Saturday, April 25, 2009

Saturday Morning Shoot

I hit the road this morning to get reacquainted with my DSLR that I finally got back this week. After two shoots, I am pretty certain they gave me an entirely different camera back and just switched the serial number plate. That or the firmware update made significant changes. Before sending it in, I usually liked to get my light meter about 1/3 to 2/3rd f-stops over neutral. Now, that is overexposed. I'm finding I need to be neutral or 1/3rd under neutral meter.

Anyway, here are some of my shots today.

I played with shadows some and knocked out Shadow Shot Sunday a day early, but that's okay because Harriet, the host of SSS, lives in Australia. They are way ahead of us on the international date/time line so it's probably already Sunday there....in the year 2011 or something.


The shadow of the light post above reminded me of the neck from the Martian ships in the 1953 version of War of The Worlds.
I also toyed around taking reflection shots. The first one my favorite from today. I set this up for about 5 minutes, trying to get the best angle and nailed it on the first shot. I took this using my 50mm prime lens. If you can't tell it's a reflection by the backwards wording, look at the bottom, just left of center and you can see some window cleaner bottles in the window.
I practiced framing shots within the frame. Some were better than others.

I worked on composition as well. I absolutely LOVE 127. As soon as I happened upon this scene, I knew it was going to be worth almost getting hit standing in the middle of the road to take the photograph.
And finally, some just because shots....
DOH! How did I clip off the top of the damn building??????? I was in such a hurry to get the shot while keeping an eye out for the oncoming traffic that I blew the shot. Cute place though.
An accurate depiction of East TN life. In fact, I dance just like the guy in the middle wearing the red shirt.
I adore photos that start a story in my head when I see them. I wonder who had an appointment with Shawanna at the City of Knoxville last week and for what purpose? Did they make the meeting or did losing this note blow it for them? Inquiring minds....
Hope you are having as much fun as I am this weekend.

25 comments:

  1. I absolutely love the 127, as well! The other one that jumped out at me was the broken window. It actually looks like a person trying to catch a ball. The body is in the center broken pane with two hands on each side and the ball (almost a perfect circle) on the left bottom pane. Very cool - great job!

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  2. Love those shadow shots at the start of this post..sharp and crisp..

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  3. Really terrific shots, very creative and very cool! Thanks! And, yes, I am have a very fun weekend!!

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  4. The urban shadows are great...all very crisp but my favourite of all these shots is the broken window reflection...I love that one. You have an eye for composition!

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  5. Love the framing ones... especially the one with the clock. Awesome.. have a great day!
    Lisa (lisita15)
    http://beachmom15.blogspot.com/

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  6. What a fun exhibition that was...it does look like the spaceship probe...LUV the movie.

    Happy shooting with your new(sorta)camera...and keep on dancin', you can never have too much fun!

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  7. What a wonderful safari! You came up with some really great photos, and some really great shadows.

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  8. Good set of pictures, chris. Liked the clock framed with trees...that's pretty well composed. The photo after 127 is really fab. the contrast, i thought, is better than the 127 one.

    happy clicking :)

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  9. Enjoyed every picture..Great job..shadows were wonderful..Happy SSS.

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  10. I clip off the top of a building so often that no one I know seems to care I no longer have a camera, except when they want to see new pictures of my cats.

    I love the 3rd picture down. That has a short story attached, or, well, I was already making one up in my head.

    If you dance like the guy in the red shirt I want to see a Youtube of that. ~Mary

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  11. 127 is my favorite too. i just got a new lens this week so i have been out taking pictures...i'm a country girl so it's mostly nature pictures for me...

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  12. I just sat back and enjoyed the show. So many images to choose from - how could I pick my favourite? Beautiful.

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  13. 127~ I raise my hand. Before I saw that all the comments love it as well I was trying to think of how I could snag a copy for me. Bribery. Do you have an Etsy shop yet?
    At least submit it for a photography contest! Glad to see you and your camera are best friends once again>
    Rebecca

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  14. Some nifty, intriguing, arty photography here! I think 127 is my faourite because of the meld of fragmented artwork textures all over the wall!

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  15. What a selection of shadows for us! Each are so interesting! Know what you mean about the note....we think the same when we find a note lying in a shopping cart, or lying on the floor somewhere too!

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  16. Very interesting and nice set of photos and shadows.

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  17. So much to see of your educational shots, Chris!

    Gorgeous!

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  18. You're right, that streetlight does look like the alien ships in the old War of the Worlds movie. I love the texture there, and interaction between the shadow and a "real" object on the wall. Clean, elegant, evocative ... nice shot!

    The 127 is a winner too. I love the way you've framed it and the colors are just right.

    Glad you got your camera back, but I'm sorry it seems so unfamiliar to you now. That has to be frustrating. You've made a really nice set of photos with it, though! -- Vicki

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  19. what a wonderful collection!
    love the lamp post shadow
    and the broken wondows and the mural and the old theaters
    each shot has a story

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  20. Oh what great photos-I especially like the broken window one-stunning! I love your blog header too.

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  21. I love the 127 as well!!! And the Grand Ole Opry. And the refelection shots. And... (all of them):D

    I'm like you in the sense of finding tid-bits that belong to starngers and then putting together different scenerios of what could be or might have been. I bet you're a people watcher!.

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  22. Wonderful series of shadows ... intriguing photos all!
    Hugs and blessings,

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  23. Love the shadow of the scroll work fence you captured. You rocked the reflection shots. They can change up the camera, but the camera man always falls back on his talent. (Hugs)Indigo

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  24. There is a difference! Peeping Toms have more fun. :P

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  25. I like the broken window...oh hell I like them all, but a story is going in my head on the window photo...

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