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2018 Project - Focused picture a week (M38A1)

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Why not, right? :-)

I completed 100% for the Project366 in 2016, sat out for the most part in 2017 and here we are in 2018 with a somewhat renewed attitude for shooting again. Like WoodButcher and his upcoming effort, I think the time is right to do something like this again.

More Focused + More Thought = Better Body of Work

Stay tuned.....
 

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Week #1/52
I've always been fascinated with aircraft yet never really had the opportunity or funds to pursue flight. So I wandered over to the airport and waited to see what came by/flew/was drug by tug. This KingAir was on it's way to the hangar and I liked the clean lines of the side profile, thus this weeks image. Not great by any stretch of the imagination, but 'ya gotta start somewhere and this year started at KGTU with some things I hope to capture later this year.

Camera Nikon NIKON D500
Lens AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
ISO 500
Focal Length 400.0 mm (600.0 mm in 35mm)
Aperture f/6.3
Exposure Time 0.001s (1/1000)
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Week #2/52
This week got away from me and next week isn't looking much better. Yet I found some time to go out with a specific shot I wanted to capture - the detail in the eye of a bird. (Rusty must be rubbing off on me with these birds....) I wandered down to the little park and found a couple geese and this Muscovy. I believe they are well fed and he figured I would provide some bread so he just kept swimming circles. Going away - bad light. But when he turned back at me, that was my opportunity. I used the TC20Eiii with the 70-200 which seemed to work well at this focal length. I'm still not convinced at the full range it's that sharp, but I know at 100mm on my 70-200 I can get this sharp on the crop body and 2xTC. (or at least that's how I think it works....)

Camera Nikon NIKON D500
Lens AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
ISO 500
Focal Length 200.0 mm (300.0 mm in 35mm)
Aperture f/5.6
Exposure Time 0.0004s (1/2500)
 
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Scott,

Superb pictures with amazing clarity...what type of shutter speed does a camera need to utilize in order to capture airplane propellers "frozen" (like some flying hummingbird images) as the plane is under full throttle?

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Scott,

Superb pictures with amazing clarity...what type of shutter speed does a camera need to utilize in order to capture airplane propellers "frozen" (like some flying hummingbird images) as the plane is under full throttle?

RB
Anything above 1/2000ths will generally capture the blade frozen but the tips might be a bit fuzzy. Most modern day cameras can run 1/8000th of a second which will actually stop (albeit a bit blurry) a .380acp round out of a pistola. So somewhere between 1/2000 and 1/8000 should do the job. BTW, if you look close at the Beech shot, it's being towed as you can seen the nose wheel towing assembly, the props are feathered and nobody is in the cockpit.
 
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Week #3/52
On my 'shot list' I had "Gun Porn", so here's another one off the list. Maybe five weeks ago Rusty and I went to Precision Camera to poke around and purchase a pair of boot for The Boot Campaign. Greg at Precision was kicking in 50% of the cost for the first 100 or so people and Rusty and I were there soon enough. So not only did I get a cool pair of boots at a significant discount, I helped fund a veterans outreach program. My shot choice this week revolved around those boots and this little Siggy "Scorpion" .380acp. I thought the muted tan tones of the receiver along with the tan boots and checkered grips were well suited to a B&W conversion as well. Camera was on a tripod and I used my CactusIV triggers (one on the body as a transmitter) and handheld the SB700 speed light with the other trigger (as a receiver) for light placement. Manual power setting was used on the speed light of 1/128th power.

