Blog - Photo Blog Written by John Shea
I'm a little torn over this picture. I really wish my son had a better expression in it. But the photographer in me is delighted with the way the light plays through this shot. There's a nice edge light on him and the background is full of delightful bokeh. If only he'd smiled. Or not been scratching.
On the flip side is a photo of my other son taken very close to this in which he is all smiles and sunshine. But it lacks all the artsy cool stuff of this shot. I spent a long time deciding which photo to go with.
I'm still not sure actually.
Today we get just a bit abstract. Like two days ago, nothing really excited me about what I'd shot for the day. But there were a few experimental shots that had nice elements. On their own, not great photos, but with something else... maybe something interesting.
So here we have a picture generated by compositing three photos. One is obviously a shot of a crow flying overhead. The other two, strangely, are out of focus shots of wet pavement at night. I was playing with the bokeh created by defocusing the pavement. Again, by itself, not great but all together, kind of interesting. At least I think so. Let me know what you think.
The leaves that seem to float are for day 169. Those I'm rather proud of. I started taking this picture because I liked that this tree stuck up all alone, and against the foggy background, that seemed cool. But as I moved around trying to find the best angle, I realized that the chain link fence that separated us created a nice effect when I let that drift into the frame. Suddenly the branches seemed to be poking up out of a mist, almost floating in air.
Just a reminder, that should I forget to post stuff here, you can always find the most recent picture and others that aren't part of my 365 day project at my Flickr page.
|His mom told him that he could have any pumpkin he wanted, as long as he could carry it. This one just barely qualified.
|I love how excited these kids are breaking the huddle. Look at those faces on the right. They are loving this. But what makes it so cool, is that this is after the game. They're that wound up and happy, despite being tired from the game.
I was experimenting a bit with this shot, trying out the camera's low light capabilities. This was shot at 6400 ISO, which I generally avoid as it makes for a very noisy image. But it did let me go with a fairly quick shutter speed for freezing action. And since Adobe Lightroom is pretty damn awesome at noise removal, I was able to make this a pretty decent image.
The biggest problem was not distracting the gymnasts. The place was fairly empty so the shutter seemed unnaturally loud and the kids were definitely noticing it. And so I tried to keep a low profile, leading to an image which focuses on the structure of the building more than the gymnasts. I leave it to you to decide whether that's a good thing or not.
The wonders of a two second exposure. I tried this shot about a dozen times with mixed results. The big problem of course keeping the camera steady. I expect and want the exterior to blur, that's the whole point. But it looks less goodly if the interior blurs as well. I did have shots where the interior was sharper than this one. But the exterior blurs were less pleasing. This is the best of both worlds. It looks like we're blasting down the road at supersonic speeds when in fact we're tooling along at 30MPH. I've said it before. A camera can totally misrepresent reality.
Leaves changing color and falling off of trees is such a dominant visual image of the fall that I almost want to avoid it. My natural tendency is to not do something if everyone else is doing it, just to be different. But if I don't take pictures of the leaves, I'll have to lock myself inside and not take any exterior shots at all for a few months. That's clearly not happening.
So I am taking pictures of leaves but trying hard to make them different in some way. Yesterday I emphasized the reflection of a tree in standing water. Today, I go for leaves actually in water. This shot is from my driveway. Something about all the different colors layered on top of each other with the drops of water on top caught my eye. Not revolutionary perhaps but maybe not obvious and over done.
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