Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
The current weekly assignment at Digital Photography School is "Shallow Depth of Field". It's been snowing out all day, so I decided to shoot something inside. The cats food bowl with the bag in the background seemed like it might be a decent shot. When I moved the bowl to set up the shot, it scraped the floor and the cats woke from their naps thinking, it's a new day and time for breakfast.
Junior (pictured) would not be deterred, so I took the shot with him in it and I kind of like it.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
When I was a kid, the seats on this swing were wood boards. We would slide out of them and fly through the air, always trying to best our previous mark, or better yet beat the other kid's marks.
Barely a stones throw away from the swings there was a lake where we fished. The lake was next to a river and across the river was the town dump, where we spent countless hours breaking any glass items we could find and shooting rats with BB guns. The good old slightly dangerous days.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Just because I've got a new toy with my Nikon D90 doesn't mean I've given up tinkering with vintage and toy cameras. I've figured out a way to basically put a digital back on these cameras. Just use a piece of ground glass, attach it to the film plane and open the lens and take a picture of the glass with the digital camera.
I will perfect this with a tube later this Spring when it's warm enough to work comfortably in the garage. A black tube connecting the digital camera to the film camera will cut out stray light and should render an image faithful to what the lens (in this case a Diana Clone) projects to the film plane. It worked quite well in these first experiments.
Diana and Holga with digital backs and image stabilization, plus instant image gratification sounds like fun to me.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
This is a slide a kid could get hurt on. A rite of passage for thousands of kids. It is steep, high and has a step halfway up that wiggles when stepped on. It was this way fifty years ago and it hasn't changed.
When you could hustle up, slide down and run around and do it again you knew you were no longer a little kid.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
When I was a kid this was the "Rock Island Railroad" line. Hobos passing through would come to our house and my Mom would always give them something to eat. They knew where the sympathetic homes were. I don't know how long it's been since I've seen a hobo riding in an open boxcar.
Friday, March 13, 2009
It got very windy and the temperature plummeted overnight, from above freezing to nine degrees. The entire south shore was covered with ice encrusted weeds.
I never seem to notice when cattails disappear. The old ones stand all winter, then before you know it, they're new again.