This is one of the first shots I've made with my new Nikon Coolpix 4500. It'll take me a while to learn all the settings, so this image has some strange lighting resulting from ham-handedly fumbling with the defaults.
I got a few snaps around 5pm as people were crowding Port Authority Bus Terminal (which had closed), but unfortunately my battery ran out as the sun went down and I was unable to get any shots of the eerily dark city.
I'm carrying around the list of 26 Things in my wallet, but I find it hard to keep all the keywords in mind. So, I take pictures and hope they fit in one of the catgories, like this one - light. I'm sure I'll be frantically snapping away clichéd shots on July 31st for all the themes I'm missing...
For some reason, my camera has bugun laying down faint horizontal streaks in its pictures (seen as vertical streaks in the floor area because the image was rotated.) They're more noticable in the dark areas of an image.
I am reluctant to take, let alone show vacation photos, but this one I couldn't pass up. I ran across an article about taking underwater photography through the glass of aquariums last month (still checking on the source, though) and thought I'd give it a stab while at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida.
Lala Land has posted another of my pics, this time for the theme "Comfort Food." Here's another food shot, a quiche-like dish called a strata. Kim says it's a savory bread pudding. She has put the recipe on her cooking blog.
This is down the street from my office and that's my fave hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant.
Taken during the April 8th Yankees home game, I think. The shutter lag on my digital camera is such that if I triggered the shutter when the pitcher just came out of his windup the resulting image would be the batter in full extension. You can just see the white spec of the ball as it sails out of the infield.
Empty grocery baskets on Easter in Ottawa. This and the war memorial pics have been altered using Redscreen's fakelomo actions for Photoshop. Not sure I like the effect, but perhaps some images work better than others... that's what you get with push-button retouching, I guess.
Kim looked through the film images I took a couple of weekends ago and her opinion wasn't nearly as harsh as mine. So here's a shot I've "salvaged" from that mess.
Last weekend I spent the afternoon roaming the city and trying my hand at some non-digital photos. Out of 72 shots, I think this is about the only one that came out even mildly interesting. Terribly frustrating and disappointing. Clearly I have no idea what I'm doing. I had to buy a new battery for the exposure meter and I think I got the wrong kind, which caused the meter to malfunction, so a large number of shots are overexposed. I knew this was a problem at the time succumbed to wishful thinking that all would be okay. Also, not sure about the filter on the lens or really anything about the interaction of aperture and exposure settings. I suppose I should give myself some slack as I've shot less than 150 images with the manual camera and lots of time to learn.
July Fourth seemed to provide plenty of opportunity for expressing the Theme Thursday topic "Shimmer."
An early landscape I took in northwestern Connecticut in 2001. I was still fumbling with the controls (if I knew there were controls).
It appears that a lot of folks took this week's Theme Thursday topic, "Heritage," to mean their national or ethnic roots. I started to think along those routes, but my ethnic heritage isn't tremendously strong. My family hails from England, Denmark and Sweden, and while the family tree and lineage was always talked about around the house, what was far stronger was our religious heritage. I picked Exodus because it is what I remember learning to read with. Seems like it was around first grade when I started reading Exodus at night before I fell asleep and then again in the morning when I woke up and before I came to breakfast. While my two college roommates focused more on the figures of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, I always felt more comfortable with God the Father. Early experience with the Old Testament is probably a strong cause of this.
Lalaland posted my photos two days in a row, March 8 and March 9, both for the March theme "public restrooms." I can only guess that there's low turnout for this particular topic. Both images were taken in the concourse of the 71st/Continental Ave subway station.
This shot was taken as I walked to work this morning and as you can see everyone is bundled up. The camera shake is due to the fact that I didn't want to stop and shoot the picture so I took it on the run.
This week's contribution to Theme Thursday. The theme is "season" and it is currently a bone-chilling 12° in New York City following at least a week where it never got above freezing.
My submission for Theme Thursday... shot spring 2002 while I was unemployed and gaining at least an enthusiastic amateur's level of interest in photography.
Quick shot for Photo Friday...
From a recent trip to California. A woman was feeding these gulls by waving bread in the air and the birds just hung there about 12 feet off the ground waiting to snatch the crust from her hand.
A man-made spit jutting out into the Pacific. The haze in the distance is sea spray from the crashing surf.
I began shooting some toy soldiers in my living room just prior to Christmas and really got on a kick. This is the first in a series of probably 8-10 images that came of that fit of activity. Since I don't have any professional materials to do this sort of thing, I used some brown wrapping paper as a backdrop and a handheld flashlight for lighting. Other images in the series used natural light from the living room window and I used my the shadow of my hands to push parts of the image darker.
Ordinarily, I create a graphic design for each year's Christmas card. This year, Kim and I decided to go with a photography. This tin soldier is hanging on our tree, part of my collection of toy soldier ornaments.
This dinosaur is just off the freeway between Palm Springs and Riverside, CA, in the midst of the vast wind farms they've got in that valley. You can see the swaying palm trees just on the edge of the photo (which I should have either cropped out or gotten more of.)
I think this was taken in the F Station at 63rd and Lexington. Found the images while rummaging through my digital files but can't recall taking it. I suspect the white balance was off or some other setting was mis-set to cause the hot orange coloration, because I can't think of a station with this scheme.
I took this photo standing at a corner waiting for the light to change. I wanted to capture a mass of people and thought the crowd across the street would be good. I held the camera at chest level and trigger the camera without looking through the viewfinder. This resulted in the large shoulder protruding into the frame, which I like. Others who have seen it really dislike this.
I was sitting in a small traffic island garden waiting for some visiting relatives to get done with the Empire State Building when I snapped this. I was looking around at all the buldings and cars and people when I noticed these plants just next to me. I used the macro setting on my PowerShot S10 to overcome the distincitve deep focus of many digital point-and-shoots.