One thing is certain, I will be shooting a LOT more this coming year and continue to improve my skill sets in this craft.
This is one of the shots I made during the lesson.
Thank you all for your support this year.
Any feedback is welcome and appreciated...
Stay warm and enjoy... it is getting very cold as winter approaches.
No pixels were harmed in the making of this image.
Writing on the wall
Originally uploaded by fantasma4
You never know what you can find in NYC. The image I have captured here is an example of what I call real life photoshop. When I first saw this wall the first thing that came to mind was that the lettering looked like a layer of text on top of the background layer of an old brick building. In reality this a wall exactly as it appears to the naked eye. No pixels were harmed in the making of this image.
Now it is time to stop looking at this razor and start using it. I rarely use shaving cream to shave, but I do use hot water on my face to help open up the pores to make things go a little smoother. I think that I need to stop using the word smooth soon. I looked into the mirror and said to myself, "It's gonna be ok", and got started with the shaving. I must say that I was impressed with this new razor, did not get a single cut on my face. The end result was great, I honestly had not had such a good shave in a long time. Even the following day my face still felt soft and smooth.
It was then that I wanted to write this review, but I held off. Any brand new razor is going to be great and provide a decent shaving experience after one use. The real test comes over time. A week and a half later, I am happy to report that this razor is still holding up and providing as good a shave as the first day. When the current blades start to dull, I will be going out to buy replacements for it and trash my old one.
Redding takes the mound.
Beltran returns from the DL.
The throw to second was a bit too high. Runner is safe.
Hope you have enjoyed what you have seen and read here. For the complete set of my CitiField images please view them here: http://enzoem.smugmug.com/Sports/Citi-Field...
Now here is the link to my images: http://enzoem.smugmug.com/Cities/Boothbay-Harbor-Maine/
Earlier this year we took a week-long vacation to Cape Cod (the Cape) and Maine with a pit stop in Boston. Although this took place at the end of June, the weather in New England was quite a bit cooler than we had expected. Even without being able to go for a swim, we made the best of our vacation time. We explored the many towns, roads and hidden beaches that the Cape had to offer. The above image was taken in Provincetown. For a complete gallery of images I created use the following link -> http://enzoem.smugmug.com/Cities/Cape-Cod-MA
One common idea amongst many sources that gets very little attention is the idea of giving back. The basic thought is that to receive, one must also give. Philanthropy can be done in a multitude of ways and through many reputable organizations. Not very long ago, as a gift, an account was opened in my name on a micro-lending website that makes loans to entrepreneurs around the world. The organization is called Kiva. Feel free to click and read more detailed information. I have made a total of three loans using Kiva, and one has already been repaid in full, allowing me to lend again. The level of transparency in this site is excellent and you can trust that your money is going to where it is supposed to go. In general, the loans go to entrepreneurs in developing nations: a fisherman might want to raise money for a new reel and bait, a small grocer might need to buy extra produce to sell, a photographer might need to buy a new lens... I think you get the idea.
I am sure there are other similar sites that allow you to make a difference in another person's life in a positive way. Whether it is Kiva.org or another organization... get out there and give.
One of the main challenges of shooting a live sporting event of this magnitude is location. At any given moment during this tournament, there were three full-court games being played. Due to my inability to clone myself, I could only shoot at one of the three courts at a time. That is the first challenge to consider. The second challenge that needs to be considered is physical location on the court. I dealt with the second location challenge by just picking one spot and shooting from there. After a few minutes, I was able to better gauge where the action would happen on the next play, and accordingly place myself where I would best be able to capture the moment. This process is very dynamic and one must be flexible in order to get the most out of every action in the game. Of course, one must move over to the next court and repeat the second location process. One little trick that helped me to decide which court to shoot first, second or third was to take a mental count of how many people were watching the game from the sidelines, the bigger and louder the crowd meant a more exciting game... possibly.
I hope you enjoy the images I have made and that this post into the photographer's mind has been insightful.
Congratulations Upsilon Chapter on your victory!
... Stay tuned for the money shots
I have been away from this blog for a few weeks. If you have visited this site, you have at least been able to read my twitter feed, which is updated a bit more regularly. Today I would like to offer a photography taking (or making) tip when shooting with an (digital) SLR. Most, if any at all, point-and-shoot cameras will not have the necessary feature for the following tip, but it will give you something to consider next time you are about to release the shutter.
