Jeff Howe Photography: Blog http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Jeff Howe Photography jchowe132@comcast.net (Jeff Howe Photography) Mon, 17 Jul 2017 19:58:00 GMT Mon, 17 Jul 2017 19:58:00 GMT http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/img/s3/v23/u28027812-o625463011-50.jpg Jeff Howe Photography: Blog http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/blog 91 120 The Fuji X-T2 after several months http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/the-fuji-x-t2-after-several-months Although I had ordered Fuji's 18-135mm lens at the same time as the X-T2 body, the lens is still on back order which is extremely frustrating. Apparently, Fuji relocated the manufacturing plant for this and other lenses to the Philippines which is causing the back log. Fortunately, I have been able to secure a used 10-24mm and 100-400mm lens which I am very impressed with. They are extremely sharp and the image stabilization works much better than any Nikon lens I've owned. More on these lenses in future blog posts. During a recent trip to New England, I rented a 18-135mm lens and was blown away. Not only is the lens sharp, but the image stabilization is out of this world. The image of the leaf and shell was taken at 1/27th of a second at F16 hand held. I never did any hand held close up photography with my Nikon equipment. Due to the fact that this lens focuses to within 1.5 feet, I don't see myself having to purchase a macro lens. This lens is built like a tank and is weather sealed.

There is still a lot to learn and experiment with this camera. I'm really enjoying the film simulations, the exterior control knobs, and of course the electronic view finder. More later ...

Leaf and Rainbow ShellLeaf and Rainbow Shell

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jchowe132@comcast.net (Jeff Howe Photography) http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/the-fuji-x-t2-after-several-months Mon, 17 Jul 2017 19:58:19 GMT
My first thoughts concerning the Fuji X-T2 http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/my-first-thoughts-concerning-the-fuji-x-t2 I spent the first week becoming familiar with the menus integrated into camera since I had no lens. Like most cameras, the menus are extensive and it will take some time to become comfortable with them after shooting Nikon for 27 years. By the end of the Memorial Day holiday, I had customized the camera to some extent and felt as though I had a basic understanding of the camera's functions/menus. The 18-135mm lens is still on back order after 2.5 months and there is no end in sight. Fortunately, I was able to purchase a used 10-24mm lens which I received on May 31st. I did some shooting this past weekend where I used a lot of AE and film simulation bracketing. As expected, the batteries will not last as long and I will always be sure to have a least spare on hand. The AE bracketing worked like a charm which will come in handy for HDR images. I've never had the opportunity to shoot images using a specific film simulation which I think will be nice in some circumstances, especially the black and white film simulations. The image stabilization integrated into the 10-24mm works great. So far I like the smaller and lighter package, and the fact that the body is weather sealed. Ever since I received the camera it has been raining here in Florida. That said, not all of Fuji's lenses are weathered sealed including the 10-24mm. On the other hand, the 18-135mm lens is weather sealed which will be nice since I suspect it will be my go to lens. The only con so far is the button that I reset as my back focus button. The button is not as pronounced compared to my Nikons, so I find myself feeling around for it. I suspect with more time it will become second nature.

That's it for now. I'll continue to keep you posted as I continue to play with the camera. Next time I'll try to post an image.

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jchowe132@comcast.net (Jeff Howe Photography) http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/my-first-thoughts-concerning-the-fuji-x-t2 Tue, 06 Jun 2017 13:32:00 GMT
Initial Hands On Experience with the Fuji X-T2 http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/initial-hands-on-experience-with-the-fuji-x-t2 Although I was hoping to have both the camera and lens to play with over the Memorial Day holiday, I'm still waiting for delivery of the 18-135mm lens. That said, I spent hours familiarizing myself with the camera layout, menus, and customizing some menus and buttons. I watched a lot of videos which helped in this task since the manual only goes so far. By the end of the holiday weekend, I felt as though I had a pretty good, although not complete understanding of the basics and was at a standstill until the lens arrived. Although I'm still waiting for the 18-135mm lens, I received a used 10-24mm lens on Wednesday evening. I like how I can see real time effects to my image based on exposure settings, film simulations, etc. via the electronic viewfinder. This lens appears to be very sharp and the image stabilization excellent. Some of my initial images blew me away. I hope to learn something new everyday I play with the camera. Eventually I will have to spend considerable time and really get into the nuts and bolts of all the different autofocus modes which appears a little overwhelming at this point. As expected, battery life will not be as good as my Nikon's, but I never shoot over 350 images per outing and I'll always have a spare battery with me. With every Nikon I have owned, I always assigned the back button for focus. I've made the same setting on the Fuji, but the button is not as prominent as what I'm accustom to with the Nikons and I find myself feeling around for the button. Hopefully overtime it will become second nature. So far I'm enjoying the new, smaller, and lighter system. The technology built into this camera is quite impressive, and the camera is built like a tank compared to my mostly plastic Nikons. I'll continue to keep you posted as I slowly learn this new system.

