After talking about the garage sale and its benefits and discussing making pictures of those dolls for yesterdays blog, I thought it might be a good idea to explore the weirdness I saw, so I began photographing them away from the sales area. In fact, I did it the next day when I could control the light a little bit. This doll’s head is attached to the body with no head in yesterday’s picture. She appears to be growing a beard.
I’m not sure what my fascination is with these dolls, but while I was photographing them, some of my neighbors walked by and wanted to position them in odd ways. That’s all I’m saying about that. Heh.
At any rate, this little doll has a little light placed on her by using Nikon’s macro lighting system, a D90 and a 60mm lens.
A good — no make that great — place to look for images that fit into the Picture A Day project are garage sales. Not only can you find interesting pictures of people looking for their next treasure among the leftover piles of other people’s junk, but sometimes you can even find unintentionally humorous still life images that are just sort of piled up by their owners. I don’t know about you, but I find this composition a little disturbing. The sellers of these dolls were willing to trade them to me for some old, out dated technology. But, somehow I couldn’t make myself do it. Maybe no photography is worth the strangeness that these dolls brought to my mind. But, maybe that’s just me. Maybe some other person would have no problem giving these little lumps of plastic to their children.
A word about composition. I didn’t do anything to enhance this picture. I photographed these dolls as I found them. For those more technically inclined, I used a Nikon D90 and a 60mm macro lens.
There is an old motel on Central Avenue — also known as Route 66 — in the more run down and picturesque area of Albuquerque, New Mexico that has become sort of a cheap long stay residence. There is all sorts of folk art on the exterior walls. If you take a few minutes to wander the grounds — that’s all it takes since it is an old fashioned motor court — there is no telling what you’ll stumble upon. One day, I was walking through the lot and happened upon a discarded pair of cowboy boots. I thought one or both of the boots might make a nice still life so I photographed them as I found them.
Since, the 2008 PAD is running smoothly, I’m digressing a little bit. This picture is from mid-2005. It was taken a musician Jonno Frishburg’s house. Jonno has been a mainstay in a number of regional Cajun bands. including the almost psychedelic Mamou and Charivari. He currently fronts his own band. Prior to the storm, he and his wife Maria used to host Sunday fiddle sessions at their home near City Park in New Orleans. It was just a friendly gathering of local musicians who enjoyed playing together.
In this picture, you can see Jonno in the background playing bass while some of his guests pick up their fiddles. As so often, this is just another available light photograph that is slightly blown out because it is so heavily back lighted.
This ties New Orleans to Asia. At least it does in my mind. When I evacuated from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina I decided that a good place to re-locate temporarily might be Lake Charles, Louisiana.
I found a small apartment and started to settle in, when along came Hurricane Rita. Once again, I evactuated. This time, to Mountain Home, Arkansas. When I arrived there, I had an email from my editor at Lonely Planet Images, who asked me to go to Beijing, China to photograph a book. Even though I was more-or-less a refugee, I agreed. I left most of my stuff in a Best Western motel that the Red Cross was paying for, kenneled my dog and went to China which provided me with a break from all that storm stuff.
One of the subjects, LPI and just about everybody else seems to be interested in is street food. In Beijing, it has been regulated and cleaned up. It is located in one place which was not far from
my hotel. The various food stands offered some of the best, freshest and tastiest examples of what I call people’s food. Dumplings, fried vegetables, soup, different kinds of meats.
Oh yeah. Available light. F8 and be there.
Every place has it own form of local art. In New Mexico there are a number of artisan tile makers.
In this case, a little business just got much bigger as the guys who actually own the business and are doing the work, won a contract from the city to design, hand fire and install a mosaic that is located on a bi-level park wall. Once they light it, people should be able to see it from downtown at night. I’m not sure they’ll see much detail, but, they will see the brightly colored wall from that distance. At any rate, I’ll be following this guys off and on for a while.
There’s not much to this picture. F8 and be there. Or, I tried to capture the “decisive moment” as Cartier-Bresson used to say. Oh, and I shot from a slightly different angle. At the time, there wasn’t much of the art to see.
After finally uploading PAD 2008 as continuous, I can move on to work that I’ve been doing a little more recently. Assuming that a Chili is a vegetable, may headline is correct. In this case, it’s been drying for a while in New Mexico’s thin, dry air. And, unlike the most popular version, it’s red not green.
It’s a simply produced image. A little reflected strobe, a dark bowl that has reflecting, settings that make the strobe a very weak fill light and there you have it.
Simplicity is sometimes its own reward.
I thought that I would make a change in my blog today. Rather then post every image that I produced on PAD 2008, I thought I would just add a slide show since posting one picture every day would take as long to do as it took to photograph the project. But, that won’t happen today. It’s easy enough to upload a SMALL slide show. But, I’m talking about 365 pictures. Uploading that group of images has already taken 3 hours and I’m not sure how many images have really been uploaded.
So, for today, a picture from Hong Kong. It is one of my more painterly efforts. No, it is not the ubiquitous junk that you see in almost every Hong Kong image as an icon picture. This is a new junk. It is really a small, five star floating restaurant that leaves from Tsim Sha Tsui on the Kowloon side of the Victoria Harbor and drifts around the harbor while the diners eat very well prepared dinners and look at the city at night.
The predicted high today is 92 degrees. It’s only the first week of May. We haven’t had very much rain to speak of. In some areas, rain fall is under80% of normal rain fall. Granted, we live in the high desert. But, it’s a little too hot, a little too early. And, it’s way too dry… even for here. It guess that it’s time to shift from spring time pictures to something that reflects accurately the coming summer. Hot. Hotter. And, dry. These pictures really need to be about something that readers can relate to.