Archive for March, 2010

“Unexpected”

Posted in Uncategorized on March 14, 2010 by Edmund

We had a very severe rain storm all weekend so I figured I’d post a fun shot that I took last Sunday.  I took a ride to get that shot of the weathered wood siding and on the way there I saw this setup.   I knew something was wrong as who would expect to see the owl and a couple of geese (protecting their nest site) on  part of a floating duck blind.  Some hunters probably left this behind.   Any way I thought it would be interesting so I took a couple of shots.   Here is a perfect example of what not to do.  Look  at the Exif data.   My ISO was set to 1000 on a perfectly clear,  sunny day.  I forgot to check it before I took the picture.  All I did was look at the histogram and it looked AOK so on I went.  I was unexpectedly  surprised when I saw that.  Also note that there was no appreciable noise at that high ISO setting, which is a norm for the D-90.

Nikon D90,  2010/03/07 13:13:09,  RAW (12-bit)
Lens: VR 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6 G @Focal Length: 170mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority,  Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/1000 sec – F/13,  Exposure Comp.: 0 EV,  Sensitivity: ISO 1000
White Balance: Auto,  AF Mode: AF-S                                  
VR Control: On,  High ISO NR: On (Normal)

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“Disorder”

Posted in Uncategorized on March 9, 2010 by Edmund

This is a large parking lot in Centereach, NY.  I go to this place once or twice a week to pick up my Mom’s mail at the Post Office.  We had a good snow storm a couple of weeks ago and when this parking lot was freshly plowed the snow was pure white and plowed into large piles (15-20 feet high).   In the course of say 10-14 days the color of the snow has changed.  Is this indicative of our carbon footprint.  I really do not know but always wondered how and why the snow becomes dirty like this picture shows even 10-15 feet high.  I googled carbon footprint and yes carbon particles  released from   fossil fuel engines can readily be found.  I don’t know if all that black stuff is carbon but over the past two weeks every few days it looked dirtier and blacker.

Quote: “Small light-absorbing carbonaceous particles (“black carbon”, BC) are produced by incomplete combustion in burning of fossil fuels or biomass. The particles are often carried for several days by the atmosphere before being scavenged by raindrops or snow crystals”.  Look at the statistics of the amount of carbon dioxide released by country as shown here: http://timeforchange.org/CO2-emissions-by-country  something is wrong with this picture Maybe a little “Disorder”  in setting priorities in our country.  The Nature Conservancy does a lot of work in the “Green Zone”.  http://www.nature.org/initiatives/climatechange/strategies/art21202.html

http://www.nature.org/initiatives/climatechange/strategies/art21202.html

“Worn & Weathered”

Posted in Uncategorized on March 7, 2010 by Edmund

Put your thinking cap on.  Do you remember that photo I posted for the January mini-assignment “Composition”, called Camera Angle?  Well in that post I said that I would like to take an image of the weathered wood on the side of that old barn.  Well  today I re-visited that site and took this photo. 

In order for you to get this deep DOF there are a couple of “Musts”.  First you must use a wide-angle lens, second you must use a small aperture and third you must focus on the correct spot or area.   Usually I can pre-visualize these types of shots.  I knew when I was at this place in January that this would make an interesting  shot.  So I put my wide-angle lens on my camera, cranked  my ISO up to 800, and set my aperture to f/18.  These inital settings would get me in the ball park.  As you can from the Exif data  the shutter speed was at 1/250 sec which is what I wanted for a hand-held shot and no VR on this lens.  My camera has 11 focus points and I used the center most left-sided focus point and focused on the vertical wood beam on the left side.  I have given up trying to memorize the hyperfocal distance charts and just use my own rule of thumb,  namely…just pick the zone of acceptable focus then come towards the foreground 1/3 rd of the way and that is your focus point.   This gave me the acceptable DOF from foreground to infinity.  By placing the camera on an angle it gives an interesting perspective to the siding of the old  barn and highlights the weathered wood. The sun was behind me a little to the right.  I processed this in Lightroom and because the true colors are Black and White when I ran the image thru Nik Silver Efex Pro there wasn’t really any conversion necessary.  I added just a tad amount of sepia but in going back to LR and then into Elements it ( I believe) got lost.  At least I don’t think I see it any more.   Maybe it’s the old tired eyes syndrome.   Anyway I think it came out pretty neat(if I can say so).   Here’s a link on hyperfocal distance.:   http://luminous-landscape.com/tutorials/understanding-series/dof.shtml

