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July Notes

Posted in Notes with tags , on July 31, 2010 by AZSalsman

It is the end of July already. It is hard to believe that summer is half over. Although, for me, I do have an excuse….I was out of the country and half way around the world for half of the month.

this month proved to be a good month for working on photography skills. The reason is simple: travel. With my two week mission trip to Bulembu, Swaziland. Not only was the area a fertile field of photographic images providing plenty of new imagery for me, but it was not my usual stomping ground so there was a precious opportunity for new stimulation.

In addition, I have been reading a book on photography entitled Photography for the Joy of It by Freeman Patterson and André Gallant. It is a very good book looking at all aspect of photography without concern for the technical aspects.  I am beginning to really understand the way the light metering works and how to use that to achieve the image for with I seek.  I feel, too, I better understand how to approach a potential image with purpose, creativity and communication.

There is a potential photography in virtually everything.  We just need to be conscious of it and looking for ways to capture the vision we have in our minds.  The challenge is to capture to a viewer can gaze upon it and gather the information you wish to convey without the benefit of the sights, sounds, smells, context of actually having been there.

All in all though, the project was fun and all in a day’s work.

July 31, 2010 – Rain

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July 31, 2010

I just tried to find some way to capture that it really does rain in Phoenix without the cliche of taking a picture of something with the blurred motion of rain falling around it. We had a very good and more than needed soaking today.

Sony DSLR-A100 | f5.6 | 1/50 | ISO100

July 30, 2010 – 100,000

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July 30, 2010A milestone.  My truck turned 100,000-miles-old on my way home from work today.  Happy Birthday, truck. You have come of age and have served me well.  May I be around for 200,000!!!!

Canon Powershot SD1000 | f2.8 | 1/510 | ISO200

July 29, 2010 – What People do

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July 29, 2010

I sit on the floor of the airport terminal in Atlanta on the way back home from Africa.  It is always fun to watch how people pass the hours as they await the ultimate announcement “You may now entrust your very life to the hands of one man with stripes on his shoulders by locking yourself in this big metal container while he hurls you through the skies 6 miles above the surface at nearly 600 miles an hour”. You then willingly jump up, stand in line and do as you are told trusting that, somehow, you will soon be collecting the dust of Phoenix in the crevices of your shoes.

Okay….I just finished sitting on a plane for 15.5 hours straight.  What would you expect?

Sony DSLR-A100 | f4 | 1/20 | ISO400

*sorry for the delay in posting this post. I am finally getting caught up with my daily duties back home in Arizona.

July 28, 2010 – Good-Bye Swaziland

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July 28, 2010
The last picture taken in the beloved country of Swaziland…a fern just outside the airport lit by the setting sun. Perhaps this lush green leave is a reminder of a rebirth that can emerge in this small, oft forgotten corner of the globe and may that transformation begin with Bulembu.

Farewell Swaziland. Inkhosi Ikubusise.

Sony DSLR-A100 | f5.61 | 1/50 | ISO400

*sorry for the delay in posting this post. I am finally getting caught up with my daily duties back home in Arizona.

July 27, 2010 – History Recorded

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July 27, 2010

Today, I present a log book of some sort that is randomly scattered in a building, mostly left untouched, from the mining operations when it was still active until 1991. This building was a lab where they could test the asbestos as it was mined.I do not know what the entries are but someone does…nor did. This will be part of a museum, here in Bulembu, as far as I have been told.

Sony DSLR-A100 | f5.6 | 1/15 | ISO100

July 26, 2010 – Another Smiley Face

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July 26, 2010Sony DSLR-A100 | f5.6 | 1/40 | ISO100