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Jan 31, 2010

Full Moon

Posted by Amami Superman

I kind of caught a light cold. Nothing too serious but I hate getting sick so I've been staying home these last couple of days.

My wife was closing up shop and she noticed it was a full moon out and she told me about it. I got out my tripod and tried to take a few shots of it. I took a photo of the moon back in April, but it wasn't a full moon.

I had the camera set up just outside my home in the street. I was probably out only about 10 minutes but a hand full of people stopped to watch me. I was kind of embarrassed that people would stop just to watch me take photos. Here is what I got this time.

Nikon D60, Nikkor 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 @ 200mm, 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 -- EXIF

This photo has been cropped a bunch. I did a bit of Sharpening inside of Lightroom 2 to give the craters a little extra detail. This was taken at 200mm. It makes me wonder what a 300mm or 400mm lens could produce.

Jan 30, 2010


Posted by Amami Superman

Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/125 sec, f/1.4, ISO 400 -- EXIF
Our Cat Sneeze

We found Sneeze as a new born kitten in an old shoe box behind a social dance club near our house. She was crying so loud it kept us awake at night and I went to look for her. When I found the box, I noticed there were 4 other kittens with her. I brought the kittens back to my wife and we noticed that they were in pretty bad shape. Though they were alive, they were cold and in the end they didn't make it. Sneeze was as close as they were to dying but she was able to drink some milk we warmed and here she is, healthy as every.

You probably are wondering why we named her "Sneeze"? After rescuing her and nursing her back to good health, she had a runny nose and was sneezing continuously. While trying to decide a name for her, she sneezed and I blurted out, "Lets call her 'Sneeze'." It stuck.

That was over 12 years ago just after my wife and I were married. I've taken a few photos of our dog Missy, but I thought it was time to show some of Sneeze as well.

Jan 29, 2010

An Old Man and His Dog

Posted by Amami Superman

On the way back home from the cafe in my previous post, we drove past an old man walking his dog. I don't know why, but I felt I had to stop the car and go take his photo. I asked him first and he smiled and said okay. I only snapped a few. I didn't want to be too bothersome.

Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/200 sec, f/7.1, ISO 100 -- EXIF

Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/200 sec, f/7.1, ISO 100 -- EXIF

Jan 28, 2010

Westerner's Cafe

Posted by Amami Superman

I took the family out to Yamato Village to go eat at a new curry restaurant we heard of. A friend had eaten there and told us the owner loves cowboys and indians and the curry wasn't half bad. So we decided to drive out and see for ourselves.

Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 -- EXIF
One of the Many

The name of the cafe was "Westerner's Cafe". He had so many signs on the side of the road and around his cafe that you could close your eyes, throw a rock and probably hit at least one.

Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/800 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 -- EXIF
Another One of the Many

Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/60 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100 -- EXIF
"Hey there pilgrim..."
(he didn't say that really)

This guy is the owner. He had the whole John Wayne thing going on. He walked with his arms kind of bent and swayed a bit as he did and he always put his hands on his hips. His little establishment was loaded with nicknacks, trinkets and signs that he made himself.

When I say his "little establishment", it really was little. Inside it was pretty cramped and there were only 2 tables. My daughter and wife and I sat at one table and there was probably enough room at the other table for 2 more people (although you would probably bump elbows with them). On the other hand, he did have a deck outside that sat probably 5 or 6 more people and some tall tables you could stand at to eat.

When we first got there, there were a bunch of cars and bikes parked out front. I didn't think we were going to be able to get the chance to eat there but some were just finishing up so the timing was just right. I wanted to take a photo of his cafe but there were too many cars out front and just couldn't get a nice photo.

Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/40 sec, f/3.2, ISO 100 -- EXIF
Curry and Naan

We all ordered the naan curry set. When he makes rice, he only makes a certain amount and when that runs out, it's out and you have to order something else. Since we were having a late lunch, he was out of rice and we went with the naan.

