March 31, 2007
Cathedral by Candlelight
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 lens at 45mm, f/2.8. Still life inside the Santa Marina Dei Frari church in Venice, Italy.
February 15, 2007
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro lens at f/4. A few days ago, I took a look at our old beat-up chess set and said to Mike that I'd like to get a new one. He looked shocked at the suggestion. I couldn't understand why, until he explained that he had played with this set since he was a kid, and that it belonged to his grandfather before that. Then, I suddenly grew very fond of the old, scratched-up board. It's funny how an old thing can suddenly turn into treasure when it has a history attached to it. I suppose if we hang on to our stuff, no matter how worn, ugly, or outdated, our grandkids will think it's awesome and retro some day.
January 25, 2007
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro lens at f/11, 5 sec, iso 100. From a vase of tulips sitting at my window.
January 23, 2007
Canon 17-40mm f/4 lens at 29mm, f/7.1. Another scene from La Placita. The chair was part of a cafe table setup outside a restaurant. I normally don't alter the arrangement of scenes to photograph them, not because I have something against that, but because I'm timid and a little bit lazy. But nobody was looking here and I couldn't resist. I posed the chair in the corner and stretched myself over the table to photograph it.
December 24, 2006
November 4, 2006
Tamron 90mm-f/2.8 at f/11.
October 22, 2006
Freshly picked Empire apples in window light. Tamron 90mm-f/2.8 macro lens at f/16.
Stayman winesap apple trees at Larriland Farms, in Woodbine, MD. Canon 70-200mm-f/4 lens at f/4. We went to Larriland a few weeks ago for the Empire apples and returned yesterday for the Stayman Winesap and Fuji.
June 29, 2006
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 lens at 62mm, f/2.8. A little scene from a corridor in Burano.
March 23, 2006
Canon 5D, Tamron 90mm macro lens, f/9. I spent a pleasant afternoon in D.C. today. It was so refreshing to take outdoor pictures again, after shooting mostly studio photos during the winter. I do enjoy setting up little scenes in the house, but nothing beats finding novel things to shoot outside.
January 3, 2006
5D, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, 50mm, f/22, 2 sec, EV +1. Lighting from a single diffused fluorescent lamp. Warpage courtesy of photoshop. I haven't worked on abstracts in quite some time and I miss them. I've been more focused on taking stock photos lately, but my new year resolution is to make more time for abstracts.
December 12, 2005
November 29, 2005
Canon 5D, Canon 24-70 f/2.8L, f/11.
November 10, 2005
A pile of books on my living room table. 5D, 70-200mm f/4 lens, f/4, 0.6 sec, iso 200. Some of you have already noticed my new toy, which was a surprise birthday present from my husband. I've been shooting with the 5D for 2 weeks now, and am loving it more and more each day. It may be my imagination--I haven't done direct comparison tests between it and Mike's 20D or my old 300D--but my impression is that the 5D renders color in a very beautiful, natural way. I also like how the full frame sensor now allows a more narrow DOF. There is just something really pleasing to me about the look that it produces.
November 1, 2005
A child's bedroom in Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts. Canon 5D, tamron 28-75mm, f/8, 1/125, ISO 200. This weekend Mike and I took a roadtrip to Bethel, Maine to see one of my best friends from college get married. The town of Sturbridge was one of our stops along the way.
October 22, 2005
Fells Point, Baltimore. This is outside one of my favorite restaurants, Kali's Court Mezze.
October 13, 2005
July 31, 2005
The Red Violin
Canon 24-70mm, f/2.8, 1/13 sec, natural light. After a long break from photography, I've decided to work on still lifes again with the goal of building my stock portfolio. Today I gave myself the assignment of photographing my violin.
I don't know how other people feel, but for me studio work is the most challenging type of photography. I get frustrated when I can't produce a photo that matches the image I have in mind. I often can't produce what I visualize when photographing scenes out in the world either, but for some reason I don't find this quite as troubling. When I'm photographing something in my own home, I feel as though I should have complete control over the results, and yet there are so many times when I can't get what I want because I don't have the know-how. There's still so much to learn about lighting. I hope studio work will become more easy and fun when I have more experience.
One valuable lesson gained from today's assignment: pay careful attention to the reflections on shiny objects. For my first (botched) set of photos, I put the violin by a window to catch some soft natural light. But because the violin is shiny, the window created some big, ugly looking highlights on the violin's surface. It's amazing how easy it is to miss these details because the mind tends to ignore reflections.
June 24, 2005
Tamron 90mm-f/2.8 macro lens, 1/250, f/16.
May 20, 2005
A softer presentation of yesterday's subject. This is more of a typical flower shot, but I just like how it makes me feel. Gerber daisies are becoming one of my favorite flowers. There's just something so cheery about them. I like how they seem simple and unpretentious. Plus, I'm grateful because this batch of them brought me out of my recent no-photography slump.
