Monthly Archives: April 2013

the same, but different

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If you search YouTube  for a particular piece of music you might find several versions of the same piece, such as this video and this video.   I use these to illustrate the different interpretations that a work can be presented and still be very much the same.  Both are beautifully performed and after listening to them numerous times, I can’t decide if I like one better than the other.  I feel the same way about some photographs, I can’t decide which interpretation I think are better, such as these photos.  I do have a preference but it’s based on my own experiences and background.  This is the Webster Christian Reformed Church.

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An interesting exercise I’ve seen was when several photographers exchanged RAW files with each other, with no pre-editing and no idea of what the original photographer had in mind, and edited them with their own creative vision.  The results are  usually very interesting.

I”m feeling generous today so here are two more videos to illustrate the point.  This was a big hit for Elvis years ago but this is the way the song was written.

Happy birthday, Lenny.

happy earth day

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We drove out to Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and found this blue heron very near the road.  Motorists are not allowed to leaves their vehicles at this point but you can stop and shoot from the window.  We stopped and watched it for a few minutes and then suddenly:

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It didn’t take him (her) long to finish his lunch and be on his way.

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I wished I had another 100 mm on my longest lens (300) and an extra stop, but it was a nice, sunny day for shooting and I was pretty happy with what I got.

Happy Earth Day!!!

Kent Park Arboretum

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I spent a couple of pleasant hours at the Arboretum in Webster (Where Life is Worth Living).  It’s definitely Spring, which is to say cold and wet, in this part of the country.  But warmer weather is not far out of reach and the signs are all around us.  It’s a great time to get the camera out and also it’s very uplifting for the spirit, too.

Also, there are two photos that benefited from the newest version of Topaz Black and White Effects 2.1, making an outstanding plug-in even better.  Best part: Topaz offers free upgrades for life on all their products.  This is not a paid endorsement.

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PS: Regarding the photo of the house in the last post, I found this photo taken on January 3, 2012 that has the same house in the background.  It had the mural painted on  at that time and I’m sure that it had been painted at least months before, since no one paints the outside of a house in the Winter months.  I mention it only in passing because I was trying to remember when I first saw the painting on it but this is the only clue I could come up with.  The file has only basic LR4 edits so please forgive me this one time.

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300

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No, it’s not the 300th post.  It’s my subscriber goal.  I’d like to have 300 subscribers.    I’ll do anything to get subscribers.  I’m even putting tags on this post!!  That’s the level of desperation I’ve sunk to.   And now I’m going to try bribery.  I’m offering to buy each person that  subscribes a free lunch at a restaurant of my choice (if you are foolish wise enough to come to Webster (Where Life is Worth Living), NY).   I was only kidding when I said I didn’t care about the stats.  Really.  So go ahead, subscribe.  I dare ya!  I double dog dare ya!!!

Seriously, the goal for these blogs it isn’t measured in the numbers.  They are slightly more than my personal musings but mostly as a way to connect with other photographers whose help and inspiration I count on. However, I am serious about the free lunch!

time pt. 1

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The “half battery” indicator is flashing on my Timex watch so I’m thinking about replacing it.  The watch, not the battery.  I could have a jeweler replace the battery for $18 (US) or I could replace it myself if I had access to jewelers tools such as eyeglasses, screwdrivers, tweezers and $18 (US).  But then I’d still have an old watch with a “genuine faux leather” band that Emo likes to chew on and is barely able to hold the weight of the watch with a new battery.

One of my “stupid ideas” was the invention of a solar powered watch.  The prototype consisted of two separate pieces; the watch and a baseball cap with photovoltaic cells on the lid and wires that ran down the side, through the sleeve of your shirt and onto the watch to charge it.  It worked fine but it wasn’t very practical because we only get 62 days of sunshine a year here in Webster (Where Life is Worth Living) and the cells couldn’t produce enough electricity to run the watch.

Photographers are obsessed with time.  Some photographers want to keep track of the “premium”  times for outdoor photography; the golden hour or the blue hour.  Some may time long exposures of flowing water to get that creamy smooth look.  Timing is critical in every phase of darkroom work, too.  Every photograph is an instant in time so it can’t be underestimated.

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…to be continued.

dock(s) of the bay

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That would be Braddock Bay in Greece, NY.  The Marina has 3 public docks for boaters at the park and when the ice melts (this was taken 2 weeks ago) it will be filled with boats of all kinds.  I don’t think this would be a very interesting shot without the ice as the dock would blend into the water too much.

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