Monday, November 29, 2010

Upriver November / Monday

Drove up around the Rogue to see.
Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/28/10
Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/28/10
Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/28/10
Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/28/10
Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/28/10
Patterson bridge, Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/28/10
Water pours.
Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/28/10
Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/28/10
Gray black Monday.
Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/29/10
Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/29/10
Elk. Lousy shot, but they were impressive all together.
Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/29/10
Euchre Creek, like Hunter Creek, is now entering the sea a few hundred meters south of last year. This switch happened recently, but I missed it. The abandoned oxbow receives sea water when tides are high enough.
Euchre Creek, Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/29/10
Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/29/10
Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/29/10

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Pizza!

I always wanted to make pizza like my sister. My tastes were different when I was 7 and the Appian Way kit was a treat. While making this 'substitute' she told of dramatically different pizza came from her New Hampshire early years.

Random things happen that stick. I happened to be in front of a TV show comparing Chicago style pizzas last fall. I think it was firemen from New York versus Chicago. Pretty much cemented for me to pursue Italian-style pizza. The secret is sure to be the crust. Soon I found this recipe, and promptly became confused; anyone would. I rewrote it to remove the 'threaded' options; a very badly written recipe with very good results! The crust is the hero here but I forgot to photograph it properly.

While in Kentucky, the best pizza was a take and bake from Papa Murphy's. It was some twist of coincidence that the exclusively west coast chain wound up with a founding owner retired to Owensboro. I'm saying that I had settled for bland take-and-bake pizzas that were quite worse than the foo foo (and delicious) pizza I had while living in the Bay Area. Arriving here in this tiny community, the pizza is altogether quite bad. There you have the entire back story as to why I became a pizza maestro in the last month.

3 shot mosaic.
Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/26/10

Starting with a quart of tomatoes we grew, picked and canned this summer, slow cooked into pizza sauce, adding a touch of fresh basil.
Agness tomatoes simmer down, Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/26/10
I made four styles with this marguerite being most photogenic.
Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/26/10
Photo by Randy with the d5000.

The rain pours. Sprits are low, or perhaps suspended animation. Water for coffee boils in front of the window, anticipating a fresh cup of Peets.
Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/27/10
Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/27/10
Kiwi leaf, Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/27/10
Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/27/10
Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/27/10
Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/27/10
Kiwi leaf, Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/27/10
Lately I've been reading about lenses, exposures, cameras going out of production, (namely my d5000), bokeh, and probably other things. The intermittent sunshine was great to shoot in today, but it rained hard for the most part.
Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/27/10
Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/27/10
I went down to Bailey Beach and here are two shots that I ran through Topaz Adjust. Yesterday I wrote "I'm sort of Anti Photoshop," today I immediately contradict myself.
Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/27/10
[d5k:6748]Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/27/10
They were interesting shots before, but the filters do bring a lot of punch to them. Okay, now the self-conscious bokeh shots. First, rain on the windshield.
Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/27/10
I went down to the thrift store. There was a lot of junk. I think his kit lens does a nice job with bokeh at 35mm, but what do I know? It certainly does more than this 110, similar the Kodak110 that captured my early childhood. Sadly, this camera went to the trash with another 50 or so 'junk' cameras (I didn't find out until 12/18 about the others that went).
Ophir School 110, Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/27/10
So, back with the Topaz filters. Very cool, very stylized, very 'black box'. These were perfect shots to run through it I bet.
Up Euchre creek, Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/27/10
This image has no Topaz, but I did shoot it RAW which produced a very different looking image than the .jpg
Euchre creek marsh, Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/27/10

Mouth of Greggs Creek, Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/27/10
Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/27/10
Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/27/10
I'm not sure which of the presets I chose on these. I ran each one separately, leaning towards 'Vibrance' and 'Exposure Correction'. It's the 'make more intense' filter, or 'like that famous artist they used in those Nestle Alpine White candy bar commercials' (Maxfield Parrish). It is a fine set of tools that I like today. They seem a good value at $50. I could see mixing the 'Topazed' version with the original for just a tad of the filter-y-ness.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving

I recently discovered the cool webmag, Pictory. Aside from the wonderful collections, I really like that the right arrow scrolls to the top of the next image. How'd they do that? Check it out.

