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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Window Light

Shot with Fuji x10 at ISO 800, f2.8, no flash.  A north facing window creates great soft light, a giant soft box.  If I had a reflector with me I would have used it to lighten the shadow side of the face a bit.  Instead I used the Shadows slider in iPhoto to accomplish that.  Direct flash would create flat, no modeling light and would have left this as a snapshot rater than a nice portrait of our grandson Abe.  Enjoy, Jeff



Grand daughter Talia is gorgeous. Using Camera+ to shoot and edit allowed this nice image. I really like the Clarify option on this App. The App has just about everything needed to make a decent image. Jeff

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Grunge Effect

Played around in Iris PS. Neat grunge look. Jeff

Lens Baby and the Ford

I saw this Ford hot rod on a ferry! Wow, what a gift. I thought that the Lens Baby on my Maxxum 7D would create the blurred effect I wanted. Image slightly edited in Snapseed on the IPad . Enjoy, Jeff

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

iPhone 4 Stealth Photography

Today I tried some stealth photography with the the iPhone and ear plugs with a volume control click. The control serves as a able release, firing the camera. If done correctly, it looks as if you are listening to music , not photographing This was my best shot today. Much fun! Enjoy, Jeff

Monday, December 12, 2011

Detail with the Fuji x10

I had to do a little hunting and climb on some rocks to shoot this Iguana. These lizards will generally let you get within three feet if you move very slowly, in increments. I shot this at 112 mm. Was blown away by the color, clarity and detail. Only edit was a 10% sharpen in Iris PS.

Enjoy, Jeff

Color in Aruba

The Fuji x10 with the Fuji color processing system and terrific Fujinon 28-112 lens does a great job capturing color. This was set to Velvia mode in camera and other than a little Levels and Sharpening in Iris PS, is as from the camera jpeg. Enjoy, Jeff

Sunday, December 11, 2011

True HDR

True HDR did a great job bringing out the DR of this Aruban balcony view The straight iPhone camera shot was okay, but this was terrific. Enjoy, Jeff

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Airport

Charlotte airport. A simple exercise in composition. Note the arrangement of the planes in relationship to the city skyline. Shot with iPhone 4 and edited in Photoforge. Enjoy, Jeff

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Torah Scribe

We had a major event at our Synagogue this weekend, in that our Congregation decided to have a new Torah written for us. An Israeli Rabbi Torah Scribe came and I was one of the photographers asked to shoot this event. I used my Fuji X10 for this close-up on Macro setting, AWB at f2.2, Auto ISO 800. I focused on the Scribe's pen and was blown away with the detail captured by the ultra-sharp Fujinon 28-110mm lens. There is virtually no noise. I did no sharpening in camera or in PP. Wow!

Enjoy, Jeff

Friday, December 2, 2011

A New York Minute

The Fuji X10 has one of these cool motion panorama modes as I did with Grand Central station below.

I really like capturing this "slice of life" in Times Square. People just being themselves and enjoying this minute in NY.

When people are moving through the scene, it really creates havoc with the image, causing ghost images, half people and so forth. So, I took 5 people from another sweep and cut them out, moved and positioned them over this image. It required a lot of masking and then fine cloning to make a decent blended image. I really like the colors right out of the camera. It also captured white balance well. Enjoy, Jeff

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Another Look at the Orchid

One of the great joys of photography today are the expansive tools we have to create our art. Rather than a darkroom, we can use our digital tools. In this case, the iPad using the digital painting program, Artists Touch. I really enjoy this. Jeff

Monday, November 28, 2011

Another painting App

...via MobileMonet
A fun, easy to use App on the IPad or iPhone. It is free!!  Enjoy, Jeff

Sent from my iPad

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Panhandler

Another Times Square image straight from the Fuji X10 as a JPEG. Cropped only. This panhandler dressed in some way out Caribbean Reggae costume was aggressively exhorting people to give him money. He was not successful. He angrily ran over to me, yelling that I pay him. I did not. Had he been a little more diplomatic, I likely would have.

This was shot at f4.0. 1/500 sec, ISO 400. The Fuji reproduction of colors is impressive. This was shot in Standard Film mode. Other color choices include Velvia and Astia. Enjoy, Jeff

Fuji X10- The Couple

This street shot, taken with the Fuji X10 is essentially straight from the camera as a JPEG. Cropped a little and that is it. When I walked by them in Bryant Park, NYC, I was struck by their expressions, the juxtaposition of their mood and the Xmas bow to the right. Also note the matching of the gentleman's socks to his wife's phone case. I shot this in stealth mode using a Flip Bac mirror which allows you to see the image ( in reverse) on the LCD and avoiding detection. I really like this shot. Enjoy, Jeff

Grand Central Panorama

This weekend was my chance to try out the new Fuji X10, little brother to the x100. Great retro looking camera that takes great images. Instant on with a twist of the lens dial as well as immediate focus and no shutter lag. This camera produces exceptionally sharp JPEGS and great color balance, even in AWB. A neat feature, initially featured in Sony cameras is Pano Sweep. I used that feature to do this Panao of Grand Central. It needed just a little tweaking in PS. I am pretty pleased with it. Enjoy, Jeff

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Lion at the NYC Library

Shot with the iPhone. Edited in Photoforge and Snapseed.