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jchowe132@comcast.net (Jeff Howe Photography) http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/initial-hands-on-experience-with-the-fuji-x-t2 Thu, 01 Jun 2017 13:02:11 GMT
Delivery of the Fujifilm X-T2 http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/delivery-of-the-fujifilm-x-t2 After almost 2 months, I finally took delivery of the Fujifilm X-T2 camera yesterday afternoon. Unfortunately, the 18-135mm lens that was ordered at the same time is still back ordered. What a tease. The best I can do this holiday weekend is to become familiar with the menus and maybe do some customization. In addition, I purchased a used 10-24mm lens which is due to arrive next Wednesday (May 31st), so I won't be without a lens too long. My first impression is that the camera is built like a tank in comparison to my Nikons. I'm currently charging the batteries and hope to start playing soon. I'll keep you posted. Have a great holiday weekend.

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jchowe132@comcast.net (Jeff Howe Photography) http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/delivery-of-the-fujifilm-x-t2 Fri, 26 May 2017 20:13:39 GMT
Fuji X System and Latest Photo Essay http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/fuji-x-system-and-latest-photo-essay I'd had hoped by now to have had the new Fujifilm X-T2 camera in hand, but it is still on back order. The camera was order a month ago. This is frustrating since I sold my Nikon D7200 a week ago. Thankfully I still have my D300. I'm hoping the supply and demand issue with Fujifilm will be resolved soon and I can begin working with the new camera and lens. Once in my hands I'll keep you posted on how the Nikon to Fujifilm transition is going and what I think of he camera and lens. In the meantime if any of my Nikon equipment is of interest, drop me an email. All the equipment is in mint condition.

As frustrating as the camera issue is, it was nice coming home today and finding the June issue of Shutterbug Magazine in my mailbox. This issue contains my latest photo essay, "How do you turn photos into art? Just add water." Check it out at your local news stand or better yet subscribe to the magazine.

 

Shutterbug Magazine June 2017Shutterbug Magazine June 2017

 

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jchowe132@comcast.net (Jeff Howe Photography) http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/fuji-x-system-and-latest-photo-essay Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:56:32 GMT
How do you turn photos into art? Just add water. http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/photo-essay-in-shutterbug-magazine Check out my latest photo essay in the June issue of Shutterbug Magazine available at news stands on April 28th.

 

Old Florida ReflectionOld Florida Reflection

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jchowe132@comcast.net (Jeff Howe Photography) http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/photo-essay-in-shutterbug-magazine Mon, 17 Apr 2017 10:00:00 GMT
Farewell Nikon, hello Fuji http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/farewell-nikon-hello-fuji After 27 years of using Nikon equipment, I have finally decided to switch over to Fuji's X system. I've been watching this system evolve over the past few years and am finally ready to take the plunge. Unfortunately Nikon is light years behind in regard to mirrorless cameras. Don't get me wrong, I've been very pleased with the quality of Nikon film and digital cameras, and their legendary lenses, but I want to lighten my load and the smaller and lighter Fuji XT-2 will fill the bill. There will definitely be a steep learning curve and I suspect some frustration along the way, but I'm excited to begin working with the new system. I will keep you in the loop concerning my experience with the new system. In the mean time, if you're interested in any of the following Nikon equipment, please let me know.