The curry and naan was pretty good. The serving was rather small but I was grateful for this because I'm trying to slim down and I'm watching my portion sizes. In the above photo, the glasses with water aren't much bigger than a shot glass. So you can kind of get the idea how big the set was.

After I finished eating, I went out to take some photos of some of the signs and trinkets he had.

Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/60 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 -- EXIF
Clean Your Boots and Check Your Guns

Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/4000 sec, f/2.0, ISO 100 -- EXIF
John Wayne
One of the Greatest On-screen Cowboys

Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/80 sec, f/7.1, ISO 100 -- EXIF
Chained Up Hog

Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/1250 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100 -- EXIF
Some of His Collected Plates

As I said, he had loads of trinkets and signs to photograph, but we didn't have too much time so there are a few of the ones I did take.

Again, I only brought my Sigma 30mm f/1.4 along. Probably for the next couple of times I go out, I'm only going to take this lens with me for practice.

Jan 27, 2010

New Blog Design

Posted by Amami Superman

Do you ever want to take things apart to know how they work? I'm that sort of a person. I've mostly been interested in cars and bikes and it's always been cars and bikes that I take apart to get a better understanding of.

Until I started this blog, I never blogged before. When I started to get into photography, I noticed that a lot of people posted their photos in blogs of some sort to share their photos. I decided to try it out. I learned about free templates that you could use to give your blog more style. The whole cutting and pasting a template into your blog was easy enough. But one look at the html, css and widgets used made me think that's a lot to learn about if I wanted to make my own template.

It all started out a few days ago when I got fed up with Photobucket. I wanted my photos to look nicer so I started a trial account on Zenfolio to upload my photos to. I thought, "Now my photos will look a little nicer." Well, it didn't stop there. As I looked through my photos, I didn't like how my categories sort of got out of control. I decided to go through my posts and take all the labels from my posts out and try to think up a better list to use. As you can see, I don't have a category list at the moment.

It's always been in the back of my mind that the template I used wasn't that good for showing off photos. A lot of browns seemed to take away from the warmer colors in my photos. As I was going through my posts, I started to get an itch for changing the template. I got into web design a few years back and I've done a bit of studying on html and css and I used what I know to widen areas of my blog and change some colors to what it is now. I decided to jump in and see what I could learn about the codes used to make this template.

I copied my current blog's html and pasted it into a new blog. After that I took a look at all the different graphics used and the code used to build my current template. Next thing I knew, I was in Illustrator and Photoshop making up my own web graphics to see if I could rebuild my blog into something I like that I made.

This is what I made.

My New Blog Design

I'm still doing some fine tuning tweaks but I was interested to know what others thought before I made the actual change.

Amami Cultural Center

Posted by Amami Superman

A friend of my wife wanted to participate in a one month survey for trying out some new skincare products they produce here in Amami. She asked my wife if she wouldn't do it with her so my wife agreed to. The company that is doing the survey had everyone participating get together at the Amami Cultural Center for a brief seminar about the survey and to test the participants' skin before beginning. My wife tried to explain to me about the products and what they are made from; it just went in one ear and out the other... I probably would have been more attentive if it was a survey for car racing. Since I didn't have anything better to do, I tagged along with her and took my camera along to shoot something as I waited for her outside.

Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/160 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100 -- EXIF
Rusty Old Post Box

They had plenty of things to photograph around the area. I decided today that I want to learn how to use my Sigma 30mm f/1.4 better so I left my other 2 lenses at home on my desk. It is a challenge not having a zoom.

Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/160 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100 -- EXIF
Standing Tall

Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/250 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100 -- EXIF
9 Post Takakura

A takakura is sort of like an old style storage unit. The items being stored are kept up inside the portion where the roof is, sort of like an attic. If you plan on storing heavy items, you need more posts. Most of the ones you see are 4 or 6 post takakuras. There are places here in Amami where people still use these.

Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/1250 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100 -- EXIF
Wedged In

When joints get loose, say after a typhoon comes through and shakes it up, you can pound these wedges back in to sturdy it up.

Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/2000 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100 -- EXIF
Old Style House

This is a house they have off in the corner used to display what the houses used to be like back in the "olden days".

Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/60 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100 -- EXIF
The Living Room

Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/30 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100 -- EXIF
The Kitchen

Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/15 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100 -- EXIF
Cooking Fire Pits

Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/5 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100 -- EXIF
Inside Roof Construction

Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/4000 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100 -- EXIF
Coral Wall

Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/60 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 -- EXIF
One Legged Cricket

As I was waiting for my wife to come out, I found this little guy hobbling along by.

I mostly use my Sigma 30mm f/1.4 for indoor low lighting occasions. I don't think I've used it out in broad daylight and I think it's sort of a habit to keep the aperture nearly wide open. The shots I wanted to get a thin depth field turned out the way I wanted them to using the wider apertures, but some of the other shots I could have adjusted the ISO and shut the aperture or just shut the aperture, but I wasn't paying attention some of the time and some of the photos are screwed up. I just need some more practice till I start thinking about these things more.

I spent quite a bit of time this week studying how to use Lightroom 2. I subscribe to Lynda.comand they have some nice video tutorials that explain the essentials for loads of different applications. I watched most of all the videos (some more than once), to get a better understanding of how to use Lightroom 2.

I also studied up on my camera's Focus Modes and AF-area Modes. I feel I learned quite a bit about what I was doing wrong and how I can do things better.

After learning more about my camera, I'm finding out more about the pros and cons of the D60. If I only knew then what I know now about photography and cameras, I would have chosen a different model to buy. But that's water under the bridge. I'm not saying I don't like the D60, I'm just learning more about what I want from a camera. All in all, I think the D60 was a good way to start learning photography.

So those are some of the photos I took outside the Amami Cultural Center trying to learn how to better us my Sigma 30mm f/1.4.

I'm still testing Zenfolio. I found a workflow that I think I'm comfortable with. I also found a few drawbacks. They have a share tab for each of your photos that has a set of links for smaller sizes. The only problem with this is the edge length for landscapes type photos and portrait type photos are different. So if I uploaded one copy of my photos for the larger photos that link to the smaller photos in my post and use the smaller size links to use in my blog post, the portrait and landscape type photos would be different sizes and not seem very uniform. So I end up uploading 2 sizes of every photo. I guess this really isn't a drawback because I do the same thing in Photobucket. It would just be nice to upload one large photo instead of one large and one smaller. I'm still looking around so we'll see.

Jan 26, 2010

Winter Camp

Posted by Amami Superman

Because Amami has a warmer climate than most places in Japan, it becomes home athletes during the winter. It's not an unlikely scene to see a herd of runners making their way through town to the local sports park. We occasionally have baseball teams that come for winter camp as well.

I like to swim at the pool and I always see runners running the cross country course around the park. I usually don't bring my camera to the pool because I don't like to leave it in the car and don't want to store it in the lockers at the pool. But today, I thought I would bring it and try to take some photos of some of the runners.

Nikon D60, Nikkor 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 @ 200mm, 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 -- EXIF
Blazing Fast

Nikon D60, Nikkor 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 @ 200mm, 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 -- EXIF
Keeping Pace

Nikon D60, Nikkor 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 @ 105mm, 1/250 sec, f/4.8, ISO 200 -- EXIF
Walking and Running

Nikon D60, Nikkor 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 @ 55mm, 1/1600 sec, f/5.0, ISO 200 -- EXIF
Getting Ready to Bloom

I'm not sure what kind of tree this is but it looked like it may bloom some type of flower soon. I took this photo on the way back to my car and I kind of liked it so I threw it in.

As I was taking photos of these runners, I caught myself saying, "What I wouldn't give to be in shape like them..." Well, obviously I wouldn't give the time and effort they put in. lol But I'm working on that.

I didn't know if it was OK to take these runners' photos or not. I thought about getting my fat butt to run beside them and ask if it was OK, but I would have probably died of a heart attack before they could answer. One runner waved me off as I was taking photos of him so I didn't include them.

