I captured this photograph at the Sandy Utah city hall building this week. The city decorates each of the front lawn trees with small lights every year during the Christmas holiday.
To create the effect, I photographed this with a telephoto lens set wide open’ (f/4.5) and got as close to the tree as possible (while still being able to achieve focus on it). Due to the low light, this took a rather long exposure of nearly 1/2 of a second and a tripod was used. If the lens was not set wide open the circles would have taken the shape of octagons (reflecting the shape of the lens aperature).
The result of the background lights blurring into circles and overlapping creates a dramatic effect.
In the late 1800’s, my Great-Grandmother immigrated to the United States from Germany as a nanny for a doctor’s family. Here is a capture of the watch she carried as she entered the United States. It no longer works, but it is engraved with the name Bertha. Her full name was Bertha Willamena Karleen Baaske. My Great Aunt Claribelle Legg gave this to me a number of years ago when I was a child.
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I was at Best Buy the other day and overheard the sales guy telling a desperate shopper that they were completely sold out of iPods and wouldn’t get any more in stock before Christmas. The customer was visibly upset.
This got me thinking about the growing obsession with the player and it’s increasing popularity. I wanted to find a unique way to capture the iPod. Sarah helped me out and here is one of the results.
I created this by first taking a close-up of Sarah’s right eye. I then edited the eye (adding the contrast effect) and uploaded it to the iPod. Then I set the iPod to display the EYE on the screen and had Sarah hold it up while I photographed her. The tricky part was adjusting the exposure of Sarah’s face to match the brightness of the iPod screen.
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It has been rather hazy lately in the Salt Lake valley. It is truly amazing what just a short drive up into the mountains can reveal – blue sky and sunshine!
Here is a capture I made just before sunset this past week while overlooking the valley and the haze. Note how the color of the guardrail brings out the rust color of the haze.