Whiskers on puppies

March 8, 2010 § 5 Comments

OK, if you don’t like puppies, just stop reading.

Actually, if you don’t like puppies, maybe it’s time for a little self reflection. Who doesn’t like to at least look at puppies??!

So, my lovely friend had some adorable puppies about 7 weeks ago. Well, her dog did. I have been waiting for these puppies to become little fuzzballs of love for their closeups, and I was not prepared for the cuteness before me:


Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure: 0.013 sec (1/80)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 90 mm
ISO Speed: 4000

They are a mix of possibly Jack Russell Terrier and Chihuahua (but they are cute, I swear!). I only got a chance to really photograph two of them, since puppies have A TON of energy. The little black and white guy (called Marcel Marceau) and this other little guy, named Fatso:


(That’s my friend Kelly kissing her puppy)

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure: 0.013 sec (1/80)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 90 mm
ISO Speed: 800

The light in both photos is from a Tungsten light to the right of the camera in front of the subjects. Guess which smarty pants forgot to bring their powerful 580EX II flash? That would be me.

I love both of these photos because they really show the bond of human and animal, and how tiny and helpless these puppies are in the hands of a human being.

I like the paws and nose detail of the first photo, and the juxtaposition of puppy paws and human hands.

So this is another case I couldn’t pick one photo of the day for my Project 365ish Photo 65. It’s just too hard when cute puppies are around.

This reminds me of a photography teacher whose class I sat in on VERY briefly in college. She handed out the syllabus, and told us she really wanted us to push the envelope, and didn’t want to see pictures of puppies and kittens. I didn’t go back for the second class. But that’s another story…

Thank you Kelly for inviting me to take photos of those precious little puppies! It was a blast chasing them around!

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Project 365 Photo #61, Or 62….

March 2, 2010 § 2 Comments

Oh yes, I have fallen off of the Project 365 wagon. I admit it. I embrace it. It started last week when I was sick and all around feeling crappy. Even though the weather was gorgeous, I just needed sleep. That was one day. Then, you know what happens when you get out of the habit. It spirals out of control.

Of course I have taken photos since last week (I really don’t stop). I just haven’t been truly designating a photo of the day.

But today I was inspired by this recent Photofocus post by Scott Bourne.

I took a walk at lunch today with my trusty point and shoot, and I passed by this image:


That’s right, I kept walkin’. Then I thought about Mr. Bourne’s post. I passed this tree up because I have seen photos similar to this, but have never actually thought about making an image of a defaced tree (personally, I think it’s kind of mean to the tree), and I probably would have just kept walking if not for the post–I already had a photo for today.

Has this photo changed my life to the effect Mr. Bourne’s bird photo changed his? Doubtful.

But it reminded me that as photographers, we tell a story (at least try to). This image holds the mystery of J + J. Who were they…Young lovers walking along suburban path? Or were they an older couple celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary? Perhaps a young girl J with a huge crush on J, carving her wishes in bark?

I composed this shot like so because I liked the green foliage (desaturated just a bit in Lightroom 2) in contrast to the white trunk of the tree, as well as the contrast in textures. The area was shaded by said tree, so the light is ambient. When taking this photo, I thought of it as B&W, but it didn’t work out when actually post processing it.

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Adding stuff…

February 19, 2010 § Leave a comment

I mentioned in an earlier post that I am experimenting with my blog. One of the things you may have noticed is a newer page called “Resources”. This particular page will constantly be added to, as I am always finding information about photography that I would love to share with you, my wonderful readers.

I am also working on some things to change up the blog a little bit. I’ll be putting up polls on occasion for some reader reactions and opinions.

Of course you can always leave comments for me, or contact me directly.

Oh, and here is today’s project365 photo #50, which just happens to be more flowers:


Camera: Canon PowerShot SD780 IS
Exposure: 0.05 sec (1/20)
Aperture: f/3.2
Focal Length: 5.9 mm
ISO Speed: 200

These little flowers were picked by my co-worker, and they made her happy (It was sort of a glum day in SoCal, and these little flowers perked everyone up–actually, taking photos of them perked me right up).

Taken at my desk. The back lighting from the window wasn’t helping my little point and shoot do its macro thing, so I borrowed a lamp from another desk to throw in some more light on the cute little flowers.

