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4 months, 4 weeks ago 6
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Brick work, 18-55, 1/75th of a second at f 8 ISO 400.


I got out today after church to do a little more practice.  I shot some of my favorite local subjects, (so sorry you will have seen some o these before),  and addd a few new ones with twist, I shot everything hand held and limited myself to three lenses; 18-55, 80 Macro and the 70-300d all shot with the X-T5.


70mm-300mm at 70mm 1/00th of a second at f 4  ISO 800.


This is my local record store, my only record store, love the name of it and I enjoy browsing there,  though it is not usually filled with my kind of music, run by a nice young couple.  I’ve donated over a hundred CD’s for them to sell and help them keep the doors open, every town needs at least one record store!!


70-300 at 113mm  shot at 1/690th of a second at f 8  Iso 800.  I love the silver aluminum skin and how the 40 mega pixels of the X-T5 shows the texture so well.



70-300 at 122.5 mm  1/400th sec. at f 8 and ISO 800


This is the warehouse for the Alley Stuff store, I need to get into warehouse to see what they have I might photograph, love this junk sign! Below there other sign, same settings!



18-55  at 37mm at 1/210th sec. at f 8  ISO 400


18-55 at 37mm set to 16:9 format 1/250th sec at f 8 ISO 800


I call this house Jack’s Nightmare!   That needs an explanation! My teaching partner and dear brother Jack Graham went to Indiana University which once was a big rivalry with the University of Kentucky where I went.  Jack went wild when he saw this, since he is not very fond of UK.  I could care less but have fun teasing him about it!


I hope that was a little fun and a little education!





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5 months ago 11
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It has been way to long since I got out to just shoot some images.  I was hopeful that I would find it all came back to me!  You can be the judge, but I had an enjoyable morning hitting some back roads around Corbin.  Sherelene had asked me to go to the local nursery to pick up some flowers for her to plant and I took the camera in hopes I might shoot a few close-up images!  On the way to the nursery, I saw the barn above and had to stop and shoot it!  X-T5 & the 16-80 zoom.



A short distance down the road,  I found the Keavy Grocery and liked the painting on the end of the building, I’m a sucker for painted brick walls!



When I arrived at the nursery and picked up the flowers I asked permission to poke around and shoot some images and, as always, they were fine with it, so my first stop was a small fountain where they had some lilly pads growing, I found the patterns really interesting, the one above was one of my favorites!  X-T5 and the 80mm Macro lens on a tripod or all of them, of course!



Another pattern just inches away from the last shot!



Before I left the miniature pond, I found a blooming flower and a sea of green, couldn’t pass it up!



A short walk away was a small display of cactus in small pots, I had to attempt them while I was there.




I’m not much of a flower photographer, but this one really caught my eye and then as I was headed to the car I saw the back lit leaf below and so I made that  my final shot!


Well I hope you enjoy them, I felt good for my first time with a camera in my hands in a couple of months, hopefully I will make more progress as I get out more!!!





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One last shot just for grins!  I stopped at  gas station to ask directions, I had changed roads so many times, and this fellow had a funny t-shirt, he allowed me to make a shot of it!  Enjoy!


5 months, 1 week ago 14
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Look at this image carefully and decide which of the two options are correct:


  1.  This is an actual photograph of a homeless man.  Shot witth a Nikon D3, 70-300mm lens at f 8.
  2.  This is a AI created image made when the following instructions were typed in to the I program:  “A photo realistic image 0f a  bearded older homeless man who resembles Ernest Hemingway.”

Answer in the comment section below, I will reveal the truth after I receive several guesses!





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5 months, 1 week ago 6
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Image Number 1

I watched a youtube video by Andy Mumford last night and I was intrigued at how he explained camera settings.  I really like his works and enjoyed the video but wanted to approach this from a slightly different angle!


