Archive for August, 2008

Stepping Into the Infinite

Posted in Nature, Photography with tags , , , , on August 31, 2008 by sambissell
The Beginning of the Universe

The Beginning of the Universe

My birthday was yesterday. I celebrated the 30th anniversary of one of my earlier ones. A friend was over and I showed her my “electric” stuff, which she hadn’t seen. So I started to show her the process from start to finish. She interrupted me and suggested I use this other sliding bar that I have never used….doesn’t matter which one. We played for a few minutes. I took her here:

Prickley Universe

Prickly Universe

Then she took me there:

Prickly Universe 2

Prickly Universe 2

I asked her if she wanted to be responsible for my never leaving my house again so I can pinpoint who and why I’ll be on my computer the rest of my born days.

What with what she showed me and what I have to learn, also, about HDR (see an excellent source of that here), I’ll never get out of the house. Oh, I may go outside, but I won’t leave the yard long enough so I can come back in to alter my photos some more.

Jettison

Jettison

Nah……………………..Dream on!

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Early Morning Elegance

Posted in Uncategorized on August 27, 2008 by sambissell
Datura Nuance

Datura Nuance

It can’t be better said than that……

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From the Depths………

Posted in Nature, Photography with tags , , , , on August 26, 2008 by sambissell
The Iris Squid

The Iris Squid

…so named for the plethora of iris blooms it shoots to distract its prey before eating them whole….

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Lost Buildings of Denver (Pt 1)

Posted in Buildings of Denver, Photographic Commentary, Photography with tags , , , , , , on August 25, 2008 by sambissell

I am in a club of sorts. The 2nd Wednesday Club. There are 3 members: myself, my high school buddy, Dan, and a friend of his, Jerry. Our club, so far, has been in existence for only 2 months but I see it going a much longer time than that. I find that it is especially enjoyable to be a member of our small club so I can see how my compatriots shoot.

What Is Left-Childrens Hospital Demolition

What Is Left - Childrens Hospital Demolition

What we do is shoot for a word/idea each month, submit 3 images, which are uploaded to another site, and then we critique each others’ works (or define how we came to use a particular entry to the final cut). We choose our words by selecting 3 individually, send them to Dan, who tallies the words, then we vote from the list of words to determine the word we use. It’s a great system because we don’t know ahead of time what the word will be, which makes the way we “see” that much more interesting.
The last two months our idea/words have been “reflection” and “the end”. Take a look.

This month…that is, for the 2nd Wednesday in September…our word is “change”. Taking my chances that I won’t be trumped by my Club friends, I’ve decided to add a set of three, only one of which will make the final cut in a couple of weeks. Although these shots would have worked equally well for “the end”, they fit the present word, as well.

Where the Door Was

Where the Door Was

The Childrens Hospital in Denver closed its doors earlier this year after their new facility was built east of town in a new massive complex, where Fitzsimmons (the Vets) Hospital and CU Medical Center have moved also. All three of these hospitals HAD been in very convenient locations in the “heart” of the metro area. Where they are now is actually not very convenient at all. But that’s where they are and that’s the way life is, unfortunately.

When my son was a baby, my ex and I spent a LOT of time in the ER at Childrens when it was downtown. Our son had ear infections on a regular basis, among other babyhood maladies. So, it was with sadness that I took this photo on Sunday. Demolition started a few months ago and they are getting down to the end. As you can see, the three photos here are all the same one; I progressively changed them to suit my needs for invoking more and more of a “statement”. I expect you’ll figure out the statement I am trying to invoke.

Attack of the Bureaucratic Machine

Attack of the Bureaucratic Machine

In the future, I’ll be adding photos that aren’t my usual subjects of nature and the like. I DO shoot a lot more stuff than just flowers…but then I’m just getting going with this blog so we have a long way to go, you and I.

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Compare and enjoy!

Posted in Nature, Photography with tags , , on August 25, 2008 by sambissell

From my early morning treks to Denver Botanic Gardens, chronicling my friend, Ross’s, Perennial Walk installation, comes this little fellow having an early morning drink.

Early Morning Drink

Early Morning Drink

Little did he know that he would become a greater being in the forces of Nature.

