•March 30, 2011 • 7 Comments

Considering that I live on Long Island in NY most people would think that it was very populated and no farms.  But as you can see I live out in the country and there are still many farms.  This photo was taken at the Hallock Farm Museum a couple of weeks ago.  It was a nice, almost spring day and I took advantage of the nice weather and took some pictures.
Exif Data:
Nikon D-7000 3/12/2011, 4:02:29:PM RAW 14 bit
Lens: Nikkor VR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G @ 32mm
Matrix meter, Auto-WB, Shutter Priority Mode,
ISO-200, Shutter speed-1/500 sec. @f/6.3


•March 23, 2011 • 5 Comments

This big old Red Barn is located on the North Fork of Long Island not too far from my home.  The small towns sort of blend in to each other as it is a farming community and one never knows when passing from one and into another little quaint town.  There are lots of local “Wineries” in the area as it seems to be more profitable than our once famous Long Island Potatoes.   But one can still buy a fifty pound bag of local potatoes for a few bucks.  I just pulled off the road on to the shoulder and took a few shots. 

Exif Data:  Nikon D-7000, 3/12/2011  @15:13:30.2 hrs.
Lens: Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G VR, RAW (16 bit),
Matrix metering, Shutter priority mode, WB-Auto, ISO-200
Aperture f/4.5 and 1/640 sec. at 44mm
Hand held


•March 20, 2011 • 6 Comments

I took this picture last week while out on the North Fork of LI, NY when  visiting my daughter.  This is the “Horton’s Point Lighthouse”.  It is closed for the winter but will open up after Memorial Day.  I had to go around the gate to get this shot.  Nice place to visit when you can make a self guided tour. http://www.lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=392
Exif data:
Nikon D-7000, 3/12/2011, 3:37 pm
Nikkor Lens: 18-200mm f/3.5-5. @18mm
Shutter priority, Matrix Metering,
1/250 sec. @f/11
ISO-200, Auto White Balance


•March 16, 2011 • 7 Comments

I went over to the Peconic  Sportsman Club the other day and saw this freight train and just had to get a shot.  This is a newly renovated section of track that goes into the old Grumman Aircraft Corporation Flight Test Facilities in Calverton, NY.  The old track wasn’t used for about 20 years or so.   I think that once the track renovation is complete they will take this bunch of freight cars and have a test ride from where it branches off the main track to the end.

Exif data: Nikon D-7000, 3/13/2011 13:38:46.50 pm
RAW (14 bit), Auto WB, Matrix metering, Aperture Priority
Lens: 12-24 F/4.0 G Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom @12mm
Shutter Speed 1/250 sec @ f/16, -1.0EV Compensation, ISO-200

On A Farm

•March 12, 2011 • 6 Comments

This old flatbed truck is on a farm adjacent to the “Hallock Farm Museum” located in Riverhead, NY.  My wife and I were on our way to our daughters house and when I went by this antique I quickly turned around and just had to get a few pictures.   There is a wire  fence around this area and I had to stand on my toes to get this shot.  So happy that spring is almost here and today was sunny and  about 50 degrees. My wife got a little mad at me because I had to take my arm out of my sling in order to get this shot.  But as you all know a true photographer will go thru all sorts of whatever to get the right shot. I guess the owners gave the “old ” truck a new paint job as you can see that there is a little spray paint on the front tire and also on the front grill and bumper.   I  had to reach real high as the wire fence was just above my chin so I set my ISO way up in order to get a high shutter speed.   My Exif data is:

Nikon D-7000,  3/12/2011  2:59:45pm, RAW, Matrix Meter Mode, Shutter Priority Mode, WB-Auto, ISO-800
Lens: Nikkor VR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G @ 36mm, Shutter speed @ 1/400 sec @ F/14 , VR-On

Depth of Field

•March 10, 2011 • 6 Comments

Still cannot move the left arm very much so I took  another image  in my light box.  This picture has good DOF meaning that it is in acceptable focus from front to back.  I used Aperture priority on my camera with the following settings , ISO-200, Manual focus and set the f-stop to f/20 and shot @1/50 sec.  I also focused on the front bullet.

On this shot I only changed the f-stop to f/3.5 and shot @ 1/600 sec.   See how the DOF has changed.  I don’t mean to be too simplistic but if you don’t understand DOF I hope this helps.  Here is a good link for DOF:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Depth_of_field  and here is another one:  http://www.illustratedphotography.com/basic-photography/aperture-and-depth-field

Negative Space

•March 8, 2011 • 9 Comments

Here is a good example of all that empty space but the photo itself is sort of lacking.   The next time I will add a little more in the photo to jazz it up.  My arm is still in a sling from surgery and I have to be careful with what I do.  I really wanted a deeper shadow behind the orange but my light box kept bouncing the light around so I had only a very weak shadow.  Like I said I used my home-made light box and one light from the left side.  I used my tripod and took a few shots.  I had also changed backgrounds to blue and black but white was what was needed.  Here is a good article on negative space and is very informative.  http://www.digital-photography-school.com/minimalism-using-negative-space-in-your-photographs     The only  PP was a curves adjustment and the addition of my frame.