Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Is Spring Springing?

Is this a sign that Spring is around the corner? I'm not talking about the flowers, these little flowers have been around all winter...I'm talkin' about the bugs!

These little flowers are a different story...they're a pretty good indication of of an early Spring but, sometimes they get fooled!

I don't know what these have to do with Spring...I just like their look.

This shot has nothing to do with Spring. It's just a cormorant waving a greeting to a shrimp boat ; )! Really, he's just drying his feathers before he takes off to another location. The Bay shrimpers are the only ones working right now...Gulf season is closed.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Fading Away

Hey, I'm back from my recent exile from blogdom...One of the things I did while I was off the net was dig around in some of my old stuff. I'm a natural born pack rat and I amaze myself, sometimes, with the stuff I hang onto. This is my old PALM PDA...it was a pretty cool item in it's day. You could store lots of information on it, plug it into your PC and transfer files...kind of the forerunner of the smartphone...'cept it didn't have a phone...or any internet connectivity or a camera or GPS or MP3 or any of the other things we take for granted today...it was a glorified address book/notebook...but for it's time, it was just too cool!

I had time to do a little playing around in Photoshop...reworked some of my old images with different techniques.

I even got out and shot a few pictures!
It's good to be back!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Is It Really?

Is it really January 22nd? I went to the harbor for a short while this afternoon and when I got back, I noticed this new rose in Anita's garden.

From the harbor.

Well, it seems that I exceeded my data limits again so I will be scarce until after the 28th. See ya' in 'bout a week!

Friday, January 20, 2012


I took a short drive to the harbor today...The 12/24 was still on my camera and I didn't really feel like carrying the camera bag so I figured I'd probably find another "big sky" wide angle shot. As I was heading for the door, I saw my 500/8 Minolta lens sitting on my desk and made a spur of the moment decision to take it along. Lenses are like most other mechanical things...they need to be used every now and then just to keep the grease from getting hard and funky...(yes, your lens depends on grease to keep it working smoothly, without excessive wear). I didn't figure I'd find anything to shoot with the 500 but I figured I'd take a couple of shots with it,,,just to keep things moving smoothly. I went up on the high side of the harbor and spotted this lantana and...had nothing to shoot it with...12/24...too short and wide...500...too long! Oh well, I went ahead and took a few shots with the 500. Maybe I'll go back tomorrow with a macro or a 35 or something. Moral of the story? I guess there are two...(1) be prepared and (2) Do the best you can with what you've got. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Beginning...

The beginning of what? The beginning of the end. This remote came out of one of the rent houses. The tenant left it there, along with a truckload of other assorted junk, when I had to evict him a little over a month ago. So, why does it symbolize the end? When I was a kid, out in west Texas, we didn't need a remote...we only got one station and it was far away...we all had an antenna mounted on a tall pole beside the house and if we'd had a little wind since we last watched our one channel, we had to go outside and turn the pole so the antenna would be in the right position to pull in the best signal. At our house, that was usually a three person operation...one to turn the pole, one to stand in front of the TV and carefully assess the quality of the signal and a third, crucial, member of the crew to stick their head out the window and relay instructions to the turner of the pole. It was a family group...working, in harmony, toward a common goal. Now, one person, with a remote control, can accomplish that task without even getting their butt out of their chair...remote control is the beginning of the end of civilization as we know it!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

No Sun Today

A tug...pushing another tug on a very cloudy, dark and overcast day.
Sigma 8-16

Monday, January 16, 2012

More Progress

This is the site of the old Coastal Door Shop at the harbor. They built and repaired doors for shrimping rigs. They've been out of business for quite a while and the city council leased the property to a company that sells and repairs pumps for the offshore oil industry. The paper said the new outfit would employ 30-40 people. It's sad to see all the old fishing businesses go but I'm glad, at least, that not ALL the business at the harbor is going to be tourist related. The best thing about tourists? ...they eventually go home!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Any Color Will Do...

As long as it's BLACK...or WHITE!
Sometimes, when I don't get out for my photo-therapy, I run amok in Photoshop!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

From The Ditch

I got out of the house this afternoon...made a quick trip to the grocery store for a few items and picked these little beauties out of the ditch on the way home.
Sony A900-Sigma 70/2.8 macro

Thursday, January 12, 2012

January Skies

I got out and about today and got to spend a couple of hours in the sunshine...well, there were lots of clouds but that only made it interesting.

Jan asked me, the other day, why I hadn't posted any shots of the behemoth lately...to be honest, since they got it built and open for business, I've kind of lost interest in it but here's a shot just to let everyone know that it's still there.

And a wider view...

