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an ongoing process

A photographer's education never ends. There're always more techniques to know and improve upon... more to learn. The images in this site capture a multitude of subject matter I consider interesting. Many of the images were taken while trying new techniques or working to master old ones. From general photography to specific topics, the camera settings and maybe something specific about the shots are provided for those interesed.

Photo 1 was taken whilst breaking in a new candle. The goal was to create an image with good depth of field and minimal flare from candlelight. Photo 2 is of a WWII aircraft parked in front of a local high school. The challenge was acquiring a good angle through the fence around the property and depth of field that would result in the entire aircraft being in focus. Photo 3 was a pain in the @ss to shoot. The daylight was fading fast and there were many passers by. The goal was an angle that revealed the entire sculpture without a distracting background. Photo 4 is of a fossil in front of a shop in Tlaquepaque I've always found interesting. Photo 5 was taken using a new flash, with the goal of angling the light to avoid excessive reflection off the armor. Photo 6 was not only low-light practice but an exercise in holding the camera steady during a shot with a slow shutter speed whilst standing on a ladder.

The last five images in the gallery on this page are my first attempt at creating "eerie" photos which require throwing some of the rules of "proper" photography out the window. Note the excessive noise from high ISO and lack of leveling the camera (pitch and roll axes) which results in vertical lines appearing as though they will converge at some point in space. The images did turn out looking somewhat eerie. And if you look close enough, two of the them have someone, or "something", staring out of a window. Of course, I had nothing to do with that. :)

gallery images on this page

1. Light at The End of The Tunnel - Low-light practice (f/16, 0.3 sec, ISO 400, 28mm)

2. Mascot - Night practice (f/5.6, 1.6 sec, ISO 100, 85mm)

3. Amorous Amphibian - Finding the best angle (f/5.6, 1/160 sec, ISO 800, 85mm)

4. Fossil - Using the available light (f/16, 0.3 sec, ISO 800, 50mm)

5. Shiny, But Scratched and Dented - Working with external lighting (f/5.6, 13 sec, ISO 400, 50mm)

6. Unbeatable Opponent - Low-light practice (f/11, 0.5 sec, ISO 800, 50mm)

7. Orpheum Theater ( f/11, 1/40 sec, ISO 10,000, 18mm)

8. Rosson House - Front (f/11, 0.3 sec, ISO 10,000, 22mm)

9. Rosson House - Back (f/11, 1/15 sec, ISO 10,000, 22mm)

10. Hotel San Carlos (f/11, 1/4 sec, ISO 5000, 21mm)

11. Monroe Abbey (f/11, 1/6 sec, ISO 5000, 26mm)

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