Monday, November 26, 2007

More of the classics

I took this picture a couple of years ago with my old HP point and shoot.

I've always been fascinated with movement and long exposures. This is one of the fun random pictures you get when you are just sitting around and playing. I set the camera in a manual mode (what could be manual) so that I could get a longer exposure.

I was merely guessing and playing with the functions. My daughter was spinning around with her sparkler at the cabin on 4th of July weekend.

Some just worked.

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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Thanksgiving - Time to reflect

I mentioned this in the last post, this is the hardest time of the year for me to get excited about photography. Where I live in southern Minnesota, everything is just tan. That, and I can't imagine my family life being any busier.

Thanksgiving weekend has given me some time to look through the "Archives". Since I can't seem to get inspired to do much shooting and no one seems to calling me with ideas, I'm gonna try to post some "Best of the Never Been Posted."

This picture here was altered in Photoshop to be black and white. Otherwise the frame is "As Shot."

This was one of my first adventures out with my new camera. It was shot last December it what could only be described as a horribly drawn out fall. If I remember, it was about 60 or 70 degrees on this day. December. More proof of Global Warming.

It was taken at the Olmsted County Historical Museum. On the site, there is Hadley Valley Schoolhouse. There is more information about this on their site, but needless to say, it was really interesting to take my kids their. I explained the best I could about one room school houses. And no, I didn't attend one.

Mark P. will remember this day...I called him several times to see if he wanted to shoot that day. He declined repeated attempts.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Must be that trasition from Fall to Winter

For some reason, I've just never been able to get inspired about photography in the transition from autumn to winter. I love the fall colors and the anticipation that builds when you realize that summer is over and the change to winter is here. But right now, the leaves are gone and there is no snow. Everything is just tan.

I haven't been using my camera much lately for creative purposes. I volunteer at my daughters school doing their yearbook. So my camera has been busy, it just not a great creative outlet. Also, those aren't pictures I can share on the Internet without getting model releases...way to much of a hassle.

I noticed that I haven't posted anything for a while here. I've been taken photographs for a long time and only blogging the last few months. So I might just take this opportunity to post some pictures from the past that I really liked.

This one is from the Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC. I took a bunch of pictures here in standard tourist mode, but was travelling with a co-worker that didn't mind waiting for creativity to happen.

I have a great deal of respect for Mr. Jefferson and wanted to capture a picture of him that reflected that. To get this picture, I exposed the picture for maximum detail of the bronze statue. This caused the entire background to wash out. I also chose this angle as it helped to make him stand tall and proud. From the perspective of the viewer, you know you are looking up to him.

If you read this and think...Man are you missing out on some great fall photos....why don't you...please fill in the blanks in the comments!

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