Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Standouts

Standout set.After months and months of deliberation I finally broke down and got a set of standouts printed. I wanted to get three of them done to put on a column inside my office. I had them printed at Mpix. for $30 a pop.

Standout.All three of them are 8×12 inches. The depth of each standout is 1.5″. For a theme I picked out an “abstractish” nature topic. All of the photographs are from my older set and are done with my manual Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 AI-S lens. I’ll post a short update with another picture when I actually put them up on the wall.
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Floyd Bennett Field Photowalk

Trail. Taken at f/2.It’s been raining for 5 days straight now. They are predicting it will keep raining for at least 3 more. But since I got my 50mm f/1.2 lens in the mail yesterday I’ve been itching to get out and shoot.

Brassicaceae. Taken at f/1.2.Today during the lunch break the sun peaked out from under the clouds. Alena, Arosha, my dad and I jumped into the car and drove to the nearby Floyd Bennett Field (5 minute drive) for a 40 minute walk. I took a good number of shots and pretty much all of them came out great. I’m very very happy with the purchase at this point.

Pebbles. Taken at f/1.2.As soon as we got home it started raining again. Our timing was perfect. Here are some of those shots. All of these were taken at either f/1.2 or f/2.

Footprints on the sand. Taken at f/1.2.
Shell in hay. Taken at f/1.2.
Hay. Taken at f/1.2.
Papa. Taken at f/1.2.
Wooden beach. Taken at f/2.
Beach grass. Taken at f/2.
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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

From Cortez to Moab

Ancient Indian dwellings built in the cliffs at Mesa Verde NP.Early on Monday morning we drove out to Mesa Verde National Park. The interesting thing about this park, besides beautiful landscapes is the collection of buildings in the cliffs built by ancient Indians.

After the park we made a small stop at Dolores, CO for more stamps and took of in the direction of missed opportunities. Like I said before we missed Four Corners. So we figured we’ll back track a little bit and will take a longer route to Moab.

I am standing in Utah, Arizona and New Mexico at the same time. Colorado was just way too far.Four Corners is a very small, but interesting monument. We all took part in trying to be in 4 states at once, took a bit of pictures and tried out some Navajo meals (fried bread with all kinds of stuff).

By this time we were trying to decide if we can still make it to Natural Bridges National Monument. The park closes at 5, the drive there was 2 hours1 and it was 3:00pm already. Plus in order to get there we would have to make another significant detour and it would be pretty upsetting to get there only to see the closed gates.

Rock formations on the way to Natural Bridges National Monument.We decided to try still. I keep getting amazed by the beauty and the feats that nature performed in this part of the country. No photo can capture it, you just have to see it. We drove through the back country again, surrounded by mountains and canyons of different shapes and colors.

We arrived to the gates of Natural Bridges at 4:40 only to find that the visitor center closes at 4:30pm. However we got lucky, as the people didn’t leave yet and they were kind enough to let us in and get our stamps.

Kachina Natural Bridges at Natural Bridges National Monument.After that we drove to the trail with overlooks. Now I was absolutely amazed again by these breathtaking views. A huge deep canyon with actual bridges of enormous size made out of mountains themselves. Again, you just need to see it to actually understand how magnificent the are.

The absolute lack of human intervention and sounds. Only the wind, singing of birds, clear air and the beauty of nature.

A mountain named Church Rock that we saw on our way to Moab. To gage the size of it look at the cave on the bottom of it. Any car could easily drive into that opening.The drive to Moab was again filled with multiple stops to take pictures of the surroundings. We got there relatively early (around 8pm), ate at the local brewery and went to sleep.

P. S. I don’t have much time to write, so everything is turning out to be short without much detail. The experience itself though is absolutely unforgettable.

Post written on April 22, 2008.

  1. Thanks to Ignat for helping to figure the route and timing out. []
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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Macro Portraits

Macro Self-portraitsI started to get nostalgic about taking macro pictures, and since I didn’t have any good subjects I decided to look through my archives of raw images. I found a good picture, did some post processing and ended up liking the result.

Later on I noticed macro-selfs reflecting in the drops.
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Monday, November 12, 2007

Отражение

AutumnПочему-то накатила грусть. Я запустила скрипичную тему из “Списка Шиндлера”, которая пробирает до самых костей – от неё хочется плакать и одновременно улыбаться.

В последнее время я очень много думаю о том, как найти работу. Честно говоря, мне очень страшно. Наверное, это естественно. Иногда я ловлю себя на мысли, что многие люди моего возраста в отличие от меня уже добились определённых успехов в карьере, но стараюсь не бичевать себя слишком сильно за задержки.

Мне уже почти 27 лет. Чувствую я себя намного моложе. Когда-то 25-летние женщины и мужчины казались такими сильными и зрелыми, 45-летние – увядающими, а 60-летние – мудрыми и древними. Только теперь я понимаю, что во многих отполированных временем телах живут такие молодые и трепетные души.
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Sunday, November 4, 2007

Autumn Colors

AutumnToday we had a mission. Drive out of the city to some place nice and find some autumn colors to capture on “film”. The trees in New York City just refuse to go yellow. Most of them are still green, some are ugly orange, nothing nice.

We woke up early (by weekend standards), picked up Ignat and drove all the way to Seven Lakes via Palisades Parkway — about 60 miles to the north of the city. Sadly for us the sun didn’t want to play our game — it was hiding behind the dark gray clouds. It’s upsetting, but we did the best we could with the available light and sky color.

I just looked through the pictures and there are definitely captures that makes the whole trip worth it. Not to mention the fact that the autumn does look beautiful up there.

I’ll post more pictures later as I have the time to go through them and make adjustments.
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