Contrary to local belief my Head is full of ideas, most of them fleeting and unformed. Some reoccurring, but needing some form of outlet. A few are actually pretty good. Lets see what comes up!
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Hello Old Friend... StudioD and Alien Skin Enhance 6
What 4 months since my last post.. Bad Poster, Bad Poster…. Well what’s new? Other then a mindset redirection over at Speed Vision of MD.. Two things come to mind. One is the rebirth of “StudioD”, play on words. Studio for my vintage Sunpac folding lightbox and D for Doug, get it? and another is a trial run of Alien Skin Exposure 6. Lets look the specifies.
“ ©StudioD ” - In 2008 when I was much younger and new to Flikr, Santa left a SUNPAK Mini Studio under the tree. Forward to Feb 2nd of 2009 and one of my early Flickr posts was one a model organ made by Father in Law, using said device. As with so much of what I have, it saw sporadic use early on, but was quickly relegated to the back of the closet.
Lets fast forward up to last Wednesday (52814) when Norm Barker, Director of Pathological Photography @ The Johns Hopkins gave a presentation to the Central Maryland Photographers Guild on Micro Photography. Toward the end of his presentation it was mentioned he used a portable light box and carried a small bit of good black velvet in his kit to use as an impromptu backdrop because of it’s ability to absorb light. Being a good minion of who’s ever presenting, come Tuesday morning I too has a piece of my own. Up from it dark containment the Sunpak Mini Studio was transported, the black velvet backdrop incorporated and “©StudioD” was created. Immediately the resulting imagery of things laying around the house were a cut above what had been shot prior. I was pleased
Alien Skin Enhance 6 Saw several tweets a few days ago singing the phrases of Alien Skin’s new release of Enhance. 6. Being a constant user of NIK, Perfect Photo Suite, Topaz, and Alien Skin products on almost all of my posted images inside of Adobe CS6 or as a standalone I investigated and later D/L a trial copy of the software. On use I was very impressed with the vast range of effects included and started incorporating them into published images using “©StudioD” or on motorcycle racing images..
To be sure this software will be in my image manipulation tool kit but only when I can free up the $149 needed for purchase. Which is a shame as the more I look into the options the more Im amazed at it’s abilities
Fly Like an Eagle, Thunder round the track (Part 1)
Last Saturday (12/11/10) was a day of extremes to say the least. A pre sunrise departure found me heading northbound to Conowingo Dam to join with other from the Central Maryland Photographers Guild for what has turned into an annual visit to photograph the migrating Bald Eagle(s) at the dam. We were greeted by cold, damp, weakly lit conditions, that while not ideal, for some in out party, were evidently tolerable to the Eagles, as they were plentiful and flying and feeding frequently.
As Photographing migrating Eagles is to me very similar to "Ice Fishing" (Cold/Long periods of inactivity broken by much shorter spells of frenzied activity. and little-to-no worthwhile results) This year trip was no exception, & I joined the "When's Lunch Time? discussion very early-on in the outing. Which turned out out to be Woody's Crab House in North East Md. which, while not providing a magician, did serve up a mean "Fish&Chips"..
But I digress a bit. As luck would have it, the best images of the day was two eagles fighting over a fish no more then 20 feet in front of us. I raised my second camera with the 28mm - 90mm knowing I could best those "big lens boys" who were struggling to find the birds in their 800mm viewfinders. As I raised the camera expecting to see a viewfinder filled with eagles I was rudely reminded that I had just put the lens cap back on only seconds ago anticipating the group leaving for lunch. Skunked again! Eagle shooting Ice Fishing samo samo.
Oh well lunch done, and a quick visit down to street to St. Mary Anne's Episcopal Church established in 1709.
And now it's time to head home for part 2 of the adventure. Stay tuned.
Photo Exhibition Kick Off Party
The CMPG had a kick-off party for it's Photo Exhibition at the Penn Camera's Laurel MD location. A fine time was had by all who came out and as noted by our President." I hope that you all noticed that we had more of our membership at the Penn Camera opening than at any of our meetings.
Maybe we need to have free food at our monthly meetings." Shamelessly displayed is my "CMPG members selection vote winner"