Happy Halloween

Not sure if it’s a “happy” holiday anymore because it definitely has taken a turn towards the grisly. Even a clown costume has to be “evil”.

So, in that spirit I present my Halloween theme photo: A sparkly skull!

© David Guidas

© David Guidas

Exploring the same theme……….and beyond!

Another geese photo. This time with textures and a bold color cast. Not sure where I am going with this but considering I don’t get out in the early A.M. too often, I would guess not very far.

© David Guidas

© David Guidas

And in another bold experiment, an unsuccessful in camera double-exposure. I thought the concept was good but perhaps the subject matter isn’t quite right. Again, I added some textures to ease the pain. ;-)

© David Guidas

© David Guidas

Temporary inconvenience leads to good photo opportunity

My wife made a doctor appointment for me a few weeks back and since I always like early appointments so I can go without taking time from work, she made a  7:00 a.m. for me. When she told me the date and time we both realized that was my day off and the early time wasn’t necessary. She wanted to change the appointment but rather go at a later date I decided to get it over with and keep the appointment.

The office is around a half hour drive from my house so it was still dark and a little on the cold side when I headed out. A typical fall morning really. Being that I knew it was going to be a nice day ahead I took my camera and figured I would visit a park with a lake after my appointment that is practically around the corner from the doctor’s office. It was still on the dark side when I left the doctor’s office and I headed to the park knowing that it was weekday and still fairly early so there shouldn’t be many people at the park.

With the exception of a few nearby residents walking their dogs the park was practically empty. I set out to shoot some woods, details,  and fall scenes as the light level began to rise. The lake area was still foggy, almost too foggy to get any detail in the shots so I avoided it for a while. After I thought I was done shooting I circled my car around the parking area near the lake one more time. I noticed the sunrise starting to peek out behind the trees and thought it would make for a good photo so I parked the car and walked over to the lake for a good vantage point.

Once I started shooting the foggy scene I heard the distinctive sound of geese echoing around the lake. A quick glance to my right and I spotted the geese flying right into the scene that I was photographing. Hmm, perfect!

Not my usual type of photo, and not a wow photo either, but it’s always nice when things work out without even thinking about it.

© David Guidas

© David Guidas

Cropping for better or worse

Sticking with native or standard crop ratios is the norm for me. For my 3:2 ratio images I generally stick with that ratio when I do need to crop. On occasion I will crop to 1:1 or 4:3 for portrait oriented photos. Since I try really hard to compose in camera my crops are basically to tighten up a shot or get rid of a distracting stray element that snuck in the picture on me, such as the end of a branch, a car coming into the shot, or something else to that effect.

Once in a while, and I mean once in a while, I get bored and do a free-form crop such as this photo of dew drops on some leaves. I took this shot last summer and never looked at it gain until this evening. I marveled at all of the tiny dew drops but the remainder of the photo was a blurry distraction. Since I had to stop the lens down to get a bit more depth of field the bokeh kind of fell apart. The higher contrast black and white conversion helped some by darkening the background but I still found it lacking.

As I looked at the limited depth of field and the narrow line of in-focus drops I began to wonder, hmm, if I cropped just around the line of in-focus drops that would eliminate the distractions. At first I did a 16:9 crop and that helped but I had to push it more and go all free-form. So I did and I was left with a photo of the line of drops but maybe an even more distracting narrow window of an image. Certainly not standard. ;-)

Maybe it would be a good banner photo for the blog!

© David Guidas

© David Guidas

Low hanging fruit (and One Lovely Blog Award completion)

It wasn’t until I started at my current employer that I started to hear the phrase “low-hanging fruit”.  Apparently it’s a big corporate business world catchphrase.

Low-hanging fruit – Tasks that have the greatest positive effect for the least effort, used when promoting new projects to show the advantages

My previous jobs kept me out of meetings so that’s probably why I didn’t hear it before. But I’m in meetings quite often now and I even had a few assignments that fit that description.

I don’t make assignments for my photography but I know a piece of low-hanging fruit when I see it. ;-) A few apples singing their swan song always makes for a good autumn theme photo. And when they are low-hanging, all the better!


To complete my One Lovely Blog Award, here are a few blogs I like:
















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A lovely autumn scene from a lovely blog

I have been given a Lovely Blog Award by F-Stop Mama Amy Pantone. I am so honored that Amy likes my blog enough to give it attention on her own blog, that I must proceed with the award ceremony.

