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First off let me say, I hate working for a living and I really need to find me a winning lotto ticket or something. I haven't post anything here but I have been crazy posting on instagram (UrbanRural-Photo). I have been doing a lot of iPhoneography with my new iPhone 4S. I just need to find a way to post directly from my photo to deviantart. I think I may have found a way but  I need to do some reading up on stash.

Today, being my birthday, I am taking the day off to spend with my mistress, photography. I am not sure where I am going today but I will try my best to capture everything until my batteries are dead.

Shelly
  • Mood: Neutral

No Sleep to Night

Journal Entry: Mon Jul 2, 2012, 8:19 PM




So i just confirmed that my new to me camera is now in Seattle and should be in my fat little hands before the end of the day. As far as the camera store that messed up the shipping, well they are going to have to pay Amazon cause I filed a complain and 5 mins later (and I mean 5 mins) I had a credit for the shipping. So less stress there however I am still going to post a very heated review about this whole thing.

Other than that I will try to get some sleep but i know it is going to be hard know that I will have a new toy at some point tomorrow.



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Chicago HDR 02 by delobboFFM HDR by westi74Frankfurt HDR 2 by westi74HDR London Panorama by EmilyDews123Perth City HDR by LEONARDOdarwinCI

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Greenwood Car Show

Journal Entry: Sat Jun 30, 2012, 9:36 AM




Today I will be attending the Greenwood Car Show with my mentor and my son. There is a little rain still but I am hoping that the turn out of cars is good. I will post what I can when I get back.

Greenwood Car Show
Over 1.5 miles of classic hot rods, collector cars, antique gems, and modern marvels, there is something for the everyone to enjoy. Bring the whole gang, as this event is free and a family-friendly event.



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Chicago HDR 02 by delobboFFM HDR by westi74Frankfurt HDR 2 by westi74HDR London Panorama by EmilyDews123Perth City HDR by LEONARDOdarwinCI

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Here's the Deal...

Journal Entry: Wed Jun 27, 2012, 6:13 AM




Adorama Camera sucks!

I ordered a Nikon D200 - used from these guys the day after Father's Day. I was told it would be here between Friday June 22, 2012 - Wednesday June 27, 2012. The camera just shipped yesterday and won't be here until Tuesday of next week. I wanted the camera for the big Greenwood Car show this weekend but I guess that is a dream at this point.

Has anyone else had issue with these guys and what did you do?

Shelly



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Chicago HDR 02 by delobboFFM HDR by westi74Frankfurt HDR 2 by westi74HDR London Panorama by EmilyDews123Perth City HDR by LEONARDOdarwinCI

  • Mood: Neutral
I have been out of the loop for a bit. Needed to focus on my new job but I have learned that I need a newer job as the one I have kinda sucks. Anyway, the new job has allowed me to order a Nikon D200 and soon a D100 to have in my camera bag along with my D70s. I just wanted some entry level professional cameras before I by an advance level professional camera like the D5. I am going to be changing my name from Surrealeye to Urban & Rural Photography as I have a new focus. Will be shooting weddings and doing a lot more work with models when time allows.

So, look for some new images as early as next week.

Thanks for sticking around
Shelly
  • Mood: Neutral
  • Watching: Morning News
  • Eating: Oatmeal
  • Drinking: Home made Cop Coffee
News You Can Use

What is the correct F-Stop for HDRI?

While re-educating myself on HDRI, I came across a blurb from Professor Kirt Witte at Savannah College of Design (SCAD). He is a certified Maya instructor, a passionate panoramic photographer, a close affiliate of HDRLabs, and overall a really cool guy. His students learn everything about shooting HDRIs, applying them as lighting in Maya, rendering with mental ray. In short, his courses really get you ready for production, and his students regularly get hired at prestigious VFX houses like ILM.

F-stops
Generally f8 or f11 are the sharpest overall areas within a lens. Please notice I did not say that you would get more in focus!? Yes, F22 or F32 will give you more depth of field, but the “middle” f-stops are generally the sharpest overall. I use f8 or f11 for almost all of my HDRs.

