Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Modest Holdings Short Story: "An Evening With Company"

Some nights you crack open the spigot and nothing comes, like the pipes are frozen. Other nights, you turn the valve and find an unwieldy fire hose in your hands, threatening to break free. Last night was one of those sorts of nights. Photos of the Day will return sometime, soon I hope, but until then, here is a short story. (Continue reading...)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Photo of the Day: "Orange and Blue"

Nikon  D90, 17-35. ISO 200, 17mm, f13, 1/125 sec. -1/3EV exposure compensation, auto white balance, matrix meter, landscape scene mode, SB-800 manual at 1/32 with orange gel. Shot in NEF (RAW). Post processing included vibrance, clarity, recovery, sharp contrast, orange hue and saturation work. Sharpening.

The 17-35mm is also a blistering sharp lens, alongside the 18-70mm from yesterday.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Photo of the Day: "Put Your Face in It"

Nikon D90, Nikkor 18-70. ISO 200, 46mm, f8, 1/500 sec. 0EV, auto WB, matrix, standard, SB-800 slow-sync fill. PP: Crop, recovery, light clarity, vibrance, blacks.

I shot this while I was on a kick with the 18-70, a swell, small, light, sharp lens. Note how sharp this photo is compared to the one I shared yesterday.

Now, the technicals work, but does the image? I don't think so. I suspect that your eye will be drawn to the bow on the far left, looking at the watermelon eater center. That would be OK, if he weren't so far to the left, and if he had some sunlight on his face. If your eye sticks with the boy in the center, with the shadows and highlighting from the sunlight, then maybe this image isn't as bad as I think.

Also, this is what fill flash should accomplish. Without flash, the sunlight would have been too much brighter than everything else. The flash lightens the shadows and makes the image look more organic.