Wednesday, November 30, 2011

K Is For...

K is for KNIFE!
I'm glad I grew up in a time when it wasn't a sign of criminal intent to have a knife in your pocket. I got my first one when I was about six years maternal grandparents gave it to me as a holiday gift. It had a picture of the Lone Ranger on one side and a silver bullet on the other...I still have it...still have my trusty Boy Scout knife too. There's nothing quite as handy as a sharp pocket knife. I still carry one every day and find a use for it almost every day. I've had to turn around and go back to the truck to stash my knife on more than one occasion when I've forgotten about the no "weapons" rule in many public buildings. Ah...the good old days! 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

J Is For...

J is for JELLY beans!
 I had to shoot this one very quickly...'cause my supply of subject matter diminished at an alarming rate.

Monday, November 28, 2011

I Is For...

I is for ITTY bitty. I placed the thimble beside the cup as a size, is it an itty bitty cup or is it the most humongous thimble in captivity?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

H Is For...

H is for HICKORY HANDLED HAMMER from HART tool Company.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

G Is For...

G is for GARFIELD and a GIRAFFE on black GLASS.
Shooting small subjects on black glass can give you some interesting reflections but you have to clean the glass often during the shooting process (at least in dusty south Texas) because every speck of dust will show in the photo. Some people use plexiglass or acrylic but plastics scratch so easily and those tiny scratches look huge in the finished photo, so I like to use plain ol' window glass...paint the back side with a couple of coats of flat black spray paint and...Voila!'re in bizness.
As you can see, there is some dust on the glass in this photo...I could tell you that I left it there to illustrate my point but the truth is my vision is getting so bad, it just slipped past me..............

Friday, November 25, 2011

F Is For...

F is for FLOWER.
 This is probably the last rose we'll have for the year. It was a pretty good year for the roses...we were in one of the worst dry spells in recent history but the roses were watered every day...sometimes twice.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

E Is For...

E is for EXTRA!
I must confess that I've never investigated the concept of virgin olive oil....much less the idea of being EXTRA virgin. Oh well, I suppose such things are far too deep for an old guy like me. I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving with plenty of good things to eat and the company of those that you love.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

D Is For...

D is for DEUCES in a Jack DANIEL'S DECK!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

C Is For...

C is for camera, of course. What else could C possibly be for on a photography site?
This is a Sony A580. It's wearing my Sony 70-200/2.8 G ssm...probably my best lens, it's an old Minolta design that Sony made a few cosmetic changes to when they took Minolta over a few years back. Minolta made some great lenses and a few of them, like this one, are still in production under the Sony name. I posted about dust control yesterday and now I post a picture in which the inside of the lens hood appears to be covered with's not, the inside of the hood is lined with black felt to cut the possibility of reflections. The angle of the light just makes it look dusty!  

Monday, November 21, 2011

B Is For...

B is for Blue handled Blush Brush and Blower! My little corner of South Texas gulf coast is pretty hard on photo equipment. If the salt, humidity and ultra violet don't get you, the incessant wind (and the dust that it brings) surely will. These two items have a permanent place in my camera bag, they're indispensable for getting that dust out of places it doesn't belong. A quick browse of any photo catalog or shop will show you the ubiquitous blower brush but I find those things worthless at best and downright harmful at worst. The little blower is too small to do any good and I've never seen one that didn't have hard, coarse bristles. Glass coatings on modern lenses are fragile, their thickness is measured in microns...once scratched, they are a source of all manner of problems. I guard the front elements of my lenses like they were gold...never touch them with my bare hands, never touch them with a lens cloth except as a last resort and then only with a little lubrication from a good quality optical solution...they're too expensive to deserve any lesser treatment. I find the two items pictured above to be very effective on loose dust...the blower usually does the trick but sometimes I have to resort to a few light strokes with the soft brush...your mileage may vary.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

A Is For

A is for addition!
Sigma 50/1.4

OK, here we go! I'm going to try to keep this up on a daily basis unless I get stumped (which is likely) or I am interrupted by unforeseen circumstances. I plan to post only one picture a day on the alphabet theme, unlike last time when I went nuts! If I get the chance to get out and about, I may post images in addition to the challenge shots. Hope it will be fun and that we all enjoy it...I think it will be a bit more difficult than the last one.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Give Me Liberty...

Against my better judgement, I visited the harbor today. As I've said before, it's become depressing to me...just to see what's happening down there. I've covered that subject pretty thoroughly so I won't get off on another rant ...oh well. While I was there, I got to shoot this trawler at Aransas Marine Ways...getting fixed up for next season.
Sigma 18-250

Since I don't get out much anymore, I've decided to start another challenge, just to keep me in the game. I'm going to do another alphabet challenge but this one will be limited to indoor subjects...nothing that can't be placed on a table top. Some of them will be shot in my light box and some just on the open table. If anyone wants to participate, you're more than welcome!

Sunday, November 13, 2011


Konica-Minolta 28-75/2.8

Friday, November 11, 2011

Sweet Annie

The young girls may be pretty to look at but it's the older ones that hold your heart. Annie is 13 and she's been holding mine for a long time!

Sigma 105/2.8 macro

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Norther At Sunset

Despite yesterday's lament about the demise of Conn Brown Harbor's appeal to me as a source of photographic subjects, the area still has it's photogenic appeal. This photo is from a few years back...I was on the road, between Aransas Pass and the ferry landing when one of our strong Northern fronts passed through, just as the sun was going down. I pulled off the road and grabbed this shot. Ingleside point is in the distance and you can see the cranes at the Gulf Marine yard.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Back In The Day

A common sight that's not so common in Aransas Pass anymore. I haven't been to the harbor much lately, not only because I just don't get out much these days but it's become depressing to me. Things are changing too quickly for me and I guess I'm just not ready for the change. The demise of a heritage is painful, especially for an old geezer like me. The behemoth is open for business, the old rusty roofed buildings at the shipyard have been demolished, many of the piers and docks have been torn down and the boats...well, there aren't many boats left. Maybe we'll see more when the next season kicks off but they're pretty sparse right now. I don't think there's even a net shop operating anymore...guess there's not much left for me down there...except for the birds and the ICW. PROGRESS...all depends on perspective, I suppose. Guess it's time for me to find a new hangout! This shot is from 2005...back in the day!