Harry Gottlieb and his catch.

Surprise Cats

I absolutely love the photo of my great-grandfather Harry with his prize catch.  This photo was taken in Atlantic City.  The cat makes the photo, along with Harry’s huge smile while showing off his big fish.

I’m pretty sure Harry wasn’t expecting to compete with a cat for his dinner.

I don’t know why I decided to do a post themed “surprise cats.”  I guess, this photo reminded me of one that I took a while ago and was the first photo that I ever posted on Flickr.

"Kitten" by Jennifer L. Dixon

See the kitten in the middle?  I didn’t notice that before.  I just shot the candid people at the time.  Then I got my film developed.  Boom! Surprise cat!

 

 

 

Dutchland Blitz V. the Mason-Dixon Roller Vixesn

Dutchland Derby Rollers. Go, Blitz!

I know, long time, no update, but I do have some great stuff to share with you guys today.  On Saturday, I attended the roller derby bout fought out between the local Dutchland Blitz of the Dutchland Derby Rollers, against the Mason Dixon Roller Vixens.  I am happy to say the Blitz handily won the bout.  I was there with my photography Meetup group, and we all got some excellent shots of the event.

Hester, the Dutchland Derby Rollers Mascot!

Like this one, I want to share a few of the photos I got during the evening.  This is Hester, the mascot of the Dutchland Derby Rollers, and she is wearing a birthday cake because this is the tenth season of roller derby in Lancaster, PA, USA!  Congrats, guys!

Rainbow Derby Unicorn

This volunteer was showing her Dutchland pride by donning a shirt and an eye catching unicorn horn.  People come all dressed up in all sorts of ways for roller derby bouts. I love see the creativity and variety.  I also love the name the derby girls and refs come up with for themselves.

The Blitz pivot scores!

I used my Nifty Fifty 50mm f/1.8 lens for the entire bout.  I love that lens.  This isn’t the greatest photo of my edits, but I still like the action in it.

Keep an eye out for the rest of the photos which should be popping up on my portfolio website soon.  Speaking of portfolios, I finally have posted the rest of my Outer Banks photos there.  Go check them out!

 

Apurture Intervolameter from Amazon.

What’s an Intervalometer?

Yes, what IS an intervalometer?  I had never heard of one until I asked about an interesting situation I had during one gathering at the photography meetup I’m a member of.

Here’s how I learned about this funky piece of camera equipment.  I had just started hooping (which I encourage you take take a look at that blog), and wanted to take timed pictures at regular intervals for, say one minute, every fifteen second.  I had attempted to set this up with my Canon 7D, only to learn that I could take one shot per timer and had to reset every time I wanted a new exposure.  I needed a solution.

I presented my dilemma to Blake, a fellow photographer, at the photo meetup.  He suggested I purchase an intervalometer.  Eh?  I had never heard of it, and it was a mouthful to say, but I went to Amazon and did a search.  It turns out, there are quite a few on the market!

I decided to purchase the one above:  Apurture’s version of an intervalometer.  I read the specifications, it met my needs, and it would get to me quickly.  Neato!

I read the instructions that came with the intervalometer.  It acts a a remote shutter, a timer that would take photos at regular intervals (sweet), and would work great for time-lapse photos and a bunch of other stuff.  I was pleased with my purchase.

I decided to put my intervalometer to work during a trip to the woods, during which I had brought my hoops along.  I got some great shots!  Here’s my favorite I got using the regular timer interval shutter release, say I had it take photos for one minute at 15 second intervals.

Me hooping. Intervalometer demonstration.

I also set the intervalometer to take long exposure photos over a set amount of time that same day to take photos of me using an LED hoop.  Here’s one of the best below.

LED hoop long exposure photo. Intervalometer demonstration.

Next, I want to share a good one I took last year at French Creek State Park, Elverson, PA, USA.  When taking self portraits with an intervalometer, you have to mindful of when the shutter is going to release so you can pose yourself properly.

Me, hoop self portrait. Intervalometer demonstration.

Lastly, my intervalometer was a boon when it came to astrophotography during the same year in that same trip to the woods I took the first photos with.  I set it my camera to manual, the intervalometer to take one photo for a 3o second timed exposure.  For my first attempt at astrophotography, it’s not too bad!

Astrophotography. Intervalometer demonstration.

I hope I have shown you a few things you can learn from this handy piece of gear.  They usually range from $20 on up, depending on the features and compatibility you need.  Intervalometers are cool.  I’m so glad I spoke up at that meetup and asked about my dilemma.  Thanks, Blake!

 

 

 

 

Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Yeesh, I haven’t updated here in almost a month!  That’s bad.

I was recently in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA with a group of friends who wanted authentic Philly cheese steaks and to see historical stuff.  And that’s what we did.  I also happened to have my camera with me, too.  Here are a few of my shots.  And that’s a view of Independence Hall above there.

Decor in Philadelphia's Little Italy

Geno's Steaks in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Chandelier in Independence Hall

View of the Liberty Bell

To see more of my photos from that excursion, head on over to my Flickr album to check them out.

