Petunia after the rain


As evening drew near, the rain stopped and as I looked at the petunias, I saw how the large blossoms held the drops of rain. So, I took some close up shots with the iPhone. I like how the monochrome finish emphasizes the water droplets. #photoaday

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Day 212 – 1 Light Portrait


I wanted to experiment with shooting portraits with 1 light. It’s hard to find a willing guinea pig to sit and pose for me. So, another self portrait opportunity. I shot this with my camera tethered with Lightroom 4. I like being able to see the shot right away in a larger format than the lcd screen on the back of the camera. I especially like shooting tethered for self portraits so I am not running back and forth checking the lcd screen. I used a pair of Yongnuo receivers that I bought on Amazon. These are great for triggering your camera remotely and also for off camera flash. They are reasonably priced too. Here is a link to the Nikon version that I use, Yongnuo RF-603 N3 receiver. Make sure you choose the correct model for your camera. The link is from my Amazon Camera shop. If you do make a purchase, I will receive a small commission.

Day 198 – Vintage and Burnouts

This Harley Davidson was on display in the Exhibit area at Bike Week. I really like the vintage bikes, and of course vintage bikes should be rendered in black and white. This reminds me of the motorcycle police bikes way back. This one is a 1957, older than me. 🙂
Flash forward to today, this evening just before the sun set, as I was making my way around camp, looking for photo ops, I came across the burnout area. Yep, this is where they line up to burn rubber. John, pictured here saw me with the camera and graciously volunteered to do a burnout for me. Wow, check out all the smoke. Great burnout John.

Day 194 – Monochrome Pepper

Tonight I wanted to do a still life, and struggled to find a subject. Then I remembered the orange pepper I had in the refrigerator. I set up a couple of different shots and experimented with the lighting and ended up with the shots you see above. As I was processing in Lightroom 4, I wanted to see what the pepper would look like in black and white. I really like the look, much more than the color version I originally was looking for. I also added a print template and saved as a jpeg. Tomorrow I am heading up to West Branch where Bike Week 2012 begins on Sunday. I will be taking photos all week, should be interesting. Stay tuned…

Day 193 – Black and White Grunge Portrait

Bummer, I missed a post yesterday! It totally slipped my mind. We attended a meeting and on the way home I made a mental note to get the camera out. When we arrived at the house, I turned on the MLB All-Star Game, then sat down to watch. After watching a while, I grew tired, then retired to my comfortable bed and was out like a light. I awoke from a deep sleep, panicking, “oh no, I didn’t post a photo!” Oh well… For today’s photo, I wanted to compare an effect from On One’s Perfect Frame 4.6. I shot the photo, processed in Lightroom 4 as a black and white photo and then exported to Photoshop CS5. The first picture I added a black outline by extending the canvas. For the second photo, I added an effect called, “Aged Wood” from Perfect Frame 4.6. The dark frame adds a grungy, dramatic, and mysterious feel, by adding to the shadows, it leaves more to the imagination.   I feel bad that I missed yesterday’s post, I will try to keep on track the rest of the way!

Backyard Weeds Black and White

These weeds are in the field behind my back yard. I wanted to use a shallow depth of field to draw attention to the taller wheaty looking weed, the soft focus on the other weeds provides a nice background. Vicki doesn’t like this photo, because there is too much soft focus, most of the photo is out of focus in her words. What do you think?

Day 179 – Weekly Photo Challenge: Create


I have been racking my brain trying to come up with a photo for this week’s challenge, the WordPress Postaday Weekly Challenge. This week’s challenge theme is “Create”. All it took was a quick walk into the back yard. I spotted the this nest the hornets created in my clothes line pole. It appears to be a vacant nest. A spider has built a nest in hope of a return visit from one of the hornets.

Day 173 – Shoot the Shadow Man

The Shadow Man, where ever I go, he is there too. Especially on sunny mornings, like the one we had today. I decided to shoot the shadow man, as it looked like he was about to shoot me. He was right there standing on the grass, next to me. I wonder how his photo of me looks…

Day 140 – Chevy Monochrome

This is an old (1932?) Chevy. I like the way it looks as a monochrome photo. It takes me back to a time when things were simpler. I can picture this old Chevy in an old Edward G. Robinson gangster movie. This old Chevy is parked in front of the Leather Shop in Frankenmuth. I’ve always enjoyed cars. I was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. Both of my grandfathers, worked in auto factories; Grandpa Lewis worked for Chrysler, while Grandpa Kiser worked for Buick. If my memory serves me right, Grandma Kiser worked in a Chevrolet factory before she went back to school to finish her teaching degree. Uncle Bill and my Mom both worked for Ford. You get the picture; growing up in the Detroit area with many of my relatives working for the auto companies, I learned to appreciate cars, especially the American made variety. I like old cars and new cars and really enjoy the Frankenmuth Auto-fest, which is held in early September each year. That’s when you can walk the streets downtown and see all the classics, both custom and original. It’s a car lover’s dream come true.

Day 68 I See the Moon

“I see the moon, and the moon sees me. God bless the moon, and God bless me.”

An old Mother Goose nursery rhyme

The moon was full tonight. I took this shot while it was still low in the Eastern sky, about 9:00 pm. There wasn’t a lot of color, so I got a little creative. I couldn’t help but think of the old Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme about the moon; funny how those rhymes stick in your head and pop up when you least expect it.

Day 50 Piano Teacher

My Daughter, Amanda is a pianist.  I just love to hear her play this piano; in fact I could listen to her play for hours on end.  Amanda plays all types of music and no matter if it’s Classical, Christian, Pop, or Rock, she knows how to make her music reach the depths of your heart.  When she plays, she becomes the piano and the music.  She has begun teaching others her art, on this same instrument she learned on.  I took this photo just before her lesson tonight.  This is a monochrome with a sepia tone effect.  I like the mood it creates, somewhat dreamy, with a little bit of a retro look.  The ice cream chair adds to that retro look and of course the piano is timeless.

Day 47 Tree x Three

Today was another “Gray” day.  The temperature got high enough to melt the remaining snow and the sun stayed away all day.  I met Vicki for lunch and decided to take my camera to try and get a couple of nice photo opportunities.  It was so bland out that I was losing my inspiration, when I saw the tree standing out in the field.  I really like the way the branches feather out into little tiny strands at the end.  The grayness of the sky made it possible to show the detail of these branches.  In my mind, my picture would be a black and white photo emphasizing the contrast between the sky and the fine branches.  As I sat down at the computer and uploaded my images I started to tinker around in Photoshop.  Now, I can get carried away in Photoshop, I lose all track of time.  So reduced the saturation level all the way until I had the monochrome image you see to the left.  Then I played with HDR Toning, something new to me.  The result is the surreal colorful photo in the middle.  I really like the detail and the saturated colors; what a great way to brighten up a gray day.   The photo at the right is the original color shot.  I decided I like all three together.