Monday, March 31, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
The top photo was taken while attending a kayaking symposium in Castine, Maine and the bottom one was taken on the Androscoggin River in Greene. It'll be a while but I'm looking forward to getting back in the kayak this year and doing some paddling.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
When people think of a pussywillow they think white and fuzzy but as they bloom they're quite colorful. The pussywillows in this area are not quite like this yet, the picture is from last year. I used my foil reflector on this photo, the sun was coming up on the right and I had the reflector on the left bouncing light onto the shaded side of the pussywillow.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
At first glance these two photos may seem the same. They are similar to the picture I posted the other day but I used flash on that one. I took these two yesterday in front of the window with no flash, just natural light. What I wanted to show is the difference using fill light can make, the top photo was taken without it. In the bottom photo I added fill light, it really brightens things up. I probably could've taken the top photo and tweaked it in Photoshop using the dodge and burn tool to make it look like the bottom photo but you're better off getting a decent picture straight from the camera rather that spending all kinds of time on the computer trying to make an inferior photo look good. The fill light really brightened the pistol and stamens and even the stem underneathe the tulip.
The fill light I use is just a crumpled piece of aluminum foil flattened back out and taped to a piece of cardboard. I do a lot of macro photography and I've been using that for years. I used it in the butterfly photos I posted on Monday and if you check out the pussywillow pictures from Friday you can tell I used it there too. Although most of the fill light on the pussywillow photos was the snow on the ground reflecting light back up onto them. This goes to show not all equipment that helps improve your photography has to be expensive and something as simple as crumpled aluminum foil can help your photos look better.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
I took this photo when I first started kayaking, This particular year the for-get-me-nots were all over the river bank. Since then I haven't seen as many but I'm sure like most plants they go in cycles and eventually they'll be more. This is one of those photos that I don't think could have been taken if I wasn't kayaking, there are no trails through the woods so the only access would be by water. It was taken with my first digital camera, a Nikon Coolpix 950. At the time I was still shooting mostly film, it took me a while to switch to 100% digital but now that I am I'd never go back to shooting film.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Last Thursday I posted a close up of a tulip I started in my refrigerator last fall. The first ones to bloom were yellow, this week purple ones are blooming but there is one red one in the batch. I took a close up of that one yesterday and here is the result. I can't wait until the tulips are actually blooming outside.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Both of these photos were taken while kayaking last summer. I was actually photographing loons on July 4th when the muskrat went swimming by and I was able to grab some shots. The beaver was curious and kept swimming around me and it would slap its tail on the water from time to time.