Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Oh man, almost ran out of time for a post today. I have an excuse though – I had to go see my eye doctor, which means my eyes are totally dilated. As a result, I can’t see a damn thing on my screen. I mean, I can see big stuff, but I can’t see text. Which means, I can’t really see what I’m typing. I think I’m doing pretty well with the whole typing thing because 1) I sort of do it for a living so I have a pretty good feeling when I screw up, and 2) I can see the little red squiggly lines, so I can say with authority that there are no misspelled words in this post, even though some of the words themselves might be wrong. Whatever.
Every spring, a bunch of trees around Seattle (well, around a lot of places) turn bright fluffy pink. That always weirds me out. I’ve heard the right term for the pinkness is “cherry blossoms”, so I’m going with that, even though I’m almost positive they aren’t cherry trees per se, so I’m not quite sure how the term cherry blossoms applies. Not important. What *is* important is that, to this day, I can’t figure out how to get the picture I want out of them. I just.. can’t do it. I tried for years and years, and I could never really do it. I’ve kind of given up trying the last couple years, but the dream is still alive. Some of them turn out okay, but I KNOW there’s a totally amazing picture to be had of them, and I also know that I haven’t gotten it yet. This particular one was taken way back in 2004, all I had at the time was a 3 megapixel pocket-sized point and shoot. (Well, I had my 35mm SLR too, but that was well past the time that I never used that thing anymore.) It’s been sitting around for quite awhile, but I just realized that back then, I didn’t take the time to touch up any of my pictures, so it was dark and uninteresting. So I went through the pics from that day in Picasa, and brightened up a bit, and.. they’re at least better than they were before. Good enough for posting late in the day on a Tuesday, for sure. Since the blossoms are done for 2010, this’ll have to do until at least next year.
Notes: Canon PowerShot S230 (Point and shoot). 1/125s, f/2.8.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Hey again everyone. Today’s shot is from southwestern Colorado, the San Juan mountains specifically. This is a little spot called American Basin. It’s accessible via a rough and tumble 4×4 road, maybe 30 miles or so in. (Although that could be way off, this was taken 5 or 6 years ago, so the details are fuzzy.) The San Juans are awesome for a lot of reasons. Most notably is that, while most of the Rockies have been beaten down and smoothed out by the elements over the years, the San Juans are still all rocky and awesome. Also, they are probably the wildest mountains, meaning that whereas most of the rest of the Rockies are pretty accessible, there are still spots in the San Juans that are a real pain in the butt to get to. And, there are 4×4 roads EVERYWHERE, that go to REALLY pretty places. When I was there, I just had a regular Subaru sedan. It’s all wheel drive, and I got to a lot of places that, had I been rational, I wouldn’t have gone to. But really you need a true off-road rig to get to the places you really want to be. (In fact, a bunch of folks down there have jacked up Jeeps for rent for around 100 bucks a day – I want to go back and do that one of these days.)
Today’s picture is an example of using depth of field to focus the viewer’s eye on the true subject of the picture. On the surface, lacking depth of field seems like a bad thing. I mean, why wouldn’t you want *everything* in focus, right? But, in a lot of cases, like this one, the thing you really want to highlight would then just get lost in the details of everything else going on. So, in this picture, your eye still sees and takes in all of the mountainy stuff going on in the background (which sets the context), but our eyes are naturally repelled by the fuzziness, and are instead drawn to the area of sharpness in the corner. Another use of a shorter depth of field is as a method of adding contrast. If your foreground and your background are the same color and contain the same kind of pattern or similar detail, it can be hard for your eye to distinguish them. But if you change up a couple of the aspects (color, sharpness, pattern, brightness, etc), it can make them really stand out. Which then provides depth. Which is hot.
I’m afraid to go back and read all this stuff I just wrote. I wrote it in about 6 different sittings, with a couple bathroom breaks (yeah, a couple!) and various other distractions thrown in. It may not sound good. But that’s fine. I’ll have another shot tomorrow.
