For this weeks Project 52 our assignment was a product shot of a product that is used to cook, with eggs. Big spoon with eggs. Egg cooker with eggs. Spatula with eggs. Pan with eggs. Colorful bowl with eggs.
Fortunately for us, our neighbors provide us with fresh eggs from their chickens every week. The eggs are decadent.
However, I learned that not all eggs peel equally. I quickly failed egg peeling 101.
Over the week-end I noticed a flowering tree at the back of the property that I had never seen before. The flowers are tiny, about the size of my thumb and I think I noticed them because the tree is covered.
I had a few minutes a lunch when I was running the hound dogs so I grabbed my macro lens and headed on back there.
I have no clue what kind of tree it is, but the blossoms certainly are pretty.
If anyone knows what it is, tell me, tell me... please?
ISO 200, 50mm, f/7.0, HDR—1/200, 1/3200, 1/800, 1/50 sec
I don't do many HDR photos, but every once in a while I see something that suggests it might be a good candidate.
Cars are one of those things that always fascinate me. Old is best, rust is good and then, there is the generation I grew up with.
When we were wandering around Scio yesterday, we walked past this Chevy Malibu parked in front of overgrown wisteria. I am fairly certain that underneath the wisteria is probably the garage the Malibu was once parked inside.
The car tags were current, so at least this one is still maintained unlike some many of the other cars we've stopped to photograph.
ISO 100, 24mm, f/16, HDR—1/40, 1/160, 1/10, 0.4 sec.
When I saw the Malibu, it immediately brought my attention back to the Catalina that I found in a field nearly 18 months ago. I loved this image and probably remains one of my favorites. According to the tags, she took her last ride in 1974.
We drove by the field again today, just in case. The Catalina was gone. I hope someone took her home to give her the TLC she justly deserved.
I have a beautiful bouquet of flowers sitting on the table, roses and gerber daisies.
It is quite stunning, but tonight I plucked a single rose out to play with lighting. The big fundraiser for the college, Moonlight and Roses is rapidly approaching and it is time for me to come up with a design.
As I was slaving away at the computer this afternoon, a group of students entered my office. Admittedly, I hardly recognized them. They were a few of the cast members from the theater production, sans costume.
They presented me with this beautiful bouquet of flowers and a card signed by everyone thanking me for the photos I took last week.
A beautiful gesture that I appreciate more than they will ever know.
One of my very places to visit is the butterfly exhibit, Wings of Wonder. I don't think anything is a wonderful as butterflies dancing about in a tropical forest setting.
They aren't without challenges when it comes to photography however. The building is about 85° and humid, really humid. The bifocals fog up, the camera lens fogs up and the hot flashes go out of control.
ISO 400, 100mm macro, f/4.0, 1/160 sec
Once everything has de-fogged, the challenge of depth of focus, focus and shutter speed all heat my brain. These guys land for a split second and are off again. I'm so glad for the digital age, because at least I have a chance of one or two worthy photos.
ISO 400, 100mm macro, f/2.8, 1/80 sec
I suspect I will find one or two more to post during the week.
I have mentioned more than once that I work at a community college.
It is no secret, budgets are tough and cuts are happening left and right. Sadly, this year's fatality is the theater program. Since my first year at the college, I have been involved with promoting the theater.
When they asked me to come in and shoot the final production at the end of the play one night, I was more than happy to go back over to the campus at 8:45 pm.
I thought it would take about 30 minutes, we would set up a few shots I'd use my lighting. It would be great.
Hmmmm, the best laid plans of mice and men... For the first time ever, I had to push my ISO to 4000 to capture this scene (and they ran at half speed for me). I was standing outside of a window shooting in.
My brain was cranking the whole time, how on earth was I going to pull this off?
I'm guessing this must have been a collar for a work horse or maybe a mule? From the writing on the walls, we're pretty sure they had cattle, but I don't think I have ever seen a collar strapped onto a cow.
During our "flip-a-coin" drive today, we came across an old abandoned barn. I kept myself busy finding treasures outside when I discovered Karen had disappeared inside. It took a little while, but I eventually worked up the courage to join her.
It was so worth it. Calenders dating back to the early '70s lined the walls, but I was intrigued by this mostly empty bottle of liniment.
A dear friend of mine got married today at the Oregon Garden. She had asked me to shoot their wedding, and though I have little to no experience with weddings (I think I have now attended five in my life) I agreed to do it.
I got up there early and stopped at one of the ponds to take pictures when to my delight, a blue heron flew in for a visit. I stalked him from the opposite bank for quite a awhile before he took off.
The wedding was beautiful and outside in the pouring rain. It was small and everyone gathered underneath the small gazebo. That is everyone but me as I circled the gazebo, shooting up hoping to catch a glimpse of the bride and groom in between all of the guests heads.
Did I add that it was pouring down rain. I was ever so thankful that I just happened to throw my ThinkTank hydrophbia in the car before I left. It saved my camera. I was the only drowned rat present.
I took a quick trip out to the front yard tonight to do a flower inventory. I have to confess, our flowers are on their own. If they grow, it's because they are hardy and find their own food and water.