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Tractor Photography Season

A favorite photography subject: Tractors

Tractor photography season is here, at least that’s how I see it.  I live in a rural area of New Hampshire near the Vermont boarder and one thing we have plenty of is tractors and nice old vintage tractors.  These are not museum pieces although we have those also on display at the Tunbridge World’s Fair and the Cornish County Fair and other places around the area.  Clubs dedicated to restoring and preserving old tractors.

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But beyond the museum pieces we have a lot of great old farm equipment in use in the hay fields and pastures around the region.  Beautiful old beasts, some in great shape, others coaxed into working condition with a squirt of oil and a kick to the carburetor.

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I’ve come to know several of these great old farm machines as they move around the neighborhood plowing this field one week and another the next week.  Some of the old Ford machines have nice rounded bonnets that remind me of art deco styling in their blue and white two tone paint jobs.  The John Deere’s sport their famous green and yellow colors while the MF’s wear a coat of red paint.  No to be confused by the really one machines covered in rust.

 

Newer machines seem to be eye popping orange or bright red or that green/yellow combination.  One thing you can tell by looking in the yard of a local farmer is the brand loyality.  These beasts of the fields seem to last forever and if they ever are retired usually they are added to the line up in the back 40 or out by the utility barn.  Maybe they’ll be scavenged for parts or be restored at some later date if there is any time left after a busy day working the farm but one thing seems for certain, its tough to get a loyal customer to switch brands, at least by the look of things.

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Smoke or Fog Machine Photography Studio Fun

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Using a Fog Machine to create atmospheric effects

After cleaning out the garage recently I came across a fog machine that I had stored way back among the Halloween party decorations.

I haven’t used it in year and also tossed it in the tag sale pile but then it hit me, why not use it in my photography studio for some atmospheric, book cover images?

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So I’ve been experimenting recently. The smoke machine or fog machine I have uses “fog juice” and a heating element to create a smoky fog that lifts into the air. Unlike dry ice which creates vapor that drops to the ground.

This fog machine is good for a small production or party use. Here are some of the answers to questions I had before I bought the machine. Hope this will help you:
1. The size of the machine is 8.5″ x 6″ x 6″
2. There is a bottle in the back where you pour the fog juice in
3. On the right side, there is a slot, so you can see the level of the liquid
4. On the left side, on top is the plug in for the remote control; below that is the fuse; and on the bottom is the power cable.
5. The power cable is 6′ long
6. The remote control has a 10′ long cable. On the remote control, there is a light on top with an on/off switch on the bottom.
7. According to the specs, the container in the fog machine can hold 1 pint of juice.
8. To create fog, fill the tank with juice, plug in the machine, in about 4 minutes the light on the remote control will light up, signaling the machine is hot enough to use. Press and hold the spring loaded on/off switch will release fog from the nozzle.
9. When the juice is heated up, you can release 40 seconds of fog before it need to reheat the element again, which takes about 3 minutes.
10. I have filled half the tank with juice, it lasted me for a good hour of use.

 

Get the best fog juice for your machine.  Some fog juice is designed to dissipate quickly to fill a stage area with clouds so lights and lasers can be seen better.  Other formula’s of fog juice are designed to say on the ground for spooky graveyard like effects.  These effects are typically better with more expensive fog machines that include a chilling element (ice bin) to create cold air to keep the fog low on the ground.

Keep in mind that when photographing fog or smoke say from a extinguished candle, incense burner or even cigar smoke or vapor from an e-cigarette, the lighting makes a big difference.

Flash strobes will freeze the smoke or fog while a long exposure will even it out.The following images were created with smoke from a incense and studio strobe lights.

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The smoke and steam of this image was captured separately and then added in Photoshop.
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The steamy, foggy atmosphere in this steam train images was a combination of cloud and fog images.
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Recent Sales

Early summer is typically a low in the sales calendar.  People are busy with vacation plans and enjoying the summer weather, but late summer typically sees a build up of sales as the upcoming Holiday season starts its slow up ramp.   Here are some popular art photography that has been selling lately.
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Graduated Neutral Density Camera Filters

One of the hardest things in photography is to expose for both bright skies and foreground shadows. It’s usually one or the other: have a nice blue sky and dark shadows or open up for the shadows and blow out the sky. Or you can invoke the HDR electronic tricks available in cameras today where two exposures are taken in rapid succession and the highlights from one are combined with the shadows of the other to increase the dynamic range.

This 77mm rotating filter knocks the sky down the old fashioned way — with smoothly graduated neutral density — and allows you to open up for the shadows. The effect is stunning, yet it’s almost impossible to see that a filter is being used as the graduation is very smooth.

I intend to use this especially when shooting video outside, where the subject is in open shade or under a diffuser so he’s not blinded and can read the teleprompter, but the background is in full sunlight. Looking forward to doing some time lapse sunsets, too.

This filter has the effect of expanding the dynamic range of the camera. HDR and other dynamic range tricks aren’t even possible with video, so this filter will be most effective.

The filter screws into the 77mm front thread and can still freely rotate so you can position the graduation where you want it. And the lens hood still works too, to control flare. We used to have to use a matte box for this effect. And if you’ve priced a 4×4 grad, you’ll be shocked. Try somewhere between $60 and $150 per filter, plus the clumsy mattebox filter holder and you lose your lens shade, too boot.

This Fotodiox rotating grad is a bargain and will come in very handy!

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Tips for Sharper Landscape Photographs

If you’ve grown up with Ansel Adams posters on the wall, you’ve been brainwashed into thinking that good landscape photographs must have edge to edge, back and front, sharpness.  Everything from the soda can at your feet to the mist on top of the far away mountaintop has to be tack sharp.

The problems is that trying to achieve the same results as Ansel Adams 8×10 view camera is difficult to achieve with a DSLR set up.  The physics are impossible to replicate between the two very different types of cameras and the very different “sensor” sizes.

Better Sharpness Is Within Your Grasp

Sharper landscape photographs can be made by following the following tips.  Mind you these tips work for all levels of lenses from consumer to pro grade lenses.  And they work pretty much for any camera set up from cell phone to pro level DSLR camera.  Just don’t expect to achieve view camera like results.

Stabilize Your Camera

All cameras, except for specially made out focus cameras like the Diana plastic lens toy camera, are designed to achieve sharp images.  All lenses are designed to create a single sharp focus area.  So any equipment can create sharp images if used properly.

The challenge to achieving sharp images typically comes down to eliminating motion blur.  Motion blur is when the camera moves during the exposure.

The trick is to eliminate an chance of motion during the exposure.  The best way to achieve this is to lock your camera down on a tripod.  Or rest it on a bean bag or if you are hand holding, to lock in your elbows to your body to create the most stable platform.

Tips for using a Tripod

  • Use a heavy duty tripod, not some flimsy cheap junk that will wobble with the wind.
  • Lock down your camera.  Tighten all bolts and joints.  You want to create a solid connection between the camera and the ground.
  • Hang a weight from the center column of the tripod.
  • Put a bean bag on TOP of the camera to hold it down.

Faster Shutter Speed = Sharper Photos

Faster shutter speeds will increase the likely-hood of getting a sharper image.  You should only attempt hand holding a camera at a shutter speed equal to the focal length of the lens you are using.  35mm should be used at shutter speeds of 1/30 and faster for example.  But to be safe, shoot at double the focal length and practice good camera holding techniques such as bracing your elbows against your body and rolling your finger over the shutter button.

You can get faster shutter speeds by:

  • Increasing the ISO – the trade off is more noise
  • Opening up the aperture (higher numbers) – the trade off is less depth of field
  • Shooting on bright sunny days – the trade off is harsh shadows.

Tips for Greater Depth of Field

Greater depth of field increases the illusion of a sharper over all image.  Only one plane within the photograph is truly at the sharpest point possible but a greater depth of field or DOF makes the areas not in focus less apparent.

  • Smaller apertures increase depth of field – but if you go too far you can lose sharpness
  • Wide angle lenses have greater depth of field
  • Mirrorless cameras have greater depth of field than full framed mirrored cameras.
  • Try shooting at F11 or F16 which is in the middle range of most lenses which is typically the sweet spot of sharpness.  Going to the extremes like F22 may lead to less sharp imaged due to diffraction.  Diffraction is an optical effect which limits the total resolution of your photography — no matter how many megapixels your camera may have. It happens because light begins to disperse or “diffract” when passing through a small opening (such as your camera’s aperture).

Since your camera is most likely on a tripod, focus can be done carefully and deliberately.

  • Switch of any lens stabilization when on a tripod.
  • Use “live view” so you can zoom in with the LCD screen and focus precisely.
  • Focus on third of the way into the view.  Objects closer in the scene will be scrutinized more closely then features in the distance.  We expect distant objects to be less focused.
  • Use “Mirror Lock” up to eliminate vibrations due to the slapping of the mirror during exposure.
  • Use a cable release or the timer feature to let your camera settle down before taking the shot.
  • Don’t touch the tripod during the exposure.

Use Prime Lenses

Prime lenses are non-zoom lenses.  Single focal length lenses are designed to achieve maximized sharpness in a single spot, while zoom lenses are inherently a compromise in design.  Prime lenses as a rule will provide sharper images.  Also prime lenses aren’t as likely to slip out of focus during the exposure.  Shooting down or up with a zoom can lead to movement of the lens.

Summary for Sharper Landscape Photographs

  • Stabilize your camera
  • Focus carefully
  • Step down the aperture
  • Have fun!

 

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Watkins Glen State Park – Waterfall Wonderland

Waterfall Wonderland – Visiting Watkins Glen State Park

As far as waterfalls and parks go, Watkins Glen State Park and gorge trail is the Mac Daddy of waterfall areas.  This place is a fairy tale land of cascading water, eroded gorges, pools and bridges.  A fantastical mix of man-made stone paths, stairs, bridges and tunnels.  Thousands of years of receding ice sheets and water have carved out many major waterfalls in the Finger Lakes area.

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Consider that the region contains the Finger Lakes themselves which were carved out by the ice ages as well as the rivers, streams and run off that feed the lakes, eroding the cliffs around the southern tips of the lakes, forming collections of waterfalls and gorges in Watkins Glen and Ithaca.  Indeed Niagara Falls was similarly formed yet the Ithaca area boast a falls that is even higher than Niagara.

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On a recent trip to wine country surrounding Seneca Lake and Cayuga Lake, two of the largest of the Finger Lakes and the one with the most concentration of vineyards and winerys (130!) plus distillerys and breweries we checked out a number of falls including Watkins State Park.  Here are some travel notes and photographs of some of the falls long the trail that winds up the gorge over a narrow stone gravel path with bridges, overlooks, tunnels and stairs with a reward of bathrooms and a snack bar at the end of the 1 mile trail.

Jacob’s Ladder, near the upper entrance to the park, has 180 stone steps, part of the 832 total on the trails!

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If You Go….

  • Arrive early if you want to beat the crowds and photograph the wonders.  The park is open from dawn to dusk and the shuttle bus from the top to bottom and back runs starts at 9 am.  By 10:30 the hoards and busloads will decend on the trail chocking it into wall to wall humanity as the back up starts around the selfie inducing part of the trail that dunks under a waterfall.
  • Bring water or money for the snack bar at the top or bottom.
  • Start at the bottom and enjoy a downhill stroll on the way back.  Or take the shuttle bus if you are out of shape.  The stairs at the end of the trail on the upper part are particularly killer. The rest of the trail is no problem – if you are in shape.
  • Bring a tripod for waterfall pictures.  There isn’t a lot of light in the deep gorge and you’ll want to take long exposures for blurs water pictures.
  • Overcast days are best.  The light in the gorge can be very contrasty with very bright spots and very dark areas.
  • Leave the dog, stroller and wheelchair or walker at home.  This is a narrow path.  Some areas are tough to pass, requiring one person to duck their head.
  • Don’t throw rocks and keep your kids under control!
  • There is parking in the bottom of the park and at the top.  Parking is $7 for the car.  Walk-ins seem to be free.  Your fee is good for any other New York State Park for the rest of the day so its rather reasonable.
  • Plan on a few hours to walk the entire path. More time if you are taking pictures or get caught in a tour bus jam.
  • Unless its been raining a lot, expect the summer water flow to be much smaller than the photos in the brochures.  Fall is particularly beautiful when the leaves fall into the water.
  • Hold on to your water bottle!!  No one wants to come to a beautiful place and see a bunch of dropped water bottles.
To take the black and white photographs of Watkins Glen shown above, I carried my hefty tripod, my Canon 6D full frame camera and a Canon 24-70 lens.  There were a few times I wish I had a bit longer length to zoom in on a falls and bypass the people, but changing lenses in such a tight vicinity of tour group people, might have resulted in an expensive lens tumbling down the gorge.
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Watkins Glen State Park is located outside the village of Watkins Glen, south of Seneca Lake in Schuyler County in New York’s Finger Lakes region. The park’s lower part is near the village, while the upper part is open woodland. It was opened to the public in 1863 and was privately run as a tourist resort until 1906, when it was purchased by New York State. Official Watkins Glen State Park website: http://parks.ny.gov/parks/142/details.aspx