To tell the truth, I have been all over the board with my f-stops. F/16 to F/22 for night shots and for closer less static subjects f/5 to f/8 or I just cheat and switch to auto and take the suggestions of the camera.

I just reshot the bike here at work testing Kirt’s theory and will post the outcome later when I get home. I only question his theory when it comes to shooting HDRI of flowers for close to realism images where I want to blow out the chaotic background.  It was David Ward that said, “All good photographs are distillations of a scene in which the photographer assiduously chooses which elements of the scene to include or exclude.” How is that possible at f/11?
Tell me what you think HDRI fans…

Time Travel in HDRI

Wondering if any of my watchers that are HDRI fans have taken a trip with Mr. Wizard? No, not the 60’s kinda trip but the time lapsed kind. I was checking out some old stuff on the Outdoor Photographer Magazine website and came across Chad Richard’s page Time Traveler: A journey through time, one frame at a time. One page that rock my world and well I have to give this a go is: How to make an HDR time-lapse chadrichard.typepad.com/timela…

Summary

Create a very high resolution, high dynamic range time-lapse movie. Using HDR software to blend bracketed exposures of the same shot you can create an image that better resembles what the eye sees compared to traditional photography techniques.

A very simple “How To” for the ”DIY” HDRI photographer. I have seen some work here on DA similar to Chad’s but it is older work. Chad will break it all down for you and give you the best practices to make your work great. Chad’s does overlook a few things in this article but make sure you read the comments/faqs which should answer for you.

Send me a link of your work in a note, if you have posted any Time Lapsed or if you give it a try.

My Reading List

The HDRI Handbook: High Dynamic Range Imaging for Photographers and CG Artists +DVD by Christian Bloch

Complete Guide to High Dynamic Range Digital Photography by Ferrell McCollough

Landscape Beyond: A Journey into Photography by David Ward and Joe Cornish

Helpful Links

www.hdrlabs.com/book/index.htm… - Everything you need to know about HDRI a page by Christian Bloch author of The HDRI Handbook: High Dynamic Range Imaging for Photographers and CG Artists

www.hdrsoft.com/download.html - The makers of Photomatix Pro (the only HDR Utility I will use)

tv.adobe.com/ - Adobe TV yes Adobe has videos to help you learn their gateway drug product and all the other products in their arsenal.

News You Can Use

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 20, 2009, 10:51 AM
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What is the correct F-Stop for HDRI?

While re-educating myself on HDRI, I came across a blurb from Professor Kirt Witte at Savannah College of Design (SCAD). He is a certified Maya instructor, a passionate panoramic photographer, a close affiliate of HDRLabs, and overall a really cool guy. His students learn everything about shooting HDRIs, applying them as lighting in Maya, rendering with mental ray. In short, his courses really get you ready for production, and his students regularly get hired at prestigious VFX houses like ILM.

F-stops
Generally f8 or f11 are the sharpest overall areas within a lens. Please notice I did not say that you would get more in focus!? Yes, F22 or F32 will give you more depth of field, but the "middle" f-stops are generally the sharpest overall. I use f8 or f11 for almost all of my HDRs.

To tell the truth, I have been all over the board with my f-stops. F/16 to F/22 for night shots and for closer less static subjects f/5 to f/8 or I just cheat and switch to auto and take the suggestions of the camera.

I just reshot the bike here at work testing Kirt's theory and will post the outcome later when I get home. I only question his theory when it comes to shooting HDRI of flowers for close to realism images where I want to blow out the chaotic background.  It was David Ward that said, "All good photographs are distillations of a scene in which the photographer assiduously chooses which elements of the scene to include or exclude." How is that possible at f/11?
Tell me what you think HDRI fans…

Time Travel in HDRI

Wondering if any of my watchers that are HDRI fans have taken a trip with Mr. Wizard? No, not the 60's kinda trip but the time lapsed kind. I was checking out some old stuff on the Outdoor Photographer Magazine website and came across Chad Richard's page Time Traveler: A journey through time, one frame at a time. One page that rock my world and well I have to give this a go is: How to make an HDR time-lapse chadrichard.typepad.com/timela…

Summary

Create a very high resolution, high dynamic range time-lapse movie. Using HDR software to blend bracketed exposures of the same shot you can create an image that better resembles what the eye sees compared to traditional photography techniques.