  1. D300

  2. D7200

  3. Closeup Speedlight Commander Kit R1C1

  4. Two SB-800 Speedlights with pouches, stands, supplemental battery packs, gels, and diffusers.

  5. AF-S 105mm F2.8 G ED macro lens

  6. AF-S 12-24mm F4 ED DX SWM IF lens

  7. AF-S 70-200mm F2.8 ED VRII lens with Lenscoat covering

  8. AF 24mm F2.8 lens

  9. TC-20EIII Teleconverter

 10. SC-29 Flash Sync Cord

 11. ML-L3 Remote Controller

 12. Acratech L-Bracket for D300 and D7200 (Arca-swiss compatible)

 13. EasyCover rubber protective camera covering for D7200

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jchowe132@comcast.net (Jeff Howe Photography) http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/farewell-nikon-hello-fuji Tue, 11 Apr 2017 02:41:00 GMT
Gallery of Hope "Water" Exhibition http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/gallery-of-hope-water-exhibition I was fortunate to have six images accepted for the juried Gallery of Hope "Water" exhibition presented during the month of April. Gallery of Hope.org which is presented by Island Images Professional Photography Studios, Inc., is a very active gallery in the art district section of Vero Beach, Florida. Of the six images accepted, this is probably my favorite. Although I had driven by this part of the Indian River Lagoon many times, it wasn't until I rode my bike along the same section of road that I saw the boat. I'm always amazed at the subject matter I find on my bike. Your perspective and field of vision is very different when driving a motor vehicle and riding a bike. When I saw the boat the first time, my mind kicked into overdrive with the possibilities. The next morning I was up before sunset and in position with my camera and tripod.

Derelict Boat at SunriseDerelict Boat at Sunrise

 

 

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jchowe132@comcast.net (Jeff Howe Photography) http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/gallery-of-hope-water-exhibition Sun, 09 Apr 2017 03:19:25 GMT
HDR Images http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/hdr-images One of the nice advantages of digital photography is the ability to take multiple images in order to capture the entire exposure latitude. Fortunately, most cameras have the ability to capture multiple images, while some even have an HDR mode. Setting my camera on aperature priority and placing the camera on a solid tripod, I usually capture between 7 and 9 images. By viewing the histogram I can easily determine if the number of multiple images are capturing all of the highlights and shadows in the image. If not, I can easily reset my camera to capture more images. Once the images are downloaded I use Google's HDR Efex Pro 2 to merge the images together and from that point I can make other adjustments. With the bright daylight streaming in through the dilapidated roof and the dark interior, a single exposure would not have captured the entire tonal range. I hope to share more HDR images with you of a historic diesel plant that I photographed last month.

 

 

 

No Bath TonightNo Bath Tonight

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jchowe132@comcast.net (Jeff Howe Photography) http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/hdr-images Mon, 06 Jun 2016 14:15:13 GMT
Long Exposures http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/long-exposures For a while now, I've been attracted to black and white images involving long exposures of up to several minutes in length. If interested, check out Tony Sweet's website. He has wonderful images of which some are long exposures involving clouds and water. I really like the feel of these images. I find them very calming. I eventually bit the bullet and purchased a Hoya 77mm variable neutral density filter which according to the specifications would increase my exposures up to 9 stops. With this in mind, I was hoping that I could perform these long exposures any time of the day rather than at just dawn and dusk. So far I have been pleased with the results. The image of the dock was shot on a cloudy day at around noon. I used my Nikon D7200 and 70-200mm lens set at F22. Using the Long Exposure Calculator Version 2.0 app on my IPhone, the exposure was 4 minutes long. Although shot in color, I converted the image to black and white using Nik's Silver Effects Pro and made some additional adjustments. I'm looking forward to using this filter more in the future.

 

Dilapidated DockDilapidated Dock

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jchowe132@comcast.net (Jeff Howe Photography) http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/long-exposures Wed, 17 Feb 2016 01:04:29 GMT
Cropping for Dynamic Images http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/cropping-for-dynamic-images One of the most exciting and demanding aspects of photography is seeing the overall scene or subject, and then redefining and extracting images from that scene. Ultimately, I'm trying to search out and determine what part of a scene speaks the loudest to me in terms of overall impact. Due to frustrating results and lackluster images early in my freelance career, I have learned to view my subject first from all perspectives, hoping to extract the most powerful image. However, sometimes no matter what arsenal of equipment you have, you may not be able to crop the subject exactly as you imagine or would like to in camera. This is where cropping using any image editing software comes to the rescue. It amazes me how something as simple as cropping can make the difference between an average and a stunning image. An yet, it surprises me how often photographers don't perform additional cropping because they feel the image has to fit to a standard size. No matter how much post processing is conducted, if an image is cropped poorly, it may never exhibit its true potential. Because our options as it relates to cropping are infinite, this is the part in my standard workflow where I'll usually spend the most time. And lets face it, there may be more than one image waiting to be extracted from the same scene.
 