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Recent Sales on Pixels

Recent Sales on Pixels by Edward M. Fielding

Recent sales on pixels include framed fine art prints as well as metal prints, shower curtains and even a t-shirt.  Each order of artwork going to various states in the United States as well as International sales.

Vintage Laundry Room
Vintage Laundry Room

Sold a 6.000″ x 8.000″ print of Original Patent For Santa On Skis Figure to a buyer from Bellefonte, PA.

 

 

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Original Patent For Santa On Skis Figure

 

Sold a 8.250″ x 10.000″ print of Portrait Of A Westie Dog to a buyer from El Paso, TX.

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Portrait Of A Westie Dog

Sold a 7.250″ x 10.000″ print of Original Patent For Wright Flying Machine 1906 to a buyer from The Villages, FL.

Original Patent For Wright Flying Machine 1906
Original Patent For Wright Flying Machine 1906

 

Sold a Shower Curtain of Surfer’s Vintage Vw Samba Bus At The Beach to a buyer from New Smyrna Beach, FL.

 Surfer's Vintage Vw Samba Bus At The Beach
Surfer’s Vintage Vw Samba Bus At The Beach

Sold a 36.000″ x 21.875″ print of Surf Board Fence Maui Hawaii Black And White to a buyer from Santa Monica, CA.

Surfboard Fence Maui Hawaii
Surfboard Fence Maui Hawaii

Sold a 8.000″ x 3.000″ print of Life Is Short Buy The Beach House to a buyer from Lincoln, TX.

 Life Is Short Buy The Beach House
Life Is Short Buy The Beach House

Sold a greeting card of Chickens At The Barn to a buyer from Cordova, TN.

Chickens At The Barn
Chickens At The Barn

Sold a greeting card of 50th Birthday to a buyer from Great Neck, NY.

 

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Sensational Summer Photographs

Summer Photographs

Ahh the long, hot, days of summer! Everyone is out and about on vacation, off to exotic parks, beaches, lakes, mountains and more. Last summer the wife and I took a 25th Wedding Anniversary to Italy on a Rick Steve’s tour that hit Rome, Lucca, Cinque Terra, Florence and Volterra. It was magical except for perhaps that night we drank a bit too much wine and Limoncello. That stuff is a bit hard on the stomach if you have too much!

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Limoncello (Italian pronunciation: [limonˈtʃɛlːo]) is an Italian lemon liqueur mainly produced in Southern Italy, especially in the region around the Gulf of Naples, the Sorrentine Peninsula and the coast of Amalfi, and islands of Procida, Ischia, and Capri. It is also produced in Abruzzo, Basilicata, Apulia, Sicily, Sardinia, Menton in France, and the Maltese island of Gozo. In northern Italy, the liqueur is often referred to instead as limoncino.

Summer is for traveling, exploring, swimming, surfing and camping!  Summertime is full of goodtimes, backyard bbqs, a cooler full of ice cold brews and visiting friends. Summer is the stuff of dreams. When adults sit at their desks, and children sit in school, they dream of summer. Summer is the time of infinite fun. The day seems to last forever, and the fun never stops. It is a time of romance, excitement and an enhanced enjoyment of life. Somehow summer never seems to last long enough. It is always over before we get a chance to fully experience its power. This is true of all things wonderful. They always seem too short.

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Summertime

© Raheim Robinson

Published on May 2015

Longer days and shorter nights,
Darker shades and brighter lights.
Louder music and wilder friends,
No need for pencils, no need for pens!

