Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Sun Dail Palm

Taken last saturday, the same as "50's Palm" that I posted last week. Took a couple of shots without getting my own shadow in the frame. A single palm with its shadow cast far behind. Enjoy, JP.

Galapagos Landscapes

Although it is known for dense population of incredible animal life and rough volcanic geography, landscape photography seemed to be a last thought for this trip. I don't think any of us imagined the veiws to be as spectacular as they are, unless of course our guide trekked us to the peak of a mountain. And even then most of us didn't even go. The landscapes are some of my favorite photos taken from the Galapagos. They were all pleasently simple but all a distinct feeling. I'm not sure if its just the memory of the moments that make them so special or maybe just living on an island for so long but the terrain was something I have never seen. Not even in Hawaii. I thought they were worth sharing with you. Enjoy, JP.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Posterized but fun.

This is the sort of photo that would be critiqued heavily, blown out sky, super high contrast, too noisy... The list goes on. This is the type of photo that is most enjoyable to me. Over the edge. I don't want a snap shot of what was. I think the artist should show what is, in their mind at least. Exact representations are boring. If I want to see what outside looks like i'll put a window, if I want see imagination, i'll put art. Enjoy, JP.

U.S. 1 Sunset

This is once again an older photo that I found taken with my Pentax *ist DS DSLR (which was my first about 3 years ago). Jet Split Sky, one of my first 15 posts or so was taken at the same time, same sunset driving to Key West from Tampa. The only problem I had then, which is why you are seeing some older photos, was my darkroom capabilities. I only had the basic RAW conversion software that came with the Pentax with was completely useless. After importing all my photos to Adobe Lightroom developing these RAW files is coming together nicely. Enjoy the sun once again, JP.

Monday, August 20, 2007

50's Beach

Back to my theory that its easier to get the photo you want if you know beforehand the photo that you are looking for. Something made me think of taking some photo's and adjust them to look old. Not subject, just as a color loss photo of something Key West(y). I'm kinda sick of the traditional island photo. They all look the same so my goal is give a different perspective or a different mood. The average sunset, the sea oats by the white picket fence on the beach; all great photos but something needs to change. I took this yesterday from Smathers beach, added some vignetting, gave it a colder tone and stayed on the low side of sharpening. I also used DXO pro for distortion and chromatic aberations since this was taken at 12mm on my Tokina 12-24mm F/4. I would have liked some more noise to be honest it was making things fall apart (as it usually does). Enjoy, JP.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Just Playing...

Being this is my 4th post of the day, its official; i'm bored and looking at photos. This one I was just playing with square format (or close to it). Looks pretty cool underexposed in high contrast although the subject is rather boring, but so am I at this moment. Enjoy my smart assedness, JP.

West Lake 1.1

This photo is another perspective of the "West Lake Everglades" photo I posted over a year ago. Looking through my raw files I started to develop the files that were within the same sequence and I actually like this one more than the original. If you follow my blog you will see a pattern. I might just start taking photos and not look at them for a year. Seems the only way I come up with something great. Anyway, it makes going through photos that much more interesting. Enjoy, JP.

B&W Boat Ride

Another fisheye picture that came out great in black and white. Kinda making me wish I would have kept that lens but it was just to specialty for me to justify its cost. It was fun while it lasted. This was taken off the south side of Key West on the was home from a good night of Tarpon fishing. Captain Aaron Snell shown. Enjoy, JP.

Sushi Bar

This photo was taken with the now sold Nikkor 10.5mm fisheye lens. The location is Ambrosia, a japanese resturaunt that my sister Jess works at. It was taken from "MY" seat at the bar. Enjoy, JP.