About this blog title

I cannot tell you how many times I have shown up at events with a couple of cameras around my neck, a gadget bag full of odds & ends and a lighting kit and have been asked that question. If it happened once every few years, that would be one thing. But it happens a LOT. It's like getting pulled over by the police and he's standing there with uniform, gun, flashing lights and asking him "Are you a cop?" I would love to come back with a witty reply, such as "No, I am Jesus. Don't you recognize my beard?" However, I cannot be that rude.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Night Photography With Nikon D7000

I got home at midnight last night and the yard was lit up by a bright Moon. I immediately thought I should take a minute or two and try a night photo with the Nikon D7000.l I mounted the camera on a tripod. Lens was 17-55mm f2.8 Nikon, exposure was 20 seconds at f2.8, iso 400. I have done very little night photography and very little with digital cameras. I was impressed with the result. The light was mostly from the Moon, however, there are some street lights in the neighborhood and I think they account for the reddish color in the trees.

After shooting the back yard I did an about face and snapped this shot of my driveway. Same exposure and camera.

It has been a busy Summer so far and I have had little time or energy for this blog or keeping up with FaceBook. It's too bad because I have had numerous interesting things that I could have blogged about. When time permits I will try to write about them.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Self Portrait

Here is yet another self portrait taken in the mens room mirror at The Commons on Fort Drum, NY.

Thank you Bruce & Judy for letting us stay at your house for Lindsey's wedding. I appreciate it very much.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Romance: Couple In Dance

These are two photos I snapped of a couple dancing at a wedding I photographed this evening. The camera was a Nikon D300 with a Nikon 17-55 f2.8 lens. The light was dim. I jacked up the iso setting on the camera. Underexposed a bit. Then I cropped a small section from the overall image to enhance the pixelation. I used a sharpen filter to add to the effect. I desaturated the color. I added a film grain filter to the lower photo. What do you think? There is a place you can click on this blog to comment.

OK. So now that I have been inspired to tinker with the above photos and make a blog entry, I am now going to take a beer and my guitar out to the front porch and play some romantic music. Anyone fortunate enough to go walking by at this hour will hear it. Good night everyone.

Wedding Today

The day started out rainy here in Chaumont, NY. I have an unusaul situation in that I have the home to myself. The Better Half is off to Cleveland visiting her family.
It is now Sunny here. I leave in an hour or so to photograph a wedding at Fort Drum.
The two photos posted here are from a wedding I photographed two weeks ago at Boldt Castle in Alexandria Bay, NY.

This is a photo of me snapped at brother B's home in Winter Haven Florida just before going to Niece L's wedding. My niece B has added an interesting element by appearing next to me in this photo.

Here is a great quote I recently came across from the singer Julie Andrews, “The amateur works until he can get it right. The professional works until he cannot go wrong.”

Terrific advice that I am going to take to heart.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Gray Fox Sighting?

This evening I was playing guitar in my backyard when a strange looking animal appeared from behind the fence. At first glance I thought it was a cat, but then thought it was a dog or fox. It was slender, light on it's feet, silent and had a black tipped tail. After researching the web I think it may have been a gray fox. The sighting was too brief to photograph. I'm hoping he has a habit of checking out my yard at dusk so I can start watching for it.

Palm Tree, Bell, Florida

This is a palm tree scene that I snapped during a visit to the Suwannee River in Bell, Florida.