A very simple "How To" for the "DIY" HDRI photographer. I have seen some work here on DA similar to Chad's but it is older work. Chad will break it all down for you and give you the best practices to make your work great. Chad's does overlook a few things in this article but make sure you read the comments/faqs which should answer for you.

Send me a link of your work in a note, if you have posted any Time Lapsed or if you give it a try.

My Reading List

The HDRI Handbook: High Dynamic Range Imaging for Photographers and CG Artists +DVD by Christian Bloch
Complete Guide to High Dynamic Range Digital Photography by Ferrell McCollough
Landscape Beyond: A Journey into Photography by David Ward and Joe Cornish

Helpful Links

www.hdrlabs.com/book/index.htm… - Everything you need to know about HDRI a page by Christian Bloch author of The HDRI Handbook: High Dynamic Range Imaging for Photographers and CG Artists

www.hdrsoft.com/download.html - The makers of Photomatix Pro (the only HDR Utility I will use)

tv.adobe.com/ - Adobe TV yes Adobe has videos to help you learn their gateway drug product and all the other products in their arsenal.

  • Mood: Amazed
  • Reading: David Ward
  • Drinking: Cop Coffee

HDRI Light Reading & Eye Candy

Journal Entry: Tue Aug 18, 2009, 2:38 PM
HDR New you can use

Here is a bit o new for the HDR lovers. If you didn't already know, there is an update to Photomatix. There is a new and improved Photomatix Pro 3.2. Here is a link that will give you some details. www.hdrlabs.com/news/index.php… on this page you will find rants on tonemapping. Also you may want to know about the HDR Symposium www.hdrlabs.com/news/index.php… and "What's Hot on Flickr" www.hdrlabs.com/gallery/hotonf… CAMBRIDGE GALLERY www.cambridgeincolour.com/camb…

New About Me & My Projects

Well I am back to shooting Infrared/HDRI and Landscape, mostly before and after work.  I am doing my best to keep good records of my locations, just in case any of you are planning a trip to Seattle and want to shoot (put don't contact me LOL).
I am working on a 12 image project/series called, "A Man's Apology".

Eye Candy

The Breathless Halt by FramedByNature Day 12 - Lincoln Memorial by Armored-dogg2 Cow in HDR by ScottSparx GC HDR by cgknowswhatsup Harry's Candles by tmeritan .La Rocco Sunset. by Justin-Simpson Empty by Sirombo HDR Japan by cowhandle a moment in wiggenhall by sparxphoto The Hill - HDR by LordMeltdown BMX HDR by RoCkBiGdAvE the end of st john by sparxphoto Sunflowers and Thunderstorms by kkart Time Travel by now-voyager Bruxelles by night by zardo Wishful Thinking by Ghost247 :thumb131351396: :thumb115884436: Chevy by aaronbee
The Breathless Halt by FramedByNature

  • Mood: Love
  • Reading: David Ward
  • Drinking: Cop Coffe

Nextime Plan Not to Plan

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 17, 2009, 9:13 AM
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Well this weekend’s escape to the mountain did not go as planned but there were lessons learned.  First off I took us in the back way through sunrise a bit out of our way. First stop my mentor realized that he had forgotten his battery and had to use my back camera which had been white balanced for the studio. Then as I drove I noticed a lot of fog seem the clouds were stacking up against the mountain. There was an issue with the online tracking of my BlackBerry, got to remember that there are no antennas out there. Lastly and this was the end of our day, my mentor took ill for some reason. So the trip was mostly a drive through the National Park but not a total loss I did get a few shots but not the places I wanted.

So I have to make another trip but this time I will be more informed and prepared. Instead of trying to do the whole park with a ton of people pouring into the place I think I will pay the fee and hit only a few places and keep an eye on the weather. I have to get in shape for a few of the hikes, getting a shot of Narada Falls from the lower landing and walking back up left me breathing and sweating like a cheerleader being chased by Michael Myers.