This is my overall approach to shooting;

  1.  I set my camera on Aperture Priority.
  2.  i start with my ISO set to the base ISO for my Fujifilm X-T5 – that is 160.  I only raise it if I need a higher shutter speed.
  3.  I choose the lens that allows me to frame the subject most effectively.
  4.  I choose the aperture setting that gives me the appropriate depth-of-field that I need.
  5.  I pay close attention to good technique, tripod if needed, polarizer or other filter if needed, I fire the camera with the self timer to avoid camera shake.

Image Number 1 (above)  I was shooting practice at Churchill Downs the morning before the Kentucky Derby.  I wanted to show the illusion of motion so I choose an aperture that gave me a shutter speed of 1/2 of a second.  Each time the horse and jockey came around the track in front of me, I panned and fired the shutter during the movement of the pan.  It gave me the slightly blurred image that I think gives the feeling of movement.




Image Number 2:  While teaching a workshop in Old Car City in White, Georgia I found this hood ornament on a Cadillac.  I wanted to feature just the face so I used the Fujifilm XF 60mm macro set at f11 and shot at 1/250th of a second.  Even at F11 all that was in sharp focus was just the facial features allowing the background to go soft.   it is still on of my favorite images. The light was slightly overcast which was perfect for this shot.



Image Number 3:  While teaching a workshop in Nashville, I found this door decoration (top image), a man had welded a group of rusted tools together so I first shot the entire collection, then I started to zoom in an try to find a less cluttered composition and settled on the bottom shot.  Using the Fujifilm X-E1 with the XF 18-55 zoom set at 55mm and f 8 and 1/7th of a second exposure.  It was in a shaded area that was dark so I used ISO 1600 which on the early 16 mega pixel Fujifilm cameras was still noise free!  I’ve made this image into a 3′ X 3′ Crystal Archive print and it is stunningly sharp!



Image Number 4:  On a photo trip with some His Light Workshop friends we were shooting on a small farm in New Hampshire and I found this scene.  The window light was lighting the barrels perfectly and the fall color and red building through the window added a nice touch.  I used a Nikon D7000 with the 24mm to 120mm lens set at 44mm and an aperture setting of f 11 and a shutter speed of 2.5 seconds.  A sturdy tripod was used, of course.  Using a tripod slows you down and helps you work your compositions, carefully!



Image Number 5:  I love to shoot in antiques shops and I found this military uniform with medals and loved the color and texture.  I used my Fujifilm X-T2 and the XF 60mm macro lens, set to F 5.6 and a shutter speed of 1/2 second @ ISO 200.  I used a small LED light panel to throw light on the medals. A F stop of 5.6 allowed the background to go soft.



Image Number 6:  While shooting in Death Valley at Zabriskie Point, I loved these lines across the sand ridges.  Using a Fujifilm X-Pro 1 and the XF 55-200 at 95mm and a f stop of f 11 and a shutter speed of 1/30th of a second @ ISO of 200, the late afternoon light revealed the texture and the paths going into the distance.



Image Number 7:  Teaching a workshop in Arches National Par several of us went through North Window to capture the spectacular light show that happens on a clear morning at sunrise.  The late Dr. Charles Stanley climbed onto the rock face to make the shot and his silhouette was perfect for my shot.  Charles loved the shot and had a 4′ X 6′ foot print made to hang behind his desk at In Touch, I was honored!  I used the Fujifilm X-T3 with the XF 18-55 zoom set at 18mm and f 11 @ 1/3oth of a second at ISO 200.  At F11 I had great depth-of-field through out the entire frame.



Image Number 8:  Fall in Acadia National Park is one of my favorite locations, this particular year the color was fantastic!  One of my favorite lenses for doing the intimate landscape is the XF 100-400 zoom on this day with help of a polarizer to deepen the color i shot with my Fujifilm X-H1 and set the lens at         f 5 .6 and a shutter speed of 1/250th of a second @ ISO 400. The bare tree in the foreground against the great color behind it was really appealing to me!



I hope that gives you some insight to how I approached and made some of these images!





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