These shots let me get in some good practice. I was able to use the Continuous Focus feature on my camera which I don't have a lot of experience using. I felt these photos came out OK. I could have upped the ISO to 400 and used a faster shutter speed to lessen some of the motion blur so that's something I can think about in the future when deciding shutter speed.

Although I've had my camera over a year now, I'm still learning about its different features. 2 things that I really need to get busy and study up on are the Metering Modes and AF-Area Modes. I still don't have a good comprehension of these so that's something I'll be doing very soon.

I'm still trying out Zenfolio and these photos are all linked from there. I'll try a few more posts to decide weather or not I like it. If not I'll look elsewhere to upload my photos. If it doesn't work out, I have this same post copied and I used photos I uploaded to Photobucket.

Jan 25, 2010

Test Post

Posted by Amami Superman

This is a test post to view the differences between Photobucket and Zenfolio. Both images are the same image uploaded from my computer to Photobucket and Zenfolio.

Photobucket Image

Zenfolio Image

I've had it with Photobucket. They've changed the menus around which I find to be more difficult to use and the photo quality isn't that great after uploading. Both of these images should look the same but they don't because Photobucket optimized the image for the web (or something).

I've started a trial account with Zenfolio for uploading my images and it just seems to be better all around for me. So I'll try to figure out a new workflow for posting new images here and we'll see how it goes. If I do plan on subscribing to Zenfolio, I don't know what will happen to my images already saved on Photobucket. If I stop paying my subscription to them, I may have too many images for the free account. I suppose I could just go back and make new ones from the originals to upload to Zenfolio and then re-edit the links to the photos in all my posts (almost 100 posts now). I don't know. We'll see. I'm just getting fed up with Photobucket.

Amami at Dusk

Posted by Amami Superman

We had some very nice weather last Monday so as soon as I finished with work, I grabbed my tripod and headed for Ogamiyama. I made a post back in April with a night time long exposure shot of the city but I wanted something different this time so I decided to go when it was a bit brighter out. What I was really looking for was when the sun was just about to dip behind the mountains to get some nice shadows on the buildings, but I was a bit too late for that.

I took a bunch of photos, but this one turned out the best. The original photos didn't have a lot of color to them and I really didn't like them at all. But I went through them anyway and chose this photo to fix up a bit. Actually, not just a bit, but a lot.

Mouse over the image to see the original.

Nikon D60, Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 18mm, 1/13 sec, f/10, ISO 100 -- EXIF
City of Amami

I did a lot to this photo as you can see. I did all post editing in Lightroom 2. Probably the the most noticeable thing is the blue sky. I used a graduated filter for this. Other than that, it was mostly adjusting Fill Light, Vibrancy and Saturation with a bit of Sharpening. I think it turned out pretty well. Although I would like to take photos without having to do any post editing, I suck and I'm grateful for software that helps you enhance images.

My daughter Jade followed me up the mountain to watch me take photos. She had planned on going to a friends house but it turned out her friend had some after-school detention for not finishing her homework so Jade tagged along with me (having already finished her homework of course).

Nikon D60, Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 55mm, 1/20 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400 -- EXIF
American Girl

Nikon D60, Nikkor 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 @ 200mm, 1/40 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1600 -- EXIF
Rolling Through the Shoutengai

After coming down from the mountain, we went our separate ways to get home. She wanted to go visit her friend and I visited a friend too. It was on the way so I let her go. After visiting my friend, I made my way home thought the shoutengai and found her on her way home as well.

Jan 24, 2010

Shinai Youchien 2009 Undoukai

Posted by Amami Superman

In my previous post, I posted some photos from last October that I never got around to looking at until recently. These photos are from the same day in the morning and afternoon.

I teach English at a private Catholic pre-school called Shinai Youchien. They had their "undoukai" (field day) on October 17, of last year. I'm not a regular teacher, I just teach a few hours out of the week to the different classes they have. They sent me an invitation in the mail to come see the undoukai so I thought I would go and take some photos of my students. Little did I know that the invitation was a "Guest of Honor" type invitation. They sent a bunch of these kinds of invitations out to different people like the Mayor of Amami City and other important people like that. When I got there, they pinned this red and white ribbon on me and told me where to sit. I was a bit embarrassed by it all. I brought my daughter Jade with me and she sat next to me but I had to have her go play somewhere else because all her friends that were there kept coming to see her and I felt they maybe disturbing the other guests of honor around me.