As I said this trip was not a total loss. Upon my return to Olympia I was able to stop by a store and pick up that Coke bottle that I have been looking for. The bottle is from 1951 and the letters are I bit faded, a brilliant bottle to shoot.  I also was able to get a Pepsi bottle from the year I was born.  I am not sure if the dates are correct but that’s what the lady was telling me as she trying to sell me the bottles. Still I got them and I am happy and I can work on my series.  When I go back I think I will pick up the Coke can that she had there as well and the 7up bottle.  I am going to have to search and try a local store here in Seattle that has this stuff as well.  
Mt Rainier Track by UrbanRural-Photo

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Just a Dot on the Map

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 14, 2009, 7:44 AM


This weekend I will be embarking on my first ever photographic business trip, a day trip to Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, a free fee day with my mentor. I have plotted out 12 locations that I have to hit which I am sure we will not but it is fun to plan with wishful thinking. During the process of planning this trip I begin to feel like a school boy once again. Lying in my bed with books and magazines sprawled before trying to learn and find out every little thing I can about the park. Planning this trip has renewed my love for the art of photography.
One photographer has been an inspiration in the preparation of this trip, David Ward, one of Britain's most notable landscape photographers. His eye for shape and form is without equal and produces work that is startling in its clarity and intensity. While reading his book "Landscape Beyond" I became enlightened to what photography truly is for me. Well Shelly…  What is photography to you? Well I am glad you asked. It's simple; I like to share the hidden wonders of our everyday surrounding. Couple that with my personal style of photography and the technique of HDR and you've found me.
During this trek I will also be embarking of new conservation action items. Greener Photography Pledge www.greenerphotography.org/mem… and Timberland Earthkeepers Change agents changents.com/for-change-agent…. On top of that I have made it possible to track my trip via my BlackBerry updated every 30 min:  www.instamapper.com/ext?key=39… and mobile.instamapper.com/ext?key… (mobile version).
Note: points received before the device was shared may be included in the path.

Trip starts at 4 A.M. Saturday August 15, 2009

Lupine Under Mt. Rainier by RaymakerRainier Stream by RaymakerChristine Falls by La-Vita-a-Bellabefore narada falls by stranj
Paradise Found by La-Vita-a-BellaLife on the Wall by EvaMcDermott

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  • Listening to: My Boss/Best Friend
  • Reading: David Ward
  • Drinking: Cop Coffe

...breaks over get your ass back to work...

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 14, 2009, 11:32 AM
  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: King 5 News
  • Reading: The Practical Zone System: For Film and Digital
  • Drinking: MD LiveWire - Always
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Hello All,

Sorry that I have been M.I.A. for a bit.  I am back to work after 3 months so I am not doing as much shooting just yet.  I and my wife are trying to catch up on the bills so that I can shoot more without the worry of how much gas I am burning to get to the locations.  Also, I just got the funds to get my camera a long overdue cleaning.  Cover all that with my son's baseball games and practices.  LOL life is good once again.

The great thing about this time of the year is baseball and watching my son.  One of his coaches is a shutterbug as well so I am thinking that I will be in the bullpen once again shooting the team.

I don't have any projects that I am currently working on.  I have however been thinking about doing a few t-shirt designs, simple funny sayings that come to mind during my day at work.  I will keep you all post on that when it happens.  Should be soon.

Also, I would like to thanks everyone who commented and fav'ed my latest DD and to the awesome new watchers because of the DD.  I should be out in the world soon shooting the spring things as I get closer to paying off a few of my behind bills.

Here are a few shirt that I like.  I really like the style of the artist in these.

