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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