Sunday, June 28, 2009

Idaho Wilderness

This image was shot in Island Park, Idaho. I found it quite an intersting contrast between the lush greens of the forest floor and the rough starkness of the lodgepole pines. It almost seems like two different places came together.
Pentax K10d w 16-50, ISO 200, f14, .08 sec shutter, aperture priority, evaluative metering.
I shot this late in the evening in Palisades, Idaho. The sun had already set and the trees cast a dark shadow over the trail. I used a very long exposure which shows in the light breeze that softens some of the leaves in the bushes to the right. It was a very quiet and relaxing time for pictures.

Pentax K10d w/ 10-17, ISO 100, f16, 4 sec. shutter, aperture priority, evaluative metering

Monday, June 22, 2009

This was shot at a botanical garden Miami. I loved the colors, but particularly the contrast between each of the different palms. It seems that they all are pointing to the one yellowed palm more and your eye always seems pulled there as well.
Pentax K10d w/ 16-45, ISO 400, f4.5, 1/60 shutter, multi-pattern meter, underexposed 1/3 stop.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Awaiting the Rider

While on a trip, I saw two boys set thier bikes up here and went into the store. I couldn't help but notice the leading lines and the way the curves of the bikes matched the curve in the sidewalk detail. The way the lines keep pulling you back to the bikes. When I shot it, it was in color and I tried changing it around in my camera. The B&W simplified it and it worked even better. I also added the soft focus in camera and loved the old time feel I got with it.
Pentax K10d w/ 16-50 DA*, ISO 100, f4, 1/400 Shutter, Multi segment meter, Manual mode.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Rushin' In for a Burger..

I shot this VERY late at night on a ship. The lights were still on, but this was the only time to get a shot without a lot of people in the picture. I didn't have the tripod, but I had shake reduction on my side with the trusty K 10d. I twisted the zoom during the exposure to create the movement in the frame. It took a few tries to keep the lines as straight as possible from beginning to end and this was the best of the bunch.
Pentax K10d w/ 10-17 mm fisheye, ISO 400, f14, 1 sec. exposure, spot metering, shutter priority mode

Saturday, June 13, 2009

A few of my favorites to start..

One of my faves for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, it was the first image I had accepted to the Pentax Photo Gallery. Not easy to get images into. I was thrilled to get one there. Second, it always reminds me of a great trip with friends I will always remember. Third, how could you not like a beach like that? It rejuvinates me just by looking at it. It was shot in Cozumel as was the chair below.
Pentax K10d w/16-50 DA*, ISO 100, f7.1, 1/320 sec
A favorite because this is one where I was asked the question 'why?'. Most couldn't see the reason for taking a picture of a chair, but I love the bold colors and the way they contrasted with the dark background. I almost left my polarizer here when I left also, so anyone who uses them knows that is not a cheap one to leave behind. I ran back like three blocks when I remembered it, and got there right when somone was picking it up to figure out what it was.

Pentax K10d w/ 18-55, ISO 100, f4, 1/30 sec, -.7 stop underexposed

This is a favorite because it was shot with just a simple compact camera and a little patience. I knew the light was poor, but I simply just set the camera down on the railing, turned off the flash and set the timer. I knew it would end up with a long exposure and I was very happy with the end result.

Pentax Optio 550

This is one of my favorites simply because it was the very first image I shot on my Pentax K10 when I first got it. I was so excited, I couldn't wait to get home to try it out. So I shot this while waiting at a light on the way. It was so fun to see the results and how even with basic composition and an idea turned into a fun and interesting shot.

Pentax K10d w/ 18-55 lens, ISO 100, f27, 8 sec exposure

Why are you taking a picture of that?

How often do you hear that? I know somtimes a photograph can appear in the most unexpected places or times. That is one of the greatest things about it. I love to get a great image and share it. I love it even more when I get something that most people didn't even see, even though it was right there in front of them the whole time. I hope you enjoy seeing the images I have created and I would love any feedback you can give. Thanks to all those who share thoughts, images and inspiration.