Just about sunset time I like to head down to the end of our street. There is a chance I can catch a decent sunset looking west down the road into our neighborhood. Today, with low humidity the last rays were a nice gold color. The magic time for photos.
I was concentrating on getting a good photo of this group of daisies, making sure the focus point was where I wanted it and the depth of field made a pleasing picture, I had the right exposure, etc. I noticed the bee, but thought like all my attempts at a bee pictures it would be totally blurred. Not too bad. And, I do like the mega pixels of the 5D to enlarge and crop.
In this case its Photoshop and finding a series of articles on a cheap camera that takes color saturated, seriously vignetted photos and has a cult following. The camera is the 35 mm LOMO LC-A, made in either Austria or Russia depending on which web site one reads. So, I had to play. Playing and learning I suppose is a decent excuse for spending several thousand dollars on a camera to produce incredibly sharp true images, and then more money on photo editing software and then making fuzzy dark images.
When I first saw Beth Lipman’s “Bancketje,” long tables covered with clear blown and lampworked glass objects in the Renwick Art Gallery, my thoughts were about a fantastic photo opportunity. I returned and tried. Renwick’s description notes that, “by rendering the scene in transparent glass and skillfully blending the various components, Lipman demands that the piece be seen as a whole, not an assemblage of individual objects.” The comment is quite correct. A close view didn’t do it justice and neither did a view with a very wide angle lens. It was fun to try, however.
It didn’t quack but clearly thought my camera was food.
A photo of the Russell Senate Office Building seems appropriate for today.
In addition to the bottle of seasoned oil I photographed yesterday I had taken some shots of a clear glass candle holder sitting next to the bottle. You could tell it was pretty cheap glass from the way the light didn’t refract. My good wife saw the photos, and this morning I found a crystal goblet sitting in the same spot. How could I not photograph it?
The mid-day sun streaming through the skylights in our kitchen often makes for some interesting photographs.
There is no escaping them without traveling a significant distance. Haze, heat and humitidy is all around, even several thousand feet in the air. It was still nice to be up in that air where it was a tad cooler and we had a big fan in front of us.