Gorilla Points The Way

Gorilla Points The Way

This year, all the presents were photo-based. When I talked to my sister, she wanted something to decorate the baby nook. I was thinking animals and simple for the baby and artsy and somewhat interesting for them. This is what I came up with. The second of the two is after the jump and there are a few more that I think would make an even nicer set if I had time to match the background colors. I took the Gorilla about 3 hours earlier than the Elephant and the sun going down really changed the colors. To make them go together I color-matched the background on the Elephant. Seemed to work pretty well on a plain blue sky.

Here’s the other one I sent along with the Gorilla. I think they make a nice set together with both arrows pointed out. As I said there are two more, but I don’t know what to do with the arrow pattern after two, so I figured I’d quit while I was ahead.

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  • DateTimeOriginal: 2008:12:16 13:41:47
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Oh Oh Oh! New Rolleicord!

Oh Oh Oh!  New Rolleicord!

Growing up, my dad had an old Rolleicord. I think he got it from his dad or brother – something like that. He kept it the way he got it – in a WWII 50 caliber ammunition case with the manuals and accessories. I remember the way the whole thing smelled like developer and glorious photo chemicals. It never saw much use, being a *real* manual camera and all, but I know he used it at least a handful of times. Anyway, after seeing some of my TtV stuff, my dad offered to send it up and now it’s mine! This is a seriously beautiful camera, as opposed to my crummy old Kodak. Made in Germany in the early 50s. According to the price slip that came with it, my Rolleicord III with the Schneider Xenar f/3.5 lens was worth $149.50. In 1952 dollars. I assume it still works (although my ability to operate it I wonder about) and I should have some results for you shortly!
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  • DateTimeOriginal: 2008:12:30 11:42:03
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Seattle Icicles

Seattle Icicles

I’ve lived in Seattle for about 7 years now. I might not be a native but I’m hardly fresh off the boat either. As you might know, the show Grey’s Anatomy is set here in Seattle. I don’t think it’s filmed here, which makes a lot of sense if you actually watch the show (which I don’t – just sayin’). Anyway, some pretty ridiculous stuff happens on said show. They seem to think everyone commutes by ferry, and doing so only takes a couple minutes. Doctors who work 24 hour shifts seem to have plenty of time to hit the bars, and most recently, a doctor found herself being impaled by a massive falling icicle. It’s pretty funny to watch the icicles spontaneously break off and stab poor Christine but the really funny part is that Seattle doesn’t have icicles. It snows maybe an inch every year – more than that every five or so, but icicles take cold temperature and snow and lots of things that just don’t come together here. And then this last week, it snowed. Tons. And there were icicles almost everywhere. So I’ll take back my laughter at that particular item from Grey’s. As long as I can snicker about story lines involving sex with ghosts, I suppose I’ll be ok.
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Night Snow and Photoshop

Night Snow and Photoshop

All the photos I post here take a very quick trip through Photoshop, usually just long enough to set some levels and resize. This is the first one I actually chose to edit for real. Everything I know about photoshop I picked up from a couple sources and I usually have to refer back to them each time. I find the best candidates for improvement in this way are pictures that have a cool subject but just look flat to start with. I loved the night look that this started with, but I like the final product more.

Updated 2008.12.26 – Since my reader has been kind enough to remind me that it might be more interesting to see what the finished product looks like when you can tell where it started, here is the original photo:

snowy-night-original

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  • DateTimeOriginal: 2008:12:22 21:09:21
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Snowy Seattle Night

Snowy Seattle Night

I’ve been taking pictures lately, but all of them are within a few blocks of my house. Snow in Seattle is usually a once or twice a season treat. It’s funny how with another dozen inches and a few days later, it really feels like a whole different kind of hell. For a different take, I thought I’d do some long exposure shots. Very low light photography isn’t that hard, especially with digital since you can see what you’re going to get. You definitely need a tripod and you may or may not need a cable or remote shutter release to ensure you don’t shake things taking the picture. I was looking for the light trails and motion against the stillness on the street, so I closed down the aperture as far as it would go and dropped the ISO speed to my camera’s slowest to get this exposure at 20 seconds. The nice thing is you don’t have to be too careful staying out of the frame – unless you’re wearing a flashlight, you won’t even show up. There is a lot more that can be done with this technique – I’ll post more when the snow melts.
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Telescope Sight Zoo

Telescope Sight Zoo

Another view of my favorite telescope from yesterday. I broke one of the big rules with this one – the center of focus is right in the middle of the image. Rule of thirds says that’s a no-no and I usually agree. In my defense, however, the edges are in the right place and I love the diagonal lines. I shot this with my macro lens, which is great for close-up detail, but also does a great job separating the subject from the background. Who needs a studio backdrop when a couple feet of shadow gives the same effect? Well, also, I don’t have a studio or a background, so you takes what you can get.
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  • DateTimeOriginal: 2008:12:16 13:56:41
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  • Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT

Telescope Focus

Telescope Focus

I’m pretty sure I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: old-timey crap is just a picture waiting to happen. I went to the zoo for some animals, but mostly for the other stuff. This is some pretty good other stuff. I love the kind of deco design, I love the chipped paint, and I love the built-to-last look. Having text in the picture makes me like it a lot more too.
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  • Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT