Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Uplifting - Day 120 of 365 #CY365

I love watching the ferns come back to life in the Spring. They sprout new stems and uncurl the beautiful leaves from a tightly wound center, one of the many uplifting signs of Spring. Canon 5D Mark II, 1/160th sec @ f/11.0, ISO 1600, 100mm macro.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Monday, April 28, 2014

Four - Day 118 #CY365

The number four is represented in binary as 0100. I created a batch file to produce a "Matrix digital rain" like display on my computer screen and then captured it with my iPhone using the Camera+ app. I then applied a square crop, the Clarity effect and the So Elmo filter to get the final image. Anyone care to guess how many "fours" are in the photo?

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Square - Day 117 #CY365

Today's challenge was "Square", as in a square crop - a la Instagram, with a focus on the rule of thirds for composition. So a triangle inside a square crop seemed be the answer for me. iPhone 5s using Instagram with the Sutro filter applied.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Colorado Blue Columbine - Day 116 #CY365

Our Colorado Blue Columbine has a night visitor. The little spiders are everywhere tonight. Almost every bloom I looked at across the yard had the busy little spiders working away. Canon 5D Mark II 1/160 sec @ f/11, ISO 1600, two LED light panels.

Friday, April 25, 2014

At Last! - Day 115 #CY365

Spring is here at last. Several weeks late this year but the strawberries are blooming, so ripe bright red berries can't be too far away. Canon G15, 1/500 sec @ f/3.2, ISO 200 in macro mode.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

April Showers - Day 114 #CY365

Nothing but sunshine in Norfolk Virginia today. This was a close as I could get to an April shower today, washing the pine pollen off my car at the automated carwash. iPhone 5s with the Camera+ app.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Peaceful - Day 113 #CY365

I often walk through the churchyard in Downtown Norfolk's St. Paul Episcopal Church. The oldest parts of the current building dates to 1737 but other church buildings occupied the site for years before. It is a peaceful oasis in an otherwise busy downtown, Canon G15, 1/30 sec @ f/8.0, ISO 100.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Barbed - Day 112 #CY365

A little "razor wire" brings a whole new meaning to barbed. I can see where it gets the moniker, "the mean stuff". Canon 7D, 1/800 sec @ f/8.0, ISO 200.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Multi-colored - Day 111 #CY365

My multi-colored kite against a clear blue sky. Canon G15, 1/1250 sec @ f/8.0, ISO 100.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Gathered - Day 110 #CY365

We gathered at my Mom's today for Easter Lunch with the family. My brother Mark and his friend Vicki made these great Easter basket cupcakes for the occasion. They look almost too good to eat. iPhone 5s, Camera+ App.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Come In - Day 109 #CY365

Come on in to Lunar Golf for a little black light fun. We took our grandson Robert to his best friend's Jacob's birthday party today. The kids had a great time and it all looked very cool. iPhone 5s, Camera+ App.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Optimistic - Day 108 #CY365

Optimistic about Norfolk's new Slover Library opening early in 2015. This is the ceiling the restored first floor of Seaboard Building part of the library. The Seaboard Building was originally built 1899 as a Federal Courthouse and Post Office, a role it served until the 1930's. It then became Norfolk's City Hall for the next 30 years. iPhone 5s, Camera+ App.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

B is for ________ - Day 107 #CY365

B is for Bunny, or in this case a glow bunny. Chemical glow stick taken with an iPhone 5s using the Camera+ app.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Where I Stand - Day 106 #CY365

Today I stand on one of two large bronze compass point maps of downtown Norfolk's historic sights. This one is located directly opposite of the Freemason Street Baptist Church. Gabriel's bright gold horn is atop the church's steeple which was the tallest point in the City in the later half of the 19th century. The Freemason Street Baptist Church is one of three buildings in Norfolk Virginia designed by Thomas U. Walter who was famous for his design of the dome for the U.S. Capital Building. The church was completed in May 1850 in a revival of the style known as "Perpendicular Gothic." This Victorian period revival style was characterized by its reliance on decoration and ornamentation rather than structure. iPhone 5s, Camera+ app two images combined in Photoshop Elements.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Siesta - Day 105 #CY365

No opportunity for a siesta or a siesta photo today, so I pulled out an appropriate one from a trip to La Jolla Cove last year. This pelican was clearly enjoying the midday sun and an opportunity for a siesta. Canon 7D, 1/1250 sec @ f/10, ISO 200 telephoto zoom at 340mm. Just so you don't think I'm a 365 slacker, here's today's rainy day photo.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Chicken or the Egg? - Day 104 #CY365

Today's prompt was "Chicken or the Egg?". So I pulled out an Easter PEZ Dispenser and set her in the middle of a basket of eggs. The picture is what it is but the circular cause and circumstance has been debated for all of written history.

