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Month: September 2015

Norway Anyone?

Norway Anyone?

I first went to Epcot 22 years ago with my sister. I was obsessed with all things Norwegian back then. So I made her eat Norwegian food. I enjoyed it. I think. No real memory of the meal. I do remember the Mickey Mouse shaped butter. As I started to travel internationally I realized I preferred warm places versus freezing cold. The fjords of Norway are lovely to look at on TV and pictures but if you need me I’ll…

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Personal Buddha

Personal Buddha

I had Depeche Mode’s Personal Jesus stuck in my head while I was doing these images. It’s one of the most covered songs ever. Even Johnny Cash covered it on one of American Recording albums. For those of you that are practicing Buddhist’s I recognize that one of these is not Buddha. For those of you that are unfamiliar with Buddhism here is a hint, Buddha was not a fat, happy guy. I just liked the image. This week will…

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Admiral Tilp

Admiral Tilp

When I first went through my images I took with a wide angle lens I bought I though meh for this image. It wasn’t that interesting. The sky was blue and everything else was in harsh Noon light with a brown river. For those that have never seen the Potomac River, its a muddy brown. Not very exciting to look at. So when I did the conversion to HDR using Photomatix I just randomly clicked on stuff and a monochrome preview…

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Wildflowers

Wildflowers

You belong among the wildflowers You belong in a boat out at sea Sail away, kill off the hours You belong somewhere you feel free Run away, find you a lover Go away somewhere all bright and new I have seen no other Who compares with you You belong among the wildflowers You belong in a boat out at sea You belong with your love on your arm You belong somewhere you feel free Run away, go find a lover…

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Small. Delicate. Things.

Small. Delicate. Things.

Title explains what I think of all these images. Very pleased so far with how all the images have come out with the Tokina 24-200mm lens. It’s not a macro lens in any sense but it handled the flowers very well. Mix that in with the Sony A7R’s giant 36.4mp sensor I get more tone and depth than I am used to working with. This is the second batch out of the camera for flowers and I think I have…

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Late Flowers

Late Flowers

This is the first batch of flowers I have taken with the A7R. It’s a bit of a different experience editing with 36mp files. They are huge compared to the normal 16mp I am used when I do flower photography. I have no idea what any of these are. I stick to my nomenclature of colorful weeds. They were shot with my Tokina 24-200mm lens and simple editing in Photoshop. Enjoy.

Hidden Away

Hidden Away

It seems whenever I acquire a lens I need to test with more than just me wandering around I head to Meadowlark Gardens. I know the place well so I know I can always get a few interesting images out of a trip. So with a new lens in hand off I went for a morning of shooting. I had with me my Sony A7R and a Tokina 24-200 coupled with a Sony LA-EA4 adapter. This allowed me to use this…

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Tall Places and Blue Skies

Tall Places and Blue Skies

Little more playing with the archives. Return trip through the Chicago archives of the stuff I never published. This mainly revolved around my inability to use Photoshop to much effect. A lot of what is now my normal workflow I didn’t know back then. Instead I would just crank the contrast and the blacks and go from there. Now I basically take what comes out of the camera and go from there. A lot of the contrast, along with light…

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