CAMERA Nikon NIKON D4S
LENS AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
ISO 500
FOCAL LENGTH 70.0 mm (70.0 mm in 35mm)
APERTURE f/11
EXPOSURE TIME 0.004s (1/250)
 
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Week #4/52
Another one on the shot list was food porn. I'm not sure this really qualifies, but this weeks photo assignment is "Smoke", so I figured I'd play a bit with my food this afternoon. I liked how the chicken thighs always put on a good smoke show with all that grease dripping into the coals below. And the black background was 'built in' from the grills lid and a little bonus I played with was the orientation/location of the top vent to look like a little window of light. I suppose it came together in an acceptable manner. I certainly could have played with it more but I was getting hungry and the food was ready. :eat:

Camera Nikon NIKON D4S
Lens AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
ISO 2000
Focal Length 66.0 mm (66.0 mm in 35mm)
Aperture f/6.7
Exposure Time 0.004s (1/250)
 

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Week #5/52
The recent thread about Matchbox, HotWheels and Little Green Army Men (LGAM) got me thinking about I might stage a shot TM would be proud of. So I found some LGAM and sorted them. Once sorted, I played with them a bit while reminiscing of my childhood and how much time I really spent with these things in the dirt as a kid. That was fun as a kid and reminiscing. So once I had them placed where I thought they would be decent, I shot a few frames yet they still needed 'something'. Laying on the ground with the 105mm Macro, I decided what the heck and got the lighter fluid, my stick lighter and some leaves. Well, you can guess the rest...

Natural sunlight to my back, a fist full of leaves soaked with lighter fluid and then lit. Chose a moderate DOF to focus on LGAM's head and let the rest just fade to oblivion. In Manual Mode, I chose ISO 100 and just ran the shutter speed up or down depending on what I needed for the exposure to work.


CAMERA Nikon NIKON D4S
LENS AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
ISO 100
FOCAL LENGTH 105.0 mm (105.0 mm in 35mm)
APERTURE f/8
EXPOSURE TIME 0.00556s (1/180)
 

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Love LGAM. Many hours spent as a kid playing with them.

I the arm of the one in back in the fire, or is it just the exposure?
Yep.... He's just in front on the 'edge' of the flames and um.... might have been consumed at some point. I can't say with certainty that LGAM were or were not harmed in the creation of this image. :deal:
 

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A partial buried Black Cat fire cracker near one of them would have been appropriate :-P Mine were burned, shot, and blown up. We would set up elaborate "scenes", all the while thinking of how they were going to be attacked and making changes to the scene for the greatest effect. Film was expensive. If we'd have had the video ability of today back then, the movies would have been epic!
 
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Week #6/52
This one might not make sense at first review, yet I'm totally pleased with the outcome. I'm working up a concept for a future shot and this was one approach I had considered. The shot is of a pot of boiling water and I was interested to see how bubbles reacted under temperature and what they did throughout their lifecycle. SB700 speedlight handheld above the pot at 1/128th power and fired by CactusIV triggers.

Camera Nikon NIKON D4S
Lens AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
ISO 100
Focal Length 105.0 mm (105.0 mm in 35mm)
Aperture f/8
Exposure Time 0.01111s (1/90)
 
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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.

Camera Nikon NIKON D500
Lens AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
ISO 2800
Focal Length 200.0 mm (300.0 mm in 35mm)
Aperture f/5.6
Exposure Time 0.0025s (1/400)
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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

Camera Nikon NIKON D4S
Lens AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
ISO 640
Focal Length 38.0 mm (38.0 mm in 35mm)
Aperture f/11
Exposure Time 0.008s (1/125)

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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.

Camera Nikon NIKON D4S
Lens AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
ISO 100
Focal Length 35.0 mm (35.0 mm in 35mm)
Aperture f/22
Exposure Time 1.5s (1.5)
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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.
:tab 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.

:tab 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.

Camera Nikon NIKON D4S
Lens AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
ISO 640
Focal Length 32.0 mm (32.0 mm in 35mm)
Aperture f/3.3
Exposure Time 0.01667s (1/60)
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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.

Camera Nikon NIKON D4S
Lens AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
ISO 100
Focal Length 38.0 mm (38.0 mm in 35mm)
Aperture f/4
Exposure Time 0.004s (1/250)
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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.

Camera Nikon NIKON D4S
Lens AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
ISO 1600
Focal Length 60.0 mm (60.0 mm in 35mm)
Aperture f/4.8
Exposure Time 0.008s (1/125)
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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.

