Baby Steps in the photography realm…

Well hello again everyone, this time I was a little bit faster at making a blog than previous times! Shazam!

As I said previously I have been getting into photography a lot more this year than previous. Well that being said I thought I would make a small write up of what photos I have taken and what ones I kind of like. Give you a little explanation of where and what I did to make the photo without boring you with a lot of technical aspects that I am not all that good at anyways.

‘This photo was taken downtown Indianapolis at Monument Circle on August 26th, 2009 at around 11:30pm EST. Using my Sony A700 DSLR w/ a Sigma 10-20mm Lens set at 10mm on a 10 second exposure (shutter speed) left it at ISO 100 and Aperture was f/18 using a tripod to keep the camera steady.’ 

One of the many photos taken when Marc and I did our walk about downtown one night when he was testing out a new Nikon D3x camera. There are several “like” shots taken that night from him and myself, all from our own perspective or different perspectives. This one is one of my favorites that I took, there is a couple more but this is probably my favorite.

‘This photo was taken downtown Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Star building in their back dock/loading area on August 26th, 2009. Using my Sony A700 DSLR w/ a Sigma 10-20mm Lens set at 10mm on a 13 second exposure (shutter speed), set at ISO 100 and Aperture was F/10 inwhich I propped my hand on my trunk lid of my car and didn’t use a tripod, amazed it was not more blurry!’

As I got downtown for Marc and I to start our walk about and take photos, I was getting my stuff out of my car while he was still inside the Indianapolis Star building so I pulled out my camera to capture this shot. I have taken a couple of shots of thid dock area this year but this one is one of my favorites because of the amount of color and everything.

‘This photo was taken on 79th Street on the overpass overlooking I-465 here in Indianapolis, taken on August 20th, 2009. Using my Sony A700 DSLR w/ a 10-20mm Lens set at 12mm on a 20 second exposure (shutter speed), set at ISO 100 and aperture was F/11, mounted to a tripod to steady it.’

Something about this photo I really like, could be the fence and how it just breaks things up a little to give it some depth and distortion. It was one of those things where I was up there and it had this huge fence that I could not get over or around so I just decided to make it apart of the shot, cause if you were there looking through it this is what you would see anyways.

‘This photo is of my very good friend Brier at the Brad Paisley Concert on August 8th, 2009. Using the Sony A700 w/ my Sony 50mm lens on a 1/250 exposure (shutter speed), set at ISO 100 and aperture was F/1.6 to blur the background, was also hand held.’

Brier is like a sister and to go along with her natural beauty, she is very photogentic, this shot was one in which I was trying to catch her off guard. I am waiting for her to turn her head and then took the photo. I don’t usually have B/W’s but this one I was playing with the RAW file and this is what came out of it. Almost kept her shirt red in this to give it a little color but decided to go full B/W instead.

‘This photo is of my cousins Kelly and Leslie who are both preggers. Using my Sony A700 w/ 50mm lens on a 1/200 exposure, set at ISO 100 and at F/4 to give it a little depth and to capture this both, hand held with one knee on the wood deck bought to fall in the pool.’

So we had a couple photos taken of them together. I chose this one to post in my blog mainly because it was not a posed shot of them smiling or looking at me, which I really enjoy the most. Any photo that is not staged or posed to me shows a true smile or true feeling in any given moment. This was taken at our Clampitt Family gathering, in which we had to wear name tags for those family members who we have not seen for years. Won’t go into what I put on mine, but it wasn’t just my name, because that is not me.

‘This photo was taken on Raccoon Lake with some of my great my Brier, Michelle, Stacey and Steve on July 27th, 2009. Using the Sony A700 w/ 18-200mm lens set at 75mm on a 1/250 exposure, set at ISO 100 and a F/5.6 for a little more depth but enough detail on the focus point. In this photo is L-R (Michelle & Brier) w/ Stacey in the background.’

There were several shots taken on this day of boating fun, funny thing is I never got in the water but took over a 1,000 photos. Yes that is correct over one thousand photos in less than 4 hours, and to be honest about 900 of them were in focus and turned out good. Now I only posted a handful of that day because there is only so many unique shots then they all start to look the same.

‘This photo was taken on Raccoon Lake while Michelle and Brier were on the tube on July 27th, 2009. Taken with my Sony A700 w/ 18-200mm lens set at 180mm on a 1/1600 exposure, set at ISO 100 and a F/5.6. Shutter speed set to stop everything very quickly.’

