Archive for August, 2012

A and B Restaurant

Posted: August 29, 2012 in Florida, HDR, Nikon D90

This shot was taken on the outskirts of downtown Key West, Florida. Obviously from the angle of view here I was quite close to the ground when I took this shot. In fact, as I recall, I was sitting on the ground next to my tripod as the series of shots were taken for this picture. Anyway, since night-time shots require a much longer shutter speed, I had to wait a little while as each shot was recorded to the SD card in the camera. As this was all happening a man and his wife came around the corner, and she simply stared at me with this blank look on her face. It wasn’t really a glare, and it wasn’t a smile either. It was almost more like mild shock or surprise. I smiled and said hello, and continued about my business, but she never replied and at one point just stood still and continued to stare my way.

Even now, I’m not sure why that lady looked at me like that… I mean, I wasn’t offended or anything… by now I’m used to the strange stares from people, but hello, It’s Key West people, there’s all sorts of people who just sit on the ground in random places for no reason whatsoever… what made me special?

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Morning Wood

Posted: August 28, 2012 in Florida, HDR, Nikon D90

Here’s a shot off the back dock of the Parrotdise Bar & Grill, on Little Torch Island, in the Florida Keys. I took this shot early in the morning before the restaurant had opened up. They have a long dock out back, and it just so happened to be pointing out in the direction of the rising sun. I loved all the converging lines, so I crouched down to block the sun a bit and set up the vanishing point in the center of the frame.

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The Winking Bridge

Posted: August 27, 2012 in Nikon D40, Ohio

When I first started to learn how to process HDR images, I set out to shoot HDR all the time. I shot HDR everywhere, and in every situation. I soon learned however, that not all scenes can benefit from HDR. In fact, if you don’t have a contrasty-type scene to begin with, HDR is probably just going to make the scene worse by adding more noise. That was the situation with this shot in Downtown Dayton, Ohio. I jacked around trying to “make it work” until I had to realize that HDR brought this shot no benefit. In the end I found the end result I liked by just playing with the Levels function in Photoshop and converting to black and white.

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Monkey Time

Posted: August 26, 2012 in Florida, HDR, Nikon D90

As you walk down Duval, there’s all sorts of these little restaurants and bars to stop at for a while to refresh yourself with some cold alcohol. This place was no different. In fact, this was one of the places that had self-serve daiquiris (which I thought was kind of lame at first, but eventually realized that pretty much all the women congregated around these at night, so maybe not so dumb afterall…).

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Color Bleed

Posted: August 25, 2012 in HDR, Nikon D40, Ohio

Just outside of Portsmouth, Ohio, in the surrounding Shawnee State Park region, there are many places that look just like this; mainly small farms nestled in between the foothills. That’s because this whole area is actually part of the Appalachian Plateau. The hills here, although not high enough to be considered mountains by any interpretation, are a nice contrast to the surrounding relatively flat plains. And in the early morning, due to the amount of moisture in the forest, you get quite a picturesque fog that lies in the valleys.

I took this shot in the fall (the best time to visit) and I was very impressed by all the rich colors in the sky, grass, trees, and even the barn, which was starting to grey out from exposure to the elements. It was a pretty tough spot to get an adequate composition, as I was trying to take the shot from across the street, in between cars rumbling by, all while attempting to not “trespass,” which apparently is a big deal in this portion of the state.

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Creak

Posted: August 24, 2012 in HDR, Nikon D40, Tennessee

Where did I take this picture at? Count Chocula’s vacation villa? Tim Burton’s private screening room? Rob Zombie’s recording studio? No. It was at the Polar Bear exhibit at the Memphis Zoo, in Tennessee. I thought it was an interesting contrast to the nice cuddly posters they had at the entrance. But I like it; it’s a little dark, a little creepy, and it lets me know that if I enter this door I may literally have my face torn off by a rabid polar bear. And personally, I think that’s the kind of positive reinforcement people need before they decide to enter a polar bear den.

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Shanty

Posted: August 23, 2012 in Indiana, Nikon D40

There are multiple covered bridge driving trails/tours in the surrounding areas of Rockville, Indiana. I found this little shanty on one of those trails. I actually took the picture hanging out of the window of the car. The trails and countryside in this area is quite beautiful. Most of the area has been logged and parceled out for farming, but as you get closer to Turkey Run State Park, there are some interesting wooded areas that have been preserved, and look very picturesque in the fall.