Thursday, October 9, 2008


I had the opportunity to photograph a football game at the University of Arizona. The speed at which the game is played adds to the difficulty of getting the right shot. Here is an example.

This was shot at 1/400th, 2.8


Thursday, September 18, 2008

Strobists Example

I have been watching strobists videos on YOU TUBE and I thought I would give a try. I set up two flashes opposite each other at a height of 5 1/2 feet on light stands. One flash was a Canon EX and the other a Sunpak 555. Cybersynce remotes were used to fire the flashes which were set a 1/8th power. The camera 5D set at 200TV and 16AV.
I think I need a third light for the front lighting.
For off camera flash shooting this is a great website.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Rat Rod-Hotrod

There is something intriguing about the whole RATROD &"Rock a Billy" scene. The cars are old unfinished works of art. I say unfinished meaning, made to look that way. The detail that goes into one of these cars is amazing once you start to look at the way things are put together with odds and ends.

A rat rod is a style of hot rod or custom car that, in most cases, imitates (or exaggerates) the early hot rods of the 40s, 50s, and 60s. It is not to be confused with the somewhat closely related "traditional" hot rod, which is an accurate re-creation or period-correct restoration of a hot rod from the same era.
Most rat rods appear "unfinished" (whether they actually are or are not), with just the bare essentials to be driven.
The rat rod is the visualization of the idea of function over form. Rat rods are meant to be driven, not shown off. Sometimes the customization will include using spare parts, or parts from another car altogether.

Sunday, August 17, 2008


My Niece has got the photography bug. Each night she sends a couple photos to critique and this has been great. The enthusiasm she has shown and the ability to take criticism and run with it is also inspiring for me.

Here is one of the shots she has taken, you can see her ability to visualize the shot is right on.


I love the Canon 5D, there is so much more to learn with this camera that will greatly increase the quality of the prints.

The exposure for this was: ISO 100

AV F11

TV 11 sec.

lens 24-70L 2.8

Friday, August 1, 2008

Canon 5D

Canon EOS 5D SLR - Large image sensor The main sales argument for the Canon EOS 5D is of course the large sensor. It's a full-size image sensor meaning that the dimensions equal the 35mm format. And this means you don't suffer from focal length multiplier anymore, and this is especially ideal for wide angle lovers. Producing a full-size sensor is extremely expensive, more so because there is a lot of remainder of the wafers that the sensors are made from. You'd expect Canon to use the same sensor they've used for the EOS 1Ds Mark II, because the higher the production numbers, the lower the price will be per unit. But Canon decided to put an entirely new 12 Megapixel CMOS into the EOS 5D. It has a pixel pitch of 0.082 mm which equals the pixel pitch of speed monster; Eos-1D Mark II N. It is therefore well possible that the EOS 5D features a larger type than the one used in the EOS-1D Mark II N. Some image characteristics seem to prove this thought.
Here is some shots taken with the Canon 5D.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

1953 Buick and Friend

I have gone back into my archived photos, and found some new prints to play with.

The owner of this car had a unique dispay including the peddal car.

Buicks of the 1950-1953 period have become American icons in the tradition of Coca-Cola machines, Route 66 signs, and Standard Crown gas pump globes. No other car symbolizes postwar promise and prosperity like the bulbous, toothy Buick. The ubiquitous Buick offered a model for every buyer in most every price class. In the days when the buck stopped with Harry Truman, and well into the Eisenhower years, Buick absolutely dominated the American automobile scene above the Chevy-Ford-Plymouth trio. GM's Flint, Michigan, division did it with a combination of bold styling, innovative marketing, and a dealer organization second to none.

Monday, June 9, 2008

1957 belair

The lines of the 1957 Chevrolet Belair always stands out at car shows.

57 Chevy is a nickname of the 1957 Chevrolet made in America from late 1956 through much of 1957 by General Motors. It is one of many now-classic cars adored by millions of people. These cars are being restored to their original condition or modified according to personal tastes. As this car gets older it becomes more sought after by collectors than ever before. Its image has been frequently used in toys, graphics, music, movies and television. The '57 Chevy is an icon of the era that endures today.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Canon 5D

Well I have been without a camera for awhile as you may have noticed, no new blogs. While shooting team photos for a high school softball team my camera "died", thank goodness I was at the end of the shoot.
I will be replacing it with a Canon 5D, the full frame will be alot better for making large prints.

12.8 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS Sensor
Developed by Canon, this high-resolution, 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor sets the standard for its class, featuring a remarkable 12.8 million effective pixels for a maximum recorded resolution of 4,368 x 2,912 pixels. Second-generation on-chip noise reduction is enhanced for easier use with a choice of two modes: "Auto", to engage auto noise reduction when noise is detected; "ON", to engage noise reduction for all exposures of 1 sec. or longer. From smooth gradations and wide ISO speed range to effective suppression of false colors and ultra-precise white balance, this sensor matches the image quality found in the flagship model of Canon's EOS digital SLR lineup, EOS-1Ds Mark II.
• High Speed DIGIC II Imaging Engine
DIGIC II is Canon's advanced imaging technology that processes massive data from the large CMOS sensor at extremely high speed for photos of exceptional quality and definition. This accelerated performance contributes to highly responsive, user-friendly operation, including a fast continuous shooting speed. Color reproduction is extremely natural and details are incredibly precise, especially with gradations in the highlight areas. Such processing efficiency also keeps power consumption minimal.
• Picture Style Settings
Like choosing film for a film camera, users can choose a style from Picture Styles that is ideally suited to the subject or shooting objective. Picture Styles replace the Processing Parameters and Color Matrix features of previous EOS DIGITAL cameras, bringing a uniform standard to EOS DIGITAL cameras that incorporate Picture Styles. Users can select from 6 preset image style settings (Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful and Monochrome) and 3 user-defined styles, depending on their particular subject, shooting conditions and photographic intentions.
• High Performance Functionality
The new EOS 5D has an array of premier functions often demanded by photographers who want hands-on creative control and comfort in a camera. Accurate focusing, enhanced durability, and quick, reliable response will make inspired ideas come true. Look through the viewfinder or 2.5-inch LCD to see how bright and wide your vision can be. With the EOS 5D, Canon frees your hands as well as your imagination by simplifying shooting operations.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Black Bike

Here is a shot of a custom motorcyle that was part of a fund raiser for charity.

In this shot I removed as much of the reflecting colors in the chrome to include the blue sky.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Tubac Arizona

My Wife and I took a drive to Tubac so she could do some art shopping. I never leave my camera at home when we go to this great little town filled with art, she shops and I shoot.

Tubac has been home to at least five distinct cultures: the Hohokam between 300 and 1400 AD; the Tohono O'odham ("Desert People" called Papago by the Spanish) arrived sometime in the 1500's; the Spaniards arrived with Father Campos in 1726, according to a baptismal record; Mexico claimed it during the 1821 Mexican War of Independence; and it was bought by the United States under the 1853 Gadsden Purchase.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Pebble Bed

I needed to click some shots so I walked out to the wash behind the house, looking for something that stood out. So here it is!

Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1/125Av( Aperture Value ) 11

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


Again I was sitting around the house wanting to photograph SOMETHING.

Well I have a string of lights hanging outside and this is the final print.