Last night I was speaking with another photographer about the many random photos that we as photographers snap daily. But some people don’t know it we often snapped hundreds or even thousands of photographs of the world never sees. The reason for this is because the photos are as I have said simply random photos. We’ll photograph many things that capture our interest but do not deem the photos worthy to be shown to the world so no one ever sees them.
Because of this conversation I’ve decided that I want to start posting some of these random photos and sharing them with you.
Todays Random Photos / Photo
Of the many “random photos” that I shot today which included everything from flowers, dogs, bird houses and even dried-up gourds about I would share this photo of a colorful ceramic frog that was claiming someone’s shared in their backyard. No I don’t go creeping around people’s backyards! My wife was there on business and snapped the photo while I was there with her.
There are any number of things that I like about the photo above and there are things that I don’t like.
I do like the vibrant colors. Other than a bit of tweaking and slight color correction with a curves adjustment layer in RGB mode and some basic final color correction in Lab color mode this shot is, essentially, straight off the camera and hasn’t been altered much.
It isn’t shot in my usual style, assuming that I even have a style that is. and I detest the fact that I cut the top of the foot off. Oh well, the idea is to share some of those never to be seen photos with all of you so here it is.
For more random photos by thousands, no millions, of different photographers all over the world have a look at Flickr.com1
Two days ago I had the distinct privilege of doing a north window light photo shoot with Frances. Even though I have studio lights for the last few months or even years I’ve been on a natural light kick. Although many creative things can be done with studio or artificial light for me it just doesn’t have the same feel. There’s something pleasing about the way the light flows through a window and the highlight and shadow detail it creates is often far superior, at least from the way I see the world, than artificial light. For the most part I was pleased with the images and thought that I would share them with you in hopes that you would enjoy them as well.
Some of her photos utilizing all natural North Window Light
My own favorite of all the photos that we shot that day is the first photo you see below. The extreme shallow depth of field created by the 50 mm 1.4 lens coupled with the soft cool light filtering and from the window was without a doubt the best shot of the day. I feel that the composition, focal point and soft focus are only some of the factors that sets the image apart.
I hope that you have enjoyed her photos as much I enjoyed creating them. I hope to have an opportunity in the near future the photograph Frances once again. Next time perhaps will do studio lights or perhaps will shoot outside in an urban setting. It’s really hard to say at this point but I do look forward to meeting her once again.
Thank you for swinging by my little blog and viewing Frances’s photos. Feedback and comments are welcome.1
Happy Mothers Day to my grandma Lucy Davis who is 93 years old! The photo and short video below were snapped on my last visit to see her about a month ago.
A Short Video Clip – Going to a Tea!
Below is a short video clip. I guess I’m a mean grandson as I was picking one her but she’s so much fun and I just love her to death!1
As she peeks through the window blinds is she the voyeur or the one being watched? Either way I’ve always liked these photos of Lissa.0
This was my second year attending the May Day Fairie Festival at Spoutwood Farm in Glen Rock, Pennsylvania. Last year the wife and I went on the spur of the moment because we had never been. I ended up getting many decent shots. This year however I went back with a plan. Not only to grab a few shots here and there but I went back with the specific plan of capturing photos of not only the fairie festival but more importantly the people in attendance. More specifically their faces.
Faces of The Fairie Festival
I look forward to going back again got the 2014 festival. After All who could pass up on such interesting photos.0
I have always wanted to capture the Milky Way on film unfortunately I had never been successful. I tried a few times back in the days of film and I’ve tried a few times using a digital camera but always but never ending with the type of results I wanted.
One of the problems is the lack of dark sky. For the most part you can’t even see the Milky Way in vast areas East Coast of the United States. As a very young boy I grew up and before moving to Richmond, VA we could see the Milky Way in the sky nearly every night.
Getting a Shot of The Milky Way
I knew in advance where I was in the be heading this past weekend and though it’s hardly an area of dark sky area it’s definitely dark enough to see the Milky Way. The problem is to capture the Milky Way on film in the long exposures it also allows light pollution from nearby lights to appear the image. Even lights from small towns or an intersection of a small road that’s 25 or 30 miles away can easily be picked up in long exposure.
Either way I knew it was an opportunity to try once more time capture the Milky Way on film. Because of this at the little bit of research to find out the best way to set up the camera and get the proper exposure.
Time Lapse Photography
Anyway since I’m actually out taking the photographs it seemed reasonable enough to create, or attempt to create, a time lapse video of the photos.
I started shooting about 4:30 in the morning and ended about 5:30. All in all I shot 110 frames. I wish I would’ve continued shooting for an additional 5 to 7 minutes because that would’ve allowed the sun to rise high enough that it would of washed out the video for a nice final ending. In the last frame or two of the time lapse video below you can see the blue start seep from the East as the sun starts rising. Oh well I’ll know better next time.
All in all the video is nine seconds long so there one hour compressed down to nine seconds. It’s not as spectacular as many time lapse photography videos out there but it was my first try and quite frankly I was excited just capture the Milky Way on film after having tried for more than 30 years.1