Farm Days

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My Dad acquired a great deal of equipment this year to make his work more efficient.  Since he is being thrifty he picked up a great deal of used equipment, and I find it so darn interesting!  Gears, chains, tires, grease are all just fascinating objects to photograph. These “ancient” pieces of equipment soldier on for generations under good caregiving hands.   I know some of the pieces are at least as old as I am.

Well here is to another day of getting interesting subjects with good light on the farm!

The Power of Parts

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I do a lot of photo-journalistic type work.  That is what you get when you cover events that your children do.  I find telling a story with photos and then placing them into a slideshow is an effective method of sharing images and providing context for the whole sequence.

These three photos helped me illustrate our Scouting for Food event.  The words Boy Scouts of America provide context to the event.  Scouting for Food was written on the opening screen.  When that is followed by “Boy Scouts of America” the average person usually conjures up the image of young boys doing good deeds.  The Pack Number on the shoulder was in my opening sequence, and showed off who specifically the photos were about.   The photo of an adult hand recording numbers lets you know we are tracking a number of collections over the course of the event.

By using only parts of uniforms or hands I made the focus not on an individual, but rather on the event, the group and its results.  I told a story not just of my children, but one that many people involved would be desiring to dive into.  It is funny to me, in retrospect, that using parts of a whole person or event can be a very effective way of telling a much larger story.

I guess I should not be surprised.  The trick is as old as time itself.  It is just the first time I created photos during my story collection phase where I was entirely conscious of what my intended results would be.  One more baby step towards being a real photographer.  Now if I can do it two more times it won’t be called beginners luck anymore.

Here is the video I made

Scouting for Food 2011


Software Power

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I am currently evaluating software for editing photos.  Selecting a suite is hard because each one displays strengths and weaknesses.  So like everything you have to make the best decision based on logical analysis and your gut reaction.

I put a few fun photos in here to show some before and after effects you can do with digital photography and these nice programs.  The one I used to night is from On One Software can is called Perfect Photo Suite.  This suite offers you the ability to create photoshop layers, and then stack the effects across all the sub programs.  After testing three different software packages this one is the best at integration by far.  Its integration of tools makes it very fast.

On the negative side I think Nik software does better in detailed results.  The problem there remains you have to use each program individually to get the type of effects On One gets in one pass.

So here is a quick conversion of each of my children in their Halloween costumes in to B&W, a vintage film effect and a special effect which removes backgrounds.  Snapshots get a second shot at the keeper bin if given the right effect!