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Sunday, November 25, 2012


The Bronx Zoo of course!  Shot with a Canon SX40 IS, I was impressed with the all-in-one lens tele capacity out to 840mm, handheld!  The camera has IS, ISO was set to 400 and shutter was about 1/50 sec!  Enjoy, Jeff


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Old is Good

One of my interests is photo restoration.  A friend gave me this photo to restore.  It was taken in the early 1940's and kept as a 4.5 black and white positive image sealed between two thin sheets of glass.  I had a fair amount of speck and dust removal to do but I am so impressed of the sharpness of this analog image!  The original actual photo measured only about 1.25 x 1 inch in this oval frame. I scanned it to create an 11x14 image as seen here.  The detail is unreal. I love digital, but this something to think about!  Jeff


Saturday, November 17, 2012

iPhone or Fuji X10. Russian Dolls

 Russian Dolls shot  and edited with iPhone 4 in Camera+(top).  Below shot with Fuji X10 in Macro mode, AWB.  The differences are obvious and each creates a different feeling, the first more playful, the second more precise and "photographic". What appeals to one person may not appeal to another.  The important thing in your photography is to photograph to please yourself.  If that is accomplished, you have done a lot.  Enjoy, Jeff

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Street Lamps

Shot with iPhone 4 in HDR PRO, cropped and artsified in Photoforge Soft frame in PS Express. Shot at 2PM placing the lamps directly in front of the bright sun. An example of true backlighting to create an image with pop. Enjoy, Jeff

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Wood as Art

Weather beaten stump seen today. I was taken by its design and form. Futzed with it in Camera+ then Snapseed. Frame from Lo-Mob. Enjoy, Jeff

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Christman Sanctuary

Shot with a Pentax 67II using 11 year old Velvia slide film.  As long as film is sealed it can be kept in a freezer indefinitely and still be usable.  Enjoy, Jeff


Christman Falls

I went back to the Christman with the Pentax 67II and a 75mm Pentax lens to make this shot.  The image was made on ISO 100 Fuji Reala negative film at f22 at 1 second with a circular polarizer.  If you compare it to the digital Fuji X10  image you can see the difference even in this 5MB proof on CD.  Enjoy, Jeff


Saturday, November 3, 2012

Bastion Falls, Palenville, NY

Today was a great day for landscape imaging, cloudy, overcast, just perfect.  These falls are right of off 23A, west of Palenville in the Catskills. You have to park 0.8 miles up the road and walk down the highway to the falls.  If you like a creamy effect , this is easy photography.  Set the camera to to its smallest f stop ( higher number ), set the ISO to the lowest and know that the shutter speed will be slow to soften the water, add a polarizing filter, make sure camera is stable on a tripod, use a cable release to avoid camera shake when firing and voila!  You have a pretty neat image.  This was shot with a Fuji X10, f11, ISO 100 and 1/5 second.

 For impact I edited the photo in Topaz Adjust 5, Vibrant Collection, Autumn filter.  It then needed a little white balance correction to finish.  Enjoy, Jeff


Friday, November 2, 2012

The Cardinal

I was leaf blowing the back deck and found this cardinal amidst the dying leaves.  It was upsetting and after putting on rubber gloves  an inspection showed a puncture wound made on the other side.  I suspect a nearby hawk attacked the cardinal but it escaped only to die on our deck.  Wanting to capture detail and create a fitting setting, I placed the cardinal on my scanner with the leaf over it.  I first brushed it off with a new soft paintbrush.  I scanned it and did a lot of dust removal in Photoshop. Flatbed scanners are f2-3,  8x10 large format cameras capable of capturing incredible detail.  I know, it makes us sad to see this but also reminds of the beauty of this creature.  Jeff