Jun 24, 2009

New Theme: Photographer's Choice

Photographers? - you've earned it.
Please post three photographs of your choice, any theme.
The one requirement is that the photos must all be new, created especially for this post.
There need not be a unifying theme between pictures.

Jun 21, 2009

Expect the Unexpected: Duaflex IV

I was playing around with my old Duaflex IV, taking pictures of it (because it's no longer able to take pictures, itself).

I started experimenting more with taking pictures with my digital through the lens of the Duaflex. I was surprised with the unexpected: Abstract deliciousness.

*Clicking on the pictures to view the larger size makes them look more vibrant, for some reason*

Jun 18, 2009

Expect the Unexpected: Unexpecteds (i think i finally got the spelling right)

1. the light reflections on the ceiling
2. the black speck on my sock

3. the postcard portrait that came last week that looks like a De Kooning
4. the portrait's title, Diamond Lady
5. artist Thomas PriNgLe's last name 

6. what it says on the paper textile on my kitchen wall

Jun 15, 2009

Expect the Unexpected!: In the 'Hood

This Blue Heron poised on highest point of backyard neighbor’s roof waits patiently for me to grab my camera. He probably has a nest in vicinity of nearby Golden Gate Park's Stow Lake.

These grubby animals, including Teddy and Donald Duck, may be relics of the pickup owner’s childhood? Where’s his blanky?

Armadillo Bar-B-Q! Our friend Linda phoned to urge baba and me to get right down to Ft. Mason to see it. The guy who designed and built it and towed it all the way from Amarillo,Texas to San Francisco to cater a party, fed us a sample. Delicious!

I’m endlessly surprised.


NEW THEME: Expect the Unexpected!

Expect the Unexpected! I don’t know who originated this adage, but years ago I was very taken with it and I put up a Village Voice poster with that slogan, placing it on a wall where one wouldn’t see it, until turning on the stair landing to the next flight of stairs it would suddenly appear.

I like its oxymoron-ish aspect, that one’s expectation includes what one does not expect!
Surprise us!


Jun 12, 2009

Long Exposure: Urban Nightscapes

i am of two minds
one wants to play it safe
so it removes all my credits cards from my wallet
before i go out shooting after dark
leaves the cash
so if i get mugged i'll have something to give the guy

my neighbors walk by while i'm taking pictures
the girls love to talk
but go mute just before they turn down the drive
next to where i'm shooting

this is my process:
extend the tripod legs
screw the camera on top
drop the passenger seat and lay the gadget on it
leave the driver and passenger doors unlocked while shooting
so i can make a quick getaway if trouble starts
likewise, the contraption pops right out of the car
if i'm driving along and spot something good

like a pachyderm perched above a parking lot
the other mind loves Love
craves truth
gets the first mind to read Fear No Evil by Eva Pierrakos
dig this wild coincidence:
this morning Evan sent me this link
to an amazing TED lecture
that wraps up this two-mind idea
click here

Jun 9, 2009

Night: Two If By Night

The Italian artist Giorgio Morandi painted minimalist elongated bottles in muted colors. And that’s how my neighbor’s lit bathroom window with its assortment of silhouetted bottles appeared to me, like a local Morandi.

I didn't use a long exposure, unfamiliar with my little camera's capabilities, and the flash kicked in, actually adding to the mystery of the images.

Shooting my own closed window reflected back two abstract shapes, nicely spectral. And where did that rich blue shape come from? It all just happened.


Jun 7, 2009

Long Exposure: City Lights Reflected

It was interesting playing around with long exposure... and hard.
I probably should have read my camera's manual before I ventured out into the Berkeley Marina at 9:30, my frozen fingers fumbling with the camera's settings and various knobs and buttons.

But I think it was an overall success, especially because these landscapes the camera was capturing were pitch–black as I looked up, over my camera's lens. But after 30 seconds of the open shutter, What's this? (Semi) well–lit pictures appeared on the screen!

Jun 6, 2009

NEW THEME: Long Exposure

Light up the dark with a long exposure.

The picture doesn't need to be perfect ... Just play around with it. Experiment.

Jun 2, 2009

Industrial Snapshots: Color + Black and White

It goes against all my instincts to pair these pictures together. The blazing and eye–catching color extremes of the rusty wheel contrasted with the black and white cement.

Together, they reach across the spectrum.