Saturday, July 31, 2010

D304: Bourbon Chicken

Served with spaghetti, mustard greens, potato salad and dinner rolls.  Dessert was carrot cake. I wanted to shoot all the dishes, but it was already dinner time and I knew that was out of the question. : )

Book:  Read page 211 "Cultural Sensitivity: Research and ask Questions"

Images:  Viewed images by Rick Wezenaar

Friday, July 30, 2010

D303: Roma

Book:  Read pages 208 to 210 " Photographing Culture"

Images: Viewed images in Food and Wine Magazine.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

D302: Be Here Now

I saw these charms sitting in a dish at a friend's house. The message: Live in the present.

Book:  Read pages 204 to 207 "Shoot the Details"

Images:  Viewed images by Don Smith.  Beautiful landscape images.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

D301: Colors

Book: Read pages 200 to 203 "Shoot the big Stuff"

Images:  Viewed images in Outdoor photography magazine.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

D300: Combination

Or Numbers

Book:  Read pages 198 to 200 "Creating Depth with Layers"

Images: Viewed images in PhotographyBB magazine

Monday, July 26, 2010

D299: Snaps

Ginger Snaps from TJ's

Book:  Read pages 193 to 198  "Landscapes"

Images:  Viewed images in this  month Vegetarian Times.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

D298: Time for a New Drive

 It has about 8gb of space left.     I  traced the letters using my mouse and underexposed  to make them more visible, so they're a little jagged.

Book:  Read pages 191 to 193 "Adding Scale"

Images:  Viewed   more images in flick's DrivenVision group

Saturday, July 24, 2010

D297: My Favorite Model

No one was available to pose for a portrait today, so I turn to my favorite model, Busy Bee.   Ever the willing participant and oh so cute.

Book:  Read pages 188 to 191 "Adding the Human Element"

Images:  Viewed more images in Flickr's Vision drive group.

Friday, July 23, 2010

D296: Last Piece

 I tuned in to David Duchemin's web cast today and forgot to take my picture of the day.   There was one slice of Chocolate Cheesecake left.   So I took a picture of it then I ate it.  : )

Book:  Read page 186 "Seek it Mine It"

Images: Viewed images in Flickr's Vision driven pool.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

D295: Veggie cheesesteak with Fries

Busy day.   I didn't have time for much photography today so I photographed my lunch.   Ingredients: Mushrooms, Sweet and Hot Peppers, Cheese, Spinach, Grilled Onions on a Italian roll.

Book:  Read pages 185 to 186 "Making the Shot"

Images:  Viewed images in this month Food network magazine.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

D294: Little Princess

Fun photo shoot with my friend's granddaughter.   She was a bundle of energy and love having her picture taken.  These are a few of my favorite's

Book:  Read pages 182 to 184 "Iconic images in Mundane Places"

Images:  Viewed images in Black &White magazine

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

D293: Close-up

The eyes are not as sharp as I would like. 

Book:  Read pages 178 to 180 "Shooting Iconic Places"

Image:  Viewed images on Flickr

Monday, July 19, 2010

D292: Cherries and Melon

Book:  Read pages 173 to 178 "Be Present: Physical and Emotional Receptivity"

Images:  Viewed images in JPG magazine.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

D291: C

Book:  Read page 171 "The feel of place: Sensual Exploration"

Images:  Viewed images in this month edition of American Photo magazine

Saturday, July 17, 2010

D290: Aspire

A is for Aspire.    I aspire to be a photographer.  I played around with the different sliders in LR.

Book:  Read pages 170 to 171 "Slow Down"

Images:  Viewed images by product photographer Michael Jones.  Nice images and I  like his web layout. 

Friday, July 16, 2010

D289: Sucker

My plan was to take this image using a red sucker.  It was just my luck that the bag of suckers I bought contain 4 red suckers and all of them were broken.  : (

Book: Read pages 166  to 169 "Beyond the Postcard"

Images:  Viewed images in Photography BB magazine.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

D288: Strawberries

I went to the farmers market today.  Sampled the strawberries and they were so sweet.  I purchased two baskets along with some peaches and cherries.   I ate most of the cherries on the way home and I already  taken a picture of peaches a few weeks ago, so strawberries were the potd.


