Going Wide

Weekly Photo Challenge – Club P52 – Wide Angle Lens

The last week has been a catch-up week for us as everyone was busy with life stuff. Our latest assignment was to use a wide angle lens for something other than a big, expansive landscape. We were going to try to look for creative ways to use all that angular light collection. Shall we see how well I accomplihed our task…

Rescue Boat Nikon D5100, Tokina 12-28mm f/4, 1/160s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200

Rescue Boat
Nikon D5100, Tokina 12-28mm f/4, 1/160s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200

Border Line Nikon D5100, Tokina 12-28mm f/4, 1/4s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 100

Border Line
Nikon D5100, Tokina 12-28mm f/4, 1/4s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 100

No. 25 Nikon D5100, Tokina 12-28mm f/4, 1/500s, 12mm, f/5.6, ISO 200

No. 25
Nikon D5100, Tokina 12-28mm f/4, 1/500s, 12mm, f/5.6, ISO 200

Silhouettes

Weekly Photo Challenge – Silhouettes

Hasta la Vista Nikon D5100, Nikkor 35mm f/1.8, 1/1600s, 35mm, f/5.6, ISO 200

Hasta la Vista
Nikon D5100, Nikkor 35mm f/1.8, 1/1600s, 35mm, f/5.6, ISO 200

General Gansevoort Nikon D5100, Sigma 17070mm f/2.8-4, 1/500s, 70mm, f/5.6, ISO 400

General Gansevoort
Nikon D5100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1/500s, 70mm, f/5.6, ISO 400

Picnic Ready Nikon D5100, Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5, 1/800s, 24mm, f/11, ISO 400

Picnic Ready
Nikon D5100, Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5, 1/800s, 24mm, f/11, ISO 400

Railroad Triptych

Weekly Photo Challenge – Triptych

I went a little crazy in selecting this weeks theme for our weekly photo challenge, or more appropriately, our Club 52. I thought creating a triptych would be something that would push us in a story telling direction. I always read about how the really good images tell a story or can provide enough of a hint to allow the viewers mind to fill in a story of their own.

Not that I always believe Wikipedia provides the best information it does at times help me with ideas or concepts so here is what it has to say about triptych. For me a triptych is a way of displaying related or similarly themed images. I have created one once before when I was attempting a 365 Project but it was more of an experiment rather than a statement. You can see it here if you are interested.

Basically, a triptych is a work of art, or digital photograph in my case, divided into three sections. The center image is generally flanked by two images of smaller size in support of its theme. This is the original intent although I have seen some wonderful compositions that are organized in different ways but for mine I had to stay closer to normal. Not that I didn’t try other arrangements, I just could not make them work… lol!

So here is my triptych of the railroad line…

Railroad Triptych

Railroad Triptych

Going to the Zoo

Weekly Photo Theme – The Zoo

I found out a little late in the week that the local zoo is only open until 4:45pm. With me working until 4pm that just was not enough time to properly explore (little as it is). I had to drop my daughter off at a friends house early in the afternoon on Saturday and drove down to the zoo. I now remember why it has been so long since I last visited. It just doesn’t work for me. The fences are made of too large of wires to properly focus through them and there are only a handful of the animals visible without fences. It definitely did not hep my exploration going midday as quite of few of the animals were enjoying a siesta! I did manage to come away with a few worthy images. Next time though I will make the trip back to Syracuse.

Harv!  They're lookin' at us again... Nikon D5100, Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5, 1/500s, 58mm, f/5.6, ISO 200

Harv! They’re lookin’ at us again…
Nikon D5100, Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5, 1/500s, 58mm, f/5.6, ISO 200

Undecided Nikon D5100, Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5, 1/320s, 56mm, f/8, ISO 200

Undecided
Nikon D5100, Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5, 1/320s, 56mm, f/8, ISO 200

Is this all there is? Nikon D5100, Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5, 1/100s, 85mm, f/5.6, ISO 800

Is this all there is?
Nikon D5100, Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5, 1/100s, 85mm, f/5.6, ISO 800

Restaurants

Weekly Photo Theme – Restaurants

My friends exploring these weekly photo themes with me were very generous again with the theme for the week I was to be at Disney. They suggested restaurants and I thought I would have too many choices so this one should be a cake walk for me. Of course, when I get into the World my mind sometimes (OK, always) forgets the rest of the real world and I fell a little short on this one. I did manage to get my head back into the game on the last day to manage a few images from Epcot.

My first image is from the Boardwalk area. There are numerous places for eating and entertainment but it is the atmosphere I love the best. One afternoon as I walked back toward Epcot, this sign for Kouzzina caught my eye. Kouzzina is a restaurant by Cat Cora and features a Greek inspired menu. I have never had the opportunity to eat there but I think the next trip it should be on my list.

