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Mark
Bridgewater, NJ
An avid amateur photographer dedicated to the art and craft of photography.
Interests: music, photography
Recent Activity
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Thought I would try some self portraits today. I look like I woke up at 4AM this morning. Oh wait...I did. Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2011 at The Photography forum
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I went down to shoot bald eagles at Conowingo dam in Maryland today. Unfortunately, the activity was on the mellow side. There were a few fly-by's, but all in all, pretty quiet. Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2011 at The Photography forum
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I am cheating here, but I have my reasons. The great matriarch of the house, Ventana, passed away yesterday at the old age of 22. She had been with us for quite some time. We acquired her from a shelter literally hours before she was slated to be put to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2011 at The Photography forum
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This is a little rock sculpture than Nancy procured from somewhere. Thought it would make for a nice subject. Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2011 at The Photography forum
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Don't know why I felt the need to take a pic of my boot, but .... Sometimes, I have no inspiration. Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2011 at The Photography forum
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Still working on still life shots. I have a feeling this will be my genre for some time as I am really fascinated by it. I still suck, but at least I am having fun with it. Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2011 at The Photography forum
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As promised, more still lifes. I think these came out a little better. I concentrated more on light direction and background with these. Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2011 at The Photography forum
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I think still life is going to be my white whale. Here's some shots I took. I think they suck, but it is a skill I want to work on. Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2011 at The Photography forum
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Tried my hand at still life yesterday. I think if successfully taking really boring photos was my goal, then I succeeded. I need to practice this more. Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2011 at The Photography forum
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I can't get enough zoom blurs. They take a boring photo and really adds some life to it. We had an amazing sunset yesterday, but I couldn't really get a good shot with all the various things (houses, etc) in the way. Enter in the zoom blur. The houses and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2011 at The Photography forum
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I can't get enough zoom blurs. They take a boring photo and really adds some life to it. We had an amazing sunset yesterday, but I couldn't really get a good shot with all the various things (houses, etc) in the way. Enter in the zoom blur. The houses and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2011 at The Photography forum
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I am very excited that cedar waxwings have discovered our property. Prior to their visitation, I had only seen them rarely along the raritan river from a distance. The waxwings have made their presence known a bunch of times and they have been coming closer and closer to areas where... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2011 at The Photography forum
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I wanted to try zoom blurs on different objects to see how they would look. I think they are interesting, but I don't know if I would say they were successful. I did these handheld and I think I would like to try them on a tripod next time. Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2011 at The Photography forum
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In my quest for new ideas, I remembered a flash video I once watched where the "teacher" did a piece on using a flash light to "paint" a design. So, I thought I would give it a shot. I am really surprised at how cool this was and how it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2011 at The Photography forum
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Yesterday, I decided to do more experimentation with flash and long exposures. I really like the effects that it produces. Although, not every shot works I guess. Here's three that I thought work. And here's one that I would say didn't work. It still is interesting to me, but I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2011 at The Photography forum
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Yesterday's project photos were really fun! This is an extension of the fill flash concept taken to extremes. I set the camera to aperture priority and exposed for the background, underexposing, and having the exposure set for about 1 second or so. Then, I flashed the foreground subject so that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2011 at The Photography forum
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Yesterday, I went to Edwin B Forsythe NWA in Cape May, NJ. It was my first time there and found it to be a pretty interesting place. I only did the drive and didn't do the trails. The drive is an 8-mile circle where you can see all sorts of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2011 at The Photography forum
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I am doing tomorrow's shot of the day today as I will be traveling tomorrow in the morning and won't have a chance to upload the photos before I leave. The fall colors and light have just been amazing lately. However, I always feel like just a photo of a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2011 at The Photography forum
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For this outing, I couldn't find much that was grabbing my attention around the yard. I have to admit, I didn't spend a lot of time shooting. However, what I liked about this was the repetition of form. I think I am going to have to keep this in mind... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2011 at The Photography forum
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There was virtually no bird activity at the house yesterday, which was really weird. I kept expecting to see a hawk sitting in a branch nearby scaring everything away, but I didn't see one. The only activity was from the chipmunks. I also saw this pond plant which really got... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2011 at The Photography forum
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Yesterday, I really wanted to take shots of birds, but the activity was rather limited. There was a really cool bit of activity around a small pool of water in the backyard. Robins, yellow rumped warblers, and even a cedar waxwing had visited the watering hole. Here's a few shots... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2011 at The Photography forum
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I was all over the place yesterday, photographically speaking. I started taking photos of patterns and/or textures. Then, I decided I wanted to work more with fill flash. Finally, we had a sighting of our resident mouse (actually there's more than one, but...). So, I had to take a photo... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2011 at The Photography forum
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The other day, I watched a really interesting video by Bryan Peterson on fill flash. The concept was pretty simple. Using a wide angle lens, set your focus on the foreground object. Set the apreture to something pretty small, like f22. Expose for the background, but underexpose by around 2... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2011 at The Photography forum
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There was such beautiful light yesterday. There was not a cloud in the sky and the trees and shrubs were really showing off their fall colors. As beautiful as fall colors are, I am never all that intrigues by straight photos of trees. So, I decided to do motion blurs... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2011 at The Photography forum
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Yesterday, I got lucky. The sky was grey and there wasn't much to photograph because the snow had crushed everything to a mucky mess. Then, Nancy spotted our juvenile Coopers Hawk again. I had just enough time to get about a half dozen shots off before he flew away. Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2011 at The Photography forum