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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Wooden bowl

I like warmth of this shot; the colors, the grain of the wood, and the subtle reflection.  This bowl sits on a shelf in our bedroom and is illuminated from recessed fixtures in the ceiling. 



Canon EF 100mm f2.8 USM Macro lens
Exposure 4 sec @ f14
ISO 800
Aperture priority
Curves adjusted for contrast

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Reflections of a watch

I thought these would be neat for Weekend Reflections #18.  I took a ton of shots, playing with camera angle, aperture, and shutter speed.  It was quite educational and I encourage you to experiment under controlled conditions like this.



For this shot, I should have gone for a smaller aperture, like 10 or higher, to get the bottom left of the camera lens in focus. 


Canon EF 100mm f2.8 USM Macro lens
Exposure 0.8 sec @ f5.6
Aperture Priority
ISO 800
Curves adjusted for contrast










This one was done with shutter priority.  I'll let you figure out what the shutter speed was. 


Canon EF 100mm f2.8 USM Macro lens
Exposure (you figure it out) sec @ f10
ISO 800
Shutter Priority
Curves adjusted for contrast

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

And now for something completely different ...



I shot this at the Neshaminy Cemetery.  I've driven by it many times and finally decided to visit.  It is an active cemetery yet it contains graves from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.  Some headstones are so old, it's difficult or impossible to read the inscriptions.  The link above takes you to a website that has some other shots of the cemetery.



The quaint chapel can be seen from the road and catches your eye.  The deepness of the blue in the sky can be attributed to the Circular Polarizer. 


Canon EF 24-105mm L f4 IS USM lens
28mm Focal Length
Exposure 1/200 sec @ f10
ISO 200
Circular Polarizer used
Curves adjusted for contrast






It has an interesting bell that is currently not functioning.  In the US, we are amazed at buildings that are one or two hundred years old, yet in Europe and Asia, buildings many times this age are not uncommon. 

Canon EF 24-105mm L f4 IS USM lens
88mm Focal Length
Exposure 1/250 sec @ f7.1
ISO 200
Circular Polarizer used
Curves adjusted for contrast










OK, this is a creepy one.  I took a shot of the back of the headstones and originally converted it to B&W in Lightroom.  It looked OK, but it lacked something.  I made a virtual copy of the original and applied a WOW Preset (B&W #2).  These are a free download and some of them are quite interesting.  I think this one is positively evil. 

Canon EF 24-105mm L f4 IS USM lens
24mm Focal Length
Exposure 1/100 sec @ f7.1
ISO 200
Circular Polarizer used
Curves adjusted for contrast

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Egg


Year ago, I traveled to Singapore on business and bought a few trinkets, one of which was this egg.  I shot this on our kitchen counter lighted only by a recessed fixture, hence the brightness on the top.  

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens
Exposure 1.3 sec @ f7.1 (Aperture Priority)
ISO 800
Curves adjusted

Friday, January 22, 2010

Bentley



This is the hood ornament from a Bentley Convertible I saw at the "America on Wheels" museum in Allentown.  This is one of the first car you see after entering and there's no guessing why.  This car is exquisite.

For more reflections, see Weekend Reflections #18

 Canon EF 24-105mm L f4 IS USM lens
47mm Focal Length
Exposure 1/30 sec @ f4.0
ISO 800
White Balance adjustment only

I've got something up my sleeve for next week!!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Snowy rail



 I shot this at Peace Valley Park in the midst of a snowstorm.  This wooden railing is part of a bridge that crosses the Neshaminy, which feed Lake Galena.

I like how the snow was flying around.

 I played with this as B&W, but the 'color' adds a subtle touch to the shot.  I presented both, I'd love to hear your opinions.

Canon EF 24-105mm L f4 IS USM lens
45mm Focal Length
Exposure 1/80 sec @ f5.6
ISO 200
Curves adjusted for contrast



Sunday, January 17, 2010

End of the day



I shot this at Lake Galena near dusk this past summer. I wanted to save it for the dead of Winter, so we could all think about something else.

