Saturday, May 8, 2010

System Crash

28mm f2.8 1/15s ISO100
I am tired of seeing the recurrence of the system crash displayed as the oft called "blue screen of death" or BSOD.  I remember this being the new system crash display with the unveiling on Windows NT some many years ago.  It has passed on to the descendant OS platforms coming out of Redmond.  My flailing laptop has had re-constructive surgery twice over in the last two months.  Somehow that isn't enough and it's acting up once again showing me several BSOD's in the last two weeks.  Here is a "fun with edits" image.  I took a photograph on my BSOD and then processed a series of filters over it.  It's not problematic anymore... it's art.

Friday, May 7, 2010

well worn

4.6mm f2.8 1/80s ISO100
Taken while I was sitting around.  These are my painting jeans. Levi Signature Blue and Behr Parisian Taupe prove to be the canvas that caught my eye.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


80mm f4.2 1/125s ISO100
Liberty Reservoir, Baltimore County, Maryland
The late afternoon sun was lighting up the far bank, in turn casting a brilliant reflection across the waters surface. These colors are untouched as the fresh Spring green leaves come to life.  The fallen tree here adds only perspective.  With out it in the image the colors don't look natural.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


500mm f4.2 1/160s ISO100

Monday, May 3, 2010

Rawlings Conservatory

28mm f7.1 1/400s ISO100
The Howard Peter Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens of Baltimore, a lovely architectural relic from the Victorian era, still blooms in Baltimore today.  Its original structures, The Palm House (the distinctive arched structure) and Orchid Room (hidden behind the palm house), were built in 1888.  Later additions include the three greenhouses that each mimic desert, tropic and Mediterranean habitats.  Conservatory grounds (1½ acres) feature 35 well developed and groomed flowerbeds (currently tulips).
I took this photograph yesterday afternoon and had this processing in mind when I did so.  I wanted to see and feel the history of this wonderful structure and find a way to convey that out to a viewer.  Creating what seems like a vintage postcard may have been just the way to achieve my goal.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

chub eye

28mm f3.2 1/100s ISO100
What a bizarre looking, but very common fish.  This "creek chub" is one of the larger fishes to be classified as a minnow.  They typically grow 6-8 inches and can grow up to 12 inches.  They eat smaller minnows, tadpoles, frogs, insects and crayfish.  The male chub builds a nest for eggs in the spring by hollowing out a lenghty hole on the riverbed.  After the eggs are laid he guards then until they hatch.  Mature males grow these "tubercles" on it's nose.  I caught this chub yesterday on a hard crayfish crank-bait.My daughter caught this chub yesterday using a small sonic minnow spinnerbait.  It was indeed beautiful, gold and rosy, and her first catch of the day. Yay Madibo.