From Russia with Love

Seeing how I recently received a Jupiter 8 50mm/f2 lens made in Russia.  The lens is 51 years old and still a performer.  The first image is just of a bush thing near my condo and I had the lens wide open.  I haven’t had to manual focus a lens in a while mostly using native lenses on cameras so this was the first shot.  While not perfect look at that bokeh!  The second shot is just a playing with it and I liked the umbrella color just being out there in the sun and the shadow cast.  Neither image is what I call photographic master pieces but just shows what a beautiful lens this is.  I have another Russian lens but I’m waiting for the adapter to come in so I can play with it.  I am planning on getting a couple more to round out the “Russian Collection”.

From Russia with Love

 

From Russia with Love

Shadows and Life

I have been looking for a shot like this for awhile and I walked out one morning on to the frigid frozen tundra (ok the parking lot) and saw the branches shadow on the building.  Still too cold to carry anything more than the trusty Canon 330 shot was taken.  I like the indistinct fuzziness of it all as it adds to the dark and moody feeling I deliberately invoked into the image. Its just been too cold to do much more than go from condo to car and pray the seat heater and car warm up quickly.

Shadows and Life

Kegger

I have lots and lots of unprocessed images.  It gives me a back catalog to work with even when I’m shooting actively just to change it up a bit and not to wear people out with endless scenes of whatever I have shot recently.  This is from Gordon Ramsay’s Pub & Grill in Las Vegas at Caesar’s Palace.  I liked how they lined the entrance with kegs so one morning before I had to start work I wandered down and took some pictures.  I like beer.  Kegs are apart of beer.  Seems like a perfect thing to photograph to me.

Kegger

 

Kegger

Into the Fog

The fog was intense so grabbed the camera and snapped a couple shots before coming in for the night.  Nothing super fantastic and mostly just playing around with post processing features more than anything of real value but I like them.  The landscape shot was done with split toning and the tree branches with the street light behind it was done in DxO Film Effects with I think Ilford 125 but don’t quote me.  The images were more about fun than anything else.

Into the Fog

 

Into the Fog

Long Winding Road

Shot from behind the windshield in my car as I came to a stop in the middle of the road.  I normally don’t do selective color but in this case I think it adds to the image then detracts from it.  With the trees being barren for winter the black and white adds to the moodiness of it.  In the end I liked it enough to share.

Long Winding Road

Texture

Sometimes you take a picture just based on the texture the image conveys.  These two were shot on different cameras but the same day.  One cost $1200 and the other cost $160.  Unless you know the file naming conventions of the cameras in question I doubt most can tell the difference.  Anyways, I really liked the door and the honeycomb type effect and the sandstone is something above a doorway in I guess the gothic style I guess.  I hope the photos convey the sense of texture I am shooting for and Happy New Year and thanks for stopping by.

Textures
Textures

Art for Art’s Sake

When I was out prowling the streets at night I saw this empty gallery and really liked the light in it and how it was highlighting the paintings and prints in it.  So sticking my camera as close to the window as I could I fired off these shots.  Normally I take a couple frames of everything but these were one and done shots and very pleased with them.

Art For Art's Sake
Olympus OMD-EM5, 14mm, ISO 2000, f/2.5, 1/500
Art For Art's Sake
Olympus OMD-EM5, 14mm, ISO 2000, f/2.5, 1/400
Art For Art's Sake
Olympus OMD-EM5, 14mm, ISO 2000, f/2.5, 1/640