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Enjoying the Setting Sun

Enjoying the Setting Sun

A bit of daydreaming while riding a bicycle as the sun gets low in the horizon.  I love the lighting in this.




Some attitude today for y’all.  Another shot from last night’s dinner.  Can’t beat the lighting!

The Eyes Have It

The Eyes Have It

Tonight, while out to dinner, the light coming in through the mesh window shades was wonderful.  I snapped a few photos of the kids that were really wonderful.  The light really brought out the detail in their eyes.  I’ll post a some of these over the next few days.

I also used this for my Daily Shoot Entry today.  #ds160 – Experiment in the digital darkroom today. Make a photo and post-process it any way you like to unleash your creativity.



This evening while taking the kids to the park, a neighbor was playing catch with Zoe, a very energetic and well-behaved pup.  The photo opportunity gave me more of a chance to practice shots with the evening light and fulfill yesterday’s Daily Shoot assignment of speed.  I love that the evenings now come complete with sun.

Zoe Leaps for Tennis Ball

Zoe Grabs a Ball

An Oaky Sunset

An Oaky Sunset

I’ve decided that want to practice more with the sun and the warm effects it can have in the mornings and evenings on subjects.  This evening I spent about 20 minutes chasing this photo with various angles on different leaves.    The nice thing about leaves is they cooperate, even if the wind is blowing them all around.

In contrast, I  spent the sun’s waning time with my kids on getting some portraits with similar lighting.  As you might imagine, the kids are not as cooperative as the oak leaves.  That is why you only get to see the leaf today.

Evening Light

This shot was taken while visiting friends in the San Bernadino Mountains at Big Bear.  The sun was setting casting a wonderful light on the dining room table.

Queried Creativity

While doing some data-mining this evening at work, I thought I would try to complete some of my lagging Daily Shoot assignments.  The time during query execution is only so entertaining so why not fill it with something more fun. I don’t own a fancy flash, so the only lighting help I can get is from the sun, room lighting or my trusty pop-up flash.  This evening I thought I would try to make my pop-up flash shots look good instead of washed out.

Precarious Pushpin – this shot was taken with a 8×11 piece of paper held just at the end of the lens to diffuse the flash.  Overall the results of this look decent to me.  The pin is slightly pushed into a plastic bottle cap.

#ds94 – Fragility conveys tension. Make a photo today of a person or object in a fragile state.

Girl Scout CookiesNo fancy title for this one but it did have a cumbersome lighting setup.  Well, it was more like a few sheets of paper setup on the sides of the cookies.  I had one piece of paper on the right and left sides of the cookies angled at about a 45 degrees from the flash to bounce light towards the cookies.  I had a third piece of paper that I held at a very steep angle, maybe 20 degrees off of parallel with the lens towards the paper on the right.  This allowed the majority of the light to come from the paper on the right, while still providing some fill light from the front and a bit from the left.  Not bad for a pop-up flash and no studio if I do say so myself. 🙂   I consider this my “experimentation” for this DS assignment.

#ds107 – Find out what those buttons and dials on your camera do. Play today! Try a new setting and make a photo. (via @dibytes)

Parking Garage – Exploring Dark

This parking garage is in San Jose.  I wanted to explore doing some dark images.  These remind me of some nightmares I had as a kid.