Camera Nikon NIKON D4S
Lens AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
ISO 100
Focal Length 70.0 mm (70.0 mm in 35mm)
Aperture f/4.8
Exposure Time 0.004s (1/250)
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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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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.
Thanks for the comments. That's a shame about your mom's bluebonnets. I'm contemplating tossing out a whole bunch of sanded seeds Oct/Nov this year just to see what happens.
 

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Week #14/52
This week was playing with food, er... drinks. An olive in a martini glass was the topic for this week. There's a lot of texture going on in that glass between the olive, lime juice, bubbles. My nit is no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get that flash spot to disappear. I suppose shooting through a velum layer or two would have done it but I was fresh out of the stuff. :deal:

Camera on a tripod, CactusIV triggers, a single speedlight, white foamcore board for background and martini glass sitting on the counter top. Trying to eliminate those hotspots, I set the camera on Timer mode, then within the settings created a shot sequence to be five shots spaced two seconds apart. That allowed me time to push the shutter button, then hold in place a reflector (another foamcore board) along with the speedlight, let it pop, move the reflector/speedlight, let it pop, rinse and repeat. I played a bit with flashing the background to make it pure white, but just didn't like the results.

Camera Nikon NIKON D4S
Lens AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
ISO 160
Focal Length 70.0 mm (70.0 mm in 35mm)
Aperture f/13
Exposure Time 0.004s (1/250)
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Week #15/52
Camping. We've all done it and many of us enjoy the time outdoors. However, when work says "Hey Scott - do you have any camping gear and can you pull together a photobooth kind of thing in two days", well, I had to think for a moment. Do I say "nope, haven't got anything" or do I say "sure, I can do that"? I chose the latter. This "Married People" event had a theme of camping, so I pulled this little set together to run about 35 couples through. Simple pipe&drape (think tradeshow booths) with 8' tall posts/drapes and a host of camping stuff thrown in. The hardest part was lugging the 22lb each blocks for the fire pit and getting that setup. Lighting was two SB700 speedlights driven by CactusIV triggers. Camera left/key was one light in a 24x36 gridded softbox and camera right/fill was one light in a 30" shoot-thru white umbrella. My personal nit was the banner behind event staff placed behind them. I said the images would be stronger without that there, yet they chose to leave it.

Camera Nikon NIKON D4S
Lens AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
ISO 800
Focal Length 44.0 mm (44.0 mm in 35mm)
Aperture f/6.7
Exposure Time 0.008s (1/125)
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Week #16/62
This week I've been down for the count pretty hard and had zero motivation to do anything - fevers at my age suck. I managed to make it out to a small family thing where I was able to get the shy Jenna (a cousin's daughter) to pose with the horses. There was actually a bit of forethought on this one. I saw the horses staggered right/left and fore/aft so I dropped Jenna in as the background subject thinking the horses "V" framed her. Lighting was cloudy bright and on a good side as well.

Camera Apple iPhone SE
Lens iPhone SE back camera 4.15mm f/2.2
ISO 25
Focal Length 4.2 mm (29.0 mm in 35mm)
Aperture f/2.2
Exposure Time 0.00313s (1/320)
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Week #17/52
The late afternoon sun on this prickly pear bloom on the side of the road caught my eye enough to warrant an attempt at photographing. Walking carefully and surveying a few different angles, this is where I landed. For such a spiny thing, I find them to be quite attractive. Much more so than the purple pear to come.

Camera Nikon NIKON D4S
Lens AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
ISO 100
Focal Length 70.0 mm (70.0 mm in 35mm)
Aperture f/8
Exposure Time 0.00286s (1/350)
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Week #18/52
Fruity Soldiers.... This week was an absolute blur. Between a new roof at the casa, then some wood repairs and the bbq, I just didn't think much about this week. So during our shopping trip through HEB with Rusty for the meats I said "whoa - that's cool". I certainly could have purchased the six-pack and done a proper job with a proper background but hey - that's work.

Camera Apple iPhone SE
Lens iPhone SE back camera 4.15mm f/2.2
ISO 160
Focal Length 4.2 mm (29.0 mm in 35mm)
Aperture f/2.2
Exposure Time 0.03333s (1/30)
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