Friday, July 31, 2009

Antique Weapon 156/365

I rode past this house on my bike and I had to do a double take because I was doubting myself. I suspect this was functional 150 years ago. I imagine the resident is a scholarly older gentleman who knows the history of this cannon. It’s just a simple snapshot but the subject is so out of place on the busy suburban street I couldn’t help but make it today’s post.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Under The Leaves 154/365

We have these humongous elephant ear plants growing in the yard. The mature leafs are 3ft long and very little natural light gets under them. I used a tabletop tripod and Sigma 12-24mmDG HSM lens at 13mm, f/5.6, 1/160sec, iso 400. Flash camera right

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Memorials 153/365

The county sets aside space and maintains memorials to those who have served and sacrificed. There are memorials for every branch of the service, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Police, Firemen, and most recently 9/11. We now have directional signage to help you find them. Shot with my new 70-200, 175mm, f/8, 1/400 sec, iso 100

Monday, July 27, 2009

Busy Bee’s 152/365

I happened upon a batch of 7ft high sunflowers that were screaming to be photographed. It was an added bonus that a few bees were busy pollinating at the same time. Shot with my new 70-200 at 95mm, f8, 1/500th, iso 100, EV-1.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Relic 151/365

When was the last time you saw one of these? Especially one that worked and is from a national carrier too. With the proliferation of cell phones I though these were extinct. I wonder if today’s youth known’s how to use it? An unlimited local call cost .50¢. Someone left a text book and portable radio behind.

Saturday, July 25, 2009


I stumbled upon this while riding around on my bike today. The pedestal inscription read:





It gives me chills just thinking about it....

Friday, July 24, 2009

Dirty ol’ sneaks 149/365

These are too old to count. They’re been relinquished to yard work, home improvement projects, and all other dirty jobs that need to be done.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Ice 148/365

These are novelty ice cubes made of transparent plastic. A piece of glass covered with tissue paper. Lit with 2 speedlites – 380EX from below and a diffused 580EX from above. The tissue paper idea came from my friend Ming Chin, a professional photographer who provides inspiration, knowledge, and encouragement.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Family That Grows Together 147/365

This is representative of our family structure and my original idea was to shop in everyone’s face. That idea was met with stern resistance. Leaving me with just a cheesy idea and photo for today.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Paying Homage 146/365

My youngest daughter and I are both big fans and we’ve read all the books, multiple times. We saw the movie the other night and enjoyed it despite the weak anticlimactic ending. Strobist – 2 speedlites, 380EX camera right reflected off whiteboard to light the book cover. 580EX camera left to light the rear of the book to prevent shadows on the backboard.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Rose of Sharon 145/365

Returned from vacation and found the tree in our backyard in full bloom. I like the texture and vivid color contrast.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

The Courtyard 143/365

The coconut trees right outside our door. Fill flash provided with camera mounted EX580II

Friday, July 17, 2009

Sand Art 142/365

I had no part in creating this, only photographing it. Shooting in the blazing tropical sun is challenging because everything tends to washout if you’re not careful.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

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Monday, July 13, 2009

A Day at the Beach 138/365

This is my favorite of the day. Looking down the row of beach umbrellas made from palm leaves. These are a must to avoid the sweltering rays of the sun.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Sunset 136/365

Captured with my daughters Panasonic point and shoot. The clouds in the foreground are thick black storm clouds while the background had lightly scattered, fluffy cumulus clouds.

Friday, July 10, 2009

New Toy 135/365

Quick snap of my new IS L series lens that arrived late today, but only after a few calls to UPS. Just in time for the upcoming vacation. I can’t wait to play.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Clouds Like No Other 134/365

I’ve never seen storm clouds like these before. They were black, 3D, and swirled while racing across the sky as if they were in a NASCAR event. It was difficult to capture the 3D aspect of them but this was the best of the bunch.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Life in the Gutter 132/365

Fledgling trees were growing in the gutter on the side of my garage. That is, until I uprooted them. I think I need to pull the gutter guards off and see what lurks within…. I suspect its going to be an ominous task.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Wanted - Quiet tenants to occupy single family home – 131/365

This is about 25 feet from my bedroom window and every morning around 5am I’m woken up by an uproar. I usually just roll over and go back to sleep, but what I’d really like to do is serve them an eviction notice. Granted, it wasn’t much of a photographic challenge but I had trouble finding inspiration today.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Every Dog Has Its Day 130/365

Today it was Dallas’ as he was treated to ice cream. This was simply too cute to resist….

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Friday, July 3, 2009

Smoke Art 128/365

This was fun. Easy too. Incense stick and off camera flash with a red gel. The patterns are limitless because the slightest disturbance in the air or vibration to the table results in change. Strobe right with snoot at 1/32 power.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Raindrops 127/365

We had several short, but heavy down pours during the late afternoon. I caught the tail end of one but it had already letup some.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Legends 126/365

A halfhearted attempt at tonight’s photo. I’m too tired, have little motivation, and zero inspiration tonight. Statues of NY Yankee legends Thurman Munson (15) and Lou Gehrig (4).