Thursday, August 30, 2007

Storm Cell at Sunset

The storm came in from the south. With lightning flashes and thunder rolling, we decided it would be a good idea to get off this hill top.


Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Desert Dusk in black and white

It's better in black and white, I think.


Monday, August 27, 2007

Old Tanker

One more image from Mike's 5 Fingers Ranch. HDR from a single RAW image.


Sunday, August 26, 2007

Desert Sky

HDR, but just enough to push the dynamic range closer to the human eye.


Tuesday, August 21, 2007


This is an old bench I found at Mike's "5 Fingers Ranch." My D50 doesn't have a depth of field preview and it was my intention to keep the DoF pretty shallow. The change from focus to blurred seems rather abrupt. It seems fake, but I can assure you that I didn't blur this with Photoshop.


Sunday, August 19, 2007

Old Car

Mike P. was kind enough to let me photograph his collection.


Night Splash

Okay... here's the story... my wife decided to have a party last night. As it was dying down, my next-door neighbor and I we're just kicking back and talking about photography. He knows very little about cameras, so all too often, he'll point out a picture to me and ask me how it was accomplished. While looking at the fountain in the middle of our pool, he wanted to know if I could stop the water in a picture. I said, "It's easy. Just use a flash." He found that hard to believe, so I had to trot out the camera and prove it.

I got a couple of images up high with the drops suspended in air, but they weren't as interesting as the riot down at the surface.


Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Willow Springs (Lomo)

Rather than use the online tool, picnik, I think I've figured out how to make Lomo-type images using PhotoShop. Here's my first attempt.

Fairly simple really... create a vignette... jack around with the contrast of the red and green channels, and then push the saturation a bit.


Sunday, August 5, 2007

A Distant Fire

A smoke filled sunset.


Union Pacific 6187

So... I'm driving along the Garlock road. I see a train in the distance as I pass Goler Road. Do a quick u-turn and get to the crossing. Grab the camera. Aarrrgh... it's set for bracketing. Into the menu, turn off the bracketing and rush towards the tracks. I get one picture with the white balance set to clouds and program is in P-mode. P-mode? I NEVER shoot P-mode. Crap!

Given a bit more time, I think I would have went for a shallower DoF.

Decided to blog this because it made it to "explore" today.


Saturday, August 4, 2007

Ruth Wails

"Paid in Full" played Friday night at Nickoletti's. Mike, Roger, Steve, and I we're all there playing photography dorks to the best of our ability.

I shot this with another of Steve's lenses, not the big 70-200, but something else. IIRC it was a zoom and had VR (I think).

A fair amount of post-processing on a sub-standard capture.


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