Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Ojai, art retreat.

My squirrel obsession goes on, an Ojai squirrel. I like to photograph them because they move about fast so it's a challenge and at the same time they are curious and will stop and "pose".

Great Foto Video

10 Composition Tips with Award-Winning Photographer Steve McCurry!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Portrait Tips: It's all about the Jaw Line

I loved this video, I think this tip will come in handy.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Idyllwild 2015

As I was walking around suddenly this magical scene appeared. It's the covering for an amphitheater. I was attending "Metals Week" at the Idyllwild Art Center, California.

My friend Risa being instructed how to solder by Carl Stanley, metal arts teacher.
I just love the way this picture captures their concentration.

Monday, June 1, 2015

After vacation Camera Review!

I can not be more pleased with my camera choice. I loved the way this little camera behaved and the pictures it took were terrific. At least I'm pleased with them. Granted I'm still learning all the different functions but using it in automatic mode worked just fine.

Here are some of my favorite shots. 

Quebec, Canada

I know this is a camera blog but here is a word about the pictures above:

The Basilica is a Sanctuary dedicated to Saint Anne. It is only natural then, that the first images which attract our attention would be about Saint Anne.Even if we know very little about the life of Saint Anne, the simple fact of being the mother of Mary and the grandmother of Jesus, is sufficient for the Church to recognize and worship her for centuries.The entire ceiling mosaic of the Basilica describes the life of Saint Anne. It tells the story of her life, the life of a Jewish woman in that era. It speaks of her virtues, which by the way should be ours too. The vault also illustrates to us her glorification.At the heart of the apse, just above the main altar, we see Saint Anne, the Virgin Mary and the child Jesus. Saint Anne is giving a fruit to Jesus; which is not just a treat from a grandmother to her grandson, it is a marvelous symbol of His Mission as the Redemptor and Saviour of Humanity. It is not a Fruit of Death, like the fruit that Adam and Eve ate, but a Fruit of Life saving us from original sin.

I'm posting this shot because of the subject!

The camera has trouble with reds, however in this particular shot it seems to have handled it. I've been trying to shoot reds to figure out just how it works, what shade of red does the camera has problems with or what lighting condition etc.

I particularly love this shot because of the movement in the table cloth which carries your eye to his hand then his face, back down to his shoe and out....

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Photo Tip: Sunset time

A Photo Tip: During those sweet minutes just before the sun sets, to judge how long before the sun actually sets. Approximately 7 minutes per finger. I think I've tested this out but I'm going to do it again.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Starting to figure out where all the buttons are.

It's finally raining! First few pictures, it's going to be a bit of a learning curve to figure it all out. 

Nice and fresh outside, my dog is barking at the resident squirrel. 

I see you Mr. Squirrel, hold still for your close up!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Olympus Stylus 1

The Olympus Stylus 1 is a very sweet camera.

The highlight of this camera is it's long zoom lens in a small package. One can use it as a point and shoot with beautiful results and then use it in manual mode for a new world of photography. It has a constant aperture of F2.8, the long focal length for shallower depth of field. That means you can blur background with your subject being in sharp crisp foreground. This is crucial to isolate your subject.

Some of the features that I love about this camera:

The size, for sure it fits my hand and is very light weight yet hefty enough that it feels substantial.
The electronic view finder vs. an optical view finder. It is sharp and crisp and in bright sunlight the best.
The long zoom 28mm to 300mm, yet the lens does not stick way out.
The "barn door" lens cap.
Low light shooting.
The Wi-Fi capabilities, it actually creates it's own private network. I can transfer my photos right to my iPhone or iPad. Very cool feature.
The touch screen.
The built in flash
That I can hang the camera with a real camera strap, yet it does not cut into my neck.
That I can use both hands to shoot pictures.

That I can start refreshing on my basic photography skills that have been almost forgotten with all the digital cameras.