Category Archives: The Homestead

Images taken of my living space.

Moving to Montreal

After 15 years here in Petaluma, our homestead will be changing in November. We’ll be driving to Montreal, our stuff will be traveling in a big ass truck, and hopefully we’ll arrive at the new digs at about the same time and everything will work according to plan. 3000 miles, another country… OK, I’m being optimistic. Stay tuned…

Canon EOS M at the Petaluma homestead

The image is of my Canon EOS M on the lazy table on a glorious summer day. I converted it to black and white with Nik (Google) Silver Efex Pro 2 and layered in the red in Photoshop.

Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L.

Canon 5DM3 pondering the big move.

Homage to my old boots

We completely cleaned out our garage a couple of weeks ago to make space for a video shoot of our band. Tucked away amidst the years of accumulated clutter were my old Santa Rosa Brand work/hiking boots. I’m pretty sure I bought them in the very early 80s, and I obviously put a whole lot of miles on them before they were retired to the garage. Now, they just look cool.

Old boots in black and white

Old boots on an old trunk

Old boots on old garage concrete

I couldn’t resist a little pastoral treatment for the old waffle stompers.

Old boots and blue flowers 1

Old boots and blue flowers 2

Lenses: Images 1, 4 and 5, Canon EF 40mm f/2.8. Images 2 and 3, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L.
Flash: Canon 430EXII for images 1 and 3.

Canon 5DM3 loving old leather.

Amaryllis on Mother’s Day

The control wheel has gotten flaky on my “old” trusty Canon G11. I’m pretty sure this video shows the simplest, and definitely the cheapest, fix. But anyway… Yesterday, while I was trying to find a solution for the wheel problem, I had the camera out so I took it outside and grabbed a few shots of our red amaryllis. I metered for a “high key” look for these first two shots.

Red amaryllis 1

Red amaryllis 2

And because the G11 does great macro, I had to get in close.

Red amaryllis macro

Canon G11 on the patio.

New band photo

Today I did a photo shoot on my patio with the band. For lighting I used a single speedlite (Canon 430ex II) and a shoot thru umbrella. The backdrop was a $10 plastic tarp. This was the money shot (if you look closely you can see the shutter trigger in my right hand).

The Mad Maggies September 30, 2012

Here’s a cleaned up version sans the faux HDR treatment and cheap backdrop (better for the one sheet):

The Mad Maggies September 30, 2012

Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L at 50mm.

Canon 5DM3 before a rehearsal.