November 21, 2017 – Day 22 – iPhone Daily B&W White Photo Challenge: Journey. This is a portrait of my niece Journey after her preschool’s Thanksgiving program today. Photographing kids with the iPhone indoors can be a challenge (they’re fast!!), with or without flash. I prefer not to use flash myself. I feel that as soon as the flash goes off you announce to the world, I’m taking a picture and it’s harder to get good candid shot. Plus, the iPhone camera doesn’t take the picture right away when using the flash, there’s always a slight delay. Another tip for photographing kids is to use the camera’s “burst” mode (we used to call it motor drive) and then select your favorite, sharp photo from the burst.
November 20, 2017 – Day 21 – iPhone Daily B&W White Photo Challenge: End of light tracks. I was on my way home from a meeting tonight and as traveled the six miles from Madisonville, Ky to my home in the country, I watched the crescent moon as it dipped low in the western sky. I kind of wanted a photo using it as part of my scene for today’s challenge photo, but I knew it would need something else as I knew the limitations of iPhone. The iPhone isn’t the best in low light situations! However, I feel it’s a toss up between noise, which used to be called grain in the film days for you younger folks! However, then as now the more important thing to me is to get the photo! As you can see I found a little bit more light when I stopped by my driveway next to the Paducah and Louisville railroad tracks at the crossing. There was a nice reflection and the signal next to the tracks was lit as well. Of course, there’s noise, but for me, the picture works!! It’s better to have a bit of noise than no picture at all!
November 19, 2017 – Day 20 – iPhone Daily B&W White Photo Challenge: Let kids be kids. Sometimes when you’re photographing kids, it pays to let them be kids and make faces if they want! Usually once they’ve got past the faces you can get other more serious shots if you want. Personally, I love this shot of my nieces, Journey and Elaina and nephew Jayden! They’re all such cutups!!!
This project started out on October 31 as a 7 Day Black and White Photo Challenge on Facebook. After the week went by I enjoyed it so much that I’ve decide to continue with the project as long as it takes me. These are the first 10 photos I’ve shot here in a gallery. Others I’ll post daily.
I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I did taking them!
Perhaps, sometime down the road some of these will be in a book!
This is my photo for this weeks photo challenge with the topic of “Uncertain” and I think Elaina’s face says it all, while Adriana seems to care less and is perfectly happy. This was both of their first trip to the Easter Bunny, at least that they can remember perhaps. I figured when she was placed in his lap for the picture that there would be some sort of reaction along these lines so I just waited for the picture to occur and then snapped the shutter. I got off three shots before she decided that things were OK.
Details: iPhone 5s with the standard camera, post processing was done in Photoshop and Topaz Adjust. I actually opened this JPG as a RAW file in the Adobe RAW Plug-in and did most of the editing there first, including the cropping. Then I opened it Photoshop as a 16-bit file and applied a bit of sharping and clarity in Topaz Adjust.
This week’s challenge topic for the year is “Details.” I shot this in Sebree, Ky as I was standing next to the railroad tracks waiting for a train. I love the colors and how they match up to the building the fence and barbed wire surrounding it. I love it when I’m waiting on a picture and end up finding another picture while doing so.
Photo was shot with my iPhone 5s using the Hipstamatic App with the John S lens and Ina’s 1969 film. Some sharping was done using Topaz Adjust in Photoshop.
I have been playing around with this picture in my mind’s eye for a couple days now. I wanted something that was mysterious looking that still met the theme of the week of “shadows.” I ended up shooting it last night during a commercial as I was watching “The Walking Dead.” If you’re a fan, wasn’t that a mind blowing episode last night? Anyway, back to the picture. I used a clamp on light with a 150 watt bulb to cast a shadow of my hand on my bedroom wall as I held the camera and shot the photo with the other. It took a few tries, but I’m happy with the way this one turned out. Kinda reminds me of a “Walker.”
Photo was shot with my Nikon D800 and post processed in Photoshop CS6, with just a few adjustments, mostly in the shadows of course.
This week for my picture a week theme or my portrait challenge I captured this photo of my good friend Flint Bone with my iPhone 4s using the Hipstamatic App with the Tintype film and lens.
This weeks challenge was “Transportation” and I captured this shot of a northbound CSX coal train as it passed through Crofton, Ky. I was just lucky that there was also an old tractor next to the tracks waiting for repairs and I thought it was a double duty transportation picture. The area has a lot of Mennonites that us tractors as one of their modes of transportation.
Shot with my Nikon D800 at 1/4000 sec at f/4.8 with a 70-300mm lens at 135mm with an ISO of 320.
