Saturday, May 31, 2008

Make a Wish

Monday was Kenzie's actual birthday, but today was her party. I'll have more photos of my wife's masterpiece cake to post later, but for now, I liked this one of her blowing out her candle.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

More Playing with the Infrared

Here are two shots I grabbed this morning ... one outside my house and one of the building where I work. Again, both of these are through the Hoya R72 infrared filter, then converted to grayscale.

My camera I used for these (a Nikon D100) has not been converted for infrared use, so I still have to use longer exposures, and ideally should use a tripod, although these were just tests, so I tried handheld. The filter is very, very dark, and you can't even see enough to frame your shot through the viewfinder (again, if you're using a tripod, you would have to compose your shot first, then put the filter on ... with these, I just guessed at it).

The building shot is in very bright sunlight, and the exposure on it is 1/10 sec at f/4 on ISO 400.

These are just shots I've gotten from playing around. Hopefully I'll get a chance to get out and try some good ones with the tripod sometime soon.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

My First Infrared Test

I just got an infrared filter (Hoya R72) for my camera yesterday and wanted to test it out. Here's one of the first shots I grabbed with it. There's a little Photoshop work added to this one, too. (I desaturated some of the original red and then swapped the red and blue channels to give the sky it's original color back).

I'll have to tinker some more with it and see what I can come up with.

Another Shot of Reece

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Birthday Girl

Hard to believe, but Kenzie turned 9 yesterday. Here she is early in the morning enjoying her Nintendo DS she got as a birthday present.

Gypsy Moth

I've been a little lax at posting with the busy weekend, but I thought this was interesting. We found this guy in our pool skimmer and thought he was dead. Since it was a huge moth, I thought I'd show my daughter, who, of course, wanted to keep him.

About an hour later, after he had dried out a little, I thought it might make a cool photo, and when I nudged him he started to move around.

The little feather looking things are actually part of his antennae. Click on the photo for a much larger version.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Friday, May 16, 2008

State Swim Meet Photos

I finally got around to making a web gallery of photos from the KYLSC state swimming meet from way back in March. A few people have been asking me when I was going to do this, so sorry I was so slow about it, but here you go. Click here to view the gallery.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Easter leftovers

Was going through some shots from Easter that I'm just now pulling off my memory card, and ran across this one of a friend's daughter.

Thursday, May 08, 2008


From my yard. It's always fun to watch these progress from this stage to full bloom.

More Waterdrops

I just can't resist taking a photo of these leaves after a rain.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Kenzie & Pals

My daughter loves any type of creature you can find in the yard. Here are a couple of her new "friends" we found Sunday.

Friday, May 02, 2008

Baby Birds

I was trying to not get too close to disturb them, so I had a long lens and, since it was getting a little dark out, had to try and use it with a high ISO and low shutter speed. Not too bad, after a little sharpening, though.