Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Dried rose

I haven't posted much lately. I think that I'm starting to take myself a bit too seriously and it's holding me back from just getting out and shooting. That and work takes a lot out of me, so my off days tend to be relax days.

Anyway, here are some shots of a rose that dried out on it's own while sitting on our coffee table.

Dried rose

Dried rose

Dried rose

Dried rose

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Self portrait

Self Portrait

I shot this to practice my lighting.

I used three lights for this. My key light was bounced off a low wall to my right (camera left). This gave me a nice diffused light. My fill light was to my left (camera right) using a PVC drain adapter as a mini snoot to control the light on my face. The background light was behind me near the floor, pointed up into the stairwell.

Originally, main light came out very orange because of the wall color. To correct for this, I set the White Balance on my camera to Tungsten. What this did was to 'correct' the orange light that was reflected onto my face to be white. The side effect is that the background and fill lights turned blue (Flash and sunlight read blue when the WB is set to tungsten). To compensate, I added a CTO (Color Temperature Orange-corrects flash/sunlight to tungsten) so that I wouldn't have blue fill on my face. I left the background light ungelled to increase the drama.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Lakeside Cemetery, Braintree, MA

I went out to take pictures of local headstones for www.findagrave.com the other day. I only found a few of the many requests, but I did get some nice pictures anyway.

Lakeside Cemetery, Braintree

Lakeside Cemetery, Braintree

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Cranberry Harvesting at Old Forge Farm

I went down to Carver, Ma, to watch the cranberry harvesting. Ed Randall, the owner of the farm, invited members of the South Shore Camera Club to watch the harvesting to take pictures.

Old Forge Farm - Cranberry bogs

Old Forge Farm - Cranberry harvesting

Old Forge Farm - Cranberry harvesting

Old Forge Farm - Refreshing

Old Forge Farm - Cranberry load

Old Forge Farm - Lifting the chute

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Street Photography at Oktoberfest

I met up with a couple local photographers for some street shooting a Oktoberfest in Cambridge, Ma, on Sunday, Oct 11th.

Brown leather boots

Houndstooth hat

A splash of red


Watching the Patriots at Carducci's

Checking the map

Drinks in Peets Coffee

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Burying my Grandmother

I went back to my hometown for the

My mom, niece, and brother before the ceremony.
Mom, Lydia and Travis

The urn that her ashes are in. The flowers are from all the women in attendance.
Mary McCann's Inurnment

The cemetery put up an awning and seats for the ceremony.
Mary McCann's Inurnment

She is buried in City View Cemetery next to my Grandfather.
City View Cemetery, Pasco Wa

While we were there, we had a memorial and we spent time visiting with my niece, Lydia.

Lydia gives Lauri a kiss

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Copley Square and Boston Public Library

I went to Copley Square and the Boston Public Library monday morning. I've lived here almost 8 years and this is my first time to the Library and the Square. I've driven by plenty of times, but never walked through it.

Two from inside the old Library building. Most people think of this building when they refer to the library, but it's actually the old library. The current one is attached to the back of this building.
Boston Public Library

Boston Public Library

The statue of Phillips Brooks at Trinity Church.
Trinity Church - Phillips Brooks statue

The Hancock Building is very iconic of Boston, but this is an angle you don't see all that often.
Hancock Tower crease