Friday, December 25, 2009

The Photo


The Photo
Originally uploaded by Albert K.
I had to take this photo twice. The first shot was very blurry so I shot it again. Shot with my Canon 50mm 1.8 prime lens with my flash bouncing off the low ceiling. That's my nephew DJ with the video camera.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Engrossed


Engrossed
Originally uploaded by Albert K.
I couldn't resist taking this photo of my friend's daughter. She was watching a movie on a PSP or some other portable device.
So what is wrong with this photo? Well, there are quite a few distracting elements in it and I wish I would have framed it better because the corner of the chair in the bottom right hand corner is quite annoying. I would have cropped it digitally but the resolution is so low that I would lose a whole lot of quality. Hindsight is always 20/20 they say, so next time I'll be more careful. Also, it is not a very high resolution photo seeing as I took it with my iPhone, which is advertised as being only 2MP.
So what is right with this photo? I think the black and white really made it a little less distracting, but also I wish I would have gotten a little closer and maybe focused on just the girl and the chair.
I am disappointed this photo didn't turn out like I hoped, however, I am happy with what I did get and I have learned a few things from it.

The Keys


The Keys
Originally uploaded by Albert K.
I found this great shot yesterday and snapped it with my iPhone. There are some strong lines in this photo that really draw you into it, which is why I like it so much. I didn't originally shoot in black and white, but when you have such a simple tonal range it's usually better give black and white a shot. I have found that many of my photos that do not look good in color look simply amazing in black and white because it minimizes the distractions in the shot.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Oh Starbucks, you've always been there for me

I took this photo with my iPhone and used a great free app called BWCamera Free. I am pleasantly surprised at the iPhone's camera capabilities and quality. I have never had so much fun shooting with a cell phone camera. I am seriously considering doing a 365 Project using nothing but my iPhone. I've wanted to do something like that for a long time, but most of the time I don't have my camera with me, or it's too big to lug around, which is why I am considering getting a higher end point-and-shoot or a digital rangefinder. But as I have come to find out, they usually want money for this high tech stuff. Well, I suppose it's worth it.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Morning Glory


Morning Glory
Originally uploaded by Albert K.

You know, a lot of people know exactly what it is they are shooting. I have no freakin' idea what the name of this flower is, or most of the flowers I shoot. I could figure it out with a simple google search, but I guess my question is, does it matter?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Selfishness


Selfishness
Originally uploaded by Albert K.
This photo was inspired by The Hand. I had just gotten my new Canon 50mm F1.8 lens and I had always wanted to experiment with a shallow depth of field. When I saw The Hand I really wanted to try a shot like it. It didn't turn out exactly how I wanted it to, but I think I achieved my goal. I will probably be messing around with this type of shot more in the future.

Out My Front Door


Out My Front Door
Originally uploaded by Albert K.

They say that the best camera is the one that you have with you. I couldn't agree more. I took this photo in 2 seconds as I walked out my front door to go to work this morning. It's a beautiful sunrise, and to tell you the truth, I am too lazy to pull my DSLR out of my bag and shoot just this one shot. However, my iPhone does a great job of shots on the run. I never thought I would be using my phone to take such great pictures. I encourage you to take advantage of that little feature on your phone and start taking more pictures.
Make your camera easily accessible in your phone with shortcuts, and find a way to be able to upload them to your computer. Most cameras on cell phones don't look very good when they are on that tiny little screen, but once you get them on your computer they really look much better.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Reminders of You


Reminders of You
Originally uploaded by Albert K.
The twinkle of the stars,
Reminds me of the twinkle in your eyes,
And the glow from your smile,
Reminds me of the glow from the sunrise.
The raindrops that fall around me,
Remind me of the tears that I cry,
And the happiness you bring me,
Reminds me of the sun in the sky.
It's so hard to get you off my mind,
I'm not sure what I should do,
Because every moment of the day,
Is a reminder of you.

www.poemofquotes.com/members/love-poetry/reminders_of_you

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Falling On


Falling On
Originally uploaded by Albert K.
My first Explore Photo! This photo turned quite a few heads; many more than I expected. I can see now why people like it though. The diagonal lines in the background and the fact that the leaves are falling into a dark space really sets the picture off and follows the rule of thirds.
My main goal with this photo was to catch the leaves falling to the ground almost like a snowflake. I had my friend Jamie throw the leaves in the air while I tried to photograph them. It didn't turn out the way I thought but was still a success. I look at this photo and try to see what people like about it and then incorporate it into my current photography.

High-Key Self-Portrait


Glowing Self-Portrait
Originally uploaded by Albert K.
Blown out light from a window behind me helped me to make this shot possible. I positioned myself about 10 feet away from the window with my back turned toward it. I then setup the tripod about 3 feet in front of me and opened up the lens. It was hard to focus this shot with nothing to focus it on, so I had to improvise and focus on the stool and hope it turned out. The great thing about digital is the fact that you can learn from your mistakes right away and take the steps to correct them. Happy Shooting!

Good Read


Good Read
Originally uploaded by Albert K.
I love this photo! I took it with my iPhone on accident and it really impacted me. The exposure and lighting turned out really good for a camera phone, but I think I really like the black background the best. What do you think?

Beaming Light


Beaming Light
Originally uploaded by Albert K.
I really like the light beams that come from haze or smoke. I took this photo with my iPhone, which is cool because you can set the exposure and focus by touching the screen where you want the camera to meter from.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Trona Pinnacles


Tufa Sunset
Originally uploaded by Albert K.

Boy that was a cold and windy night. A fellow photo enthusiast Ron Pearl went out to catch the moon setting over the Trona Pinnacles early 2009. I was able to catch this photo at sunset before we got to the real action.

More information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trona_Pinnacles

Walker Pass


Walkers Pass
Originally uploaded by Albert K.
Information taken from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walker_Pass

It was charted as route through the Sierra in 1834 by Joseph Reddeford Walker, a member of the Bonneville Expedition who learned of it from Native Americans. Walker returned through the pass in 1843, leading an immigrant wagon train into California. In 1845 the military surveying expedition of John C. Fremont used the pass. He suggested it be named after Walker.

It is the highest point on State Route 178. Aside from the paved road, the pass is essentially unaltered since Walker mapped it in 1834.

Between Walker Pass and Tioga Pass, several hours drive to the north, there is only one paved road for automobiles to cross over the Sierra Nevada mountains (Sherman Pass Road). All roads between Walker Pass and Carson Pass (State Route 88), over 200 miles (320 km) in distance, are subject to extended closure by winter snowfall. Walker Pass is sometimes closed due to snowfall, but due to its lower elevation these closures are for brief periods.

Walker Pass can also be closed, especially during winter, due to rock falls. Road conditions are reported by Caltrans or local radio stations. Rock slides and falling rocks are a danger, and care should be taken at all times of the year. Highway 178 is a narrow, twisting two lane road for most its entire length through the Sierras. For this reason, most east-west traffic utilizes the much lower, four lane State Route 58 through Tehachapi Pass, located about one hour's drive to the south.

Tourists visiting Death Valley, and the Kern River Resort areas often enjoy the drive through Walker Pass.