog photos I think are great and see what they did.  Have you shot a great fog photo or know what I can do to improve?  Either editing, composition, camera settings, etc that should be changed?  The biggest thing I did was to drop the clarity to near the far left on the slider (reducing detail), if that will help you provide some feed back.

One of the things I love about this community is the ability to receive honest critiques.  And in this case I could use some!  Not the “it’s fine, you are too hard on your self” stuff, but “this is why your image isn’t very good. . .”  Yes, I do crave that kind of feed back, even though it’s not as fun to receive as the positive stuff.  I can’t get better if I don’t fix my weaknesses!

Day 211 (29 July 2012) Somewhere Over the Rainbows . . .

Nope not a typo, Rainbows is correct 🙂  But you say, “Hold on a minute, what about yesterday’s post?  You didn’t post anythingI  Does this mean you broke your streak??”  Nope, I actually shot a LOT yesterday, about 350 images!  I was invited to a studio party, which I’ll tell you more about when I actually post some images.  I will tell you it was a LOT of fun and I didn’t get to sleep till about 2am, so that’s why I didn’t post.

Now, back to today’s post.  Yes, I know Dorothy sang it with a singular rainbow (even though hers was monochrome, lol).  But today I shot more than one, at once!

I was trying to think about what to shoot, so I asked my gf for a suggestion, and she said, “the 5th thing your eyes land on.”  First time it was my monitor, and she clarified and said, “non-electronic.”  Well, sitting on my desk from a small movie project I did was a DVD.  I’ve seen cool photos done w/ CDs and DVDs, so I thought I would try my hand at it.

So, as I was creating rainbows using various lights, I happened to look up and out my window.  God went ahead an one-upped me!  He had made a double rainbow right out my front door!  Talk about awesome!  All I can say is that when God “shows you up”, its bound to be pretty cool 🙂

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18 mm, 1/80 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100 (Double Rainbow)

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60 mm, 1.3 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (DVD Rainbow)

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60 mm, 1.0 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Light Traces)

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60 mm, 2.0 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Crazy Colors)

Day 109 (27 July 2012) Rain, Rain, . . .

Early this afternoon we had a heavy thunderstorm move through the area; the rain was so heavy at times I couldn’t hear my radio!  I decided to venture out a bit (with my umbrella).  After I got back inside, the sun came out before the rain left, and caused a really neat effect, it’s like I had a mega-flash illuminating the drops! 🙂

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29 mm, 1/160 sec, f/8.0, ISO 400, (Staying Dry)

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55 mm, 1/20 sec, f/10, ISO 100 (Sun and Rain)

Day 207 (25 July 2012) Fly Away. . .

Today at lunch I was walking around I found a feather: I almost didn’t pick it up, but I’m glad I did 🙂
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60 mm, 1/80 sec, f/18, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Feather Silhouette)

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60 mm, 1/1600 sec, f/18, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Feather In The Sky)

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60 mm, 1/250 sec, f/5.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Blue Feather)