Most of the boats are retired for the day, the sun just setting behind the trees. Very Tranquil.

Canon EF 24-105mm L f4 IS USM lens
75mm Focal Length
Exposure 1/160 sec @ f5.6
ISO 200

Friday, January 15, 2010

Window Reflection

I normally don't like posting picture that require a lot of explanation, but I think this one fits the spirit of Weekend Reflection #17.

This is a shot from our master bathroom (now we're getting kinda personal).  The big black vertical line is the corner formed by two sheets of glass for the shower enclosure.  If you look closely, you can see a few water droplets on the glass (below the window). 

The smaller window to the right is the reflection of the main window through a mirror that is over my left shoulder.  If you look REALLY carefully, below the window reflection is a reflections from the glass tiles in the shower.  I will someday capture these tiles in all their splendid glory, but I have been unsuccessful in getting a shot that I am pleased with. 

If you have no life, you can visit my website for a detailed photo sequence of the construction that created this bathroom in April of 2007.  I'll warn you in advance, there are a *lot* of pictures in the sequence.  When you get bored, skip to the end and you can see some shots of the bathroom. 

http://www.2zars.com/waynengineering/master-suite-addition



Canon EF 24-105mm L f4 IS USM lens
24mm Focal Length
Exposure 1/25 sec @ f10
ISO 320
Curves adjusted for contrast

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Wide Angle fun





Enough of this cold, snowy, dreary stuff!  Here are two more shots from the west side of Grey Towers at Arcadia University late in the afternoon in November. I got in close to the building and took a shot looking up. Don't stand here during the rain, the gargoyle will get you!

Canon EF 24-105mm L f4 IS USM lens
24mm Focal Length
Exposure 1/160 sec @ f5.6
ISO 100
Curves adjusted








I swapped the standard zoom for a wide-angle and took this one.

Canon EF-S 10-22 f3.5 - 4.5 USM lens
10mm Focal Length
Exposure 1/100 sec @ f5.6
ISO 100
Curves adjusted

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Long Log


I found this really tall tree that had fallen down parallel to the bank of the Neshaminy Creek in Peace Valley Park.  I positioned myself along the length of the tree and focused a few feet ahead. 


Canon EF 24-105mm L f4 IS USM lens
45mm focal length
Exposure 1/80sec @ f5.0
ISO 200

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Greenhouses


I shot some old greenhouses before, but I wanted to try again early in the day to try to catch the reflection of the sun off the glass.  This particular morning was not the best, but I thought the colors looked worthy of a few shots.  This is part of Weekend Reflections #16





Canon EF 24-105mm L f4 IS USM lens
(I have to admit that I REALLY love this lens)
Exposure 1/125sec @ f5.6
ISO 200

Monday, January 4, 2010

Tall Tower


All this ice and snow is fun, but it's time for  something different. 

This is Murphy Hall at Arcadia University, shot from the courtyard.  Murphy was one of the original building on the estate.  It was originally a carriage house and has been transformed into more practical uses for the university.

I happen to really like the late day lighting and the *really* cool window.  Yes, the clock keeps perfect time. 







Canon EF 24-105mm L f4 IS USM lens
24mm Focal Length
Exposure 1/80 sec @ f6.3
ISO 200
Curves adjusted

Saturday, January 2, 2010

icy pattern


I was walking around Peace Valley park after we had several days of below freezing weather and came across a small amount of frozen water.  I thought this was a cool pattern.




Canon EF 24-105mm L f4 IS USM lens
105mm focal length
Exposure 1/125sec @ f4.0
ISO 200

Friday, January 1, 2010

Icy Reflection






An icy reflection from Peace Valley Park.  Please visit Weekend Reflection #15 for more wonderful reflections!

Canon EF 24-105mm L f4 IS USM lens
35mm Focal Length
Exposure 1/80 sec @ f7.1
ISO 200
Curves adjusted for contrast