February 23, 2010

The Daily Shoot assignment #100

Monochrome photos don’t have to be the result of processing or desaturation. Find a monochrome composition and shoot it.


Fragile State

February 17, 2010

The Daily Shoot assignment #94

Fragility conveys tension. Make a photo today of a person or object in a fragile state.

Fragile State

Checklist Manifesto

February 12, 2010

The Daily Shoot assignment #89

Continuing the Friday fun theme, make a photo that goes with the title of a book you’ve read.

I have recently read The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande as well as his other two books “Better” and “Complications”. The two older books are compilations of his pieces in the New Yorker while the new book expands on the medical checklist theme which he and others have written about recently. Highly recommended.

Checklist Manifesto

Wide Up

February 11, 2010

The Daily Shoot assignment #88

We often get stuck in a rut of always zooming to the longest focal length. Break out today by making a wide-angle photo.

Wide Up


February 10, 2010

The Daily Shoot assignment #87

We all have some sort of hobby or favorite activity. Make a photo that shows something you enjoy doing. (via @azmichelle)


Ice Fire Water

February 7, 2010

The Daily Shoot assignment #84:

Challenge: Practice storytelling today. Look for 3 images that tell a story, and make a set of photos that go together.




The Matrix

February 5, 2010

The Daily Shoot assignment #82:

More fun on a Friday: Make a photo that goes with the title of a movie you’ve seen, interpreted any way you like!

The Matrix

The Cap

February 4, 2010

The Daily Shoot assignment #81:

Contrasting ideas engage the mind. Make a photo today that tells a story with contrasting elements. (via @dibytes)

The Cap

By the way, I’m originally posting these on Twitter (via Twitpic). Of course I don’t use Twitter for anything else so I’m not sure what the point of the extra link is other than to mention that I’m a social media animal :-)


February 3, 2010

The Daily Shoot assignment #80:

Make a “sharp” photo today any way you interpret it, either tack-sharp focus or a subject that is sharp itself.

Orange Scissors

February 1, 2010

I thought I’d give the Daily Shoot a try. Every day a new theme is posted and people submit photographs.

My goal is to create something as quickly as possible, say less than 5 minutes to shoot, process, and post. The theme today is:

Time for another color theme: Orange! Keep your eyes peeled for anything orange today and make an interesting photo.

Orange Scissors

These are scissors from my desk. Did I mention that I’m serious about the 5 minute rule?

Tonka Truck

November 18, 2009

Panasonic has announced their new Lumix GF1 camera and I believe this one is close to the mythical UnicornCam that I’ve discussed over and over and over again.Panasonic Lumix GF1

Panasonic already comes close to the UnicornCam with their baby SLR the Lumix G1 and later with the HD video enabled Lumix GH1. The GF1 is a close sibling that is housed in a flat range-finder like body rather than the baby SLR look and feel of the G1/GH1.

As mentioned in one of the comments, the Olympus EP-1 has a similar form factor. All of the almost-there-unicorncams are based on the new Micro Four-Thirds standard so this seems to be the sweetspot for the tradeoff between sensor size and image quality.

So why am I posting about the GF1 rather than the EP-1? Simple, Panasonic seems to have nailed fast autofocus with a live preview camera. It also has a built-in flash which the EP-1 lacks.

Two new lenses were also announced, a Leica f/2.8 45mm (90mm equiv.) macro and a lovely little f/1.7 20mm (40mm equiv.). If you add the f/4 7-14mm ultra wide angle lens you have a pretty decent system.

Together with the macro and the wide angle lenses, I think the GF1 may be the starting point for another mythical beast that I’m truly interested in…. the Underwater UnicornCam. Hopefully one of the underwater housing manufacturers will target this little beastie. The remaining question is how the flash system works (pre-flash metering or TTL) and whether it will work well with the existing TTL underwater strobes on the market.


June 18, 2009


I like these kind of macro shots taken with a flash. I’m using my new Canon 270EX flash with an off camera shoe cord. This is effectively the technique used for nearly all underwater macro shots except I use two strobes underwater which minimizes the harsh single source shadows. The technique is simple and you don’t have to depend on good ambient light or a tripod. Flowers, just like many underwater critters, sometimes reflect light in interesting ways when lit up with a flash.