Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
This is a random picture that I took of Ava. I was trying to get a nice picture of her with her beautiful hat from www.lovelyknits.com, but she would only give me her "funny" smile. Stana from Lovely Knits sent me this hat a while back so I could get some pictures of Ava in it, but Ava has been less than cooperative. :.)
Monday, August 9, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
I couldn't resist taking a picture of these clouds. I took this with my iPhone as I was driving home. I was stopped at a traffic light and I snapped this from the sunroof. I love how the sun was behind the clouds adding a rim of light around them.
Friday, August 6, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
If you follow my photostream, you have probably realized that I'm a sucker for these old National resonator guitars. These shiny National Style O's are a real pain to photograph because they're really shiny and there's a million different angles on them to shoot an unwanted reflection back at your lens.
This is lit with a single Nikon SB-600 (bare and zoomed out) from directly behind the guitar and pointed toward the camera. The lighting, however, is 100% indirect -- there are two reflectors, one on each side, reflecting the light back toward each side of the guitar. This creates sort of a clamshell lighting effect, which only uses one light source. It also gave me some fairly even lighting and the large, silver reflectors didn't cast and direct reflections to mess up the picture (actually, they both cast neutral reflections that were larger than the guitar, so you don't notice them When you have a source, like a shiny, nickel plated guitar, you're actually seeing mostly reflections.).
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
This flower got me in big trouble last week. I bought a bouquet of these last week for Jodi, my wife, and Ava, my daughter. I intentionally bought them before I started back up with my Project 365 because, if I bought them after I started the project back up, Jodi would think that I really bought them for myself. :.) Anyway, back to my story about how this flower got me in trouble.
When I got home from work last Thursday, Jodi ran upstairs and asked me to watch Ava for a bit. Ava loves smelling flowers and she asked me if she could smell this one. It doesn't smell like much, but who could refuse to let a little girl smell a flower. After she smelled it and I put the flower back, I looked down and Ava was smiling up at me with a face full of brown pollen. Not being quick enough on my feet to just blow it off of Ava's face, I panicked (I knew that Jodi would be back down any minute). I grabbed a wet paper towel and tried to wash it off -- big mistake. The situation went from bad to worse -- the pollen turned into orange paint that wouldn't come off. Now, instead of brown pollen all over Ava's face, her whole face turned bright orange and it wouldn't come off. Jodi came down a few minutes later and I had to fess up.
She laughed and gave me a look like "I leave you with her for 5 minutes and now she's got a orange face?" It took some real scrubbing to finally get it off. Needless to say, I'll have to find another flower for Ava to smell next time. :.)
Monday, August 2, 2010
I am really happy to be back -- it was so nice hearing from a bunch of my flickr friends yesterday. Here's another Ava shot that was taken as I was running around the house and taking random pictures while I was trying to get the feel for my camera back.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Hey everyone! I'm back after my month away from flickr and photography. I was pretty burned out at the end of June, so I'm hoping that my batteries are now fully recharged. Wow, it feels like it has been a while -- they've even changed the flickr page layout on me.
This was a quick snapshot of Ava while she was concentrating on her artwork. The focus isn't great (I've got to get myself back in the groove of things), but I like the overall feel of the shot.
I can't wait to get caught up looking through my contacts' pictures from the past month. I hope everyone is doing well.