Thursday, April 30, 2009

120 - Razors Edge

From 365 Project
Blades from a Gillette Fusion razor at 5x magnification. At this level of magnification you can clearly see the grinding marks from the placing of the edge on the blades. Canon 40D, 13 seconds at f/16.0, ISO 100, 65mm macro lens, lit with a Litepanels Micro LED light.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

119 - Says it All

From 365 Project
The sign speaks for it self. On the Old Dominion University Campus, Norfolk Virginia. Canon G10, 1/80 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

118 - Blue Sand

From 365 Project
I have heard of white sand and black sand - but blue sand! Turns out play sand comes in 30 colors. My grandson had a thoroughly good time with the new blue sand. Canon G10, 1/50 sec at f/4.5, ISO 200, 19mm equivalent focal length in macro mode.

Monday, April 27, 2009

117 - Shadow People

From 365 Project
No this not one of those mysterious sightings of shadow people that have become a hot topic of conversion in paranormal chat rooms, message boards and websites. It's just our shadows in the late evening sun on parking lot asphalt. Thanks to Cindy for idea! 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.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

116 - Pinhole Camera

From 365 Project
Today is Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day so I decided to make a pinhole photo. I used a technique I found on the web using a body cap and aluminum from a drink can to convert my Canon 40D into a pinhole camera. This is one of the images I captured today of the Chrysler Museum of Art on the Hague in Norfolk, Virginia. Canon 40D, ISO 100, 1/3 second exposure.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

115 - Pollen Awaits

From 365 Project
These bright yellow anthers form a bearded iris in my yard contain pollen sacs. The sacs release pollen on to the outside of the anthers that brush against insects on entering the flowers. This is a 4x macro shot made with my Canon 40D at 1/125 of a second at f/9.0, ISO 400 using a Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 lens.

Friday, April 24, 2009

114 - Iconic Man

From 365 Project
Man - reduced to an icon marking the restroom. Canon G10, 1/110 of a second at f/4.5, ISO 200, 54 mm effective focal length.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

113 - Sparks

From 365 Project
This shower of sparks comes from a grinder sharpening a lawn mower blade. Canon 40D, 1/2 second at f/10.0, ISO 200, 40mm focal length, mounted on a tripod and the shutter fired with the camera's countdown timer.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

112 - Earth Day

From 365 Project
I work in public transit so I want to highlight public transit's contribution to saving our planet. An individual switching to public transit can reduce his or her daily carbon emissions by 20 pounds; that’s more than 4,800 pounds a year. This is more than the combined carbon emissions reduction that comes from using energy-efficient light bulbs, adjusting thermostats, weatherizing one’s home, and replacing an older refrigerator with a high efficient refrigerator. Canon G10, 1/200 sec at f/8.0, ISO 200, 12mm equivalent focal length/

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

111 - Sad Day

From 365 Project
Today's post pays tribute to our cocker spaniel Denny who passed away tonight. He was one of my favorite models and always put up with my camera constantly pointed in his direction. Denny was a rescue dog who quickly won a spot in our hearts when we adopted him five years ago. We spoiled him rotten and he returned unconditional love and loyalty.

Monday, April 20, 2009

110 - Tonkinese Temptress

From 365 Project
Never was much of a "cat person" until I met this little lady, Sable. As the Cat Fanciers' Association puts it ". . . the Tonkinese is an intelligent, gregarious cat with a sense of humor. Their affectionate ways are impossible to ignore, and they quickly endear themselves to family and visitors." Canon G10, 1/20 sec at f/2.8, ISO 800 in macro (close focus mode).

Sunday, April 19, 2009

109 - Starburst Sconce

From 365 Project
Lighting can create a mood and provide a point of interest in a room. This wall sconce at the Nawab Indian Cuisine Restaurant in Newport News, Virginia does both. Canon G10, 1/15 sec at f/2.8, ISO 200, 11mm focal length.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

108 - The Look

From 365 Project
This female Canada Goose was sitting on her nest just off the bank of Kemps Landing in Virginia Beach. I didn't see her at first until I got too close and she hissed at me. She never took her eyes off me. Canon 40D, 1/200 sec at f/9.0, ISO 400, Canon 100-400 zoom with 1.4x extender yielding a 560mm telephoto shot supported by a monopod.

Friday, April 17, 2009

107 - Red Rose

From 365 Project
The rose has always been valued for its beauty and has a long history of symbolism. The ancient Greeks and Romans identified the rose with their goddesses of love referred to as Aphrodite and Venus. Canon 40D, 1/1000sec at f/2.5, 50mm Canon Compact Macro.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

106 - Peeling Paint

From 365 Project
The random nature of the paint peeling against the symmetrical pattern created by the underlying bricks caught my eye. This brick wall is over 100 years old and has obviously had more than a few coats of paint. But it will have no more paint as the building is scheduled for demolition later this year. Canon G10, 1/20sec at f/3.5, ISO 400. Converted to black and white using Silver Efex Pro.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

105 - Crystal Votive

From 365 Project
Votive candles are small candles, originally intended to be burnt as a votive offering in a religious ceremony. This crystal votive holder was on our restaurant table where they have now become commonplace. Canon G10, ISO 200, 1/13sec at f/3.5, 22mm equivalent focal length in macro mode. Fired using the self timer to avoid camera shake.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

104 - Red Hot

From 365 Project
Flame is always fascinating. This red flame comes from an old fashion oil lamp. I see a blue flame coming in a future post. Canon 40D ISO 200, f/11 at 1/100s using a Canon 85mm f/1.8 with the Canon Life-Size converter.

