Friday, May 31, 2013

Day 151 — Add a Clove of Garlic

When I look at this all I can think of is popping off its crisp outer sheath to reveal the silky smooth flesh of garlic beneath. This photo takes liberties with so much black space, but it grants us time to allow our eye to take the journey to the very tip of the clove.

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 18-200) 1/100, f5.6, ISO 1600, 200mm

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Day 150 — Mask

Masks have appeared on Days 43, 57, 62 and 127. They all have their distinct personalities.

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 50mm, 1.4) 1/100, f4, ISO 100

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Day 149 — Lemons Aerial View

These still lifes are really concerned with capturing the capacity of light to ignite a subject and control and direct the viewer's attention. I took the time to angle (stage) the lemons in a similar direction which I normally never do.

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 18-200) 1/400, f10, ISO 100, 32mm

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Day 148 — Blow Out!

Another flower at the end of it's life. This time, a tulip.

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 18-200) 1/400, f5.6, ISO 100, 200mm

Monday, May 27, 2013

Day 147 — End of a Run

It's the last bloom left on the phalaenopsis, and it actually began to wilt just hours after this photograph. Such a long, weary branch sustaining tenuous life. Notice that the tips of the horn-like tendrils at the bottom of the flower have darkened, signaling its imminent collapse.

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 50mm, 1.4) 1/100, f2, ISO 100 

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Day 146 — Simplest of Things

The richness of tone alone in this shot get's me really excited.

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 50mm, 1.4) 1/160, f5.6, ISO 100 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Day 155 — Tentacles

Today I snapped the beets' shadow by holding them above the table with one hand and the camera in the other. Enough playing around; time to cook those suckers! See yesterday's blog for the recipe.

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 50mm, 1.4) 1/200, f7.1, ISO 100 filter

Friday, May 24, 2013

Day 144 — Beet Salad

We passed the farmer's market in Civic Center but I just couldn't pass up a bunch of eight medium sized beets for $1. This blog post comes with my best beet recipe. Boil beets for 15 minutes or so dependent upon size. Cool, peel and slice. Marinate them in the fridge in lemon juice, balsamic vinegar and chopped mint. You're welcome!

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 50mm, 1.4) 1/2000, f1.4, ISO 100

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Day 143 — Less Than Half Nelson

Sundial? I rose early this morning and captured some extreme morning light on the wall clock. I took a few pictures further back but this one is more attractive due to a greater abstraction of the subject matter. The crazy exposure settings are the result of forgetting that I set the ISO the day before to 2000 and forgot to change it back, however I liked the resulting coarseness of the image; I doubt I'll reshoot it.

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 18-200) 1/320, f8, ISO 2000, 36mm

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Day 142 — Peony Performs

Now that the drama of the long wait is over and the peonies have opened, I could swear it's sticking its tongue out at me!

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 50mm, 1.4) 1/125, f7.1, ISO 100 +closeup filter

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Day 141 — Peony Summit

Still waiting for the peonies to open.

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 18-200) 1/200, f5, ISO 100, 70mm

Monday, May 20, 2013

Day 140 — Melange

Another image that might be confusing at first glance. The lower rectangle is a photo I took at Ocean Beach, the domed lid overlapping the print is the BBQ and the balcony railing. The blob above are the pots and pans hanging in the kitchen.

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 18-200) 1/100, f4, ISO 100, 29mm

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Day 139 — Peony

This peony looks like it's about to blow. What a tight bundle of petals. Stay tuned!

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 18-200) 1/125, f5.6, ISO 100, 200mm

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Day 138 — Floorscape

 Floorscapes have appeared on Days 8, 15, 27, 38, 50, 63 and 88.

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 18-200) 1/100, f5, ISO 200, 70mm

Friday, May 17, 2013

Day 137 — Vase of Daffodils Past

Just when you thought I was done with dead daffodils, here they are again; a full vase of them!

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 18-200) 1/13, f4.2, ISO 100, 36mm

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Day 136 — Looking Out

Just to shake things up on here I occasionally will sneak in a photo taken from the balcony — it still constitutes a 25' radius. It was the crushing swathe of foreboding sky that inspired this composition. You can see the cranes of the Oakland docks across the Bay.

