Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014 Review of Tuesday Photo Themes


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Throughout 2014, I have been posting photos based upon  "themes" suggested on the website GPP+ Photo Pages. It's been a fun project which hopefully helps me be more creative with the camera.

One of the Tuesday Photo Themes is #TreeTuesday
I keep returning to photograph this tree on Witt Road in Jaffrey, NH

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Monday, December 29, 2014

2014 Review of Monday Photo Themes


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Throughout 2014, I have been posting photos based upon  "themes" suggested on the website GPP+ Photo Pages. It's been a fun project which hopefully helps me be more creative with the camera.

As the year draws to a close I thought I would post a slideshow of my previous postings starting with Monday. These photos were chosen loosely from this list on the GPP+ Page
2014 is almost over

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Saturday Photo Themes (Including #Caturday)


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As the year comes to a close I'm starting to work on those pesky New Years resolutions. The regular stuff. Lose weight, exercise and get healthy. But I can guarantee that there will be more music and more photography in my life. That is not as onerous as not eating and getting on an exercise machine.

I've ignore this blog for a while so I'm adding some content today. A few repeats probably but I've lost track. Happy New Year to all.

Mojo has no fear of Godzilla
Scanned slide from the 1980s

Sculpture by the sea at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, NH

Sitting by the Souhegan River in New Ipswich, NH

It doesn't get much more rural than the back roads in New Hampshire

Sustenance for the tree
Central Cemetery in New Ipswich, NH

Sunset in New Ipswich

Saturday, December 13, 2014

New Ipswich Photo Club - Aperture and Animals

12 Days till Christmas
The New Ipswich Photo Club meets on the second Wednesday of the month from 6-8 PM at the New Ipswich Library. Each meeting we review photos taken with a theme and have discussions about the science and art of photography. We also plan a field trip and theme for the following month.

The theme for our January 14th meeting will be "Abstracts" and we'll be discussing shutter speed. Meeting times and themes will be posted on my blogs under the Calendar menu  (top of page)

I created a Flickr Group for the Club, which has a few of our group photos. A more extensive display is planned for an exhibition at the library.




We discussed Aperture settings at the December meeting, as it related to depth of field. Aperture is the "iris" of the lens, the opening that allows light to strike the film or sensor. It is a ratio of the focal length divided by the diameter of the entrance pupil. The key point to remember is that the lower f numbers mean a larger opening. The number is expressed a a f/ number.

This photo was taken at f/3.2 at 1/40 of a second

If I had taken the same photo at a higher "f" stop more of the casings would be in focus. This is referred to as depth of field.
Higher f numbers = smaller opening with greater depth of field. The blurred background tends to add a nice three dimensional look to photos, especially portraits and is referred to as bokeh.

However the second photo was NOT taken with a higher f stop,  although that would have achieved this result. Closing down the opening would require a MUCH slower shutter speed, one that that couldn't be accomplished easily.
Smaller opening = less light meaning more time for exposure.
This photo utilized Photo Stacking,  Ten photos were taken at f/3.2 but each one was focus on different plane of objects from the nearest casing to the furthest. The camera has the ability to combine 10 shots into a single photo in which all are in focus.
This technique can be done manually with software, but is a nice feature to have in camera, especially for macro photography.

Our Photo Theme for December was Animals

I had a nice visit with the goats in New Ipswich 

A community

Mom and chicks - Scanned 35mm slide

Breakfast - scanned 35mm slide






 The TG-3 has in-camera focus stacking and some other fun features. I find myself using this as my "carry-with-me" camera. The best camera for photography is the one that you have with you,
You just don't know what you may see. Happy clicking!



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Friday, November 14, 2014

New Ipswich Photo Club - Flickr Group

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The New Ipswich Photo Club meets at the Library
6 to 8 PM on the second Wednesday of the Month


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Saturday, November 8, 2014

A Year on Taylor Road

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On November 7th in 2013 I decided to take a photo from the same vantage point along Taylor Road in New Ipswich, NH

The reason I chose location is the convenience of having a closed road and a large cement traffic  barrier that I could use to align the camera

Taking the photos was easy because this location is part of our morning walk route. However the snow became and issue when plows formed a huge mountain over the traffic barrier.

The initial video was quite jumpy but I used Photoshop File>Scripts>Load Files in Stack and chose the Automatic Align Source Images. It was a process that took the computer to it's knees, but it worked.

I was surprised at how mundane the resultant video is.The road is shaded by evergreen trees  and really doesn't show the seasons. Next time I'm opting for a scene of a garden.



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Saturday, October 25, 2014

The face in the tree

Photograph Face in tree by John Poltrack on 500px
I spotted this face in Cape Cod outside outside a liquor store
Something nice for Halloween
Face in tree by John Poltrack on 500px

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Looks like you have a headlight out


Photograph Headlight by John Poltrack on 500px
It's hard to resist a broken down vehicle as a photo subject (although I would not like to actually own one)
This one was in a field at Coll's Farm in Jaffrey, NH
Headlight by John Poltrack on 500px

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Olympus TG3 features - Remote Control and Focus Stacking


I wasn't sure about cameras with built in WiFi. I thought it was just gimmick to upload photos to Facebook. However I was quite mistaken about what can be done with the technology.

