A Merchant Marine Cemetary In New Mexico

I discovered this cemetery by accident, while on a birding trip. Just stumbled on it. There is very little information concerning this remarkable cemetery,  other than the fact that it’s located  on the recently opened Fort Stanton reservation.

anchor merchant marine cemetery joe grossinger photographyI was really impressed with this anchor way out in New Mexico!

I used the Nikon D5000 with the swivel LCD to capture this image. The ISO was set to 400 because I was actually trying to photograph birds and wanted a higher shutter speed. The aperture was f/9 and the shutter speed was 1/1000. I had the Nikkor 18-200mm zoom set to 18mm

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I focused on the anchor and let the foreground flowers blur a bit.

Sorry about the delay. I got held up by a photo shoot I did with two beautiful women.

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The field of primitive white crosses amazed me. For this picture I used a low angle in order to better show the crosses.

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Well, I did go out birding and as it turns out, the cemetery was the best place for finding birds that day.

I changed the ISO to 100 aperture priority was set to f/8, the camera chose 125th for the shutter speed. The lens was set on 250mm.

Lila and I had a great time exploring this cemetery and then moving on to Ft Stanton its self.

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Me Shooting A Green Fashion Show! Imagine that

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For this fashion show I used a Nikon D5000 with a Nikkor 18-200mm zoom lens. I also used a SB600 flash unit with a Sto Fen diffuser attached.

This equipment worked really well for me. Since I was shooting indoors I did not have to fiddle with the camera settings. Put the camera on aperture priority mode, ISO 100. Now all I needed to adjust from shot to shot was aperture and lens zoom. That gave me plenty of time to look at the pretty girls.

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I did this show because I suspected it would be a lot of fun and perhaps challenging as well.

For this image I chose f/6.3 and let the camera/flash team figure the rest.

Really the only challenge for me during this shoot was to develop some rapport with the young ladies.

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I encountered this young lady outdoors, so I did a quick change by turning the flash off, that allowed the camera to select a shutter speed of 1/200 after I selected f/6.3 in order to smooth out the background. I got a strange look when I asked her if should could carry cold beer this way. The lens was zoomed to 95mm

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Ever hear the expression, “she would look good in a sack”? Well here is the proof that some young women do look good in a potato sack!

f/6.3 flash, lens on 32mm. I joked with her a bit until I got this really flirtatious smile I definitely liked.
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This girl definitely pegged out my cute-o-meter!

f/6.3 1/160th lens on 135mm
This little girl was really bashful so I only got this one shot! I could have spent the rest of the day photographing her, she was that cute.

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My trip to the black hills

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I made this trip to the Black Hills in South Dakota in order to complete my recovery from all my health problems. I was lacking confidence and was fighting a depression as well. I’m happy to say that I left all my problems in the Black Hills. Yes, they still work their magic.

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I guess the Chief Crazy Horse memorial will take a hundred years to finish, judging from the progress they are making.

I took a helicopter ride to get this picture. I wanted to get a head on shot and was surprised by all the construction that is going on.  Since I was riding in a rather small and confining helicopter I did not have a lot of time to mess with the camera. I set the aperture on f/9 and just took pictures with the Sony A55 and the Sony 18-250 zoom. Having that combination meant there was no need to change anything. All I had to do is enjoy the ride and take pictures.

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I did the same thing for Mount Rushmore, shot the image from the same helicopter. Doing these pictures was not cheap, but I justified the $150.00 ride by telling myself it was a once in a lifetime event.

I set the lens on 130mm and the aperture was on f/9 for this shot. Shooting through the plexiglass dome is not the best situation one can deal with. There is a bit of glare around Teddy Roosevelt’s head, but I like the picture because of it’s unique perspective.

I tried to get a senior citizen discount but the girl behind the counter would not hear of it. Then I went for a military discount. No go. I told her she reminded me of my mother-in-law. That did not help either. So, as I was getting ready to pay, my VA card slipped out. She saw the “disabled veteran” ID and promptly gave me $20.00 off. Bless her tight ass heart.

This last image is a cool aerial view of the rugged Black Hills.

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Viewing the Black Hills by helicopter definitely let’s you see things very few people ever get a chance to see. I set the lens on 50mm for a larger field of view. The aperture remained on f/9

This blog entry shows only a tiny part of the Black Hills. I hope you get a chance to see them yourself some day soon.

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Bosque del Apache

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A huge flock of Red winged blackbirds

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It’s hard for me to drive past the Bosque del Apache without stopping when I’m driving north on I-25 towards Socorro, New Mexico. The Bosque is located about 10 miles south of Socorro, near San Antonio, New Mexico.

For this image I used a Sony A350 set to aperture priority, with ISO 800. I used a Tamron 200-500mm tele for the lens and set it to 300mm. I filled the viewfinder with birds and snapped the picture.