Led Zeppelin - Stairway by damnengine :thumb68903375: :thumb71188663: RHCP tees by Decogrunge
:thumb63366058: Alien Stencil by mostlymade Sylar sarmy t-shirt by tamaho Tee Design 1: Hot Fuzz by JudoJoe

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Playing in the Fog

Journal Entry: Fri Jan 16, 2009, 5:59 AM
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  • Listening to: King 5 News
  • Reading: The Practical Zone System: For Film and Digital
  • Drinking: MD LiveWire - Always
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Well it is foggy here in Seattle this morning.  So I guess I will have the pleasure of shooting in the fog.
Here is today’s weather report from my fav weather man, Ollie Williams:
Widespread low clouds and fog. Some areas of partial afternoon clearing then fog and low clouds redeveloping each evening. Highs in the lower 40s in the foggy areas to near 50 in the areas that become partly sunny each afternoon. Lows in the 30s. Light wind.
Ollie Williams by BlobsAreFunX
Thanks Ollie and here are a few images that I found this morning while searching for ideas:
Fog by rfschult Fog Perspective by yenomFog in the Old Town -3- by villewilson Sydney above the fog by AngryKoalaDownUnder
:thumb12425640: Sydney Fog EE2 by Eternities-End City Fog by Sonikblue Fog in the old town -1- by villewilson
Lost In The Fog by matto fog by HRNYC Metropolis by mikzn San Diego HDRi 05 by SdCa-Art-Prints
Hidden In The Fog by sullivan1985 Wrigley Building in Fog by spudart Foggy Winter Wonderland by PaulMcKinnon Gotham Nights by anderton
:thumb5512697: topless in Shanghai by geckokid Hard Rock Hotel in fog by spudart Pure morning by Justynka
Low Hanging Light by da5id2112 Foggy Riga by muudzis Gothic Church by wonderbread86 Saint-Jean bridge by DenisOlivier
:thumb14811224:fog by elifginHutt Fog by whhoah The City of Fog 1 by Azifaral

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Staying Ahead of the Curve by UrbanRural-Photo
For Father’s Day this year, after a lot of hinting, my wife and son gave me a Blackberry Curve.  Took me a couple of weeks to find and get into the habit of using the features that were useful to me but once that was done I came up with a plan.  My plan was to use my new smartphone as a tool in my photography.
My plan in part is to start and keep a photographer’s journal, complete with notes and sketches from the locations that I visit. My Blackberry is the second part of this plan, used for completing the data gathered for the journal, mainly GPS locations.  This will help me if I return to a location to reshoot in different light or time of day; all in a notebook that I can keep in my camera bag.
The Curve has a long list of features which makes it an outstanding Smartphone but there are a select few that prove useful to the photographer.  Weather is by far one of the most important things that I need to know about when considering any outside photography.  For that I installed an application called, “Pocket Express” which gives me current forecast as well as 7 days of weather that I can plan my shoots around.  Another application that I use and have installed for photography is, “Where”.  This is a manager of applications in sorts that you can add other sub-applications too.  I use it for checking Flickpics, photos by other shutterbugs that may have done a shoot in the area I am shooting and “GeoWikipedia” for names of buildings and parks surrounding me.  Another important tool that I use for metadata or Exif data is the built in GPS technology. This goes into my notes in my journal as well as post-process in Photoshop.  I can tag the photo with this info as well as other notes.  Voice Note I use to keep notes when I am caring to much gear, mostly when it is raining. The calculator is another built in tool that is very useful, which I use to calculate exposures in difficult lighting.  Not to just brush over the camera phone that I use for finding the right composition, plotting depth of field, selecting the right lens to use and how I should use a ND Filter in a scene.
These are only a few of the features that I have found and use that have not only saved me time and weight but money as well. I shoot with an older Nikon DSLR which is not compatible with the new Wi-Fi wireless transmitter and standard antenna units needed to tag my images with GPS Exif data.  If it were, I would have to shell out over $500 bucks for the two units on top of the $1200 for the camera body.  The Blackberry I got for $100 bucks with a $100 buck rebate on an upgrade.  Free is always in the budget.
My Blackberry Curve is a low budget way of keeping up with the high tech speeds of Photography.  Oh, did I forget to mention that I can upload directly to Flickr with GPS tagging as well as check my Facebook or MySpace in addition to sending texts or making calls while I am out in the field?  In closing, it is hands down one of the most valuable tools in my camera arsenal and I wonder what new features the Blackberry Storm will bring to the photographer.

