January 11, 2014 § 2 Comments
Have you ever latched onto a word with unusual fascination? When I first read or heard certain words, there was an undue fascination that I got for them, one of those was “singed”… No, it has nothing to do with singing, so no funny quips about that :-) Another one was “chaos”, that one was simply because I’d read it in a book and had formed this pronounciation in my head that turned out to be completely wrong.
So… back to “singed”
It was the first week of 2014, and I was walking the seawall looking for a few photographs when I came across the piece of singed wood… it was laying across another piece of wood forming a cruciform shape, the harsh midday sun cast a strong shadow and I decided that it might make a decent photograph
I also took the opportunity to try out LightZone to process it from start to end… I finally found how to straighten the horizon in it… using the crop tool just like in LightRoom (silly me couldn’t find it the first time I was processing an image in it). I must say, that while there are some things I miss from this piece of software, it is a very powerful application, and the integration of the changes into the saved file (JPG or TIF) makes it easy to go back and adjust the processing.
LightZone also professes to be able to work as a plugin to LightRoom, so if you just want some of the neat features in LZ, you can try it as a plugin. For an OpenSource (read that as FREE) software, it is powerful and user-friendly, this is not a stripped down software, but a full fledged product for RAW image processing.
Now… to the image. It probably won’t rank as a great photograph, but I liked it and it gave me a good opportunity to try out LightZone
Canon EOS 60D, Sigma 10-20mm | 1/160s, f/9, 10mm, ISO 100
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January 10, 2014 § 4 Comments
I was walking along the seawall last year when I spotted these three birds on the rocks near the waterline, I was fortunate enough to get off one photo of them together before they separated further (in no small part to my approach)
Whenever I see three birds together I always think of Brother Bob, Bob Marley, simply because of those words in the song… “Three little birds, Pitch by my doorstep”
The song was actually called “Three Little Birds”, but most everyone I know refers to it as “Don’t Worry” or “Every Little thing’s Gonna be alright”
So these aren’t exactly little birds, and they certainly weren’t singing sweet songs, but they still reminded me of the song.
Hope you like it:
Canon EOS 60D, Sigma 17-55mm | 1/500s, f/8, 50mm, ISO 100
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January 7, 2014 § 4 Comments
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Standing posts, by day’s light
Beaten by the waves
bleached by the relentless sun
Dwelt upon by snails
By moonlight, a ghostly pier
Appears ‘neath the moon
A vision that’s never seen
In day’s high noon
Stretching out into the deep
Walked upon by wraiths
boats with ancient passengers,
On the pier he waits…
Eyeing all who step ashore
Some will never leave,
Captain of his merchant ship,
Lord of the seas
Each night he walks the pier
Beneath the moon’s light
Each night the slaves come again
Reliving ghostly plight
The wraiths leave with the dawn
At peace once more
Until the rising moon
Brings them back to shore.
December 31, 2013 § 5 Comments
Skies above and oceans below,
Soar above the tethered boats
Down winding creeks and rivers brown,
Past piers, docks and abandoned forts.
Wind beneath my outstretched wings
Sun upon my feathered spans
Gliding, soaring, questing far
Over seas and distant lands.
See upon a curved horizon
Tree-lined coasts, and wave-swept beach
Flying high above ocean’s blue
Soaring forward, to sometime reach
A land with trees laden with fruit
Ponds and lakes with fish aplenty,
Seeking always rich lands afar
Always knowing, there will be many.
Returning home, back to my shore,
To mangrove clumps and fishing boats,
To fly along the creeks that wind
And from its waters, slake my throat.
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December 3, 2013 § 1 Comment
This year, I think most of my photos come from the Seawall areas along the coast of Demerara, simply because I’ve had little opportunity to go elsewhere… but the amazing thing about the seawalls, is that I think you can take a photo there every week and still come away with something interesting
This one I was tempted to call “Low T”, but knowing the western mind-set it would probably be a bad idea
Took this using a low perspective, with the Sigma Ultra-wide 10-20mm, even at 1/200s the bird in the sky shows motion blur (Probably added a bit to that with the wide-angle distortion at the edges of the lens)
I hope you like it.
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September 11, 2013 § 4 Comments
When taken from a low perspective with an utra-wide-angle lens, scenes take on a different look
The bright whites at the top of the wood are harsh reflections from the one o’clock sun.
Canon EOS 60D | Sigma 10-20mm | 1/125s, 10mm, f/8, ISO 100
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August 30, 2013 § 4 Comments
This week, I’m adding a new image not only to the Deck Project but to my slowly growing (as yet untitled) Seascape project.
It may be more a combination of landscape and seascape, you can see the road and the seawall, but I still consider it part of the Seascape set
Canon EOS 60D | Sigma 10-20mm | 10mm, ISO100 | Red filter in Post-process
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Have you seen the driftwood that climbs the rocks,
and basks in the midday sun?
The one that crossed two oceans and a sea,
Yes, that’s the one.
It was cast adrift by a little boy
who threw it from the shore
To see if it would then return
back to him once more
He watched it bob among the waves
until it was lost from sight,
Then away he ran to play among
the children of the night
Upon many beaches it took a rest,
then washed to sea again
until it touched upon our shore
and bathed in sun and rain
I doubt that you will find it now
for I passed a hobo this morning
And I thought I smelled some fish broth
and the scent of driftwood burning.
August 21, 2013 § 4 Comments
The clouds, they roll toward distant shores,
O’er seas and lakes, past engines and oars,
horizons mean nought, but a curve of land
that changes but slight, by nature or man
The sun shines on, through fog or haze,
O’er stormy skies, or clear summer days
It beats upon the land beneath
or upon the clouds, spread like a sheet
The sands, they move with the ocean’s might,
on ebb tide or flood tide, all day and night
valleys are made, with wondrous ease
and disappear as quickly as a deity’s sneeze.
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Photograph and Poem copyright to Michael C. Lam, all rights reserved.
August 2, 2013 § 2 Comments
I was processing this image as a part of another long-term project that I’ve been doing; Seascapes, but I decided that I would also include it into the Deck Project as it turned out so nicely
The water was lapping around the larger rock seen here, the tide was on it’s way out, and the sand/mud could be seen at the rock’s base when the wave had receded. The waves seemed fairly predictable, coming in, swirling past the rock and then receding, so I set my self and waited for it, when it came in, it came a little harder and faster, and I involuntarily jerked backwards a bit and the shot actually came out at a bit of an angle, so I had to crop back to straighten the horizon. I did have others that I could have used, but this one came out nicely, in terms of composition and the way the water was.
The skies were just how I like them recently, fairly dramatic, nice variations and with a fair amount of detail that I knew I could eke out of the RAW file.
Canon EOS 60D | Sigma 10-20mm | 1/500s, f/14, 10mm | Rotational crop
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