It’s been a busy month. How busy you ask? Well, I’ve only recently gotten around to watching “SHARKNADO“, the SyFy channel’s movie that has caused a sensation and is in line for a sequel. I have to say, as good as it was (and it wasn’t very good), it was no where near as good (or as bad?) as “SHARKTOPUS” from a couple of years back. Just having Eric Roberts in a movie elevates it to a new standard. To this day I can’t figure out why the Academy overlooked his brilliant performance. And the story line in “SHARKTOPUS” was so much more believable than “SHARKNADO”. Of course this is only my opinion and, as you can see, “SHARKNADO” has a .5 star lead over “SHARKTOPUS” in the IMDB ratings. But, hey, I call ’em as I see ’em.
Storm clouds rolling in over Lake Ontario last Friday. High winds left many without electricity for most of the following day. Why are we so attracted to really bad weather?
It’s 93° (F) in Webster (Where Life is Worth Living) and I thought being surrounded by ice would be a good idea.
Friday night was beautiful, cool and overcast, my kind of weather. Due to circumstances beyond my control (I love that phrase), I arrived a little late but there was still a lot of cars and people and a very enjoyable time.
Now about that self portrait: I’m never really happy with my self portraits, mostly because of the dull subject matter, and this is no exception. But it does have some interesting color and patterns, so here it is. I normally don’t wear red tee shirts when I have to photograph but, due to circumstances beyond my control, my wardrobe adviser liked this particular one. I like it too.
A large limb from a dead tree broke off recently at one of the small parks I like to hike in. It had some great color and texture and gave me an idea to expand my “COSMIC…” series. So I started the “cosmic wood” after taking several shots and seeing how they looked on the screen. While I was getting some macro shots this guy flew into the frame and decided to stay, but only for a second. I was able to get off a few frames and this is one slightly cropped. The fly left before I could secure a model release but, since there is no wi-fi in this part of the woods, I feel safe in posting it. Besides, he’ll be long dead before his case comes to court if he files suit in New York State. The wheels turn slowly here. Fellow blogger ehpem has been doing a great series on various bugs he has trained to pose nicely for photos. You can see one here. And you can see the first in the series of cosmic wood here.
These two files were shot within a fraction of a second between exposures. The only difference, in camera, was the exposure. The shot above is two stops higher than the metered average exposure and the shot below is two stops lower than the average, according to the camera meter. Two stops can make the difference between a good photo and one that needs a lot of work to be saved. But the camera meter doesn’t know this so it tries to make the best average exposure it can to save the photo and a high percentage of the time, it’s usually right. Some photographers are good at second guessing the meter and choose to shoot manually. I’ve set my meter to a constant minus (-) 1/2 stop difference because I always thought the Nikon meters tend to overexpose a tiny bit. RAW files are so forgiving of this amount of exposure it’s almost negligible though. I think the biggest difference is within the scene itself and the way we want to portray it.
PS: Here is the top photo with the ducks swimming in the opposite direction. I found these same three ducks and re-staged this sunset to get this photo.
Here’s another shot for our New Hampshire visit last week. This was taken wit the little Sony WX80 during a sudden downpour. I never left the car to get this shot! My thanks to Bill, whose expert driving allowed me to get the shot without getting wet. Happy Independence Day everybody!!!
We just returned from a short vacation in Northern New Hampshire with family and although it rained on and off each day, it didn’t dampen our spirits. The rain and cloudy skies provided very nice light in my opinion. This is a beautiful area of the country and we were lucky enough that our “guide” (cousin Kathy) knows it extremely well. Unlike the scenic trip to NH we took last year, we concentrated on some “off the beaten path” locations; museums, ice cream shop (there are countless ice cream shop), lupine fields and even a horse cemetery. We could have stayed much longer and still not have seen everything we wanted.