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April Notes

Posted in Notes with tags , on April 30, 2010 by AZSalsman

Here we are at the end of April already.  I have successfully managed 1/3 of the year….4 out of a possible 12.

I am afraid that I have not focused much on the technical ends of taking pictures.  It has been a full month but did not get much chance to “get around” so I was limited both in true opportunities and in time to concentrate on the craft itself.

I did discover about myself that I tend to feel the need to outdo myself from the day before.  I set the bar high and expect to stay there.  Hence, I end up trying to get the “perfect” shot.

I also learned that I oft spend time looking simply at the artistry of an image and forget to capture a story or have something to say by saying through the snap of a camera.  I realized this after the Phoenix Coyote game earlier this week.  I captured the two teams shaking hands at the end of Round 1 of the playoffs.  It seemed like a special though but I also noticed several around me snapping photos with their point-and-shoots or the camera phones.  These people would be getting, more or less, the same vantage point and likely a picture that looks VERY much like mine.  The difference? This one is mine.  It captures the memory…a visual trigger that I was there and had a great time.  I must be willing to  not just look for a unique masterpiece, but to at least capture a portion of a day.  With time, the image will be more dynamic and dramatic but I must “capture that moment” first.

Perhaps as may comes along, I can focus on new techniques or creative angles.  But for right now, I just need to snap the shutter.

April 30, 2010 – Congested?

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April 30. 2010

I just had to take this pic…watch out for the congestion! It is a helpful sign. Otherwise I would have not known that this empty space was a congested area.  Perhaps it is here where people have colds. Hmmmm.  But then again, I don’t see people either.

Sony DSLR-A100 | f5.6 | 1/8 | ISO1600

April 29, 2010 – A Former Welcome

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April 29, 2010

In some bizarre way, the front door of this abandoned house, reminds me of a face.  Perhaps one that once said “Welcome.”

April 28, 2010 – Rundown

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April 28, 2010

I often find myself fascinated with the character of run down and abandoned buildings. I suppose that, despite the neglect of their upkeep, each one has a story to tell, a youth that once carried vibrancy and purpose.  Now, it holds the memories…a monument that reminds us all that the past existed and we are connected along a continuum to those who have gone before us.

How is that for poetic ponderings.

I don’t know…maybe I ought to make “Weathered Buildings” my theme for the week. What do you think?

This building actually is in use as a Masonic Lodge, I think.  At least that is the case according to the logo tattooed to the other side of the edifice.

Sony DSLR-A100 | f9.0 | 1/250 | ISO100

April 27, 2010 – Thanks for a Great Season

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April 27, 2010

It has been a great season.  It began with a only a whisper of hope and a roaring bankruptcy proceeding.  It even began with a loss at home! But now, dear Coyotes, you can hold your head up high for you ended up fourth in the league, gained home ice advantage in your first post season appearance in in 8 years and not only faced the might Red Wings, but you drove them to a full 7 game stretch.  There is nothing of which to be ashamed…for this, now, is only the beginning.  See you in the fall.

Sony DSLR-A100 | f9 | 1/80 | ISO160

April 26, 2010 – Leaf

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April 26, 2010

Sony DSLR-A100 | f6.3 | 1/250 | ISO200

April 25, 2010

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April 25, 2010

A purely experimental “out of focus on purpose” image. Did it work?

Sony DSLR-A100 | f5.6 | 1/250 | ISO400