Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Sun Is Up

_DSC0046_DxO topaz nx 73dpi, originally uploaded by Donnie Fulks.

Sunrise happens every morning and on this morning it was a quick scramble on the rock wall to get positioned for the grand moment. The red sky quickly gave way to blue clouds. It was a great morning and almost time to head to the pancake house.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Changing Light

_DSC0039_DxO topaz nx 72dpi, originally uploaded by Donnie Fulks.

The colors changed rapidly as the sun transited the horizon. For a brief time, the sky turned a brilliant orange.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Almost Up

_DSC0037_DxO topaz nx 72dpi, originally uploaded by Donnie Fulks.

The sun was nearing the horizon and the colors were changing quickly.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Back to the Right

_DSC0033_DxO topaz nx 72dpi, originally uploaded by Donnie Fulks.
As the sky began to brighten, I moved over to the right side of the pier.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

5 Minutes to the Left

_DSC0030_DxO topaz nx 72dpi, originally uploaded by Donnie Fulks.

I arrived with the John Barclay's group a good 45 minutes before sunrise. Most of the group went to the right side of the pier, I went to the left side and found Shaun there. It's that left-handed thing. This was my first shot of the day. It was really dark. so dark that I didn't know if my manual focus was good or not. Took a lucky guess at a 5 minute exposure. I'm always amazed at the color those photo sites will soak up in a loooonnng exposure like this, since to the eye it was a black scene. I'm just starting to play with the new Topaz Adjust 5 and so far I'm liking it. Finished it off with some NIK brushed in here and there.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Grass Abstract

Camera Roll-273, originally uploaded by Donnie Fulks.

My sister has this ornamental grass planted where our yards meet. Coming back from the bus stop last week one morning I noticed the surprising color. The overcast sky and light rain helped bring out the color.
SlowShutter: VintageScene: BadCamera: SketchHD: AutoPainter: a few trips to Blender: SnapSeed: Impression

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Ruffin's Pond

_DSC9269_DxO topaz nx 72dpi, originally uploaded by Donnie Fulks.

Finally getting back to some DSLR images that I have captured in the past month or so. Since fall is our busy time on the farm, I can never get away to the mountains for fall color. This year we had the best leaf color in years right here at home and I headed to the pond next door a few days before and after work.
Processed with the new Topaz Adjust 5 and some NIK filters.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Red Sky at Night, Sailer's Delight

iPhone 9-328, originally uploaded by Donnie Fulks.

Donna and I went out for dinner after the workshop ended and saw this beautiful scene. The sky was red as shown for a brief couple of moments just as the sun set. The docks are lined by buildings so the water kept the blue tones.

Hang in there- the Nikon pics are coming after chores around the house are done.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Mirror, mirror on the...porch?

Camera Roll-246, originally uploaded by Donnie Fulks.

One of the assignments from the Cape May workshop involved the Victorian section of town. This mirror hung on a front porch between shutters caught my eye.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Fire Truck

Camera Roll-236, originally uploaded by Donnie Fulks.

Cape May has an antique fire truck. We only had 20 minutes or so to work the scene. I could have stayed there all day! The truck is housed in it's own fire house with tons of memorabilia. It would worth the trip for the truck alone. This shot was my first one while I waited my turn to go in. My computer is crunching on the RAW files as I write.
6x6:SnapSeed:Scratch Cam:Dramatic BW:Blender

Via Flickr:
Cape May fire truck

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Through the Lamp

Through the Lamp, originally uploaded by Donnie Fulks.

In the old Victorian section of Cape May, the streets are illuminated with these old gas lamps. I wondered how it would look if I could shoot through the lamp? So I positioned my camera up high and close with a fisheye lens. It took a few trys...
Camera+:SnapSeed:Big Lens

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

59th Street Pier

Camera Roll-213, originally uploaded by Donnie Fulks.

This past weekend I had the pleasure to shoot at Cape May with friend John Barclay on his workshop. Another fellow shooter I'm aquainted with, George Brown, was assisting. I have long admired photos by JB and mentor Tony Sweet from this location. The weekend began with cold, blustery weather. On Sunday morning the alarm rung at 3:30am and the clouds sliding accros the moon looked promising. So with bleary eyes and high hopes we headed north to Ocean City, NJ. Little did we know the glorious gift we would receive shortly after setting up our tripods. Now that I'm back home at work, I'm anxious to process my RAW Nikon files. In the mean time I wanted to share the experience captured on my iPhone: A three exposure HDR result.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

X Files?

iPhone 8-139, originally uploaded by Donnie Fulks.

