Bryce Canyon Clouds Rising Panorama

Stormy Bryce Canyon Panorama

The one thing I have not struggled to adapt to in my transition from an Android phone to an iPhone is the camera. Specifically, the panorama feature of the new camera app. I added a little contrast and vibrance to this in Photoshop but the out of phone image looked pretty good on it’s own. Be sure and click on this one to see it larger, the image is over 7,000 pixels wide and worth every bit of screen real estate you can give it.

Bryce Canyon Clouds Rising Panorama

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Eye Detail

Eyeing the Details

I have not had much time with the new Sony a99 but used it for a lighting test yesterday along with the Sony 100mm f2.8 macro lens. They are quite a nice combination. In my brief experience with Sony’s new flagship full-frame digital camera I have been quite impressed. Noise up to ISO 6400 is either non-existent (the lower end) or completely useable and acceptable (the upper end). Even jpeg images at ISO 6400 straight out of the camera are useable. This shot was just to take a glance at the detail capabilities of this particular lens. I’m very happy with it as the sharpness is quite nice. I’m hoping to spend more time getting to know the Sony a99 in December and will write more about my experience with it then. For now, enjoy a little detail shot of one of my favorite human organs (on one of my favorite humans).

Eye Detail

I intentionally placed the light in a location that put it across from the beautiful brown streak as if it is pointing the viewer in that direction but also where the catchlight itself was fully within the iris. Lighting was a Paul C. Buff Alien Bee 800 in a silver beauty dish with diffuser sock to camera left.

Sax Man and K9 Companion

Something New Looms on the Horizon

I won’t divulge any secrets just yet, but something new is looming on the horizon. For those that have loyally and patiently waited through a drawn out period of medical intermissions and general inactivity, that should hopefully be changing soon. As regular readers have already noticed, I’ve managed a few posts more frequently than in the past. I’ve been very busy in meat space (and still dealing with the medical issues – like a trusty dog, they will always be with me), but am preparing to embark on a new chapter in life and a new adventure. In preparation for this I’ve had to learn lots of new things (my transition from Linux to Windows was short lived, I’m writing this on a Mac – kind of feel like I sold me soul, not because Apple is evil, but because I went all in). In addition to this change I’ve also been eying a different camera system for the past few months. While I have loved my Olympus cameras I have found myself at a crossroads being torn between my love for them and my imaging needs. While I’m sure the two will never completely align they’ve reached a point where something had to give. I will keep posting and occasionally drop subtle hints at what is coming, so don’t give up on me, it’s just that I can only manage so many things at a time.

Sax Man and K9 Companion

Sax Man and K9 Companion

Galaxy Carhop

Galaxy Carhop

Somewhere along the route to Bryce Canyon National Park we came along the Galaxy Diner. We had already eaten breakfast so we missed out on the steak & eggs deal but I still had to capture this unique looking joint. It’s too bad the horrible banner signs and old plastic cafe sign hide the fantastic Galaxy Diner neon that is on the front of the building. The carhop definitely gets your attention as you are bopping through town (if you could call Hatch, Utah a town – population 133).

Galaxy Carhop

Galaxy Carhop

Galaxy Diner

Galaxy Diner

Yellow Shag

Yellow Shag

From my series, Out the Car Window. Yes, we could have stopped and gotten a better image, but I don’t want to be like everybody else (and wouldn’t have had such a great shot for this series). Besides, I was in a lot of pain and it had been a long hard journey thus far, I didn’t need any more complications.

Yellow Shag

Old Time

Old Timey

Feeling a little nostalgic and having inundated you with landscapes I thought I’d throw a street portrait from Chandler’s 100 Years 100 Artists celebration. If only I had captured this a fraction of a second earlier so his hat wasn’t partially obscuring the last ‘s’ in the Saba’s sign. If I had to describe Saba’s Western Store in one word it would be heritage (i.e.: something that has been handed down by tradition).

Old Time

An old time photo in front of an old time store.

Reflected

Reflected

Sometimes it’s not the car that draws my eye, it’s what I see on the car.

Reflected

Folks enjoying a beautiful afternoon at the Route 66 Days charity car show in Flagstaff, Arizona.