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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Dream Harley

I love Harleys. I dream of Harleys. Thus this dreamy App Dynamic Light created this image from a straight iPhone shot. Enjoy! Jeff

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Tulip in the Rain

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

A tree in Israel

A tree in Israel. Taken with a Canon SX 10 camera but developed in three Apps on my iPad. First softened in Dynamic Light, watercolor and oil paint applied in Photoforge and then framed in PS Express. The lesson here is that there are so many artistic tools to add emotion and expression to your images. Jeff
PS. Did you spot the deer?

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The old car.  Saw this beauty through a window. With a little iPhone magic and Photoforge something artsy was made. Jeff

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