Seeing Miami Anew


The WordPress family keeps growing. Here is the first entry from our friend Susan.

Visual Personae

I have always enjoyed taking pictures in the natural world.  I have been underwater with a camera, in the swamps, up mountains, abroad and in the USA, but I have always needed to venture out of my familiar territory.  The camera has been a way to share what I have seen and appreciated.  I have always believed that what was interesting was what we were unaccustomed to seeing.   To this end I have lugged around the heaviest equipment you can imagine: lenses, cameras, tripods on airplanes and on my shoulder in parks and on trails in the most exotic locations I could manage to get to. The beauty of the world I live in here in Florida has always escaped my capture, either because I just wasn’t ready to see it or because it was just too familiar (if you want to know what water looks like, don’t ask a fish). Truly, it was time…

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So Epcot again it is!


After a long summer break, mainly due to the Florida summer heat and humidity, we decided to take a chance and visit Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival.
I still had the knee problem, so we rented an electrical scooter to move around. It was very cool and efficient, and it made our visit so much more pleasurable. Even though I had the carriage, I chose to go light on the gear and just carried the newly acquired Sony a7s and a couple of Leica lenses.
The little Sony is the youngest one of the a7 family. We had the a7r for while, but it was problematic with the Leica lenses because of purple fringing and vignetting. There is a Lightroom plugin, called Flat Field, that will handle that, but you need to take a control picture and we really did no want to go through the trouble.
This little gem does not have that problem, being a newer camera. At least, it worked perfectly on my 35mm Lux, which is my main lens when I use Leica.
The ISO capabilities are extremely good and pixels are very dense, except it only has 12MGs, which does not really bother me. My beloved Nikon D3 was that exact resolution and it was fine.
So here are some of the pics we captured, most of them with the 35 Lux. Only used the 24 f/2.8 for the fireworks, though I could have used the 35 after all.
I used the B&W 3X filter for some flowers or objects close ups. Be aware that you need to focus moving back and forth until you find sharpness exactly where you want it. I tend to use it wide open, but if you like more detail all around you can use a smaller aperture.
More to follow soon!

Sony a7s, Leica 35 Lux ASPH. f/1.4, 1/25, ISO12800
Sony a7s, Leica 35 Lux ASPH.
f/1.4, 1/25, ISO12800

Sony a7s, Zeiss 55/1.8 f/1.8, 1/60, ISO 320
Sony a7s, Zeiss 55/1.8
f/1.8, 1/60, ISO 320

Sony a7s, Leica 35 Lux ASPH plus B&W 3X filter f/1.4, 1/60, ISO 250
Sony a7s, Leica 35 Lux ASPH plus B&W 3X filter
f/1.4, 1/60, ISO 250

Sony a7s, Leica 35 LUX ASPH f/1.4, 1/6400, ISO 100
Sony a7s, Leica 35 LUX ASPH
f/1.4, 1/6400, ISO 100

Sony a7s, Leica 35 Lux ASPH, B&W 3X filter f/1.4, 1/800, ISO 100
Sony a7s, Leica 35 Lux ASPH, B&W 3X filter
f/1.4, 1/800, ISO 100

Sony a7s, 35 LUX ASPH, B&W 3X filter f/1.4, 1/1250, ISO 100
Sony a7s, 35 LUX ASPH, B&W 3X filter
f/1.4, 1/1250, ISO 100

Son a7s, Leica 24 Elmarit f/23.8, 1/60, ISO 10000 hand held
Son a7s, Leica 24 Elmarit
f/23.8, 1/60, ISO 10000
hand held

Sony a7s, Leica 35 LUX ASPH f/1.4, 1/640, ISO 100
Sony a7s, Leica 35 LUX ASPH
f/1.4, 1/640, ISO 100

Sony a7s, Leica 35 LUX ASPH f/1.4, 1/100, ISO 100
Sony a7s, Leica 35 LUX ASPH
f/1.4, 1/100, ISO 100

Sony a7s, Leica 35 LUX ASPH f/1.4, 1/6400, ISO 100
Sony a7s, Leica 35 LUX ASPH
f/1.4, 1/6400, ISO 100

Sony a7s, 35 LUX ASPH f/1.4, 1/100, ISO 100
Sony a7s, 35 LUX ASPH
f/1.4, 1/100, ISO 100

Sony a7s, Leica 35mm Lux ASPH, hand held, 1/60, f1.4, ISO 5000
Sony a7s, Leica 35mm Lux ASPH, hand held, 1/60, f1.4, ISO 5000

Macro Photography And Digital Painting


Michael Brown has been very inspirational for me for many years. Check out his work!

"Macro Art In Nature"

I just started back painting some this week. Back to “macro painting”.
Have been looking through some of my older paintings and some of the newer images that I think might work pretty well for what I have in mind.
I enjoy painting within a computer.
To me, … it’s relaxing.
Also, … I have found that art buyers and designers are just as receptive to those digital creations as they are with straight photography.
All is has to be to them is, ………. “different”.
I have also been searching for various canvas textures to print these on now.
There has been some new papers etc. that has come out in the last few years, some of which I have only recently become aware of.
Some cool stuff out there!

The following two images were created in the past few years, … and the one of the frog has been…

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Photography unrelated, but…


My son just got his Master of Music Degree, from the University of Manchester, UK, where he has been residing for a few years now.He is working on his PH D and needless to say I am a very proud mother today. He is a gifted musician and hope he will reach all of his dreams.
Diploma

His wife, Angela Guyton, also a very talented artist, filmed this video tutorial for the program he is enlisted in now. It’s located at:

Happy Holidays to all!

Never say never: The people project!


If you know me at all, you are aware that I have never been interested in photographing people, especially if they are posed. But with the little camera NEX 7, I had the best time of my life playing incognito paparazzi at Epcot last weekend.Some of them are processed like old pictures, some of them regular. I don’t think any of the subjects were aware and I have no plans to put them in the market. Public place fun only, looking for expressions or character in the faces.
All of them were taken with the Sony 18-200 (effective 27-300) that is being replaced for the Sony older version that has better quality and IS. All of them at ISO 1600 and the maximum focal lens as not to interfere with the subjects.
Enjoy!
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