Around The Yard

This set of images is really all about light for the most part. However, they were all shot around my Mom’s house in Fort Myers, Florida. I really never left her front or back yards. Well, one shot was technically on the neighbors but he doesn’t have a fence so it counts! Plus you can see my Mom’s fence so clearly it was around the yard.

These images were shot on 2 cameras. The Sony A7ii using a 16-25mm 4.0 and a Canon 55mm 1.2 that just showed up in the mail while I was in Fort Myers. The other camera a Sony RX100iii. The images were shot over different days.

Enjoy

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Form From Shadows

I’m about to get a bit abstract with these images. They all have shadows in them and I tried to include the original shape as much as possible to give a sense where the shadow was being cast from.

I shot all these on my Canon S100 as I have been putting it through its paces. One of the things I always liked about Canon’s compact cameras in that the spot metering really gives you control over the light and how you meter it and where. The half-press on the shutter button locks it and you can recompose as your heart contends.

I left this set between color and monochrome. Just has it felt to me as editing. Some required very little editing other than a tone curve added and some had some dodging and burning. Was nice to quickly edit.

Enjoy.

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Shadows of Modernity

The mystery camera returns! I left the file names as a hint this time but I still stripped the EXIF data.

This series was much tougher to edit. The mystery camera has real problems in the blue channel and there is very little tonality to play with in the shadows. The falloff is either all or nothing. Noise was going to happen regardless of what I did and I had to play with these files more than I ever wanted to. I finally just had to give up and realize that the mystery camera just wasn’t there sensor wise.

I said I would write about the mystery camera some more. One of the biggest frustrations I had with it was that it was so slow to shoot. While I won’t say it was film slow it wasn’t fast. It wanted to think about every image before it would allow me to move to the next one. I can remove card speed as a factor because it was a Class 10 card. After doing some research it was knocked for its speed of shooting. So it wasn’t just me trying to push the camera.

Enjoy the mystery camera series and the shadows and buildings.

Shadows Of Modernity

Shadows Of Modernity

Shadows Of Modernity

Shadows Of Modernity

Lake of Fire

I get that this image may not be that appealing to everyone but I like it. When I started the edit process the orange hues were there but the more I played with it the more they came out and I really liked the effect and what it was doing to the water. With the algae and the shadows it just made the photo interesting to me. Sunday’s being a low traffic day I figure I’d slip this rather abstract image into the mix.

For inquiring minds it was shot on a Sony A58 with a kit lens.

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Escape To The Sky

I like fire escapes. It’s just not something I grew up with. The same with tall buildings. If you live near DC nothing until recently was built above 10 stories or so. In Washington DC itself no building can be taller then the Capitol. So with that in mind, fire escapes were rare. So when I see them I gravitate towards them because they cast some cool shadows and add drama to the image (least in my mind).

These two images are of the same fire escape, just at different angles. There were the only two images in the series that were shot on a 24mm lens I had in my bag as a just-in-case lens. The one in color I just liked the shadows and the light coming down into it. The monochrome image was originally done in color but hit convert in Photoshop and did a blue filter and it was love at first sight. Before all that the usual layers and so on with a run through what is rapidly becoming my favorite third party plug-in, Macphun Intensify Pro. Then using a quick sharpening while in Lab Color and done!

Enjoy.

Escape To The Sky

Escape To The Sky

The Everyday – Part I

I get that this isn’t going to be in everyone’s tastes but I wanted to shoot the stuff I was seeing every day while I was out and about or staying at the hotel I was at. A few different cameras were used to do this and it was about tones and shadows. In part 2 I’ll switch it to color. I think sometimes as photographers that we look for the cool, the different, the whatever but if you just look around you can see some interesting stuff to shoot within 3 feet. Sure they aren’t awe inspiring images but they can be technically good images with lots of depth to them. This was more of a challenge to myself than anything else.

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Contemplation
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In the Corner

Shadow Stepping

I have been all over the place this week with photos and I have shot at least 500-700 images since last Sunday but I had a side project that required me to leave earlier than I normally venture forth and I had the Sigma DP1 with me.  This is just the stairs leading to the second floor of my condo building and I saw the sun and the shadows and took the shot.  This is the type of stuff the DP1 excels at because of the way the sensor works. Its all about the shadows, the light, and the texture.

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Crystal Shadows with a Splash of Red

I am feeling in a abstract mood.  I really like how the light played off the crystals and cast unique shadows.  When I saw the image in color and noticed the red purse/bag (Hey I’m a guy like I know the difference!) and I knew when I converted the image to black and white it would remain in color just to give the image an additional focal point.  There are so many textures going on in this image along with the shadow and light.  The film quality in the grain gives it some warmth as well so I left it alone.  Sometimes you just create an image based on how you think it should look and this is one of them. It’s not about technical ability but about what you are trying to convey.

Crystal Shadows with a Splash of Red