Times Square Panoroma

Panoramic imagery becomes easier with great Apps like Autostitch. I have tried several pano programs for the iPhone and this is the best!! I shot this handheld with the iPhone4, overlapping each vertical frame by 30-50% and the App did the rest. The most important shot in architecture Panoroma photography is the center one. That needs to be the first shot and then take the side images without the center structure included. As you move the camera the center image undergoes perspective distortion. The App does the rest Enjoy, Jeff

Friday, November 25, 2011

Old Graveyard

This 1800s cemetery is in Larchmont NY where our son's family lives. I shot this with the iPhone as I wanted to edit there in Camera+. I used a variety of filters and then chose this old fashioned frame, appropriate for the image
Enjoy, Jeff

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Street Portrait

This is Rocky, a Woodstock NY resident that has an amiable smile and easily posed for a portrait. I shot this last year with a Fujifilm S3 Pro DSLR and a Nikon 60mm 2.8 lens. This again is the technique of finding someone interesting, engaging them and shooting while talking. Rocky gave me a great street portrait. Thanks, Rocky.
Enjoy, Jeff

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Leaves with Topaz Adjust 5

The same leaves as below but further developed in the Topaz Adjust 5. Love it! Jeff

Scanner Photography

A lot of folks don't realize that even an inexpensive flat bed scanner makes a great 8x12, f2.0 view camera. You just can't take it on a photo shoot! Using my old Epson 2450, a bunch of late fall leaves from our deck, this image was scanned at 300 dpi with the lid open. If the lights are off the background goes black. Everything next to the glass is super sharp due to the size of this huge "sensor"! Loaded into photoshop, I used the Imaging Factory B&W Pro black and white conversion filter to get this result. A little sharpness was added using the High Pass filter technique at radius 2.0. Enjoy, Jeff

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Value of Cropping




 Sometimes, a portion is better than the whole. Here, the more dramatic part of the ram is the face and horns, not the whole animal. Sometimes it is better to select that piece of the image that has impact, edit it to bring out more punch and have that as your final image. Enjoy, Jeff

The Tiger in Portrait

 Shooting through glass in a zoo can allow for some dramatic images.  Make sure the glass is reasonably clean, don't set the lens aperture too narrow ( to avoid picking up the marks on the glass), focus on the eyes and you have a chance of getting a decent shot.  This is a nice "fact" shot of a tiger, nothing artsy, just a capture of a beautiful, powerful creature.  Enjoy, Jeff


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Lion in Monochrome

Shot through glass with the iPhone 4. Converted to monochrome and edited in Snapseed. Enjoy , Jeff

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Photo Painting

Again a relaxing half hour with Artists Touch, a great iPad painting program. Originally a nice Lake Placid fall image, now a "painting" Enjoy, Jeff

Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Street Portrait

Some might call this Photojournalism. I don't. I asked this activist in Woodstock, NY if I could photograph him. Engaging him in conversation, I shot away with my Fujifilm S3 Pro and Nikon 55-200 VR lens at f5.6. This is a street portrait, capturing this man with his backpack, belongings and literature to distribute. Photo-jounalism is really more like using your camera to capture a story, that is written with an image rather than printed words.

I initially edited the photo in iPhoto, then Topaz Adjust and finally in Photoshop using the Screen Blend Mode on his face to lighten the intense dark shadows.

Enjoy, Jeff

Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Winter Landscape

Thatcher Park.  Our winter snow storm!!  Up and excited early this AM, I went to the Helderbergs where there is usually more snow and great winter landscape potential.  I used my Maxxum 7D with a Tamron 11-18 lens, ISO 200.  f8 and 1/125 second for most shots.  I fine tuned the white balance in iPhoto and with the second image I did a little "dodging and burning" using the blend modes, Screen and Multiply.  Enjoy, Jeff


Thatcher Park

Thatcher Park


Saturday, October 29, 2011


There is Occupy Wall Street and then there is Occupy Albany, a smaller version. Here in Academy Park was a mix of young activists, socialists and various folks discontented with things as they see them. Take from the rich and give to the poor.

I used my Maxxum 7D with a Tamron 11-18 lens on P mode, ISO 400. Interesting time! Enjoy, Jeff


I liked the opposition of this protestor and the police car.


There were food and clothing stations at the protest. I was impressed with the friendliness and peaceful intent of the participants.


Pitched tents, families and little kids are involved in the protest.


