Sunday, October 27, 2013

Galveston Photo Walk #4

Here's another photo from the Galveston photo walk earlier this month. This one's cropped a little wider than I'd normally like, but above this egret was the gangplank to the drilling rig museum, so its shadow made for a nice natural vignette on the bottom. 1/4000 sec at f/3.5, 200mm, ISO200, -1EV.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Four Cranes

I was taking some photos at an event last week for Breast Cancer Awareness month in the Caduceus Room in the Administration Building at UTMB. Before it started I took this photo of the progress of the new hospital scheduled to be completed in 2016.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Galveston Photo Walk #3

Here's another photo from the Galveston Photo Walk. This one was taken along Postoffice Street near 23rd Street, towards the end of our walk. We happen to meet a young woman named Cate who had this great hat, so we asked to photograph her. The background here was pretty awful -- benches, umbrellas, etc. So I simplified it with some cloning and patching in Photoshop, then used Nik Color Efex to add some contrast and glamour glow. We weren't really equipped for portraits, so used my pop-up flash for some fill. I've done this a few times before, and besides the catchlight being dead center in the pupil, it's really not as bad a quality of light as you'd think. I think the compression with a long focal length helps negate the on-camera flash, almost makes it ring-flash like. 1/60 sec at f/9, 105mm, ISO200.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Galveston Photo Walk #2

Here's another photo from the Galveston Photo Walk last Saturday. I'm always a sucker for fire escapes. I tried to play up the complementary colors here -- blue and orange. By the way, there's a web site devoted to color theory and complementary colors called Color Scheme Designer. It's pretty good. I saw it recently over on Phlearn. Specs for the photo above: 92mm at f/8, ISO200.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Galveston Photo Walk #1

Saturday was Scott Kelby's Annual World Wide Photo Walk. Our photo club decided to participate this year with a walk down the Strand in Galveston. I got there a little early to test a lens that I've been having some focusing issues with. Took this photo of a landing pelican near 19th and Harborside. 1/1000 sec at f/5, ISO 200, 200mm.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Summer Portrait #5

Another portrait done over the summer -- this one of Emili at Butler Longhorn Museum. More experiments with shallow depth of field, color toning and texture. 1/2000 sec at f/2.2, 85mm, light from a Nikon SB800 in a Westcott Rapid Box from camera right, in high speed sync mode.