Red White and Blue
I took this picture while walking home a few nights before the election. Normally, Rockefeller Center has flags from the UN member countries flying over the plaza, but running up to the election, they replaced them with US flags.
I’m still shooting with the Canon G9 on and off. I go in phases between carrying the D200 every day, or the G9 when my bag is getting overweight. I’ve also been trying out the latest version of Adobe Lightroom. If you are a Lightroom 2.1 user, you need to check out the new Camera Raw Beta 2 Profiles. I’ve noticed a huge improvement in the out of the box colors with these profiles and the Nikon D200. The G9 has a new profile also, but the improvement is not as drastic. I’ve been shooting “raw only” for years now, and it is really worth it when you see drastic improvements to a raw processor such as this.
Firewood, Bench and Urn
When it comes to photography, I’m not really a “People Person”. People really are one of the most interesting subjects, but I often find it difficult to take photos of people I don’t know, or feel a connection with. I’m probably over-analytical about the whole thing, but it does seem to reflect on some of my own issues.
The photo above has no hidden meanings about loneliness or solitude, I just happened to like the rustic look of the bench, and the textures of the different surfaces. I also feel that there is a nice sense of balance between the urn and pile of wood, and the contrast between the shaded top area of the scene and the well lit stone in the foreground. I’m curious how others feel about this image… I really like it, but I’d like some other opinions.
The cherry blossom trees were in full bloom at Branch Brook Park on Saturday. It was a perfect morning, with a very nice blue sky to contrast the trees. All of the shots were made with my D200, except this one, which I snapped on my way out of the park with the Canon G9. It turned out to be one of my favorites from the morning. The really soft shots (too soft???) were taken with a lens baby. I’m looking forward to making some prints of the better shots, and I am going to give Adorama a try for some larger prints.