Blue Monday

I have been dying to use that title since I edited this image. I have been sitting on it just so I could use it on a Monday.

The image itself is of the guy who works for me. I usually point a new camera, lens, or flash at him. Most of the images are looks of hate or inappropriate gestures. In fact, the next image that had him exposed shows him glaring at me. I just liked the silhouette effect with the blue coming in from window. Enjoy.

Blue Monday

Take to the Water

I went back to the water pictures I shot now that I am not so attached to them and took a editing sledge hammer to them to get what I wanted out of them.  One of the things I noticed is that the 30mm Sigma has a bad habit of going weird on focusing mid-distance items.  It’s ok for up close and at distance but at mid-areas it gets a little fuzzy literally.  Enjoy

This is one time I wish I had a longer lens with me.  The ducks were just cruising the small lake.

Take to the Water

I wanted to mix in black and white work and make it monochrome just to show tones.  The reality is water isn’t that colorful and we all know grass is green.  I have a similar image later in this series shot on my Ricoh GR.  The difference between the two lenses is noticeable when you pixel peep them.

Take to the Water

Just liked how the setting sun made the image warmer with its tones.

Take to the Water

Similar to the earlier picture but shot on the wider lens I could not decide which version I liked better so you get both.

Take to the Water

I really liked the shadows here and the wind causing the water to ripple.

Take to the Water

This one is print worthy.  This was all the camera and this is where the Sigma 30mm really shines.  I dropped the exposure compensation a stop I think since I don’t have a neutral density filter that fits the Sigma.  Extremely pleased with the image.

Take to the Water

Thumbs Up! It’s Friday!

It seemed appropriate for a Friday.  He was a barber at the Baltimore Tattoo Convention and yes they were really cutting hair.  He was next to the free rum sample booth.  I think we were both very happy by that point.

Thumbs Up! Its Friday!

Baltimore Tattoo Convention Part 1

Went to the Baltimore Tattoo Convention on Saturday and shoot a whole load of images.  I’ll break it up so people don’t get overwhelemed with people getting inked.  For inquiring minds, no I didn’t get any work done.  I am too cheap to pay US prices on tattoos.  I get them done by my guy in Thailand.

Baltimore Tattoo Convention

For those of you un initiated in the tattoo arts that back piece is likely months worth of work.  Looks like the guy was going to add color.

Baltimore Tattoo Convention

I have never seen so many face tattoos in one place but I guess I was at a tattoo convention.

Baltimore Tattoo Convention

This is a typical I’m getting a tattoo look.  You are bored a good chunk of the time.

Baltimore Tattoo Convention

Baltimore Tattoo Convention

Baltimore Tattoo Convention

Outlining.  The blue stuff is the template they lay down to work off of.  It’s essentially mimeograph paper.

Baltimore Tattoo Convention

 

 

Hair of the Dog

This is really an old picture from Prague.  I wasn’t what you called an enthusiastic traveler to the city.  I went with a friend and the photos reflect that I wasn’t thrilled to be there.  I am debating on redoing all the images I took and finally editing them down into something cohesive but thats when I finally get around to it.  Until then I was inspired to finally publish this picture because Spike over at Pattaya Days published a pig picture that reminded me of this one so I dug it out and did some editing. I figured if Spike could post a pig shot I could post a dog shot.

For inquiring minds this was shot on my first DSLR ever the Canon XSi and the most craptastic lens ever the Tamron 18-200.  I thought $500 was a serious investment in a camera when I bought.  I have a single lens that cost 3 times that now.  I really need to take up knitting or something else that is cheap.

Hair of the Dog

Metal Life

You would never guess it if you saw me that am a metal music fan but if you pay attention to some of the post titles its a bit of a tip off.  Anyways I had an opportunity to go to a concert and shoot all the acts with the final being the mighty Anvil.  These were just some random shots.  The band on stage that you see is Martyrd.  While metal heads may look like the scariest people on the planet they really are some of the nicest.  They would move for me to get shots and were very conscience that I had several thousand dollars in gear slung around me so when spontaneous moshing (slamming into each other) broke out no one came near me and they just happily beat the hell out of each other.

Metal Life
Judas Priest – British Steel album cover.
Throw your horns up and show them whose metal!
Throw your horns up and show them whose metal!
Metal Life
Bang your head!
Metal Life
Likely my most favorite pic from the event.
Whiplash!  Props if you get that reference and I'm not talking medical condition.
Whiplash! Props if you get that reference and I’m not talking medical condition.