Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Best of the 365 Blog – May 2018

The end of this month marks the second year in a row that I’ve successfully completed the 365 project.

Nikon 810, 75mm (28-105), 1/100, f/9, ISO 100

The sight of a tree covered with white blossoms in the middle of a graveyard was too interesting to pass up, so I actually retrieved a camera from home to get the picture. Unfortunately, at the time I was also playing around with some filters in Lightroom. I noticed after the fact that switching this to black and white makes the white blossoms indistinguishable from everyday green leaves.

Nikon 810, 75mm? (28-105), 1/1000, f/4.5, ISO 400

Narrow depth of field makes for a good photo from the college’s flower garden.

Nikon 810, 300mm (75-300), 1/160, f/11, ISO 100, cropped

During this year’s annual visit from the carpenter bees, I finally got camera, lens, light and subject to line up perfectly.

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The clouds blew through without dropping any rain, but they certainly look ominous.

Nikon 810, 18mm (18-35), 1/60, f/5.0, ISO 800

Part of the series of photos I took in the caboose we rented in Arkansas.

Nikon 810, 48mm (28-105), 1/60, f/4.0, ISO 400

Another caboose shot, this time a rain-slick exterior.

Nikon 810, 105mm (28-105), 1/60, f/6.3, ISO 250

I stopped for awhile in a small park in Eureka Springs and took pictures of some yarn-bombed trees. It was a relaxing experience.

Nikon 810, 75mm? (28-105), 1/100, f/4.5, ISO 5000

Back at home, some used limes in the sink turned out to be more visually interesting than the average daily desperation photo.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Food truck edit

Combination of two photos

Here’s the challenge: I’m after a shot of the art on the side of a food truck. I want the whole side of the truck in the shot to give the art some context (“food truck” rather than “painting”). But when I step back far enough to get the whole truck in the frame, I end up with a sign blocking the shot.

Nikon D810, 28mm (28-105), 1/125, f/8, ISO 100

So I got another photo of the painting from closer in, with no sign blocking the view.

Nikon D810, 28mm (28-105), 1/125, f/14, ISO 100

Photoshop to the rescue! Back at home, I combined the two pictures. In the wide shot, the sign blocked only a small chunk of the art, so I needed only a little bit of the other photo. A mask, a free transform, a small perspective warp and a brightness adjustment made the replacement piece match quite well with the rest of the image. Then a crop cut out some unnecessary background elements.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Combat Air Museum

Nikon 810, 18mm (18-35), 1/100, f/6.3, ISO 500

Yesterday Ken and I went to the Combat Air Museum in Topeka. The location supplied no end of great photo ops. Though the airplanes are packed in a little too tight to get good wide shots of most of them, the museum abounds in fascinating details.

Nikon 810, 8mm, 1/60, f/3.5, ISO 1600

Nikon 810, 48mm (28-105), 1/80, f/14, ISO 3200

Nikon 810, 8mm, 1/60, f/3.5, ISO 400

Nikon 810, 8mm, 1/80, f/13, ISO 2000

Nikon 810, 75mm (28-105), 1/80, f/13, ISO 64

Nikon 810, 48mm (28-105), 1/80, f/10, ISO 64

Nikon 810, 75mm (28-105), 1/320, f/4.5, ISO 1600

Nikon 810, 75mm (28-105), 1/80, f/5.6, ISO 1600

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Yarn bombs

Nikon 810, 48mm (28-105), 1/500, f/4.0, ISO 100

On our recent trip to Arkansas I opted to forego my usual habit of running all over the place like a crazy person trying to get photos. Instead, I drove into Eureka Springs one morning and spent some calm time taking pictures in a small park full of yarn-bombed trees.

The experience gave me the chance to keep an eye on the histograms of the photos I was taking, resulting in some good exposures and clear color reproduction.

