Saturday, July 31, 2010


Spent the day in the beautiful Allegheny National Forest.
Various mushrooms, the middle I believe to be Cortinarius Iodes
Interesting Fungi
Shrimp russulas?
Tionesta Lake, Infrared 

Friday, July 30, 2010


Yes, I meant to do this.

I have big ears.

I already forgot the name of this trail.  Swamp Rd, Rockdale.

Thursday, July 29, 2010


a really interesting plant that I don't know the name of
and don't feel like researching.
My parents new kittens, Shoes and Socks.
Shoes (in the back) is not the healthiest little dude.
Hopefully he'll come around.

Sunday, July 25, 2010


I had a great time today shooting with a buddy from way back in the day, check out his site.  I broke out the infrared filter, did some HDR, and even attempted a large panorama.


The first 5 images are infrared (IR).  IR is difficult with an non-converted camera.   All DSLRs  have a IR blocking filter on the sensor itself and this is why all the shots below were shot with at least 20 sec exposures in full midday sun (of course the wind was calm until I decided to shoot IR, thus the blurred trees).  To "convert" your camera you need to send it to a company that takes your camera apart and removes the IR blocking filter and replaces it with a filter that blocks all but IR light making the process much easier without the extended exposures but rendering your camera a permanent IR machine.  When you take an IR photograph it is, by nature, RED and requires specific white balance settings and post processing techniques to convert those shades of red into something magical. Green foliage reflects IR light most, this is how you get the whitish trees and shrubs.  I've always converted my (few) IR images to black and white when I'm able to get anything remotely worthwhile.  I've always admired the "false color" processing but have never been able to get it just right.  Something clicked today and I was extremely pleased after I saw what appeared after I ran these through the IR editing process.

The last 2 images are High Dynamic Range images aka HDR.  In a nutshell, to create an HDR image you take (at least) 3 images of different exposures (overexposed/normal/underexposed) and merge them digitally.  The practical application is to preserve highlights while exposing the shadows, just like the human eye does every time you look at a scene.  The digital camera is not that advanced (yet).  If the scene has too much contrast the bright area's will be completely blown out (white-no detail/data) if you expose  for the shadows and the shadows will be completely clipped (black-no detail/data) if you expose for the highlights (this is the reason I like overcast days).  HDR is a way to fix this issue.  I've done a lot of HDR but had fallen out of it because, to be completely honest, the photography scene is oversaturated with HDR and most of it is poorly done, google it. I still give it a try often but like IR I haven't really liked the images I've created recently.  These however I'm quite happy with even if the first one is a bit over-processed.  Normally, I do subtle tone mapping when processing HDR, basically make every attempt to make it look un-HDR, but the graffiti screamed for vibrance and contrast.  I was also really impressed with the quality of work for graffiti way out there in nowhereville.

The panoramic I tried was a waste of time.  Can't win 'em all.

Saturday, July 24, 2010


Had a great time at my 10 year class reunion.  I'll spare you the very few terrible candid photos I took.  I'm much better when inanimate objects are in front of the lens.

This is the hop yard at Sprague Farm and Brew Works.

(it was sleeping)

Friday, July 23, 2010


Great clouds on the way home from work.  I had a better shot, I worked on it for hours, clicked save and photoshop disappeared like it wasn't ever open.    Gotta love that.

I finished the lost shot this morning (7/24).

Thursday, July 22, 2010


I totally won $4.75 because I'm awesome.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Schebly the Schnail has been busy (all by himself...snicker snicker).  It's been over a year since he's been with another snail and suddenly there's Scheblettes galore!
Immaculate conception!?

...nope he/she's a hermaphrodite

The largest one's shell is approx 4mm in diameter.
They were released into the wild immediately after the photo shoot.
(There's probably 80+ more eggs in the aquarium, if anyone's interested in a creepy pet)

Sunday, July 18, 2010



A long day in Niagara Falls.  Lots of shots but these are the best.  The last one was on the way home, I have no idea what this large windowless and doorless structure is but I had to take a picture of it.

Thursday, July 15, 2010


I finally got out of bed early enough to shoot some foggy goodness on my way to work.