This is a portrait I shot of my brother-in-law, Dan Hubbard. What do you think?
I only really got into photography a couple of years ago. But, as a reporter and the son of a camera lover, I’ve long had a soft spot for the art/craft. My first “real” camera was the sweet, sweet 35 mm Nikon FE2 that my dad gave me back when I was in college. Back the the film days, that was an great piece of equipment.
But things change. That was film, this is now. Everything is digital these days, and I love it. The cost savings and the convenience of digital is awesome. Sure, the darkroom was fun and cool, but I’m happy to give up the nostalgia for all that’s gained with digital technology. Still, I can’t help but feel something special when I look back at my old vintage-looking, silver-and-black FE2.
Well, now, Nikon has come out with the Df, a high-end, full frame digital camera with a vintage look. Maybe it’s stupid to care about what a camera looks like, but putting high-end, digital technology in a package that looks a lot like the old school stuff is just so cool. I mean look at this:
Here are the details if you’re interested in learning more - http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Product/Digital-SLR-Cameras/1526/Nikon-Df.html
I love this like a little kid loves a cute puppy. My fear is that I may be tempted to kidnap a dignitary or the child of a wealthy family and hold them for ransom … oh, say, maybe $2,749.95, which is the cost of the body only. Yeah, it’s pricey.
I’m on a real leaf-photography kick lately. I seem to be shooting a lot of them. They have all those cool, minute veins and little, random holes and interesting, diverse colors. Plus they’re everywhere.
Here is some fruit of my leaf-shooting labors. I hope you enjoy them. You can click on each for a larger view. If you like them here’s another leaf-photography blog post (well, I guess the post is there whether or not you enjoyed these, but you probably wouldn’t want to click on it if you didn’t like them). And here’s a link to tons of my other photos.
We got a beauty of a sunset a week ago (Oct. 25). I didn’t know it was going to be so fantastic that night when I set out with my camera, but I’m glad I was there to snag some shots. Hope you enjoy these colorful pics. Click on an image for a larger view; the sunset shots are much better if viewed larger. If you enjoy these images, you can check out some of my others, here.
Old, beat-up vehicles are fertile ground for photography. The dents and rust and old-school curves and lines are pretty hard to resist. Here are a few examples.
These three photos don’t really have much to do with each other besides the fact that I shot them fairly recently. Hope you enjoy
Like a lot of hobby photographers (and photographers, in general, I’m sure), I find myself working in spurts of interest. For a while I may shoot long exposures at night; after that, I may find myself drawn to abstract form; then I might go after landscapes or images of people.
Right now, it’s close-ups of leaves and plant-life, with a focus on looking at what extreme, unusual lighting does to the subject. For example, if I take a photo of a flower with the bright, midday sun right behind it, what does it look like? Or if I shoot a photo of a leaf in the daytime, but use a flash, what will the effect be?
Often, these odd ways of lighting common subjects (coupled with the techniques used in processing the images after they’re shot) give them a strange feel. I really do enjoy working some weirdness into my images. And I enjoy taking something common (like a leaf or flower) and trying to make the viewer see it in a new way.
I love layered, complex photos that seem to have tons to say to the viewer. One of my goals as a photographer is to get better at building up those visual layers in my work so that it’s more interesting and, hopefully, gives something new to the viewer as he/she comes back to it at various times.
But I also am a fan of simplicity in photos. I think maybe sometimes you can overwork a subject when you should just get out of the way and let something beautiful just be beautiful. I hope that’s what I did on the two images below.
I hope you enjoy them. Click on each image for a larger view.
I took the image below for a recent Farmers’ Forum story. It was a piece about Tyler and his Lego hobby. To get the photo, I had Tyler lie down on the ground outside (we put down a tarp). Then his sister, his mom, and I poured Legos all around his head. I stood over him and clicked off the pic. Hope you like it. Click on the image for a larger view.
Actually, this may be a barn and it may be a grain elevator. Whatever it is, I took the picture below at night. You can see that it was a long exposure because of the star streaks. There was some strong, artificial light, which helped produce the hard contrast between the dark and light areas of the structure.
Little anecdote about this pic. My kids were with me when I shot it. I had wanted to go out and do some photography on this particular night, but my wife had somewhere to be that evening. So I loaded up the kids, put a movie on my laptop and and we headed out to the country. They got a movie night; I got to shoot pictures; and we got some family time. Win-win-win
Click on the image to see a larger view of it. If you enjoy it, feel free to check out more of my photos here.