The photographic explorations of a former film student.

Adventures

Festival Car Show

I didn’t make it to the fireworks this 4th of July, but I did check out the festivities at a nearby small town. This festival had a car show, which is one of my favorite events to photograph. Old cars have so much beauty, detail, and style.

 

Hood ornaments and other markings showing the make and model are always of interest. I was particularly taken with this bird.

 

birdornament

 

This Pontiac symbol made for a nice symmetrical shot. It was also a great subject to play with split toning. I kept it close to the actual color of the car.

 

PurplePontiac

 

I also liked the shapes and colors on this 442.

442

 

Headlights and tail lights have a lot of character as well.

taillight

headlight

chromedetail

blackheadlight

 

This time, I had a favorite car in the show: a Corvette Stingray in this beautiful blue color. What a car!

stingrayhood

stingrayback

 

 


Fruit in Carbonated Liquid

I finally tried my hand at photographing fruit floating in a clear carbonated liquid. Now I know why I had trouble finding examples of these shots on-line. They’re not as easy as they look. After I got past the matter of shooting through glass, I had to get the fruit to float. The cherries sank to the bottom, then after a short while, they rose to the top and floated. Transit from the two points was swift. It was also difficult to guess where in the middle the fruit would be and focus for it. Fireworks are easier. In the end, I got a few good shots of the cherries in their preferred locations.

floatingcherry

threecherries

Next, I tried the classic slice of citrus. The lime slice, naturally, wanted to go horizontal and rise to the top. I used tongs to flip it and press it against the side of the pitcher. This necessitated extra retouching, but it worked. Very refreshing.

limeslice

This is one of these projects I’ll probably research some more and come back to in a few months, just to see if I can do better. In the meantime, anyone else out there tried this? Any tips would be appreciated.

Next Time: 4th Festivities or Macro


Visit to a Popular Park

Last week, I loaded up my gear and headed to one of the most acclaimed state parks within reasonable driving distance. Since it was such a nice day, my father and his gear also came along for the ride. We quickly decided this park was way too busy for us. Both of us are used to going out in parks where we only pass a few hikers here and there. Not so at this park. There was a constant stream of people from every ethnic group and age group you could imagine. The sights were amazing, but the morning sun wasn’t flattering anything. I took a few shots of the rock formations and we moved on.

rockformations

damprockandlichen

In one canyon, there was a hanging vine illuminated by a ray of sunlight. I saw a photo I wanted, but it was dark and the vine was moving in a gentle breeze. The ISO on this shot was much higher than I’d normally use, but this is the closest I was able to get to the shot I wanted.

vine

Unfortunately, our lack of familiarity with the park and a crowded parking lot resulted in us spending a lot of time trying to find the correct parking lot and our car so we could do something about water and food. We were pretty exhausted when we finally found the car, being that we’d hiked quite a distance on steep trails, dad had spent the last night working on the lawnmower, and I was carrying about 15 lbs. of gear. (Since he is a view camera guy, dad had left his equipment in the car until he found a shot with good lighting.)

After lunch, it was overcast. I decided that would make better lighting conditions for one of the waterfalls than what we’d seen in the morning. Dad still wasn’t sure it would work for him, but we agreed to head for the nearest waterfall and check it out. I took a few shots in the overcast lighting. Dad considered how the coming summer solstice would impact lighting and at what time of day he’d be likely to get the best shot. Yes, I think we’ll be coming to this park again, maybe after school is back in session and not so many families are out on vacation.

waterfall

lowerfall

Next Time: Fruit in Bubbly

I’ve been thinking about trying the fruit in club soda thing lately, so I may as well actually do it.