For a more in depth discussion about cropping images, check out my latest photo essay entitled, "When in Doubt, Crop it Out" that just came out in Shutterbug Magazine's Special Expert Photo Techniques issue, which will be on news stands until December 11, 2015. As always, I welcome all comments.
 


 

Condo LanaiCondo Lanai
 


 

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jchowe132@comcast.net (Jeff Howe Photography) http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/cropping-for-dynamic-images Wed, 11 Nov 2015 16:35:06 GMT
I'm behind so what else is new. http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/9/im-behind-so-what-else-is-new It would appear that I am always apologizing for my lack of regular blog entries. It is amazing how fast time goes by these days. Between my regular job, freelance photography work, and yes, getting out in the field to shoot; the blog always gets pushed onto the backburner. That said, I'm usually behind in cataloging my digital images too. Just this past weekend, I finally got caught up on 2,000 images shot over the past month. I'm very thankful for digital photography and computer software. If I were still shooting film, I can't imagine how far behind I'd be in editing, labeling, and cataloging 35mm slides. It would not be a pretty sight. To add insult to injury, I've just barely scratched the surface in regard to learning all there is to my Nikon D7200.
 

No matter how behind I may be or limited in time, my eyes are always on the lookout for potential images. Case in point, this image was taken when I drove my wife to her doctor's appointment. It was about 1400 in the afternoon, the light was harsh, but the light was just right in regard to a lighting fixture in front of the parking slip I pulled in. Although I didn't have my camera with me, I took numerous images using my iPhone 5. Since the image was pretty monochrome, I converted it to black and white using Nik's Silver Efex Pro and made some minor adjustments. You just never know where the next image will present itself.
 


 

Light FixtureLight Fixture
 

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jchowe132@comcast.net (Jeff Howe Photography) http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/9/im-behind-so-what-else-is-new Sun, 20 Sep 2015 17:07:51 GMT
Lots to learn with the Nikon D7200 http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/7/lots-to-learn-with-the-nikon-d7200 I have a lot to learn with the Nikon D7200, but I have the basics down so I'm not completely lost. Besides using the Nikon manual which at times is more of a hindrance than aid, I purchased an ebook from photographer Douglas J. Klostermann which has been great. To be honest with you, I don't recall where I came across his name, but I'm pleased I did. There are a lot of photographers producing camera manuals that I have witnessed over the years, but I have been very happy with Mr. Klostermann's. I like the ebook format because I can read it on my computer monitor while both hands are free for the camera. This isn't possible with the very small Nikon manual. You are constantly putting the manual down, trying to remember what you read, and playing with the camera. Also, I like Mr. Klostermann's ebook because in addition to discussing the mechanics/settings of the D7200 which is basically what the Nikon manual does, he discusses settings and techniques that can be applied to various types of photography including general, action, portrait, and travel photography. For a mere $14.94 you can't go wrong. No, I have no affiliation with Mr. Klostermann. I just feel lucky to have come across his name in the recent past.
 

Right off the bat, there are three things I really like about the D7200. First, the autofocus is very fast even in low light, low noise at high ISO settings, and because it is a 24 MB sensor, I can crop considerably and still end up with a large image file. Case in point, I cropped about half of the image of this leafhopper.
 


