Thursday, April 19, 2018

Still Hanging On.....

Yesterday, the sun came out for a bit, and I decided to haul out my old 6 MP KM7D camera to see if it was still working or not. After putting on my 50mm macro lens, I went outside on the deck where there were some dried out old dead leaves still clinging to the rose bushes there. For some reason, old, withered and dead plants and leaves are fascinating to me, and so I started to shoot a few of them that were tenacious enough to still be hanging on after the blasts of Winter, and early Spring. Nothing too fancy here, just an image of one of them. Hope you enjoy it also....and fresh blossoms will be coming soon.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Vegetable Prep Still Life.....

It has been quite a while since my last post on here, and it has been busy, so busy that I had not taken the camera out of the bag for several weeks now. So tonight, after our evening meal, I thought I would try a shot or two of some vegetables that were sitting on our window ledge. The lighting was LED's and the tangle of dead leaves in the background is from a plant of some sort that had died last summer. It kinda looked interesting to me, and instead of pitching them into the garbage, I hung on to them just in case I get the urge to use them in a picture. Well, this is the result. Maybe I will print a small one for some corner in the kitchen area....then again, I probably will get "the look", and think better of that idea. Anyway, hopefully someone will enjoy it a little also. And for those who might be interested....

Camera: SONY a77Mk2 on tripod, & SONY 18 ~ 135mm lens
Lighting: 2 Aperature Light Storm 20C LED's + 500 Lumens LED bounced in white umbrella for fill lighting.
Exposure: f11 for 1/2 sec

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Roses Still Life.....

This still life image is another of my feeble attempts to drive away the Winter blahs. Since roses seem to be occupying my mind tonight, I figured that one more probably wouldn't hurt....at least I hope not. For whatever reason, I have not gotten my head into the Winter Olympics this year, except to watch the luge runs....nerves of steel they have. Anyway, this image is one of my experimenting with still life photography, and in this instance, I threw in some blue gels to see if it might make it a bit interesting. It sort of works for me, and hopefully for you as well.....

Monday, February 19, 2018

Rose After the Rain.....

It rained all day today, and it gave me a chance to print a couple of prints for the WCC Competition tomorrow night. Afterward, I got digging around in my old files again, and decided to see what I could make of this image. It was one that I shot late last Summer after a rainfall, and needless to say, I am getting a little antsy to be out in the garden again after this Winter is gone. Hopefully most of our roses will have survived this rather harsh weather lately....can't wait for the return of the birds, and coffee on the deck in the mornings. Hope you enjoy it a little....

Monday, February 5, 2018

Cherished Moment.....

A little while ago, one of my coffee buddies asked me if I would do him a favour. Before knowing what it was, I told him I would, no problem. As it turns out, his son was about to become a Father for the first time, and he wanted me to do a portrait of the couple before the event. This image was one of the last of the session, and instead of the usual flash setup, I decided to try to use my new LED lighting. Even though they are very bright, you still will be using the widest or near widest aperture along with a slow shutter speed. Obviously, the camera is on a tripod. The lighting was just 2 LED's positioned just slightly behind and to the couple's left, no fill lighting whatsoever, and the background was a dark charcoal paper roll about 5 feet behind them, ....not my usual set up at all. Indeed it is has a high contrast ratio, but I was only interested in lighting the bare essentials to tell the story of their impending joyful event. Shadows make highlights "pop", and it was my intent to step outside the box a bit, and go for something a little different.....

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Summer....Where Are You?

Tired of Winter already? This is the time of year when you can just barely notice that the days are starting to lengthen out a bit, and the sun is actually starting to have a bit of warmth to it, especially when driving in the car on a sunny day. Tonight, I was foraging about in my files from last Summer, and came across this one. I had used my old Minolta 100mm Soft Focus Portrait lens, and that old lens has a really nice warmth to the colours and tones. The old Minolta glass was well known for that feature, and that is one reason that old die hards like myself, can't even think of parting with them. Anyway, I digress. This image just takes your mind away from the reality of dirty snow, and freezing rain, and helps calm the nerves whenever you think that in a few months, we will be able to go outside and shoot more roses, or whatever kind of blossoms that are around.....can't wait.....

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Orchid.....

We took a little drive out to Colasanti's Tropical Gardens in Kingsville today, and while walking about, I managed to grab a couple of shots of some lovely white orchids. This is a crop of the original image, and it really simplified the image greatly. It is a stark contrast to the rather wild images of flowers that I recently posted below this one, and hopefully the horticulturists will give me one more chance at redeeming myself.  Maybe some of you will enjoy this one also...

P.S. FYI: Camera; SONY a77M2
                Lens; SONY 18 ~ 135.....hand held.
                EXP; f5.6 for 1/30th of a second.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Captain Morgan's Rose.....

This one is for my friend John....sorry John, I just couldn't help myself tonight. From now on, I promise to get "serious". My wife just hates when I do this sort of stuff, but in actuality, it is just a method of "reclaiming" a very much less than perfect rose that I shot on our back deck last fall. Since I strive to keep cloning to a minimum, it is a bit of a challenge for me to take images that are blemished, and cover it all up with a few filters in Photoshop & Corel, and create something totally different or unusual. The folks at the horticultural society must just go nuts when they see such "violence" done to flowers and such. But, I have to admit, it is fun, and you do not need any Captain Morgan to get a laugh from it.....'tis all about fun from now on remember....but I'm sure some of you are saying, "go on back and hide in the darkroom old man, you are a digital disaster".....Cheers! 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Rose Abstract....

No, I'm not high or inebriated, but this image is the result of more experimenting, and probably some may view it and say, "Yup, the old guy has gone over the edge now". It is just me letting my imagination run wild...sort of reminds me of Cathy Jones of CBC's This Hour Has 22 Minutes, who used to end her monologues with "I'm just goofin' around, that's all". For quite a while, I felt like I had "hit the wall" creatively, and after much mulling it over, I realized that I was not having any fun with my photography anymore. So, starting this year, I've decided to have fun. Not too sure where this will take me, but we shall see. It is time to stop being so serious about it all, it is just pictures, right? At one time, capturing the perfect flower, or bird, or whatever, used to be the end goal. Now, for me, capturing the image of an object, is just the starting point. I have no preconceived ideas of what I intend to eventually do with it. That is the fun stuff....and hopefully now, it will be all about having fun....hope some of you enjoy it also.
Again, Happy 2018!!

Hosta Abstract...

It has been a while since I was last on here, and we somehow survived the Christmas/New Year festivities. So, to start out 2018, I decided to post this rendition of a hosta blossom that looks like it is embedded into a plaster surface of sorts. When I started this image, I was working with some new software that I was not too familiar with. That was due to good old Microsoft deciding on Christmas Eve to update my computer with their latest version of Windows 10. After that, my Photoshop CS3 would no longer work, as well as a couple of other items...Merry Christmas eh! Anyway, I refuse to pay a monthly fee to Adobe for their Creative Cloud software, regardless of how wonderful it is. There are other alternatives, and it looks like I shall have to go exploring. If Corel or any of the other photo editing software companies decide to go the Creative Cloud route, then it is back to the darkroom for this old guy. At this point, I don't care to be bullied by big companies like Microsoft or Adobe. Since most of my photo editing is done in Corel Paint Shop Pro, I probably will not have to go back into the darkness again for a while.....then again, I used to enjoy the smell of developer and fixer on my hands after a long evening in the darkroom, listening to classical music on the old radio....Happy 2018 to everyone! Lets hope the idiots keep their fingers away from "the" buttons on their desks....