I Street impression

Today, at the end of my commute, I got off the freeway and took the back road for the last leg. It was a lovely day so I parked in a turnout, walked around a bit and grabbed a few shots. I particularly liked this curvy driveway. Though the raw image looked good, I couldn’t resist tweaking it a bit to make the scene more ethereal.

I street fenced drive

Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm at 85mm. 1/400 second at f/16. ISO 200.

Canon T2i almost home.

Late night city repose

We played a bar gig in San Francisco last night. Just before going on stage, I was wandering around with camera in hand looking for shots when I saw this guy through a window. I had the camera in manual mode so I could get fussy with the quirky light levels in the bar. Fortunately, he was talking on his cell phone so I had time to dial in a good exposure before he moved on. And because I was shooting through a window the camera picked up some of the neon reflected off the bar and placed it neatly on the overpass.

Man in red shirt sitting on fire hydrant

Settings: f/3.2, 8.9mm (41mm equivalent), ISO 800, 1/10 second. Handheld.

Canon G11 staying up late.

Plugged in

Here’s a close-up of something I see several times every day when I’m home and standing in front of the toilet–every day when I’m shaving or brushing my teeth. Sharply focused and free of graininess it looks completely mundane, because it is. So I gave the close-up an artsy, filmic feel. Why not?

Plug and night light

“I learn by going where I have to go…” –Roethke

Canon G11 learning where to go.

Stones for Alice

In September 2009 our beloved cat, Alice, passed away. She was fortunate to have lived at least nine lives having made it to the ripe old age of 24 1/2. Alice was with us since she was a wee kitten so for nearly a quarter of a century she graced us with her ever sweet and sociable presence. These are the stones that mark the spot where we buried her in the back yard.

Stones for Alice

I blended in a black and white layer (Nik Silver Efex) and overlayed the merged layers with the original, unaltered layer using the “color” menu selection in the layer palette.

Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm IS USM at 300mm. 1/80 second at f/5.6. Tripod.

Canon T2i remembering Alice.

Open at night

This is the front entrance to the local Catholic church. I’m not the religious type, but I can appreciate the architecture–and in this case, the available light. The outside light is from street lamps and the inside is from tungsten sources (I think). No Photoshop tricks here, just a straight black and white conversion and a bit of cropping on the sides.

Church entrance doors at night

Lens: Canon EFS 15-85mm at 28mm. ISO 800 (it was almost totally dark out and the 15-85 is a slow lens), f/5.0, 1/4 sec (handheld and not breathing 😉 ). Black and white conversion: Nik Silver Efex.

Canon T2i peering in at night.