I wanted to find a way to take shots of the birds at the feeder and the remote control feature of the TG-3 is pretty cool. I couldn't get it to work with iPhone, but this HP Slate 10 (Android) works great. You can compose and control the camera using the tablet. I couldn't resist taking the photo of the screen to get the infinite view.

The responsive time is fairly fast and I expect to have some fun with this feature.

In-camera focus stacking is another cool feature. It is available Settings Menu 3  as Focus BKT Settings. The number of shots can be set at 10f, 20f or 30f and the lens can be set at narrow, normal and wide. Since this camera has an excellent macro capability, I expect to use this quite a bit.

I have included some sample photos.

Looking into the mirrors

It is possible to do focus stacking in camera with the TG-3
Although it is possible to do this with Photoshop or dedicated software, it was really convenient to do this via a menu .
This shot is focus stacked, note the cartridges in the distance.

Same shot no focus stacking

Focus stacking (10 exposures)

No focus stacking

stacking 10 exposures (can be set up to 30)

No stacking

There are a few more features in the camera that are really useful. They have a focus lock for the macro mode, two choices for metering and a really cool "story board" filter. It also has an intervalometer, a feature that was hidden in some the later PEN camera. I tried a time-lapse which works nicely but the video was quite boring.


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End of the Road


Photograph End of the Road by John Poltrack on 500px
I miss this Mercedes in the field
For years I would drive by this field and see this thing. I finally got a chance to take a few photos.
The house is now empty, I believe that the bank took possession and the car is gone. A bygone era.

May 2011 - New Ipswich, NH
End of the Road by John Poltrack on 500px




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Saturday, October 18, 2014

New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery

Higher resolution versions of these photos may be seen on my 500px page


Photograph Veterans Cemetery by John Poltrack on 500px
New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery - Boscawen, NH


Photograph Veterans Cemetery by John Poltrack on 500px
June 2011


Photograph Veterans Cemetery by John Poltrack on 500px



Photograph Veterans Cemetery by John Poltrack on 500px
I've decided this should be the final resting place for my ashes (some need to go into the sea too!)



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Friday, October 17, 2014

South Cemetery - Smithville, New Ipswich, NH

I have been remiss in adding new content to this blog. I see that folks have been stopping by and I thank them for that. Having a full time job is great, a steady income, brain exercise and interesting work.  However it limits time for photography and blogging.

I've decide to revisit some of my older photos that I posted on 500px. Many of these have dropped off the social radar and perhaps need another viewing.

The first is South Cemetery here in New Ipswich. I walk by this every morning and keeping looking for the perfect picture. I've yet to check all the inscriptions, but I started today, did the first row.



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Friday, October 10, 2014

Image size for online display

I was experimenting with different images sizes for online display. Google gives you free storage of images as long as you don't exceed 2048 pixels on the longest side. Facebook caught up with them with a default of 2048 pixel size but they continue their practice of removing meta-data.

These photos were uploaded to Flickr at 256, 512, 1024, 2048 and the original 4608 pixels size. The larger images have been rendered to fit in the blog, but these images can be downloaded to assess the quality differences.

2048 pixels seems to be the clear winner, free storage and it looks good.








Monday, September 15, 2014

WWII Veterans of New Ipswich

The New Ipswich Historical Society has a great collection of photographs
I'm in the process of uploading the the WWII veteran photo from Hazel Cotzin's collection to the Historic New Ipswich  Flickr Site

They are affixed to pages, so I have cropped them into individual shots. I encourage folks to sign up for a flickr account so they can add comments so we can learn more about these photos.



This is link to the Flickr page, sometimes it doesn't load properly. Yahoo is not Google.


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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Historic New Ipswich On Flickr

I have created a Flickr Group called Historic New Ipswich
I intend to upload as many historical photos as I can. However I'm hoping to get some local folks to contribute some photos and other media. They have been uploaded photos to Facebook but Facebook is a flawed way to share photo. I discuss this in nauseating detail in a post in the group.

Anyone can view the photos but only "members" can add content. Flickr is owned by Yahoo and recently they are requiring folks to sign in with a Yahoo email account. What a bonehead move, they obviously did not learn from Google+. Flickr has warts but it is real photo site. Facebook is ..... Facebook..

Still it is not bad having a Yahoo email. You can use it to capture spam, adopt an alter ego, open an account for your cat.

Sign up and let me know your username so I can send you an invite.

Barrett House getting a new paint job


These are the photos I had on hand to upload to the group. Hover over the right side of the photo to see the entire group or click on photo to see a larger version.



Speaking of cats


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Saturday, September 13, 2014

The week of September 7th, 2014

I make an attempt to take at least one photo a day. I do this mostly to ensure that I have a camera with me at all times. I didn't have a camera when I saw a moose staring at me on Taylor Road. A missed opportunity!

Most of the photos that are posted on the blog span  months, years and decades, but this post only has ones taken from September 7-13, 2014. I expect to do this on a weekly basis.

We encountered this great spider web during our morning walk. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the auto-focus captured the web and not the background. Taken at Damsite 35 in New Ipswich, NH

A slight mist on the water at the flood control dam 35 in Smithville (New Ipswich)

Gravestones at Smithville Cemetery
The September morning light is wonderful for taking photos

Someone had placed these crab apples on a granite fence post. Interesting color contrast.

This was my birthday week and friends treated us to a nice lunch at Mt Fuji in Peterborough, NH

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