This is a photo blog of self expression. All the images I post are self assignments driven by the need for more creativity in my life. This is my escape from the everyday shooting as a professional photographer.
I took a short hike from a Nashville neighborhood to the rocky edge of Percy Priest Lake. Using a 15mm lens I carefully composed my image to make sure my own shadow did not show up on the rocks in the foreground. I wanted to get the ripples on the surface of the lake caused by a strong wind. I actually toned down the color in Photoshop. Exposure info- f-5.6 1/500 ISO 200.
I saw the moon through the clouds as I was driving home so when I got to my driveway I pulled out my camera using a 200mm lens to capture what I saw. Ended up taking two exposures. One for the clouds then one for the moon. Exposure Info. for the clouds f-2.8 1/100 ISO 3200 for the moon f-2.8 1/640 ISO 200. As you can see there is a big differences in the cloud exposure compared to the moon exposure. The way to understand why the moon needs less exposure is the fact the surface of the moon is as bright as a sunny day here on earth. Remember it is the same sun that lights the moon and earth. By the way I used Photoshop to combine the two images.
Using a 15mm lens I turned the camera sideways in order to include more of the led lights that are used to light the tunnel between the two main galleries at the National Gallery in DC. The bright light in the center of the image is from the cafeteria that has a large window bring in light from outside. Exposure info- f-5.6 at 1/30 ISO 1000.
Evening light reflecting off a glass builting made a wonderful background for older style archtecture in downtown Knoxville. I used a 300mm lens to bring everthing closer and to make the building look closer together. Exposure information- f-8 at 1/30 using a tripod to keep the camera steady.
Sometimes I get into shooting everything with one focal length. I used to do the same thing with a paint brush when I was in school. Maybe it is being lazy but it gives me a challenge to find the best ppossible subject for a certain lens. In this case I was using a 15mm lens. I moved in so close to the stack of bricks I almost touched them with the front element of the lens. Exposure details- f-5.6 1/125 at ISO 200.
In the photography world there are subjects that need to be color or need to be black & white. In the case of this image it screams for color. Even the shiny floor is reflecting all of the colors of the bowling lanes. The kids look like they dressed for their surroundings. I shot this with a 35 mm lens f-stop 3.5 at 1/125 at ISO 1000 with the white balance set at tungsten.
I shot this during Halloween. I wanted to get a picture of Dorothy as she moved down the sidewalk along with the surrounding neighborhood. I decided to use a small pop up flash on the camera to stop the action of the walking girl but used a long exposure to capture the houses. I set the camera on manual. I used an f-stop of 5.6 with an exposure of 1 second with a 15 mm lens. The houses are showing the motion of me holding the camera for 1 second. The flash lite the girl that was in a very dark area. This is not in the manual on how to use a camera. In other words braking the rules can be fun.
This was taken during my photography class trip to Cades Cove. I used a 15mm lens at f-5.6 at 1/250 at ISO 200 with a manual white balance with the camera set on manual. I was really trying to capture the shadows from the trees. The smoke from the Blacksmith shop was a bounce.
I was walking the dog this morning and found this wonderful frost on the ground, Usually when I walk the dog it is dark but thanks to the time change I had some early morning light. I used a 80-35 zoom set for macro and my camera was set on manual. I had my white balance set at 6250k with an f-stop of 3.5 at 1/60. To keep my knees from getting wet from the frost I used the live view to compose my image. I also used manual focus.
I took my photography class to Cades Cove this weekend and as usual the place was beautiful. Most of the fall colors were on the ground from the high winds earlier this week. I had to get on my knees for this image. I used a 15mm fish eye lens at f-5.6 1/125 at ISO 200. This is early morning light that helps because of the low angle and warm temperture. The low angle with this wide angle lens helped show off the leaves on the ground.