Monthly Archives: December 2013

Orchids

Last week I bought a flower arrangement for the house. Then yesterday a wonderful neighbor gave us some orchids! Well, with all these flowers sitting in the house, I just had to take them into my studio (aka garage) and shoot them! Below are a few of the resulting images.

Enjoy!

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Posted in art and entertainment, flowers, photography

PROJECT A – Z

It is time to challenge myself with another photography project. This year, actually half-year, I will challenge myself with an A – Z project. To accomplish this project I will try to get an image of an object or feeling that starts with or represents each letter of the alphabet (for instance, it might be easy to take a photo of the grass for G, but Q is going to be harder, maybe a picture of a kid running around could be Quick, or a picture of a completely still pond could be Quiet).  Another interpretation might be images of things that look like the letters A-Z. For example, the connector on a chain holding a porch swing might look like the letter “S“. I imagine I will start looking at ordinary things – buildings, cloud formations, playground equipment, etc. – in a complete different way, giving me a new perspective on things to photograph.

Now any project has to have a goal if it truly is to be a challenge. Just A-Z is a challenge in itself, but I’ll make it a little more challenging. First – The A-Z “things” must be done in alphabetical order. So even if I get attacked by zombies, I can’t use their photo in this challenge unless all the other letters have been captured first. Second – This challenge must be completed in a certain period of time. Let’s pick the ending date as my birthday! So this must be accomplished by the 8th of July, 2014. And Thirdly – This projects progression must be recorded for others to witness. That’s easy, I will post each “letter” on my blog just as this announcement is.

 If any of YOU have some ideas or suggestions for different letters, just drop me an email or message me on FaceBook or leave a comment on this post. If I use your suggestion, I will be sure to give you credit when that letter is posted.

OK so that is how I will usher in the New Year! Let the photography begin!

Posted in photography, Project A-Z

Kaleidoscopes

Last month I showed you some kaleidscopes I had digitally created from photographs. You can re-read that blog post here.

In 1816, the kaleidoscope was invented by Scottish scientist, Sir David Brewster, and patented by him in 1817 (GB 4136).

David Brewster named his invention after the Greek words, kalos or beautiful, eidos or form, and scopos or watcher. So kaleidoscope means the beautiful form watcher.

Brewster’s kaleidoscope was a tube containing loose pieces of colored glass and other pretty objects, reflected by mirrors or glass lenses set at angles, that created patterns when viewed through the end of the tube.

Today you can create your own kaleidiscopes using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. If you want to learn how I have a video and written tutorial in my “Tutorials” section. See the menu above, or just click here to be taken directly to the tutorial. Be aware that what I have given you only works on a PC. Maybe a Mac user will be kind enough to link us to something in the comments.

Here are three kaleidoscopes I created just this afternoon AND all three came from the SAME original image of some shrimp boats.

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Posted in abstract, art and entertainment, Digital Art, Fun Stuff, kaleidoscope, Shrimp Boats

Christmas Tree Ornaments

In 1846, the popular royals, Queen Victoria and her German Prince, Albert, were sketched in the Illustrated London News standing with their children around a Christmas tree. Unlike the previous royal family, Victoria was very popular with her subjects, and what was done at court immediately became fashionable—not only in Britain, but with fashion-conscious East Coast American Society. The Christmas tree had arrived.

By the 1890s Christmas ornaments were arriving from Germany and Christmas tree popularity was on the rise around the U.S. It was noted that Europeans used small trees about four feet in height, while Americans liked their Christmas trees to reach from floor to ceiling.

The early 20th century saw Americans decorating their trees mainly with homemade ornaments, while the German-American sect continued to use apples, nuts, and marzipan cookies. Popcorn joined in after being dyed bright colors and interlaced with berries and nuts. Electricity brought about Christmas lights, making it possible for Christmas trees to glow for days on end. With this, Christmas trees began to appear in town squares across the country and having a Christmas tree in the home became an American tradition.

