Tuesday, July 31, 2012
OK, I have to admit that the early morning light is a good time to take photos but I still hate to get up early!
I took this photo about 6:30 a.m. this morning as the sun was coming up over the horizon. The windmill is normally an old rusted color (mainly because it's old and rusted) but the early morning light gave it a nice bright orange tone like it was a new windmill.
Monday, July 30, 2012
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Friday, July 27, 2012
It's amazing just how closely man's best friend and wolfs are related! Every once in a while I am reminded of this especially with my dog Sunny. As soon as Sunny gets near the woods he reverts to "Wolf Mode"!
My apologies for all the "dog" pictures lately... But I don't know any other photo models who will go anywhere, anytime, ride in the back of the truck, do most any thing you ask and all for a bit of dog food! LOL
Thursday, July 26, 2012
With a sign painted on the window like this, nothing to do but take a pic and go inside!
Pet Bling Inside
As I walked through the open door a Big Smile and a friendly Hello greeted me! The store owner was opening boxes of new merchandise that had just arrived via the Big Brown Truck seen on the street earlier. Couldn't help but notice her natural blonde hair was just about the same color as the cat laying in the cushioned rocking chair!
Diamond encrusted collars and leashes of all sizes and colors hang from a rack in the corner. Hard to believe $20 would buy that many diamonds?! Brushes and bowls along with toys and beds lined shelves. Pet snacks and various brands of high quality food filled others! I think just about everything one needs for their pet was stocked!
Not as large as the big box stores found at your favorite mall, but the customer oriented owner with her knowledge of cats and dogs plus the quality of the merchandise carried, makes this place a winner in my books!
We finally got a little rain last night. It wasn't much but it did drop the temperatures a little. It's only supposed to be 95 degrees today. Back in the hundreds tomorrow but for today, a little relief.
There's actually a portion of two rainbows in this photo. You have to look really hard to see them but there wasn't much light out this morning when I took this photo and the rainbows were disappearing the longer I waited.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
Well she's not really my Grandma and I suspect none of the readers of this page had a Granny that made such a striking fashion statement as Bad Granny. This lady was way cool and her store contains some of the most Curious, Retro and Upbeat goods assembled in one place for miles around I'm sure. And the reflections from her windows drew my attention as well!
Shamrocks from Ireland, Christmas lights from probably China, Boomerangs from the land down under, Australia! A world traveler and shopper indeed!
Everybody can be Irish on St.Patricks Day in March. The day of my visit.
Know your equipment!
I can honestly say I haven't read the entire four hundred page manual for my camera and I can also say I probably should have. I don't know how many things I learned while Q was here but it has definitely opened up several more opportunities for taking photos. Q, you should give seminars to photographers wanting to learn their craft. You would be very good at it!
These two photos were taken using the SB-900 flash as a remote flash. I knew this was possible but for some reason I was thinking I had to buy another piece of hardware for my camera to make it work. Turns out I was wrong. Q showed me how to set up the camera and flash so that the D700 will work as a commander to other remote flashes.
With the temps in the 100's everyday the hummingbirds have only been coming into the feeder in the early mornings or late evenings. Or maybe that's the only time I'm outside to see them, I'm not sure. LOL At those times there isn't enough light to get a fast shutter speed shot of the birds so I took what Q had shown me and put it to use.
I took these two photos from about ten feet away however I had the SB-900 flash set just to the side of the feeder about two feet away. I used a diffuser on the flash to cut down some of the harsh light and manually focused the lens. I still didn't get the freeze frame shot I wanted but that was just because I didn't set the shutter speed correctly. I'm still learning.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
I know it may say that Ron went to the fair, but these we were actually taken by me(Aaron). My computer decided to be a pain and since Ron has all the coolest toys and photo editing programs, I thought I would let him do the editing for me and post them to the blog.
With the tempature reaching triple digits, the fair could only be enjoyed late into the evening. So with a little inspiration from a photo seen in a photo magazine I headed out to the fair. All of the photos were takin using my tripod and remote shutter to control shutter lengths to get the look of the rides I wanted. The shutter lengths ranged from 1 to 10 seconds, and with a little help from Ron we converted three of my shots into a HDR. Hope you enjoy the fair photos as much as I did taking them and seeing the results of my vision.
Lucy, you got some 'splaining to do....
