Row, Row, Row Your Boat

ZLAC Rowing Club, women's rowing, aquatic sports, Mission Bay, San Diego

The ZLAC Rowing Club, located in the renowned Mission Bay Aquatic Park, is the oldest women’s rowing club in the world. Zulette Lamb, Lena Polhamus, Agnes Polhamus, and Caroline Polhamus founded the club in 1892. They were pioneers at a time when women simply didn’t open boathouse social clubs. I am so proud of the ladies who continue the tradition, and their unyielding dedication to teaching the next generation of young women the recreational and competitive sport of rowing.

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Sunset Silhouette (3)

Have you ever taken some interesting video and thought to yourself, “Wow, that would look great as a framed shot.” Often times, you have to decide whether to shoot video or photos, but in video mode you risk missing a really nice image.

What to do?

Your camera may have a setting that will allow you to snap a picture while in video mode. However, this will cause a brief but noticeable pause in playback. Some cameras can extract a frame from the captured video, but I prefer using the tried and true screenshot method.

I simply play the video on Windows Media Player, pause on the desired frame, and take a screenshot using Windows snipping tool. This method is so easy and precise — and I don’t have to fool around with the camera settings. A simple crop in Photoshop and you have a picture ready to post.

This process gives me more creative control over the final image so I can take video and not worry about missing an awesome pic.

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Masterful Macro Photography

Geert is a Dutch photographer who modestly says, “I’m just a guy who takes pictures.” What an understatement. His macro work is quite possibly the finest I have ever seen. Absolutely, the finest. Photo Art Flight, Tuinsprokkels van Anna and Cindy Knoke are equally skilled at producing amazing macro images.

I see quite a number of macro photographs that are beautifully framed, but the depth of field creates a distractingly fuzzy subject. It’s often a flower or an insect that is usually blurred around the edges and foreground. Reed Andariese (Photo Art Flight) employs focus stacking to produce crisply detailed images. In this picture of a dragonfly, Reed took several photographs at different focal lengths, and then blended them in Photoshop. The final result was a subject in focus from head to tail to wingtips. Simply superb.

Geert’s equipment includes a Nikon D800 and 105mm f2.8 macro lens with monopod. He shoots manually at 1/125sec with an aperture range of f11 to f16. He typically sets up between 7-12 inches from his subject.

Macro photography is not easy which is why I am so very pleased to honor Geert with a well-deserved Jaw Drop Award in recognition of his talent and skill. You can check out his recent post here, and a collection of his macro work here.

The JD Award was conceived to honor photographers whose photos are so awesome they make my jaw drop. There’s no monetary gift or statuette — only the appreciative oohs and aahs of your fellow photogs.

In Pics and Words is respectful of Award Free Blogs. Unlike standard WordPress awards, the awardee does not have to answer 20 questions or nominate ten other bloggers. To be considered for a Jaw Drop Award all you have to do is take great pictures.

Keep on snapping!

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Photo Blending

Blended Photos

So you’re out and about snapping photos of anything that looks interesting, but when you load the SD card onto your computer the results are, well, let’s just say that photo editing software is a must-have tool.

If you don’t live near a body of water then chances are that a guy on a paddleboard is not something you see everyday, but how can I make the photo even more interesting?  In the example above I simply blended a couple of images into one frame. This can be a difficult task because of shadows, refraction, angles  and lighting.

In the following examples I utilized a pictorialization process which applies a filter to the original image. Photo manipulation provides the creative tools to make any photograph more interesting.

Color Engraving

Impressionistic

Antique

(L-R) Blended, Color Engraving, Impressionistic, Antique

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Jalilah

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Jalilah proudly continues the cultural tradition of raks sharqi, or Dance of the East. Considered an artistic form of dance, it was typically performed before female audiences. The style of dance was influenced by Middle Eastern, African and Indian traditions.

It was presented to American audiences at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Introduced as Belly Dancing, it was deemed offensive due to its sensual presentation. However, in Eastern cultures, raks sharqi is as culturally accepted as ballet is in the West. Like yoga, it commonly is practiced as a form of exercise.

Pictorial images were created with a colored pencil during post processing. Photos taken with a Vivitar 220/SL 35mm film camera.

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