Consider this - Macrobius, an early 5th century Roman philosopher, found the problem to be interesting: "You jest about what you suppose to be a triviality, in asking whether the hen came first from an egg or the egg from a hen, but the point should be regarded as one of importance, one worthy of discussion, and careful discussion at that."

Canon 5D Mark II, 1/1600 sec @ f/3.5, ISO 800, 100mm macro lens.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Target - Day 103 #CY365

The Target sign looked cool against the deep blue of the late civil twilight sky. iPhone 5s, Camera+ App.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Someone's Shadow - Day 102 #CY365

Canon G10, 1/125 of second at f/5.6, ISO 100, 32mm equivalent focal length post processed into B&W using Photoshop Elements and the Silver Efex Pro plug-in.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Cling - Day 101 #CY365

Water droplets cling to this yellow pansy near the old Victorian era fountain at Norfolk Virginia's St. Paul's Church. iPhone 5s, Camera+ App

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Perfect Duo - Day 100 #CY365

Today's challenge was food photography and the prompt was "a perfect duo". What's more perfect than pie and ice cream; getting to eat the pie and ice cream after photographing it. Had to work fast. Olympus OM-D E-M1, 1/60 sec @ f/11.0, ISO 800, 3 LED litepanels and one overhead room light.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Makes Me Smile - Day 99 #CY365

Sasha makes me smile. Our little Tonkinese gets between me and the TV when she wants undivided attention and she usually gets it. She's the number one diva in our house. iPhone 5s, Camera+ App.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Pull Over - Day 98 #CY365

Pulled over leaving work today to capture this picture of the flags along Waterside Drive in Norfolk Virginia backlit by the setting sun. Today the flags are commemorating the 50th anniversary of the General MacArthur Memorial located in downtown Norfolk. Olympus OM-D E-M1, 1/1250 sec @ f/11, ISO 100.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Fill the Frame - Day 97 #CY365

The little assassin bug nymph "Zelus" is stalking a tiny fly on this forsythia flower tonight. I went outside with my LED light panel and macro lens to look for an interesting macro photo to "fill my frame". The wet forsythia seemed like a good place to start. I was amazed at the tiny insects I saw - spiders, aphids, little flies and this cool Zelus. Seconds after taking this photo, the Zelus sprang and caught the fly below.
Canon 5D Mark II, 1/400 sec @ f/8.0, ISO 1600, one LED Litepanel and an LED Ring Light.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Imperfect - Day 95 #CY365

Today was self portrait day and the prompt was - "Imperfect". Many photographers are uncomfortable being on the other side of the camera and I'm no exception, although the "selfie" trend is helping me get a little more comfortable. We were challenged to take a photo that captured you as you were, no special prep. I'm really good at imperfect and this is the result. Taken in the foyer mirror with the camera positioned down and to the left just outside of the reflected frame. Olympus OM-D E-M1, 1/50 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 800, existing room light.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Look Up - Day 94 # CY365

I always look up when taking the short cut through the Monticello Arcade and it never disappoints. One of Norfolk Virginia's coolest buildings. iPhone 5s, Camera+ app.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Where I Work - Day 93 #CY365

LED's glow blue and green in the coldest room in the place. Canon G15, 1/3 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 800.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Framed - Day 92 #CY365

The morning sun rises behind a thin layer of clouds silhouetting a still bare tree. The entire scene was reflected in the window of Fitness Together Norfolk and nicely "framed". Olympus OM-D E-M1, 1/2000 sec @ f/13, ISO 800.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Focused - Day 91 #CY365

Today's picture is a new black and white conversion of a photo I took a few years ago at the Biltmore House in Ashville North Carolina. I have a large print of this photo in my office and I've often looked at the sharp detail that was captured by my point and shoot camera. It's hard to see on the scaled down resolution of a computer monitor, but there's a single cobweb stretched across the eye of lion. Canon G10, !/1000 sec @ f/4.5, ISO 80 converted to black and white using Silver Efex Pro 2.