acroyear: (photo album time)
Finally started a formal photography blog. Mostly "pic-of-the-day" kinda thing, where I highlight either a recent shot or one from years ago that I re-polished. Some of you know this from FB, but hey, one blog should always plug another.

A few of the shots may have actually been taken by [ profile] faireraven. I try to credit correctly.
acroyear: (geek2)
What Is Real, Anyways?

An essay I just wrote complaining about the constant barrage of 'is it photoshopped?' that still persists in spite of years of photographers trying to explain it.  I probably won't change any of the nay-sayer's minds either, but I at least wanted to say something, and along the way, show off the different ways a single image might be seen.
acroyear: (timing)

American Landmarks Series

I posted these, one every half hour (give or take) today on FB.  Here they are collected...

The Jefferson Memorial
The Apollo Project
The Giants of Sequoia National Park
Dr. Seuss
The Grand Canyon
Jim Henson & The Muppets
Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, FL
New York's Central Park
Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek
Great Smokey Mountains National Park
The National Mall & Washington Monument
The Wright Brothers' Plane
Times Square, NYC
Zion National Park
The Cherry Blossoms of Washington, DC
The Great American Southwest
San Diego Harbor at Sunset
The Fender Strat
Yosemite National Park
The Las Vegas Strip
The Shelby GT Cobra
acroyear: (surprising)
A comment I left on a blog where the author was showing that a few web adds (on other photography blogger's sites) sold more of his product (an HDR video tutorial) than major print ads in 2 well-distributed magazines, and asking why the BIG names (Nikon, Canon, etc) still advertise on those magazines:

I think one reason the big name camera makers (and software makers) publish in the main magazines is simply to keep the magazines alive at all. As much as blogs are the best tools for helping the hobbyist move forward and learn, the magazine, sitting on the shelf, looking spectacular while carrying the headlines that effectively say “Yes, you can do this!” is what is really selling the cameras themselves. The magazine on the shelf *creates* the hobbyist, without which many of us would be taking crappy shots on an iphone and thinking we were creating “art”. So yeah, even if a particular add in a particular magazine doesn’t “sell” a camera in and of itself (the reviews might, but the ad won’t), the ad keeps the magazine alive, and that keeps the hobby alive (by creating NEW hobbyists) in ways that the blogs don’t.

Blogs like yours help build the talents and experience of the hobbyists (and aspiring professionals) but it doesn’t create them, and so it doesn’t sell cameras in the same way. If the camera makers were only fighting for the people who are hobbyists now but didn’t look to future growth, it would collapse much as many other industries and institutions already have (such as, say, the disappearing audience for classical music).
Stop Advertising in Photo Magazines – Head West to the Web
acroyear: (fof oooh perty...)
Some of you might have seen this on FB, or 'cause I kept passing my phone around showing it, 'cause I think it's just great...

From MDRF 2011
acroyear: (photo album time) I'm tired of politics (every day really is becoming the same thing over and over, and I'm pretty sure I've got outrage fatigue), and don't talk about work (so you've missed the most obnoxious of my daylight savings time rants), and am basically getting 5-6 hours of sleep a night if i'm lucky...and i'm luckier than [ profile] faireraven so there you go.

I also haven't really had a chance to take the camera out anywhere in quite some time, though I have been taking lots of shots of Wiggles.  Only attending MDRF occasionally, and with her in tow, means little time for much of anything in detail.  However, I did finally get the camera out this Saturday and captured a few nice ones at pub sing, like
From MDRF 2011

From MDRF 2011

so, there you go. more where that came from at the album or on facebook.
acroyear: (big tree)
Snowpocolypse #3, Feburary
Snow-covered desert plants near Mather Point, Grand Canyon, April
From Don Quixote 2, Maryland Renaissance Festival
Grand Canyon sunset, near Bright Angel Trailhead
The Ponce de Leon statue, St. Augustine, FL. November
Norman Lake, North Carolina, November
Sunset at Great Falls Park, November
The Skies finally cleared for us, Yavapai Point, Grand Canyon, April
The Las Vegas Strip from the Stratosphere, April
Geoffrey fires from the White Hart Tavern at the Maryland Renaissance Festival, October
What do you do when a zillion birds take off at once?  Niagra Falls, in December
acroyear: (Coff E)
Today's selections for the Best Of.

