Sunday, December 9, 2012

I've had this little Fisheye Lomo camera for several years now, but I seldom use it and I can't remember the last time I took a photograph with it. I guess that I probably put the last roll of 24 exposure Fuji film in it a couple of years ago. Earlier this week I had a roll of 120 film from the Holga to take in for developing and I decided to just take the old roll out of the fisheye and get it processed also, so here is the result of one of the exposures.

Hopefully I will not take 2 more years to expose a handful of negatives with the camers!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

OnOne Software ::

Just last week I got my update from OnOne Software's Perfect PhotoSuite 6.5 to the 7.0 versionso I haven't really had a chance to really give it a try although I did get to work with it some this past weekend.

Perfect PhotoSuite consists of different modules that offer different outcomes. There is Perfect Effects, layers, masks, portrait, layers, B&W, resize, and focus so that's a lot in one package. I find myself going to perfect effects primarily for the vignette function although there are a tremendous number of options for modifying the photograph.

I use Perfect Resize a lot simply because I've found it to be the very best upsizing algorithm and I regularly take a 10" digital image and upsize it to 40" with excelllent results.

Once in a while I use Perfect Portrait primarily for taking the "shine" off of foreheads and cheeks. I generally don't like the look of modifying a portrait with anything other than a very mild softening of wrinkles.

I worked some with Perfect Black and White this past weekend with mixed results. I generally use layer adjustments in Photoshop CS6 to make my conversions to b&w so I'm very comfortable with that, but Perfect B&W does offer some interesting options which I will have to explore further although I think that Photoshop's layer adjustments will be my primary mode for change.

I don't use layers, masks, and focus at all although I do see the utility in each. I guess that I really should work some with each of these modules in order to see if I can incorporate them into my work flow in some sort of meaningful way!

All in all I think that for $299 Perfect PhotoSuite 7 is an incredible bargain and I highly recommend it.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

I Just Found A New Website ::

and this one is definitely worth sharing:

There is also a link over to the right. Marilyn was one of my contemporaries when I lived in Atlanta, but I don't recall us ever having met although I remember the name.

A couple of photographs are of people I knew all those many years ago and I'm going to order her book, "Dancing Naked In The Material World".

Here is a link to a video with Marilyn discussing self publishing as well as how to build a project:

Sunday, November 4, 2012

A Holga Photograph

I shot a couple of frames of this fence out in the country with the 35mm about 3 weeks ago, but I wanted to see what the feel would be like with an image from the Holga. I'll have to look at the two image side by side to see which I like better.

My first impression is that I prefer the Holga image.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

GoPro Hero2

I picked up a GoPro Hero2 last week and I've been busy picking up accessories in the past few days. I just got in 2 spare batteries this afternoon and I should be getting a microphone tomorrow. I also ordered the skeleton case which should be here by the end of the week. I had one of the older Heros that I sold on Craig's List about this time last year, but I like the features of the Hero2, plus the user interface is much more user friendly.

I bought this one just at the time the GoPro Hero3 was being introduced, but I'm pretty happy with my purchase even though I haven't really had a chance to try it out yet although I'm just waiting for the weather and the sky to be just right as I have a project in mind at work which may spread out over several days or weeks.

 I'll be posting some photographs and videos from the little camera soon.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Nikon D800 ::

I've been shooting with the D800 for a couple of months now and I'm still learning my way around the menu, which is a bit different from the other Nikons that I use, but I'm gradually getting used to it. The first thing that I found was that continuous shooting is much slower than the D700, but it is adjustable, to some extent, in the custom menu choices. The highest rate is still 5 frames/second. I'm going to have to check the continuous shooting rate on the D700, but the 700 is much faster. I attribute most of that to the fact that it just takes longer to process a 36 meg raw file, especially with the 8 gig cards that I'm using right now. I have a 24 gig high speed card ordered which should be in very soon and I'm hoping that will make a difference.

I shot a panorama of the Marshall Space Flight Center last week from the top of a building facing north and I was very happy with the results. I also shot a conference last week and, as usual, the lighting was challenging so I shot almost the entire event at an ISO of 5000 and I was very happy with the results. There was some noise, but, for my purposes, it was not excessive. I'm getting ready to order some noise reduction software which should alleviate this situation. All in all I absolutely love the D800. The raw files open up to 16x24 at 300ppi so I would have no problem interpolating up to 96 inches although I haven't tried it yet. That may be my project for later this week with the panorama I shot last week.