Most people are familiar and comfortable with the focus and recompose technique that is often used when your camera's auto-focus is not quite focusing on the subject you would like. That is when you hold the shutter release button halfway down to focus and then recompose your shot, then press the shutter release all the way down. For most, this is an automatic and instinctual way to shoot.
Now that we have focus out of the way, we need to consider exposure. In particular, if you listen to the experts, they all say to either expose for or protect the highlights. For an image to be more appealing, we do not want areas of an image that have blown-out white areas that have zero detail. I actually believe it might even hurt your eyes if you stare too long at an image that is poorly exposed. I am slightly exaggerating here... but you get the idea.
The way I found to give the best results is as follows:
1 - Set shooting mode to Aperture priority (for control of depth of field).
2 - Set exposure metering mode to spot or center-weighted.
3 - Point camera to the brightest point of your desired composition.
4 - Hold down the Exposure Lock button.
5 - Recompose, focus, and release the shutter (while holding down the Exposure Lock button).
This should create a more pleasing image for everyone's enjoyment. If there is a foreground object that might be a little underexposed, a little fill light should do the trick using either a fill flash or some type of reflector or bounce card.
Hope this has been useful.
*(I shoot with a Nikon D200; other makes and models might or might not have this function. Refer to your camera's manual if in doubt of its location or the existence of this button.)
If you are still interested in these salad plates, please feel free to contact me. They are all still available at an even better savings to you.
Now starting at only $14 on ebay
LINK ---> http://cgi.ebay.com/....
It is always nice to have nice things, but sometimes it can be a little too much, especially when you have space limitations. Just the other day I had to turn down a FREE George Foreman grill for that very reason, nowhere to put it. That brings me to the above image of a salad plate. I have six of them and nowhere to store them either. Not once have they been used and I even had to remove one plate from its protective plastic casing to make this image.
Making the image was step one. Step two... sell it on ebay.com
LINK ---- > http://cgi.ebay.com/....
This is a Lenox Murray Hill Salad Plate
- Crafted of Lenox bone china accented with precious platinum
- Geometric pattern of repeating rectangles
- Diameter: 8"
- Introduced 2004
These plates retail for about $27. I am willing to part with them for as low as $15 each.
*If you have any items you might want to post for the internet, feel free to contact me for making your images jump off the screen.
Having unusually warm, actually hot, weather this time of year is not a bad thing. Being in Brooklyn with a camera is even better when you have something worth shooting. This adventure took me to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Strange, I always thought it was called botanical... but as we walked towards an entrance, there it was in giant letters, Botanic... not botanical. I might have to do some research on the terminology. Some cherry trees were in bloom.... but the large majority were probably a few days away from being at peak bloom. Hanami will have to wait for another day. I managed to capture a few good images that day, have a look for yourselves here.
This image was taken after a walk in NYC's Columbus Circle. There was not too much of interest to shoot at that location, although I am sure a tourist would object to that statement. That particular day I was on a shoot for other people, but I wanted to get a shot for myself. There were a few elements present that I wanted to capture, and was somehow able to combine them to make an image I was happy with. The obvious elements were: blue sky, green trees, flowers, and a water fountain. On a more subtle note, I wanted to juxtapose the fluidity of the foreground water against the static monument in the background.
Now. Take yourself 500 miles NW (approx.) and you will find yourself in a much different little town of Western New York. This modern day ghost town is Buffalo, home of the Buffalo Wing and also... hmmm... coldness and snow. Taking a picture in the middle of the day without any people getting in your way or bumping and pushing you is not a problem. There are almost no people walking around in the middle of the day. Where do they go? Do they only come out at night? Now I am not talking about a day in the middle of winter, because if you have any sense you will hibernate like a bear in a cave, what I am referring to is an average spring day.
If my goal were to shoot people and city life, this would not be the place I would go to make my images. Luckily that was not the case. So in the end, things worked out just as I wanted them to. Here are the images: http://enzoem.smugmug.com/
- Enzo E. Martinez
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At home we have a Christmas cactus, and I thought it was just a regular cactus, except this one is not loaded with a gazillion thorns. To my amazement, it recently began to flower. At first it was just a little pink, but it continued to grow for the next few days, leading to the image captured above.
The following are the settings I used to make this image:
Camera: Nikon D200
Focal Length: 135 mm
ISO Speed: 200
I used a simple black background to give better contrast to the pink flower. Lighting was available light pouring in thru my west-facing windows.
