Lifeguard Chair

Technical: Nikon D90, 1/1600 sec, f4, focal length 29

A Glimpse of the Atlantic for you from Devereaux Beach, Marblehead Great Sky!

Susan, thanks. It is a good sky. You can dial down the exposure in editing and get more drama. The composition is good. The chair stands out. It’s needs a tweak to be a better shot. Glad to see you are doing some landscape shots.

 

Living Large

Touchdown. First shot. Dining room, kitchen. Everything is in these three bags.

Five Bedroom Villa

Ok! Everyone asked where I would live when I arrived in Jeddah. I had been told that I would be living in a five bedroom villa in a walled compound. It is known locally as the Andalus compound. It has high walls, about twelve feet with a security gate manned 24 hours a day. There is a pool, sauna, basketball court which doubles as a soccer court, lounge, and internet café. I have a villa that was reserved for me since my visit last December. That means it’s been empty awaiting my arrival. I’ll discuss more about that in a future post. Yup! Five, count ‘em, five bedrooms! What does a single guy do in all that space on two levels? And, I am coming from a fairly spacious four bedroom apartment in Manhattan. So far I just peeked into three bedrooms but haven’t been in them. One bedroom has a TV set up and is a den/sitting room. The master bedroom has a king bed and giant walk-in closet. There are four TV’s but no microwave or vacuum. I have a washer/dryer and an ironing board (no iron). There are dishes but no pots to cook with. Most of the minor technicalities have been solved. I now have an iron, two giant Dutch ovens as pots. I will have to find my own microwave. Drat! So far without reliable transportation, I haven’t been able to find the local home goods store. It will wait. Meanwhile I eat out frequently. Restaurant eating is relatively inexpensive. I can’t ever be dehydrated. Everywhere I go, someone is offering me bottled water.

Hereafter follow the Saudi adventure in my blog Imaged Event. (See the sidebar.)

Living room, high ceilings, rug, heavy curtains, flat screen TV

The Stanley Cup Finals!?!

King bed, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, of course

Master bath, no towel, no shower 24 hrs, air dry? No prob.

Gus Trying To Be Invisible On Set

Technical: Nikon D300S, 1/240, f18, Focal length 29

Amy sent me a picture of her cat. Here’s a pose I don’t see everyday. It was actually part of a product shoot. The bag was part of the shoot and Amy’s cat wandered in to check it out. It’s a great grab shot. The work stands put the picture in perspective as a work in progress. Perfect focus, especially the eyes. For portrait work it’s always about the eyes. Gus has a riveting gaze and Amy was tack sharp on her focus. Sticking his tongue out is a special moment because you don’t see that often either. Any one need a pet photographer?

You have got to be kidding

The following spam, junk, con, sucker… email was sent to my inbox. Yeah, shame on me for being cynical. But really??? If you have never seen/received this before… beware!
To: undisclosed recipients@null, null@null
Subject: Compliments of the day to you
Date: Mar 21, 2012 4:40 PM

Compliments of the day to you.
Please do not be surprised or get offended for receiving this message from me, It just that I have been obliged to lay a mere trust on you; Having searched through the internet from where I get your email address I strongly believe in my heart that you must be honest and sincere person for me to disclose my life secrets so that you will render your full help and assistance to me. I need a person of dignity and respectful and who have the fear of God in him.
May the blessing of God be upon you and grant you the wisdom and sympathy to understand my situation and how much I need your help. My full name is Amanda Yaman from Liberia in West Africa. I am single ,5ft 7 inches tall,50kg weight, black hair. I am loyal and a good companion. My hobbies include taking care of people, sharing problems with others and finding solution to the problems ,going to beach with my friends etc . I am from Monrovia-Liberia and presently i am residing in a church orphanage home here in Dakar Senegal as a result of the war that fought in my country.
My condition here is terrible; it’s just like one staying in the prison and i hope by Gods grace i will come out here soon. i don’t have any relatives now whom i can go to all our relatives ran away in the middle of the war the only person i have now is (Rev. father Joseph). who is in-charge of the church Orphanage, he has been very nice to me since i came here but i am not living with him rather i’m leaving in the Females hostel in the orphanage because here they have two hostels one for the males the other for females.