Here are a few features that I would use my Blackberry on the shoot:

stronghold by enselbPo drugiej stronie by adamek182Green Rock by Rykardo:thumb105627433:
Pearl of the Orient by zerocomplexMoscow: Contemporary City 4 by NightcitylightsQuiet And Alone by werolGiant Snow Flake by crimsonpenguin
Autumn sketches on water by LonelyPierotpassers-by's hearts by leilaaaaahFound hiding in South Prairie by SherannMarie:thumb73015482:
No One else Come Close by LittleJeanCatwalk by BriceChallamel

The Smartphone & Photography

Journal Entry: Fri Dec 12, 2008, 10:44 AM
  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Hmmm of the office heater
  • Reading: The Practical Zone System: For Film and Digital
  • Eating: Office Coffee YES eatting it
  • Drinking: MD LiveWire - Always
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Staying Ahead of the Curve by UrbanRural-Photo
For Father’s Day this year, after a lot of hinting, my wife and son gave me a Blackberry Curve.  Took me a couple of weeks to find and get into the habit of using the features that were useful to me but once that was done I came up with a plan.  My plan was to use my new smartphone as a tool in my photography.
My plan in part is to start and keep a photographer’s journal, complete with notes and sketches from the locations that I visit. My Blackberry is the second part of this plan, used for completing the data gathered for the journal, mainly GPS locations.  This will help me if I return to a location to reshoot in different light or time of day; all in a notebook that I can keep in my camera bag.
The Curve has a long list of features which makes it an outstanding Smartphone but there are a select few that prove useful to the photographer.  Weather is by far one of the most important things that I need to know about when considering any outside photography.  For that I installed an application called, “Pocket Express” which gives me current forecast as well as 7 days of weather that I can plan my shoots around.  Another application that I use and have installed for photography is, “Where”.  This is a manager of applications in sorts that you can add other sub-applications too.  I use it for checking Flickpics, photos by other shutterbugs that may have done a shoot in the area I am shooting and “GeoWikipedia” for names of buildings and parks surrounding me.  Another important tool that I use for metadata or Exif data is the built in GPS technology. This goes into my notes in my journal as well as post-process in Photoshop.  I can tag the photo with this info as well as other notes.  Voice Note I use to keep notes when I am caring to much gear, mostly when it is raining. The calculator is another built in tool that is very useful, which I use to calculate exposures in difficult lighting.  Not to just brush over the camera phone that I use for finding the right composition, plotting depth of field, selecting the right lens to use and how I should use a ND Filter in a scene.
These are only a few of the features that I have found and use that have not only saved me time and weight but money as well. I shoot with an older Nikon DSLR which is not compatible with the new Wi-Fi wireless transmitter and standard antenna units needed to tag my images with GPS Exif data.  If it were, I would have to shell out over $500 bucks for the two units on top of the $1200 for the camera body.  The Blackberry I got for $100 bucks with a $100 buck rebate on an upgrade.  Free is always in the budget.
My Blackberry Curve is a low budget way of keeping up with the high tech speeds of Photography.  Oh, did I forget to mention that I can upload directly to Flickr with GPS tagging as well as check my Facebook or MySpace in addition to sending texts or making calls while I am out in the field?  In closing, it is hands down one of the most valuable tools in my camera arsenal and I wonder what new features the Blackberry Storm will bring to the photographer.

Here are a few features that I would use my Blackberry on the shoot:

stronghold by enselbPo drugiej stronie by adamek182Green Rock by Rykardo:thumb105627433:
Pearl of the Orient by zerocomplexMoscow: Contemporary City 4 by NightcitylightsQuiet And Alone by werolGiant Snow Flake by crimsonpenguin
Autumn sketches on water by LonelyPierotpassers-by's hearts by leilaaaaahFound hiding in South Prairie by SherannMarie:thumb73015482:
No One else Come Close by LittleJeanCatwalk by BriceChallamel

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Post Cards from the Photo Edge

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 3, 2008, 1:45 PM
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  • Listening to: Hmmm of the office heater
  • Reading: Back of my Gray Card
  • Eating: Office Coffee YES eatting it
  • Drinking: MD LiveWire - Always
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Well fellow shutterbugs, old Shelly is sick.  No I don't have a cold, I am sick of not shooting.  I have been working on my images for my 2009 calendar and well my focus has shifted.  I hate that.  