35mm Holga Image with Sprockets

35mm Holga Finds

I recently moved, and one good thing about unpacking boxes is that you find unexpected things.  In one box, I found an old portable flash drive that contains a lot of the first photos that I took as a budding photographer.  One thing that I LOVED to do, and still do love, is stuff a roll of 35mm film into my Holga CFN 120 and seeing what I get.  The above photo is just and example of some of the cool things that have come out of that camera.  I want to share my 35mm Holga finds with you, complete with film sprockets.

Funny, whenever I would get this film developed and explained how I wanted it developed, Dianne, the woman at the lab I would speak with, would give me a funny look.  I wanted the film laid flat and not cut up into individual images.  I also didn’t want prints for that reason, but rather get them on a CD.  Here’s a great explanation of the process here.

Enough of me blathering along. Let’s get to the photos!!

Cars 35mm Holga sprockets

These are just cars at a show that seemed like they’d make an interesting shot.

Gardens and Cala Lillies Holga 35mm Sprockets

Here’s a montage of floral photos on 35mm film put into a Holga.

multi-exposure

This one is a great because it shows the double exposure capabilities you can use with a Holga, too.

Sign Monkey Flower Holga 35mm Sprockets

Ah!  Color!  I remember taking these at my old apartment.

There, I think you get the point on what you can get out of a Holga CFN 120 camera when you use it with 35mm film.  I remember where I put that Holga, too, when unpacking.  I might have to go get a roll of 35mm film for it today and start using it.

 

Daisies in the Wind

World Photography Day!

It’s World Photography Day, and I didn’t realize it, or knew about it, until I logged onto Facebook this morning.  Yay!  I’m glad to know that there’s a celebration out there for a great form of art.

If you pop on over to the World Photography Day website, you can learn more about this momentous occasion, and upload a photo from your corner of the world.  I uploaded the photo above from the Kissel Hill wildflower field.

Today, really is the 177th anniversary of the discovery of modern photography.  On August 19, 1839, the French government released the patent for Daguerreotype, where modern photography comes from.  Cool, huh?

Also, I can’t believe I haven’t done this before, but as a celebration and as a gift to those out there, here’s an e-book of some of my early photographs. I put it together a while ago, and had to update some info, but, it otherwise, chronicles my photographic journey as a child  and into early adulthood.

Early Works by Jenn Dixon

Please, enjoy and share it!  The Creative Commons license is listed in the book, which is in PDF format, so follow those guidelines, please.

Happy World Photography Day!

 

One of the roses on my rosebush!

My Own Roses!

Sunday was hot.  Super hot.  Still, I went outside in the morning when it wasn’t took terrible, heat-wise, outside, and took some photos of my own roses on my own rosebush at the house my husband and I just bought and moved into.  Now I have to learn to prune, but that’s ok!  I have a rosebush!

Here are some photos of said flowers on said rosebush.  I’m quite happy with them, and I even used split toning in Lightroom, which was the subject was on my last post, and I managed to use it with a light hand, as was the advice someone gave me who commented on the post.  They are correct.  A light hand with split toning yielded some beautiful results, such as with the photo above.

Here are a few more of the photo I took.  Please, enjoy them!  To see the rest, pop on over to my Flickr album of them.

Sunny rose

A tad blurry, but one of the roses on my rosebush.

The roses, the yard, and my house!

Spit Tone Test 1

Split Toning in Lightroom

I read an interesting article on dPS (Digital Photography School) today about using the split toning tool in Lightroom.  It caught my eye, because that’s one of the keys of Lightroom that I haven’t figured out yet.  DPS’s article cleared that up for me, especially after playing around with it on a few photos.

For the first test and above photo, I used both the shadow and highlight tool to create very blue cast to the photo, which was taken in Pennsylvania’s Bald Eagle State Park.  I wasn’t quite sold on split toning with this photo, but I kept playing around.  For reference, here’s the original below.

Lightroom Test 1 original

Next, I decided to use this photo and see what I could do with some minor adjustments and contrasting colors with split toning.

Split Toning Test 2

For reference, here are the settings I used in Lightroom in the screenshot below.

split tone screenshot 1

I rather like the results I got, but I read the dPS article further, which was written by Pete DeMarco, by the way, and had an a ha moment.  Before that, though, here’s the original for the tree and flowers photo.

Split Tone Test 2 Original

Now for that A HA! moment I promised.  I read DeMarco’s article further, and he usually uses either the highlight part OR the shadow part, but usually not both.  DUH!!! I was using both.  The results for me were gaudy, especially with the lake photo.

Ok, I can do this.  Here’s my photo using just the Highlights sliders.  It’s crane in a junkyard, and I’m using a magenta cast, which DeMarco uses a lot, so I wanted to see what the results were like for myself.

Use highlights if your photo is bright, such as the sun in the original below, according to DeMarco’s advice.

Split Tone Test 3 Original

If your photo is dark, he suggests using the Shhadows sliders if a photo is dark.  Here’s the original photo of a chicken I took at a local farm.  It’s darkish.

Split Tone Test 4 Original

Here’s what happened when I used the Shadows slider with a blue cast.

Split Tone Test 4 Shadows

Funky chicken!

This split toning thing for is going to take some practice, and that’s fine!  I like learning new post-processing tips and tricks.  I encourage you to read the entire article and learn more about split toning on dPS.  They have some stuff over there.