However, something has been bothering me and i have kept it to myself because I am afraid to disclose it to anyone. I am afraid of betrayal, I am afraid someone might take advantage of me. I have been obliged to lay a mere trust on you due to my situation here. I pray for the blessing of God to be upon you and grant you the wisdom and sympathy to understand my situation and how much I need your help. I have been praying to God to give me A person of dignity, someone who is respectful and have the fear of God in him and who will not betray my trust and confidence.
My late father was a business man and deals on cocoa and gold when he was alive. Before his untimely death, he reviewed to me that he deposited some amount of money in a bank which he used my name as the next of kin, the amount in question is $6.7m(Six Million Seven Hundred Thousand Dollars) Actually, I decided to seek your assistance in transferring and securing this money to your account for investment purposes.
Note: What i need from you is to stand as my Trustee/Partner and establish contact with the bank to discuss the process of transferring the funds to your bank account in your country. and also to make arrangement on how i will come over to your country after the transfer and stay with you and continue my life and education.
In the light of the above, I want you to send to me your complete name and your contact address either office or home address; including your direct telephone number.
After nominating you to the bank as my Trustee/Partner, I will then give you the bank’s contact with the account information to enable you establish contact with the bank and demand for the transfer of the money to your account in your country.
I will appreciate an urgent message indicating your ability and willingness to handle this transaction sincerely and honestly.
Awaiting your urgent and positive response. Please do keep this only to yourself and do not disclose it to anyone till i come over after the fund has been transferred.
I look forward to hear from you at your earliest convenient time
Yours Sincerely,
Miss Amanda

Birds in Flight

Technical: Nikon D200, 1/1000 sec, f5, focal length 145mm

Birds in flight are hard to capture. All the bird guides show the feathered friends perched in some idyllic woodland setting. True, right? It’s pretty hard to see action shots. But we’ve seen plenty of raptors – eagles in flight or that snowy owl flying straight into the camera’s lens. In the series of images I got at the bird feeder I took advantage of the conditions. I knew where they would be and roughly in what focus plane. So I used a tripod and pre focused on one of the screws of the feeder. It worked well enough. But timing is everything. The birds flew in from all directions. Of over 1000 images I got only a handful. Many birds had their wings closed. In others I got just a hint of brown blur as the bird was already into or out of the frame. A motor drive can’t really save you. I did increase the shutter speed to 1/1000. It means that the ISO will rise. The noise is a compromise.

Crickets

Technical: 80396  Panasonic DMC 257, 1/100 sec, f4, ISO 80, focal length 4.4, no flash, patterned meter

80501 Panasonic DMC 257, 1/100 sec, f3.5, ISO 80, focal length 4.1, no flash, patterned meter

Crickets. David my cousin says they are, so I won’t dispute. After the recent article in the NY Times about Chinese cricket fighting, I am sure he will tell me that the dead one in his garden died naturally. It’s just my opinion, mind you, but I don’t care for the composition of the dead one. I’ve seen insect specimens mounted for display and cataloging. This just doesn’t appeal to me. But maybe I don’t care that much for bugs. Definitely, I kill roaches, not photograph them. Continue reading

Photo Critical

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This blog requests reader contributions. I am often asked to explain photography and so here I would like to offer a critique of your photo. You need to upload to me via email and I will try to give an opinion. Please include information about camera, camera settings, and a description of where and when your photo was taken. It would also help to tell me your level of photo experience.

My opinions are meant to be constructive.  If you want my opinion and can stand the exposure, I will be happy to make observations about your work. I hope to develop a catalog of information and reference for photographic technique. One submission is requested per email.

Remember, it’s about learning, technique, and improvement.