Monday, January 31, 2011

Splash Down

Hoping to refine the technique a bit, but still in need of some help with appropriate lighting conditions.  The light seems to bounce around quite a bit.  Back lighting seems better than front.  Also better control of the dripper would be great as well.  Images are taken in the dark, in a black frying pan filled with water, while dripping red food coloring, and shooting an off-camera flash wrapped in a purple plastic cellophane gift bag.  And after all the set-p was complete it was actually pretty fun to shoot!

Sunday, January 30, 2011


It was sunny out today and into the high 50's and great light, so I took the day to try an outside set up.  This first attempt is again rather clumsy but as with many of these, practice should help improve the situation.  Also I'm all ears on anyone who has experience on how to improve these, or additional ideas.  

Splish-Splash Set Up
[Makeshift table (saw horses & plywood), styrofoam ice chest with water, eye dropper about 2', off-camera flash behind the chest, makeshift tri-pod (electrical light stand)]

Saturday, January 29, 2011

70 Degrees in January

We had snow last week, temps in the 70's the last few days and another winter storm on the horizon.  Snow for now.

Indoor Firestorm

An old lawnmower wheel, red led, duck tape, and a fearless model 8-) Single exposure around a minute, with a flash right at the end.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Light Stencil

Apologize in advance for the blog hogging.  Single long exposure with home made light stencil.

This project and other creative ideas at DIY Photography

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Long Exposure with off Camera Flash

Still having fun... Basically the same set up as before only hit the image with a flash right at the end.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Light Works

Playing around with dark, light, and shutter speeds.   First attempts were clumsy but easier than I thought, and with a bit of practice and better set up, I think this could be refined to be really pretty interesting.  Post production was fairly minor and consisting of contrast and exposure values.  [flashlight + a couple of led's on the end of clothes pens+ gf1; 50mm cannon, iso 100, f6.x, shutter 10"+]

Monday, January 17, 2011

Broke Down

After months of excruciating review of options, capabilities, and prices I took the plunge and upgraded from my aging point and shoot to a mid range compact, Panasonic Lumix GF1.  Its not an SLR (no mirror), but with interchangeable lenses and fairly large sensor, and pretty quick, its a good option for me.    I was able to cut the cost of the camera in half by only purchasing the body off of ebay, and opting to get an adapter to utilize used manual canon and nikon lenses as opposed to the auto-focus lens kits made by panasonic.  All of which make this a very exciting adventure.  I'm loving the experience thus far, and hope to share some great shots and participate in your experiences and advice.  Here are a few of the first happy shots from around the house.  I'm still working with getting back to manual focusing, correcting depth of field, shutter speed, iso, etc.  But the aperture is awesome on this little old lens, with no flash required, even on indoor evening shots in low light.

[Panasonic GF1+50mm-1.4f Canon manual lens circa 1970's].


Vacuum Pump



Monday, January 3, 2011

They give us those nice bright colors

"Today is the day that Dwayne’s Photo in Parsons, Kansas, the last lab on the planet to process Kodachrome, stops developing the iconic film forever. When Kodak stopped producing the film last year, they gave me the last roll. When I finished shooting the final frames, I hand-delivered it to Parsons. Here are a few of those last 36 frames." - Steve McCurry

Here is a link to photographer Steve McCurry's blog, as he details the last roll of Kodachrome. It's an interesting story, although the death of Kodachrome didn't hit me nearly as hard as the Poloraoid demise.