Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Frog's Eye View - Reality So Subtle 6x17 Pinhole

Frog's Eye View, by Reed A. George
Reality So Subtle 6x17 Panoramic Pinhole Camera
Kodak TMax 100 Film, 30 sec. Exposure

Monday, June 29, 2015

Reality So Subtle 6x17 Pinhole at the National Arboretum

Finally finished the roll of 120 film in my Reality So Subtle pinhole camera. Who'd guess it's a challenge to finish a 4 exposure roll? But, the results are pretty cool. More coming soon.
National Arboretum Bonsai Collection, by Reed A. George
Reality So Subtle 6x17 Panoramic Pinhole Camera
Kodak TMax 100 Film

Sunday, June 28, 2015

This Photo Project Could Work Well in Any City - But Started in San Francisco (Project24)

I absolutely love and miss San Francisco. Though I've lived in many different places, and was not born there, I consider the Bay Area to be home.
Check out this cool photography project in San Francisco, "Project24."
In this project, each of 24 photographers gets an assignment consisting of two pieces of information: the hour of the day and the neighborhood they are to shoot in. That's it. They shoot with black and white film for one hour. I think this is a great idea.
(Click Here) to read more about Project24.
I want to do one in DC.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Posing - Not So Easy for Me

I've been reading and working on posing techniques recently. It's not easy for me, but I do believe I'm learning some important tools.
Christine, by Reed A. George
Leica M3, Summicron 50mm f2 v.2 Lens
Out of all of the things I've learned so far, getting the arms to be part of the composition, and not just in the way, is one of the most important.
I'm definitely continuing to learn, and with each image I make, I can find weaknesses, problems with the pose. In this one, I should have moved a little to the left, to make it where her eyes and face were as close to the camera as her shoulder. As it is, her shoulder draws too much attention.
By the way, if you're looking for a good book on the subject, check out Roberto Valenzuela's Picture Perfect Posing. I've included a link to it on Amazon below.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Three Levels of Subject in Landscapes

Foreground, Midground, Background
I've read that it can be helpful to think of landscape compositions in this way, having interest at the foreground, mid, and background. Looking back on some of my older images, I came across this one. Not a simple formula for success perhaps, but I think it worked here.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

More of a Story in Wildlife - Nikon D700 and 200-400mm f4 AF-S VR Lens

I wrote recently about a personal challenge to myself, to move my wildlife photography from mere "find the animal and shoot it" to telling at least part of a story. In photography, the story doesn't have to be complete. In fact, sometimes, if the story presents more questions than answers, that can be a good thing. That's kind of the case here.
At the end of a kayaking trip, as I shoved my boat up to the shore, I saw a clump of feathers bouncing around on the bank. Not sure what I was looking at, maybe an injured bird?, I decided to look closer, and shoot. Here's what I saw.
Now, the camera saw it much more clearly than I did at the time. What you're looking at is two birds (Carolina wrens?), fighting it out. And I don't mean play fighting. These two were not only using their sharp beaks against each other, they were actually clawing at each other's eyes! As they continued, and even ended up in the water, here's how it looked.
Crazy, right? And here's the final, and crowning shot. Bird rage!
Bird Rage, by Reed A. George
Nikon D700, Nikkor 200-400mm f4 AF-S VR Lens
As they finally split up and ended the fight, with one bird chasing the other off into the bushes, I just couldn't keep up with the big lens. I missed a couple of other interesting shots, but do feel that these show the event pretty well.
Does anyone know if I have the species correct, or what these vicious little birds were doing to each other?
I'm happy to have caught some very interesting behavior in this sequence.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A Rolleiflex Portrait - Now That's Nice Bokeh!

I really love my Rolleiflex 2.8F. I dreamed of owning this camera for a very long time. Through the generosity of my friend, Charlie, I was able to get it.
Lunchtime Portrait, by Reed A. George
Rolleiflex 2.8F Planar, Kodak TMax 400 Film, at f2.8
What an amazing camera this is. Oh, and if you don't know what "bokeh" is, it's the rendering of the out of focus portions of the image. I think the Rollei bokeh is the best.