Black Orbs

Playing around with focus.  I like to toy with the idea of taking the subject matter and making it not the focus of a photo…or at least doing things that most photographers would consider a basic mistake.  I believe that sometimes it’s not about the subject but about the final presentation – subject be damned.

Canon EOS 550D
F/5.7 – 55mm
1/100sec - ISO/500

Eager for Spring

I caught this bird show up in late winter.  I think he’s really eager for an early spring — aren’t we all?  I like how the tree acts as a frame for the bird.  Though the bird is the focus of the photo he by no means takes up the full frame.  This sets him as the focal point while still giving focus to the tree.

Canon EOS 350D
F/5.6 – 200mm
1/500sec - ISO/100


Something I should look into more, little figurines.  These men were given to us as a gift from the mother of an Indian friend of ours.  I’m assuming they represent figures in either Buddhist or Catholic doctrine.  These figures, at first ignored, start to make you wonder their history.  Who do they represent, what is their purpose, who thought it as so important to cast figures of them, who sold them?

Canon EOS 350D
F/5.6 – 55mm
1/60sec - ISO/400


The plant kingdoms are very interesting when it comes to reproduction.  Many develop tasty fruits to entice animals to eat their seeds only to dump them in droppings some distance away.  Others open flowers to entice insects to carry their seed to another plant of the same type.  This seems to be sex via proxy…something many humans would love to explore but is not correct in modern society.

Canon EOS 350D
F/5.6 – 55mm
1/500sec - ISO/200


Back in the summer of 2004 I took an art class which had a field trip to Griffy Reservoir.  The whole point was to find shadows that we could use in a 2D graphic.  This was the method that the instructor used to transfer a 3D object into the 2D space.  It made sense and allowed you to explore different facets of the shape before deciding on a specific aspect.  That class turned out to be one of the best FINA classes I ever took…come to think of it, one of the most memorable classes I ever took.

Sony DSC-P72
F/5.6 – 6mm
1/100sec - ISO/400