The parties are turned up,
The grills are burnt up,
The drinks are getting drunk up,
Everybody is pumped up!

Make these days the time of your life,
And make the nights just as right.
This time only comes once a year,
So live it up, don’t have any fears.

Everybody’s happy, and the girls are fine,
You already know it’s summertime!


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Summer Time Photographs and Artwork

The following photographs and artwork illustrate the theme of summer – at least for me!  Consider purchasing a bright fun summer time photograph as an art print, framed or matted piece, canvas, metal print or on a product such as a weekender tote bag and think of summer all year long!

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Lard Lad Donuts Statue Universal Studios Orlando

“Lard Lad Donuts” is popular image in my portfolio. It was taken at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida and processed in a dramatic fashion.

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From the Wiki:

Lard Lad Donuts is a donut shop in the town of Springfield, The store’s mascot, Lard Lad, stands in the parking lot of the building holding a giant donut.

The store is a part of the Fast-Food Boulevard that seems to be famous in policemen terms, as Chief Wiggum is often seen eating some. It’s generally an estimated 3 meter tall donut store with an estimated 8 meter tall mascot of a young boy proudly holding a donut. The name and the statue of the eponymous boy are likely parodies of Bob’s Big Boy restaurants.

In one comic, he had to find missing holes from donuts for a Lard Lad donut store. In level 7 of The Simpsons: Hit and Run, he is seen with green eyes. In The Simpsons Game, he is a boss. Lard Lad Donuts is shut down by a health inspector in The Simpsons Movie, and the Lard Lad is painted in different colors and seen later in the movie during the dome sequence. The former was disproved in “E. Pluribus Wiggum” when an explosion blows Lard Lad’s head off.

 

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Lard can be obtained from any part of the pig where there is a high concentration of fatty tissue. The highest grade of lard, known as leaf lard, is obtained from the “flare” visceral fat deposit surrounding the kidneys and inside the loin.

The female equivalent of lad is lassie or lass. Lad is often used as an affectionate term as in. He’s a good lad, his heart’s in the right place. Whereas mate is an informal word meaning friend, and can be used for both men and women.

The doughnut is popular in many countries and prepared in various forms as a sweet snack that can be homemade or purchased in bakeries, supermarkets, food stalls, and franchised specialty outlets. Doughnuts are usually deep-fried from a flour dough, and typically either ring-shaped or without a hole, and often filled.

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New Modern Urban Abstracts

New series of modern, geometric, urban abstracts for the modern office or home by Edward M. Fielding available as art prints and on an exciting line of products.

Abstract urban weekender tote
Abstract urban weekender tote


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Modern urban abstract totes
Modern urban abstract totes


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Tote bags are available in three different sizes (13” x 13”, 16” x 16”, and 18” x 18”) and include a 1” wide shoulder strap for easy carrying. Each bag is made from 100% poly poplin and gets double-stitched at each seam and stress point for added durability. The artist’s design is printed onto the exterior surfaces of the tote bag (front and back), and the interior surface includes a black-laminate lining for quick wipe-cleaning. Each tote bag can also be machine washed in cold water.  Professionally designed tote bags were uploaded to the site, each of which can be purchased online and shipped worldwide within 2 – 3 business days.

Fine art photography and digital art by artist Edward M. Fielding. Fielding is an artist working in the photography and digital media. As a freelance artist my work is currently represented by several leading stock agencies.  My work has appeared in featured in numerous magazines, greeting cards, advertising, book covers and media companies as well as been widely shown and juries into fine art shows.

Recently I was one of the featured artists in the PhotoReel art show at Gallery W at the Whitney in the Berkshires.

In addition to fine art photography, I enjoy being a staff educator at the AVA Gallery and Arts Center in Lebanon, NH teaching creative technology such as Scratch and Lego Mindstorms robotics to elementary and middle school children.

All work in this gallery is the original work of Edward M. Fielding. It is for sale, copyrighted to Edward M. Fielding and, as such, is protected by US and International Copyright laws.

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I use my photography to communicate my vision of the world. My work deals with storytelling in light and shadow from the beauty, texture and shape of every day objects to wonders of the natural world. Thanks for stopping by! — Edward M. Fielding