Day 311 (6 Nov 2012) Kryptonite

At least that’s how it looks to me 🙂  I had a glass mixing bowl shatter in the freezer and I thought some of the pieces would make great props for a shoot, and I think I was right!  This isn’t the first time I’ve shot using junk or ‘garbage’ for this project; it’s amazing what you can do with simple stuff lying around (or that is no longer useful for it’s intended purpose)

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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 146 (25 May 2012) Color and Trash

I tend to recycle as much as I can (it saves me money on trash service, not going to debate the environmental pluses/minuses of recycling here), and had a few of my cleaned out yogurt containers sitting on the counter ready to go to the recycle bin, but the colors caught my eye a few days ago, so I left them for such a time as this 🙂

I thought it would be cool to play with them a little in front of the camera as an exercise in color.  I also hope this encourages you to look at everything around you for inspiration for shooting!  Look at the images below and then think about that they are of my trash!  Subjects for your work can be anything!  I challenge you to look for interesting subjects in new and abnormal locations/places, maybe even your own trash can!

And as an FYI, I’m leaving in about 15 min to head back up to the ADK Mountains in upstate New York for tonight and tomorrow.  I may not get a chance to post tomorrow, but I will be taking some photos, you can be sure 🙂  I’ll definitely post on Sunday.

Line of Colors

60 mm, 1/10 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm Canon macro lens (Line of Colors)

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60 mm, 1/5 sec, f/3.5, ISO 100, 60mm Canon macro lens (Array of Color)

Color Wheel

60 mm, 1/50 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm Canon macro lens (Color Wheel)

Tower of Color

60 mm, 1/30 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200, 60mm Canon macro lens (Tower of Color)

Day 59 (28 Feb 2012) Swinging

Since I’m busy working on a paper due tomorrow today (I only had 2 paragraphs started, out of 3-5 pages needed done before today), I didn’t have much time to do any photography.  I was going to try and shoot something w/ my iPhone (which I just got today), but I’m not familiar enough w/ it to try to get ‘fancy’ 🙂

But I remember that I have my LED strands hanging from the banister rail to straighten them, so I thought maybe I could just swing them like a pendulum and take a longer exposure and see what happened.  I know it’s a lot of photos posted, but I couldn’t pick out just one or two; I like a lot of them 🙂 Not bad for a last-minute idea, IMO.

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Day 57 (26 Feb 2012) Light Painting

Today I’ve been working on a paper for my investing class.  I have to write about Bernie Madoff and his Ponzi scheme.  So in an effort to do something more uplifting than writing about the life of a crook, I decided to do a little light paining before I ate dinner.

It’s not fancy, just me messing around with some LED christmas lights.  If I wasn’t stuck doing this paper, I would have taken more time to do something more fun to do/look at.  But this will work for now.  As with any photo I’m not thrilled about, I did learn some things to apply to the next time (such as getting a better composition).  Anyway, I hope you enjoy, at least a little bit 🙂

Zoom Lights

55-18 mm zoom, 5 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 (Zoom Lights)

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18-55 mm zoom, 3.2 sec, f/3.5, ISO 100 (Light Plane)

Jumping Rope

18 mm, 5 sec, f/3.5, ISO 100 (Jumping Rope)

Camera Twist

55-18 mm zoom, 5 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 (Camera Twist)

Day 53 (22 Feb 2012) Stress Reduction

I’m allowed to work from home twice a week (Wednesday and Friday), but sometimes there is enough BS* at my company that it can irritate me enough to start replying to emails with sarcastic responses.  (sorry for the rant, but it leads to. . .)

But I’ve found that when I’m at home, I can take my lunch break, grab my camera, and walk out into my yard and leave it all behind for a few minutes.  Focusing on seeing the beauty in front of me, and attempting to capture it is great for helping reduce the level of annoyance I have.  When I come back inside my attitude is better, I’m more calm, relaxed, and remember that this is just a job, and it’s not important enough to allow myself to be stressed by 🙂

*BS = dumB Stuff

Wood Pile

50 m, 1/640 sec, f/2.2, ISO 100, EF 50mm f/1.8 (Wood Pile)

Fastener

50 mm, 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 100, EF 50mm f/1.8 ii (Fastener)

Fir Tree

50 mm, 1/500 sec, f/2.0, ISO 100, EF 50mm f/1.8 ii (Fir Tree)

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50 mm, 1/250 sec, f/3.5, ISO 100, EF 50mm f/1.8 ii (W)

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).

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

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

Day 24 (24 Jan 2012) Goodwin College

Every day I drive past this college on my commute home, and love the way it looks in the dark.  Each street light is topped with a green light, and the tower glows a new color every 10 seconds.  It took some paying attention to realize it was a school and not a business of sorts.  I’ve been meaning to shoot this for a while, so today I took the exit and tried to capture its beauty.  I’m afraid that I was not able to do it justice; I’m not terribly proud of the results, but maybe on a darker night, when I’m not trying to get home and satisfy my hunger, I can take more time, try different angles & views, and get something I will be happy with.

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23 mm, 15 sec, f/11, ISO 100, EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens (Goodwin College)

One of the street lights that only had the upper green light working:

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33 mm, 30 sec, f/11, ISO 100, EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens (Green Street Light)