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March 2019

Try not to be typical…U.S. Space & Rocket Center

Late last week I made a short trip to Huntsville, Alabama. Not one of those adventures that I make plans for myself to go out and shoot; but still I had a camera with me. I was told the hotel that I would be staying at is right in front of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. I mean I walked out of the hotel into the parking lot…very close.

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With camera in hand I visited the center. Very COOL with TONS of history!! It was so much that I can’t say if I saw everything. In the back was the Space Shuttle Park. Like anyone else I was taking the typical photographs of all the Top 10 Artifacts and then some. But I wanted to do more and try to be created as I enjoyed the park. I was getting my first tan of the year so why not? 😉 😉  It was a great challenge for me. I was using Fuji’s 27mm f/2.8 pancake lens; which has a focal length of 41mm (35mm format equivalent). I definitely had to move around a lot for many of my compositions. Just in case I may never make it back I made sure I didn’t shoot tight and gave myself enough wiggle room to crop later. I didn’t try to avoid people because I wanted people in my photographs; to give a perspective how big everything was.

So if you’re ever out “shooting typical” stuff try to be creative. Take an extra minute and see what you come up with.

Gear used: Fujifilm X-Pro2, 27mm f/2.8 pancake prime lens.

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HAPPY SHOOTING!!  🙂 🙂

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Long exposures at the pier…

As I’m still learning how to shoot long exposures with ND filters, I decided to make a quick trip down to Virginia Beach before spring breaks start up. Plus I think the best time to shoot and enjoy the beaches are during the fall and winter seasons. You do see people walking/jogging along the boardwalks and ocean but not many…more space for me to play and not being in others way as they would with me.

IT WAS COLD! 😦  I mean the wind was blowing like crazy but that’s the chance I had to take. Driving to the beach I was more prepared than if I had flown. Super ready.

The day before going out, I made some practice shots from my hotel room. The hotel was nice enough to put me on the side of the ocean view. All I had to do was step directly out from my room with the tripod and camera already set up. With the 18-135mm lens it reached far enough to let me practice. If it got really cold all I had to do was take a step back and I was in the warm room keeping an eye on my camera gear. With the images below (1st taken around 4PM, 2nd around 5:55PM) I was able to use Lee Stopper Exposure Guide App and it worked very well. Once I took the photograph (without the filter) and was happy with the exposure, etc. I took the shutter speed number and entered it into the app and made the recommended exposure for the ND filter. It was dead on.

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The next day I went down to the pier around 11AM. It was still cold and windy but nice and bright with some clouds. Some of the tutorials I have watched I’ve seen photographers shooting with ND filters in the middle of the day. Ok cool, that’s exactly what I want to do also – shoot in the middle of a day with the ND filter. What’s so great about mirrorless (and I don’t know anything about the DSLR’s) but when I attached the filter on my lens I could see EVERYTHING (could be different if I stack several filters). All I had to do was adjust the shutter to my liking. Lee Big Stopper is a 10 stops filter – totally black. I kept my ISO low and my f/stop was f/11or f/14 (but mainly f/11). My prescription glasses at times where a pain because of the tint, which made me take them off from time to time. Not only was I able to slow down the water; I was able to slow down the clouds also. I wanted to share both color and black & white photographs to show the difference of the two and how dramatic they both are in their own way. Also with the strength of the winds that day, it all depended on where I was standing that everything was affected differently.

Gear used: Fujifilm X-H1, 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, MeFoto tripod, Lee Filter ND Big Stopper, and Lee Stopper Exposure Guide app.

HAPPY SHOOTING!! 🙂 🙂

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PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN ALONG THE PIER AT VIRGINIA BEACH, VA

PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN ALONG THE PIER AT VIRGINIA BEACH, VA

PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN ALONG THE PIER AT VIRGINIA BEACH, VA

PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN ALONG THE PIER AT VIRGINIA BEACH, VA

PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN ALONG THE PIER AT VIRGINIA BEACH, VA

PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN ALONG THE PIER AT VIRGINIA BEACH, VA

 

 

 

 

Beverly Price…Film Goddess

April 2018 I attended a local photographer’s open reception and as I was browsing around I saw this young female photographer with her Hasselblad film camera. The camera definitely caught my eye. As all photographers do, we introduced ourselves, talked photography, exchanged information and begin to follow each other on social media.

Beverly Price (http://www.beverlypricephoto.com) is a self-taught film photographer from Washington D.C. She’s been locked- in learning her passion since 2016. Along the way she has had many photographers share what they know which also includes processing and printing film. That’s one thing I miss about film photography – having total control from the time I clicked the shutter on the camera until the last print is dried.

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Beverly not only a photographer, but she considers herself as an Urban Cultural Historian. Beverly’s passion is the children within her community. She believes if we don’t let the children speak and hear what they say, then how can they grow? During her interview with Afro, The Black Media Authority, Beverly said “They were telling a really deep story about their concern for their future, and their parents, and us and where we’re headed as a culture and community.  It touched me deeply.”

Beverly’s vision: “ As a photographer is to tell stories from a personal inside perceptive”.

With that vision, in February Beverly had her first photography pop-up at the National Museum of Women In The Arts Museum in Washington D.C. – “When the Children Speak”. Children were speaking to Beverly through her eyes, her lens, and her photographs. For the past two years or so this is how Beverly saw the children of Washington D.C. With her skills as a processor of film and printing of paper, she selected 13 of her images to share their story to us all.

To find out more of Beverly Price, check out her website: http://www.beverlypricephoto.com.

Camera gear used: Fujifilm X-Pro2, Fujifilm XF35mm f/2 lens, and Fujifilm XF27mm f/2.8 lens. All images were shot in RAW but since the photographs of this awesome event were black and white, it was only right to convert to black and white.

 

HAPPY SHOOTING!! 🙂 🙂

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