Week 8 – #10 Framed

Green Gables FramedI used the doorway of the barn at Green Gables House, to frame the famous Green Gables House.  For those who have read the books or saw the movie, this house is not the actual house, but a replica of the house that the author Lucy Maud Montgomery constructed in the stories for Anne.  The grounds are on Prince Edward Island National Park.  It includes the lover’s lane,  Balsam Hollow, the forest that inspired the Haunted Woods and Campbell Pond, the body of water which inspired The Lake of Shining Waters, both described in the book, are located in the area,


Week 7 – Its a Male Thing

24 - Its a Male ThingI know I am going to get some heat for saying this is a male thing, but though there are women who like to rebuild these antique vehicles, it is predominantly A Male Thing.    Here are two done with different effects.

The first was done with the new Canon 70d camera – using a feature that I would not normally use since I prefer to make my own settings and not let the camera control everything.  This option is called Hand Held Night Shots.  Well, I was pleasantly surprised, since this photo was taken at ISO 8000.  I surely expected a ton of grain, but Canon has made some nice advancements. I then finished the photo using Topaz Adjust.

The second photo was done using Aperture setting with an ISO of 400.  I then in Lightroom, I set this to Black and white to bring out the silver paint job and the chrome.

24 - Its a Male Thing 2It was a fun night at Biff’s Burger in St. Petersburg, with a number of antique vehicles and custom vehicles, music and food (mostly burgers and Buffy’s BBQ).



Week 5 – # 15 High Key

White Flower

Following my tradition, I am  ready to take photos but of course, it is raining again, so I am now tackling the photography technique called High Key.  So what is High Key?  High Key photography involves a large amount of light tones and fewer mid-tones or shadows.  High key photography uses unnaturally bright lighting to blow out most or all harsh shadows in an image.  But be careful – I do not mean that you should have any blown or over exposed portions.  You should not have any “Blinkies”.

High key methods were originally developed as a solution to screens that couldn’t properly display high contrast ratios, but has developed into more of a stylistic choice. This method is perfect for a subject that is funny, lighthearted or beautiful.

High key photography seeks to eliminate harsh shadows and create a bright environment. It is generally used to convey an upbeat, funny or beautiful subject but can be manipulated to communicate a number of moods and concepts.

You see high key used regularly for model photography, flowers and other subjects that are relatively feminine in nature. Another area perfect for high key is product photography. Practically speaking, the bright nature of the photo really highlights the product and can make for some great attention-grabbing contrast. Psychologically speaking, a product shown on white tends to suggest that it is high quality or upscale in nature.

This photo was taken at ISO 100, at 98mm, F6.3, with EV +1 2/3, 0.4 sec, Aperture priority, Spot metering.  Now I do not have a studio, so this was done in my dining room, on the table, with a white sheet on the table and one end raised up for the backdrop.  I also do not have studio lighting so this was done with lamps, floor and regular, two behind the flower to light the backdrop, and two on either side of the camera, one higher than the camera and one even with it.  I tried to keep it as simple as possible working with just what I had (other than getting the flower).