Thursday, December 11, 2014

Night Critter Macros

Back when the Sony F717 still worked, my favorite and most unique photos came when I would shoot bugs and toads almost touching the lens with an automatic Sony flash unit handheld a couple inches above them. With a few square inches of light that close it was similar to the look of a huge softbox or umbrella on a person = flattering and smooth light.  
It was a very "hands-on" system requiring double manual dexterity and I wouldn't recommend it to most people, but oh man the pictures were good!  


 

My current version of this setup is a Samsung Galaxy S3 phone with an LED penlight in my left hand. Sometimes I add the phone's own light next to the lens. 
Not nearly as "softbox" in size, but new products in this area are hot right now and I'm even more likely to re-purpose and modify something currently available for cheap $$. 

Bottom line is that shots like this are what I call fun, and I missed shooting them for a few years. 
Can't wait for the Galaxy S5 next May when our cell plan is due. It's got a seriously better camera both for stills and 4K video. 
   



Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Black & White Challenge

 A couple weeks ago my friend Mark called me out on Facebook to a Black & White 5-Day Challenge. We named a few other friends and members of our photography club to join us as well.

Apparently I wasn't given all the rules, because I was the only one who shot brand-new photos instead of just posting old favorites. This was actually a good thing because it inspired me to get off my butt and get back into photography for the fun of it, so Thanks, Mark! 






As always, I shot these using the F828 capturing infrared light only.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Chalk It Up! 2014

It's been a couple of years since we've been able to make it downtown for this event, so it was nice to finally get back.
At the time we were underwhelmed by the quantity of good work and I didn't bother reviewing my pics until a month later--turns out it wasn't so bad.








Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veteran's Day 2014


Friday, August 15, 2014

Metal 'N Ink

Headliners THIRD EYE pack this venue with lines down the sidewalk, so this may be the biggest audience Televators have seen thus far.


Wish we could have practiced more than 2 hours, seeing as how we haven't played together since Feb 28th.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

St. Louis Cemetery #1

The main thing I wanted to shoot in NOLA was an above-ground cemetery.
Decided to use the F828 infrared camera, and it appears to have been a good choice.




We took a two hour tour, which was great.
The main points are:
The city is below sea level, so a good rain will float a casket out of the ground. Not cool!
People buy a deed to the space and build what they want. Upkeep not included. You can also rent, and owners can allow anyone they want to share space. Very practical.
You spend a year and a day on the top level, in a wood box. The heat pretty much cremates you. After that, what's left gets dropped down and eventually swept to the rear. Before too long, all remains end up seeping into the ground.
My sense for these things as well as electronic devices found no evidence of haunting in this particular cemetery. Kinda disappointed, but on the other hand I was able to concentrate on photography instead of ghost hunting.