This photo was taken on the same day as the one above it, just was an action photo which I will have to say was a challenge to me. Much like Marc, I am one who likes photos to be sharp and in focus as much as possible and the challenge to me was trying to do this while not only were they moving in the water but I was on a freakin’ boat moving myself. I was standing up at the front of the boat taking a lot of these shots while hitting others waves causing me to nearly be air lifted from the boat several times. Next time I go out going to make sure my insurance covers my equipment so I can get more daring photos!

‘This photo was taken on July 24th, for the George Strait Concert. Using my Sony A700 w/ 16mm Fisheye Lens on a 1/250 exposure, set at ISO 100 and F/5.6. To capture Brier pointing at me which is more so a ritual anymore.’

I love using the fisheye lens, and since we were in the Centex homes closets to the Verizon Wireless Music Center in Noblesville, IN grilling out because we couldn’t in the parking area for the concert I decided to bring it out to take a couple of oddball shots. This is one I chose to post from that ‘Redneck grillin’ experience but there is others if you click ont he photo. You can see Danielle playing with my iPhone out of photo on the left and Steve laughing as Brier points at me.

‘This photo was also taken on July 24th, for the George Strait Concert. Using my Sony A700 w/ 50mm Lens on a 1/3200 exposure, set at ISO 100 and F/2.8. Showcasing Dustin giving Brier a piggy back ride.’

It is either Dustin or myself who ends up carrying Brier around at concerts, downtown Indianapolis, or well anywhere when it is needed. There are 3 photos all somewhat the same and different at the same time, this is just one I chose because I really like Brier’s smile in this one. She always has a smile on her face and seems to always like being in front of the camera, unlike me who makes funny faces just cause it is not natural for me to smile all that much (I am getting better). Click on the link to see the other surrounding photos.

Something about this building intrigues me and always has whenever I drive by the place. It has recently came up for sale and if I had the cash I would buy it just so I could say I own it. Marc and I were by his apartment up in Castleton and we took a couple photos of the water and surrounding buildings and this photo is just one of those that I decided to post in this blog.

‘This photo was also taken on July 11th downtown Indianapolis overlooking the Canal and downtown. Using my Sony A700 w/ 16mm Fisheye Lens on a 20 second exposure, set at ISO 200 and F/9. Really captures downtown.’

Now that I have a better tripod and a 10-20mm lens, I think I want to go back and re-take this photo but a couple of them and hopefully will do this once more this summer maybe once in the fall and possibly once in winter to show the seasons. Yes I know I missed spring, but this was somewhat spring ish here in Indiana.

‘This photo was also taken on July 11th overlooking the Canal in downtown Indianapolis, IN. Using my Sony A700 w/ 16mm Fisheye Lens on a 20 second exposure, set at ISO 200 and F/9.’

Marc and I just got done taking a couple of others photos at the USS Indianapolis monument and we were looking for another place to shoot, at around 3:30am during the Black Expo weekend, cause we had no where else to be. We met a lot of nice people walking down the canal at this time oddly enough who were all curious to what we were doing with this big camera on a tripod and us just sitting here playing around. Anyways we were walking and I seen this spot and said to Marc that this may be a good photo so this and many others that I took and he took were the outcome. This one is done by me and I really like it, not my favorite of my photos but up there.

‘This photo was taken on July 4th at our Lents 4th of July party in Brazil, IN. Using my Sony A700 w/ 50mm Lens on a 1/160 exposure, set at ISO 320 and F/1.4.’

Let me introduce you to my cousin’s daughter Skylar Grace, she is adorable and at the point in her little life that she wants to be noisey and venture into everything. While I did keep her out of the major things, her opening up cabinet doors or whatever like that instead of telling her no, I had fun taking photos. Which later got me smacked for not paying better attention to her by her mother, thanks Jenny cause as you can tell I was paying attention, I captured it in photos!

‘This photo was taken on June 28th, 2009 at my office. Using my Sony A700 w/ 50mm Lens on a 1/2500 exposure, set at ISO 250 and F/1.6 to give it that translucentish look.’

I was on a drive, alone with camera as my side seat driver and I was out to take some random photos. Well I parked in the office side parking lot and just pointed the camera at my mirror as I have done many times before and this was the result. I do believe if I had the aperture set a little higher I would not have had this effect.