A Vietnam veteran who opposes the Occupy movement as anti-American argues with two police officers. He wants them to clear the park of the protestors.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Western Digital Washington Square, NYC Photowalk and Model Shoot

I was very fortunate to be one of the eight photographers selected to participate in a teaching Photowalk with Bruce Dorn. (Google him and you will see how famous he is!!)

Western Digital, Lexar and Lowepro sponsored the contest. We met in Washington Square yesterday and spent 3 hours learning from Bruce and photographing this beautiful model, Rebecca Leigh West ( Google her too!). Bruce went over the basics of exposure, depth of field, ISO, shutter speed and was with us setting up shots in pre-picked locations in the park. He reviewed and used reflectors and how to use them, best lenses for different types of environmental portraits, depending on the background and effect desired. We each had 15 minutes one on one with the model. Bruce was there and really shared a lot of knowledge with me, when my turn came. For this image, I used my Maxxum 7D with a Minolta 2.8 50 mm macro lens.

After the shoot we went over to Amity Hall, a nice pub for some good food, beer and swapping photo stories.

Despite my 40 years of serious photography. I learned a lot. Much thanks to this lovely model, Rebeccca. She was a professional, very patient and knew how to pose in any light. Enjoy the following images. Jeff

Rebecca West

In this image a warming reflector off to the side filled in the shadows a bit. Note the hair-light created by the low sun. Bruce chose this location for that effect. Camera: Minolta Maxxum 7D DSLR, Sigma 28-70 lens. ISO 100, f3.5.

Rebecca West

A colr shot edited to create a slightly bleached high fashion look. I used Iris Photo Suite and then Snapseed. Shallow depth of field was created by shooting at 70mm with an f-stop of 3.5.

Rebecca West

Bruce picked out this location, noting the benches curving out to the left. The light pole creates balance and anchors the frame. Another monochrome conversion gave a nice appearance. Like the image below, I used Simply Black and White, an App that allows you to see the effect of filters on a monochrome image, as if you were placing colored filters on your lens of a film camera, shooting in Black and White. Camera: Minolta Maxxum 7D DSLR, Sigma 28-70 lens. ISO 400, f3.5.

Rebecca West

Here Bruce suggested using the iron fence and columns on the left and the vanishing sidewalk as a good spot to pose Rebecca. Since she was wearing a black coat and I felt a monochrome conversion would be best. Camera: Minolta Maxxum 7D DSLR, Sigma 28-70 lens. ISO 400, f3.5.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Fall and sunlight glare

Sometimes light glare can enhance the mood of a photo. I think this is the case here. Lens spots from the low sun add to the warmth and color of this Fall image. A mood is created that makes me long for apple cider and pumpkin spice donuts!! Enjoy, Jeff

Monday, October 17, 2011

Simple Treasures

Just going for a Photowalk can yield satisfying results. There at dusk on west Commercial St. in Provincetown was this little cottage tucked away between two condos. I was struck by its symmetry and Americana. Shot with iPhone 4 and edited in PS Express and Photoforge. Enjoy, Jeff

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Mystical Passage

I am intrigued by these little dark paths that present themselves to us. They represent mystery and the potential for newness. Would you take this one?

Enjoy, Jeff

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Digital Painting

Using Artists Touch software on my iPad, I am finding that changing a photo into a painted image (digitally ) is very satisfying. Artists Touch is great for the iPad and allows a myriad combination of brushes, opacity, tints or the colors of the photo to create your work. It is soothing. Enjoy, Jeff

Monday, October 10, 2011

Fall leaves with iPhone4

Ordinary red maple leaves outside of my office shot today. The original image was a traditional nice shot Of course I wanted something that felt different and that is where Snapseed came in. This terrific editing and effects App really shines to create a more abstract image. Enjoy, Jeff

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Painting Photographs

Turning photographs into a more abstract form has lately intrigued me. I use my iPhone at time of capture and then creative apps after to achieve that effect. I have been searching for a painting app for my iPad and thought this one, Artists Touch would be a good try. This was a photo of some fall trees near Lake Placid shot with a DSLR and the rendered painterly in Artists Touch on my iPad. I will tell you, it is great fun and very satisfying. Enjoy, Jeff

Saturday, October 8, 2011

The Focused Portrait

In this photo, using my Maxxum 7D DSLR, I focused on the young woman and slightly de-focused on the gentleman by choosing a more open f-stop on my 50mm Minolta lens. I used f 3.5. This technique is called selective focus. Use this to emphasize the main or important part of the image. Otherwise visual competition diminishes the interest of the image. Enjoy, Jeff

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Edited Portrait

This is Jean, a nice lady in Northern Vermont that tired of me bugging her for a portrait. I found her sitting on her porch, struck up a conversation and with her permission shot her while chatting. After a while she said something like " okay bud, that's enough".

I wanted to try Snapseed with it's various filters and found it a good editing program for what I was trying to create. My goal was to edit the image reflecting her mood at this time, the old porch and setting. Taking an environmental portrait can be enhanced by the "developing" process. Enjoy, Jeff