For this week’s challenge I decided to try a different perspective on the topic of “Looking up.” This photo of my nephew, Damion at the top of the stairs, looking all innocent and patiently waiting for me to finish taking pictures of him so I could pick him up. His body stance, hands behind his back and the look on his face and his eyes just melts my heart.
Shot with my Nikon D800 with a 18mm Nikor lens at f/2.8. Shutter speed was 1/40th of a second with an ISO of 1,800.
For this weeks challenge I’ve chosen a photoof my nephew Xaiver and his sister Adrianna as he cuddled with her this afternoon on the couch.
When dealing with photographing kids this age most times you have to be patient and shoot a lot of pictures to get that just right photo. This one didn’t take that many or that long though. I just sat on the opposite end of the couch and waited. I think the whole tame frame wasn’t more than about two minutes till I had this shot.
Exposure info: 1/60th, f/2.8 ISO 4,000 with my Nikon D800 and a Sigma 24-70 lens at 34mm.
This weeks challenge theme was patterns. The object is to shoot all week long and then post your favorite photo at the end of the week.
For me this week the favorite is a hard one to choose so I’m posting two! Both were shot in Nashville, Tennessee on Monday, the first day of the polar vortex that brought all the cold weather to our region. It was 7 degrees when I ventured away from the warmth of my SUV to take both these photos, and that’s not counting the wind chill factor.
The big stack of cars came from a salvage yard and I just love the patterns and colors that are represented here in this photograph. I’ll wager that if you were to figure the cost of each of these cars at their new price, there’s a lot of money crammed into this pattern photo.
Exposure info: Nikon D800, 1/4000 @ f/5.6, ISO 500 with a Nikon 70-300mm lens at 300mm.
The second photo of the bikes is pretty much right downtown. Didn’t know the city was doing bike rentals like this, but it’s a great idea and provided me a great source of a pattern picture. Even the sidewalk has a pattern! Another shot that I love.
Exposure info: Nikon D800, 1/60 @ f/18, ISO 720 with a Sigma 24-70mm lens at 24mm.
As many of my friends know I walk every morning with a couple of friends at our local city park that has a trail that’s 1.25mi in length. I really enjoy the trail and as you’ve seen in the past it’s one of the sources of many of my pictures, especially shot with my iPhone as it’s always with me.
Today it was miserably cold and snowing and I almost talked my walking partners out of today’s exercise, but they insisted that since we were there that we should go ahead and brave the elements. Besides, I’ve always told them that the hardest part of exercising in the winter was getting out the door, and of course they through it back into my face.
Well, today’s photo comes from today’s walk. There’s this one area we walk through along one of the lakes that goes through a grove of pine trees and one of the older trees fell sometime in past few days resulting in today’s photo. I just love how the snow produced a slight misty quality. Sometimes you just never know where you’ll find a good picture, even on a bad weather day.
Well, it’s a new year and I think I’m going to force my self to start shooting more with the film cameras I have. Last year I bought a Belair X 6×12 Medium Format camera to use on some of my road trips last year and I think I may have shot 3 rolls through it. That’s not much considering you only get 4 exposure per roll of film.
So, with that being said… this year I’ll be doing 12, month long challenges that involve shooting film. Each month will have a different theme and while my goal is to post one picture a month, I hope to come up with more than that that I feel are worthy of sharing here.
Of course my darkroom has been used pretty much as a storage room for the past several years and as you can see from today’s video clip, I’ve got to do some cleaning and re-arranging so I can start using it again. Not sure that the dead of winter is the best time to be starting this endeavor as some of the stuff stored here will have to be moved to my workshop. But, as friend Fred Jones says, “it is what it is.”
The image was shot on RAW with my Nikon D800. Exposure info: 1/800 sec f/8 at ISO 500 with a Sigma 24-70mm lens at 46mm.
December 28, 2013 – This month’s photographic challenge topic is “Christmas.” Baby Jesus visits with Santa, Frosty and Mrs. Frosty while waiting to be put away till next Christmas. Please feel free to share!
The image was shot on RAW with my Nikon D800. Exposure info: 1/500 sec f/7 at ISO 500 with a Nikon 18mm lens.
December 27, 2013 – This month’s photographic challenge topic is “Christmas.” Christmas wreaths still adorn the graves of veterans at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West, South of Hopkinsville, Ky. Please feel free to share!
The image was shot on RAW with my Nikon D800. Exposure info: 1/500 sec f/11 at ISO 500 with a Nikon 70-300mm at 100mm.