This image was taken during a recent trip to Washington D.C. After returning home, this was the only image that was worth keeping. In my opinion, it was well worth the drive. If you are ever in the D.C. area this is one place you must eat at. Their chili dog happens to be Bill Cosby's favorite. You cannot go wrong, trust me. The night before this image was taken the place was closed and I had to drive to NY in the morning. I did what any other person would do, have a chili dog as my breakfast. Back to the image at hand... I was lucky that at about 7am there was not a lot of traffic or parked cars, allowing me to have a clean view of the establishment. What also struck me was how bright the building was in comparison to its surrounding neighbors.
Stay tuned for more images and interesting stories.
As a bonus to all you photographers or future photographers out there, here are two podcasts that are worth a download:
tfttf (tips from the top floor) and twip (this week in photography).
Here are a few links to my friends' three part video talking all about Buffalo's buffalo wings.
This past week I finally saw "Slumdog Millionaire". Great movie! The movie was visually and conceptually moving. No spoilers here, so feel free to read on. Make sure to hang around to watch the end credits, and not storm out of the place as soon as the movie ends. This was definitely the type of movie that keeps you thinking about it even after the popcorn is all gone and you are home relaxing. If you are emotional you might cry. If you have a sense of humor you will laugh. If you are alive you will enjoy this one. If this film is not playing locally, wait for the home version to be released and do not support the bootleggers.
8 Oscars. Nuff Said
My President is Black my Maybach too
And I'll be Goddamn if my diamonds ain't ain't blue
My money is dark green and my Porsche is light grey
And I'm headed for D.C. anybody feel me
My President is Black in fact he's half white
So even in a racist mind he's half right
Even in these racist times we alright
My President is Black but his house is all white
Rosa Parks sat so Martin Luther can walk
Martin Luther walked so Barack Obama can run
Barack Obama ran so all the children can fly
So I'm a spread my wings you can meet me in the sky
I already got my own clothes already got my own shoes
I was hot before Barack imagine what I'm gonna do
Hello Miss America, hey pretty lady
Red white & blue flag wave me for me baby
Never thought I'd say this shit, baby I'm good
You can keep your puss I don't no more Bush
No more wars nor more Iraq
No more white lies my President is Black." - Hov
Jay-Z My President is black Remix LIVE 1-18-09 from pleasedontstare on Vimeo.
Being new to the neighborhood, we decided that it was time to branch out and try new things. Terraza 7 Train Café is an artsy kind of bar just a few blocks from the apartment. It was on the list of things to do, but had not gotten to it. Last night was also open mic night at Terraza hosted by JHPF (Jackson Heights Poetry Festival). My gf knows the JHPF founder and we decided to attend the event and show support. Having been a fan of Jam On It Poetry, I figured this would be an interesting event to attend. The open mic poetry night happens the first Tuesday of the month. A week before patch Tuesday, but that is a different topic. The place was very comfortable. Plenty of seating, chairs and couches all over the place. Colorful paint job in the place made it feel warm and inviting. The action all happens on the second level of the bar. The poets do their thing on a scary looking platform. Unfortunately we walked in a little late, but enjoyed what we were able to listen to. There was also a 'musical' performance that was interesting.
After the dust settled from the event, we found ourselves on the second level with drinks and conversation. As time passed it was just three of us talking. Being that we were all rather new to the area there was no shortage of food conversation to be had. We might just have made our first new friend in the neighborhood.
The above little bird is not the NBC logo. It is a real life peacock. The image was taken last summer in the Bronx Zoo. In a previous post (dig into those archives), I stated how I felt about warm thoughts in cold weather, hence the image taken in the summer. Unfortunately not being a Marine, I have yet to perfect 'one shot one kill'. I am human, so sometimes I falter, and it takes several shots for me to get the right one. But the reward is well worth the effort.
Typically I just shoot for myself. I want to make ME happy with my images. And this I do not plan on changing. I do hope other people enjoy my work and can walk away with something positive from the interaction. I would like for you to also be able to spread my imagery and positive energy.
How you ask? To kick off the new year I am selling a few products online featuring select images from my collection. The above image is featured as a postcard. The holidays just ended and this would make a great postcard to send to your loved ones as a 'Thank You' note. Send one to a bird lover. Send one to someone who is far far away. You get the idea. Click here to take a look.
I hope last night was safe and fun for all. Today is mostly a day of recovery from too much eating, drinking and celebrating. The image above was taken in May of last year in the Bahamas. This image of a new day is appropriate for today being the first day of a new year. I overslept a little and missed the moment the sun rose over the horizon, but the resulting image is just as powerful. I have always been drawn to the rays of the sun breaking through clouds. The combination always makes me feel relaxed and at peace.
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