Tall Ship Macro View
The tall ships came to Dana Point and I could not resist. They are so spectacular and stately at the same time. I asked myself if I could capture the essence of a tall ship with a close up view for the most part. I left the wide or distant shots to others. Perhaps texture and perspective can tell this story as well. These sat for a couple months I just had to wait for a little time to pass before I was ready to post process these. Funny how that works.
All shot with my Canon 7D and my Canon 60mm EFS lens. It was a beautiful day for it. All the ships crew were helpful. Interesting to hear about how those ships handle at sea.
Had another run at the shop. We had a quick shoot for the MJSA Journal about refining. After we got what they need we juts kept going. In this instance I pushed some settings pretty hard. I had to go high ISO. 2500, but that bought me a 1/8000th shutter speed. F13 to get some depth of field. 136mm Focal after correction for the sensor. In Photoshop I brought up the exposure about a stop and a half, leaned pretty hard on speckle and noise reduction.
This was about 15 ounces of sterling silver that was being well mixed and sampled for assay. A hydrogen/oxygen torch provided all the heat. Our man Jose Diaz Lira was our man at the torch.
I finally got back to the shop. Had to shoot a scene in a upcoming online documentary on purple gold. So there I was with a short break, a torch and my camera. Of hundreds of frames I think the Fire Rose was the best. Only lightly ‘shopped. Tone contrast and crop ONLY.
Stopped in to the shop and Jose was doing some platinum solder. I just loved the crisp dancing nature of the fire itself.
That 18” long strip of metal is 95% platinum that is alloyed to be solder for assembling platinum jewelry. The strip was being softened in a very hot propane/oxygen torch flame. Going to be .10 millimeter thin.
Shot with the Canon 7D at ISO 250
Devils Punchbowl And The California Aqueduct At Sunset
In the Antelope Valley the geology shows our earthquake faults and where Los Angeles gets a lot of it’s water. Today I got the chance to photograph both.
I really liked this accidental lens flare double exposure.
Yesterday I went out to the factory and I found myself with some extra time. And I had brought some camera gear including a GoPro and a Canon 7D. The GoPro is an extreme sports camera. Waterproof and shock tolerant. Luckily my friend Kevin was with me to help with some excellent camera work on the 7D while I set up the GoPro to give us a never seen before view of gold being karated from 24k to 14k. My thanks to our man in the shop Jose who did the torch work. Do go for 1080HD and full screen if you have a fast connection. It’s worth it.
The Fast Finch
I set up my 7D in my kitchen looking right at this giant bird of paradise flower. Had that camera set up all day. So I plugged in the remote release and sat back to wait. And wait. Had a snack, and sat back down to wait some more. I think my time was rewarded.
High resolution & More: Studio 11: The Fast Finch