Saturday, March 29, 2008

Pinhole Images: Mare Pasture

Last weekend I did some more pinhole photography experiments in the Mare Pastures. Most of the images were at ground level, from a pigeons point of view. I have a few images were I succeeded in hand holding camera with the help of a fence support. I was most interested in the the images where the mares moved during the course of the exposure, resulting in dual images. Examples of this dual imagery include the mare walking and multiple leg traces showing; Or the mare was looking forward and then turned toward me resulting in side and forward view in same image. I prepared a Web Gallery to show additional images from this series.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Downtown Glass and Steel

This past Friday when I went to the DMA I found that Atrium Cafe menu was a bit pricey so I walked to the St Paul Street Rail Station to the Subway Sandwich Shop. On my walk I found these two views of three skyscrapers. I especially like the image to the left with the Air Conditioning Unit on top of the shorter tower. These buildings reminded me of some of the paintings of downtown New York City that Georgia O'Keefe painted in the late 1920's.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Late Nights at the DMA

Tonight I went to the Dallas Museum of Art for the Monthly Late Nights Event. The theme tonight a celebration of the opening of the Bluebonnets and Beyond: Julian Onderdonk, American Impressionist for which there was a member preview. I started this evening by touring the exhibit and then joining a gallery talk by the Curator. I learned quite a bit about both Julian and his father Robert. I then moved upstairs to the Texas Art Gallery landing where Gerald Jones and his family were featured in a performance in the Gallery. The music they played was that which might have been played in the opera houses, dances, and gatherings during the time the Onderdonks were living. The Texas Gallery is currently featuring paintings by Robert Onderdonk and his teacher, William Merritt Chase. There is also a case with drawings from the sketchbook of Robert Onderdonk which are being exhibited for the first time.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Thursday Night at the DMA

Tonight I took my Pinhole Digital Camera with me to Sketching class. The image to the right is an image taken at floor level of a fellow student sketching the painting on the right. Before and after class I experimented with different image ideas. The museum was quite crowded but you would not know it by looking at the image of the two figures at the base of the Big Blue Man in the Vault Gallery. You can also see the slight image of a guard to the right of the blue man. These are the only people that did not move during the 20 seconds I was taking the photo. I had lots of people walk in front of the camera, in fact I ended up having to take the camera off the ticket booth shelf I had is set on 5 sec short of time I had intended. The fact that these people moving in the gallery were almost completely invisible to the camera sampling 20 seconds of time gave sort of a "Twilight Zone" feel to the images. What if there is another dimension of life that is completely invisible to our eyes and brain because it moves too fast for us to perceive? Additional and equally intriguing images may be found in my DMA Pinhole Gallery.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Pinhole Photography: Further Experiments

After experimenting with pinhole photography the other day I thought about how could I use flash and create a double image. Digital Cameras do not permit double exposures like film cameras did, but with a dark room and a strobe, anything is possible. I set my camera up on a chair, and pointed my Norman 400B strobe toward where I would be sitting. I set my radio slave to trigger the flash and held the transmitter in my hand. The camera was set at 20 sec exposure. I stayed perfectly still and triggered the strobe 5 times and then moved over turned sideways and triggered it 5 more times. This is the resulting image.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Pinhole Photography

This afternoon I experimented with digital pinhole photography. I had put a body cap on my camera that has a tiny pinhole in it. Instead of the lens, the photo is taken through that pinhole. The exposures are long, in my case about 1/4 to 10 seconds depending on the light and ISO setting on the camera. The image will always be soft, but the depth of field great. Additional pinhole photos from this evening may be seen in this Gallery.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Late Winter Snow

Yesterday we were basking in 75 degree weather, rain came in as the sun set, Thunderstorms were with us most of the night, and rain most of today. As the sun set tonight, the temperatures dropped and then came the snow. Here are a few photos I took with different settings. I especially like the last one.