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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Photo taken from the window of a B&B in Bucks County, PA. The background building shows the century's old stonework typical of the area.  Taken with  a Samsung Galaxy S III camera phone and further processed in Photoshop applying techniques from Alien Skin's Exposure 4 software.  I do not use Instagram when making photos like this because the Instagram process severely downgrades the image size and quality.

Friday, September 28, 2012

We did still life video of R&D and pharmaceutical subjects in the studio with the Nikon D600.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

I found this patriotic street hydrant and liked the way it was set off graphically against the plywood background.  Taken with the Nikon D600 and 24-120mm lens.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

My new passport arrived today. Guess it's time to plan some trips.  Photos taken with the Nikon D4 and 85mm tilt-shift lens.
These two versions of the same theme were done to fulfill different designer uses.  The top photo is cropped into a strong horizontal to fit banner ads.  The bottom photo uses selective focus with large areas out of focus so type could print over it easily.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The arrival of autumn is signaled by the produce available at the local farmer's market.

All photos were taken with the Nikon D600.

 





Monday, September 24, 2012

Autumn arrived in New York over the weekend, and so did the new Nikon D600 I used to take these photos of the first fallen autumn leaves on the streets of Manhattan.


Note the extensive dynamic range of the D600 as it reveals complete detail in the hard shadows.


Saturday, September 22, 2012

The early morning sky was clearing as I rode my bike around lower Manhattan.  I stopped to grab these two shots, one of work cranes and the other of the new World Trade Center.  Both were taken with the Fuji X-Pro1 using the 35mm and 18mm lenses.



Friday, September 21, 2012

I happened upon this scene while walking the High Line in New York today.  To emphasize the juxtaposed yellow forms of the painted sidewalk, double stripe, and taxi I muted the other colors in the scene.  Photographed with a Leica M9 and 35mm Summilux lens.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Working on financial matters over a cup of coffee.  Nikon D4 and 85mm tilt-shift lens.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Up close on a gold watch and $100 bill for a time and money concept.  Nikon D800 and 60mm macro.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I found an adapter to convert Canon EOS lenses to a Fuji X-Pro1 mount and used it to adapt the Canon 65mm 1-5x super macro lens to the Fuji.  This photo was taken at 1x magnification, which, on the APS sensor of the X-Pro1, is equivalent to a 1.5x magnification.  A major drawback to the system is that there is no way to change the lens aperture from the Fuji camera, and the lens has to be used wide open.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Over the weekend I added new images to my graphic symmetry portfolio.  I maintain a flat compositional grid pattern with the subjects in this series of photographs.





Sunday, September 16, 2012

I took my bike on the ferry to Governors Island where I found some new vistas of Manhattan to photograph.

This image shows lower Manhattan in the center, the financial district of Jersey City on the left, and the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges on the right.  The Panorama was assembled from five photos taken with a Nikon D800, and as a result the final image file is very large at 250mb.


In this view and the two below I juxtaposed scenes on the island with the city or Statue of Liberty in the background.



The facade of the Battery Maritime Building where the ferry leaves for Governors Island.  It is a Beaux-arts style building constructed of wrought and cast iron in 1909.

Yes, Manhattan really is an island.

Friday, September 14, 2012

A shift in focus changes this scene from being a story about the doctor to a more general medical concept.  This simple change in the point of view increases the stock sales potential of the situation.


In this scene the focus is on the models face making it a story about her.

Here a shift in focus to the x-ray leaving the model out of focus changes the story to one about the medical event.  Each image has a different application in stock photography usage.  Both images were taken with a Nikon D4 and 105mm macro lens used with wide open aperture for shallow depth of field.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

We had a hand model in the studio for the day and photographed a large variety of themes.  Here are just a few takes on the concept of using technology.

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The still images were taken with a Nikon D800 and 105mm macro lens shot wide open for a shallow depth of field.  The video was done on a Nikon D4 and 85mm tilt-shift Nikkor lens.



Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The 911 memorial light celebration ended tonight in New York.  I photographed lower Manhattan showing the twin lights and the new tower lit in red, white, and blue from a vantage point on the Brooklyn Bridge.  My son, Daniel, photographed the same scene from a different location that also included the full bridge in the shot.

This panorama was created by putting together two photos taken with a Leica M9 and 35mm Summilux lens.  The exposure was 2 seconds at f/4.
The two second exposure helped to blur the headlights of the bridge traffic and create the light streaks in the lower right.  Also taken with a Leica M9 and 21mm Elmarit lens, my favorite wide angle focal length.
This image and the one below were taken by my son, Daniel, from a different vantage point in Brooklyn.  They show the full Brooklyn Bridge and the scene in lower Manhattan. 

Both images were taken with a Nikon D300s, an 18mm focal length lens, and a 4 second exposure at f/8.



Two interpretations of travel.



Monday, September 10, 2012

Over the weekend I processed a few images for my various, on-going art portfolios.  These series were influenced by the color interpretations of Monet's Haystack paintings, where he saw colors deeper within the scenes and painted them with a greater intensity that draws attention to them.

Most of my subjects originally appeared to have a simple, often muted color palette.  I enhance these subtle colors and  bring them to the fore by shifting the images into a more enhanced color profile in post-processing.

Here are a few samples:

This is for my Sidewalk series of symmetrical abstractions found by shooting straight down and bringing out the inherent colors later in post-processing.  Taken with a Leica M9 and 35mm Summilux lens at f/11.

This is from my architectural elements series and was taken with the Nikon D800 and 24-120mm lens.

From my Patterns of Nature series, this image of a cliff in Utah was taken with the Fuji X-Pro1 and the underlying colors later enhanced in post-processing.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

The morning sun lit up this old metal pier frame in sharp detail.  I chose a very symmetrical composition to emphasize the structural beauty of the building.  In the days of film, I would have needed the full tilt and shift ability of a view camera to accomplish this.  In today's digital world perspective is correctable in post-processing.  Taken with the Fuji X-Pro1 and 60mm lens at f/11.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Today we did food still life images on the subject of fish.  We also shot some video on several of the scenes.  Here are some sample takes taken with the camera on a motorized Kessler tracking dolly:

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This is a still shot of the video scene above.  Stills were shot with a Nikon D800 and the video on a Nikon D4.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Shoes, shoes, and more shoes!

Both images taken in the studio with an evenly lit strobe setup and the Nikon D4.  I used a simple, blown out white background and even lighting to emphasize the vibrant red shapes.




Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Ahhh...nothing like a nice cup of hot coffee in the morning...



Tuesday, September 4, 2012



Over the weekend I assembled some photos in Photoshop using image elements I had on hand.

The sun was peeking out from behind the clouds on a stormy day.  The fiery color was added in Photoshop.


A photo of the Milky Way from my recent trip out west is combined with a star I created in Photoshop.

This is the same moon image from the recent blog post on Saturday, but combined here in an other-worldly effect using a sunset shot I had in my files.  I simply added the moon in where the sun had been.