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 18-200) 1/800, f9, ISO 100, 18mm

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Day 135 — Phalaenopsis Arc

The sun is streaming through the back door from the left. I love the geometrics juxtaposed with the organic arc of the phalaenopsis. The left half of the photo is the open, red back door and the right side is the inside wall.

Nikon D80 (Nikkor 50mm, 1.4) 1/60, f4, ISO 200

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Day 134 — Potted Miro

The shadow from the potted plant yields a veritable Miro of organic forms.

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 18-200) 1/200, f7.1, ISO 100, 29mm

Monday, May 13, 2013

Day 133 — Afghan Man

After a lot of drinking and fooling around our guests were finally getting ready to leave. At the last moment Ron grabbed Ife's scarf and wrapped it around his head. SNAP. Slow shutter speed, long lens, high ISO and hand held all build to create the soft focus, dreamy effect you see here.

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 18-200) 1/50, f5.6, ISO 2500, 200mm

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Day 132 — The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of

Living in San Francisco, The Maltese Falcon is even more iconic in stature. After having seen the Bogart movie several times I researched the web and found the best looking copy I could find of the infamous statue. I think I might experiment with lighting and try to recreate a more noir vibe. The 'bird' will definitely pop up again sometime soon.

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 18-200) 1/125, f5.6, ISO 500, 105mm

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Day 131 — Composition with Dracaena

Our dracaena is very tall (15 years old), so its narrow trunk extends across a lot of territory. I saw fit to document that today.

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 18-200) 1/160, f6.3, ISO 500, 46mm

Friday, May 10, 2013

Day 130 — Backlit Lily

I liked the converging diagonals as the sun perfectly back lights the lily.

Nikon D80 (Nikkor 18-200) 1/1000, f5.6, ISO 125, 135mm

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Day 129 — Kale Landscape

A closeup lens creates an unusual landscape from a leaf of kale and amplifies the extremely shallow depth of field (f1.4).

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 50mm, 1.4) 1/160, f1.4, ISO 100

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Day 128 — Colima Shadows

You'll remember the Colima dog figure from Days 33 and 119. I'm not totally sure how this shadow was even created. The setting sun first bounces off the adjacent apartment windows, then must bounce around the room a bit. regardless, the translucency of the resulting shadow was too intriguing not to capture.

Nikon D80 (Nikkor 18-200) 1/40, f4.2, ISO 200, 34mm

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Day 127 — Smiling

Another African mask. I love the characters that these simple wood carvings elicit. Again, this is just placed on the floor at the right time of twilight to generate just the right light to give life to the carving.

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 18-200) 1/30, f3.8, ISO 320, 27mm

Monday, May 6, 2013

Day 126 — Almost Awake

This is what I woke up to. The edge of my partner's pillow. I stared at it for so long that when I finally got up, I felt I should take a photo of it. Using an f stop of 1.4 added a dreamlike quality to it.

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 50mm, 1.4) 1/100, f1.4, ISO 1000

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Day 125 — Cinco de Mayo

Make some salsa with succulent heirloom tomatoes.

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 18-200mm) 1/80, f5, ISO 500, 82mm

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Day 124 — 3 Cups

All one needs is long morning light, bone china cups and shadows. I believe that objects in in these still lives can sometimes tell stories of relationships between people.

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 18-200mm) 1/320, f9, ISO 200, 90mm

Friday, May 3, 2013

Day 123 — Daffodils Aerial View

By shooting from above the vase and other elements are out of focus creating a unique still life from a simple setting.

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 50mm, 1.4) 1/60, f8, ISO 1250

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Day 122 — Hodgepodge

We have a large framed Michal Venera photo in the living room and when the light is right I can get great reflections from the other side of the room to appear over his print of a tree in Paris. Lower left, our little African man, who appeared on Day 98, can be seen overseeing our bicycles.

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 18-200mm) 1/25, f4.5, ISO 2500, 44mm

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Day 121 — Little Sprout

A crazy little mushroom sprouted in one of the houseplants.

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 18-200mm) 1/500, f6.3, ISO 200, 200mm