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Advertising: 1967 Yashica Cameras

As one is out shooting with ones digital camera that holds 9,000 photos at once I think it’s fairly important to remember that we’ve come a long way since the ‘Modern Miracle Transistor’.

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From the Yard – 6-17-2012

One of my recurring themes is the idea that you don’t have to go very far for good photography. This last batch was all shot within walking distance of the house.

It was Laura who spotted these tiny birds outside our window first. Emotionally, they seem to encapsulate the idea of helpless yearning to a “T”.

From 6-16-2012 From the Yard
From 6-16-2012 From the Yard

Later I wandered into the yard where I found a tiny green spider just waiting to have his photo taken.

From 6-16-2012 From the Yard
From 6-16-2012 From the Yard

Later in the day, I found these wildflowers just a few minutes from my own house in the Zionsville park.

From 6-17-2012 From the Park

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Just another Day

As I look at my photo archives I realize that as of late my albums bear rather generic titles. In some ways it’s as if I’m just randomly throwing crap into the ocean of the internet. Looking at the results though I can’t help but feel quite a bit of pride. Each day that I bother to take photos I feel as if I come back with something pretty interesting despite the fact that my planning is exceptionally minimal. I enter each day with very few intentions and yet good still seems to result. On some deeper level I can’t help but ponder what that means. Am I just casting my lucky chafe to the wind or is there some larger statement being made? I like to think that the statement in question is simply that “the world is beautiful all by itself if you will only take time to look!” For every picture I do take there are a dozen that I cannot that I wish I could. Our world really is a beautiful one but how many of us actually take the time to realize that? While those who bear the official title of “professional photographer” click away at the same rehearsed, banal, redundant poses, I’m hopeful that some of us will still spend the time to capture the natural world as it is, without embellishment. OK, enough philosophy. How about some photos?

Over the past week or so I’ve been fiddling about with the idea of letting the camera do what it’s good at when it comes to time-lapse photography. Until this week I’ve been very strictly following the idea that you pick an exposure and let the camera carry on with it throughout the life of the video. This was advice received very early on and it made sense since you typically want a video to be exposed consistently. This week it’s become apparent that modern equipment is much smarter than the human eye so I’ve let the light meter do it’s job. As a result, I’ve managed to span the day-to-night transition quite adequately. (Though I do tend to go out and max out the exposure time at 6 seconds as light levels drop so the timing stays in step)

Today I spent a fair amount of time on the ground. These dandelions could not be resisted against the morning sun. (Oh, as usual, you can see the day’s whole album online.)

From Misc for 462012

Later in the day, Laura and I spent a good hour chasing these Tree Swallows around the Celery Bog.

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From Misc for 462012
From Misc for 462012
From Misc for 462012
From Misc for 462012

As usual, there were always plenty of Flowers.

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Spring is sprung, and what would spring be without the six-spotted tiger beetle?

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At the end of the day, there was, of course, more yard fluff to look at. I’m endlessly fascinated by dandelions. Those barbs remind one of a really terrible weapon of some sort.

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And what would any day outside be without a shy spider.

From Misc for 462012
From Misc for 462012

The last shot of this post strikes me as … well, very touchingly maternal. I’ve had many shots that people didn’t really appreciate until I wrapped a few words around them. This one just makes me think so much of parenthood. The dandelion is spent, its seeds exhausted, yet it looks back on this long line of hopeful seeds finding their way into the wind. It’s tragic and yet hopeful all at once. In retrospect I’m not exactly sure how this shot was even possible. It was just waiting there for me to find it.

From Misc for 462012

As I sit here at almost 1am, my mind wanders a bit from the creative to the material. Today when Laura and I were out shooting it became evident to me that her camera is starting to creep towards its last legs. Auto-focus is becoming increasingly questionable, sensitivity in the sensor is starting to decline. She’s using my Canon 20D which is a hand-me-down that I bought used several years ago. Her artistic desire is strong yet her equipment is failing. Many times on this blog I’ve gone on about how art, especially that drawn from the simplest realities of the world, should be free. It’s times like this though, with old equipment starting to fail that I wish my viewpoint was a tad more materialistic. New cameras do not buy themselves no matter how altruistic the intentions.