The question of we respond to an image is an interesting one. When I shared this photo with some friends the immediate response was that brought to mind the TV show based on the mysterious paranormal. Something I never would have thought of, even though I was a fan of the show.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Idaho Homestead

Camera Roll-194, originally uploaded by Donnie Fulks.

This image began as a rather bland photo. I've been thinking about our beach trip this weekend and imagining possible processing ideas. This is the result of toying with some ideas I might try on the trip.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Sunflower Macro

IMG_0087, originally uploaded by Donnie Fulks.

The first frost this year came late- the very end of October. We decorate with late sunflowers and I had hoped to get some frosty sunflower photos. The light was too hot for that so I changed gears and decided to go with some macro shots. This image is of the center of a newly opened flower.
Olloclip macro:6x6:SnapSeed:SuperRetro

Monday, November 7, 2011

Last of the Fall Color

Camera Roll-149, originally uploaded by Donnie Fulks.

My job does not allow me to travel to areas with vibrant fall foliage, so I was grateful to have some color right here at home this fall. Seems like it has been a few years since we had some colorful foliage here. I slipped over to the pond three days in a row at sunrise before work and at sunset after work. This shot was taken at sunset on the last visit. After capturing a pile of reflection pics, I found this spot with the plants in the foreground to give some depth to the composition. While I did take some with the Nikon, which I have not processed yet (still wrapping up the harvest and planting wheat this week), this one is with the iPhone. BracketMode:TrueHDR:SnapSeed

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Rappahannock River

Camera Roll-147, originally uploaded by Donnie Fulks.

A painterly interpretation of the river that borders our farm. Taken on a foggy morning. I have really enjoyed exploring some new painterly apps recently. PhotoCopier and SuperRetro in particular. We just wrapped our fall harvest season today and I'm looking forward to having some time to shoot with my Nikon again. Heading to the ocean this weekend for some R&R and photography.
iPhone4:ClassicPan:SuperRetro:Iris:SnapSeed apps.

Foxtail Dew

IMG_0099, originally uploaded by Donnie Fulks.

Snagged this one on the way to the office a while back. We had a heavy dew overnight and some warm backlight at sunrise. A great recipe for a macro shot.
iPhone4:Olloclip macro:SnapSeed:PhotoCopier

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Spring Sunrise

IMG_0110, originally uploaded by Donnie Fulks.

With the time-change tonight I'm reminded that the seasons move on. This picture was taken last spring when we were glad to see winter behind us. Does not seem that long ago. And now winter is once again upon us.

Processed in Photo Copier and Iris.

Friday, November 4, 2011

McCormic Deering Combine

IMG_0090, originally uploaded by Donnie Fulks.

Still working to wrap up the fall harvest season so I have some more iPhone shots to share before the dust settles and I have time get back to the big boy camera.

This image was made with the Cool Photo app.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Tractor Cab

IMG_5888, originally uploaded by Donnie Fulks.

Cought the sunrise streaming through the tinted glass recently. Heavy dew on the window made the shot. Capture with Hipstamatic camera on my iPhone4. Part of the fun with Hipsta is that you make the "edit" choice before capture instead of after as in most other apps.

September Sunset

IMG_0080, originally uploaded by Donnie Fulks.

We've had some crazy weather last 2 or 3 months and that makes for some interesting clouds.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

First Fall Frost

IMG_6043, originally uploaded by Donnie Fulks.

Once again this year, the first frost came at the end of October. A heavy, killing frost too. We've had frost the last few nights since. Typically, the first frost is expected closer to the middle of the month. Then again, the weather does not seem to be "typical" of late.

Old Tractor at the Barn

IMG_5964, originally uploaded by Donnie Fulks.

An HDR iPhone capture last month at sunrise. Couldn't pass up that warm light! Wide angle Olloclip lens:BracketMode:TrueHDR:SnapSeed:ScratchCam, as best I recall. Oh, also Retouch to clone out an electric pole and wires in front of the barn.