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Prelude

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Lindera obtusiloba

Lindera obtusiloba

It has been a really mild winter. I’ve been seeing signs of the trees coming to life and decided to stop in at the arboretum to take a look around. I made this image under a Japanese Spicebush or Lindera obtusiloba. A mature specimen that may actually have seen more days than I, it is one of my favorites of the collection. I’ve spent many a spring or autumn afternoon under it’s brilliant foliage, absorbing the magnificence of the sea of yellows and greens, and bathing in the spicy-sweet fragrance. On this day, it was just awakening from it’s winter slumber.

Photog Notes
f/11, 1/10 second at ISO 400. I shot this on a relatively calm afternoon but these shoots were so thin and delicate that even if I moved a little too quickly, the air would stir just enough that the camera was able to pick up the slight movement. I thus chose to shoot at a higher ISO than I’d have preferred, and underexposed a teeny bit to get a usable shutter speed. In processing, I bumped up the exposure ⅓ stop, and applied a bit of selective dodging and burning.

 

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February 26, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Shanghai Street

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2011 was a pretty good photographic year for me. With the regular camera, I was able to capture some landscape and travel images that I am pretty pleased with. But looking back, one of the highlights is certainly how much street photography I was able to accomplish. It is not a genre that I usually pursue but one of my favorite things to do while traveling is to wander around, observing people as they lead their regular lives. These are several mobile phone images that I made during my wanderings in Shanghai. Please let me know what you think?

Photog Notes
These images were captured with a T-Mobile G2 (aka the HTC Desire Z), using an application called Retro Camera. I really like the various styles of output that the app is able to produce, but this comes at the expense of shutter lag – it takes 1 to 2 seconds to focus and capture the image. Not particularly good for candid street shots but one eventually learns to prepare and anticipate. 😉

 

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February 19, 2012 at 9:22 am

Fall, Remembered

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Fall, Remembered

Fall, Remembered

I was looking through the archives, looking for an image for a friend when I came across this interpretive piece, which I made during the fall. I’ve liked this image since it popped up on the back of my camera, just haven’t had the chance to process it until now.

Photo Notes
f/32 at ISO 280, handheld at 1/10th second. A lot of interpretive intimate landscapes involve moving the camera vertically – most commonly to accentuate the pattern of tall grass and/or tree trunks. In visualizing this piece, I wanted to preserve the pattern of the dark trunk against the bright golds of the foliage; this is the premise that dictated how I manipulated the camera.

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February 12, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Thursday’s Twilight

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thursday's twilight

I’ve been fighting a cold all week. By the time Thursday afternoon rolled around, a touch of cabin fever had set in. The sky looked somewhat promising so I bundled up with an extra layer and took a drive. By the time I got down to the water, the interesting clouds had dissipated so I just hung out with the other sunset watchers, savoring the last minutes of a gorgeous afternoon (and of course snapping a few). On my way out, a beautiful glow continued to cling to the sky. That’s how this image came about.

Photo Notes
1.5 seconds at f/9.5, ISO 200. To maximize image quality, I try to shoot at a camera’s optimal ISO as much as possible. In this case, staying within the lens’ optimal aperture range (I picked f/9.5) required a long 1-1/2 second exposure, so out came the tripod again. Made a few images before it got too dark; I liked the framing of this one the best.

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February 4, 2012 at 3:48 pm

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