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September 10, 2005

Opus Two - Muck

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I work in the office park of the future. At least, that is what I have been told. Opus Two built by Opus Development Corp. was promised to be the new design template for office parks in the Midwest and mostly turned out to be a dud: however it is a dud that I enjoyable work within at least five days out of every week.

Based upon integrating nature trails and recreation along with an innovative cum confusing one-way road system, Opus Two ended up mostly languishing after the dot-com bubble burst circa 2000-2001. Now, office buildings are being turned into luxury condominiums which are called "SkyFlats" (I'm not being sarcastic!) and most of the less attractive low brick and block buildings are sitting empty or underutilized.

CameraKonica Minolta 9
LensTameron SP 90mm f/2.8
Shutter / Aperture1/125s / f/4
ISO100

At least there are still all of those nature trails, wetlands, and exercise stations. Did I mention the one-way road system was designed and named after the color of the rings from the Olympic Games?

This photo is a macro shot down into the muck that has grown on the surface of a well concealed drainage pit off of of the walking trails. A wide angle shot will be coming tomorrow.

This shot has been cross-processed from E-6 Provia to C-41, scanned using the cheap Kodak film scanner at Walgreen's then color corrected by eye. I didn't like the over-cyan appearance of the shot right of the mini lab printer, so I decided to go for a more natural albeit high contrast look.

For examples of photos I did not "color correct" from the same role: see here and here.

 

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September 8, 2005

Jaipur - Jaigarh Fort Battlement Flying Maharaja's Flag

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CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensTameron 28-200mm f/2.8 @ 28mm
Shutter / Aperture1/125s / f/9
ISO100

When you see the colored flag of the royal family flying in Jaipur, it means the Maharaja is in town. It was hot but beautiful up on the battlements of the Jaigarh fortress.

 

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Jaipur - Jaigarh Fort Battlement

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CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensMinolta 50mm f/1.4
Shutter / Aperture1/250s / f/10
ISO100

Our next stop up the hill was Jaigarh Fort. Here is a simple picture of a battlement which after the wars have been over has been subject to its own war against teenage defacers.

I post-processed this shot to have the funk. It had been awhile since I had pulled out this relatively simple technique and thought it brought some more character into this relatively boring picture.

 

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September 7, 2005

Jaipur - Amber Fort View Down to Hillside Abode

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CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensTameron 28-200mm f/2.8 @ 150mm
Shutter / Aperture1/500s / f/8
ISO100

Stepping out onto a veranda of sorts at Amber Fort I saw dwellings on the hillside. We were on the move so I raised the camera rather quickly and fired this shot.

The real tragedy of this picture is how poorly I've framed it. The interest in this photo really is further down and to the left. However, I still find it slightly visually interesting and anthropologically certainly so and so I've decided to share it with you anyhow.

 

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September 6, 2005

Jaipur - Amber Fort View Downwards Framed by Filigree

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CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensTamron 28-200mm f/2.8 @ 28mm
Shutter / Aperture1/1250s / f/11
ISO3200

After taking pictures of the interior of the Sheesh Mahal I left the camera set to 3200 when I took this shot. All the same I still liked the composition enough to try and work with it and despite some loss of resolution, saturation, and some added grain I really think that this photo turned out nicely.

I think my favorite part about this image is the hard side-light illuminating only slivers of the filigree work. I think it adds an extra dimension to where the window would normally only act as a rather one-dimensional silhouette.

 

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September 5, 2005

Jaipur - Amber Fort the Sheesh Mahal Ceiling Detail

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CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensSigma 15mm f/3.5
Shutter / Aperture1/50s / f/4
ISO (Adj.) / Metering3200 (+0.7 EV) / Spot

Walking through the Sheesh Mahal at Amber Fortress evoked my imagination to try and guess how things room might have been decorated when it was in use. Tiny mirrors encrust every wall, a tiny candle would create a tiny point of light and a small reflection in each and every of the thousands and thousands of mirrors. It must have been a romantic place.

I wanted to capture just a piece of it to show a detail of how the mirrors were inlaid. This image was hard to produce, but eventually through trail and error and playing with the metering I came away with something I am happy with. I also happen to think this makes a nice transition from yesterday's signage piece from Minnesota.

 

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September 4, 2005

Sign of Minnesota

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CameraMinolta 9
LensTamron SP 90mm f/2.8
Shutter / Aperture1/125s / f/11
ISO100

This is the second of two in the series of cross-processed signage.

This shot was taken on an afternoon walk around the nature trails and commercial wreckage near my office. The trail winds its way past several beautiful marshlands and serveral vapid parkinglots. I saw this sign, a landmarker for finding your car during happier economic times, and thought it looked really kitchy.

There is nothing fancy about this shot. I simply point and shot and only added a touch of perspective correction. All the style is a given from the cross-processing. I really happen to like this one.

 

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September 3, 2005

Milwaukee - Kelly's Lounge on Van Buren

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CameraMinolta 9
LensSigma EX 100-300mm f/4-5.6
Shutter / Aperture1/90s / f/6.7
ISO100

This picture is dedicated to the Kellys, the both of them. Both, for Kelly is my co-worker who married a woman named also named Kelly. They could only be distinguished by their middle initial as both of their last names begun with F. Ah, the Kellys. Here's to ya!

Recently, my Minolta 7d had to be sent in for a warranty repair. It seems that it was conquered by the humidity of Japan and the AS system kept failing to initialize and thus rendering the camera into a very expensive hunk of plastic, glass, and medal.

Luckily the camera is now fixed. While it was away, I had the urge to get out the film camera again. I took it along to Milwaukee and shot this picture out of the passenger side of the car.

I shot on Provia 100 and had it cross-processed and scanned at Walgreen's—I love how they don't notice that it's E-6 process! The poor girl thought that she ruined my photos. I cleaned up the scan and cropped the image and this is the result.

 

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September 2, 2005

Jaipur - View Downwards from Amber Fort

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CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensTameron 28-200mm f/2.8 @ 28mm
Shutter / Aperture1/250s / f/5
ISO100

The view down from Amber fort was really breathtaking, and quite literally so: the air pollution makes just as well for dramatic landscapes as it does for burning lungs. Visible in this picture is the gate from which the elephants enter the fortress from below, the continuation of the battlements of Amber upwards along the hill, and a view of the city below.

I had some problems with this lens focusing at infinity. This picture is a good indicator of that. It seems the focus ring goes all soft and "wiggly" towards the end of the focus range and it's very easy for it to slip out of focus.

In post processing I applied the "Smart Sharpening..." filter as well as a levels adjustment. The funny thing is the "Smart Sharpening..." filter seems to have sharpened the building while leaving the foreground and the background relatively out of focus. To me this artificial and nonsensical depth of field makes things seem like miniatures of what they really are.

 

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August 31, 2005

Jaipur - Amber Fort Ganesh Gate

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CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensTameron 28-200mm f/2.8 @ 28mm
Shutter / Aperture1/80s / f/5.6
ISO100

This one is for Kevin who was nice enough to have his fiancée call me to remind me to reboot my router and post this entry. I'm sorry the entry isn't as great as I described, Kev.

I think I fixed my calibration problems. It turns out I had my monitor gamma set to 2.7. I blame it on the bit-badgers digging around in my hard disk again.

Today's photo is of the Ganesh Gate at Amber fortress. Given Ganesha's Appearance it is very fitting that elephants deposit you in front of it.

Not knowing what to expect on the ride up after seeing the intricate architecture and the beautiful colors of the gate I had a good feeling about what wonders were held inside...

 

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