Saturday, April 30, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Those photographers who stay indoors during rain are really missing an opportunity for outdoor image making. There are plastic bags and designed waterproof camera covers to protect your equipment as well as rain gear for you. I took this image today in Albany's Washington Park during moderate rainfall. The technique used for this was a DSLR Maxxum 7D with a Minolta 2.8 70-200 lens, ISO 800, F2.8, and Tv of 1/300 sec. Shot in RAW/JPEG with WB set to Cloudy +1.
There are many ways to shoot flowers and unless you are creative, seeking great light (thus going out today) and experiment with composition, depth of field, and so forth, you risk your flower photos looking like those of everyone else. To get this narrow DOF, a SLR is required. Compact Point and Shoot cameras can't accomplish this. I chose f2.8 for a shallow depth of field to throw the competing leaf background out of focus. The image was "developed" in Topaz Adjust to create a little more contrast and definition. Enjoy, Jeff
Thursday, April 21, 2011
PS. Did you spot the deer?
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center in Wingdale NY, now long abandoned and left to ruin. When I drove by this place last month, I vowed to come back to do a little photography. It's on Rt 22 north of Pawling and sits on hundreds of acres, largely abandoned buildings. There is juvenile center in the back and of course trespassing is not welcomed.
This image was taken through a broken window used as an offset frame, framing the decay and disarray inside. Despite the grunge, I noted the color left and thought that this would be a good HDR subject. Perching the camera on the window ledge, I shot 3 exposures, one stop apart and combined and tone mapped them in Photomatrix Pro. I like the result. Jeff