Book:  Read pages 160 to 165  "Be Prepared" 

Images:  Viewed images Rangefinder magazine.    This month's edition is all about portraits.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

D287: Chicken Tacos with Spicy Pickled Carrots and Onions

My friend Kira and I were out  this morning scouting locations for a photo shoot.   On our way home we stop by the taco truck for lunch.   She had the Tacos, I had a quesadilla.  Her  plate was more photogenic.  : )

Book:  Read pages 156 to 159 "Not-So-Great Expectations"

Images:  Viewed more images on flickr.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

D286: Gazing out the window

My three year old nephew was at the house today.   Got the camera and decided to take a few pictures of him, but he was not in the mood. All parents know how stubborn 3 year olds can be but I have a lot of patience.    I sat and played with him and his toy animals,   had cookies and juice then we took pictures of elmo.   During this time I was able to take a few good images of him.    The image below was snap while he was staring out the window, at what I don't know what he was looking at but I love the look on his face.   I  had fun.  : ) 

Book:  Read pages 154 and 155 "Scouting"

Images:  Viewed images in Flickr's  Portrait gallery

Monday, July 12, 2010

D285: Tonight's Dinner

Barbecue chicken wings, Garlic mashed potatoes and Green beans.

Book:  Read pages 152 and 153 "Research"

Images:  Viewed images in Outdoor Photography magazine.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

D284: Goddess

Glass is a hard subject to shoot, at least for me.  The shape of the  bottle was not an easy task and I still did not achieve the image I envisioned.  I have a question for the Photoshop users,  is there a quick way to PS out the stem in the middle of the bottle?  Comments and feedback welcome. 

Book:  Read page 150 "Photographing places"

Images:  Viewed images in flickr's "Light Science and Magic" group

Saturday, July 10, 2010

D283: Life Savers

  My plan today was to shoot some portraits but the client had to reschedule.   I was somewhat relieved because I was too tired to drive to the shoot location and the temperature today was in the 90's.  This had been a very long week.  I was laying across the bed eating gummy lifesavers thinking of another idea for my potd.   Ding!!!! light bulb came on.     I remember seeing this photo of 50 pieces of pez candy neatly align on a board like checkers.   What made this picture interesting was the photographer stood the candy  up on end.   The  photographer told me it took several hours to line up the candy in rows, no photoshop.   If you never had pez candy, they are no bigger than M&M's.  I wish I had a picture of the image, it was so worth the time and the lighting setup that she use was sweet! (no pun intended)  I didn't have 50 lifesavers but I had enough for a decent image.

Book:  Read pages 146 to 149  "Four More"

Images:  Viewed images on

Friday, July 9, 2010

D282: Pizza for One

Book:  Read pages 141 to 145 "Lighting Challenges on Location"

Images:  Viewed images in Flickr's  Food Photography Experience

Thursday, July 8, 2010

D281: Tea Time

I saw this cup and saucer sitting in a china cabinet at a friends house.  I thought it would make a nice product shot.  Shot with a available light.  I added a little contrast and clarity in LR2.  Comments and Feedback welcome.

Books:  Read pages 139 and 140 "Abstracting People"

Images:  Viewed images in Flickr's Product Photography group.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

D280: Veggie Buritto

Went to Chipotle Grill for lunch.   Order a Veggie burrito and chips. I took several images of the burrito whole, but I prefer this composition.  I probably should have remove the foil.   Too late, it's gone and it was delicious.   : )

Book:  Pages 131 to 138 "Candids vs. Portraits"

Images:  Viewed food images at Food Photo library

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

D279 Shawn 2

Book: Read pages pages 126 to 130 "Photographing the Elderly"

Images:  Viewed images in Flickr portrait group.

Monday, July 5, 2010

D278: Peaches

Another product shot using available light.  Almost straight from camera.  I added a little contrast to compensate for overexposing the background.  The background still has a grayish tone.  The smaller image is sooc.  Comments, feedback, suggestions welcome.

Book: Read pages 120 to125 "Photographing Children"

Images:  Viewed more food images at Vegetarian Magazine  website.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

D277: Number 3 with a Pepsi

While on my way to drop a friend off at work, we decided to stop at Taco Bell for a bite to eat.  He place one of his tacos on the dash board and I immediately saw my potd.  The background light was harsh due to the setting sun, so I pull the wrapper up to act as a  background.  He order three tacos but the other two were devoured before I could take the shot. Note: This is image is Straight from camera.  I cropped a little off the bottom where the car dashboard was visible.  No post processing.  My goal in taking this shot was learning to use what was available ( food wrapper, dashboard. getting in close).  comments and feedback welcome. 

Book:  Pages 116 to 118 "On Giving and Taking"

Images:  Viewed food images on epicurious website.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

D276: Ricky

Book:  Read pages 111 to 115 "Capturing Emotion"

Images:  Viewed images in Popular Photography Magazine.

Friday, July 2, 2010

D275: Chicken Ceasar Salad

More food images with natural light. I couldn't decide which one to post, so I posted my three favorites.  This month I will be shooting portraits and products.  I welcome your feedback and comments, as I'm still in the learning stages. 

Book:  Read pages 107 to 110 "The Eyes Have It"

Images:   Viewed images in Food Network Magazine.