As you can see, I kinda got into the panorama mode today. I love the format but I don't do many of them. I think to be appreciated, they need to be printed and hung on the wall somewhere. I think that viewing them on the computer screen just doesn't do them justice. There's a restaurant in town called "The Bakery Cafe"...they've done a lot of remodeling in the last few years but they used to have a lot of photos hanging on their walls. One of those photos was of a group of shrimp trawlers tied up at the dock...they were backed into the dock, side by side and you were looking at them head on. It was a panorama and the print occupied a large section of the wall. It was a favorite of mine and was a real pleasure to behold...gone but not forgotten.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Black & White...In Living Color

I touched on filters for black and white photography in a prior post and since I've been talking about B&W, I figured I might as well touch base again. These colored glass filters are pretty essential to good black and white photography. Basically, they alter how much light of a certain color can pass through the lens and reach the film. Simply put, they make their complimentary colors darker on the print while making their own color lighter...a red filter makes reds lighter and blues and greens darker and so on, very useful in getting the most out of a scene. I could probably write a couple of pages on this process but, You get the picture. There are also some neutral density filters here, in a stack...they're for controlling overall brightness and come in different degrees of light and dark.

Well, I guess Blogger got it together or...somebody did...so I'm back. It's not daylight yet so I'll consider this to be yesterday's post. Can't go wrong with roses!

Sigma 70/2.8 macro with ring flash

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

What's Up?

Well, I don't know what the deal is but I can't post a photo tonight...the site just won't let me upload, so I guess I'll try again later. Hasta la taco, y'all...

Monday, January 9, 2012

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Camera Shop Girl...8-11-2005

From one of my few forays into street/candid/ambush photography. I can't remember if she was checking her "do" or just holding her hair up 'cause it was the middle of August in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D/Minolta 24/105.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

B & W...pt. 2...With A Little Color

As promised in yesterday's post, another black and white photo. I got a little carried away in my comments yesterday so I'll keep it short tonight. I'll just say that black and white with a digital camera is a little different than shooting film...as I'm sure you all know, you basically have two options; you can set the camera to black and white or you can just shoot in color mode and convert to black and white in your editing program. I much prefer the second option 'cause I think it gives me a better set of tools to try to get the shot that I want...your mileage may vary!

Here's a color shot from the same set up...hard for me to say which I like better. Anita brought this rose home from work today and it's gorgeous. Man, it's a long time till Spring!
Both shots with the Sigma 70/2.8 macro

Friday, January 6, 2012

First Love...

My first love, photographically speaking, was black and white. When I first started in photography, color wasn't nearly as pervasive as it is today...I've thought about it and I can't remember my dad ever shooting with color film. He was my first influence...not just in photography, of course, but in most aspects of my life. My first photographer heroes were all known for their black and white work and many of them thought color was just a detraction from the art. Color is beautiful, glorious, true to life and has a vibrancy about it. Black and white?...well, black and white is art! Black and white is all about luminance, contrast and tonality...color is all about color. With the advent of digital photography, b&w is not so popular anymore but, truth be known, digital can open up new methods to continue the pursuit of the medium. In the old days, you had three opportunities for making the decisions that would define the image...exposure of the film, development of the film and printing. The old rule of thumb was expose for the shadows, develop for the highlights and print...well the printing stage was more or less the fine tuning of the process. Basically, the same rules apply today, especially the part about exposing for the shadows. You should always be careful not to underexpose the shadows. Once those details are gone, they're gone...forever. The highlights, though, are a different story...if they're a bit over-exposed, most of those details can be brought back in development...just don't get carried away, there ARE limits.. I could go on and on about this but I'll have mercy and shut up. I think I'll concentrate on black and white for a few days just to see what I can do...another old rule of thumb that still holds true: If you're a good black and white photographer, you'll be a good color photographer...almost by default...but the inverse is not necessarily true!  

Thursday, January 5, 2012


Been a while since I posted a tug boat so here's the Eagle...from NOLA...that's New Orleans, Louisiana, for the uninitiated.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


As I mentioned in my post of a few days ago, the sunflowers are getting scarce so I went back to the harbor today and took a few more shots.
Sigma 50/1.4

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

OK...One More...

One more trip down Memory Lane with the cameras and, I promise, I'll stop. This is my Nikon FM and it's another "Oldie But Goodie".

Monday, January 2, 2012

Old Friends

We can never have too many friends as we make our way through this perilous life. New friends are exciting and offer the challenges of getting to know all about them...casual friends are cool, they are good company and don't require too much commitment...the best friends, though, are old friends...they stay with you through life's ups and downs and when the hard knocks come your way, it's the old friends that stick with you and help you get through. These two old Pentax cameras have been treasured friends for many years. The black bodied Spotmatic (actually a Spotmatic II) was bought in Hong Kong in 1971, while I was on an extended tour of southeast Asia. That's over 40 years ago and this old friend has never let me down...it's been through some hard knocks of it's own but it still works great...like the Timex guy used to say; "It takes a licking and keeps on ticking"! The "ME Super" came along later but it's been with me long enough to be an old friend too! The Spotmatic was the first camera I ever owned that had a built in light meter, which I thought was surely the end-all of camera development. Everything else about her was manual control though and if the battery went dead, all you lost was that fancy meter...you could just keep on shootin'! These old friends have a permanent place in my collection...and (especially the Spotmatic) in my heart...

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year

...to all my intemperate friends.