Saturday, October 31, 2009

304 - ZooBoo!

From 365 Project
Tonight we paid a visit to ZooBoo! at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk with my grandson. These are some of the hundreds of originally carved Jack-O'-Lanterns that lined the pathways throughout the zoo. We took the haunted hayride, the scary train ride and treat-or-treated to the max. Canon 7D, 1/15 sec @ f/3.2, ISO 1600, 30mm prime lens.

Friday, October 30, 2009

303 - Ghostly

From 365 Project
It is rare that I change the photo of the day post but tonight is one of those times. I had just posted a picture when my brother called and told me about a house in the neighborhood with flying ghosts as part of their Halloween decorations. I grabbed my camera and tripod and went to take a look. These are the ghosts flying by. They had rigged up a moving line with three ghosts traveling across half of the yard. They were still setting up so ride by and check it out, 5700 block of Susquehanna Drive in Virginia Beach. Canon 40D, 1/2 sec @ f/4.0, ISO 400, 30mm focal length.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

302 - Bony Flag

From 365 Project
The Jack O' Lantern is the most common decoration for Halloween but the skeleton runs a close second. Skeletons are a universal Halloween icon and a symbol of everything scary! Both are part of our seasonal decorations. This is our decorative flag back lit by the front porch light. Canon 7D, 1/8 sec @ f/3.2, ISO 1600.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

301 - Departure

From 365 Project
This week's spooky theme continues. I saw this straggly tree with a little color in the old Elmwood Cemetery in Norfolk Virginia. I was playing around with motion zoom technique and captured this eerie looking image. Canon 7D, 1/3 sec @ f/13.0, ISO 200 with a variable neutral density dialed in to block about 5 stops of light. With the resulting relatively slow shutter speed, I was able to zoom out while the shutter was open creating the "jump to light speed" look.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

300 - BOO

From 365 Project
We are into the Halloween theme at our house this week. Cindy was wearing her glow in the dark "BOO" shirt today, so I had to see if I could capture the glowing "BOO" for today's post. From a camera's standpoint the glow is very faint light. Our eye's quickly adjust to pull the glow out of the darkness, but the camera is much more challenged by the very low light. Canon 7D, 1/20 sec @ f/3.2, ISO 1600.

Monday, October 26, 2009

299 - Jack-o'-lantern

From 365 Project
I spotted this rather evil looking jack-o'-lantern in a front yard along Warren Crescent in the old section of Ghent in Norfolk, Virginia. Massive old trees line the streets of this historic neighborhood. The neighborhood with its turn of the century Victorian mansions always makes for a good photo op. Canon 7D, 1/80 sec @ f/4.0, ISO 100.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

298 - Frankie's Neon

From 365 Project
I've always been a fan of neon signs and it seems that we are seeing a lot more of them these days. This sign is at Frankie's Place for Ribs in Virginia Beach. I've been going there for years and I can honestly say the sign speaks the truth. Canon 7D, 1/800 sec @ f/8.0, ISO 200.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

297 - Happy Birthday!

From 365 Project
Today was my grandson Robert's third birthday. He loves John Deere tractors so that was the theme of his party. His mommy made the John Deere tractor cake and Robert blew out the candles but didn't want us to cut his pretty cake. Canon 7D, 1/200 sec @ f/3.2, ISO 800, light scoop on camera flash defector.

Friday, October 23, 2009

296 - First and Last

From 365 Project
These are some of the first buses acquired by the Virginia Electric & Power Company, one of the forerunners of today's Hampton Roads Transit (HRT), parked in front of the trolley barns and bus garage on 18th Street in Norfolk Virginia. The photo is dated June 12, 1927.
From 365 Project
82 years later three current HRT buses are parked in the same spot at the 18th Street bus garage. The garage will soon be torn down and replaced with a new garage. The two pictures show the first and last buses to operate at the 100 year old facility. Canon 40D, 1/100 sec @ f/11.0, ISO 100, 8mm fisheye lens.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

295 - Eating Out of My Hand

From 365 Project
He had 'em eating out of his hand. My grandson Robert feeding the goats during our trip to the Hunt Club Farm and pumpkin patch this afternoon. It was a great afternoon - hay ride, big pile of hay, lots of goats, chickens and other animals, and of course pumpkins everywhere. Canon 7D, 1/250 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 400, 44 mm focal length.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

