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Oh, great, a daffodil photo

Of the bazillion flower photos I’ve done, I’ve only really liked a handful of them. I recently culled about 50,000 photos from my library, and, sadly, lots of my flower photos were casualties. Anyways, when I saw the light and shadows playing on the daffodils in my back yard a few weeks ago, I went running for my camera. I don’t think this photo sucks, but reserve the right to change my mind at a later date.
The grass is still a little brown in this photograph. Spring is happening, but hasn’t gotten to all the plants yet. That’s one reason I love daffodils: they’re the first clue that the harsh winter is over and spring is coming.

Daffodil in light and shadow.
Daffodil in light and shadow.

Catching up some more: Let’s play a game!

Color or B&W?

This old truck was sitting alongside the road west of Dover, Delaware, and I had to stop and do some photos of it. I drive this road every day. It feels like I could have done this photo in 1958 or now.

Old International Truck near Dover, DE
Black and white of an old farm truck still in use. Parked alongside Hazletville Road, west of Dover, DE, as workers take a break.
International Truck, green and yellow
Old farm truck in a field at the edge of the road while workers take a break

Catching Up, II. Ladies of the Blues at Jonathan’s Landing

I’ve been enjoying going to the Jams and Concerts at Jonathan’s Landing Golf course for a while, especially when I’m acting in my self selected role of “the camera guy”.  About a month ago, three really great performers showed up together for a great Sunday afternoon of the blues! April Mae and the June Bugs were the first act. April plays washboard and sings. Dave Fecca is an outstanding performer and works on guitars too. He builds and plays Cigar Box guitars.

April Mae and the June Bugs
April Mae and the June Bugs

Deb Callahan and her band made the trip down from the Philly area and did a great set. I like hearing her songs, great stuff.

Deb Callahan and her Band

Last, but not least was Skyla Burrell. That lady can play the guitar! She and her band have been together for a while, and it shows.

Skyla Burrell rocking it out, using feedback from her speaker to make some cool music
Skyla Burrell rocking it out, using feedback from her speaker to make some cool music
Skyla and the guys
Skyla and the guys

The finale for the day was when all three ladies got up and jammed together. I’m fascinated to watch pros working together and playing off each other.

The three ladies jamming and having a good time.
The three ladies jamming and having a good time.

 

For the photo geeks, I did all these photos with my Fuji x100s, in raw format. Usually, when I’m shooting at Jonathans, there is a combination of stage lights and low ambient light. I usually set the camera to underexpose about 1 stop from “correct” exposure so the skin doesn’t get blown out by the bright lights. I’m usually at ISO 3200, F 2.0 and about 1/60 to 1/125. I use Light Room to “develop” the photos in B&W. I do B&W for 2 reasons. The mixed light is often unflattering so changing it to B&W gets rid of that issue, and secondly, I just like the B&W. It’s kind of timeless.
In Light Room, I usually use the built in preset #3 and then maybe back off the highlights and grain in the preset.

On a related note, I like seeing the bands using my photos on their websites and Facebook pages. See if you can spot my photos on those sites!