My current favorite photographer on flickr is rosemary who lives in Japan, shoots with a Digital Rebel and, for most of the macros in her collection with a Tamron 90mm F2.8 lens. She is without a doubt a master of soft focus composition and bokeh.
I was planning to take pictures of deer in Evelyn’s front meadow where a herd of them is usually hanging out. Two were there but they ran away so I walked down to the the pond. The birches were amazing and the water had no signs of ice on it after two warm days and displayed a painterly reflection of the trees.
We had a light dusting of snow the other day and I was taking pictures of the process of opening the box containing my new PowerBook (those pics and commentary/review coming soon to a weblog near you) and after my wife Anne left for school I noticed the wonderful tire tracks her VW Golf made in the snow. She backed up so gracefully (that’s her), turned left, and zoomed off the tracks made a wonderful pattern. Unfortunately, the sun was low enough so that the shadow of trees across the road crossed the shot. Waiting until the sun cleared the trees would have melted the snow (and it did) so this was as good as it got. Still, I love that pattern. Makes me want to fly over parking lots or truck stops after new snow falls.
We were on initial approach into San Jose and this was too good to miss. Somehow the fields here look more like silicon wafers than they do elsewhere. In color if not shape. This landscape reminded me of aerial shots of Vietnam as well. I almost got in trouble having the camera out but I got it hidden just as the flight attendants were doing last minute seatbelt checks.
The stone on the outside of much of the Getty is one of its most striking characteristics. Here’s the press release the museum put out describing the buildings: The Getty Center — Architectural Description
The 16,000 tons of travertine used in the project were quarried in Bagni di Tivoli, Italy, 15 miles east of Rome. Split along its natural grain, many of the stones bear fossilized leaves, feathers, and branches. Meier and his staff worked for a year with the Bagni di Tivoli quarries to invent a “guillotine” process that would result in such a rough textured finish.
I got to JFK early enough to grab a beer and start reading the manual on the 300D, AKA Digital Rebel. Quite a bit of beer later, I started playing with ISO which led to this beer shot, slightly out of focus as I was.
In London now and on my way to Nice. Maybe Nice will be nice… sorry, I can’t resist.