Posts tagged “Fujifilm

Downtown with the Unexpected (Two Photographs)

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I saw a group of cab drivers standing around staring at a tree, turned out to be a female downy woodpecker. This is the first time I have seen a bird like this, or for that matter any interesting birds in the concrete jungle. This reminds me I have to send a note to the Museum of Nature to suggest they put decals on their windows so the sparrows don’t fly into them, sends an ironic message about a nature museum.


A Certain part of Town (Three Photographs)

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I’ve been wandering the streets when I can to capture the things that catch my eye. I was on my way to lunch when I took these in a well off, if not the toniest part of town (the latter make it difficult by having no sidewalks or parking, but I’ll get there). It’s a part of town that has “new” in it preceding a British name, and the area photographed here reminded me of New England, a sort of reiteration of an iteration. Nice homes, friendly people who stopped to talk, overall a worthwhile experience for my camera and I.


Looking Back at Brutalism (Two Photographs)

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The architectural expression “brutalism” comes from Le Courboiser’s love of “brut” meaning raw and specifically raw concrete. Some called it late 60’s mid 70‘s modern. I always associated it with Leaders who wanted to look strong. The first photo is of a recently renovated federal building that used to be an insurance company. The inside has mosaics and other brash ornamentation that is a wonder to look at, completely at odds with the exterior you see here. The second is part of an old hospital and this part of the building seems to have been bolted on in an expansion of the building. Exteriors can be deceiving but certainly an interesting photographic subject.

 


Nobody Buys Black and White Postcards… (Two Photographs)

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In antique shops they sell old black and white postcards, sometimes used. But on the postcard racks in tourist shops I have not seen black and white postcards for some time. I have seen some greeting cards and some clearly colorized black and white postcards, but no scenic black and whites. One can guess they began disappearing when color was cost effective. In my view many of the more scenic postcards would look better in black and white.


A Mural with Birds (Two Photographs)

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This is one of the best murals in town and it’s in a vacant lot on a main street, often used for festivals. I have not captured the entire mural simply because I wanted some of the buildings visible behind it, as well as the pigeons going about their business. There is a connection between new and old here that is somewhat reassuring for those us not as keen on modern glass.


That Walk (Three Photographs)

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My wife and I took a long walk along the river looking for birds, without any luck. I thought I would do some landscapes and decided to bracket them for possible HDR treatment. I selected this tree and for one reason or another HDR, combining the five shots, did not work. The first photograph is the middle shot of the bracket, with no exposure compensation and very little editing. The second photo is the same shot but this time the white balance has been corrected. The third photo, the B&W is based on the white balance adjusted photo. I would have led with the second or third, but I wanted to show the impact of white balance on this kind of photo. The effect is most pronounced on the path and hedge close to the path. 


Mood Part 2 (Two Photographs)

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On a day when the clouds were taking their time deciding to rain, I got these two shots within a few feet of each other. I wanted to make the point that mood is not just a factor of black and white but also color. I was looking for a London fog look (but not with a preset). I just took advantage of the light and a slightly lower exposure. Both photos while slightly edited, are essentially out of camera.