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This site has moved to another blog called, ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY. There will me no further posts to this site. The new site will continue so show my regular shooting progress, but will also contain other topics on photography, such as hands-on equipment and software reviews, historical information on photography, and much more.
When it was set up, the DAILY STOCK SHOT PROJECT was supposed to be a one year project. Last year I extended the project another year due to the popularity of the site, but now it is time to move on.
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011
|This macro shot of two old pennies was taken with the Nikon 85mm tilt-shift lens fitted with a close-up filter. The lens was tilted fully forward and the aperture set for f/40 to achieve maximum depth-of-field and detail.|
Monday, November 28, 2011
|These images were shot on Agfa Scala, a black & white transparency film that is no longer made. The film was very sharp, had an very wide tonal gradationation, and showed very little grain.|
|I shot the photos with a Leica IIIg camera and scanned the transparencies on an Epson V750 Pro scanner.|
|Although Scala film gives a rich black & white tonality, as in the top photo of the 1951 Nash automobile, I did add a warmer, platinum-type tone to the bottom two images in post-processing.|
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
|These images were done in the studio for an art-stock project I am working towards. For this series I came in really close with the Nikon 105mm macro lens stopped down for deep focus.|
|All were lit by window light on an overcast day. A silver card reflector added the fill and gloss from the right side.|
|The flowers were spritzed with water from a spray bottle. These images were shot in the studio where I have total control, but even when photographing in the woods I carry a bottle of water that I can use to moisten the foliage.|
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
|This photo of a single leaf was done for an art portfolio I am doing on autumn leaves. I used Photoshop to apply the monochrome effect.|
|I am working on a book called "Looking Down" showing abstract views of mostly city sidewalks as you look straight down at them. This one is of an autumn leaf on a sidewalk grate.|
Saturday, November 19, 2011
For over 30 years I've been teaching photographers how to take marketable stock shots. I decided that it is time for me to impose a discipline upon myself. This blog is the result. The plan is that I will take one stock photo a day for a year and post them to this blog. I won't include anything from my normal, planned stock shoots. The shots here will be grab shots from things I am exposed to daily. I may take a photo while on one of my normal shoots, but the shot will only be happenstance, not anything that I planned in advance as part of the shoot.
The idea here is to see if someone can derive stock income by taking the concepts and principles I have subscribed to for years and applying them to everyday, grab-shot opportunities. This is a low-budget to no-budget project -- opportunistic shooting only.
To see how well it works, I will actually market the images through various stock agencies and towards the end of the project I will begin posting the earnings results.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
|From the first blog post on November 14, 2010|
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
|This is another take on autumn leaves. Today I went for bolder graphics, many intended as background uses. This image was shot with available, filtered window light and fill provided by two silver reflectors from the left.|
|This image and the one below were both backlit from a tungsten light with some light filled back in from the front.|
|All photos were taken with a Nikon D3x and Nikon macros at f/11 or f/16 aperture to obtain super sharp detail and deep color saturation.|
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
|This is the same view but with the Nikon 24-70mm zoom set to a 24mm focal length.|
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
|While walking past Gramercy Park in NYC I found these colorful autumn leaves that had blown onto the sidewalk and brought them home to photograph.|
|A silver cardboard reflector kicked some direct sunlight onto the leaf for a more dramatic, sculptural effect. I will probably continue shooting autumn variations while the colorful leaves remain available.|
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
We began by taking the single image of the model sitting on the studio floor holding balloons when we decided to see how many variations we could take in a short period of time. We had to keep it "short" because we had a long script of images to cover with this model and adding other images would mean eliminating other scenes.
Here are a few of the images from the take. There were 24 final variations, all done withing 20 minutes. While the model was being changed from her studio clothes to her outdoor outfit, we were taking shots of just the balloons. The photos against the sky were taken from the roof of the studio.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
|Both photos were taken in the studio with filtered window light and the Nikon D3x to provide a very sharp look. Top image was done using the Nikon 60mm macro lens at f/8, and the bottom image with the Nikon 24-70mm zoom at f/11.|