294 - Singer

From 365 Project
This antique Singer sewing machine is located in the upholstery shop at the old 18th Street bus maintenance facility in Norfolk Virginia. HRT moved out this past weekend and the buildings will be torn down next month. The building containing the upholstery shop was once the transit company's blacksmith shop and dates to the early 1900's. The site has continually served public transit since the late 1800's, first with electric trolleys and for the past 60 years as a bus operations facility. A new bus operations facility will be constructed on the site. Canon 40D, 1/60 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400 converted to black and white using Silver Efex Pro in Photoshop Elements 6.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

293 - Balsa

From 365 Project
This small hand-made balsa wood flower portrays the simplicity and elegance of Asian design. Canon Rebel XTi, 1/40 sec @ f/5.0, ISO 400, 50mm macro lens.

Monday, October 19, 2009

292 - Cheesy Poofs

From 365 Project
Yes Cheesy Poofs, Eric Theodore Cartman's snack obsession. These are the tasty generic version of Cheetos Cheese Puffs. You can almost taste 'em, can't you. Canon Rebel XTi, 1/160 sec @ f/4.5, ISO 200, 50mm compact macro lens.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

291 - Redundant

From 365 Project
With the massive Great Bridge raised the "Stop - Draw Open" sign seemed a bit redundant. The bridge crosses the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal in Chesapeake Virginia which is part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. It opens every hour and this afternoon about dozen yachts motored through the opening on their way south for the winter. Canon G10, 1/80 sec @ f/8.0, ISO 200.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

290 - Digital Plumbing

From 365 Project
We were busy today cutting over to a new phone system at work that uses Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). I took this picture of some of the wiring "digital plumbing" which all of the company's data, information and phone calls depend on. Thing's went very smoothly and I'm glad I have such a talented and dedicated group of professionals that make all of the "magic" happen. Canon 40D, 1/25 sec @ f/2.8, Lensbaby Composer with the wide angle adapter.

Friday, October 16, 2009

289 - Fighting Back

From 365 Project
We're fighting back against this year's flu scare. We got our flu shots tonight courtesy of our good friend and my #1 blog fan, Susan. Bring it on, I'm ready. Canon Rebel XTi, 1/80 sec @ f/2.5, ISO 400, 50 mm macro lens, micro LED Litepanel.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

288 - "Say Pepsi, Please"

From 365 Project
This is a close up of an embossed Pepsi-Cola logo on a mid-1950's vintage bottle. My father used to pick up old bottles whenever he found them. When I was young we would walk along the side of the road and collect discarded soda bottles and return them for the deposit. His shop had a lot of old bottles in it and this is one of several he gave me a number of years ago. I filled it with fresh Pepsi from a can for the photo. Canon Rebel XTi, 1/6 sec @ f/11.0, ISO 100, 50mm macro lens. Back light from the micro LED Litepanel.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

287 - Signs of the Season

From 365 Project
Today was our first fall day with crisp cool autumn temperatures. My first attempt at a blog photo was a dismal failure. It was a good picture concept but poorly executed and not worthy of your time or attention. So my wife Cindy came to the rescue with this fall season setup idea. At first the gourds alone weren't doing much so she tossed in some candy corn and voila a picture of the day. Canon Rebel XTi, 1/250 sec @ f/6.3, ISO 100, 30mm prime lens and two off-camera flashes.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

286 - Retreads

From 365 Project
Used bus tires await their fate at Hampton Roads Transit's maintenance facility. Most are destined for retreads and reuse. HRT buses travel over 12 million miles a year, so we use a lot of tires. Like many transit operators across the country, HRT saves money by leasing its tires. Canon 40D, 1/125 sec @ f/9.0, ISO 200 converted to black and white in Adobe Lightroom 2.5.