 

LeafhopperLeafhopper
 


 


 

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jchowe132@comcast.net (Jeff Howe Photography) http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/7/lots-to-learn-with-the-nikon-d7200 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:19:15 GMT
New Camera Purchase http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/6/new-camera-purchase It appears that Nikon will not be coming out with the infamous D400 or alike as the successor to the D300 in the near future or ever. That said, I was interested in possibly upgrading to the D7200, but wanted to wait until it had been out for several months in order to get feedback and read as many reviews as possible. Lets face it, Nikon has not had a good track record in regard to their FX series (e.g., D800, D600, and minor issues with the D750). Having not read a single negative review concerning the D7200 since it came out in March 2015, I finally purchased one. Compared to the D300, it is a major upgrade and it will take some time to get up to speed. Those of you who own the D7000 and especially the D7100, won't find too many major upgrades outside of the new processor, built in Wi-Fi and NFC, lower light sensitivity, and expanded ISO setting, but to the D300 the D7200 is a major upgrade. I am slowly making the switch over to the D7200 and will report on my use of this new camera in future blog entries. This is my first image with the D7200. My wife received several bouquet of flowers at the end of the school year. While eating breakfast this past weekend, I observed this sepal on a rose which caught my eye. I edited and processed the image using Photoshop Elements and Nik software.
 


 

Rose Petal and SepalRose Petal and Sepal
 


 


 

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jchowe132@comcast.net (Jeff Howe Photography) http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/6/new-camera-purchase Mon, 08 Jun 2015 19:09:46 GMT
Big Bold Colors http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/big-bold-colors Although I spend a fair amount of time searching out specific subjects to photograph, I love the excitement when an unexpected image appears before me. This recently occurred on a cruise that my wife and I took (our first) last Valentine's Day. As we were walking along the gang plank to depart onto to Freeport, Bahamas, the blue colors and mooring lines immediately spoke to me. With my Nikon D300 with 18-200 mm lens over my shoulder, I took numerous images. I tweeked the color and contrast using Nik's Viveza and cropped it so that the mooring line acts as a leading line into the image from the lower left hand corner. Always be ready as you never know what might be around the next corner.

 

 

Cruise Ship Mooring LinesCruise Ship Mooring Lines

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jchowe132@comcast.net (Jeff Howe Photography) http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/big-bold-colors Sun, 15 Mar 2015 23:30:18 GMT
Reflections http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/reflections I find myself constantly looking at reflections whether they be puddles of water on roads or in parking lots after a rain storm, or in the abundant canals, lakes, retention ponds, or other bodies of water in Florida. I'm always looking for an interesting subject associated with these reflective bodies of water. Several months ago while shooting at a local boatyard with other photographers, I came across this image in a small canal. The owner of the small sailboat had a series of carpets hung up along the boom which provided the array of colors in this image. I used my 18-200 mm zoom with my camera set up on my tripod. Processing consisted of additional cropping, and adjustment to brightness, contrast and saturation using Nik's Viveza.

 

Reflections 1Reflections 1

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jchowe132@comcast.net (Jeff Howe Photography) http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/reflections Sun, 08 Feb 2015 22:49:59 GMT
A new year is upon us http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/a-new-year-is-upon-us It has been exactly one month since my last blog entry, sorry. It amazes me how fast time goes by this time of year. I did not have any special photography items on this year's Christmas list. That said, I'm still waiting for Nikon to annouce the latest DX camera possibly in early 2015, whether it be the mythical D7200, D9300 or something completely different. I'm interested in upgrading my D300 to a 24 megapixal DX camera. I will not give in and change over to the FX series no matter how great the D750 reviews are. If nothing happens in 2015, I may say the heck with Nikon and switch completely over to the Fujifilm X-T1 system.

 

2014 was a good year in that I had two photo essays published in Shutterbug magazine and two in Marine Fish & Reef USA. So far in 2015, some of my images are being exhibited at the Gallery of Hope, Vero Beach, Florida during January, and a photo essay is scheduled for publication in Marine Fish & Reef USA in the summer. As always, I have numerous draft photo essays in the works.

This image was selected to be hung in the gallery exhibition while others are exhibited electronically on numerous monitors.

 

 

Sunset Reflection and LeafSunset Reflection and Leaf

 

 

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jchowe132@comcast.net (Jeff Howe Photography) http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/a-new-year-is-upon-us Sun, 28 Dec 2014 01:27:52 GMT
Painting with light indoors http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/11/painting-with-light-indoors Even with all the lighting equipment and digital options available to me, there are times when they just don’t compliment my image. At these times, a technique known as light painting will usually realize my vision. Painting with light is a technique that involves a long exposure during which time the subject is “painted” with a light source. To photograph indoors, I set up in a room that I can black out using shades or blinds, or that will be completely dark after dusk. Once the subject has been composed in the camera with the lights on, I’ll determine the desired aperture based on the depth of field I want in the final image. The chosen aperture will dictate whether or not I need a dark backdrop or if the room wall is a sufficient distance from the subject so as not to be exposed. If a backdrop is necessary, I use a piece of black felt or flannel both of which have virtually no texture and no sheen. When light painting, I want the backdrop to absorb rather than reflect light. If shooting a macro or close-up image, a backdrop may not be necessary.