When Stars Explode The Universe Drinks

When Stars Explode The Universe Drinks

Good Morning!

Posted in Nature, Photography with tags on August 24, 2008 by sambissell
Together, They Stick Out Their Tongues

Together, They Stick Out Their Tongues

But they say Good Morning, anyway!

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Hibiscus in Light and in Dark

Posted in Nature, Photography with tags , , , , , , on August 24, 2008 by sambissell
Texture of the Hibiscus

Texture of the Hibiscus

Once a week, I document the gardens for one of the curators at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The purpose is to keep track of what is growing, dying, blooming, fading, filling in, and so on. Each morning before 7, I arrive so that I can take pictures with a more subdued light.

On Thursday morning, when I was done shooting the nearly 200 shots of this long walkway boarded by gardens, I honed in on this hibiscus blossom. When I processed it, I did some things that I don’t usually do with my photos….I actually pulled the texture out of the flower’s center. More often than not, I can deal with an overall texture and tone of a photo but images that have a lot of white in them just vex me! I pulled way back on the midtone contrasts for this by darkening the image and I really liked the result.

Then I ran it through my electric process and the results just about knocked me over. Blown up on my monitor, it has a much more dramatic effect than the small version here.

Thing about this was, when I worked on it, I lightened it a lot more than I usually do….a reverse of the original….and the textures of the background popped out a lot more than usual.

What struck me about what I had created, though, was the explosion of a black hole… especially the spikes of green shooting out from the deep red in the center of the image.

The Heart of the Black Hole

The Heart of the Black Hole

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Water Cube Photos (and others)

Posted in Photographers, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 24, 2008 by sambissell

Browsing through photographic blogs a couple of days ago, I came across some very interesting ones that I thought I’d pass along:

Tim Shisler is a “writer, photographer, outdoor guide and entrepreneur,” who has links for photographic sites with tips, reviews, forums, and lots of very interesting blogs that are simply great photographic links. One that found through him (and he has a plethora of them) is the NBC Water Cube, which are photographs taken underwater during each of the events at the Olympics. Amazing photos!

Another photographer I came across recently is Derek Shanks (and can also be seen here) ….beautiful black and white photography. I particularly like his Waiting for The Sea. I grew up on the east coast and spent a good deal of time along the Maine coast so I can appreciate this photo quite a lot….but the sheer fact of where the boat IS is the interesting part, aside from the beauty of the photo.

If you aren’t familiar with it (and I wasn’t until I saw this great video of National Geographic’s Photo Editor David Griffin), National Geographic has asked ANYONE to submit their photographs to YOUR SHOT and the best are picked by photo editor Susan Welchman and shown at The Daily Dozen. Click the Submit Your Photo under the YOUR SHOT tab and you’re in!

That’s it for now!

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Aliens Among Us

Posted in Nature, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2008 by sambissell
Alien Isis

Alien Isis

In 2006, a friend requested that I redesign his garden area behind his house in Redway, CA. So, I went out there for 2 weeks in September to find he had bought a “weekender” in one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Had I not taken my friend, Rene< with me, I doubt I would have done anything but wander around in the forest of some of the oldest trees on the planet and spend my days otherwise lazing about on the shores of Black Sand Beach to the west.

Redway is 2 miles west of Garberville, which is in famous Humboldt County, in northern California. Unknown to many (very many), this area is nothing short of Heaven. Just north of Garberville, on the highway to Eureka, is the beginning of the Avenue of the Giants, which is famous, as well. On the Avenue, you can drive through that famous redwood tree and you can see where the gnomes and trolls live in another, and so on. Tourist attractions. But I didn’t go for tourist attractions, I went out there to………..discover what I have been missing all of my life and only heard about from vintage postcards of cars driving through trees, which, as a child, was pretty damn cool!

When you step out the door at Giant’s Rest, the name given by Paul and Barb to their place, and you look up, this is what you see: Continue reading

After The Fire

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , on August 19, 2008 by sambissell

Of my most recent photo work, I thought I’d share this photo.

After The Fire

After The Fire

I took this photo about 3 weeks ago for a study of the words “The End”. I’ll share some more of these photos soon, as I really enjoyed looking for “The End.” Continue reading