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Of Showers and Flowers

Sometimes when I sit down to write in this blog there’s just not enough new stuff to bother with so I have to work hard to stretch it. Today, however, is one of those days when I struggle to keep things brief. Since this is the internet and bits and bytes are ostensibly free, I shall merely vomit forth whatever strikes me and you can stop reading when you’re dern well tired of reading it. (PS: Click on any photo to get a bigger version and access the whole album to which it belongs.)

Friday it stormed terribly through the midwest and while my area of the state was spared any actual damage we still did get a fairly rough bit of storms. I was poised and ready to take advantage of this photographically with a couple of time-lapses from the 7th floor of my office building. Sadly, neither is exactly what I would have hoped for though the second one in which things are clearing out strikes me as more amusing than the actual storm.

Anyway, poke around my Youtube channel if you want to see the rest of my time-lapse rot. The last three have been rather over-exposed and I will admit that in general I’m rather suffering from an inability to make these what I would consider particularly interesting. Time will tell whether I bother to actually continue doing them.

Moving onward… yesterday morning I needed a stock photo for another blog post on the Tattered Thread so at 8:30 in the morning on a Saturday I drug out just about every piece of equipment I owned to shoot some sodden teabags. If you can’t get excited about setting up to shoot some teabags then what CAN you get excited about?

From Misc for 03-03-2012

As long as I was set up, I piddled around at random a bit too. The bananas struck me initially as sort of a ‘lost lover’ thing. It never really came together for me but I reserve the right the revisit this and try to figure out how to make it look like one banana is mourning the death of another.

From Misc for 03-03-2012

Laura was caught in the cross-fire of my morning energy as well. I like this shot because as she sits at my desk, surrounded by two computer screens and a myriad of technology she’s focused on her tiny iPhone screen. Also love the lighting as well.

From Misc for 03-03-2012

I also like this pair…

From Misc for 03-03-2012
From Misc for 03-03-2012

This mask hangs in my hallway and it never ceases to make me smile.

From Misc for 03-03-2012

So, here we are quite a ways in and we are just now about to step outside the apartment for the day. I warned ya it’s going to be one of those kind of posts. First we made our way to the Herron school of Art and Design in downtown Indy. I’ll admit that I don’t quite understand this place. It has no posted hours but the galleries were open until about 1:00 yesterday. When we left the last gallery they shut and locked the doors behind us and several people we met were confused to find they were refused admittance. At any rate, view my full gallery of photos here. I’ll just hit what I consider highlights.

I was fascinated by this sculpture of three girls jumping rope. Perhaps it’s the complexity of the whole thing, a reproduction in ceramic of what is a pretty complicated act.

From Herron School of Art – 3-3-2012

This mask, though fairly simple, worked for me too. Or perhaps it’s just a day for masks?

From Herron School of Art – 3-3-2012

The reason we bothered to go here at all was an exhibit on re-purposing old sofas. All in all it was not exactly all one could want from such an event. Some interesting textures though.

From Herron School of Art – 3-3-2012
From Herron School of Art – 3-3-2012

A display case shows many historical items from the school’s founding.

From Herron School of Art – 3-3-2012

Ultimately though I found the incidental environmental sculptures more amusing like this one spilling out of the library door…

From Herron School of Art – 3-3-2012

…and the insides of this bamboo bench.

From Herron School of Art – 3-3-2012

Moving on from art of the human-generated type, we then took ourselves unto the Garfield Park Conservatory. It’s fairly impossible NOT to take good pictures in a conservatory when they seem to be specializing in Orchids.

From Garfield Park – 3-3-2012
From Garfield Park – 3-3-2012
From Garfield Park – 3-3-2012
From Garfield Park – 3-3-2012

I’m still trying to decide whether this shot suffers from shallow depth of field or benefits from it.

From Garfield Park – 3-3-2012

Leaves, if you really think about them, are rather miraculous. Vast networks of veins all evolved perfectly to support themselves, produce food for the rest of the plant and accept nutrients from the other parts of the system. Ain’t nature amazing?

From Garfield Park – 3-3-2012

And that was the day (or two) that was.

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