Oct 262010

Berryman's Jacket 721ISO 100; f/3.2; 1/60; 7.1mm; 9:20am  (Canon SX10 in P mode)

One of our “younger” residents died about a month ago.  He was 62 years old.  It was both expected and a surprise at the same time. We knew he had been in and out of the hospital for the past half year and we also knew he had not changed his life style.  But he seemed like himself. In fact, the day before he died, he heartedly greeted Carl and I as we rode our bikes past his place.  He had quite a few people partying with him and perhaps he was inviting us to join. We waved and rode on. I wish we had stayed to toast to his life.

His sister, brother-in-law and brother flew in to take care of his property. I took this photo of the hanging jacket at their yard sale. Something I did not know about him until that moment was that this guy loved leather jackets… at least twenty were still hanging and apparently some had already left the premises.

When I processed this  photo I desaturated the red and then painted the red hue back into the jackets.  The green leaves were left untouched because these leaves are always blowing around the park.  I think this “tree” was sitting outside during a wind storm once.  Bits of Mike Berryman.

By the way, this is the same person who owned the subject for the theme “neglected” earlier this year.

Berryman's Jacket 722

IS 100: f/4: 1/500; 13.4mm 9:39am

I’m sure someone must have given this gy to Mike because it looks like him.  Mike was very good at hanging out with his buddies (another use of the hanging theme)!  May he rest in peace. And if you stop by Silly Al’s raise a glass to him.

Oct 182010

ISO 80; f/4.5; 1/160; 19.6mm; 3:55pm (Canon Powershot SD950 IS)

This bit of weathered news was found in the “big dig”  at about the same place the final dirt was dug up.  In surprisingly good condition to have been buried for 19 years, I think.

Oct 182010

ISO 80; f/8; 1/200; 7.3mm; 3:58pm (Canon SX10)

Finally, the digging is completed on the sewer project. But to accomplish removing the dirt on this last final bit  meant that the tractor would need to sit on air, literally.  I put the camera in movie mode when the team maneuvered into this position. Fortunately Travis is fearless and pulled this feat off like a pro.  I was ready, though, for an opportunity to submit an entry to America’s Funniest Videos.

Sep 262010

used JC 685ISO 80; f/5.8; 1/160; 28.5; 8:18am (Canon Powershot SD950 IS)

Found in the back of a restaurant… obviously, used (up).

This photo was taken back in May during one of my bike rides.  I have finally mastered Aperture well enough to fix the problems created by the bright AZ sun.  All adjustments were done manually (no presets).

Sep 212010

woman jc 682ISO 80; f/4.5; 1/500; -0.67 ev; 22.4mm; 7:03am (Canon SX 10 on tripod)

Found this woman in Celia’s Garden… the memorial park next the model airplane field.  Same place that I have photographed the bird house, bird feeders and many different desert plant life.  It’s a really beautiful place to walk around. I liked the morning sun on her face.

Sep 032010

ISO 80; f/5; 1/50; 51.7mm ; 6:58mm(Canon SX10 in P mode)

When we drove up to Lake Havasu City on Wednesday,  a fast moving truck went past us on the narrow road and tossed a rock into our Prius’s windshield.   It was repaired this morning by a mobile service that drove up from Yuma and was here before 7am!

It’s not often that you see a windshield open in this way!

I used the dodge, burn and polarize brushes in Aperture.

Aug 212010

ISO 80; f/8; 1.25; 17mm; 7:35am (Canon SX10 on mini tripod)

This is exactly as I found this. I had just seen a Roadrunner, which I didn’t have a chance at shooting, but I followed it behind one of the trailers on wash and saw this.  I believe these giant pine cones are from a Ponderosa Pine, which you can find up in the Grand Canyon area.  And I’m sorry, but Smileys, to me,  are on par with clowns.  Kinda scary sometimes.

Aug 192010

ISO 80; f/4; 1/1000; 13.7mm; 4:00PM (Canon Powershot SD950IS)

After our excursion out to Rainbow Acres, we stopped here to see how much they want for that park model. Don’t you love this “mix” of stuff they sell?  This “car dealer” is located in Quartzsite, and has some amazing cars from the 50s and 60s.  Promise to go back and try to get some photos without the fence when it cools down here next month.

Usual Aperture post-processing.

Jul 032010

ISO 80; f/5.6; 1.200; 14.6mm; 7:41am

I found this perfectly flattened fork in one of the BLM short term camping areas.  I like the way the shadows play on the fork.

I altered the coloring in the image by playing with the hue… and I added a vignette to help focus on the fork.