Sunday, August 9, 2020

Andy's Angles: Poitraiture

As you know by now, I've been watching a lot of YouTube videos on photography.

A big concept is "bokeh."  It's a Japanese word for a sharp subject with a blurred background.  It's especially effective for a word the experts throw around a lot, "portraiture."

If you're a regular blog reader,  and by looking at the pictures over the years,  you know I don't work with people.  I'm sure I could scare up a model or two, but statues are always there and they don't charge for their time.

I took this one in mid June, at the University of Scranton.

Mission accomplished, partially.

I got great background blur, which is what I was looking for.

Unfortunately, I should have backed off a bit and closed the aperture slightly and increased the shutter speed.  The photo is a little on the hot side.

Live and learn.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Andy's Angles: The River

This is the Susquehanna River from Riverside Park in Tunkhannock.

It was a hot, spring time day.  It had been dry for a few days, so the river was running low.

That didn't stop some kayakers from traveling down the river.  Unfortunately, they were out of my range by the time I parked, got the camera out of the bag, and twisted on my lens.

This is the downstream view.

Tunkhannock is lucky.  It's turned the Susquehanna in to an amazing asset.

Friday, August 7, 2020

Andy's Angles: The Last of 2005

Long story short-- on the last few Fridays, I've been posting photos I took in 2005, with my first digital camera, an Olympus D-380, two megapixel.  Why now?  No great reason-- only that I just recently rediscovered the camera in a box of stuff.  It still works.

This is one of those attempts at shooting to infinity.  It's a snow covered pedestrian bridge over the Lackawanna River.  Peckville is at my back.  The Olyphant side is dead ahead.

It's far from a perfect shot, but I do like how the early morning sun shines through the railing and on to the snow.

I'm going to have to take out the Olympus one of these days and see what it can do.

Let's talk about brand loyalty.  I've had five digital cameras over the years.  The first was the Olympus.  I have a tiny Pentax that I throw in my work bag once in a while.  It's ten megapixel, which was awesome (and expensive) at the time.  I was never thrilled with the picture quality.

The other three have been Canons.  The first, I sold to Snedeker when I upgraded.  I still have the other two-- a Powershot S5IS and a Rebel T2i.  The Rebel does most of the heavy lifting these days.  By the way, Canon is now up to an T8i.  While the Bluetooth and wi fi capabilities interest me, I'm still happy with the 2.  The 6's and 7's have come way down in price.  I might grab one if I get a great deal.

The Powershot is something I keep with me if I happen to be out on a non photography expedition, and I want a camera close by, if I see something interesting.  It produces a solid product.

I was happy with the Olympus, and I don't recall what made me switch to the Canon.  I now have several Canon lenses, so I'm commited to the brand.

I think it's like the Android/iPhone thing.   You are either a Canon person or a Nikon person.

Be that as it may, that's the end of our Friday trips down Olympus memory lane.

Back to "today" tomorrow.

I've been taking a lot of photos lately, as I experiment with new lenses and skills.  I seriously have enough weekend material to last until the end of October.  I may force some of the extra to Fridays.  Who doesn't enjoy a three day weekend?

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Follow Up File: 24/7 and Insanity

Last month, I had an entry about doing the insanity of same thing over and over, and expecting a different result.  One of my favorite 24 hour mini marts cut back its hours when the pandemic hit and the county turned red.  I started driving by, at least once a week, when the county achieved green status.  Nothing.  Nothing.  More nothing.  Still closed.

Imagine my glee early Tuesday morning when I drove by, and the place was open all night!  If that wasn't enough, I saw through window that my favorite clerk was on duty.

I sped into the parking lot, masked up, grabbed my loyalty card and went inside.  The clerk and I exchanged pleasantries, catching up on the last four months.  She, the husband, and the family are all well and healthy.  That made me very happy.  It was good to see her-- and go inside the store.

The icing on the cake:  I had enough loyalty card points for a free soda.

Now, I don't feel so insane.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

About the Cover

I've featured a lot of this type of photo here in the past several months, but this is the first time it's appeared as a header.

