newsworthy (otp221)

The assignment was newsworthy this week. Not surprisingly with my other work I went for the mundane. The good folks at the library do a good job with their story time, and its much appreciated.

Windmill Library Storytime
Windmill Library Storytime

But while uploading the photo, I realized I had shot another “newsworthy” thing earlier this week after having listened to the episode. The flags at Ikea were half mast again! But over the past couple months, with Orlando, Dallas, and Baton Rouge, such a display of mourning is so regular, it didn’t even trigger this fit with the assignment until now.

Ikea, half mast yet again
Ikea, half mast yet again

splash (otp110)

I had a tough time with this one. Moving water is not particularly easy to get right, especially since my setups are so rudimentary (me and my camera). I ended up trying three approaches, the first just shooting the river in Zion National park, then behind a waterfall (also at Zion), but my favorite came up a couple days ago when Dara decided to help grandpa water the plants.

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But Zion National Park was pretty cool too.

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forgotten (otp220)

I flipped my lens to do a the macro for the old basset hound that my parents just brought down from San Jose. I have no idea when I painted this little ceramic fellow up.

Red Lips
Red Lips
Blue Eyes
Blue Eyes
Setting
Setting

Ikea and Maarten Rots

Ever since running into Maarten Rots work , I’ve been quite a fan. I love his semi-abstract images, relishing the flatness and indeterminacy but avoiding pure blur.

Here’s a photo that feeds off of his aesthetic from our visit to Ikea. Dara was playing with my Nikon with the 105mm f/2.5 and she snuck her hand in front of the lens for this shot.

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She’s old enough now to point the camera in the right direction, but she still doesn’t know to look through the view finder. And since my slr is an ancient D40, there’s no live view on the machine – this is a totally pure exercise in spray and pray! Here’s a pair of photos from my wife shooting us shooting her.

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distortion (otp133)

Last month, I had quite a bit of fun with a glass of water and Jing’s camera phone. And just this past weekend it was interesting to playing around with them on the computer and seeing the different styles each image seemed happy settling into during post processing.

The setup
The setup
Black and White
Black and White
Abstractish
Abstractish
Yellowed
Yellowed
The Three Ladies
The Three Ladies
Darkened
Darkened
Unicorn!
Unicorn!