Notes: Canon PowerShot S230 (Point and shoot). 1/400s, f/7.1, ISO unknown.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Hey everyone, here’s a nice pic to carry you through the weekend. This is a pretty old one, I took it on a roadtrip up the California coast, when Julie and I were driving north from San Francisco back to Seattle. We didn’t have time to take the coast the whole way, but we made it as far as the Redwoods before heading back to I-5. A nice drive, worth the time for sure.
Before letting you get back to whatever you were doing before, I’d first like to give a little shout-out to Rhonda Moon. Because she linked to me, which is awesome! Hopefully the torrential flood of traffic I’m going to send her way <crickets chirping> will make it worth her while.
Have a good weekend!
Notes: Canon PowerShot S230 (Point and shoot). 1/1500s, f/8.0
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Hey everyone. In the past I’ve posted a couple of pictures of the view of Mt. Shuksan with Picture Lake. This is also Picture Lake, but seen from the other side. In fact, if you know where to look, you can see where I took those pictures, on that opposite shore.
I just realized now as I’m writing this that this isn’t the picture I intended to post today. Meh, whatever.
Notes: Canon PowerShot S230 (Point and Shoot). 1/500s, f/2.8.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
So I guess I should start of by saying this: I don’t usually do the black and white thing. Some people are good at it, I don’t consider myself one of those people. My heart’s not in it. Sure, I get the fact that it can be more dramatic, and it makes you focus much more on the composition and the detail, instead of relying on the colors to make the shot. But whenever I think about trying it, I feel like the result is cheesy, over the top, and it’s overly obvious that I just took a color shot and turned it to B&W in Picasa because I wanted to make it AWESOME.
And besides, let’s be brutally honest here, black and white ain’t what it used to be. It wasn’t too long ago that if you wanted to shoot b&w, you had to commit. You’d load your b&w film in the camera, and that’s what you got. There was none of this just snapping the shot and then playing around with it later to decide if you wanted color or not. The folks who spend hours in the darkroom, those are the “real” black and white folks. I’m just a pretender.
That’s what goes through my head, anyway, when I think about clicking the Black and White button. Which is why I usually don’t. But in this case… sure, why not?
This was taken near the Wisconsin Dells, in, duh, Wisconsin. I’m still not exactly sure why or how I ended up there. I’ve got a lot of family (mom’s side) in Chicago, and one extended weekend when my immediate family met there (my parents live in Colorado, my brother in Tucson, and I’m of course in Seattle), we decided to spend a couple extra days together, hanging out in… Wisconsin. I think it was my mom’s idea, and it actually turned out to be a great one, it was a ton of fun. My first impression was that it was just a midwestern DisneyLand. There’s this big lake, and hundreds of these cheeseball resort places, waterparks, go-kart tracks, museums, and mini-golf courses. This was the first place where I was ever introduced to the concept of an indoor waterpark, although I still have yet to be inside one. It wasn’t until the second day that I realized there was actually something to see there – the Dells themselves, which are these cool rock canyon things around the lake. They’re actually really beautiful, I was really surprised. I actually want to go back there now that my camera equipment has matured. To Wisconsin. I want to go back to Wisconsin. Bet you never thought you’d hear me say that, right? Going back and re-reading that sentence, it still doesn’t look right. But it’s actually the truth.
Now that we’ve taken care of all that business, I’d like to remind everyone that calendars are still available. In fact, a couple of you requested them, but never gave me an address to send one to. If you want one, shoot me an email, dave (at) davefry.net, or leave a comment, or send me a Facebook message, whatever. 15 bucks-ish, plus whatever shipping costs. I’m selling them for exactly what they cost me, if you were wondering. Let me know!
Map: http://bit.ly/BN0Xu (I don’t remember where the pic was taken, so I just put the pin right in town.)
Notes: CAnon PowerShot S230 (Point and shoot). 1/60s, f/2.8