Spring’s a coming!

Spring is a coming to Atlanta!

Spring is a coming to Atlanta!

Signs of Spring are popping out here in Atlanta.  Just about one year ago we saw out current home for the first time.  It was the third of forty homes we would see…and I knew it was “the one”.

If I get to shoot it again I’ll try for the hyperfocal effect..but for now the hint of Spring color on a warm later winter day will have to do!  In this shot I wanted the heavy bokeh and got it instead of hyperfocal.

Techies…K-5 with 60-250 set at 153mm ( 229mm in 35mm terms), F4.5 and 1/400 @ ISO200.

-ehw

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Friday Night Family

Doing the dishes with your girl can draw out a cute smile!

Doing the dishes with your girl can draw out a cute smile!

By Friday I am smoked.  Coming home from work all I could think of was getting dinner down and crashing.  As God would have it I walked into the kitchen with four kids all doing their assigned tasks (table setting, feeding baby, getting water) while Mom and the five year old boy spoke to Grandma on the phone about his Valentine card.   Somewhere in there dinner was almost done on the stove.  Each child broke away from their job one at a time to give me a hug before I put my work bags away and hang up my coat.  We had a great dinner, and then my daughter hopped to her newly assigned duty of clearing the kitchen with me.

The reason you see her smiling…is not because Dad was goofing off with his camera … but because I had her favorite music kicking on my iPad.  We trade turns choosing songs while we work.  It is sweet and fun to be able to enjoy my eldest daughter on nights like this..and let me remember why there was so much more than a nice nap waiting for me at home on Friday night.

For you techies…nothing fancy.  Just a snap with Mr. Pentax K-5, Sigma 17-50 zoomed out to 50mm  So on the crop it gives me a 75mm short telephoto compression effect.  I used a high contrast B&W conversion in Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 with a sepia tint.  I used a U-Point option here to increase the exposure on her face and skin…which of course helped remove some minor flaws just like they do with fancy smancy models.

-ehw

Overpass

A little 3rd Grade ingenuity

A little 3rd Grade ingenuity

You need to keep your smarts up when you want the trains to run on time!

This is what you get when you want to make sure you don’t cut through the wires with busy trains running over them.

Kalen wanted a few photos for his grand parents, and of course I wanted one to see if I could make something interesting out of a simple floorplan shot.

This was my fun shot…for the geeks I desaturated most color except for yellow and red. Then I threw a Kodachrome filter on it in Perfect Effects…and the camera was a simple Olympus ZX-1 point and shoot.

-ehw

Tow Truck

Last days driving his tow truck

Last days driving his tow truck…

Nothing wrong with this little tow truck…still got another 100K in these tires!  Just the driver is finally growing out of it!

With this shot I wanted to test the depth of field a telephoto would deliver.  I wanted the car and driver in focus, the background into bokeh.  Since the car is in this photo the long way, you have to make sure your depth of field covers more than the driver’s eyes.  In this case I went wanted from bumper to bumper.

I accomplished this by going f5.6 on an APS-C Pentax K-5 at 220mm (330mm equivalent 35mm).  I think it worked pretty well, let me know what you think!

-ehw