A unique cloud rainbow. The sun was not visible through the clouds behind me. Four shot mosaic @35mm.
Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/24/10
Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/24/10
Greggs Creek.
Greggs Creek, Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/24/10
Thanksgiving walk, Ophir beach.
Ophir beach, Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/25/10
Ophir beach, Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/25/10
Ophir beach, Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/25/10
Ophir beach, Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/25/10
Greggs creek, Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/25/10
Ophir beach, Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/25/10
Ophir beach, Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/25/10
So a hypothetical question, if I had $400 to spend, would it be a new lens or a compact camera?

I've been shooting with the d5000 a lot. I like it but the tiny range of the kit lens at 18-55mm is limiting. Last fall when first looking for a new camera, I drooled over the Sony A900. I'd very much like to play around with a high end Sony some day. I imagined I was accustomed to Sony's sensor color, but after 4 months of shooting with both a Nikon and Sony, I find the color differences very subtle. Anyway, back to the imaginary spare $400. . .

I'm split between a quality pocket camera and a longer lens for the Nikon. Juha Haataja impresses me with his quality and the joy he has shooting with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5. (I heard from Juha, and he shoots with the older Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3) I feel a certain lament in that I was once very happy to just be shooting with the DSC-H1 while traveling about the country. Now here on the beautiful Oregon coast I'm bitching about SLR lenses. Allow my thoughts about a compact camera to drift here. I was recently reminded of my old Sony w810 phone with a 2mp camera. It was a discreet, fairly high quality camera. At 2mp, it's similar to my 3G iPhone, yet it produced much better images and was a lot more fun. I wonder about this zoom attachment, or perhaps one of the many iphone camera apps, like Hipstamatic. It's the shutter I don't like; effectively pushing the lens to take a picture.

Another brief tangent: why are point and shoot/ultra zoom cameras able to zoom in so much more than SLR cameras? Evidently the large sensor size of SLRs is why they need such large (and expensive) lenses to match the range of a point and shoot. Magnifying something small can be accomplished with less glass than something large. My old DSC-H1 has an impressive 35mm equivalent range of 36-436mm, with a 1.7x telephoto adapter that brings it up to 742mm. So back to window shopping. . .

For the d5000, I am thinking of the 16-85mm or a separate 55-200mm. I am also intrigued about a simple, quality fixed focal length lens, somewhere around 35mm. An imposed limitation can sometimes be very helpful; perhaps this Nikon 35mm?
It was a rather large dinner party. Lou's 'calm before the storm.'
Lou the cat, Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/25/10
Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/25/10
Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/25/10
Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/25/10
Trying out being discreet with the giant Nikon.
Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/25/10
Difficult lighting for handheld, no flash photography.
Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/25/10
A wonderful meal.
Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/25/10
I earned a temporary nickname as 'the fucking shite' during a game Taboo.
Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/25/10
I promptly gave away four points in my first turn. Irish folks have such decorative language. If not for my love of The Commitments, I would have taken it quite wrong.



A technical postscript. I want to discuss the rather unsuccessful 6467 briefly. M y old habit would be to zoom much tighter into the breaking wave. I see some image funkiness. Is it the lens? Are my weaknesses as a technical photographer revealed? Because I don't know if I could have exposed this better and still captured the moment.

There's not a lot to it. Point, focus, wait, shoot. My longstanding Photoshop practice is to adjust the levels occasionally, and to resize for web output. I'm a little 'anti Photoshop' in my photography, though I do find that the way I resample the images yields good results. Here is the original, with a crooked horizon and poor pixel value distribution. It was a gray, diffuse light. The histogram of the shot tells me something about exposure adjustments that I haven't yet learned.
Ophir beach, Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/25/10
In this case, adjusting the levels en masse made the image strangely saturated. It's not very real looking nor intentional. It finishes up looking messed with.
Ophir beach, Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/25/10
I rarely worry about this sort of thing. Yet I sense this is precisely the kind of image that could be better if I knew more about what the hell I was doing. Here it is again, unworthy of this much screen time:
Curry County, OR, Andrew D. Barron ©11/24/10

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