Sunday, June 19, 2011

A Chance meeting and Infrared images.

A couple of weeks ago while visiting my local Best Buy I was approached by a young sales lady and I gave her my canned response "I'm good, just looking", but instead of the typical "My name is ..... please let me know if I can be of assistance", she started to ask me questions.  She asked if I was a photographer (I was looking at photo bags, I'm always looking for the perfect bag), what did I like to photograph most, what kind of camera did I have, what brand was my favorite and so on.  She really opened up a can of worms, once she got me talking she couldn't get me to shut up. 

Needless to say IR photograph came up at some point.  IR can be a bit hard to explain.  I think seeing it makes it easier to grasp so I tried to explain how to get to my web-site (didn't have a card with me).  Afterward I got to thinking about the last time I posted any photos to the site and felt kind of guilty for telling her to visit.  She probably had to search back through quite a few post to find any IR images.

Since then my daughter and I have visited the Gateway Arch and The St Louis Zoo.  I took quite a few IR images at both locations.  So I hope the young lady from Best Buy will check back again and see that I have added some new images.  I would also like to thank her for encourageing me to get out and take some photos.


Arch and Zoo.  May-June 2011

Thursday, October 14, 2010


I recently purchased 3 DVD’s each with 4 movies on them, not just any movies, but classics like:  Forbidden Planet, Time Machine, Soylent Green, The Big Sleep, The Maltese Falcon, Strangers on a Train and The Wrong Man just to name a few.  Since I purchased them it has dawned on me that there is no chance in hell that I will ever get to watch them, Because...

I have come down with a bad case of DCOD,  otherwise know as Digital Content Overload Disorder.  It seems that most of my free time is spent sifting through tons of noisy data looking for that one useful fact or funny video.  I just seem to lose focus... (It’s happening to me as I write this post, just way to many things going on at one time.)

In the morning when I boot up a computer I usually find something like 200-300 items (all the blogs I read+) waiting from me in Google Reader, 10-15 updated threads in ADVrider, a few worthy items in Facebook and two email accounts with about 20-30 emails (personal, work related and junk that passed the filter).  That’s just when I boot up, if I’m having a busy day I can easily have 1000+ items in Reader alone before I can look at it.  Of course I can’t leave out the DVR can I?  It’s now digital content also.  The DVR is always full with MythBusters, Dexter, GoodGuys, Warehouse 13, NCIS, NCIS LA, Gears, Extreme 4X4, Horsepower TV, Trucks, Muscle Car TV, Truck U, Two Guys Garage,  The occasional Movie (anything by Tarintino) and the list just goes on.  Did I mention eBay or Craigslist?  Nope, but let me tell you it take though they add a whole other dimension to the DSOD.

All of this Digital Content is of course on top of working for a living, household duties (grass, trash and cooking 1-2 a week), raising a young child (7 year’s old) and commuting 10+ hours a week.

I currently have 2 post for The Pizza Files, 2 post for ScootnArt and a couple of other digital projects cluttering up my brain.  I will try to unload and upload them soon, once that is done I’m going for a bicycle ride, I feel like I’m turning into one of the humans from the movie Wall-E...

I have got to reevaluate my Digital Content and hack some of it off,  I’m missing out on two much of the 2-way communication (no time to leave comments when I should because I have to much data to sift...).  I apologize to all my fellow blogger’s who’s blogs I read (yes I read them, really) but only leave a statistic in Analytics as proof I was there.  I know it’s the positive feedback that keeps one going.  I plan on doing better, and I might get to watch those DVD’s too.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Westward Expansion.

Canon G7 converted to IR.  F4.0 @ 1/100 sec.  ISO 100. Image converted to B&W in Photoshop Elements.   
As part of my daughters birthday celebration we took a trip to the top of the Gateway Arch.  A image taken from the Gateway Arch of the westward expansion.
The Birthday girl taking in the sites.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

It's been awhile.

It's been quite a while since I last posted an image, I can give you a whole list of reasons why, but that won't  change fact.  So, I was motivated yesterday to take a walk in the park yesterday and I captured several interesting images at Sherman Beach County Park in St Louis County.  Sherman Beach is a favorite of mine it's just a short drive from home, and I can often train photos there also.

This is a composite of 5 images shot 2 stops apart @ F4.0.  I used Photomerge-exposure in Photoshop Elements 8 to combine the images.  Red and Blue channels have also been swapped.


Canon G7 converted to IR.  F4.0 ISO 100.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas.

To one and all May you have a Holiday season fill with that which brings you happiness.

One of the few times a year that I do portraits is every December. Above is the chosen image for this years Christmas Card.


Canon Rebel XTi with 50mm 1.8 Mk1 lens
Alienbees B400 with 30" umbella.
1/100 @ f2.8 ISO 100