Home Again


Flare. There’s something causing it. I can’t quite see what’s giving the circular defects. Julia’s new place again. The thing is that I recognize her stuff. It’s a memory thing. You wouldn’t know. But I do. If you know Proust and his writing of the Madeleine cookie, you will understand. Not an image of any particular merit, but it says a lot to me. Thanks Julia. Some images are about sharing personal memories.

Saudi Arabia

For a while, I will post to all three of my blogs regarding Saudi Arabia. My secret/insanity/mid life crisis will be now be revealed. I realize that I won’t live past one hundred. What fun would it be to say that I had lived in one place all my life? After letting you all know of my initial cultural shock and adjustment, I will continue the Saudi adventure on the Imaged Event blog, for which my posting has been fairly quiet. Like a diary I will provide observations of life and living in a foreign country. I am sympathetic but not so good on the empathetic side. My  experience is giving me a new perspective as someone who is no longer language (English) proficient in learning how to adjust to different customs, food, and culture. I arrived on June 3, 2012, but have delayed posting until I have been in country long enough to get my bearings. My time zones remain completely discombobulated. To repeat, Photo Back Story will chronicle my photographic experience and Imaged Event will transition to my Suadi experience.

Today’s image is of the King. He is old and in poor health according to sources. His heirs apparent have both died and the line of succession is being determined. This seemed like a good place to start. Long live the king.

The Critical Moment

Technical: Nikon camera, slide film, exposure unknown

The critical moment – the critical shot. I took this picture in London many years (decades) ago. Julia was right. There is a difference between slide film and digital capture. I won’t be going back to film anytime soon, but I can now see her point. I haven’t looked at these slides in a long while. To illustrate, I was careful about shooting photos because in those days you really didn’t shoot freely. I took about 30 to 40 rolls for a trip of two weeks and shot much less. That’s roughly about a thousand images? Now, I shoot that many in a few hours sometimes. Anyway a pet peeve is that the motor drive won’t save you. But at the same time the critical moment is easy enough to miss. This image was taken as the third in the series. If I had only one of the first two that would have been ok and I would otherwise be happy. But the last shot, that’s a keeper. In the days of film, you would have to wait to see the image after it was developed. Now, you can cheat and look at the LCD screen. But by the time you review, the moment has passed. Anyway the point is to stick with the situation until you have the shot. And remember it’s quality not quantity.

Image Stack Flash

Technical: unknown. Image processed

This is another technical masterpiece by cousin David. He stacked his images and used flash. The result is great. No criticism here. I might add that the short duration of the flash would help with any motion of the subject. All in all it’s a pretty good effort to get the exposure and account for the motion of the subject. It’s very good software to accomplish this final image.

Image Stack

Technical: unknown. Image processed

Cousin David wrote, “I tried focus stacking yesterday.  Lens was 60 mm set at F2.8 to minimize depth-of-field.  According to an online calculator, DOF = ~2 mm.  Software was CZM and result came out a bit artificial, probably because I was overzealous and had a bigger than necessary stack of photos (1 photo per mm forward).  Barcode looking strips on the left and top are artifacts from stacking.  Since I moved a total of 10 cm forward, I find this freeware rather remarkable.  I should have taken a reference shot at F16 (2 stops faster than F32?) for comparison.”  David

David, you’re beyond my technical ability now. What a nice photo! The focus on the flower is hard to appreciate till you look at the leaf on the right. With shallow depth of field the whole leaf would not be in focus. Bar code is not noticeable in the image that I see. You should try HDR (high dynamic range). For landscape and buildings, this is very interesting. Since you are so patient and are willing to do more with a tripod this would be a natural progression. I seem to recall that we talked about a good tripod. I believe that you have a solid one and should stick with it. I also saw that Barnes and Noble sold a pinhole camera book/kit. I would have sent it to you, but it uses film. And who knows what that is any more?

New Year

Technical: Nikon D200, 1/200 sec, f5.6, focal length 400mm

I have the VR setting on. Ordinarily the rule is 1/focal length. I should have been at 1/400 sec. The point of this image is to try to demonstrate telephoto perspective. At full 400mm the depth of field is compressed. Objects near to far are compressed upon one another. It serves to enhance the crowding effect. Here I wanted to emphasize the crowd. Large as it was it seems even more crowded. Then, the buildings on this winding street meet and contribute to make it more so.




Technical: Olympus, 1/40 sec, f2.8, focal length 5mm

At first I thought this was one of my shots. But it is David (son). His image of grandpa is distorted in a different way. Grandpa’s forehead is larger and enhanced by the receding hairline. The face and mouth are smaller as they are farther from the wide angle perspective. I am certain that David loves his grandparents and did this unintentionally so that I could make these observations.

David Grandma

Technical: Olympus, 1/45 sec, f2.8, focal length 5mm

Here perspective is really distorted. I apologize because Grandma does not look this way. She is too close to the camera and her nose is disproportionate. David is back and less distorted. It’s not flattering but it does show you the problem with wide angle distortion.