I've long had a fascination with slow shutter speed photography.  Several months ago, I gave it a try.  Let's just say there has been limited success.  The basics are easy.  The rest, well, not so easy.

This is a shot of Interstate 81 in Dunmore, from the Reeves Street overpass.  The challenge here was to capture the streaks of car and truck headlights and tail lights, while not getting blasted by the overhead lights.

You can tell from the starburst pattern of the overheads, I had this one f-stopped down fairly severely.

It's far from a perfect shot.  It's awkward framing because I had to shoot around a protective fence.

I'll keep trying.

By the way, I changed the "name" font this month.  It's the same style used by one of my favorite television shows of all time, "NewsRadio."

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Bob Reynolds

I'll be brief.

Retired Newswatch 16 reporter Bob Reynolds died Sunday.  He was only 67.

Many, but not all of us, got in to the business, not because we wanted to be media stars.  We wanted to help people.  We wanted to do things that mattered.  We wanted to make a difference.

Bob Reynolds helped people.

Bob Reynolds mattered.

Bob Reynolds made a difference.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Media Monday

"Quick Pitch" on MLB Network has updated its graphics.  No problem.  The look is fine,  Unfoirtunately, the green and orange colors are hideous.  "Quick Pitch" remains one of the best shows on television.

By the way, the virtual fans FOX's baseball broadcasts are just plain creepy.  Stop it!  Stop it now!

The Emmy nominations are out.  Most of the shows are on streaming services.  My subscriptions:  zero, so I really don't care.  Who are these people?

It will be a long time before I get used to highlights with empty stadia.

Legendary DJ Cousin Brucie and the Sirius/XM 60's channel have gone in their seperate directions.  I don't know who is responsible, but this is not good.

July ratings show FOX News Channel had 10 of the 20 most popular programs on cable television.  Never underestimate the appeal of conservative leaning programming.

The Oakland A's have given up having an internet outlet as its flagship "radio station."  It's now found an AM station in Oakland, plus a network, to carry its games.

No matter how creative the broadcasts are, NHL and NBA games in a bubble creep me out.

Mike Francesa retired from WFAN in New York a couple of weeks ago.  I was never a regular listener, but I did enjoy his Sunday morning NFL show.  Francesa also did Sunday mornings on CBS Sports Radio when the pandemic hit, and it was a sobering dose of reality.

Howard Stern's contract is up at the end of the year.  Sirius/XM wants him to renew.  There's talk Sterm night go to a paid podcasting platform.  He's funny and entertaining, but not worth paying for, in my opinion.  He only does a few shows a month.

One of the reasons I will miss the political conventions this summer is the television networks were always trying to out-do each other in technology, and I loved to see the design of the anchor sky booths.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Andy's Angles: The Falls

This could have, and should have been a better photo.

This is Buttermilk Falls, in Falls, Wyoming County.

I was on my way to an appointment in mid June, so I didn't have much time to get the shot right, and clearly, I didn't.

My first attempt was with a fast shutter, but I deleted those.  It just didn't work.  The exposure was all wrong.

This is some slow shutter work, and the water at the upper right is milky, rather than choppy.

You can a little sun flare above the water and the trees at the right are way too hot.

I knew the good part of the falls was a fair distance away from the bridge and the road, so I used the kit lens, and I think I asked it to do a bit too much.

I'll be trying this one again down the road.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Andy's Angles: General George

Once again, a photo without much of a raison d'etre, but it was a practice session with the 50 mm lens and a try at some bokeh skills.

George Washington is in focus.  The Soldiers and Sailors monument, the trees, and the bank building have a little blur.

It's not what I would consider a great photo, but it accomplished what I set out to do.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Andy's Angles: Downstream

Today, it's another of my special Friday series, pulling photos from my recently rediscovered first digital camera, that two megapixel Olympus D-380.

This is a shot of the Lackawanna River, looking downstream from the park in Blakely.  The time stamp indicates I took this a couple of days before Christmas in 2005.

As you can see, it was rather early on a winter morning because of  the low sun angle.  It appears the Olympus had some difficulty compensating.  Still, it's not a horrible shot.

There is one more in the 2005 collection, and I'll burn that one off next Friday.