February 28, 2006 - The Smile

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My neice megan, caught in a moment of pure joy, shot at the same time as this photo.

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February 27, 2006 - Madison Square Garden


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February 26, 2006 - Snowstorm Abstract 5

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This is the last post is the Snowstorm Abstract series. It contrasts with all the other posts in that it tends to look best up close, whereas the others look best froma distance. Though the right side of this is largely unoccupied, the sharp and contrasty left side carries so much weight that the photo remains interesting.

EXIF: 200mm, f/8, 1/60 sec.

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February 25, 2006 - Snowstorm Abstract 4

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This is the fourth of five in the Snowstorm Abstract series. I'm a bit pressed for time at the moment, so I'll be blogging more about this and the last post tomorrow.

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February 24, 2006 - Snowstorm Abstract 3

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I love the bokeh in this one.

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February 23, 2006 - Nathan, 1/4 year old

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My nephew Nathan, taken at my sister's house in Clarence, NY this past December... I'm speechless when I look at the kid - he just looks so perfect. I love the skin tones in this - they appear deep and rich, contrasting dramatically with the overexposed white cloth beneath him. I think I could have hit this shot a little better, but everytime my flash went off he winced a little in his sleep, so I thought it best to work with what I had already rather than risk waking him up (and enduring my sister's wrath). I don't have the exif data, as I have the RAW file stored away on a disk somewhere. The flash was off camera left and a bit hot - a stop or so over, with aperture at the max (~f/4) for the focal length (50mm or so). Lens was the 18-70 AF ED.

This marks a brief interruption in my posting of the Snowstorm Abstract series, specifically for the Photo Friday contest as this week's theme is "baby." I'll be posting the remainder of the series starting tomorrow.

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February 22, 2006 - Snowstorm Abstract 2

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This shot exhibits nearly the framing as yesterday's Snowstorm Abstract #1, just with focus pulled to bring the ice formations into view. As I said in my last post, these shots are endlessly interesting to me. That being said, I go back and forth on whether or not these interesting things make good photos. My opinion varies drastically according to the framing color and viewing distance of them. This one, for example, I only really like when viewed from six-plus feet away and with a black background. EXIF data: 200mm, f/4, 1/200 sec.

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February 21, 2006 - Snowstorm Abstract 1

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My thumbnail creation tool seems to have disappeared, so for the next few days (until Amy fixes it for me), I'll have full-size images in the archive.

What you're looking at is a a Michelin tire on a car that was in the process of being buried by the recent snowstorm. I began shooting abstract closeups like this almost incidentally, as the "Rain" pictures posted last year started as tests to see the close-focusing capability of my Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8 ED AF lens. I have five or so photos from the same shoot that will be posted over the next several days. Standard levels adjustments were made in PS, and I shifted hue slightly toward blue. EXIF data: 200mm f9, 1/40 sec.

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February 20, 2006 - West End After the Storm

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After a long hiatus, I'm again posting photos. Travel, a difficult move, and excess time working have kept me away from it since late November of last year, but my camera is again a part of my everyday travel gear, and I have enough good photos to post a new one each day for a while.

The above is of West End Avenue, looking south from 89th Street on Sunday February 12, 2006. The night prior, New York had received its biggest snowfall in nearly sixty years - about two and a half feet. Being from Buffalo, I didn't think it was all that big of a deal, but it was fun nonetheless. This was taken at 200mm, f/8, and 1/100 sec. In photoshop I desaturated and adjusted levels to lower contrast.

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