A Few More Ways of Looking At A Palm Tree

December 26th, 2012

Last year I started work on a project called 13 Ways of Looking At a Palm Tree. Seems I’m still working. Here are the latest candidates for the final sort.

Kauai – 2012

December 23rd, 2012

Some recent views of Kauai.

Peru – A Final Few

September 23rd, 2012

Here are a final few from Peru. First two are in the countryside.

A street scene in Cusco.

A glass plate from the Martin Chambi Archives.

Peru – Colca Canyon Area

September 22nd, 2012

From Arequipa we made our way to the Colca Canyon area, first Chivay and then Puno. Here we are at the highest point, 15,967 feet.

Colca Canyon itself is the deepest in the world. We went to see the condors but I found this cross instead.

Both Chivay and Puno are above 12,000 feet and by the time we got to an island in Lake Titicaca, at around 12,500 I was on oxygen. I can report that Lake Titicaca is beautiful but have no photos to document it. We discussed leaving for a lower altitude but by the next morning I was somewhat better so we decided to forge ahead to Lampa, a small village with a fascinating church, La Iglesia Santiago Apostol. Loved seeing a bicycle parked below one of the stations of the cross and imagined someone doing the stations on the bicycle.

But the highlight of the church was an authorized replica of the pieta mounted on a giant marble sphere.

Peru – Arequipa

September 22nd, 2012

Arequipa is a beautiful Spanish colonial city whose historic center has been designated a UNESCO world heritage site. It is also at about 7500 feet. Just high enough to make me a little whoozy. The following images were shot at the Convent of Santa Catalina, founded in 1579. It is a beautiful and otherworldly city all by itself.

Peru – Lima

September 21st, 2012

Sometimes it happens. Your best plans are thwarted. We planned our trip to Peru for 10 months and eagerly looked forward to festivals in several small mountain villages and, of course, Machu Picchu. We hoped to take wonderful heart-stopping photographs. Instead I developed severe altitude sickness and things went downhill from there. After the first few days I felt rotten and we ended up having to come home early, missing the festivals and Machu Picchu. So my images of Peru are not what I expected. But here they are. The first few are from Lima (which is at sea level – I like sea level).

We were fascinated by paragliders jumping off a cliff right in the middle of the city. But I can’t decide which of the following two images I prefer.

Later we went to a fishing area in the city. Here are two images from that site. The pelicans were crazy.

Next up: Arequipa.

In the Neighborhood

June 30th, 2012

I am currently working on a set of images that I am calling In the Neighborhood. They are all shot within a short walk of our house and in some instances are things people walk by every day. The goal is to show them in a different way, to make the viewer stop and look at them again and wonder what they are, or where they are, or what it means. I’ve already posted a few of these.

Here are a few more.

Going Small – Part 3

May 24th, 2012

It finally arrived 2 weeks ago, just before my trip to Houston. By now the Olympus OM-D has been widely reviewed and has been hailed by some as a breakthrough camera, the best of the new mirrorless offerings. Here’s what it looks like next to by Canon 5D Mark ii (image taken with my iphone camera):

It is a beauty to look at and, at 13 ounces for the body, a joy to carry. The camera is so light compared to the big boy next to it that the body plus the three lens I got to use with it together weigh less than the body of the Canon all by itself. I can carry it all day without any strain.

Much has been made of the cost of this camera, which at $999 for the body alone is pricey for a 4/3 camera. Here’s how I justified it. I needed a second camera (OK, I wanted a second camera) and I could either buy the new Canon 5D Mark iii or go for a different system. This camera with three terrific lens plus the cute little braided leather strap together cost less than the new Canon. Plus it reminded me of my first serious camera. Think I mentioned that in an earlier post.

When the camera first arrived Lightroom was not yet available for images taken with this camera so my initial shots are JPEGs. The image on the right is the first one I took. It is a JPEG, right out of the camera, no post-processing. I shot it at very low light levels, wide open. I was impressed with how sharp the image is and how well the camera captured the lighting from Bob’s iphone. I was also impressed that even with a low shutter speed there was no camera shake. Thank you, Olympus, for the internal stabilization.

Later, in Houston, I took the camera to the playground to see what I could do with playing children. My grandson was happy to oblige with a scary face. Another low light situation and another JPEG.

A few days later Lightroom made it possible to process images from the Olympus so I ungraded, changed over to RAW, which I typically shoot, and went out to the Port of Houston with my son and the Olympus 12mm lens. Here is what I found:

The Port of Houston, by the way, is the second largest port in the country and well worth a look if you’re ever in that neck of the woods. In the full size of the image above you can read every word on every sign.

So after two weeks I’m in love. The Olympus OM-D is light, stylish, and very very capable. It’s fun to shoot and so far I’m impressed with its performance. ¬†For now I’m also keeping my Canon. For now.

Aloha From Kauai

May 4th, 2012

Last week I was in Kauai. Each morning I took a walk and tried to capture something new. Here are a couple from the week.

This next is a picture of ironwood trees that have been shaped by the wind. Their purpose is to serve as a wind barrier and to prevent soil erosion.

On the morning I left we had rain followed by – what else – rainbows. The following was taken with my iphone. No processing.

Going Small – Part 2 3/4

May 4th, 2012

I stopped by my local camera store today to get the latest word on the Olympus OM-D. You will recall when last I wrote that they were saying that the silver model would be out in early to mid May. So today there is good news and bad news. The good news is that they actually have a black model that I could look at, even hold. It is lovely! The bad news is that they are now predicting delivery in early June! Apparently they have received four times the number of orders they expected. Guess I’m not the only one in love.