I would have posted the panorama here, but it is living on a server at work right now and I didn't think about bringing the image home with me. Not to mention that, in my experience, panoramas generally don't translate well to the web!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Sunday, October 7, 2012

I've Been Slowly Working ::

I've been slowly working on photographing a rural community near where I live that I pretty much found by accident when I drove down this dead end road one day.

I really haven't met any of the people yet, but the community seems to consist of commuters although there is a fair amount of farming that goes on. Two things enticed to me to drive down the road: there is a petting zoo that is open to the public and there is a small independent Cowboy Church with services on irregular Sunday evenings.

Soon it will be time to start meeting the people who inhabit Clouds Cove.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Been Gone ::

I've been away for far too long and I'm going to try to rejuvenate the blog. Here's a start with a photograph I took back in the early summer.
I've been thinking about picking up a Mamiya RB67 from KEH since the prices are so good on them right now. The only film camera I've owned in the past few years is a Holga, which I really like. I'm torn between getting the Mamiya and picking up another GoPro Hero camera. I've owned an older model GoPro, but I sold it because I wasn't sure that I could really use it to it's full potential. I have been photographing more diverse events lately and I think I could utilize the GoPro more.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

A Foggy Morning ::

Our weather here in north Alabama has been eerily unseasonably warm this year and we've had more than our share of dense fog in the mornings. I live in a rural community and this little cabin is about a mile from my house in a several hundred acre cow pasture. I've been waiting for a morning such as this for quite some time.

This image is the result of a 5 shot HDR combination along with some minor post processing in OnOne Software's Perfect Effects which I find myself using more and more these days and I highly recommend the entire suite of OnOne products. OnOne's product can be test driven by downloading a trial version from their web site.

Photoshop CS6 ::

Adobe has been testing the latest beta version of Photoshop and there appears to be quite a few major changes and I've not even begun to look at the new features! Here's a link to the free videos showing the latest and the greatest.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Heading Up The Mountain ::

I went up to Grant, Alabama yesterday morning to see our family vet and shot this on the way up.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

An Old Store ::

And it's still in business even though there is not a great deal of stock inside.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Another Cemetery Photograph ;:

I photographed this almost exactly a year ago in a small cemetery in Lacey's Spring, Alabama:

I generally visit a couple of times each year and I'm always struck by just how many grave sites there are for babies and young children. Most of them date from early in the 20th century, but this one seems to be much more recent and obviously the family must be of very modest means! Scenes like this always sadden me!

A New HDR Photograph ::

I've driven by this old country store in Lacey's Spring, Alabama several times over the years and I've always wanted to take a photograph of it, but I just never had the opportunity until recently when I drove down specifically to check out the old store. Oddly, I had never noticed the flag painted on the side of the building, so, after asking permission, I shot 5 frames for a HDR composite.

I'm fairly happy with this rendition, but I'm planning to go back down when there is a better sky. This was a dreary, overcast January day which was not terribly inspiring.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Running Late ::

I didn't realize that it had been so long since I posted here, but we're gradually recovering from Christmas and the New Year. I picked up a few goodies over the holidays. From Best Buy I bought myself a little Panasonic FH24 point and shoot camera for those times I don't want to carry around one of the big cameras. The Panasonic is a 16 megapixel camera with an 8x optical zoom and Best Buy had it on sale for $129. I'd been looking for a point and shoot for quite a while and thought this would fit the bill nicely. A couple of weeks after I got it the price was dropped to $99, but I didn't feel bad about paying more for it than that. I thought that it was a true bargain at $129 and I checked yesterday and it's back up to $179.

I also picked up a Kindle Fire for myself. I have resisted buying an e-book reader for a long time simply because I felt that I would sorely miss holding a book in my hand and turning the pages. Well, guess what? I don't miss the physical books at all and I absolutely love the Kindle! I'm still feeling my way around it, but, for the price, I don't see how it can be beat.

Hoping everyone had a very Merry Christmas and I hoping for a very Happy New Year for everyone! I'll be dropping off a roll of Holga film tomorrow so maybe I'll have some new photographs to post soon.