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Posts tagged “abstract

Some Random Stuff…

Well…I’ve been a long-standing advocate for photo editing software that is NOT produced by Adobe.  My entire photographic “career”, I have avoided purchasing the likes of Photoshop, Photoshop elements, or any of the Adobe Creative Suites.  Sure, they are fantastic programs with fantastically deep levels of manipulation and control.  However, I have never had a need for so much depth and power.  And the cost has always been preventative.

Well, a good friend of mine upgraded from CS2 to CS4 last week.  So he gave me his copy of CS2.  So I figured I would learn how to finally use my camera to it’s fullest potential, shoot in RAW format, and use a powerful program for processing.  I still find I don’t need all the extras and depth, and I find myself wondering when I will ever use the heavy manipulation processes.  But I’m a wannabe geek, so it’s fun to play around…

Itty-Bitty Feeding Frenzy

Water Cascade

My Girl, Nina

Caught in the Act

I don’t know.  I don’t think the program is that much better than the Corel Paint Shop Photo Pro series.  Sure, it has more power.  But will I ever use it?  I don’t know.  But it sure is fun to play around…

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Playing with Fire…

So…we went camping.  I posted a bunch of photos from our various day hikes along Bishop Creek yesterday when I got home.  As promised…here are a few of my favorite shots of the campfire.  All were shot at ISO 400; f/2.8 and about 1/400.  Handheld, manual focus, manual exposure to get those really deep silhouettes and prevent blown highlights.

These last two are my favorites of the group, as they actually have some abstract form to them…

Dancing at the Gates of Hell

Phoenix Rising

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Couple More Water Abstracts

Ok, see…I had a plan.  I haven’t been able to get out for a day of just shooting in over a month.  I’ve been hiking, surveying for frogs, poutting up fences, planting flower gardens, and playing with the kids.  But I haven’t just taken a day to go out and shoot.  Today was supposed to be that day.

My plan was to get up before sunrise, get some landscapes at dawn, survey for frogs and shoot macros in the early day, go out to a friend’s to shoot albino rattlesnakes in the afternoon, sunset shots with my daughter, then off to bed.  But that didn’t happen.  I ended up babysitting my girlfriend’s daughter today.  It’s fine.  She is a fantastic girlfriend and a great little kid, so I really don’t mind.

But I gotta take some pictures or I’m gonna go mad…

And who would have ever dreamed that a kitchen sink would make a good photo subject?

 

Thanks for taking the time to look!  I can’t wait to get out for some real shooting soon, though…


Abstract: A First For Me

Abstract photography is not my strong suit.  It sits below portraiture on my Chart o’ Skills.  I haven’t tried too many because I don’t quite understand them to a comfortable extent.  This is a conundrum because in order to get a stronger grasp and deeper appreciation…I need to shoot them more.  C’est la vie…

Of course, with moving water and a 105mm macro lens…abstract just sort of happens on it’s own…

Bubble and Boil

 

Double Helix

The Eye

I really had a good time shooting and processing this series of water abstracts.  I could have spent several mnore hours shooting, but alas…I was at work, so…I had to get some actual work done.  But I think I might be playing a little bit more with abstraction.  Especially if it involves water…

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