Sunday, January 29, 2012

Square Deal

Canon 5D, 24 to 105 @ 105mm, 1/320, f14, ISO 500

I shot this through two sets of windows, one quite close, the other across the lobby of the building. I was outside looking through the close set of windows. Both sets of windows were square and they were adorned with small frosted squares. This made an interesting juxtaposition of squares within squares within squares.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Ice on Pine Needles

Canon 7D, 60mm macro, 1/6, f9.5, ISO 640, under exposed 1/2 stop, on tripod

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Sunday, January 15, 2012

A Night Out

Canon 5D, 24 to 105 @ 35mm, 1/2 second, f5.6, ISO 1000, camera supported

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Friday, January 13, 2012

Thursday, January 12, 2012

First Snow

Canon 7D, 20 to 35 @ 35mm, 1/125 f4.5, iso 160

We finally got our first accumulating snow of the season yesterday. When the storm tapered off, there were some very beautiful sights, but I put off taking them because the wind was so fierce and the temperatures so frigid. I thought I'd save the winter wonderland for the morning. Instead I took these simple snow-covered stems and scampered back to the warmth inside. When I went out this morning to capture the winter storm drama, all the snow had been blown off the branches.

Lesson learned: A snowflake on the branch is worth two on the ground.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Monday, January 9, 2012

Elevator Ride

Canon 5D, 28mm , f7.1, composite of three exposures, two @ 2.5 seconds and one @ 1.0 second, on tripod

For today's picture, I made a composite of three shots so I could show the movement of the elevator. The first shot was taken as the elevator traveled up, the second shot while it was stopped, and the third as it continued on upward after its stop. I used long exposures to blur the elevator lights as it traveled its path.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Steve and Ann's Surprise Party

Canon 7D, 24 to 105mm @ 32mm, f6.7, 1/30, with on-camera flash bounced off ceiling

Congratulations to Steve and Ann who celebrated their 30th anniversary (and some special milestone birthdays) at a surprise party put together by their incredible daughters.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Winter Grass in the Wind

Canon 7D, 200mm @ f5.6, 1/4000.

I first took these long grass strands using a 24 to 105mm zoom, but found that even at 105mm, the background was too much in focus and therefore distracting. So I switched to the 200mm lens and shot the grasses again with a much better bokeh effect.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Santa's Way Station

Canon 5D, 20mm @ f3.5, 1/20, on tripod

Our good friends (let's call them Mr. and Mrs. Santa) have been honoring the Christmas season for more than 30 years by decorating their home inside and out, and inviting the community to visit during an annual open house. Over the years, the display has become more elaborate, as they added new elements, ornaments and lights.

One item they have put out each year has been a special mailbox where neighborhood children can post their letters for Santa. Mrs. Santa responds to each child's letter with a handwritten, personal note. Our friends then save the childrens' original letters and, when possible, give them to their parents in later years.

Mr. Santa asked me to preserve their efforts with a photo of the outside light display. I took the photo from across the street, standing on the bed of Mr. Santa's pickup... er, sleigh. I used a low ISO to avoid digital noise, and slightly underexposed to preserve details in the highlights while allowing the dark night to go fully black.