Friday, December 14, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
This turned out so good, I had to post it on both blogs. It's a glow-in-the-dark jellyfish encased in a lightbulb-shaped chunk of glass. To take a photo, I went to one of the only rooms in our house where light doesn't get in (being our guest bathroom), and did an 8-second exposure at ISO 400 to get this image. It was sitting on the back of a porcelain toilet, which gave a nice reflection effect that was completely accidental.
Monday, October 08, 2007
Here's something cool to try ... painting with light. You basically take a flashlight or some other type of small light into a dark room, set your camera on a tripod (or in the case of this photo, a dresser), then leave the shutter open for an extended period of time while moving the light. You may have to tinker with the settings a little (film speed or f-stop) but the long exposure will leave a trail of light wherever you move it.
In this photo, the shutter is open for 10 seconds, and I tried to make a poor attempt to "write" my daughter's name (Kenzie). Actually trying to get something legible is a little more difficult, because you have to write backwards, right to left because the camera is seeing it from the other side.
Sprint has a series of commericals that use this effect, and there's a neat video on YouTube showing how it was done. You can find it here.
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
I had to shoot some detail shots of devices used in heart treatments, and I was looking for something a little different than just arranging them on a table. That's when I noticed the desktop background on my monitor is a simple solid blue, and thought that may make a good backlit background. To prevent glare, I put a flash over my shoulder and bounced it off the white ceiling, and the results were pretty neat.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
The Fuji F10 has a neat little feature to it that makes catching lightning shots a little easier. In one of its multiple exposure modes, you can capture up to 40 bursts, but the camera only records the last three after you left off the shutter button. (If you let it go for all 40 frames, it gives you frames 38, 39 and 40, then stops). This makes things a little easier, because you can put it on this mode, hold the shutter down, and when you see a bolt in the viewfinder, you can then let off.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Well, the caterpillar that had made my garage door its home hatched the other day, and I think the bottom photo of the butterfly is actually him, because he was struggling to fly at first like he had just come out of the cocoon, and he looks like photos of butterflies I have seen that are supposed to form from that type of caterpillar.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
This deserves to go on both blogs. I have no idea what this thing is. It was on my garage door yesterday evening. If anyone knows what this is, please post it in the comments.
UPDATE: The folks at the University of Kentucky Department of Entomology say it's a Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio Troilus) and pointed me to this page. This caterpillar is usually bright green but turns yellow for only a few days before it pupates. Its false eyespots and other markings help protect it by making it look like a small snake to predators (especially when it is green).
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Not to try and blatantly copy this post by Rick Lee, but I saw this Japanese beetle in my yard yesterday evening and couldn't help but try my own pic of one. We always referred to these guys as June bugs, but I guess those are actually something different.