Monday, April 13, 2009

103 - Folds

From 365 Project
These sharp folds of light come from a glass lamp shade. The picture is significantly underexposed in order to overcome the harshness of the light bulb and bring out the details of the glass folds. Canon G10 ISO 100, 1/400 sec at f/8.0, 19mm equivalent focal length.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

102 - That's a BIG Rabbit!

From 365 Project
My grandson was amazed by the giant Easter bunny at White's Nursery in Deep Creek, Virginia. Canon 40D, 1/320 sec at f/6.3, ISO 200, 28mm equivalent focal length.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

101 - Strange New Worlds

From 365 Project
To boldly go where no man has gone before - well not quite. This is the light over our table at the Red Robin Restaurant, Greenbrier Mall in Chesapeake, Virginia. Canon G10, 1/125 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400, 11,, effective focal length.

Friday, April 10, 2009

100 - Electroluminescence

From 365 Project
Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are based on the semiconductor diode. When the diode is forward biased (switched on), electrons are able to recombine with holes and energy is released in the form of light. This effect is called electroluminescence. These blue LED's are from my binary clock, yes I know I'm a geek. Get your own binary clock at Think Geek. Canon 40D, 1/80 sec at f/5.0, ISO 100, Canon 85mm f/1.8 lens.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

99 - Odd Orchid

From 365 Project
Orchids have over 22,000 accepted species. The number of orchid species equals about four times the number of mammal species, or more than twice the number of bird species. This unusual tropical hybrid variety caught my eye during a visit to McDonald's Garden Center in Virginia Beach late this afternoon. Canon 40D, 1/200 sec at f/4.0, ISO 100, Canon 50mm compact macro lens.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

98 - Mill Avenue Bridge

From 365 Project
The new Hayden Ferry Lakeside development adjacent to the Mill Avenue Bridge in Tempe Arizona. Located on Tempe Town Lake, a dammed up portion of the Salt River, the site is adjacent to the Hayden Flour Mill and Silos. The mill was owned by Charles Hayden, the founder of Tempe. The Haydens also operated a ferry across the Salt River at this site. Canon G10, 1.400 sec at f/8.0, ISO 100, 15mm effective focal length.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

97 - Sail Rail

From 365 Project
The new Valley Metro Light Rail sails into a station near the Phoenix airport. The new light rail line began service in December 2008 and like other light rail lines across the country it is a huge success. Canon G10, 2 second exposure at f/8.0, ISO 100, 11mm equivalent focal length, mounted on a Joby Gorillapod SLR and fired with a wired remote.

Monday, April 6, 2009

96 - Taliesin West

From 365 Project
This was the original water tower at Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West complex in Scottsdale Arizona. The complex served as the winter home for Wright and his family as well as the entire Taliesin Fellowship. Water was taken from a deep well Wright had installed in the mid 1930's and was stored in an elevated tank to provide water pressure for the complex. Canon G10, 1/250s at f/8.0, ISO 100. See more of my pictures from Taliesin West.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

95 - Wild Blue Yonder

From 365 Project
It was raining below in Georgia but high above the clouds at 35,000 feet the sky was deep blue over a sea of puffy white. Canon G10, 1/800s at f/7.1, ISO 100, shot through the plane window.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

94 - Rose Garden Promise

From 365 Project
It was a beautiful day for weddings at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens. There were two weddings in progress while we there and this couple was illuminated by the late afternoon sun while taking their vows in the Bicentennial Rose Garden gazebo. Canon 40D, 1/250s at F/10, ISO 200, focal length 285mm.

Friday, April 3, 2009

93 - Fountainhead

From 365 Project
Aeration fountains are fairly common sights around suburban parking lots. Back lit by the late afternoon sun this one caught my eye. Canon G10, 1/2500s at f/8.0, ISO 200, 72mm effective focal length, -2 stops exposure adjustment.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

92 - Lost Spokes

From 365 Project
A row of unclaimed bicycles await their fate near my parking space at work. Many bikes are left on bus racks each week. If you left your bike recently on a Hampton Roads Transit bus, it may be one of these. Lost and found procedures can be found here. Canon G10, 1/60s at f/6.0, ISO 400, 11mm effective focal length. Converted to B&W using Silver Efex Pro in Photoshop Elements 6.0.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

91 - Thomas the Light

From 365 Project
My grandson attended the Thomas & Friends Live show last night and he came away with this nifty little souvenir. It's a small clear plastic ball with a spinning set of changing LED lights. He demonstrated it for me so I could make today's blog post photo. Canon G10, 1/100s @f/3.2, ISO 800 in macro mode.