OK boys and girls (especially you Q), I have a conundrum for you. This photo showed up in the group of photos I took yesterday while on the train tracks. Normally I would say I moved the camera and that's what caused the wierd lights however,
I will point out the tracks and the train's light, these are straight and exactly like they are in the other photos. Also, this shot was part of a bracketed group, shot 3 out of 5 and was taken using a tripod (yea, I can't believe it either) and a remote shutter release so there wasn't any movement of the camera and the other four exposures came out just fine without any wierd lights.
Any ideas?? Did I get swarmed by some very colorful phantoms of the night? LOL
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Good morning! I actually got out of bed before sunrise this morning to go take these photos. Even if you don't like the photos you have to be impressed with the fact that I got up a O-dark-thirty just to take a photo. LOL
I've been telling myself I needed to take these photos for about a month now and the dogs woke me up very early this morning so I figured I would just get out of bed and go see what I could get.
Friday, July 20, 2012
How better a way to advertise a business in the middle of the retro Plaza District than with neon!
Stylish, eye catching colors, with a smooth curving arrow to show the way, all sitting atop stacked rock with portholes. The sign itself is a Work of Art!
I have seen night pictures with the sign lit and it is most impressive in the glow of neon color. A return trip must be made to capture. Besides, I want to stand under the sign to hear the buzz and steady hum with the occasional sizzling and frying sounds. Look at the glow on my skin while feeling tiny hairs stand on my arms. A hot Oklahoma night in summer with high humidity and no wind brings the full effect! I had one fellow tell me that he could smell ozone burning? I've yet to experience that sense!
The reinvented 3,000sq.ft. space contains two studios,dressing areas and a complete kitchen. Advertised as a fun&fluid space, combining art&function to blend with the edgy, unique character of the District, it works at bringing world class photography to OKC!
Owners were out at the time I visited, but I cupped my hands around my eyes and took a peek thru the doors and windows. Black and White square floor tiles polished to a high shine, chrome accented furniture, a sparkling stainless steel kitchen and framed and matted photo art from small to poster size neatly hung in the office and waiting area was seen. I can only imagine how nice the studio areas must be! These young entrepreneurs, by all accounts I heard, are enjoying success with this venture and doing well. This does not surprise me. A Dream topped with Neon, always comes true!
I took this shot a couple of years ago in the Wichita Mountains of southwest Oklahoma. I grew up hiking and camping in these mountains and they are a special place to me. As long as the federal government doesn't screw them up they will be a place to go and relax and enjoy the surroundings.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
I've been talking about the new Nik software that Q convinced me to buy and I thought I would show you a comparison of photos. This is the photo from the previous post but it was worked only in Photoshop CS5 and this is the best I could get it after 20 minutes. The photo seen below, and also in my last post, took about 5 minutes to do the post processing on using the Nik software.
If you do a lot of post processing and have a newer version of Elements or Photoshop then I would highly recommend the Nik software. With it's control point processing you can spot process on any photo without affecting the rest of the photo and the processing abilities that the software has is amazing. You can add filters including graduated ND and polarizers to a photo, you can do HDR in a matter of seconds and you can bring out details of photos you didn't know were there. I am by no means an expert and I still have a lot to learn but in the short time I have been using this software I would recommend it to everyone who does post processing on thier photos. The software has allowed me to use photos that I otherwise wouldn't have thought good enough to post such as the one in this post.
I can't thank Q enough for showing me this program.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
First thing that caught my eye was the red&white awning shading the windows. Then raising my gaze, the many colored roof tiles capped the top of the building, adding an artsy feel to the structure!
Bright colored window frames held the reflecting glass panes in place, showcasing vintage goods both inside and out!
Who could forget these sinister characters from B&W horror movie days!
(reflected picture taker is not sinister!)
Retro and modern hip goods, along with vintage clothing and other quirky items of odds&ends, occupied the shelves, walls and wherever there was a spot to put a nail! The lady shopkeeper was a blast to talk to and very upbeat on her store and plans to expand! This store is Fun to visit and the merchandise is a hoot to look at. Yes! I DIG IT!
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Attractive streetlamps and wide sidewalks complemented the freshly painted storefronts. A shadow from the lamp post, if used as a Sundial, indicates it was almost noon when these pics were taken!
Parked and Chained
As I was getting my camera gear ready for my picture taking walk, a stylish young woman wearing a backpack rolled up on this snazzy pink scooter. Smiling, she stepped off and chained her pink ride to the post while making the comment it was time for work! I had my first shots of the day!