|We were photographing a group of teen models in the studio. This boy had the greatest freckles so I grabbed a close-up of his face with the Nikon D4 and 105mm macro lens.|
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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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Monday, April 30, 2012
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
|These two photos were taken later in my home daylight studio using the Nikon D800 and 60mm macro lens.|
Monday, April 23, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
While wandering around the streets of New York, I am always looking for patterns that can be worked into a composition. I particularly like working to a grid format. Here are a few I just found.
|This image and the one below were taken by shooting straight down on gardening flats I found at the local farmer's market. Both were similarly enhanced by treatment in LAB color.|
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
The first time I ever tried this technique was with a film camera. I used a studio strobe in a bank place behind the drop and had to time the water drop by eye. Taking Polaroids verified the focus. I shot many rolls of film in the hope of capturing at least one successful image. It wasn't until the film came back from the lab the next day that I knew if I had been successful or not.
With digital cameras and digital timing devices, a shot like this is much easier today. You can determine immediately whether you are in focus and are correctly exposed, and can also see if your timing was accurate by looking at the back of your camera.
Monday, April 16, 2012
|The World Freedom Tower is progressing, already rising above its neighbors. This photo shows a contrast between the old Manhattan and the new.|
|Castle Clinton is an old sandstone fort in lower Manhattan built in 1811. The original structure extended out into the harbor, but in 1850 landfill built the battery around it so it is now part of the island.|
|This same flag is the one that was raised over Fort McHenry in the War of 1812 and during the battle there it inspired Francis Scott Keys to write the Star Spangled Banner.|
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
You cannot see it here because of the small size of the images, but the use of the Leica lenses resulted in incredibly sharp photos. So my initial thinking on this camera is to use it as a companion body to my Leica M9. The Fuji accepts all the Leica lenses, has the benefit of extending the focal length range out to 200mm, and adds macro focusing with its own lenses, a feature that the Leica does not have. Together they make a very complete package.
For more information on mounting Leica lenses on the Fuji X-Pro1, visit my new "About Photography" blog.
|All of these photos were taken in late afternoon light with the Leica 135mm Telyt lens mounted on a Fuji X-Pro1. The Fuji Leica adapter is not available yet. I bought a third party adapter from a company called Kipon selling them on eBay.|
|This view was taken from the north, shooting directly into the late afternoon sun. This blasted out all detail in the sky and left the buildings in a high-key light.|
|In Madison Square Park pink blossoms frame the clock of the Metropolitan Life Building in the background, as another addition to my Nature in the City photo series.|
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Today I did a test of the focusing ability of the new Nikon D4 camera. In the past, I always had difficulty with auto-focus on the Nikon 105mm macro lens. In even moderately difficult lighting situations, it would hunt for focus, racking in an out so much that I would finally give up and either switch it to manual focus or change lenses altogether. In today's test, I created a difficult focusing situation for the D4 by, first, mounting the 105 macro on it, and, second, by setting up an extreme back-lit situation where I was shooting directly into a tungsten light. To make matters even tougher, I shot the lens with the aperture wide open. This would be difficult for any lens, but I knew the 105mm would have the most trouble. The camera behaved beautifully. It never hunted for focus once, and all of over 250 frames were sharply focused on the eyes. Quite honestly, I have never had a camera perform so perfectly in a situation like this.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Monday, April 9, 2012
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Friday, April 6, 2012
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Normally in a situation like this, a long macro is the first choice of lens. However, macro lenses are notoriously sharp and for these close-ups of blossoms I wanted to create a very delicate, soft pastel effect. So instead of using a macro lens, I put a close-up filter on a long zoom lens (the Nikon 70-300mm) and used it wide open. By also shooting back-lit and directly into the sun the extra glass of the filter created a glare that further softened the shots. Over-exposing by a full stop helped to brighten the images even more. Taken with the Nikon D800 at ISO 100.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
|This shows the same scene but here a wide angle was used to incorporate the colorful shape of the evening clouds.|
Monday, April 2, 2012
|One of my favorite times to shoot is in late afternoon light with its reddish glow in contrast to a deep blue sky. Taken in Joshua Tree NP with the Nikon D800 and 200mm focal length.|
|Early sunset shot at Joshua Tree with the sun peeking through the branches.|