So I sat there in the special section for the special people feeling I didn't deserve this kind of attention. But that didn't stop me from taking photos. I would have liked to have moved around a bit but I just sat there in my seat and did my best. It was about this time that I was learning all about zoom and aperture. I used my Nikkor 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 for all these shots. To understand what I was doing better, I shot in Manual Mode. Instead of setting my aperture to f/4.0, I set it to f/5.6 because I knew I would be zooming in and out and if I left my camera at the same shutter speed, I would get darker photos when I zoomed in when the aperture changed. So I decided to sacrifice a little brightness for consistency. This way I could practice a little more on framing and composition without having to worry about settings that much. Almost all the photos were taken with 1/200 sec shutter, f/5.6 at ISO 1600. I took some of the first photos with my camera set to -1/3EV by accident, so they seem a bit darker.

I took close to 300 photos of the children and as I went through them yesterday and today, I had a heck of a time trying to chose which ones I wanted to use for a post. There were just so many. So instead of making bunch of different posts of old photos, I decided to make a slideshow out of them. I hope you like it.

Jan 23, 2010

The Classics

Posted by Amami Superman

Back in October of last year, my brother-in-law was a DJ at an Old School Hip Hop/R&B event. I thought it would be nice to go take some photos of him. I was pretty busy around then and I never got around to going through these photos and choosing some of the ones I liked. I completely forgot about them until now.

Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/30 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1600 -- EXIF
The Classics

Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/30 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1600 -- EXIF
You're Doing It WRONG!

Maa is a good friend of mine and quite the character. He came to this event dressed out like Run DMC even with the shell-toed Adidas with no laces. I asked him to pose and this is what he did. I got a kick out of it.

Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/20 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1600 -- EXIF
Kazuhito on the Tables
(my brother-in-law)

Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/20 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1600 -- EXIF
Can't Have The Classics Without Def Jam

Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/15 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1600 -- EXIF

Tsukasa is another good friend of mine. He's a graphic designer and makes a lot of the posters for these events. Tsukasa also dressed up for this event and the main reason for posting this photo is his jacket...

All I can say is...
ebay much?

I took a bunch of photos of the other DJ's but they weren't that interesting. Anway, I hope you like these.

Jan 22, 2010

Went for a Walk

Posted by Amami Superman

I was cruising the interwebs looking at different photography sites and blogs and just got bored with it so I grabbed my camera bag and tripod and took a walk. It was in the evening around 9:00pm when I left so it was pretty dark out. I'm not that good at night time photography so it was good practice for me. I didn't have anything particular in mind that I wanted to shoot, I just headed down the street toward the fishing port snapping shots of different things. I tried to think about the shot I was taking and how I wanted to compose it and I took 5-10 shots every time I stopped.

Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/125 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1600 -- EXIF
A little mom-n-pop type Chinese restaurant.

Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/125 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1600 -- EXIF
Amami's Main Drag

Nikon D60, Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 18mm, 5 sec, f/3.5, ISO 1600 -- EXIF
Night Time Fishing
Nothing was biting.

Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/40 sec, f/1.4, ISO 800 -- EXIF
Fishing Boat at the Port

Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/60 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1600 -- EXIF
Mental Training Before Bedtime
Kengo Maekawa

While I was down at the fishing port, I tried to take some long exposures of the city, but I pretty much screwed them all up. The photos were out of focus or I had the wrong settings and the brighter lights blared. It would be better to try to take some photos like that closer to dusk when there's a little more ambient light. I'll have to put that on my list of things I want to try.

Jan 21, 2010

Not the Louvre, But...