 Nikon D90,  2010/03/07 13:53:23,  RAW (12-bit)
Lens: 12-24mm F/4 G,  Focal Length: 14mm,    1/250 sec – F/18
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority,  Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV,  Sensitivity: ISO 800,  White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-S,                                 
Long Exposure NR: Off
VR Control: Off
High ISO NR: On (Normal)

“Blessing”

Posted in Uncategorized on March 5, 2010 by Edmund

It is kind of hard to read all the script but this is a picture of Pope Pius XII.  My father was in the US Army during WW-II and served in the African Campaign then went to Sicily and Naples and then helped liberate Rome.  He was a Medic and saw plenty of the horrors of war.  He was picked to have a visit with the Pope and kneeled at his feet and kissed his Papal Ring.  In turn the Pope gave his blessing to the DePinter family and I have this treasure on the mantel in our bedroom.  The script reads as follows:

Most Holy Father

Edmund J. DePinter and Family……….Humbly prostate at the feet of your holiness, beg…. the Apostolic Benediction and a plenary indulgence to be gained at the hour of death, on condition that, being truly sorry for…….. sins,  even though unable to confess them and to receive the Holy Viaticum,…….shall at least invoke with……….lips or heart the Holy Name of Jesus.

Signed by the Pope and a few other people and has the vatican seal in the bottom left side.

Here is a link on Pope Pius XII.    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Pius_XII

After leaving Italy, his unit (what was left of it) came back to the USA and regrouped for a new assignment in the Pacific.  He got all kinds of  tropical diseases and eventually died from Malaria and recurring complications.  I was considered a WW-II war orphan and was able to go to college on both his and my GI-Bill.  My wife and I treasure this Papal Family Blessing and every time I look at it I think of my Father.  I never really got the chance to know him, sad but true. 

For those of you in Group “C”   I have a rather extensive Bio on my side bar Titled a little history about me and also I added some more in the blog under self portraits (three of them).  You can see my self portraits and get to know me a little better.  I use Nikon DSLR gear and lenses and consider myself a self-taught, somewhat advanced intermediate photographer.  I love constructive critiques so don’t be bashful.  I have a thick skin. :).  If you see anything and you would like to know how I did it or some other question just ask and I will gladly respond ASAP.  I mounted the picture at eye level in the upstairs hallway and took at least 20 shots.  No matter what I did I got hot flash reflections from the glass in the frame.  I did not want to remove the document as it is fragile and 65+ years old.  I finally got one shot with lets say acceptable highlights from the flash.  The flash head can be rotated and I had it pointing up at the ceiling for a bounce flash.  In order to not get the reflections I had to get much lower and therefore introduced some camera distortion.  The PSE-7  filter did not remove all the distortion as can be seen.  I will have to try out the plug-in called PT lens http://epaperpress.com/ptlens/ and see how that works. If it works any better I will replace this image.  Edit:I went back in PSE and corrected the distortion a little better using the free transform tool ( forgot all about it)and replaced the original image with this one.

Nikon D90,  2010/03/04 22:59:33,  RAW (12-bit)
Lens: VR 18-200mm F/3.5-5.6 G,  Focal Length: 46mm,  1/60 sec. -F/13
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern,  Exposure Comp.: 0 EV,  Sensitivity: ISO 200
White Balance: Auto,  AF Mode: AF-S
Flash Mode: Optional, TTL                             
VR Control: On
High ISO NR: Off