Although one can find interesting and beautiful birds to photograph year round, the best time is winter. That is when the snow geese and Sandhill Cranes gather by the thousands. Arrive before sunup and head for the Flight Deck. Set up your tripod and cameras and get ready for a great show.
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For this shot I set the lens to f/5 in order to isolate the cranes from the background and some from the foreground as well. The camera chose 1/500th, which is plenty fast for a handheld shot using 210mm.

red tail hawk image joe grossinger photography pictureA lot of times you can get lucky and photograph a beautiful hawk, in this case a Red tail, right from inside your car.

I took this image with the lens on 500mm, f/14.
No trip to the Bosque del Apache is complete without a good shot of a Roadrunner.

I took this image with the lens on 500mm, aperture set to f/7.1

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I’m going to try and get up to the Bosque this week, weather permitting.

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Night Photography From The Space Needle

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When in Seattle, I seriously recommend doing some night photography from the viewing platform on the Space Needle. You won’t regret it.

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You will need a stable tripod for this kind of photography because you will be shooting with about 5 second exposures at ISO 800. I have seen dozens of people use their Iphones and smaller hand held cameras for this kind of photography, but I shudder to see the images. Of course there is always that nutjob that tries to use flash!

For all of the images I used ISO 800 and set the aperture to f/9. I always shoot in aperture priority. The camera selected a 2 second exposure for this image.

seattle space needle joe grossinger photography imageThis is a 2.5 second exposure with everything else remaining the same.
Shooting conditions are not ideal on the observation platform. You only have a small area that is not obstructed by something. However, for a tourist shooting conditions are nearly always far from ideal, so don’t let that stop you. As long as you have a good tripod you will be able to take some excellent images. I made a complete round on the space needle, photographing in every direction. It was a cool experience.

image space needle seattle high rises joe grossinger photographyAs usual, I was using the Nikkor 18-200mm zoom, which worked really well for this kind of shooting. This image was taken with a 5 second exposure at 200mm. It let me get right in there among the high rises!

One last image on this subject.

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seattle waterfront space needle night joe grossinger photography imageThis image of the waterfront came out really well. I like the motion blur on the boats and the colorful reflections on the water. This was a 6 second exposure with the lens set on 70mm.
Have some safe fun getting incredible images with your camera!
Don’t forget to shoot at night. Sometimes that can be the most rewarding time.

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Photos For Impact

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Recently I was asked to do a photo shoot for a group of students working on Epilepsy awareness. This type of photography is not my normal cup of coffee but it sounded like a challenge, so I decided to do the shoot.

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This is one of the images I selected for the project. It was a fairly simple setup. I shoot full manual when I use my strobes, so I set the shutter speed on the Nikon D5000 to 1/60th for the shutter speed and the aperture to f/7.1

I wanted the hand and the writing to have as much impact as possible, so I focused on the hand and allowed the face to slightly blur. Moving the hand closer or further from the face gave me several versions of more or less blur on the face.

I did many more different types of pictures for this shoot but today I received the product key to NIK Software’s Color Efex Pro 4, their very latest release. I was immensely pleased with the quality act from NIK.

Here is what happened:

By mistake I purchased NIK Color Efex Pro 3.0 from B&H. I looked at the price of the thing and immediately bought it without looking at the version. Dumb! When the package arrived I noticed my mistake but decided to try the key code on my Pro 4.0 demo version. Nope. No go. So I write an email to NIK explaining what I did and asked for the key code. Sure enough, today I received the key code by email! Thank you NIK Software! I have been using this package for about 2 weeks already and was so  impressed that I really wanted the package. So for today’s blog I decided to show a couple filters that worked well for this picture. I should add that not all filters work for all images, so you have to experiment and select to your taste. I also have TOPAZ ADJUST which I like really well. Sometimes I go crazy and use both NIK and Topaz on one image. One can spend several days on one picture by going this way, so use caution.

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For this version of the original image I used the Brilliant/Warm filter in the Color Efex package.


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For this picture I used the solarized filter  because I wanted maximum visual impact and I wanted the message “Silent Killer” to stand out.

I’m having a lot of fun with both Topaz and NIK software packages and use them almost daily. Most of the time I go for subtle changes to the original image, but for this project I got to have fun and go wild and crazy. Either way,  you can have a lot of fun using either or both Topaz and Nik.

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Shooting at a Renaissance Festival

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I love to attend special events! I love them! I love them for the color, excitement and characters. Yes, I always look for interesting characters like the one shown here. I will walk up to them, talk to them, schmooze them, ask questions in order to build a bit of rapport. I ask for permission to photograph them. Nine times out of 10 they will be happy to let me photograph them. Taking my cameras to events make for great fun!

