Archive | November 2013

Favorite time of year.

Autumn is my favorite time of year for photography. In central PA, the mix of hills and trees make for rich and varied work.
This is an image of a nearby yard that I’ve enjoyed walking by. The photo was downloaded from LR through Mosaic on my iPod, which explains the lack of resolution. Most of this post was done on my iPod. As I get more familiar with WordPress, the more dynamic WP really seems to be.

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Japanese Maple and Pine tree

I spend my fall collecting images because the winter is typically uninspiring and dull. Below is a bit or rural decay. I’ve noticed that most street photographers and urban photographers, are just that urban. Living in an old small town that has slowly declined as manufacturing jobs have moved over seas, these types of images are prevalent. And I live in a one of the better towns.

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Falling down shed

Winter will be spend working up older photos, waiting for the occasional nice day outside, and shooting macro inside.

Street Shoes on Bourbon Street

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shoes, nola, bourbon st., black and white,

Random shoes found walking on Bourbon St.

Walking around New Orleans on Bourbon St. late at night I spied a pair of shoes. After loitering for a while, no one came back to claim them. This was initially unusual, but as my walk about continued, random abandoned shoes showed up everywhere.

Oh, the irony.

I think I have a better shot of this somewhere.Does anyone who designed the bathroom actually consider the irony of these signs?

urinal, no peeing, no fluids

Urinal with a no peeing sign, essentially

Or perhaps they have a great sense of humor. I love straight man humor, it annoys the crap out of my students.

Early Digital

Before the Nikon DLSR was the Kodak point and shoot. Not a bad little camera for the technology at the time. The photography bug had bitten, but I had not realized how much I really needed a DLSR to learn the craft. Yes, composition and eye are more important than equipment. But the right tool for the right job is equally valid.

Below is the sixth photo taken with the Kodak. Murphy was a great chocolate lab and had amazing photogenic qualities. He’ll be a frequent object of these stories.


Murphy taken with a Kodak point and shoot.

Below could, arguably, be called an artistic shot. I’ve gone through the hundreds of images taken with the Kodak and concluded that it does a pretty good job of documenting an event. But that’s about it.

Woods Hole, ERPC,

Woods Hole 2005

Some of the driving factors to getting a DLSR are shown here. I’ve always appreciated close up work and macro work. but when you can’t manually focus the lens and control the depth of field to any degree, its time to move on. I spent a lot of time trying to get close up shots of some detail. And most of them turned out like the crab apples below. The fruits are blown out and poorly focused. Everything has a sheen of light on it except for the shadow, probably me, and looks like the light balance is off.

Crab Apples, fall, macro

Crab Apple taken with a Kodak Point and Shoot

Later stories will be on images taken with the Kodak. But those will be more from the emotional importance or documenting an event idea, not quality photography.

Another Quick Photobomb in NOLA

camerachemist, johnsonw,

So I’m looking through my photos and I notice another photobomb. I try not to interrupt other peoples photography. In addition to being rude, I try to treat others as I hope they would treat me. The Golden Rule I suppose. If I knew them then I’d go for the platinum rule (treat them how they want to be treated), but with street photography, I don’t hang out that long.

On Bourbon St. New Orleans, people are shooting pics everywhere. I was surprised there were not more random pick pockets with the nice high end camera phone being tossed around. But then again there were cops everywhere. But they were cool, unlike in other cities, so I’ll give them a pass.

I’m walking behind another group a tourists. They had given their phone to a local guy for a shot. The group was taking up most of the street and forcing people to walk around them like a rock in a stream. I walked behind the group raised my camera and fired a few shots of the photographer. I thought it was funny because I think I’m in the shot photobombing with my own camera.

But I kept going.  Because shortly after I run into these guys.

Photobombing a Gnome in NOLA

camerachemist, johnsonw

Well, I’m going to start this story out of order. But, honestly, order for these discussions are not all that important. So I was in New Orleans in April for a conference. New Orleans, particularly at night, is a very photogenic city. I made my way down to the French District and Bourbon St. While wandering around wondering how all these old people think its ok to drink like they are back in college, another post to be had later, I saw these guys crouched down in the middle of the street.

Now its pretty obvious by their gear and care in which they were setting up the shot that this was more than a couple of jokers hauling a Gnome around on their travels. So I stop and watch them set up for a while before snapping this shot and moving on.

Photobombing a Gnome