Sunday, October 31, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Another view of the gorgeous leaf peeping to be done in London this week — this tree shows up on the route I walked to campus, and it was easy enough to align the moon with the tree once I spotted both of them.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
One of the classier buildings I've visited — the Mathematics department at Western resides in Middlesex College on the central campus, a gorgeous building built in the style of the old OxBridge campuses, albeit in the 60's.
With the blazing colours all over I have realized that the “leaf peeping” that President Bartlett was making so much fun of in the episode with the failed radio adress is a real thing: it's the hobby of tracking and spotting impressive fall foliage colorations. And Ontario brings the peeping big time.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
I shot this looking for the bright red vine covered building — only when I reviewed my haul from the day did I discover the poses of the two people in the picture, and the energy they bring to the composition.
Serendipity is thy name.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Another photo from the Blue Angels airshow I watched from my rooftop. I used a much too slow shutter speed — with the kind of sunlight we were having, I should've been able to use 1/500 or 1/750; but settled on 1/250 for all my photos. As a result, many of my closeups had a LOT of motion blur. This is one of the sharpest I got.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Going out to catch stars and try astrophotography, I ended up shooting a whole sequence of various exposures, tripod mounted, of the Golden Gate Bridge.
This is the reasonably natural whitebalanced HDR composite I generated.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
This weekend is Fleet Week in San Francisco — lots of ships, lots of navy lads walking through the city in full on uniform, and quite a number of shows. Saturday had a large air show, which culminated in the navy's Blue Angels showing up and off.
Once I realized I wouldn't be able to watch my movie until AFTER the show, I gave up, grabbed my camera, found my rooftop exit (I have one! I was completely unaware) and took a few photos of the show. This is one of them — postprocessed in Photoshop to adjust the tonal curve and (more importantly), adjusted the perspective errors introduced by the wide angle lens.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
At the end of the Faire, Sara had a most gorgeous hairdo done for her; and the sunlight was getting a really beautiful colour as well. What else to do, but a few close up shots to highlight the hair?
Postprocessing includes desaturating the background, to compensate for the busy environment drawing attention away from her hair.
Friday, October 8, 2010
At the Renaissance Faire last weekend, our guest from Slovenia regally progressed in a borrowed gown, looking splendid.
I couldn't avoid making a couple of portrait shots — both because of the gown, and because of the gorgeous colour of her hair. This is the first one.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
My new phone is a SonyEricsson CyberShot — a camera phone with aspirations to the big league.
Recently, going home from campus, this glorious sunset materialized — and the only camera with me that wasn't completely drained of batteries was … my camera phone. And this, after a little bit of postprocessing, was the result.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
As for the second Strega shot, more texture and less bright flaring light, and with the colour of the Strega tinting the nearby candle.
And with a red apple (or is it a tomato?) hanging in the background as a contrast element.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Some experiments with HDR: on a rooftop, at a SOMA warehouse housing collective, drinking Strega with good friends, I started shooting bracketed shots of my drink, in order to see what I could do with them.
Over the next few days, some of these results.
First out, a glass of Strega tinting and spreading the light coming through it.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
I told you about the Folsom Street Fair last Thursday. But there are more pictures I want to show off.
Sometimes you see knotwork so intricate, well balanced, well tied, that you just have to stop for a moment and admire it.
Sometimes this knotwork is draped over a mostly naked man.
Friday, October 1, 2010
I told you about the Folsom Street Fair yesterday, but I have more photos I want to show off from the event. Many of the booths were selling whips in various sizes and properties. Thus, many people took the chance to do the obvious thing when offered a huge selection of whips: poi twirling!