My own Christmas tree is loaded with different ornaments. Some are sentimental favorites that make it on the tree every year, and each year some new arrivals vie for a place on the tree. This evening I shot a few of these ornaments and they are shared with you below.

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Posted in art and entertainment, photography, South Carolina

What Are Those Objects On The Dam Wall?

What Are Those Objects On The Dam Wall? You Have Got To Be Kidding

Photographer Paolo Seimandi was taking photos of the Italian dam when he saw something strange on the near vertical wall. And then he zoomed in.

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If you guessed ‘goats’ you would be correct. These death defying goats scaled a nearly vertical dam wall at a national park in Italy.

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And they are not doing it to show off their skills. They are actually grazing, licking the stones for salt and minerals.

 

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Impressive to say the least.

Source | Photos: Paolo Seimandi

 

Posted in art and entertainment, Featured Photographer, outdoor

Tamron sets price for 150-600mm supertele

Tamron will start shipping its SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD starting on January 17 in the US for a price of $1,069, the company said Sunday.

That’s not too much higher than the company’s $950 AF 200-500mm f/5.0-6.3 Di LD SP lens, which has a more restricted zoom range but no image stabilization. However, greater zoom ranges often come with optical compromises such as worse sharpness, distortion, and chromatic aberration.

Tamron's SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011) supertelephoto zoom lens (Credit: Tamron)

Tamron’s SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011) supertelephoto zoom lens
(Credit: Tamron)

The new supertelephoto has a flexible zoom range, though its aperture range of f5 at 150mm to f6.3 at 600mm means it’s not as fast as premium professional supertele models. It’s geared for wildlife and sports photographers and is relatively affordable, compact, and light.

The lens, announced in November, has 20 lens elements and new coatings designed to cut down flare and ghosting. It weighs 1951g (68.8oz) and is 257.8mm (10.1 inches) long. Its Vibration Compensation (VC) technology is designed to counteract camera shake. It’s got a nine-blade circular diaphragm to improve the look of out-of-focus areas, and its close-focus distance is 2.7m (106.3 inches).

Tamron will offer versions for Canon, Nikon, and Sony SLR cameras.

Posted in outdoor, photography

New Gallery – Digital Art

Today I added a new gallery – Digital Art. Below are a couple of examples of what is there. Only a few now – more to come. Go take a look!

http://www.billbarberphoto.com/galleries/

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Posted in photography

North Augusta, South Carolina

I just returned from a wonderful extended Thanksgiving weekend with my daughter, Jackie. Jackie lives in North Augusta, South Carolina. When I tell people this, I quickly discover that not many folks know anything about North Augusta. They know about Augusta, Georgia, which sits directly across the Savannah River from North Augusta. Here is a brief history of North Augusta, SC, along with a few images I took both there and from Aiken, SC.

In 1902, James U. Jackson, who as a boy envisioned a new town in the bluff areas above the flood plains, developed the plans for 600 acres that would make up the new town. He hired the best designers from New York to design this new town–North Augusta. Critics in Augusta told him that, since the Fifth Street bridge would be the only access to the town and people would have to travel through the slums of what remained of Hamburg to get to the new town, nobody would be interested in going there. James Jackson was a visionary and continued to pursue the vision he had for the town. He traveled to New York to get financial backing and built a new bridge to North Augusta–the Thirteenth Street/Georgia Avenue bridge. The town of North Augusta became a reality and was incorporated in 1906.

The original land area was approximately 722 acres. In 1951, the City held a referendum and extended its boundaries to an area of 5,139 acres. Since 1951, the City has annexed over 6,000 acres, bringing the total land area to approximately 19.5 square miles. North Augusta is located in Aiken County in the southwestern portion of South Carolina and 67 miles west of Columbia, the State capitol. The Savannah River forms the State line between South Carolina and Georgia. The City’s nearest neighbor is Augusta, Georgia, located just across the Savannah River.

The best part of the past remains in North Augusta today, blended with a modern outlook to create a unique community that has pride in its commitment to be independent and self reliant with a deep sense of togetherness and achievement.

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Posted in travel