Friday, April 8, 2011

More Underlighting

I knew immediately after seeing B's post that I was going to play with underlighting. It's actually something I really enjoy doing and I've been thinking about trying again. So thanks Brandi! I needed a push.

For this shot, I traced the glass on some black paper, cut out the shape, and placed the glass over the hole on a glass table. From below, I held a flashlight with LED bulbs and shot using a tripod and the timer setting. It's not really the ideal set-up but I liked it.

Canon 30D
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L at 70mm
Aperture f/10.0
Shutter 1/2
ISO 100
Underlight from flashlight

I was hoping for more bubbles but owing to the tonic being a little flat, bubble were scarce. It's probably a good thing. Bubbles would have blurred unless I really upped the ISO and shutter speed.

Now I'm off to drink this Gin and Tonic. You probably all think I'm an alcoholic! Naw, I just drink because it makes good pictures! It's supposed to be warm this weekend (they even say 80!) so I know I'll be out. Will you? Happy Friday - crap, I was supposed to do a face. Oh well, too late now!


PS - I didn't use my Macro!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

All That Glitters

is Gold!

Nikon D300s
Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8 @ 62mm
ISO 500
Shutter speed 1/500sec.
Aperture f/2.8

I think my tie in is pretty easy to figure out.
This was an idea that I got from a fellow amateur photographer on a message board that I frequent. It's a glass bottomed dish (think Pyrex) balanced on two boxes so it hangs between them. Then I placed my daughters puzzle under the glass to get some colors to shine through. Using a desk lamp to light the entire dish from underneath (hence the need to raise the dish) I filled the dish with water and drops of olive oil.
Stand back, relax and SHABAM! Let the water and oil do what they do naturally and snap away.

Pretty fun! I wish I had more time to play with different objects underneath but I put this together in about 10 minutes at my parents house before we headed out for dinner.

Did you find some inspiration today? I did. Strangely it came from dropping my little girl off for a playdate with Grandma and seeing my dish that I had brought over last week.
I hope you had a great Thursday. Be watching for that inspiration tomorrow. You might find it in a box of cereal.


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Pot-0-Golden Goodness

Nikon D40
f 5.3
ISO 800

Along with bright rainbows comes spring and green. Green means fresh produce to me. Strawberries (California)are so tasty right now. I know St. Patty's Day, Leprechauns, and GOLD comes to mind when we think about rainbows. I got to the gold in a round about way today. These golden beauties are angel food cakes.
Awe Hell It's Wordless Wednesday.... I'm stopping the text and letting you figure it out.
I love you all & Brandi Your New Camera is STUNNINGLY SEXY!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Somewhere Over the Rainbow...

Has anybody ever tried to see how close to the end of a rainbow you could get to? I've never tried it. I guess for me part of the allure is the mystery of a rainbow, along with the fact that it is a promise from God. However you look at rainbows they are wonderful to behold.

Nikon D2x


Aperture F/4.5

Shutter Speed 1/125 sec.

Exposure -1 step (that was an oops)

Natural Lighting

This was one of those I spotted the rainbow and ran out with my camera. Missed around with aperture a bit, but really just wanted to capture it before it disappeared on me. I had taken this picture awhile ago and thought that this was an appropriate time to share it. Obvious connection with ROY G BIV.

Still having issues with my spacing. What the heck!! This is really annoying!



Monday, April 4, 2011

Roy G Biv

First, a round of applause for Brandi, who once again joins our insanity. You were missed my friend and we're thrilled you're back!

Second, taxes suck! I would have put a bit more effort into this photo if I didn't forget my tax appointment tomorrow evening. See, I have a procrastination thing going and, well, taxes and root canals are pretty much on even footing in terms of things I like to avoid. The only thing higher really is an IRS audit. So...I did my taxes and I'm ready for tomorrows appointment. As a result, this photo is more concept than success:

Canon 30D
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro
Aperture f/2.8 (Connection baby!)
Shutter 1/13
ISO 100
Incandescent lighting (read: too lazy to set-up anything else)

My connection to Brandi's is two-fold: I matched her aperture setting and this is a music CD by a friend of mine. I happen to know several of Brandi's friends jam on guitar as does this particular friend of mine. Shameless plug for him, here's his website. And here's Don playing the title track:

I hope you enjoyed is. And now, I'm off to drown my sorrows with whatever I can find in the liquor cabinet!



Sunday, April 3, 2011


Hey there Kids! Time to run and hide, Brandi's back!

Before I get down to business, I want to take a moment and thank everyone for the overwhelming support, love, prayers and positive thoughts that you have sent to my family. Losing someone you love is never easy. The support and care my daughter and I have received in the past couple weeks has been such a blessing.
Scott (my husband not the Dude) was my not only my biggest fan he was my biggest cheerleader. He was the main reason I got my new camera gear. I just wish I had gotten it sooner so I could show him what I can really do with it.

He inspired me everyday he was here and it is in his honor that I carry on.

In order to have Jay'me's picture tie into my picture I had to use our good friend YouTube.

This song about fish was played (in part) on this.

Nikon D300s
Nikor 24-70 f/2.8 @ 58mm
ISO 250
Shutter speed 1/4000sec
Aperture f/2.8

I know we've already done the musical instruments thing and I apologize for bringing it up again. I've been obsessed with depth of field shots at f/2.8 on my new lens and this guitar was just screaming to have it's picture taken yesterday. I didn't even know that I would be sharing it when I snapped it. Hell, I didn't even know I would be sharing it until 2 hours ago.

So there you have it. I'm back. Scott can resume his place following me tomorrow. Sere will be here on Tuesday and Jay'me (who is rocking the D40) will be here on Wednesday.

Love one another.