Buzz: One of my favorite subjects. // Week 4

This was kind of a busy week! But I managed to sneak in some play time with one of my dogs, a Vizsla, named Buzz (AKA Buzz boy, Buzzy, The Buzzy Bear). He is really one of the best fetchers out of all the dogs we have had so far.  He is always up for a game of fetch – usually you tire out before him, but today he was pretty pooped before I was ready to call it quits. He plopped down in the grass, with his toy, and cooled off; so I took out my iPhone and snapped away.

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Isn’t he cute?

Taken with iPhone 5, and run through the Wood Camera app.

At first glance // Week 3

Last week, we had a photo shoot at Miami Country Day School – to shoot the varsity girls soccer team’s last home game, as well as a team photo. It was a cool & breezy night, but the humidity level was unusually high for this time of the year (and also being at night time) so it caused a fog like appearance on some things far away.  During my shooting of the game, I paused to stretch out my arms and look around me, and what caught my eye were the trees blowing in the wind with the harsh sodium vapor (or could be mercury?) stadium lighting falling over it. Normally this wouldn’t something to anyone’s eye, probably; but because of the thick layer of humidity in the air, the combo of the lighting and fog made the tree look very… ghostly. And moody. The first thing I thought was “that really looks like a painting to the naked eye, not a photograph.”  So i grabbed my camera, turned it to the left, and snapped several shots. This was my favorite:

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What do you think? Doesn’t it look like a painting? Or are my eyes just going crazy from working too much? :) 

Camera stats: Canon 7D. 70-200mm lens. ISO 3200.

Spooky Salem // Week 2

I still have Salem on the brain! When Shawn and I were walking through Salem’s Old Burying Point, we were both taking photos – he had our point & shoot camera and I was using my iPhone; meaning he could shoot with his gloves on, but I had to take mine off to operate my phone. (Side Note: I really need to purchase a pair of those gloves that let you touch your iPhone with them! Anyone have any brand recommendations??)  Anyways, I managed to get quite a few good shots before my fingers began to lose feeling… ;) 

Yesterday I downloaded a new app: Old Photo Pro, opened up a photo from Salem, and this was the result:

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How awesomely creepy! My friend saw it and commented “This should be on a postcard!” Too bad it’s not a high res file… I would then maybe consider selling it to some of the Salem shoppes around the town that sell postcards. Hmmm….

The free app is low-res, the version you purchase allows you to create hi-res. Think it is worth the $2.99?? :) 

 

52 Weeks of Photos

Happy 2013! I am happy to see 2012 go and welcome 2013 with open arms. It’s not that all of 2012 was awful, but it had its pretty terrible moments. (See my husband’s post about it for details if you’d like). Anyways, like I said, I am glad it is a new year. 

I think most photographers like to start a 365 photo-a-day blog, I thought about doing one last year but knew I would be too busy to stick to it. However, this year I would like to attempt to do a weekly one. :) The photos I’ll take will either be with my DSLR, point & shoot, or my iPhone – it all depends on what I have on me at the time when inspiration strikes! When my iPhone is used for it, I want to make it a point to NOT use Instagram. I have several alternative apps ready to be used: Luminance, Vintique, Camera+, Diptic, Tadaa, and Wood Camera. I will make a note in the posting which app was used. 

I’d like to start off with a photo I took while in Salem, MA. earlier this week:

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This photo was taken in the old Salem Burying Point – which is right next to the Salem Witch Trials Memorial – and dates back to 1637, making it the oldest burial ground in the city. I have always loved the history of Salem, and the saga of the witch trials. The last time Shawn and I were in that cemetery together was during Halloween night of 2008, also the same night we realized we should get married. So, for obvious reasons, it was pretty nice to begin the new year in Salem.

Taken with iPhone 5 and ran it through the Wood Camera app. 

Tree hugger

This week Shawn and I are visiting family in Colorado. Shawn took his camera and most of our lenses of course. I, on the other hand, decided I wanted a break from my DSLR and decided to only shoot with our Canon G12 and my iPhone. I thought of it as a mini challenge of some kind. A way to force myself to think (and look) in a different perspective.

