Blography


Test Post From My Treo
July 9, 2007, 12:51 pm
Filed under: Mobile, Smartphone, Technology, Treo

Just trying to post a blog entry from my Treo phone. Let’s see if this works.



Macro Motion and The Disappearance of Honey Bees
April 24, 2007, 8:15 am
Filed under: Canon, Flickr, General, Philadelphia, Photography, Photos



Flying To The Pollen

Originally uploaded by NOVA JIM.

With all the nice spring weather we have had the past few days I was able to take my Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro out. The flowers on the trees present a perfect opportunity for some close-up shots of nature’s heavy lifters, the bumble bee. Over 1/3 of the U.S. food supply is pollinated by bees most of which are from hives that are driven around the country chasing the spring blossoms of the crop in different locations around the country. Lately there have been some articles in the news about the mass disappearance of these extremely important agricultural workers. Lets hope they figure out why, and quickly, I don’t know what I would do without my OJ in the morning.

Article Regarding The Disappearance of Honey Bees



Philadelphia Photo Tours
March 22, 2007, 6:56 pm
Filed under: Flickr, General, Philadelphia, Photography, Photos, Technology

Skyline

B Love over at PhillySkyLine.com has some great photo tours of Philly. The tours vary from neighborhoods and parks to skyscrapers both under construction and completed. His site recently made the local 6pm ABC news cast for its Comcast Center hard hat tour. The photos from 57 floors above philly are fanatastic. Head on over to Philly Sky Line and have a look around.

Photo Essays [phillyskyline.com]
Video of PhillySkyLine.com [Youtube]



We Are All Photographers Now!
March 5, 2007, 11:39 am
Filed under: Canon, Flickr, Photography, Photos, Technology

The Musée de l’Elysée, a museum for photography, in Lausanne, Switzerland is currently showing an exhibit which revolves around digital photography and it impact in today’s society. Part of the exhibition involves user submitted photos which are displayed on a wall of the museum using a projector. By going to the museums website people from all over the world can submit photos via a web interface and if approved the photo is displayed on the museum wall. A web cam takes a picture of each of the submissions displayed and emails the photo to the photographer. Here is the web cam image that was emailed to me of my photo “Life Saving Contrast“, it looks like at least one person saw my photo.

Elysee - All Photographers Now! (2007-03-03, 5.19PM)

Life Saving Contrast



A Pile of Snow
February 14, 2007, 10:34 am
Filed under: General



View Out My Front Door

Originally uploaded by NOVA JIM.

I woke up this morning to the sound of sleet mixing in with the snow we had been getting since yesterday afternoon. While it doesn’t compare to the 146 inches of snow in upstate New York I was still in for a small surprise when I opened the front door. I guess I will need to get the shovel out if I am going to be venturing out today. Looks like it will be a good day for a photo walk.



Adjustments in Photoshop
February 11, 2007, 10:14 pm
Filed under: Canon, Flickr, General, Philadelphia, Photography, Photos, Technology

This issue of Outdoor Photographer devotes a large section to black and white photos, especially the work of Ansel Adams. There is a nice article on black and white images in the digital age and some ways to convert your RAW files to black and white using Photoshop. After reading the article I decided to go back and convert one of my RAW files to b&w using the steps in the article. The first image is straight out of the Canon RAW software that came with my camera while the second image was post processed using Photoshop CS2. Here is the result:

Original Image:



Flowers

Originally uploaded by NOVA JIM.

New Photo:



Flowers 2

Originally uploaded by NOVA JIM.



Photo From A Different Perspective
February 6, 2007, 6:18 pm
Filed under: Canon, Flickr, General, Photography, Photos



Boeing 747 Contrail

Originally uploaded by Down in the Blue.

I was looking through the Explore page on Flickr and this great photo caught my eye. Down in the Blue has posted lots of great shots he has taken on his long haul flights from his seat in the cockpit. There are some amazing photos of what different wind patterns can do to contrails when you are somewhere out over the pacific ocean. His photos are a perfect example of how a shot showing a common scene from an uncommon perspective can really make a shot great. Everyone has seen pictures of planes and contrails but to see a picture through the front window of an airplane at 40,000 feet can really make a photo something special.

See The Entire Set Here