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Old 02-13-2018, 12:58 PM   #21
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Re: 2018 Project - Focused picture a week (M38A1)

I really like the B&W. Did you play around with any colored lighting?
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No, just the alum pot and a speedlight. Glass is next to see an effect.
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Old 02-13-2018, 05:42 PM   #23
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LOL, it is a risk they take...
Many of mine ended up in a, shall we say, less than perfect state.

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Week #7/52
What a fun trip this was. Rusty and I were talking about pics for this week and he mentioned a possible run to Waco to visit the zoo. The stars aligned and I was able to run up there with him. We saw a lot of cool stuff, yet I couldn't come away with being sad. Sure the big cats are safe, but they appeared to have lost their soul. They just existed. And this seemed like a lot of the other creatures too. Well, except the snakes..... They have no soul.

I chose this one as it spoke to me. This was the male of the group. Running around was one offspring and it was a 'flyer'. Momma just sat as well. I think it's the eyes, or the overcast day. It's a sad picture where I think he's contemplating how to connect with me - or eat me. Not sure which one.

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Old 02-26-2018, 09:17 PM   #25
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Week #8/52
I pondered the current photo assignment "Grilles" a bit and decided to go a different creative route from what I expected to see presented - Grille, as in to question or interrogate. I suppose my spelling isn't that great having left out the ever important "e" but oh well - it was a fun shot to create. I made a phone call to a friend who was game for the concept. We set up in an outdoor shed of hers and I used a 2x3 softbox with a single speedlight camera left. The CF bulb was just a socket with some lampcord and a plug connected to an extension cord tacked to the ceiling rafter. I had a second speedlight camera right at 1/128 for just a 'poof' (a highly technical term) of light as fill. Dug around the shed and found a pair of jumper cables and an old battery and I had brought along an old dark colored pillowcase. Rope was just thick twine from HomeDepot. CactusIV triggers for the setup. I did some straight on shots which were ok, but when I stood up on the stool, the image took on a whole new dimension. I think we shot 200 images of different poses, angles and content and I came away with five I was happy with. That jumped to 13 when she saw my rejects. lol

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Old 03-04-2018, 08:59 PM   #26
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Week #9/52
Last weeks shot didn't seem to garner much comment so I figured I'd go a bit on the 'lighter' side this week. The 'carni' was in town and the night before I shot this I saw the full moon under light cloud cover thinking there might be something if those clouds were to break. So the next evening I wandered over with the camera/tripod to see what I could drum up. I looked at a lot of different things and angles, yet no matter how I tried I couldn't make that moon any bigger to stand as an obvious element in the shot. So I opted to take a shot of this ride in full extension with a couple other elements in place to set the tone or context. I tried a B&W version and as cool as it was, just didn't have the pop of the colors.

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Week 7 and week 9 I liked the best so far, particularly the carnaval at night.
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Week 7 and week 9 I liked the best so far, particularly the carnaval at night.
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It is interesting how the colors on the outer diameter bands are not streaks, but individual dots of light even though they would have been moving faster than any other part of the wheel.

It's a neat shot!
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It is interesting how the colors on the outer diameter bands are not streaks, but individual dots of light even though they would have been moving faster than any other part of the wheel.

It's a neat shot!
Might be LED lights. Depending on the setup, they actually cycle very fast and we might be seeing the pulse.
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Might be LED lights. Depending on the setup, they actually cycle very fast and we might be seeing the pulse.
I thought the same thing, blinking lights. However, they would have to be blinking at a rate that coincided with the spin rate such that a light went on/off in the same spot each time (or some multiple factor, meaning not the same light in each spot each time, but just any light in the right spot). It would be interesting to see shots with different shutter speeds to see if it is consistent across all shots or has something to do with the shutter speed.

How about it Scott? Did you experiment with different shutter speeds to get this shot?
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I hadn't noticed that special effect.... That does make me wonder what's going on with the lighting. Tonight let me go back to the original and see what it looks like. I have a theory that possibly the pervasive use of the clarity slider might have reduced the halo effect of the light but that doesn't explain how it can be a single point of light when the shutter speed was 1.5 seconds. I'd find it hard to believe the LED pulse could be timed so perfectly with the spinning ride.
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Week #10/52
This week was a Drink&Click event up on the North side of Austin so attending was easy. Held at a local distillery, the whiskey was good as were the models and company. This was done with a single LED modeling light camera left and she was standing in between the heavy plastic hanging strips which separate one warehouse from another. Took quite a few shots to get this right as the lighting kept reflecting on the plastic and putting hotspots in the frame. I'm mostly pleased with the result, but there was definitely room to improve.

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Week #11/52
I'm calling this one "93 Orbits of the Sun" as it was created on my Dad's 93rd birthday. Shot on their back deck with the setting Westerly sun, I used a smallish 30" or so white shoot-thru umbrella on a stand camera left with a SB700 speedlight and CactusIV triggers.

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...to go along with my last shot, my Dad is such a comedian. I get a thank-you card in the mail today which begins "Having another birthday at my age is not greeted with great anticipation, but by this time one is well rehearsed".

He's such a goofball...
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Week #12/52
GravelGuy, Woodbutcher and myself met the Saturday after John's (DayTrader) passing and enjoyed our time together telling stories about our interactions with him and how he impacted our lives. The mood was somber, yet light-hearted and there were a lot of smiles passed around. Not a great shot by any stretch of imagination, yet it will hold a special place in my heart about my gone-too-early riding buddy John as well as spending time with my good friends Mark and Rusty.

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Week #13/52
The rains earlier this year proved to be just what the bluebonnets needed to do their thing. I found this nice little rolling patch, so as much as I am indifferent to them I decided this was the time to create a shot before they start to wilt and dry up. I'm still in search of the pink ones (of which I 'think' I've found some). That might be an upcoming shot in the near future.

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Back in the game, I see.
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I wouldn’t say I’ve been out of the game, but I’m having difficulty staying motivated with the time constraints I have.
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Lots of interesting colors in the week 12 shot, with some bright light and some shadows.

Week 13, Bluebonnets are always a good subject.
My mom is upset, she lives just outside Navasota and usually has tons of bluebonnets in her acreage, but the guy that mows it for her (usually gets hay from it) cut it very late and left it on the ground for too long. Her normally green field with bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes is a field of brown this year. You can count how many bluebonnets she has on her property this year (like less than 50), where normally it is tons of them.
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