In my time without a camera glued to my face (I am such a Nikon whore), I have been reading up on this gray card that I purchased.  On the back of it are the instructions which just happen to be, "The Zone System of Photography For Perfect Prints, Negatives & Slides".  Complete with Recommended Reading and how to determine Color Balance.  What I am trying to say here fellow photogs is this one page has said that I am a lazy photographer.  I am just one step above the guy with the Nikon D3 or any other camera that costs an arm and a leg that still has his camera set to "AUTO".  

It is not a matter of what I focus on because I have a long list of things that I love to shoot.  No, it's more of how it is capture and if it is the correct way.  Like many of you I went through the school of teaching myself photography.  Just another way of saying I do a lot of guess work.  And I guess I am doing it right until I find a book that tells me otherwise but then I question if the book or author know what the hell they are talking about (those who don't teach).  Still the Zone System, I have to be an ass not to know that I am learning the correct way.  
Well breaks over got to make more calls before I can get out there and shoot some frames today, I will do better, I am sure of it.  

The Last Few Leaves by AndreasResch :thumb95827726: :thumb71659377: :thumb105108298:
Rain chasing by ninereeds-DA Emergency Ambulance by inObrAS idee.morte by aenimation dancing figures by NuclearSeasons
So dad, whats that red thing? by p0m 09 by hkocak sounds of silence by serhatdemiroglu The day I lost my sisters shoe by gabrielnardelli
Wicked 13 by Swanee3 Between Ego and The Pain by godinc Friday 13th_4 by DevillePhotography mad by BenoitPaille

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Donít look back, trying to Evolve

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 12, 2008, 7:12 AM
  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Hmmm of the office heater
  • Reading: High Dynamic Ranfe Digital Photography
  • Watching: Family Guy on Fancast
  • Playing: Games on Zune
  • Eating: Office Coffee YES eatting it
  • Drinking: MD LiveWire - Always
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I have been going through some of my old photos, looking to find something new in image I’ve never posted.  I have found that I hate all my old work, even the good image that I have posted.  I tell ya it is a clean bitch learning and evolving.  Maybe I am just a tad bit over critical of my own work, but I have found some many things that I’ve done wrong and would have like to have done better.  But the change has been for the better.
I like my new work, but it is not at the level I want it.  Still, I think some of you have seen the change in my work and have asked if I got a new camera.  No, I got a mentor and I am no longer playing photo roulette.  I have a Nikon D70s (Kelly) and a Nikon Coolpix 8700 (Barbra).  I name them because they both are unlike anyone else’s camera.  I had to learn how to make them do.  Sure there is a manual for each but the rules don’t apply here.  I can’t just set my camera to the setting I see on someone DA image or out of a book and capture the same image.  Something is going to be a little off because my cameras are different by the way I care for them, the way that I carry them around looking for that perfect shot and most important, the way that I shoot.  I guess you can say that I have become part of my camera like a lover (hell that’s my wife keeps telling me).  Your camera is who you are.
Here is my case and point: Every image posted after “Fall of Isolation” was taken with a semi-broken lens.  My camera and lens took a nose dive from atop my P.O.S. tripod, landing on my Nikkor VR 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6 G (James).  One of the most expensive lenses in my bag.  The lens is kind of fine but if you shake it you can hear it rattle a bit.  After testing for a day I found a work flow to get it to work the way I want it to work.  
So in a nut shell, I will not be looking back any more, my focus will be to evolve.