Nikon 810, 105mm (28-105), 1/60, f/6.3, ISO 250

Nikon 810, 105mm (28-105), 1/60, f/6.3, ISO 250

Nikon 810, 48mm (28-105), 1/60, f/4.5, ISO 250

Nikon 810, 18mm (18-35), 1/60, f/11, ISO 250

Nikon 810, 48mm (28-105), 1/60, f/6.3, ISO 250

Nikon 810, 48mm (28-105), 1/60, f/6.3, ISO 250

Nikon 810, 105mm (28-105), 1/60, f/4.5, ISO 250

Nikon 810, 75mm (28-105), 1/60, f/8, ISO 250

Wednesday, May 23, 2018


Nikon 810, 18mm (18-35), 1/60, f/18, ISO 200

Amy and I recently took a trip to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, where we stayed in a caboose. It was the real thing (tracks and everything), renovated to serve as a vacation rental. With no TV and little internet, the occasion proved ideal for photographing this fascinating location.

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Nikon 810, 18mm (18-35), 1/60, f/3.5, ISO 800

Nikon 810, 18mm (18-35), 1/60, f/5, ISO 800

Nikon 810, 18mm (18-35), 1/60, f/3.5, ISO 800
Nikon 810, 48mm (28-105), 1/60, f/9, ISO 400

Nikon 810, 75mm (28-105), f/5, ISO 400

Nikon 810, 48mm (28-105), 1/60, f/4.0, ISO 400

Nikon 810, 48mm (28-105), 1/60, f/4.0, ISO 5000

Nikon 810, 62mm (28-105), 1/60, f/4.2, ISO 5000

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Best of the 365 Blog – April 2018

Spring is in the air. At least sorta.

Nikon 810, 75mm (28-105), 1/125, f/22, ISO 100

I needed an illustration for a piece I was writing about cookie-targeted ads. By fortunate coincidence, my mom baked some particularly photogenic Easter cookies for us.

Also please note that I may be getting some bad data on some of these. I doubt that I shot this many photos with my 28-105mm lens at exactly 75mm.

Nikon 810, focus stacked (28-105mm), 1/60, f/4.5, ISO 6400

The Picasso exhibit at the Nelson closed early in the month, so I got over there on a quiet weekday before the crowds got bad. I took some phone photos the first time I went through, but I wanted to go back with the 810 and get some better shots.

Nikon 810, 75mm (28-105), 1/60, f/6.3, ISO 400

Happy Easter! Again courtesy of Mom.

Nikon 810, 75mm (28-105), 1/60, f/4.5, ISO 400

Though I admit that I shot this out of desperation to get a photo for the day, I nonetheless like the result. I was working on a masked layer color wheel in Photoshop, so this fit with something else I was already working on.

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Shower thought: the shadow of the shower curtain rod and rings looks like an alligator.

Nikon 810, 50mm (28-105), 1/60, f/4.0, ISO 1600

A good rain storm (especially with a little hail) is always a good opportunity for a study in motion.

Nikon 810, 75mm (28-105), 1/60, f/4.5, ISO 1600

Didn’t dare drink it, but it made an interesting photo.

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I noticed this tree in bloom on my walk from class back to my office.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Best of the 365 Blog – March 2018

Other than spring break, March was a sparse month for photography. Rather than publish an excessive number of bad snapshots, I’m going with five photos rather than the usual eight.

Nikon 810, 66mm (28-105), 1/100, f/10, ISO 200

I’m using this photo of the leftovers from a traffic mishap to teach students about visual storytelling and how to read an image.

Nikon 810, 18mm (18-35), 1/60, f/6.3, ISO 800

As bad as the rest of the month was, our trip to Pratt, Kan., was a visual goldmine. I took dozens of photos at the Pratt County Historical Museum, including this shot of my favorite exhibit: the toaster collection.

Nikon 810, 18mm (18-35), HDR

The next day we drove to Greensburg to visit the Big Well. This is an HDR shot from the bottom looking up.

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On the other hand, this is what most of March was like. It’s a somewhat interesting pattern of mulch bags, but it doesn’t amount to much more than a quick picture taken while I was out running errands. It meets the one-photo-per-day requirement but not much more.

Nikon 810, 75mm (28-105), 1/125, f/25, ISO 100, cropped

Dramatic lighting and macro focus make this small bear from my bookshelf look quite menacing.