 

Any light emitting device can be used to paint your subject. I use a variety of flashlights, lasers, LED video lights and different colored candles, all of which create unique and different results. That said, unless you know the precise temperature (degrees Kelvin) of the light emitting device in use and you have the ability to make this setting in camera, I would recommend shooting in RAW so that you can easily adjust the temperature setting post processing. In addition, different colored gels can be integrated with flashlights and the white balance adjusted in your camera to produce different results depending on your creative taste.

 

Although this close up image excluded any background, I laid the cello on top of a piece of black felt in order to eliminate any potential reflections. After painting the cello for hours using a series of different flashlights and video LED lights, I still hadn’t created any satisfactory images. It wasn’t until I started using a small ordinary white candle that the images began to evolve. The temperature and quality of light emitted by the white candle was what I had envisioned. Earlier, I had used a red candle which produced unfavorable results. When using a candle, be aware of hot dripping paraffin. The image was taken with a Nikon D300 and a 105mm macro lens set up on a Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 tripod and an Acratech ball head. Exposure was f16 at 30 sec and ISO 200.

 

CelloCello

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jchowe132@comcast.net (Jeff Howe Photography) http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/11/painting-with-light-indoors Thu, 27 Nov 2014 23:37:44 GMT
Get out of dodge http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/11/get-out-of-dodge Getting away from the house even for just a few days is great for recharging your state of mind. That said, my wife and I are not very good at doing this, as we let the house and/or work consume most of our weekends. And before you know it, Monday slaps you in the face. Due to a four day Veterans holiday weekend, my wife planned a two-day bed and breakfast get-away in New Smyrna Beach which is about 1.5 hours away. Having never been there, we had no idea what to expect, although visiting the Ponce De Leon Inlet lighthouse was on our to do list. What can I say, we love lighthouses. After checking in Sunday afternoon, we went out and explored the area and came across an outdoor art festival. With only one hour left to the festival and the daylight fading fast, we visited all the booths when I came across this colorful bicycle parked near the entrance to a restaurant. With the sun setting on the horizon, I cranked the ISO up to 800 and shot a dozen or so frames with my 12-24mm lens from several perspectives. This image was my favorite. I used Nik's Viveza to tweek the brightness and contrast, and the tonal contrast filter in Color Efex Pro. I was very happy for this unexpected photography opportunity as Monday (our only full day in New Smyrna Beach) was pretty much a bust as it rained the entire day. Always be on the lookout for the unexpected.

 

Bicycle 2Bicycle 2

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jchowe132@comcast.net (Jeff Howe Photography) http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/11/get-out-of-dodge Sun, 16 Nov 2014 00:13:03 GMT
Mops, texture and color http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/11/mops-texture-and-color It never fails to amaze me where I find my next image. Several months ago, I walked to my chiropractor's office which is 10 minutes from my office. Rather than walking on the sidewalk like a normal person, I walked down an alley adjacent to several small restaurants. I'm not sure what caught my eye first, the color, texture or the fish, but I loved what I saw. I immediately took an image with my cell phone as a reminder. Based on my work schedule, I wasn't going to be able to get back until the upcoming weekend. In addition, I needed to get on site early in the morning since the afternoon light would create harsh shadows. I prayed that when I returned, the twisted mop head would still exist. My prayer was answered when I returned early Saturday morning with my camera and tripod. The image was taken with my Nikon D300 and 12-24mm lens. The image was edited (brightness, constrast, structure) using Nik's Color Efex Pro.

Sometimes it pays off to walk on the unbeaten path.

 

MopsMops

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jchowe132@comcast.net (Jeff Howe Photography) http://jeffreyhowe.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/11/mops-texture-and-color Sun, 02 Nov 2014 21:06:12 GMT