December 26, 2010 – Smokin’ Ribs

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December 26, 2010I tried doing some more “Smoke Photography”. I wanted to play around with some lighting but most of what I tried had little to no effect on the outcome. The flash out powers everything else. I tried holding a red poster board opposite the flash with the hopes that there would be reflected red light. That did not really have any effect. I think that the “magic” is the light shining THROUGH the smoke and not reflecting back. I tried putting a red snoot around the flash (as opposed to the black one I was using which guides the light to where I want it and avoid stray light onto the black background or or into the camera) and it had a LITTLE effect that you can see slightly in the image. I even tried bouncing the flash light directly onto the poster board hoping I could light the smoke with the reflected light only but that was not bright enough.

Anyway, of all the pictures I ended up taking, I chose this one because I was fascinated that the smoke created an almost solid form that reminded me of ribs. You can make it to be whatever you wish, but for me, it suggested the form of a torso or the form of a knight’s armor.

Whatever you chose, no two are ever alike…nor will they be.


After posting this entry, I had another look at this and began to see a vague image of Santa. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm…….

December 25, 2010 – Merry Christmas

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December 25, 2010

Sony DSLR-A100 | f5.6 | 1/80 | ISO100

December 24, 2010 – Merry Christmas Eve…er….Happy Birthday

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December 24, 2010I bet that you thought that this day’s picture would have to do with Christmas.  It is, in fact, the eve of the birth of Jesus.  However, in keeping with festivities of the season, today is the celebration of the birth of my wife, Carol.  Lunch outside at The Farm at South Mountain on a gorgeous “winter” afternoon under blue skies and the barren pecan trees made a lovely little gala.  Happy birthday, Carol!

Please note that there are plenty of fine carols to be sung this time of year but none so great as my Christmas Carol (hee hee)

December 23, 2010 – Spotted By the Paparazzi

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December 23, 2010

I was late in the evening on a cool December winter.  It was quiet in the air while the stars shone bright and the residents snug in their beds.  I was ready to pack it in for the day and snuggle up with my wife under the warm comforter that has made it a habit of protecting us from the frigid air when suddenly I saw him, the jolly old man all dressed in red. Suddenly, I grabbed my camera, aimed the lens and was just about the snap the shot when I sensed I was discover by the friendliness we only associate with Santa Claus.  I took the picture anyway.

Certainly that while this was an unofficial assignment, I will, in the interest of the magic of Christmas, keep this sighting of Santa’s Christmas Eve test run a secret and trust you will too.

December 22, 2010 – Hallelujah!

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December 22, 2010Sony DSLR-A100 | f5.6 | 1/50 | ISO400

What a glorious 3.5 minutes!.  Thousands…yes thousands gathered around the food court of Fashion Square Mall in Scottsdale, Arizona for a somewhat impromptu singing of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus (I think the news leaked the event meaning a “few” more people than few hundred hoped for).  It was actually done twice – each time as magnificent as the other.

Unfortunately, I could not get to a very good vantage point to take pictures so did the best I could without sacrificing soaking in the power of the voices boldly singing God’s praises in the public square.  Truth be told…there is no way a still picture could capture it – it only serves as a reminder.December 22, 2010Sony DSLR-A100 | f5.6 | 1/20 | ISO400

December 21, 2010 – Winter Skies

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December 21, 2010I was driving home this afternoon and had to stop to try to capture what I thought was a very intriguing sky. I learned what I already knew, and that is that you can’t really capture that on camera. Nevertheless, there were so many different cloud formations it felt dramatic for the first day of winter.

Note: Only 10 days left. Only 10. Any requests?

Sony DSLR-A100 | f8.0 | 1/200 | ISO100

December 20, 2010 – Ballarena

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December 20, 2010