Bosque del Apache Workshop (Part 1)

As I mentioned in a recent post, last month Andi and I attended Rick Sammon's Bosque del Apache workshop. It was a great workshop in a beautiful locations, and we had a fantastic time.

We arrived a couple days before the workshop and spent some time going out to shoot on our own. One of the places we went was to the National Radio Astronomy Observatory's Very Large Array, near Magdelena, New Mexico. It was an awesome day in many ways, including the weather. We had sun, rain, sleet, snow, and hail! It was epic!

For an Arcanum photography challenge, I just post-processed ten photos from a single roll of film, and I chose a roll from our excursion to the VLA. Since I took the time to process and post the photos on The Arcanum site, I thought I'd go ahead and post them here, too.

By the way, Rick asked Andi and me to write a guest post for his weblog! I've written an initial draft and passed it along to Andi. I'm hopeful that she will polish it up, we'll add some photos, and get it to Rick in the near future. When that happens, I'll be sure to post something here. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that all goes well.

Rocky Fork Metro Park

Yesterday Andi and I visited Rocky Fork Metro Park for the first time. We went with a group of people from the Columbus Creative Photographers Meetup Group. The weather cooperated by being mostly overcast with some structure in the clouds. The clouds didn't seem to be moving very quickly, so I didn't bring along a tripod to try to do long exposures. I did bring along both my Fuji X-T1 and my Nikon FM3A. For the Fuji I had my 50-140mm f/2.8 and 16mm f/1.4 lenses and used the former for almost all my photos. The Nikon had the 50mm f/1.8 lens on it, and that was all I used, although I did have a 28mm f/2.8 in my bag.

I wanted to make some photos that I could submit to the Metro Parks administration for potential use in their newsletters, brochures, etc., so I set up the X-T1 to shoot both raw and black and white JPEG photos. The photos shown here are all from the black and white JPEG set. I only shot about 2/3 of a roll of Ilford HP5+ film, so that is still in the camera waiting for the next adventure.

OneLight (Part 1)

As part of my apprenticeship in The Arcanum I've been watching Zach Arias's OneLight (v2) workshop videos and then trying out many of the lighting ideas. So far I've been doing this practical part by making self portraits. Making self portraits has added some more complication to the process of learning to light, but since I haven't yet found any volunteers to sit for me, it seems worth the effort. I'm about half way through the videos, so it seems like a good time to show some of the results. I shot all of these photos using my Fujifilm X100T and one or two LumoPro 160 flashes.

60" bounce umbrella

60" bounce umbrella

24x24" soft box

24x24" soft box

Gridded flash

Gridded flash

24x24" soft box and a second gridded flash pointed at the background

24x24" soft box and a second gridded flash pointed at the background


60" bounce umbrella, partially closed

60" bounce umbrella, partially closed

28x28" soft box

28x28" soft box

24x24" soft box and a second gridded flash to provide fill and rim light on the left side of my head

24x24" soft box and a second gridded flash to provide fill and rim light on the left side of my head

Another Top Ten for 2014

There are many ways to pick one's top ten photos. In my first 2014 top ten post, I chose ten of my favorite photos. In this post I'm going to show my top ten photos based on the number of views they've received on Flickr as of today, January 7th, 2015. Why Flickr? Because that's the web site where my photos seem to get noticed the most, probably because I've been posting photos there longer than other sites.

It really amazes me how many times some of these photo have been viewed. Some of them really make me wonder because I don't think they're very good. I guess other people have different opinions, but in my opinion this is especially the case for the #1 photo, which is #1 by a very wide margin. I just don't get it.

So here they are in order from #10 to #1.

10. Delaware Arts Festival (11,105 views)

9. A House Divided 6 (11,433 views)

8. Joe, Who is Not a Spider (11,449 views)

7. Harley Hound (13,595 views)

6. A House Divided 26 (13,735 views)

5. A House Divided 20 (14,384 views)

4. A House Divided 1 (15,166 views)

3. A House Divided 21 (15,622 views)

2. A House Divided 27 (22,678 views)

1. Cone Flowers and Bokeh (37,125 views)