‘This photo was taken on June 21st at my dad’s shop in Roachdale, IN. Using my Sony A700 w/ 50mm Lens on a 1/2500 exposure, set at ISO 250 and F/1.4 to capture our corvette.’

Dad and I’s corvette is a 1974 Corvette with an original big block 454 engine, sadly it is an automatic but otherwise a bad ass ride. This photo to me kind of looks like a toy car and that is because of the f-stop (aperture) being set at 1.4, should have probably set it up a little higher but I like the photo. I took several shots of the corvette and the joyride dad and I went on as I played with the camera (yes I was not driving, Dad was).

‘This photo was taken on June 20th, 2009 of my beautiful friend April at the Toby Keith Concert. Using my Sony A700 w/ 50mm Lens on a 1/500 exposure, set at ISO 100 and F/6.3 and I do believe Marc captured this photo instead of me but I am not 100% sure but will give him credit.’

One of the concerts this summer that I decided to bring my DSLR camera to and capture photos with. After the first concert and everyone going “What the hell is that and why are you using it” they all figured out it took really good photos. I am like the photographer of our group, well besides Marc and well Brier when she steals my camera TO DROP IT MANY TIMES! Brier I know you don’t mean too but you do it, haha.

‘This photo was taken on June 9th, 2009 at my house in my bedroom. Using my Sony A700 w/ 18-200mm Lens set at 28mm on a 33 second manual exposure, set at ISO 100 and F/13.’

So I was sitting here at home playing on the internet and I was bored and wanted to play with my camera. So I thought I would try something, this was my first try at long exposures to be honest. I took out my guitar and layed it on the ground, brought out my LED pocket light and then used my wireless remote hit the shutter button then from there painted the guitar and then hit the shutter button again to capture this shot. I have 4 or 5 variations of this shoot cause I tried it with my maglight flashlight and some other ways.

‘This photo was also taken on June 9th, 2009 outside my house. Using my Sony A700 w/ 50mm Lens on a 43 second manual exposure, set at ISO 200 and F/16.’

So after playing with the guitar above and a couple of other photos I waited till it got dark and decided to do some light painting. This is one of a couple I did, none of them really good but they were entertaining for me to do and learn from.

‘This photo was on June 14th, 2008 which was when I first got the Sony A700 camera. Using the Sony A700 w/ 18-70mm stock Lens set at 60mm, on a 1/320 exposure, set at ISO 200 and F/13.’

This is my cousin’s (Ginny you are truly missed) daughter, Jordynne. She was the flower girl at my cousin Kelly’s wedding and this photo and the one below are two taken of her. She somehow let me get up close to her and take this photo which is not something I am use to, usually I get a couple of swings and punches heading towards my head when I get this close.

‘This photo was also taken on June 14th, 2008 at my cousin Kelly’s wedding in Terre Haute, IN. Using the Sony A700 w/ 18-70mm Lens set at 50mm, on a 1/500 exposure, set at ISO 200 and F/9.’

Jordynne was bored, this was after the wedding had taken place and we were waiting for them to finish taking photos. I was not there to take photos, thank god I would have fubared it up being I just this camera but I was there to do the video and related and yes mom I know I still need to finish editing the videos. Geeze I know a year plus later, I am just now learning Final Cut Pro, give me time!

‘This photo was taken May 9th, 2009 at the Canterbury downtown Indianapolis during KJ Testin’s music video. Using my Sony A700 w/ 18-70mm Lens set on 35mm, on a 1/15 exposure, set at ISO 800 (yikes) and F/5.6.’

We were in the Mike Tyson suite of the Canterbury hotel downtown and I was on the staircase watching KJ put on her ear rings, no I was not stalking, I was there actually to take behind the scene photos (don’t judge me!). KJ was a real trip and a treat to be around for the day, very down to earth and a awesome performer and singer. I have talked about KJ Testin before in my previous blog.

‘This photo was also taken on May 9th, 2009 at the Canterbury downtown Indianapolis during KJ Testin’s music video. Using my Sony A700 w/ 50mm Lens on a 1/80 exposure, set at ISO 800 (zonks!) and F/2.’

This captured KJ very well as a photo because of her beauty and how she was all day, just kind of going with the flow and laid back.

As you can tell none of these photos are in order as for when they were taken, they were however in order as they are in my Flickr account, and yes I could go through and organize them better but for those of you with OCD you are just going to have to deal with it, I am!

— Bradley

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