Zion National Park, April
New York Renaissance Festival, August
National Harbor, September
Bellagio Conservatory, Las Vegas, April
Antietam Battlefield, September
"Dinner Herd", Grand Canyon Village, April
Camouflaged King, MDRF, Oktoberfest Sunday
acroyear: (fof morning already)
My "end of the year" meme is best not told in words, as there was much of this past year that has sucked, often in a way too personal for even a locked LJ post. So rather, my looking back at the best of 2010 is done in photos rather than words. I'm uploading them to FB and mirroring that on plurk every hour or so, but will collect them for LJ every few hours or so, to not flood LJ with a dozen posts a day. Yes, some of these photos will have been taken by [ profile] faireraven , and I'll try to credit her as I post them. :)

Here's the first, taken on my "playing hooky" hike through the C&O Canal last July, with Great Falls just a half mile or so off to the right.

This is evidence enough that you don't have to have a super-expensive DSLR to get a decent photograph, once you really get a handle on your camera's capabilities and a sense of composition and framing.
acroyear: (fof oooh perty...)
From The Sunset Collection

ISO 100, f/13, 13 second exposure, focal length 18. cropped a bit to take uglier cars out. :)
acroyear: (photo album time)
So work sent me to Toronto for a week, and I opted to, rather than direct flight, fly through Buffalo and do the border-crossing at Niagra instead of dealing with airport bureaucracy and stresses. Worked out pretty well, and gave me a Saturday afternoon (unfortunately, really cold and cloudy) to try to take the pictures of the Falls that we didn't take in our rushed exit through there back in 2003.

2010-12-04 A Gray Day in Niagra Falls

I'll do a more detailed write-up later. maybe.
acroyear: (nature lover)
Here's an example of contrast between two ways of capturing running water.

Short exposure, catching it as sharp choppy waves
F/5.6, exposure 1/6th second. From 2010-11-01 Great Falls in Fall Colour

or Long exposure, smoothing out the whitewater into a foam
F/29.0, exposure 10 seconds. From 2010-11-01 Great Falls in Fall Colour

needlesstosay, you'll need the tripod handy for the latter...
acroyear: (surprising)
The Ghosts of World War II's Past (20 photos) - My Modern Metropolis:
Taking old World War II photos, Russian photographer Sergey Larenkov carefully photoshops them over more recent shots to make the past come alive. Not only do we get to experience places like Berlin, Prague, and Vienna in ways we could have never imagined, more importantly, we are able to appreciate our shared history in a whole new and unbelievably meaningful way.

acroyear: (photo album time)
I decided to take a little sanity break, get off my arse, and go hiking. Went across the river to the C&O Canal National Historical Park to see what Great Falls looks like from the Maryland side. Not bad, but not as nice as the Virginia.

However, the canals and other rocky formations can be quite beautiful, especially at sunset. Unfortunately, the haze kinda kept the rocks from getting as nice as they could have been, but still. All of this was done on my little point & click Kodak M863. I might go back with the "good" camera (the Canon XTI) later, but I wanted to familiarize myself with the area first.

acroyear: (perspective)
2010-04-24 Vegas Stratosphere

Views of and from the Stratosphere, the highest building west of the Mississippi. There are some...interesting...rides up there which we didn't do, including a brand new (opened just that week) "free-fall" you can see people drop from while you're eating dinner...
acroyear: (fof oooh perty...)

Selections from our various walks along the Vegas strip at night, including the Venetian, the Mirage's volcano and the Sirens of TI.
2010-04 Vegas At Night
acroyear: (Default)
The Little Colorado is a river that runs through the Navaho reservation in northern Arizona and feeds into the greater Colorado river of the Grand Canyon. As such it has carved out some very impressive gorges one can visit when driving to the canyon's south rim from the east side.
2010-04-20 Little Colorado


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