What better way to unveil my new logo for Carltonaut Photography than by pairing it with a photo I shot of the moon moments ago.
I have no intention of including my logo on all my photos, because I like photos that can speak for themselves. But for this photo, I made an exception. I’ve spent the past little bit trying out different styles, colors, fonts, etc. to find a logo I felt would be fun and tie into my love of photography and space. As my blog’s tagline states, “Photos of (and out of) this world.”
Hope you enjoy the photo and the new logo, and will follow my Carltonaut blog to see what I capture. I’m always looking to see what others capture (either on WordPress, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.), so maybe I’ll come across your work, too.
I got a ping pong table for my birthday on March 16. It wasn’t until a week later that I had some friends help me get the massive table home and into the basement. It was another week before I was able to try putting the table together, but I was only able to get so far until I needed additional manpower to complete the assembly. I can’t lift the tables up onto the folding mechanism by myself, and my 10-year-old son doesn’t have the strength… yet. Now that I’ve voiced my sobbing about my unfinished birthday present, let me get on with the photo.
In my last photo, I shot salt crystals that were falling. In looking at the crystals a little closer, I noticed that when the flash went off at initial trigger, the crystal is bigger, but once the light of the flash ceased and the shutter was still open, the visibility of the falling crystal faded, thus creating a little streaking action. This got me to thinking – could I do something like this with a ping pong ball (especially since I have a dozen ping pong balls and no table to play them on. Here’s what I came up with.
Canon 60D | 18-135mm lens | 1″ | f/4.5 | ISO 100 | Speedlite 430EX II | LED Flashmate | RAW
One question I want to pose to the reader is – which direction is the ball traveling in the photo – Left to right or right to left? Take a moment to think about it before reading on.
After getting all the lighting, tripod and camera settings ready to go, I stood on the right side of the camera and got the bouncing ping pong ball in motion. As soon as it got in front of the camera lens, I would trigger the shutter and flash. The initial burst of light illuminates the ping pong ball and literally stops it mid-flight. The secondary lighting I had set up would provide less light to the continually moving ball, thus giving it the motion blur as it bounces out of frame. In short, the ball is moving right to left, and the tail of the frozen ball is actually the path it pursued AFTER the shutter was triggered.
I’ll have to play with this a little further in the future, but I thought it created a neat looking photo.
I was trying to come up with a photo challenge for a photo group last Friday and it wasn’t coming very easy. After much thought, and with the idea of the looming President’s Day holiday, I thought it would be fun to go old school. Not quite back to film, because not everyone in the group would have a film camera.
Instead, the challenge was to share a black and white photograph, and capture it with your camera in manual mode. I invite anyone to take on the challenge and share their finished product. But in the meantime, here is my capture to share for the challenge.
Canon 60D | 50mm lens | 1/250 | f/22 | ISO 100 | Canon Speedlite 430EX II
Check out some of the other takes on this photo via Flickr.
The biggest challenge in capturing this photo was to keep the light glare off of the glass bulb. It took me a while to get it just right (which is why I was glad I had a digital camera – I would have never known about the glare until I paid to develop the film and I would have had to start again). The final setup was to to hook my Speedlite up to the extender cord and hold it by hand behind the light bulb to illuminate the background – but eliminate the reflections.
I bought a 24-pack of Crayola crayons a while back with the intent of taking a photo set up something like the photo below. But life tends to get away from me often and I don’t have time to really setup as many shots as I have planned. So when I saw the Daily Post at WordPress.com’s Weekly Photo Challenge, I figured I could alter my initial idea to make something… unique.
Canon 60D | 100mm Macro | 1/40 | f/5.0 | ISO 400 | RAW
I felt that keeping one crayon away from the crowd would be more unique than the uniformity of a circle. But I captured a photo of the circle, too, if you want to check it out.
The colors of Crayola, combined with the colors Canon can capture made for a great photo. Your thoughts?
With Valentines Day just around the corner, it was pretty fitting for The Daily Post at WordPress.com to make the Weekly Photo Challenge topic Love. I would have enjoyed capturing some photos of my wife and I together for love, but she’s gonna be in Houston for a few more weeks so that wasn’t an option.
As a Pinner, I have seen a few variations on this photo and thought I could capture it using my wedding band and one of my favorite scriptures about love.
Ephesians 5: 25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
My biggest challenge in taking the photo was fighting with the light glare off of the page. There was no angle that would offer me the heart shadow the way I wanted it without making a bad glare that was pretty distracting in the photo.
My wife will probably never read this, but I couldn’t end without saying that she is the love of my life, and I hope this photo conveys the love I have for her.
I learned about this week’s The Daily Post at WordPress.com’s Weekly Photo Challenge before I packed my kids and I up for a trip to Houston, Texas. So as we spent the weekend with my wife checking out parts of Houston, I was looking for a fun capture for BEYOND.
The moment came when my daughter was enthralled with the size of her lollipop. I think it’s every kids dream to get a lollipop this big – and it makes it difficult to look BEYOND the lollipop to see what else is going on around you.
Canon 60D | 18-135mm lens | 1/640 | f/16 | ISO 2000
(NOTE: I am not sure why my camera was set at ISO 2000. I guess that explains some of the graininess I’m seeing in the photo.)
After some fun checking out the Downtown Aquarium in Houston (including two rides on the Shark Voyage Train), we took a breather to grab a snack. This was her snack. I wish I would have been that excited about the large pretzel my wife and I got to share.
I had thought about doing a photo like this a week ago as my now 10-year-old son was putting together the 3D puzzle he received from Santa last month. But it was the Daily Post at WordPress.com’s weekly photo challenge topic – Illumination – that drove me that final step of making it happen.
Canon 60D | 18-135mm lens | 1/6 | f/4.5 | ISO 200 | RAW
I was nervous taking my son’s puzzle apart just enough to fit in my LED Flashmate with it set to full power. I wasn’t really sure how much the light would make it through the seams of the puzzle, but I was pleasantly surprised. My kids even thought it was pretty cool to look it and made for some great photos.
And just like my tag line says, “Photos of – and out of – this world!”
Although I have shared various sunset photos in previous posts, I figured I would share this post with a compilation of my favorite sunset photos in conjunction with the Wild Weekly Photo Challenge topic of Sunsets.
Enough said. Let’s get to sharing the photos.
Utah has some of the most beautiful sunsets in the winter, as the sun illuminates the snow-covered mountains. I will have to capture some of those shots this winter, although I am not sure I can do justice to the true beauty of the moment.
You know what they say about the green ones? Well, without getting into that in this blog post, I’ll leave it at that and share the photo of some deliciously green M&Ms… (yummy)! Oh….and camera settings, too.
Canon 60D | 50mm lens | 1/25 | f/1.8 | ISO 400 | Flashmate F-198 LED Light | RAW
I was excited to try out my new LED light in a photo tonight, so I gave some M&Ms a go since the WordPress Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge was green. I should have bought the holiday M&Ms because then it would have been simple to sort out the green ones. Instead, I bought a large Costco-sized bag and then spent 20 minutes sorting out the green ones.
I piled the M&Ms on a black cloth and set my new LED light, pointing it to the ceiling so I didn’t have too much of a glare on the candy itself. I shot in RAW so I could make some adjustments afterward. After taking two dozen shots from different angles, using different exposures, apertures and light intensities, I settled on the last shot I shared above.
I look forward to shooting many more photos with my new LED light. One I am really looking forward to is one of my six-year-old daughter in my wife’s wedding dress. I’m hoping to get that this weekend. Any pointers on how to make that a shot to remember?