Posted by Amami Superman

I made a comment on my friend Jeffrey Friedl's blog post of his son Anthony's art project. I was impressed by his son's work and I wanted to share a picture my daughter Jade drew and colored for school so I threw in a quick link for it into the comment. I was surprised to find that a few others made comments in his blog post about the picture I shared. They said they would like to see other things my daughter has made so I decided to take some photos of drawings we have pinned up on the wall near my desk.

Here is a scan of the picture that I put a link to on Jeffrey's blog post.

"One Big Family"
By Jade Barr (age 7)

Our daughter Jade made this picture for an art project when she first started 1st grade (7 years old). She spent days drawing it first and then spent even longer coloring it. I asked my wife how long it took Jade to make, she said Jade spent around 5-10 minutes a day for well over a week. The picture was entered into a contest held by the Kagoshima Prefecture. It ended up being selected to be put on display somewhere in Kagoshima and she received an award. Almost a year later, we still hadn't gotten the picture back and we had to make a few phone calls to figure out where it was. It turned out it was still on display. When we finally got it back, we put it in a frame and now it hangs in my wife's shop. The actual size of the picture is a little bigger than an A3 size paper. I had to scan it a few times with my A4 scanner to get it all and I put it together in Photoshop. I also had to trim a bit off the edges so some of the picture is cut off.

Here are some of the pictures I have pinned up on the wall near my desk made by our daughter Jade.

Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/40 sec, f/3.2, ISO 200 -- EXIF
By Jade Barr (age 5)

Neither my wife nor I could remember why the pig was crying so I asked Jade today why and she said, "It's not crying, it's sweating because it's running." Oh, and if I told Jade I was posting her pictures on my blog, she would probably kill me. She gets embarrassed about the weirdest things...

This pig picture reminded me of a personality test I took in high school called, "The Pig Personality Test". I'll post a link to a website that has the details of the test. If you have never taken the test yet, I suggest you try it. It's kind of fun. You'll find the website with the test HERE.

Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/30 sec, f/2.8, ISO 280 -- EXIF
By Jade Barr (age 6)

My wife and I got a kick out of this picture of our dog Missy. As you can see, Missy is wearing a dress and high heels. The whole picture sort of had a goth feeling to it and what really got me was Missy is wearing a necklace and has some boobies. Where'd that come from? I also like the pink background. It almost looks like Missy is walking down the catwalk... you think?

Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/40 sec, f/3.2, ISO 200 -- EXIF
By Jade Barr (age 6)

We have satelite TV (SkyPerfect), and we usually only let Jade watch cartoons that are in English. One of the cartoons she used to watch was called "64". It's about a little girl but I don't know much more than that. I just remember Jade used to sing the opening theme to it, ♫"Sixty four, sixty four, sixty four..."

Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/40 sec, f/3.2, ISO 200 -- EXIF
Roller Bladers
By Jade Barr (age 6)

Not sure where Jade got the idea for this, but my wife liked it and pinned it up.

We used to buy Jade notebooks and drawing pads, but they never lasted any longer than an hour or so until every page was filled with something, front and back. We started saving printouts, old fliers for our business, any piece of scrap paper that Jade could draw on so we didn't have to buy her notebooks all the time. It's not so bad now that she's in school and has to do homework every night, but she still does a fair bit of drawing. So a lot of these older pictures were drawn on the back of some scrap paper.

So those were a few of the pictures Jade has made in the past. We have loads of pictures like these at home stuffed away in a box somewhere. Next time my wife gets them out to look at, I'll try to take some photos of a few of them to show. I'll also post some of the pictures Jade will draw in the future.

Jan 20, 2010

My First Black and White

Posted by Amami Superman

Nikon D60, Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 48mm, 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1600 -- EXIF
Steps of Darkened Wonder

As I said in my previous post, I would try to enhance the photos I didn't like at first to make them seem better. In color, this photo just didn't strike me. But after doing some post editing, I really liked it.

I converted it to Grayscale, upped the Blacks and Fill Light and gave it a Vignette inside of Lightroom 2. I also did some Sharpening trying to up the "graininess" of the photo. I could have brought it into Photoshop to do that, but decided not to. I hope you like it.