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Project 365 Day 46

February 15, 2010 § 1 Comment

Another absolutely gorgeous day in Southern California… Actually, it was a bit warm. As a Valentine’s Day treat my beloved and I went to our local botanical gardens, Descanso Gardens. Since it’s not quite spring yet, it was slim pickins’ in the flower department, but I did find a few beauties.

I could not decide, so I am posting 3 of my favorite photos. But here is the photo that I chose as my photo of the day for my Project 365, in honor of Mardi Gras in New Orleans tomorrow:

Project 365 #46: Mardi Gras flower

Here are 2 more photos that I loved:



And all 3 of my photos were taken with my Canon SD780. I brought Mark with me, but the 90mm macro was on vacation in Maui (it just returned today, yay!), and the macro mode on my point and shoot rocks. So that’s what I used today. It had to strike by passers as odd that I had a huge camera on my shoulder but was using a little point and shoot.

Spring is just around the corner, and it will be macro flowers galore. I can’t wait!

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Project 365 Day 45: Lock and key

February 14, 2010 § 1 Comment

I was about to head out the front door to cruise around the neighborhood this afternoon, and noticed this:

Project 365 #45: Lock and key

I loved the way the light was falling and reflecting on the metal. I like this photo in color, but it love it in black and white. Something about the metal, especially the little orbs of the key chain, just look beautiful.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture: f/4.0
Focal Length: 105 mm
ISO Speed: 400

Taken with Canon EF 24-105 mm L f4 lens.

Converted to B & W using Lightroom 2.

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Project 365 Day 44: CAA Building/ Annenberg Space for Photography

February 14, 2010 § Leave a comment

You may notice my blog looking a little bit different. I am experimenting with things to put on my blog and add to the reader experience. One of the things on the right hand side that I just added–and really like–is the Flickr widget, which allows you to get to my Flickr, and see my latest 3 photos.

OK, so Day 44 is getting its own post because there is a lot to the story of this photo:

Project 365 #44: CAA building

This is the Creative Artists Agency (CAA) building in Century City, CA. CAA represents a ton of famous actors, and their building is gorgeous. I was standing directly in front of the building, and photographed it looking almost straight up. All I brought with me was my point and shoot.
Camera: Canon PowerShot SD780 IS
Exposure: 0.025 sec (1/40)
Aperture: f/3.2
Focal Length: 5.9 mm
ISO Speed: 160

But I didn’t go there to be a looky-loo (I’m a local, dammit!). Behind this CAA buidling is the Annenberg Space for Photography. This is a new space that just opened up last year, and offers a beautiful gallery of photos as well as a free lecture series called IRIS NIGHTS, which features noteworthy photographers.

Last night, I had the opportunity to see photographer Neil Leifer. Mainly a sports photographer, Leifer has been photographing since he was 16 years old, getting himself onto the football field by rolling wheelchair bound veterans onto the field and shooting from the sidelines. He has taken some of the most iconic sports photographs (Ali vs. Liston KO), and was at the first Superbowl (Before it was even called the Superbowl). I loved seeing his legendary photos, and hearing his account of how media coverage has changed so much over the decades. As an example of this, he showed a photo of the first Superbowl coin toss. There were 4 football players–2 captains from each team– and the referee. He then showed a photo of the coin toss from the Superbowl in 2005, which consisted of about 10 football players from each team, the ref, some children, quite a few photographers and a video camera. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were 35 people on the field. It was such an honor and inspiration to be able to see this photographer in person.

If you are in the Los Angeles area, do yourself a favor a check out the Annenberg. The IRIS lecture nights are free, but are mostly on Thursday evenings, which means beating LA traffic. It is definitely worth it.

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Project 365 Day 41

February 10, 2010 § 6 Comments

And spring is just around the corner! Alright, it hasn’t been a blizzard in Southern California, but everything is sort of a drab color. And there aren’t any pretty flowers in bloom. And I LOVE photographing flowers. My very talented photographer uncle likes to say that I “sneak up on” flowers. Don’t worry, you’ll see. But here’s a little taste of my macro flower obsession:

Project 365 #41: Spring is just around the corner

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD780 IS
Exposure: 0.025 sec (1/40)
Aperture: f/3.2
Focal Length: 5.9 mm
ISO Speed: 200

This Gerber daisy was on my desk at work today, and it was just begging for a photo. All I had was my point and shoot…But let me tell you, that little thing has a pretty good macro!

Oh, I cannot WAIT until spring!

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