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Archive for July, 2009

Been a while….

…since I posted anything new, so I thought I’ll find something worthwhile from recent shoots. I think this one is from early June. Peace is the model’s name, no shit. Not a nick name, but her Christian name as it appears on her birth certificate. Unique…I’ve never met anyone names Peace…clearly her parents were hippies. She was an odd duck herself. Pleasant enough, just odd.

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King of the Forest

So…Gary Fields’ Comedy Club is right down the street from my house, 3 blocks due south.

During the summer months, they have a bike night on Mondays (I’ve posted photos from that in the recent past) and local bands play on Thursday nights. There is usually a band on Monday nights as well. The noise travels right up the hill and right into my living room. The stage and my living room window face each other and the sound travels very well.

Most of the time I forget when and who is playing until I hear th music while I am sitting @ my computer.  If they sound good, I’ll walk down the hill and get a better seat for listening. King of the Forest came through loud and clear last night, and frankly I could have stayed home and listened just fine.

I took my camera with me, but tripods are useless when photographing people in low light unless you can talk them into standing still, so I was an ISO pushing fool. Nearly everything I shot was at 1600 ISO, and I was using an f/2.8 70-200mm lens and an f/2.5 lens for the most part. I did grab a couple shots with my f/3.5 18mm lens, but foolishly I left the f/1.8 50mm lens at home. I would have come in handy. Even with those fast lenses and high ISO, I was still seeing relativly slow shutter speeds

I was pleased with the noise level, however. I was expecting a lot more color noise than I got. My little Rebel XTi did a pretty good job. I did filter one photo for noise, but the rest were left as is.

I fired off more than 300 images, and trashed over 100 in camera because of motion blur or camera shake. The upside is that I had a wide lot of images to sort through…the downside is that I had a wide lot of images to sort through. My biggest hurdle is whittling away the chaff to get to the wheat. I got it down to 30 images after an hour of sorting. Now I have to get it down to one, to post here. It ain’t fair, I tell ya.

Piss on it, I’ll post four.

This young lady had the most energy of anyone on the stage (and she was in the best light) so I got more photos of her than of anyone else.


My point of view…

oin-meg1loresThe title of this post does not refer to my point of view as in what I think on a particular subject, but rather what I actually see when I look into a camera, my perspective.

A single lens reflect camera has a prism with two mirrors that “right” the image in the view finder. When viewing what the lens actually sees as you would with a view camera, the image is inverted both vertically and horizontally (upside down and flipped over). With the waist level view finder on this RZ67 there is a single mirror that inverts the image upright, but it is still flipped on the horizon…left is right, right is left.  The right brain fights with the left if you’re not used to it.

But I love these medium format cameras. The lenses are so crisp, and the negative so large (granted not as large as the view cameras) you can pull so much detail out of everything. There is just something cathartic about turning a lens and bringing something beautiful into sharp relief.


On the rocks

I’m not sure why, but I love the way water behaves in long exposure photographs.

This one was around 5 minutes. I’m wishing I had a flashlight with me to put a bit more detail on the rocks along the shoreline, but the deep shadows work, too.


Over the edge

parking_garage_loresBelieve it or not this is a 45 second shot that was hand held…sort of.

I couldn’t get the shot I wanted from this vantage point with the tripod on the ground (well the top of the parking garage) because the ledge was too wide. So I laid the tripod on its side across the top of the ledge and dangled the camera over the side of the building, and laid my body across the tripod to keep it still during the exposure. I wasn’t able to look through the view finder, so I focused on infinity and repeated the process a few times til I got a shot that I liked well enough to call it a success.


Old Train Station

clarasloresWell, it isn’t a train station anymore, but it is a cooler title than restaurant…which is what this old train station is now.

Clara’s on the River is one of the better restaurants downtown. It is a nice thing to say, but frankly doesn’t mean much as their simply aren’t that many restaurants downtown. If you count fast food like Subway and Schlotzki’s there are about 7 or 8…which I suppose is a lot considering the size of Battle Creek.

Clara’s, Arcadia Brewery, and the BiCi Bristo probably have the best food and service. Clara’s has the largest menu and is the most reasonably priced, and during the summer time you can sit outside on the river and people watch while you eat. Their Sunday brunch the cat’s ass…all you can eat for about 5 hours….I haven’t made it the full 5 hours, but I’m trying.

I’m still on my long exposure kick. I’ve been there before, but this time I am limited to doing it at night since I still have yet to replace my netural density filters after my camera gear was stolen. I’ve replaced just about everything else, but I still have yet to replace all of my filters.  I do have a circular polarizer that adds 3 stops of exposure, but I need to get my paws on some ND filters, too.

This one was f/22 for about 4 minutes.


Long Exposure on the Battle Creek River

I’ve been neglecting my blog, but not photography. I just haven’t had much that was ‘blog worthy’ to post lately.

Last night I took part (led) the Battle Creek portion of the 2nd Anual Worldwide Photo Walk. I’ve been photographing downtown so much lately I was actually kinda bored and spent most of my time photographing the other photographer. But I did do a bit of night shooting after the walk was over, and got this shot. It isn’t terribly earth shattering, but I was tinkering with long exposures. I have a couple others of this scene that show more detail, but they were lousey with lens flare. I like lens flare on some of my shots, but these were particularly nasty. This one had a few, but I was able to eliminate most of it in post processing.

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