Archive for May 2012

Cool Blue   Leave a comment

I took this photo almost ten years ago but I don’t think I’ve ever published it.  It is a shot of the Olympic Mountains and a fishing boat coming into Victoria, B.C.

Blue water, blue mountains, and blue sky.  A cool blue photo on a hot, hot, hot Memorial Day!

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Posted May 28, 2012 by ~ Bruce in Seascapes

Before and After   Leave a comment

Someone recently asked me if doing post-processing of my photos made that much of a difference in picture quality.  The answer is an unqualified yes.  As an example, below is a photo that I took on Friday evening.  The one on the left is straight out of the camera.  The one on the right is after about two minutes of working on it in Adobe Lightroom 4.  Simple adjustments were made to brightness, contrast, and color tone.  Then I used the brush tool to brighten and clarify the detail on the bell of the saxophone.

I can’t remember ever posting a photo straight out of the camera.  And given what can be done with software — the modern-day version of the dark room — I doubt that I ever will.  Software doesn’t necessarily create a false image.  Sometimes it allows me to reproduce what my eye really saw.

Posted May 20, 2012 by ~ Bruce in Uncategorized

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The Agony and the Ecstasy   Leave a comment

The agony and the ecstasy of a lead guitar player.  This is the actual sequence of shots taken at Music Friday last evening.  BTW, if you find yourself near Lancaster on the third Friday of any summer month, Music Friday is a great evening out!

 

Posted May 19, 2012 by ~ Bruce in People

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False Arrest   Leave a comment

NYU student Alexander Arbuckle believed that the New York City police were being unfairly portrayed during recent Occupy protests.  So he decided to do a photojournalist project by creating a video designed to show the police activities in a more positive light.  He was arrested while filming and charged with a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct for standing in the street and blocking traffic.

Only he wasn’t in the street — he was on the sidewalk.  On Monday, a judge dismissed the charge after multiple videos taken during the arrest showed that Arbuckle never left the sidewalk.  In fact, the videos showed that all the protesters were on the sidewalk too.  The only people blocking traffic in the streets were the police.  Arbuckle appears to have been singled out for using a video camera.

“It was a total fabrication,” Arbuckle said. “When I was first arraigned in February, they offered me an ACD [Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal]. It would have been nice to have everything over and done with, but it would have been an acknowledgment of guilt, and I knew I wasn’t guilty.”

The fabricated arrest story was told under oath by the arresting officer.  That is perjury.  Will the officer be held accountable?

Posted May 18, 2012 by ~ Bruce in America in Decline, Uncategorized

Daylily   2 comments

A daylily photo that was kind of “blah” until I added some background texture and and an edge vignette.

Posted May 13, 2012 by ~ Bruce in Nature and Wildlife

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Another Musical Saturday Morning   Leave a comment

Nothing like sunshine and pleasant temperatures to bring people out to Central Market, especially the street musicians.  The music this morning was great for anyone who took the time to listen.  I’ll never understand people who simply walk by a musician and drop a dollar in the case.  Stop and listen.  Seriously, life is better when you do.  They don’t play just for the money.  They play because they love it.

(Above)  Rockin’ with a ukulele.

(Above)  This guy was playing some great Led Zeppelin licks, so I struck up a conversation with him.  He asked what was my favorite Zeppelin tune and I said “Kashmir”.  So he tuned his guitar to DADGAD like Jimmy Page used to and played Kashmir.  Fantastic!

(Above)  I’ve photographed this guy before.  In fact, his photo is on the cover of my self-published book, A Year In The City.  Today he was playing a song I hadn’t heard in years — What’s Going On, by 4 Non Blondes.  He sang it well, and it sounded great on the acoustic guitar.

Posted May 12, 2012 by ~ Bruce in People, Street, Uncategorized

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Foggy Playground   Leave a comment

Before the beautiful sunny day for yesterday’s Rafiki Africa African Festival and 5k Run, we had a cool and foggy spring morning.  Before the sun burned the fog away I was able to capture this backlit playground at the school a few hours before the run started.  Processed in Adobe Lightroom 4 and converted to the cream-colored black & white preset.

Posted May 6, 2012 by ~ Bruce in Uncategorized

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