Deep Blue Pool

Deep Pool, South Korea

Deep Blue Pool

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A fall races towards a deep blue pool ensconced in fissured rock as a Korean maple (Acer pseudosieboldianum) gracefully frames the blue with shades of green filet.

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Nikon N6006 SLR AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8Dexposure: not recorded, M-up mode, film: Kodak Kodachrome 64 Professional color transparency film, Manfrotto 3221 with Manfrotto 3265 pistol grip ball head,  Nikon MC-20 remote cable,  Plustek OpticFilm 7600i Ai, 35 mm film scanner, LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast 8 scanner software

Famous Photographer Quote #0258

Jay Maisel

“If you are out there shooting, things will happen for you. If you’re not out there, you’ll only hear about it.”

Jay Maisel 

Festa Italia – Third Street Promenade

Festa Italia, July 1995

Festa Italia – Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, California

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A beautiful sunny southern California day, best pizza west of the Mississippi (but no comparison to NYC), opera singers, wine tasting, grandparents dancing the tarantella with their grandchildren, best tartufo gelato (truffle ice cream) I’ve ever tasted…

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Nikon N90S SLRAF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8Dexposure: not recorded, Kodak E100S Professional color transparency film, filter: Nikon L37C, program mode: Aperture Priority, M-up Mode, handheld, Plustek OpticFilm 7600i Ai, 35 mm film scanner, LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast 8 scanner software.

Famous Philosopher Quote #0257

John Wesley

“Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn.”

John Wesley

(theologian, philosopher, philanthropist)

portrait by George Romney 1789

Avra Valley Sunset

Famous Artist Quote #0256

Clouds on Mountain

Cloud on MountainClouds on Mountain

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I wasn’t a photographer by profession when I made this capture so I hadn’t invested heavily in photographic equipment yet. I had the bare essentials so I was relying on the reflective meter in my film camera (no digital at this time) which sees the world as zone 5 (18% gray). What it does is measure the light reflected off the subject. This works in some lighting circumstances but in others it can be 2-3 stops off, not good when you are shooting Kodachrome transparency film which had a leeway for error of ⅓, maybe ⅔ of a stop. What you do is make a guess at the exposure based on prior experience under the same lighting conditions. This scene had me worried and I was wishing I had a handheld incident light meter which measures the light falling on the subject, a far more accurate way of doing things. There was another photographer with an 8×10 view camera set up about 40 yards away. Since a large format camera has no in-camera meter, an incident meter is a must and there it was in his left hand. I figured why not ask him what his light reading was? The answer cheerful given was f/11, 1.5 sec., and that’s what I used for “Cloud on Mountain”.

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Nikon N6006 SLR AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8Dexposure: not recorded, M-up mode, film: Kodak Kodachrome 64 Professional color transparency film, Manfrotto 3221 with Manfrotto 3265 pistol grip ball head,  Nikon MC-20 remote cable,  Plustek OpticFilm 7600i Ai, 35 mm film scanner, LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast 8 scanner software

Famous Photographer Quote #0255

Diane And Allan Arbus 1950

“I work from awkwardness. By that I mean I don’t like to arrange things. If I stand in front of something, instead of arranging it, I arrange myself.”

Diane Arbus

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Thorny Perch

Thorny Perch, Arizona

Thorny Perch

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While hiking in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, I came across this interesting ocotillo against a deep blue sky. Jutting straight-out of the left frame as I looked in my viewfinder, it was a healthy plant, but where it takes a turn skyward it becomes skeletonized for a few feet. Then dipping down towards the ground, it miraculously comes back to life with a few vestiges of flowers and seed pods still clinging to the branch. I put my camera on the tripod and composed but as cool as this ocotillo was, it wasn’t enough. It needed a little something else. A focal point. Enter the inquisitive hummingbird who lands on the center of the branch, not perfectly center, but a little left of center for perfect composition (obviously he’s had artistic training). If that isn’t enough, the little guy gives me his best side and 3-5 seconds to trip the shutter. For a hummingbird to stay still for 3-5 seconds is like a human posing for 3-5 years. What a sacrifice in the name of art!

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Nikon N90S SLRNikkor AF Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f-2.8D ED, Nikon SB-24 SpeedlightKodachrome 64 Professional color transparency film, B+W 77E Slim Circular Polarizer, exposure not recorded, Manfrotto 3265 tripod, Manfrotto 3047 studio head, Plustek OpticFilm 7600i Ai film scanner, LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast 8 scanner software.

Famous Artist Quote #0254

Vincent van Gogh-self portrait

“Normality is a paved road. It’s comfortable to walk on, but no flowers grow on it.”

Vincent Van Gogh

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