We have been here since 3 days so far and within the first 2 days I found my eyes constantly being drawn to the bright fall leaves enhanced by blue skies in some areas and bare trees jutting out from the ground like bony skeletons silhouetted against the same skies in other areas. I hadn’t consciously noticed that most of my photos so far were of the trees.

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Fort Collins, CO. // iPhone 5 & Camera+

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Wellington, CO. // iPhone 5 & Instagram

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Cheyenne, WY. // Canon G12 & Luminance

I think part of the reason why I was inclined to taking photos of fall-going-into-winter trees is because I don’t get to see that too often being a Miami native and all. So while these photos may just be every day scenery to others, it’s a shot of something in nature that I like to be reminded of. I imagine people who live in the north (i.e. where there is snow) think the same way when they come across sands and beaches.

Bunny Yeager, the World’s Prettiest Photographer

There’s an excellent new photography book on the shelves: Bunny Yeager’s Darkroom: Pin Up Photography’s Golden Era. Written by cultural historian, Petra Mason and with a foreword by modern burlesque star, Dita von Teese.  The book also contains excerpts from Bunny Yeager’s own how-to manuals, as well as 250+ photos; including many previously unpublished ones.

The cover of “Bunny Yeager’s Darkroom: Pin Up Photography’s Golden Era” (Rizzoli Books)

On Tuesday evening, Shawn and I jumped at the opportunity to attend the book signing and talk with Petra and Bunny at Books & Books in the Gables. And it was fantastic!I had known of Bunny Yeager and her photography; but didn’t know too much about her background; she seems to be a pretty private person. So, it was great to hear Bunny talk and answer some questions from the audience.  Yeager is a long-time resident of Miami and is well-known for both her self-portraits and now iconic images of Bettie Page. She was also a sought after model in the 1950’s. After modeling for a while she decided she wanted to be behind the camera too, so she took a photography class; and practiced by doing many self-portraits. Back then she was the only female pin-up photographer – and an excellent one at that! In 1955 she submitted  to Playboy Magazine, a photo of Bettie Page dressed in nothing but a Santa Claus hat, decorating a tree. From then on, her photography career (as well as Bettie’s modeling career) took off.  Now, at age 83, Bunny is still going strong. She still shoots – and with film! She plans on making more books, and just signed a contract with Bruno Banani, a German lingerie and bikini line.

The author Petra Mason did an excellent job of compiling Yeager’s images into this fantastic book. When Shawn and I were flipping through it while listening to Bunny tell us a story about a photo shoot she did with Sammy Davis, Jr. and the model, Maria Stinger; we felt like we were holding a piece of history in our hands. There are photos in the book from that shoot. Sammy had Bunny help him learn how to pose a model and shoot with a Hasselblad camera.

During the Q&A with Mason and Yeager, we learned little tidbits about Bunny: She still shoots film. She does not own a digital camera. Bettie Page was the first model she photographed who had an even tan – i.e. no tan lines. She still has the tripod that Sammy Davis, Jr. gave her. She also still has her old 8×10 Speed Graphic camera. She liked shooting with a Yashicamat and Minolta TLR cameras. She can be rough on her equipment, especially back in those days when she would photograph models on the beach (all that sand and salt water!).  She got to the point where she didn’t really need a light meter to know which exposure to use – she could just feel it by the amount of the sunlight.

Bettie Page, Bunny Yeager, and cheetahs. Boca Raton, 1954.

I only wish the conversations with Bunny could have lasted longer. I am sure she has all sorts of interesting stories.  I haven’t read through the whole book yet, but I highly recommend it! Some quotes said by Bunny Yeager that stand out are:

“Make the most of what you have and enjoy being female; enjoy being YOU.”

“When you start photographing yourself, you are going to be amazed at all the things you find out about yourself, and you’ll be glad you did.”

Bunny Yeager and Bettie Page, behind the scenes.

Thank you, Bunny, for re-inventing the pin-up.

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Just a super adorable baby koala bear to start off your weekend right! :)

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TGIF. 

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