Monthly Archives: September 2014

home by the sea (and more)

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This house sits just a few feet from the shore of Lake Ontario and, as pleasant as that can be most of the time, I’m sure there are other times that the owners have to brace themselves.  This was taken just before sunset last week.

And now the “more” part:  Last week a gallon of white paint fell off a truck onto the access road to BJ’s here in Webster (Where Life is Worth Living).  It was promptly hit by another vehicle, actually several vehicles.  The paint can, being made of plastic, did not survive the hits very well and the entire contents are now part of the road.  Fortunately, I was there moments after it happened and with a camera, too.  I got a few shots after I removed what was left of the can from the road and those shots (keyword: cosmic paint) will be featured at our sister site lightscatter.  Instead of posting twice weekly, there will be a different photo from this series every day this week (except Saturday and Sunday, even if you offer me double overtime).  Please check them out if you have any time to waste.

Polaroid Macro LED Ring Flash – (not quite) a mini-review

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On top of my dining room table is the Polaroid Macro LED Ring Flash mounted on the old Nikon D80.  I was able to get it on an Amazon Lightning deal of 20% off last week.  I’ve always wanted one of these for macro work but they generally are too expensive for my taste but this price was very tempting.  It comes with 8 mounting rings to fit most lenses and also some diffusers for the LEDs.  I have not attempted to put it through it’s paces but I did take it out to see what the light looked like on some fallen leaves in the backyard.  My first impression is that it’s easy to set up and use and offers a nice amount of flexibility at a very reasonable price.  Click on any shot below to enter the gallery.  All shots were made with the ring flash on the D80 and all post processing was done in Lightroom 5.

indecision – corny as Kansas in August…

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We all make lots of decisions everyday – about what we eat, watch, listen to, what to read, where to go, what to buy.  Some of these are pretty easy stuff to navigate through each day and some require some thought on our part.  In photography, sometimes the decisions are decided for us but some need a more thoughtful process to reach the full potential.  I liked this corn in a field (in August, no less) and shot several files in a horizontal format.  When I was reviewing the shots in camera I thought I had not shown that these plants can be very tall (over 7 feet at this point).  So I shot some verticals and processed them both.  Now, days later, I’m still not sure which format I like better.  I guess that’s an advantage photographers have over other artists – they can have it both ways.

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