Monday, November 30, 2009

Counting a Dozen

My 3 year daughter was learning how to count which rendered an idea for this photo project - Counting a Dozen.
Each picture here corresponds to a number 1 - 12. Simmilar concept was compiled in DPS, one pic posted by a member every day for 12 consecutive days starting with number 1 and going all the way to number 12.
These pictures of mine are from the same collections of DPS

Blue Angels @ Houston

1 boot rising.

Blue Angels @ Houston

2 Hornets roaring.

3 Arches of Water Wall

3 Arches of waterwall inviting.

4th Traveler

4th traveller is following.

5 lil fingers

5 little fingers.

6 Colors

6 different colors (moods)


7 hearts falling.

8 windows

8 windows gaping.

9 Arches

9 arched doors inviting.

10 Lanes Freeway @ Los Angeles

10 lanes are guiding.

11 Birds

11 birds resting.

Tennis Ball Cans

12 cans of balls waiting to be opened...

Monday, November 9, 2009


Abstract_06Abstract photography is a field that leaves many puzzled as to what exactly it includes. The definition varies so much by photographer and gallery, it seems like there is no common ground whatsoever. Probably the most common reaction is, What is this supposed to mean? most abstract photographs aren't supposed to carry any particular meaning. Many intend to create a certain mood. For instance, cool colors, smooth lines and a soft focus may be intended to create a calming effect on the viewer.
Abstract photography is a process of using colours and patterns combined to create an image, with no true meaning or no clear subject involved. Abstract photography is not necessarily going to mean the same thing to everyone. and helps us concentrate on texture and colour rather than the whole subject.
The most common reaction to abstract photographer is probably an incredulous, curious, What is that? Many abstract photos have no clear or discernible subject, while others try and make the subject appear like an entirely unlike object.
Most abstract photographers focus on the everyday objects around them, familiar things that they show us through their third eye to be less familiar than we like to think.
Special attention to color is paid by abstract photographers. The use of color filters is a very common technique.
Another factor that many abstract photos have in common is close attention to texture. Repeating patterns are a favorite of many abstract photographers.
Abstract photography, because of the sheer amount of imagination and creativity involved in the process, also serves as an excellent exercise for photographers of other fields to help improve their craft in general, building skills in attention to detail, color and texture, and stretch the boundaries of their own personal style with experimentation. It's a wonderful type of photography to explore—try it for yourself.
My Shadow

Mark Raymond has a great collections on Abstract Photography.
Mark Raymond Mason
Collections of Abstract photographs

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Shooting Airshow with Point and Shoot Camera

Taking interesting pictures at an airshow does not always require expensive SLRs. Last weekend I attended my first airshow ever. 25th Annual Wings Over Houston Airshow at Ellington Airport on Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1 2009. I'd share with you what I learned so far.
All photos were taken with a Sony Cybershot DSC-H2, and I'm describing my experiences specific to this model.
I found these features useful:
Manual focus: Most things happen pretty far from you, so you can safely set focus to infinity and just shoot away without the delay needed by autofocus.
Custom settings memory: Some cameras will allow you to remember your favorite settings. Before the show, I programmed the camera to: zoom at maximum, manual focus set at infinity (see above), continuous drive mode and Aperture was set up to 1/1000 sec.

And thats it after this it was just click click click ...

On the picture on right I tried to get US flag to add some flavor to the pic.

Bright and clear sky added more savor but be prepared for the hot weather. Wear a hat and apply sunblocker on exposed skin. Also, be sure to drink a lot of water to prevent dehydration

I used wide angle option for the photo above; the plane wasn't important, the smoke trail and vastness of the sky were.

And the audience's reaction was as interesting as the show in the sky.

To know more about this airshow and about Blue Angels you can visit these sites