Week 4 – # 26 Light and Airy

26 - Light & Airy-2


Again playing with different lighting, I was trying to light the flower and to create the shadow that looked more like a tree shadow.  The light has to be bright enough and high enough but not too high or too bright to make the shadow fall apart.  Of course, I had to rig a wire to hold the flower and that had to be erased. I then took this into Topaz Adjust to give the photo an overall light salmon colored tinge.

The starkness of the single flower and the shadow  is what drew me to try to photograph this.  The petals give the light and airy feel in the  shadow with the different  layers of light bleeding through.

It’s raining  (again) and what better than to play with my camera and determine what kind of lighting to get my desired effects.


Week 3 – #13 Hearts

13  hearts  - my precious


With a number of themes this year, I can see that I will be borrowing from Bill Mills and doing some two-fers and doing a theme more than once.

I had a completely different idea for hearts until I thought about one of my favorite books.  I love the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.   For the few of you who do not know the story, the ring is a integral part of the story.  It even is called – My Precious.   The love of the ring – or actually more the desire of the ring rules the actions of the characters.   So here is my version – of “My Precious.”

I enjoy trying new things with my camera as you have seen from a few of my posts, and this one is no different.  First, I wanted the book on an angle, and that caused working a bit harder to get the shadow.  I worked on getting the shadow to be cast in just the right angle to create the heart. This required controlling the amount of light as well as the direction and height of the light in respect to the book and ring.  I used a rheostat to control the amount of light.  I went back and forth as to whether I should let the words on the page to be readable, but the whole understanding of the photo would be lost without knowing the book, but I did not like when the book title on the opposite page showed as well, so I had to find a capture that had the word Ring in it or something that would help identify the book.  Also due to the type of bulb I used, I changed the white balance to tungsten to eliminate the discoloration of the pages in the book.


Week 2 – # 35 Photojournalism

35 photojournalism 1The first ever Manasota Indian Festival was held on Saturday, August 10th at the Bradenton area Convention Center in Palmetto.   The festival included cultural information on India, including the different religions, education, and family information.  There were plenty of shopping opportunities for jewelry, clothing, saris, music, movies and of course food. There was even a table setup for getting a Henna painting.  The hall was decorated with panels that were hand made.

The festival was hosted by the Gujarati Association of Manasota and the Indian American Association of Manatee and Sarasota. It commemorated India’s Independence Day, which is Aug. 15.

A program was setup on a central stage, that showed a journey across India with dance and stories, with a background of photographs of the areas in India.  The program included two sessions to allow people to attend either one to make sure everyone was able to experience the festival.

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Week 1 – #39 Shallow Depth of Field

39 shallow depth of fieldI am going to start out this new season of themes with one that is a reproduction of a 1930’s photograph.  In this, I am demonstrating the fading of the LifeSaver on the candy as it gets further from the camera.  Notice the lifesaver in front lower right is sort of in focus but the next two front facing lifesavers on the right are the focus point.  I am using lighting that is coming from the camera’s right instead of using a flash on top of the camera – throwing the unique shadows – copying the candies shape.

To give credit – this is a copy of one of Ruth Bernhard photos


Ruth Bernhard was born on October 14, 1905 in Werder, Germany, near Berlin. Daughter of the legendary graphic artist and type designer Lucian Bernhard, Ruth moved from her native Germany to New York at the age of twenty-one. There, her…artistic life blossomed among the designers and artists of the new modernist movement who inhabited the vibrant cultural center that was New York in the thirties. A 1935 encounter in California with photographer Edward Weston led to her passion for photography as an artistic medium, and thus began her unending commitment to the making of exquisitely perfected photographs. The first image she made after meeting Weston, “Creation, 1936”, a hand cradling a doll’s head, remains her favorite. “When I am working on a still life,” she later explained, “it might be days before I make an exposure, and then it will be only one negative.”

Ruth’s photography began appearing in print in the early 1930s, and in the June 1939 issue of U.S. Camera, she was “the American Aces” cover story. By that time, she had produced work on many subjects: children, shells, animals, dolls, still lifes, and nudes. Ruth’s first photograph of the nude was in 1934, but she did not begin concentrating on the genre until the 1950s and 60s. Bernhard worked for decades in a male-dominated field before her own achievements were appreciated. At a time when women were rarely acknowledged in photography, Ruth carved out her own trademark style.

During her lifetime she had more than 200 exhibitions around the world and innumerable books have reproduced her images. Since 1996, her works have become part of the permanent archive of Princeton University.

Ruth Bernhard died on December 18, 2006 at her home in San Francisco, California.

Each time I make a photograph I celebrate the life I love and the beauty I know and the happiness I have experienced. All my photographs are made like that ~ responding to my intuition… After all these years, I am still motivated by the radiance that light creates when it transforms an object into something magical. What the eye sees is an illusion of what is real. The black-and-white image is yet another transformation. What exactly exists, we may never know.” ~Ruth Bernhard