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For this image I selected f/5.6, which is pretty much wide open on the Nikkor 18-200mm zoom. Shooting wide open and moving in close eliminated the background clutter. I set the zoom on 48mm to get really close. The camera selected 1/640th, which is plenty fast and let me shoot at ISO 200.
I took several images but this is the one that I think gave the best result in creating an interesting image with visual impact. Of course I always shoot in aperture priority mode. The camera manufacturers and rank beginners can have all the other modes, aperture priority does the job for me.

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This is another colorful and interesting image that catches the eye. All that color just begs to be photographed.

I set the aperture to f/5.0 because clouds had moved in, making for a darker scene with no shadows. Kinda flat. I thought the lady’s great smile and the colorful background would make for a fine image. I backed away from the lady in order to get her and the background in sharp focus. On a brighter day I would have shot at f/9 or f/10 but as it was, the camera selected a shutter speed of 1/125th of a second and I did not want to go slower than that. I could have raised the ISO to 400 or 800 but when I looked at the picture in the LCD, I decided  I had what I wanted.

This lady had such a great smile I really wanted to do a close up portrait. I set the lens on 200mm, giving me a narrow depth of field, the camera chose 1/125th for the shutter speed and I still had the camera set on ISO 200. That gave me a sharp portrait with the background blurred. Some photographers set the ISO on Auto, but I don’t trust cameras that much and prefer to set the ISO manually. I usually don’t have to make any changes because on an outdoor event like this the light does not vary that much.

closeup portrait woman smile joe grossinger photography imageThe Harris’ Hawk was easy shooting. No need to build a rapport. Just shove all the other tourists aside and get close.
I used f/5.6 with the lens set on 150mm. The hawk was in the shade so the camera selected 1/100 for the shutter speed.

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Merlin was a different matter. I spotted him walking past me and snapped this picture. This is the only image I got because he went into a trailer.
I have a lot of fun at these kinds of events because of all the color, people and happenings.
Go out and try shooting an event. You will love it!
Don’t be shy, build a rapport with your subject and get some great photographs.

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Santa’s Cute Helper

Beautiful babe christmas Since it’s getting to be that time of the year again, I decided to do a “Christmas Babe” shoot.

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I used an extremely simple set. The fireplace in my living room. For lighting I used two Alien Bee strobes, fired thru white umbrellas.

The camera was a Nikon D5000 with the 18-200mm lens.

It’s not necessary to use expensive equipment or sets, all you really need is a pretty girl.

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Today’s posting will mainly be a picture show because there is not a lot of technical information  to share.
I shoot in full manual mode for these images because I don’t have the strobes connected to the camera in any way. So I just set the shutter speed on 1/60th, the aperture is generally on f/9 although that will change with what I’m trying to do. Then I set the lights for the proper exposure. Yeah, I have to do some test shots before I get the lights set, but it’s very quick and easy.

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The poinsettias were wifey’s idea. She likes decorating the house them about this time of year and hangs on to them until I finally toss them just before Easter.

Christmas sexy beauty image joe grossinger This shoot was really an exercise in doing as much as possible in a very tight area. Right in front of the fireplace and not showing much of the walls on either side.
Of course there are a bazillion ways to do a Christmas photoshoot but I decided to go this way because it was quick and easy to set up.

Christmas babe shoot imageI hope you enjoyed this Christmas Babe posting. I had a great time shooting it.

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Wow! Where have I been?

It’s hard to believe that I’ve gone over 5 months since my last post.

My health problems are finally behind me, so it’s time to pick up my regular routine and get on with living.

I have made two trips since my last post. One was to Chicago, Glacier National Park, Seattle and Vancouver. Lila laid on this trip trying to get my spirits back up. I had a great time and did quite a bit of photography but was still battling a depression that just hung on. So I decided I needed to go off by myself, to rebuild my independence and confidence. I took a trip to the Black Hills in South Dakota. I left my depression there. Pictures will come in future posts.
For now, I’m just happy to report that I do have a number of trips planned for this winter and that I am resuming taking pictures and having a good time with my cameras.

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I have been working quite a bit with Nik Software’s Color Efex and with Tapaz adjust. I’m having a great time with both software packages. One works well for some pictures, the other for others and both applications work well for most pictures. I have even used both for one image. A guy can go crazy with this stuff. I will do examples of both software packages in the near future.
The above picture was taken ages ago in Bodie, CA. I used it just to post a picture. I used the Nikon D5000 with the Nikon 18-200 mm lens attached. The workshop where I photographed this was really dark. I had not yet started to carry a flash unit wherever I go, so this is an available light shot done at ISO 1800, f/5.6, 1/30th with the lens on 130mm so that I could get close. Click on the image for a larger view. Shooting with the lens wide open gave me the nice blurred background, making the subject stand out better.

In my next post I will tell you about my most recent “babe” photography and of course will include some pictures.

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Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

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Just a short note to wish you all a very fine and safe Independence Day!

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