Sunday, December 28, 2008

Friday, December 26, 2008

Mixed Media

Mixed Media

Fun with my new Lensbaby Composer on the street.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Deception Pass

Just found some photos from a trip to Washington State in 1992.

Deception Pass Sunset

Monday, December 15, 2008

Cedar point Oysters

Cedar Point Oysters

I believe they use these for feeding the young creatures in the marine nursery at the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, CT, USA.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Friday, December 5, 2008

Rat!

I found this guy in my garbage yesterday...

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Rutilated Quartz

Rutilated Quartz

I've been experimenting with lighting crystal specimens for some upcoming work. I think I've got something working here. Click through to Zooomr to see a few more specimens.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Red Tail Hawk

This raptor was flying about the neighborhood this morning.

Red Tail Hawk

Saturday, October 18, 2008

City of Blood and Fire

City of Blood and Fire

Beautiful Fall visuals today!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Friday, October 3, 2008

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Gathering of the Cones

Gathering of the Cones

I've been trialing Nik Software's Silver Efex Pro Aperture plugin for the last few days. I like it. Just about anything you could image occurring to your color shot on it's way to a new and delightful desaturated existence can be tweaked. The shot above has be Holga-ized, with the look of Kodak Plus-X 125PX Pro film added. A green filter, and a bit of contrast and structure boost.

I think it's perhaps a bit pricey at $200, but the results you can achieve are very nice. The 15 day trial is more than long enough to get your hooked. Give it a try!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Friday, August 22, 2008

Saturday, August 9, 2008

On Henri Cartier-Bresson

Yesterday, I stopped into my local library, hoping to find a book of Henri Cartier-Bresson's photography. I had my 1936 Leica IIIa with me. This beautiful instrument was handed down from my grandfather who brought it to the US when the political scene in Germany got out of hand in the late 1930's. I was happy to find two big books of Cartier-Bresson's work in the library. I was just a little shocked that I could actually take them for a while for free.

I brought them home and sat down at the dining room table for an initial browse. HCB's talent is unmistakable. His images are stunning, humbling, and as a photographer with an interest in street photography, inspirational.

Every photographer should do this. Go to the library. Take out a photography book by an artist that takes photos of the kind you like to take. Or just browse the selection, and look for something inspirational. As soon as you find one, stop and take it home. There's too many and you'll get lost and overwhelmed if you keep looking. Take one or two home and savor them. These books beat the internet by a long mile. They are gorgeously printed. It's a highly visceral sensation to wade through these images on fine paper. Do this, and I'm sure you'll do it again. I know I'll be back for more.

Homage

(I think I'm covered by Fair Use doctrine here.)

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Lasdon Arboretum

Lasdon Arboretum is a very cool place. Go there.

Curly Tips

Click through to Zooomr for more photos from Lasdon.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Campo Beach

Today I took the family to Campo Beach on the Long Island Sound in Connecticut. We arrived late, and stayed later. This has it's advantages....fewer people and less sunburn risk being the major ones. The sunset was nice, and my wife just loves the lobster roll from Joey's by the Shore...she got two!

There Goes Sunshine

Click through the image to Zooomr to find a few more shots from the day.

Friday, July 11, 2008

I'll Fly Away

Last year, my son Odin picked out a group of succulents at a local nursery. We planted then in a large pot outside, and they did very well. They stayed out over winter. They came back. And then, the big one in the center grew a stalk and flowered:

I'll Fly Away

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Strange Beautiful

Found at the Croton Harmon metered parking lot. I don't know what it is, do you?

Strange Beautiful

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Hilltop Hanover

Yesterday, the boys and I went to Hilltop Hanover Farm. It's a relatively new "park" opened up by Westchester County.

Beautiful views, well kept gardens, some serious agriculture, and friendly people are what we found there.

Hilltop Landscape

I Dreamed I Held You In My Arms

Click through to Zooomr for larger views.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Father's Day Gifts

My lovely wife bought me two wonderful things for Father's Day.

1. Two Passion Flower plants. They have the one of the most bizarre yet beautiful flowers I have ever seen.

2. The Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens. This lens opens up a whole new world of photography for me. It's just excellent.

Together, these two gifts have delivered the photo below. Enjoy:

Fantasy Flower

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Green Chimneys

The whole family went to see the animals at Green Chimneys today. It's the first time we've gone this year, and it was hot. We had a great time, and I got some good shots too:

Sleepy


As always, click through to Zooomr to see more.

Friday, June 13, 2008

I really like vacuum tubes. They look good, they feel good, they smell good, and they sound good. Occasionally, they may be tested:

PACO T-60

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Globe Flower

I planted this in my backyard several years ago. I really like the globular orange flowers. It was blooming when I planted it, and it's come back every year. But it did not flower for two years straight. This year, delightfully, it's blooming heavily.

Globe Flower - Solo

Click through for a larger view.

A related image, and others, are available for purchase on RedBubble.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Friday, March 21, 2008

50 Years of Peace?

Zooomr|Peace

Today marks the 50th birthday of the peace sign. Too bad we haven't had 50 years of peace to go with it. I'm no historian, but surely there was a war going on somewhere on this great planet of ours in each of the last 50 years. Hopefully we can do better as a species in the next 50 years.

PS... because of the way blogger crops the photo (is there a workaround?), you'll have to click through the image above to see the peace sign within.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Sorry it's been so long since my last post...but nobody reads my blog anyway, so no big deal, right?

Anyhow, we got a new bed today from Pottery Barn. It's very nice and the delivery was professional.

Form without Function

It became a ordeal though. Box spring, or no box spring? either way, it's too high for my wife, and it looks like I'll be cutting 3 inches off the legs.


In other news, did you see last month's Lunar Eclipse? It was fabulous, and I got a great shot of it at totality:

Rusty Moon


Click through to see shot just before and just after totality.

And if you do read this, well, I just love to know that, so leave a comment. Thanks!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Saint Valentine's Moon

Saint Valentine's Moon

1/400 @ ISO 800

I finally got a chance last night to use my Orion Starmax 127 as a lens on my Canon EOS 40D, in a manner that delivered good results.

The Starmax 127 has a 127mm aperture, and a 1540mm focal length. This gives an F ratio of 1:12.1. It's rather slow, hence the ISO 800. I had the setup not on the telescope's tripod, but rather on my Manfrotto 725B Digi. It's a bit too small for this application, but a lot more convenient than the 'scope's 'pod.

So, it was very shaky, and focusing was challenging. I used live view, which helped immensely, but the end result is a bit softer than what I think is possible with this combo. Perhaps I'll have better luck on the larger tripod. If the weather cooperates, I hope to get out with that for the upcoming Lunar Eclipse on February 20.

http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse/LEmono/TLE2008Feb21/TLE2008Feb21.html