Reblogged from Static Instants. Super excited to be on board, and thanks for the post – I’m not feeling bloggy today and this gets me off the hook!
I just added Dawn Haggerty to our contributor list. Dawn is a decay specialist and I can’t absolutely not wait to see more! Stop in and check it out.”
I have been invited to become a contributor to the photography blog Static Instants! It is mighty cool to have more than me and my mom think my pictures rawk (I kid… I kid…). So I’ll have even more content to link up. Please visit their blog (I’m not on there yet) and cheggitout, follow, tell your friends and enjoy!
I brought home a lovely Advent wreath “Papa” made me (my priest and good friend). I don’t know if people are lazy this year or what, but the decorations, in my neighborhood at least, are lacking so what I have so far is all in my house. I’ll add to this set as ADVENT progresses, but here’s some twinkling, Christmas prettiness.
I noticed while I was photographing Eastern State Penn last time that occasionally, when the slightest movement did really matter (we’re talking super duper low light stuff), the smallest vibration, including that of pressing the shutter button disturbed the photo. So while shopping for a lens cap keeper and a new eyepiece extender I decided to look into a remote. After all, I may want to actually photograph myself with my family occasionally too. This was under $3 – and it’s awesome! I was all giggly and stupid when all my little items came and played with my new toy… I can only imagine how ridiculous I’ll be when I get a new lens…
And just in case you’re wondering: http://amzn.to/rK6sBK
…some more megapixels and a decent wide angle – but most of all, the ability to not choke when it counts. I went on a field trip Thanksgiving morning, to do some bonafied urban exploring (if you have to ask “Why a holiday?” then you may want to learn a bit more about the essence of Urbex). Where I originally wanted to go I needed some Mission Impossible type equipment and some more intestinal fortitude so I drove around northeast Philly and found as expected, some abandoned warehouses and other remnants of Philly’s industrial boom.
I found a great warehouse to poke around and just as I started feeling good I heard some water turn on (which I thought it was odd that the warehouse has running water…). Since I wanted to get home to my family in one piece and with all my equipment I left. This was northeast Philly – and not the nice part, so I wasn’t taking any chances. I got out of about 18 frames only TWO decent shots. Why? Because my dumbass must’ve accidentally pressed the focus point selector and was too excited to notice the red dots in the viewfinder. I discovered this after I got home and was taking pictures of the kids. This, is what the kids call an EPIC FAIL. It’s called “Adventures of a Photog Wannabe” for a reason. So after a laugh at my own expense, I present my bounty – from 2 hours of work. Ha.
Well, thanks to photoshop, you can.
For example, I was photographing my favorite local mansion (which happens to be for sale… *swoon*) I was on the varanda, and took this shot:
Cool, right? Neat lines, paint looks interesting… Of course pre-edit it looked like this:
Kinda out of focus, the lines are still there but it’s just not the same. It’s amazing what cropping, some lightroom presets and sharpening can do.
For an amateur, better equipment and good editing software can be stifling. So the goal of today was to take some photos: one shot per intention. I’m taking the color out to focus only on composition and and that’s it. I left armed with some new focusing techniques and I came home with six frames in my camera. This set is all about reflection.
Reflections, a set on Flickr.