May 19, 2005
I haven't taken photos since my trip to FL. I can't figure out why, but I just haven't been in the mood for photography lately. But yesterday, VF got me some gerber daisies, and I just couldn't resist taking the camera off the shelf. For this shot, I put the vase of flowers on top of a large sheet of white paper by the window to catch some bright late morning light.
April 8, 2005
More excuses...things have been hectic, etc. etc. I'll be in NYC for the next few days so surely I will have something new to post when I get back. In the meantime, here is another one from the archives.
March 27, 2005
Another paper image using curled tracing paper.
Reminder: voting at Photobloggies ends at midnight tonight. If you're into photography, please take the time to check out the nominees and vote.
March 25, 2005
March 24, 2005
An explanation of the set-up can be found in the comments to yesterday's post.
March 23, 2005
A huge thanks to whoever nominated this blog for the Photobloggies "Best Abstract Photography" category. It really made my day to make the finalist round, and I feel quite honored just to see this blog listed with the likes of Deceptive Media and Vitrine en Illumina. If you're into photography, please take the time to check out the nominees and vote.
March 21, 2005
Another little dose of spring from my living room table.
March 19, 2005
March 9, 2005
Detail from a basket of flowers in my department's lounge. I've grown really attached to a new lens--a 50mm f/1.4--and I'm enjoying the ability to play with really wide apertures.
March 8, 2005
Two of my favorite things
Today's post was brought to you by the letter "C."
February 22, 2005
February 8, 2005
Canon 300D, Tamron 90mm macro, f/3.2, 1/60 sec. I wonder whether you have a preference between this version and one I posted a while ago?
This entry marks the end of my utensils series, I promise. In case you're wondering why I've been taking so many utensils lately, it was a theme assignment from a photo club I belong to with some friends (including Visual Field, ViSuaLLyMiNDeD, and LuminousLens.) Our next theme assignment is "water," so you can expect some water shots soon. :)
February 7, 2005
Canon 300D, Tamron 90mm-f/2.8 macro, 1/5 sec, f/22.
February 5, 2005
Canon 300D, Sigma 18-50mm lens, 1/60, f/14.
I just created a new Photography Resource page, where I've put together some lists of photography books, equipment review sites, contests, and other photography sites I've found useful. I plan to keep adding to this page as I discover good photography resources on the web. If you have any suggestions for additional links, please leave a comment or feel free to email me.
February 2, 2005
Canon 300D, Tamron 90mm-f/2.8 macro lens, 1s, f/32.
The start of the semester is always kind of a hectic time, which is why I can't afford to post as often as I'd like to. I hope you'll bear with me until this workload passes and I can get back to more important things, like photography. :)
I've gotten a few inquiries in the comments about the Tamron 90mm-f/2.8 macro lens, so I'll just say here that I love it. I've always been happy with the image quality it's given me. The only flaw I can think of is a slight problem with autofocus in the macro range, but I think most people use manual focus for macro work anyway.
January 28, 2005
Canon 300D, Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro, 1/16 sec, f/16. Continuing with the utensils theme, these are plastic forks resting on a mirror.
January 25, 2005
These are transparent plastic spoons and colored water resting on top of a light box. Canon 300D, Tamron 90mm-f/2.8 macro lens, 1/8 secs at f/16. Very slight levels adjustments in photoshop were done on the pools of water to bring out their color.
January 23, 2005
Canon 300D, Tamron 90mm-f/2.8 macro lens, 1/125 sec at f/4. Plastic spoons in a glass placed on top of a light source and colored paper. It might be easier to recognize the arrangement in this version.
January 18, 2005
Here's another old picture, taken during a trip to San Diego in November. It's been a very busy week, and unfortunately, there hasn't been enough time left over for photography.
January 12, 2005
Canon Digital Rebel and Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro lens. 0.6 seconds, f/22, iso 100.
January 8, 2005
I've kind of been in a creative rut, so bear with me for another glass shot. I wanted to do something with these colors and shapes, which kind of remind me of tulips (in a rather abstract way). Oh, how I miss spring! Also, because stuart complained that there was no actual wine in my "study in scarlet" shot, I poured some vouvray in this glass. :)
December 25, 2004
More fun with light and glass.
December 23, 2004
A Study in Scarlet
My favorite color.
December 15, 2004
An apple and its shadow.
It's cold outside, so you'll probably start to see more indoor photography from me.
December 11, 2004
A pseudo-painting made with Jolly Rancher candies. Apparently, they're now cylindrical instead of the old boxy shape I was used to as a kid. I also have an alternative version posted here, so if you have a preference between these two please let me know.
November 26, 2004
I managed to squeeze a last minute entry into Photofriday's "patterns challenge" (listed as CLAIRE-OBSCURE). Lately, I've received some nice feedback for my droplets photos, so last night, I thought I'd explore this theme further by playing with droplets on a CD.
November 4, 2004
Colors for Sale
A display of shirts from a vendor in San Diego's old town market.
This is my entry for Photofriday.com's "still life" challenge.
October 27, 2004
I finally blew the dust off the camera this morning. Here's a macro of one of my birthday roses: