Technical: Canon G11, 1/250 sec, f4, focal length 6.1mm

Susan took a good candid grab shot. There’s a lot going on in the photo with the background and foreground – patterns, colors, textures. The white binds the vertical plane and divides the image. I like the head and face enclosed in the plain chair background. The arm directs you to the head. The legs are cropped and not distracting. It could be a better image. But considering it’s a candid shot, it works.

Vertical Panorama

Technical: Canon G11, 1/1250 sec, f4, focal length 6.1mm

Another day at the beach, I’m beginning to enjoy all the diagonal lines. It used to be said that the horizon needs to be straight. Since the advent of iPhone and the crooked candid, this is more the norm. It does give a bit more of a dynamic feel to the candid portrait. In a more formal landscape this might not work. The crop effect has made this a vertical panorama. It’s a good effect for this image. I like the editing that Susan is doing lately.

London Time Lapse

Technical: Canon EOS 7D, 1.3 sec, f14, focal length 50mm

David will have to explain how he pulled off this image. The exposure is 1.3 seconds. It looks like a double exposure but the metadata says it was all done in one exposure in the camera. As an engineer, David has produced some very imaginative shots from a technical viewpoint. This is one shot that I admire and will wait till he explains the process. You really got me on this one. (see reply, David explains)


Technical: Canon G11, 1/1250, f4, focal length 6.1mm

Susan sent this and asked, “What can I do to make the shot brighter?” Not a whole lot… It’s a backlit shot on a bright sunny day. The extreme in contrast from shadow to bright is hard to compensate and balance. So you do what you have done so successfully with the Nikon. Use fill flash. It can be turned-on on the Canon G11. Otherwise, I have no problem with the exposure. You weren’t really shooting the face and eyes. The vertical crop is great and the rule of thirds is in order. This is a mood shot. And there is so much more about endless summer days and thoughts than it is about the actual subject. I like this as it is.


Technical: Nikon D90, 1/100 sec, f4.8, focal length 52

What a nice shot, Susan. Good composition. I will add that it’s not necessary to see the whole head, which means that your crop was very good. For a long time, I always got my whole kid in the picture. It ain’t necessary. Cropping always makes things more focused and interesting. There is that caveat about cropping the hands and arms so that they look like they might be coming into the picture as a distraction. Not here, but sometimes the effect can make the limbs appear disjointed. I also like the background because the depth of field has blurred it. In sports you can’t always get that. You are shooting at the max focus distance so that everything tends to be in focus. It’s a good and bad thing. Oh, and I like the beads. Is it a girly thing because of his big sister. It happened to Dave a lot.


Technical: Nikon D90, 1/200 sec, f8, focal length 65

Susan has another nice image. It’s not always important to have the subject looking into the camera lens. It’s a matter of catching an unguarded moment. Here’s one. Good pose and composition. If you see how much you have zoomed into your subject, this is what the best sports photos do. Of course there are panoramics of the stadium as well. But my interest is always more on the details.

Self Portrait Underwater

Technical: Canon G11, 1/400 sec, f2.8, focal length 6.1

It started upside down at depth, so the color is gone to blue. You have the topside as backlighting. At least it can be done. Not to bad, what can you say? It’s not my best. At this point I’m happy to have the image in focus. And yes, I corrected to get the image right side up.


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.

Graduation IV

Technical: no info

Ginny’s sister Maria and John. It’s a good shot. It could be better by cropping to the hug. A common error is to include the whole person in the photo. It’s the hug and smiles that count. Crop in closer and leave the legs. It will be a better shot… unless we’re doing a shoe commercial. That’s why no one cares what you have on under the graduation gown. No one sees it anyway. Get closer and turn the camera vertical. That what this image needs. So do it in Photoshop. You could but then you discard all the data from the cropped image. It wastes a lot of pixels which will ultimately degrade your mega blow up enlargements. So get the crop right before you shoot.



Graduation II

Technical: no info

Here’s a fairly typical pose. John is squared up and centered. No problem with the smile. His mother is even happier… no more tuition, well college, don’t forget graduate school. So by rule of thirds, this photo could be improved by moving off center. Squarely facing the camera is also static. So turn or change the angle on the shoulders. There were numerous photos taken [of course] so this is just a small criticism. There were many others that were just fine.