It’s upon us! The day that must be loved by dentists universally, as their consumer base is expanded! According to a 3-year old CNN article (Valentine’s Day Statistics) $1.6B is spent on candy for Valentine’s Day.
And what did I do to help this a couple of years ago? Photograph more candy, of course, just in case there wasn’t enough consumption yet! But no need to worry, as I didn’t eat the candy and brushed my teeth!
Have a very Happy Valentine’s Day, and remember to brush!!
I shot this in my studio, so camera settings are not really germane, but I will share that the lens I used for this is a Lensbaby Composer with a glass optic. If there’s interest, I’ll be happy to do a post on Lensbaby at some time this Spring.
Life is full of art, it creates it, becomes it, displays it, and, yes, it even imitates it.
Are we awaiting the young Sorcerer’s Apprentice to appear on the scene to create mayhem with the best of intentions? Will the broom get a life of its own? Can a dustpan moonwalk?
A little background
This image goes back about 5 or so years, when I was still very active in photography agility trials. Well before the action started on this fairground, I stopped by the bathroom, looked and saw this scene in front of me… The way the light came in through the door and backlit the broom and dustpan; the lines working together turned this ordinary scene into an interesting sight…
I left the bathroom to grab my tripod and camera, so that I could get the shot I wanted before anyone would disturb it, or the light would change. As I was setting up, a trial worker stopped by to hang up a sign; I got a bit of an odd look, but, as I was that weird photographer, no questions were asked.
Shot with a Canon 1D MkIII and a 24-70mm L lens. This was a series of of 5 shots, each 1 EV (exposure value) apart around the correct metered exposure. Processing was done with Photomatix Pro.
This image is one that I captured about 3-1/2 years ago during a walk through the gardens of Gillette Castle in East Haddam, CT, which is a great site to visit year round. My eye was caught by the multitudinousness of the water lilies; to a degree, I found the view of this pond slightly less than tranquil, which gave me the idea of creating this image, where the eye will never rest.
I am curious to find out how you perceive this image… let me know!
Shot with a Canon 5D MkII using a 24-105 L lens. I pushed the shutter speed to about 1/3 second to be able to get the zoom blur at this level. As the camera was handheld, the tricky part was to ensure that something would stay still.
Winter is one of my favorite seasons, as it has this great ability to reduce the color palette of the world around us. Additionally, winter tends to quiet the environment, in which we find ourselves, particularly during or shortly after a fresh snow.
Thus, Winter is a great enabler for getting landscapes that are stark with a sense of being alone, no world intruding upon our moment in the space-time continuum. Such a moment I captured this week in this image. A Sun that is highly filtered by the gray sky, a grouping of trees and an expanse of snow covered field with a single set of tracks.
After featuring agility competition photos in the first two installments of this series, I’d like to present something a little different and very near and dear to my heart.
In June 2011, I was photographing an agility competition in New Lebanon, NY, on what was a very hot day. One of the nice features near the park where the competition was held, was a shallow stream; I had taken a look at it during the day to get an idea of what the light would do later in the afternoon, because I had an idea.
Our oldest Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Darwin, was well into his 10th year at that time (he is almost 14-1/2 now), and his competition time was coming to an end, as we don’t want to push our dogs past what is good for them. One thing that Darwin always liked to do was have fun (he’s a bit crankier these days, which is just fine), and he loves water. So, my idea was to get some action shots of Darwin running through the stream toward me.
Luckily, this stream has a small drop-off of about 1 foot, which helped me position my camera just above Darwin’s eye level. After a couple of trial runs to get the feel for it, I zeroed in on getting shots like this one, where you can see Darwin’s fun, as he is coming right at you!
This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 1D MkIII, using a 70-200 F2.8L lens. Despite the sunlight, I kept the ISO at 400, so that I could get a shutter speed of 1/400 second at f/8.0, which provides enough depth of field get that smile and some good splash.