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Monday, February 29, 2016

The Squirrrel Feeder

      

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This Squirrel Feeder was made by one of our Grandsons (Ethan) for his NanNan. It gets plenty of use as the Squirrels will come by for food and what is left the birds drop by for a snack. It is a daily occurrence and gives us plenty of entertainment.

Ethan, you did a wonderful job on this... Thanks...



Friday, February 26, 2016

Jump Shot - Youth Sports With A Point & Shoot

      
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Even in old age I still do a reasonable amount of Youth Sports Photography. While I use a DSLR for much of my work, when indoors, I like to use my Fuji X20. I have had this little P&S for a little over a year now and I really enjoy it. BTW, this is just my personal opinion.

Because of arthritis in the thumb portion of my left hand, holding a camera for a long period of time creates a good deal of pain. I do not use a tripod because I like to move around and shoot quickly from different angles. So, after a couple of hours shooting I just want to hang it up.

However, with this little X20 I can use it for indoor sports and I do get quite a few good images. The camera is light, fast and gives decent photos at higher ISO's. This image here was taken at 1/250 sec at f/2.8 with an ISO of 1250. Also, in this older gym at a Y no one but players and coaches are allowed down around the court and everyone else has to sit on a balcony that runs around the gym.

In this photo I was at the opposite end of the gym up on the balcony and I had the X20 zoomed into an equivalent focal length of 112mm. Even at that range, zoomed in, and taken indoors this little camera gives me the photos that I want and need. And, more important, when the game is over, my hand does not hurt as much as if I had used my DSLR with an 85mm on it.

The point being, you can use a Point & Shoot camera for indoor sports, if it is fast, has decent image quality and is almost as responsive as a DSLR... and if you have good knowledge of the game and know when and where to concentrate on the action. I usually get more keepers than I throw away...



Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Last Winter Photo..... Little Icicles

      
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This is one of the last photos I have taken of Winter snow and icicles. Hopefully this will be the last Winter photo that I had the chance to take. I am definitely ready for Spring and, even though I like snow, I am now tired of it and just want it to get warm, green and flowery...


Monday, February 22, 2016

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

A Bistro Table Waiting For Spring

      
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She just sits there. Silently waiting for the warmth of Spring to arrive. Looking for the large umbrella to be put into place and becoming inviting once again to those who will sit at her side and enjoy being in her presence once again...





Monday, February 15, 2016

Snow On A Doormat

      
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It was quite interesting how just enough snow had fallen to cover the rough portion of the doormat and left the more rubbery area uncovered. It made the design of the mat stand out even more prominently.

A photo like this is made just for black & white photography...


Friday, February 12, 2016

Nestled In A Snow Bank

       
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Finally, the snow has melted enough that lawn ornaments are starting to become visible once again. I love the snow but I am starting to look forward to Spring as well... Go figure... :-)


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

In The Swing At One

       
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Another photo from an Ektachrome slide taken back in 1976. The colors are full, but not saturated and quite nice looking. Skin color is right on and this was taken on an overcast day.

While it was more expensive, I do miss shooting with film. Nothing taken with a digital camera cannot match the quality of film. Yes, I do realize that these are different means of capturing images and that very few people would go back to film, and I do not blame them. Secretly, though, if I could afford it - I would go back...


Monday, February 8, 2016

Andy - Spring Of 1976

       
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In the Spring of 1976 I took this photo of Andy on Kodak Ektachrome. Andy was not yet one, but would soon be in a few months. The colors of Ektachrome, as I said before, I like better than the colors of Kodachrome. Ektachrome had more subdued colors but yet full in nature and not as saturated as Kodachrome. I really liked this film.




Friday, February 5, 2016

When TV Screens Were Still In B&W

       

Our TV still had a B&W TV screen. Channels were few and there were no satellite channels. What reception we did have was in B&W. We were about to move to another city so, even though there were Color sets on the market, we were waiting until after we moved to see what was available and how many channels were in color.

The next year we did have a new color TV and we never looked back. Until now. Although all the channels were in B&W our kids, all two of them, enjoyed watching TV but they really did not spend that much time indoors. Certain kids programs were allowed and maybe some other shows were allowed when they could not get outside or when they were sick. However, no matter the program they always enjoyed the show they were watching. Even if it was in B&W.

It would be interesting to see how kids of today would be if they only had TV's with B&W screens available. I bet they would be the same, especially if they had no choice. BTW, this was in the mid 70's...

Scanned image from an Ektachrome Slide...


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Mikki At Three

       
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Been putting off this project for a long time now; scanning in my slides from the 70's and the 80's. This is a scanned image from an Ektachrome 64 slide. This is from 1976.

I think I will do a few more images from the past over the next few weeks while I am scanning in the hundreds of images that I have. I really do love images from film and slides. While others liked Kodachrome, and I do have numerous ones myself, I preferred Ektachrome more. Just loved the colors better; suited my taste.

I would imagine that there may be some of you who have never really seen that many images from slides so I hope to give you a nice little trip into the past from family and client photos from the 70's and 80's.

Let me know what you think and if you have any questions please let me know...



Monday, February 1, 2016