New York City.
On one of the three trips Gary and I made to the city when he was visiting I noticed a very nice display of blown glassware in a shop window. Well lit and fascinating shapes. This is through a window and heavily cropped but I love the forms.
Warren, Connecticut. I unloaded the dish rack onto the kitchen work table and came back a half hour later and the sun was pouring through the kitchen window creating a wonderful high contrast moment. Grabbed the Ricoh GR and took a few shots.
One has to learn to find lighting and contrast situations that lend themselves to this kind of shooting and no doubt I’ll be overdoing it for a while as I experiment to figure this out. It sure is a fun process though and its getting me much more actively involved experimenting with my photography, something I’ve been missing for a while now.
Flickr member 幾小爬 has posted a wonderful abstract of upside down glass goblets taken with a Ricoh GRD III.
Flickr member Adolfo Rozenfeld posted this great image of a glass and its shadow.
This is a brilliant short documentary on glass blowing and industrial processes for forming glass artfully shot and edited with a background of great jazz. Turn it up, zoom it out.
Glas is by the Dutch documentary film maker Bert Haanstra; it won the Oscar in 1959 for best short subject film.
My good friend Gary Sharp is doing great things with his iPhone and the Hipstamatic app. He’s always been interested in alternative photo processes like Polaroid photo transfers and now he has a digital tool to keep the fun going.
New York City. A group of us had dinner in New York over the Holidays and Gary and I spent a considerable amount of time attempting to photograph this glass of water with a candle behind it. It was a lot of fun and while my wife and our other friends rolled their eyes and talked about other things, Gary and I got deeper and deeper into it. Soon others in the restaurant were looking over at us wondering what was so interesting to get two people to spend so much time photographing at the table.
Warren, Connecticut. I figured I’d better do some shooting with the new camera to make sure it works within the return period. What better place to test than my "kitchen table studio" with my high priced (and moody) models.
Warren, Connecticut. I’ve now done some more testing of the Canon 200mm f/2.8 L lens vs. the Canon 135mm f/2 L lens plus Canon 1.4x extender and while there are some differences, they’re not enough to warrant buying the 200mm lens (which is a great deal).
When you add the extender to the 135mm f/2 lens you get a 189mm f/2.8 combination. Not quite 200mm but the same speed. While my tests are informal I’m happy with both the sharpness, color, bokeh and handling of the 135 and extender. Is the 200mm better? Probably, but not enough to warrant buying it in addition to the 135.
I like the shape of chemistry glassware and I’m going to order some more to use as subjects for photographs.
Warren, Connecticut. There is beauty in everyday objects and one of the things we can do with our cameras is take objects out of their functional settings and just look at their forms.
This bulb is reminiscent of a Mercury Space capsule as well as a piece of Japanese pottery. There’s something pleasing about the form.
Note: I was experimenting with the 1.4x extender on my 135mm f/2 to see if that combo might make a good substitute for the 200mm f/2.8 for when I need something longer than 135 but shorter than 300. I think it will.