orchid

orchid

I have missed posting for a long time and it’s my procrastination to blame. I have been shooting and I am finding myself not posting everything I shot but just a select few. Also, not to mention the fact that I have been watching a lot of anime. I recently caught up on Naruto Shippuden and now trying to catch up on Bleach. Well those shows are entertaining and very addictive compared to what my wife and daughter’s Korean soaps.

I believe I shot this orchid a few months ago. My wife bought an orchid and thought I setup some lights and practice. I was also looking for photos to frame and display in our upcoming show at Barnes and Noble at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. However, i already have 2 or 3 pictures to put up and each photographer is limited to up to three, probably in the next one.

About my lighting setup for those who are interested, i used a LumoPro 160 at 1/4 power inside a Paul C Buff’s 60″ parabolic umbrella with diffusion on and i exposed for the flower. I used Sony Alpha 850 with Sony 100 mm F/2.8 macro lens (F/4 at 1/250 sec). I highly suggest to use a tripod if you are using a macro lens up close because any sudden movement will throw out the focus.

eagle rock

eagle rock

ISO 200 F/4 1/40 second

Last September we were invited by Len, a resort owner at Eagle Rock Resort at Hazleton, Pennsylvania. The resort is a gated community built and maintained by Double Diamond Corporation. The resort boast a golf course designed by Arnold Palmer, ski resort, man-made beach, hike and bike trails and lots of amenities for owners and guests. We spent our weekend in the resort and stayed in two residences which by the way were free. Each of the family were give a $200 vouchers, and spent the vouchers for massage. We enjoyed our stay because of the scenery as well as the free activities that were available for us.

I enjoyed the hike and took photos on my way to the beach. It was a long hike and I even forgot to bring even a bottle of water. I just brought my tripod and my camera with the 100 mm prime lens. It was a good thing that my company decided to drive to the the beach and picked me up along the way. I would love to go back again either this coming fall or winter to enjoy more picturesque scenery.

 

yellow

something yellow

ISO 200 F/4 1/1600 sec

My job at times take me to go to our nursing home locations we manage. The picture shown here was taken when I visited The Health Center at Galloway in Absecon, NJ. I did setup a computer in this facility and attended to other computer needs of some employees as well. When done, I saw these yellow flowers  near the parking lot and I decided to try out my macro lens, Sony 100 mm F/2.8 lens. Since I don’t want to get caught on traffic I only did take a few shots of the yellow flower. The picture here I thought was the best shot I took.

afternoon walk

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F4 1/200 sec ISO 200 100 mm (click picture for gallery)

Yesterday, it is technically yesterday because it’s passed midnight (eastern time), I was alone at home since my wife had to work and my son is in Madrid for World Youth Day 2011 and my daughter is in Dover for a healing mass. I woke up around 9 AM and grabbed a quick breakfast before I did the chores my wife asked me to do. After the  chores, I grabbed lunch at Arby’s and ate it at James Atkinson Park in Washington Township.

I was in the car listening to the Raw Dog Comedy Channel in Sirius while eating my lunch. Grabbed my gear and started to walk along the path in the park leisurely with the intent to look for interesting things I can take pictures of. Damn I did not take a lot because I was selective as well as treating my camera as if it was film before I pushed the shutter. I have only six pictures to post out of  a dozen I took. I processed the pictures using Lightroom 3.

Well I could have posted this just before midnight, however, I was trying to add some Facebook Plugin in my page. I also added a flash plugin for a picture slideshow which I still need to figure out.

colors

colors

colors

 

It was a fine day yesterday, the sun is out, the sky is blue, it’s beautiful and so are you…dear prudence. Ooops! that’s an excerpt from Beatle’s song DEAR PRUDENCE. Talking about the beatles, they were my favorite band growing up and to this date they are still the best band ever. Well that is a subjective opinion and I don’t want to get any heat for writing that. And John Lennon is the best Beatle, though he may not have been as big as Paul was but nevertheless to me all his works were so amazing and full of meaning.

I can talk about The Beatles for hours but that is not the intention of this current posting. As I was saying, yesterday at work finished eating my oatmeal with chocolate chips and I was called to assist a computer problem in our adjacent building. I noticed how blue the sky was and for no reason at all I walked  towards the space in between the buildings, looked up and saw this pine tree as tall as our second storey building with dead brown needles. I thought to myself this may be a good shot with the green and brownish red colors with a deep blue backdrop. Of course, I finished assisting one of my user and came back to my office and grabbed my trusty Sony Alpha 850 with the 100 mm F/2.8 lens.

Walked back and took a couple of shots because I think I got the exposure spot on: F/8 at 1/800 second, ISO 200 without any filters. With minor tweaks in Lightroom 3, the picture is shown on the right.