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Fallen by indorock Announcing Autumn by DianaCretu :thumb102211753: :thumb103281297: :thumb102251264: These Words by failingjune fear by nurtanrioven The Tempest Roar by failingjune Storm approaching by MichelRajkovic :thumb102952915: killing time by Lady-Twiglet :thumb102905133: after the concert by grace-note BCC03 - Free Seating by FelixTo Midnight Palace -IR- by 32tsunami No Where : RE-edit by archnophobia Emm's Shower by Cati-xD :thumb101655038: :thumb102780024: :thumb102566372: sleeping beauty by ratulangi

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Devious Journal Entry

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 5, 2008, 11:39 AM
  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: The Frail (Things Fall Apart) NIN
  • Reading: Exposure
  • Watching: True Blood
  • Eating: Soup
  • Drinking: MD LiveWire
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Well, the last few weeks have been a kick.  Out in the cool air chillin (I mean it is cold out there LOL) with the camera shooting close up stuff that seem to work out pretty well.  I have been studying while looking for work.  Brushing up on the HDR, Exposures and photography (got a few new books on each).  

So now I am going to kick it old school for a bit.  I am breaking out the old Nikon Coolpix 8700 for a bit.  I want to make sure that I master every camera that I currently have and shoot with before I lay down the ends for a new Nikon D90 and a VR 80-400 Nikkor.  First off I need to get back to the infrareds; there have been a lot of people here on DA posting brilliant works and I want to make sure the kid doesn't get left behind.

I also wanted to feature some of the works that have inspired me to get my bum into gear and get back to what I love.  The feature of my works is not only my latest but also some of my past works.  Enjoy…

S.N.Alexander

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listki 02 by Praetorian124 :thumb101490546: Oh There You Go... by SprayCaint123
:thumb68819581: fall.in.colors.I by zvaella Isolation by FaMz
fall.in.colors.II by zvaella :thumb102162379: :thumb68815975:
under_red_tree by JuliaDunin :thumb100274601: Fall Light by maisondezion
To pick holes. by 6Artificial6 :thumb100318800: Veias by too-much4you
Sky of fire by too-much4you November Rust by Dina-bv

My Features:

Untitled Fall complete by UrbanRural-Photo Light Fall by UrbanRural-Photo Fall Protection by UrbanRural-Photo
I Fall Alone by UrbanRural-Photo Fall of Angels by UrbanRural-Photo Fall of Isolation by UrbanRural-Photo
:thumb102713443: Fall Behind by UrbanRural-Photo While You Were At Work HDR 00 by UrbanRural-Photo
Autumn Glow 01 by UrbanRural-Photo All the Colors of Fall 2 by UrbanRural-Photo Until Death... by UrbanRural-Photo
Together At Last by UrbanRural-Photo

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A new Chapter-Get ready for me

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 16, 2008, 12:03 PM
  • Mood: Love
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Hello All,

I am still looking for a job but I have come to realize that I don't have doo on me and I am not the reason I am not getting calls for emplyment.  It is tuff all over and I may not get calls for work until after the election.  In the meantime I am going to enjoy life and get back to what I love...  Photography.  More to the point IR HDR and/or Digital Neg.  I am going to make a run at enjoyinh my time off, thanks to Mr. Bush.

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Devious Journal Entry

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 29, 2008, 11:54 AM
  • Mood: Love
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Ok where the hell is Shelly and what has he been up to:

I have been working and making some moves because my company has done away with my department.  Because I have been looking for a J.O.B. I have not been shooting.  

Things are looking up now.  I have a few interview today which means I will be relaxed enough to start shooting again.

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Moving people...

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 15, 2008, 2:21 PM
  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Earshot - Tongue-Tied
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So I have taking to shooting people again.  NO not shooting them bang bang but click click.  I have started a new account for the focus on my portriats etc. I will be deleting and moving all the images of people here on surrealeye to :icondabadandthebeautiful:

Here is a sample of what I have done so far:
Welcome The Stress by DaBADandTheBEAUTIFUL
Waiting for your Arrival by DaBADandTheBEAUTIFUL
I've Told You Once... by DaBADandTheBEAUTIFUL

I will still be posting my landscape and nightphotography images here but if you want to keep up with my people stuff, you know where to find me.

Shelly
The Bad & The Beautiful

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