Monday, October 12, 2009

285 - Pomaceous Fruit

From 365 Project
Red and green pears on an iridescent carnival glass dish. This still life gave me some more practice on still life photography using a multiple off-camera flash lighting setup. If you're a regular follower of the blog you have seen a few of these recently. Canon Rebel XTi, 1/250 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 100, 30mm prime lens, 2 off-camera strobe flashes set at 1/16th power and a micro LED Litepanel to highlight under the rim of the carnival glass.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

284 - Fall Flowers

From 365 Project
These are a few of the flowers in a bundle of cut flowers I picked up today. I like having real flowers in the house, it really changes the way a room feels. Canon G10, 1/500 sec @ f/3.2, ISO 400, light from a micro LED Litepanel.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

283 - For a Buck

From 365 Project
We went to Target today and just inside the door where the bins of neat cheap stuff are I found these cool glow in the dark bracelets for $1.00. They are actually 12 thin plastic tube chemical light sticks in four colors with little connectors. This is a long exposure picture of the four loops I made set in motion. Canon Rebel XTi, 2 seconds @ f/5.6, ISO 200, 50mm lens.

Friday, October 9, 2009

282 - Night Drive

From 365 Project
Out for a night drive with the camera and fish eye lens. This shot was made possible by using a nasty clamp to mount the camera hanging upside down from the center of the sunroof opening. You never know what I'll try next to get a picture. Canon Rebel XTi, 1.6 sec @ f/6.3, ISO 200, 8mm fish eye, remote shutter release.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

281 - I've Seen the Light!

From 365 Project
Wannabe Green? The compact fluorescent lightbulb (CFL) is one way to help save the world. If each household in the U.S. swapped out one 60 watt traditional lightblub it would save enough electricity to power all the homes in Delaware and Rhode Island. In terms of oil not burned, or greenhouse gases not exhausted into the atmosphere, one bulb is equivalent to taking 1.3 million cars off the roads. Houses in the U.S. have 50 to 100 sockets, imagine if they all had the mighty CFL in them. Canon Rebel XTi, 1/250 sec @ f/20, ISO 100 with two off-camera strobes, one with a green gel. Thanks to Fast Company for the facts and figures and to for the lighting concept.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

280 - Spider-in-a-Seashell

From 365 Project
I know that I've really been creeping out some of my regular followers with close-up spider pictures. But I just had to do this one. This is the Spined Micrathena orb-weaver spider. I've noticed two in my yard this fall for the first time, although I understand they are very common in Virginia. The females build large elaborate webs in forested areas about five feet off the ground. So if you're in the woods and walk into a web, most likely its the work of a Spined Micrathena. Fortunately they are harmless to humans but I'm sure that's no comfort to the arachnophobic among you. Canon Rebel XTi, 1/100 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 800, 50mm compact macro lens and micro LED litepanel.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

279 - Spooky

From 365 Project
Halloween is coming up fast, so we brought down the decorations and they inspired this picture idea. Those three sets of eye balls blink in random patterns so it took a few tries to catch all three lit up at once. Canon Rebel XTi, 1/60 sec @ f/5.6, 50mm prime lens.

Monday, October 5, 2009

278 - Fire Wheel

From 365 Project
This fire valve was made by Giacomini in Italy but is inscribed with the word "open" in English. I wonder if they make the wheels in different languages? Canon G10, 1/20 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 200.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

277 - Candy Corn

From 365 Project
Candy Corn is a sign of the season at our house. Invented in the 1880's, American's buy about 20 million pounds of candy corn each year. Canon Rebel XTi, 1/250 sec @ f/20.0, ISO 100, 50mm compact macro lens. Two off-camera strobes, a micro Litepanel LED and a Light Shed were used in the setup.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

276 - Happy Heron

From 365 Project
This Great Blue Heron was happily sunning himself while standing on a piling at the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry dock in Surry Virginia. He didn't move at all as the ferry pulled out while I took this closeup portrait shot. Canon 40D, 1/1600 sec @ f/9.0, ISO 400, 260mm focal length.

Friday, October 2, 2009

275 - Conch

From 365 Project
This small conch shell has been illuminated from below and the macro photo shows off the beautiful color, patterns and contrasts present in the shell. Canon G10, 1/10 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 400 in macro mode.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

274 - Spare Tire

From 365 Project
There's not much to say about this one - it's just a spare tire. But it gave a me good reason to link to the Wikipedia - Spare Tire entry which is particularly fascinating. Who knew you could say so much about a spare tire and of course they include a link to the entry for "Love handles". Canon G10, 1/320 sec @ f/4.5, ISO 400, converted to black and white in Picasa.