Reserved for Kouzzina Nikon D5100, Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5, 1/100s, 52mm ,f/8, ISO 200

Reserved for Kouzzina
Nikon D5100, Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5, 1/100s, 52mm ,f/8, ISO 200

Walking around Epcot’s World Showcase there are opportunities to eat at each of the country pavilions. The next two images are of two of the more popular places to eat. In France the up-scale Le Chefs de France and in England the pub styled Rose & Crown.

Le Chefs de France Nikon D5100, Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5, 1/160s, 24mm ,f/11, ISO 200

Le Chefs de France
Nikon D5100, Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5, 1/160s, 24mm ,f/11, ISO 200

Rose & Crown Nikon D5100, Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5, 1/125s, 48mm ,f/11, ISO 200

Rose & Crown
Nikon D5100, Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5, 1/125s, 48mm ,f/11, ISO 200

Motion

Weekly Photo Theme – Motion

The week before my trip to Walt Disney World (week of June 1st) we had chosen the theme of Motion. My thought was to capture some images that convey motion. Normally a picture is a static instance of a continuously moving world. But us photographers know how to play with our exposures to achieve images that capture a sense of movement.

Sometimes, the method is a long exposure like my water images, where the water becomes silky smooth but if the exposure is just right you get a feeling of moving water. Other methods involve fast moving objects, like cars, where the exposure is perfect for the stationary objects but the car is moving too fast and becomes a blur through the image. You can also reverse this approach and pan your camera with the car to capture the car as a stationary object but the panning motion will blur the background.

I had a few ideas of what I wanted to d for this theme but in the hectic time leading up to my trip nothing really worked out for me. I thought I would find plenty of opportunities at Disney (and I would have) but my head was not in that mode and I totally forgot. So I have been playing catch-up and these are my attempts at Motion.

For my first image I stayed with my classic moving water image. Maybe a little boring but I enjoy climbing all around the parks looking for these views so in the end I suppose it is good for me as it keeps me out and moving (OK, pun intended). I converted this one to monochrome as the green foliage was really powerful and was drawing my eye away from the water. I wanted to keep it in the image to help frame the falls but did not want it distracting from the main attraction.

Water Stairs Nikon D5100, Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5, 4s, 24mm, f/16, ISO 100

Water Stairs
Nikon D5100, Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5, 4s, 24mm, f/16, ISO 100

The second image is an experiment that didn’t quite turn out as I had hoped. I think it was more timidness on my part rather than a failed concept. I was trying to combine two themes (last week’s theme was Restaurants) into a single image but I felt uncomfortable setting up the camera outside the car to capture Applebee’s with the cars blurring by. I tried to make this dual view image work but I am still not sure about it. Hopefully I’ll get some courage up and go for my original concept.

Whizzng By Nikon D5100, Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5, 0.4s, 38mm, f/16, ISO 100

Whizzng By
Nikon D5100, Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5, 0.4s, 38mm, f/16, ISO 100

The last image is another concept I think I could improve upon if I used my DSLR but I wanted to try experiment some more with the camera in the iPhone. I had a really good time in Disney getting images for instgram with the phone and thought I could use it for other projects. It is a lot less conspicuous than my DSLR and people seem more willing to ignore the act of taking a photo when you use your phone. Anyway, this was out the car window and the intent was to get the tree in the field while the roadside fence and grass blurred away. I think I can get this better but need a few more practice runs up and down the road. lol

Drive By Shooting iPhone 5S, 1/60s, 4.1mm, f/2.2, ISO 40

Drive By Shooting
iPhone 5S, 1/60s, 4.1mm, f/2.2, ISO 40

Dandelions

Weekly Photo Theme – Dandelions

It was my turn to select the weekly theme and I returned to a subject that was at the beginning of my photographic journey… dandelions! Long time readers will remember a few posts about dandelions. I hope this one will show some growth in my photography skills. Dandelions are a convenient subject as my yard is usually quite full of them this time of year. Although I have been exploring and capturing a few dandelion portraits the past few days I was able to get the three ‘keepers’ for this week one beautiful night after work. I did have to crawl on my stomach in the yard to get the good angle. lol

Glisten Nikon D5100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1/400s, 70mm, f/11, ISO 200

Glisten
Nikon D5100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1/400s, 70mm, f/11, ISO 200

A Yard with a View Nikon D5100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1/500s, 70mm, f/8, ISO 200

A Yard with a View
Nikon D5100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1/500s, 70mm, f/8, ISO 200

Half Moon Nikon D5100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1/320s, 70mm, f/8, ISO 200

Half Moon
Nikon D5100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1/320s, 70mm, f/8, ISO 200