Day 151 (30 May 2012) The Carnival

The Carnival is in town for the rest of the week and the weekend, so I couldn’t resist the urge to try and shoot some long exposure frames of the rides.  I’m lucky I didn’t show any later, cause I got the last few cycles of the night (I’ll go back, but earlier, lol).  But I did capture these three that I like.  Had I more time, I might have purchased some ride tickets 🙂


25 mm, 1 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100 (The Cliff Hanger)


25 mm, 1 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100 (The Cliff Hanger)


18 mm, 2 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100 (The Avalance)

Day 145 (24 May 2012) Light Painting Attempt

I’ve got this great idea for one of my submissions for a Long Exposure photo challenge jointly hosed by Seeing Spots Photography and Nick Exposed.  Check out either site for details on how you can join the challenge!  This is the second one they have jointly held.  The first begin a Quotography Challenge.  It was a lot of fun!  They are both great photographers, so feel free to check them out and get some creative ideas for your own work!

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18 mm, 65 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200, 18-55mm kit lens (Flashgun painting attempt)

But anyway, my shot didn’t turn out at all.  Turns out a cloud covered moonless night didn’t have enough light, even for a 5 min exposure.  So, as my bed was starting to call my name, begin after 10:30 and all, I decided to try something new to me: light paining w/ a speedlight.  I’m not satisfied with the results, but then again I didn’t read up on it or spend any time looking at examples.  I will reattempt at some point, maybe for this challenge?  But if you have any tips/hints, please leave them in the comments section; they are greatly appreciated!!

Day 142 (21 May 2012) Rock and Roll

Tonight on my way home I passed through foggy Waterford, CT, and thought a shot of something in the fog would be cool.  But when I pulled into a parking lot, I saw this music store right next to a music themed pizza restaurant.  I thought it was kind of cool, esp w/ the neon in the window.

I also stopped at a small pond to try some stuff out.  The last one is just light painting with a flash light, then using split toning to change it from white to colors.  I dedicate the last one to my awesome gf 🙂

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Rock and Roll Pizza

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Day 138 (17 May 2012) Fire & Ice

Have you ever lost your creative drive?  Had a time when you couldn’t think of anything to shoot?  Gotten stuck in a photography rut?  Try this: pick some random, possibly mundane, object and try to shoot it.  Don’t stop shooting till you get an something that is completely different from how you saw it before.  Try different angles, perspectives, lighting types/placements, depth of field, shutter speed, editing techniques, etc.  If you have a macro filter or lens, shoot something small or just up close and personal.  If not, try a longer exposure while twisting the zoom or focus ring.  Start doing that every so often and you will always be able to find a way to create a new image that will break you from your ‘box!!’

Today I did just that.  I thought I would try and shoot an ice cube.  That’s a pretty mundane and ordinary object, that we see all the time!  It took many different shots before I finally tried something completely different.  I was trying to use my speed light to cause it to glow and highlight the air pockets.  I didn’t like any of those (till I editing a couple).  Then I grabbed my laser pointer (It has had an appearance in a couple of posts, a chair and fruit), and It got me excited seeing what was happening on my live view 🙂  It was totally unlike anything I’ve done with ordinary objects.  I hope you enjoy these as much as I did creating them 🙂

Fire and Ice

60 mm, 1/5 sec, f/5.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Fire & Ice)

Ice on Fire

60 mm, 10 sec, f/5.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Ice on Fire)

Ice Cube

60 mm, 1.3 sec, f/10, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Ice Cube)

Day 117 (26 April 2012) Laser Painting II

It was suggested that I do a series based on my last laser experiment, so I’m continuing the experiment.  This time it’s not as dramatic, but after trying a few items, this turned out the best.

I’m learning that the color and luster of the object really affects the result.  So does the shape.  I’ll defiantly do this type of photo again.  Maybe even a portrait, as was suggested 🙂

Laser Fruit

37 mm, 16 sec, f/4.5, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (Laser Fruit)

Day 110 (19 April 2012) Laser Painting

I’ve been wanting to play with my laser pointer for a while, and finally bought new batteries for it this past weekend, and tonight was the night!  I thought it would be cool to use it to reveal a shape in the dark.  Can you guess what the object is?

Laser Chair

27 mm, 18 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (Laser Chiar)

Laser Painting

27 mm, 13 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (Laser Painting)

Day 100! (9 April 2012) 100th day! (and Star Trails)

Monday’s begin the crazy days where I usually don’t get to pull out my camera before 10 pm left me with limited ways to celebrate my 100th post.  So, I thought: it’s gonna be dark out, why not try some basic light painting?  And what better to paint than “100”?

Well, it being late and after a full day, I didn’t spend the effort to get any fabulous shots (I thought I had some sparklers left, but they ended up being fire crackers.  With fire danger being high this week, I didn’t feel up to that risk).  So, day 100 is here, and soon to pass.  Regardless of what these photos look like, I am happy that I’ve made it to 100 w/o missing a single day of shooting!

Looking back over the the past 100 days, I can’t help but be pleased with many of my photos, and even more pleased with the growth I’ve had in my skill and creativity.  I can’t wait to see what I’m doing by day 200!


18 mm, 30 sec, f/3.5, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (100)

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18 mm, 30 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (100)


18 mm, 30 sec, f/3.5, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (100)

Edit: here is a nice 30 min exposure of star trails, Too much light pollution here, but I like anyway 🙂

Star Trails

18 mm, 31 min 8 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (Star Trails)

Day 83 (23 March 2012) Painting With Fire

Tonight I did a few shots based on a post I saw on Photo Extremist (he has some really fun stuff up there, you should check it out).  These shots were taken at the beach in Plymouth, MA:

Glowing Orb

18 mm, 15 sec, f/3.5, ISO 100, Glowing Orb

Walking Fire

18 mm, 15 sec, f/3.5, ISO 100, Walking Fire

Ring of Fire

18 mm, 15 sec, f/3.5, ISO 100, Ring of Fire

Ok, so the secret is this: I put some steel wool in a wire egg beater, attached it to a short cable, lit it on fire, and spun it around and I “orbited” the center of the circle.

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 5 (5 Jan 2012) Light Painting and Happy Birthday!

Good evening!  It’s day 5 and I’m still going strong!  Today you get two photos, again!

The first one is a light painting using a series of lit hoops over a walk way on the Colchester Town Green.  See other pics of it on my Flickr Photosteam (see link/pics on right)

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55mm, 10 sec, f/11, ISO 100 w/ tripod (zoomed from 18 mm to 55 mm with shutter open) 

The second one was by special request from a friend who’s celebrating a birthday today!

Happy Birthday!!!

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