This Artist Is Going Big Time!

December 24, 2008

My sister has been doing artsy, craftsy, musicy stuff forever, and she realized a few years ago that it is important enough to her to really let it come out and shine.

She recently had the opportunity to do an exhibit of her work in Jacksonville, FL’s Artwalk 2008 — her first *big* exhibit!  See here and here for some details from her blog.

She has prints of her work for sale as well as *some* of the originals, so contact her for more details.  She even has a hook-up if you want some of her stuff on a t-shirt, hoodie, mug, bag, etc here!

Finally, she even has her new book up and available at Amazon.  Poetry and observations from her life experiences — truely interesting and insightful to her life and inspirations.

She even has some of her music online somewhere, but I’ll have to find that for another post.  Her boyfriend, a friend, and her are gigging somewhere in the near future, so maybe they’ll get a recording of that, too (hint hint).


The Butterfly Pavilion

January 22, 2008

I found The Denver Digital Photography Meetup Group and went to the meetup at the Butterfly Pavilion and it was a nice trip. If there was any organized group stuff during or after (besides heading to the Rock Bottom Brewery after for lunch, but I don’t care for their food), I must have missed it. It would be nice to talk with other photographers and exchange tips and get some feedback on my techniques, etc. Maybe next meetup.

I was experimenting with a circular polarizer, but the side effect is I can’t see very well through the lens, so a lot of my shots were out of focus. I’ve also found that the autofocus doesn’t always catch what I want it to, so I tried manual mode … still not so great. 🙂

So, out of the 238 shots (that made it home), I have 15 below that were decent enough to look at again. More than I expected, actually, considering I was doing a *lot* of multiple shots and making minor tweaks between each shot (trying to get better with managing my exposure stops with the polarizer, etc).

Hopefully some of these look OK … feedback is always welcome.

Black and Red Butterfly 1 Black and Red Butterfly 2
752×500 (1/60) f/5.6 f(35)=300mm (flash) 752×500 (1/60) f/5.6 f(35)=300mm (flash)
Tiger butterfly Black and Red Butterfly
752×500 (1/60) f/5.6 f(35)=300mm (flash) 752×500 (1/60) f/5.6 f(35)=300mm (flash)
Brown Butterfly Two Butterflies
752×500 (1/15) f/5.6 f(35)=300mm 752×500 (1/60) f/5.6 f(35)=142mm (flash)
Hanging Fruit Hanging Flowers
752×500 (1/125) f/5.6 f(35)=300mm 752×500 (1/125) f/5.6 f(35)=157mm
Orange Flower Pink Flower
752×500 (1/320) f/5.6 f(35)=300mm 752×500 (1/80) f/5.6 f(35)=300mm
Horizontal Red Flower
752×500 (1/80) f/5.6 f(35)=142mm
Small Red Flowers Large Red Flower
500×752 (1/60) f/5.6 f(35)=187mm 500×752 (1/60) f/5.6 f(35)=142mm (flash)
Small Red Flowers 2 Big Flower
500×752 (1/125) f/5.6 f(35)=187mm 500×752 (1/60) f/5.6 f(35)=142mm (flash)

These are all re-sized down from JPG-Basic (and then re-sized again for the thumbnails), and are untouched from the camera. I’ve not post-processed anything yet. I do have RAW (Nikon) versions of each of these as well.

Remove Tourists From Your Pictures … Legally!

January 7, 2008

Yep, it’s no longer necessary to pack your .45 to get rid of those pesky tourists when trying to take pictures while sightseeing. “Tourist Remover” by is a free tool that claims to allow you to take multiple shots from the same perspective (sounds easier with a tripod), and the “stuff” that is not-common across at least 2 shots will be removed from the composite image.

This really interests me, so I’m going to sign up — it’s a web access only tool. I shoot a lot of multiple images, so I’m hoping I can find a couple of images of the same framing that I can get some shots uploaded and test. It looks like you get 100MB free storage and the web application has all of the expected refinement and effect/enhancement tools, too.

In the meantime, they have 4 sample images to test the function with. You have to login to the the site and select the “Demo: Tourist Remover” folder, highlight all of the images, and hit the “Remove Tourists” function button (on the far right … on my window, I had to shift to the right to get to the button). Don’t forget to enable the site for a pop-up window! This brings you to a new page where you are recommended to order the images from most clear to least clear of your desired subject matter (left to right). Finally, hit the “Create” button to get your job submitted — my job was #333 in line.

It ran pretty quick and my notification e-mail was in my inbox right away.

The resulting image is placed back in your webspace on in a folder called “TouristRemover” (who wudda thunk?). Checking out the sample image, and it did indeed remove the people in it, but neither the source or final image is very sharp upon zoomed inspection.

Final answer is that I really need to upload some higher quality images to see what it will do.

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Trying To Capture The Holiday Lights

January 5, 2008

After my meeting last night, I drove around downtown for a bit in search of the building they have lit up for the holidays (shown on the news and stuff as filler video). I finally found it, and after circling a few times in the dark, I found parking.

Even with a tripod, I’m still moving too much (I think) for clear shots, but I did get a few that are tolerable. Here’s one:

Holiday Lights

(Focal length: 38mm, 1/1.3 sec @ F/5, 0 EV, ISO 200)

And a fun one out of focus (intentionally)

Out of focus fun

(Focal length: 200mm, 1/2.5 sec @ F5.6, 0 EV, ISO 720)

It seems my Nikon D70 won’t let me use the timer in Manual mode, so I’m sure I contributed a bit of shake from handling and button pushing. Does this *really* make me want a new 18-200mm VR Nikor lens? YES! And I really need to get around to getting a remote control “clicker”, too.

Also, a new body would be cool, with a larger LCD screen. The D70 is a great camera, but the tiny LCD screen is hard for me to see how I’m doing and do course corrections in the field (when you need to do it).

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