Food Photography, Photography

Larry Dean’s Beans

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The original Larry Dean’s Beans……espresso anyone? I used to do food photography for a local bakery where most work was published on social media. More photos of luscious sweets to come. I loved working as the barista for all the espresso drinks, but loved the photo shoots more.

Shooting was always in the early morning window, facing West with natural light. This photo was taken with my Canon EOS 60D, 18-55mm kit lens with focal length at 41mm, f/5.6 aperture, ISO 100 and 1/20 sec. shutter speed. Post processed in Lightroom.

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Camera Gear, News Commentary, Photography, Photowalks

FreddySue Who?

freddy-sueNo, not Cindy Lou Who. I live in the land of George Eastman, and if you ¬†are not sure who he is, think Kodak. OR more formerly as Eastman Kodak. But this is not about Kodak and I will surely write a short blog on them sometime soon. As it relates to photography and film it is a very interesting story of how the film and camera giant missed it’s place in the technology evolution and was a little late to the digital camera game. All of us who have had family work for Kodak have a treasure trove of stories to tell about this company. But I digress. This short story is about the many famous companies and people that made Rochester great…as much as I can tell in this short space. Growing up here, Rochester is home to many colleges and universities, and companies got their start here. You probably have used a copy machine, invented here by Xerox. Or have worn contacts or glasses made by Bausch & Lomb (think Ray-Ban). Also, Champion athetic products are from here as well Hickey-Freeman suits, French’s Mustard, Ragu, Gannett (USA Today) and Paychex. Actors have included Taye Diggs, Kristin Wiig, Mimi Kennedy, Robert Forster and Philip Seymour Hoffman to name a few. Countless musical people as well, like Lou Gramm.

However for the task at hand, the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass lived here and women’s suffragette Susan B. Anthony is from here. Hence the name of the bridge in the picture, officially named as the Frederick Douglass Susan B. Anthony Bridge. Or affectionately known as the Freddy Sue Bridge. Now you know, and no grinches were harmed in this story.

Photo shot with Canon EOS 60D, f/5.6, ISO 100, 1/800th sec and Sigma 10-18mm lens at 18mm focal length. Post prosessed in Lightroom.

Camera Gear, Garage Sale Finds, Photography

Rite of Passage-What the VW bug and Pentax had in Common.

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Back in the 60’s and 70’s it was quite common for a young mans first car to be a VW bug. They were plentiful and cheap and often seen at many high school parking lots. The bug was a rite of passage for a 16 year old boy to drive. I always wanted one, had many friends that did. However my first car was a 1962 Ford Falcon that I bought for 75 bucks from a good friend. Looked like crap, but hey, it was transportation. The other right of passage to any aspiring photographer was their first camera. In school, the instructor made everyone get the Pentax K1000 because it was the best camera to learn photography. Everything was manual. I never had one of these either. Certainly having my Canon AE-1 Program which was fully automatic (except focusing) you didn’t need to learn about the relationship between shutter speed, aperture and ISO. I kinda missed all that whilst setting my camera to P for Program, almost all of the time. Never did use manual. Today with my Canon EOS 60D, I almost always shoot in manual mode, unless I am somewhere and the situation calls for speedy transitions. However, back to Pentax. So I missed out on learning photography the right way and a few years ago I bought one off of Craigslist for $25. Can I tell you I absolutely love this camera? There is a certain feeling you get when you are controlling the process, turning the aperture ring on the lens, setting the shutter speed and watching where the match needle hits thru the viewfinder. It took me awhile, but I finally had my rite of passage with this camera. How about you, did you have one?

News Commentary, Vintage Photography

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie?

film-canistersI admit that I am not a professional photographer, just one who enjoys the art and creating it. However, it was 1982 that I acquired my first camera from a professional photographer friend who owned a camera store. He recommended I buy the Canon AE-1 Program. He always use to say “Buy your second camera first”. I think it was because we would accelerate in our growth of photography and we would want to keep buying cameras. The thing is, at that time all we had was film, so upgrading every two years wasn’t necessary. Today, new cameras with more megapixels are sold to us every year, creating an envy for the new stuff with all the new features. Wow, can you image a camera that has both Wifi and Bluetooth, and GPS built in. Articulating screen or not? Nikon or Canon, Sony or Fuji or Olympus, DSLR, Mirrorless or Micro four thirds (I still can’t wrap my head around that one). One thing is for sure, no matter how many megapixels is in your camera, the cost to shoot one frame is FREE compared to the cost of film. I have purchased 35mm film, taken pictures and had it developed and scanned the negatives onto a disc. The result is, that the quality is never what I can get out of my DSLR. And then add in the post processing, I have a beautiful image to print. With all the news about film making a comeback, does it really have to? I do not get enjoyment from spending money on 24-36 images (if I am lucky). My bet is that some people will rush to eBay to buy a used film camera for nostalgia sake or to try it out for the very first time. That’s fine. It was expensive for me back in 1982 and it still is today. What do you think?