Photo Sketch – And Without Further Ado

Some photos for your viewing pleasure.  It has been months since I last posted, and I apologize for the radio silence.  Health issues have again, or still, occupied a large amount of my time, and what little free time that was available was used to head outside and take a few photographs.  I do not wish to dive into the details, but I would like to put up a few quick Photo Sketches for your viewing pleasure, and possibly give you a visual take of the speed at which my fall and winter seemed to be moving on many a day.

Fanfare, 2014

Fanfare, 2014

Top Of The Evening, 2014

Top Of The Evening, 2014

Slow Curve Ahead, 2014

Slow Curve Ahead, 2014

I would like to say that the health kinks in my schedule will work themselves out, but I suspect that this may be the status quo for the foreseeable future, and posts may continue to be few and far between.  Please accept my apologies in advance.

–Ken

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6 comments

  1. mkjohnsen

    Wow – these are great, Ken! I’m not sure which is my favorite – I love the last one, but also am drawn to the first…..really nice.

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    • Ken

      Thanks! They were fun to shoot, excepting the thick glass I had to shoot through. It was near the end of the “Blue Hour”, but there was still enough light to eek out a few more images. I have a few more that I am hoping to process in the near future. Some many images, so little time.

      –Ken

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  2. Suzanne

    Wow, Ken, I really like these. Do you mind revealing the secret of how you created the second one? Is it a double (or triple) exposure? I’m sorry for your health kinks, but glad they’ll work themselves out. It sounds frustrating. It reminds me of the Yiddish saying (updated)–people plan and God laughs. Thanks for sharing your gift with us.

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    • Ken

      Hi Suzanne,

      Thank you for the kind words, and yes, I am happy to explain how I created the first two images. They are actually single exposure images that were taken on a tripod with a zoom lens. The longer exposures allow time to manually roll the zoom from one end to the other. It is not an especially hard technique, but it does a bit of practice to achieve desired results. In comparison, a multiple exposure image would not give you the fluidity seen in these images. The last shot in the series is a traditional long exposure image on a tripod.

      Tripods are a funny photographic accessory. Many photographers hate using them, mostly because they slow you down, and because they do not have tripods and ballheads that function well. A well designed tripod and ballhead opens up a whole new world of subjects. Ming Thein goes into more detail about our love/hate relationship with tripods in this blog post – . It is worth a read if only to look at the photos used to illustrate his post.

      –Ken

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      • Suzanne

        How interesting. I can see how it would be tricky to get the zoom just right. That technique certainly makes for interesting photos. You are a really amazing photographer. I hope you have another show some time,

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        • Ken

          Yes, it does take practice, patience, and a bit of luck to get the “roll” just right. I am not sure about when I will have another show, but I am slowly working on another project that you might find interesting. It is still in its early stages, and needs a bit more thought before I am willing to bring it to the light of day, but you can be assured that you will be among the first to knwo about it.

          –Ken

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