But first, a lovely autumn scene photo.

© David Guidas

© David Guidas

Now, on to the awards.

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The guidelines for the One Lovely Blog Award are:
•Thank the person who nominated you for the award
•Add the One Lovely Blog Award logo to your post and/or blog
•Share 7 facts/or things about yourself
•Nominate 15 bloggers you admire and inform nominees by commenting on their blog

The first part is easy. Thank you Amy!

Logo posted – check

Now the hard part, the dreaded seven things about myself. I prefer to remain a mystery, which is why there are very few photos of myself online, so this is a big step for me.

But, here we go:

1. I am a big fan of the down vest

2.I once ordered a Zima in a bar in Nashville. That didn’t go over too well. ;-)

3.I have low regard for people who don’t take the time to be responsible for what they do and how they affect others (you heard me idiot in the parking lot!).

4.I once photographed a wedding using a Mamiya 330 twin lens reflex camera. That’s right – changing the film every 12 exposures. Talk about having to think ahead! You digital wedding photographers have it so easy. :-)

I think I’m starting to sweat. Almost done.

5.I think the higher education system in the USA is a money grabbing scam and that most people can be smarter and have richer lives by having choice mentors and taking every opportunity to learn something about anything, all of the time. Take on any job you can get, do it well no matter what the pay, learn from it, apply yourself, and move on from there. If you find a passion, absorb yourself into it and learn all you can and practice it but don’t isolate yourself. Be aware of where you are and who you are and know that things take time.

6.Whew, was thought about me? OK, back to work – I like silver jewelry.

7.My music tastes are all over the place stylistically. As a guitar player I follow lots of guitar oriented music and enjoy the classic rock legends such as Clapton , Hendrix, Beck, Page, etc.. Mark Knopfler is one of my favorites. But I am also a jazz fan coming from my earliest influence, Joe Negri (Handyman Negri on the PBS Mister Rogers show), to Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall, Scofield, Stern Frisell, and the list goes on. I like old school country guitar with a twang but most of what’s considered country music today is total mind numbing in my opinion and don’t even get me started on the awful songwriting. Hip-Hop just doesn’t cut it for me – too commercial.

OK, that wasn’t too bad. I’m going to have to save the nomination part for my next post as it will take some research that I don’t have time for right now. But I will complete my mission.





Annual mushroom in the yard photos

Every year at this time I get a small crop of mushrooms that pop up in my yard, usually around 10 days or so after my last mow. And every year I try to photograph them and present them in a different way because, really, how many ways can you show mushrooms growing in a lawn? The crop this year wasn’t very photogenic, probably because it has been rather dry so far this fall. With only a few small rounded ‘shrooms to shoot I wasn’t even going to bother but I thought I would run out this evening and take a few shots.

The light was already getting low and I had to shoot wide open to save any kind of decent shutter speed. Shooting at such a low angle is awkward and holding the camera steady while doing it is even more awkward. Throw in the fact that the lens I used didn’t have any stabilization and I ended up with a few blurry ones.

With a few blurry shots in hand it prompted to me to process them in an old wet plate sort of style, heavy on the sepia and streaky textures. I like what I got out of one shot so I did a small series. Not sure what I can do with them next year, maybe go in the opposite direction and shoot for an ultra modern look.

A little structure is good

Literally, a little structure.

One of many hunting stands in the area. Some can get elaborate but most are of the few 2×4’s in a tree variety.  This one, I would say, falls in between.

© David Guidas

© David Guidas

Fall of no color

I snapped this photo of a rural road today as part of my annual autumn theme photos. Since it’s still relatively early in the season the color wasn’t quite fully developed and a lot of the leaves were still green. The scene was nice but not nice enough. Instead of a wasted shot I wondered what the photo would look like in black and white, considering the wet road was nice and dark and would make a good contrast.

And here it is! Not an exciting photo but it looks more interesting than the color shot.

By the way. I brightened up my page some as I was getting tired of trying to read on the black background. I kind of like the white since it looks more magazine like. Is it any better? I’m not sure, maybe I’ll play around with the theme a bit more.

© David Guidas

© David Guidas

A spider in a dewy web

Just like the post title says!

Not my usual type of photo but who can resist grabbing a good spider picture? I don’t care for the background in this one but it was in the weeds and everything was a bit crowded. I’m sure this is a common type of field spider but I don’t know what it is. Anybody?

© David Guidas

© David Guidas


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