Oshie's World

Life Through A Golden Eye


April 2016

Day 9: Monochrome

Today’s image is skyline shot from downtown Wilmington North Carolina. Kind of an Odd crop but I like the way it looks so I decided to keep it. Part of my growth as a photographer has been experimenting even if the results are not the best and also sharing those results to help build confidence in my skills.

Shot with my Canon 7d mkii and 50mm lens and processed in Adobe Lightroom.

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Enter A Contest = Plant A Tree

I stumbled upon this on the interwebs today. The idea is if you enter this contest then the company sponsoring it will plant a tree in your honor on arbor day. You also have the chance of winning a bunch of cool camera gear and I love camera gear almost as much as I love a forest.

So as a disclaimer I have no idea if they will actually plant a tree in your honor if you enter but I want to believe that they will so I figured I would share this with my small group of followers. Maybe we can get a couple of trees planted for us maybe not ha-ha. Isn’t it the thought that counts?

Another disclaimer…I did not take the picture I used for this post.

Day 8: To The Beach!

Summer is just around the corner and we can’t wait to start going to the beach again. I honestly believe that this is Oshie’s favorite place to go. No matter how long we spend there he never runs out of energy and will run in and out of the waves all day. It isn’t until we get in the car that he crashes. After a day at the beach he is pretty much exhausted and ready for an afternoon and evening of relaxation and sleep. I can’t say I blame him!

Thankfully the waters warm quickly on the coast of North Carolina and we will soon be enjoying the sand between out toes.

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I love to dig!


Day 7: Macro Euro

This photo was taken using the Fotodiox reverse ring. This adapter allows you to take the 18-55mm kit lens and use it as a macro lens by mounting it on the camera body backwards. By doing this you lose auto focus, image stability and information from the lens in the photo metadata but the the end result is some very cool images.

The depth of field is super shallow and getting a clean shot takes a little bit of work. The best results I have seen using this adapter are from individuals who have taken many shots and merged them during processing. The reverse ring cost a only a couple of bucks so if you have a lens with a 58mm filter thread it is a cheap alternative for getting into macro. The other options include extension tubes and a full on macro lens. The extension tubes are affordable but can’t compete with the 9 dollar price tag of the reverse ring and even the cheapest macro lenses start around $100.

The image here is a single shot the using the reverse ring or an Irish Euro coin. Editing was completed in Adobe Lightroom. As usual this was shot on my 7d mkii and the lens was the 18-55mm Canon lens that comes with the rebel DSLR kits.


Day 6: KGB Headquarters?

I took this photo when we were in Wilmington on Sunday. We were walking up a street after watching the cultural dance performances and I saw this sign. It was over a walkway that led in between some buildings and into a courtyard type situation. Of course when I saw it I immediately had to make a joke about it being a secret headquarters for the Russian spy agency. In reality it is a bar (KGB bar) that has 4.5 stars on yelp so I guess we are going to have to check it out one of these days.

Photo taken with my Canon 7dmkii and Tamron 70-300 lens.

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KGB Bar Wilmington NC

Day 5: Dance!

Nancy and I went to the Azalea Festival in Wilmington on Sunday and stumbled upon this stage where groups were performing cultural dances. Here are two photos I took while a group performed a traditional dance from Mexico. Ignore all the clutter in the photos. There was really no way to get a clean shot.



Hat Model

Nancy thought it would be a good idea to take some pictures of Oshie in the different hats that he has. They could have been executed a bit better on my part but hey, dogs are like small children and they don’t like to cooperate for very long. With the help of a few treats we were able to get Oshie to sit still long enough to get through two different hats. He only has three and the third is a Santa hat so it is OK that we didn’t get them all.

The first hat was a Los Angeles Dodgers baseball cap that is too small for Oshie. Naturally being a native Angelino Nancy had to throw her Dodgers Jersey on him too. All was going well until he got bored with having his picture taken and decided to try rolling around in the grass in the perfect white Dodgers jersey ha-ha. See a few of the photos below.

The next ensemble that Oshie wore was a propeller hat with his bandanna. Right after Nancy secured the hat to Oshie’s head the wind began to blow and the propeller was spinning. Unfortunately I didn’t get any video or photos of that. Sorry. He didn’t seem to mind this hat as much as the baseball cap and this is probably because it only has a strap that goes under his chin vs. holes that his ears have to go through. Also the neighbor was walking their dog and Oshie was intently watching and waiting for them to get closer. As soon as they were in range he went charging over with the hat still on. It was pretty funny to watch. With that,the photo shoot was over. Here are some of the shots with the propeller hat.

The photos didn’t come out as great as I would have liked but they are pretty funny. Next time maybe we will do a little more preparation to ensure the best hat photo shoot possible ha-ha. Hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by.

Oh and here is a short video. Sorry for the abrupt end. I am not much of a videographer.

Day 4: Feed Me!

Angry Finch
She looks mad!
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He gave in to her nagging ha-ha.

Male House Finch feeding an angry looking female.

Taken with my Canon 7d Mkii and Tamron 70-300mm lens at 300mm.

Day 3: Interesting Lines


The lines of a 2016 Ford Explorer Sport grill. Taken with my Canon 7d Mkii and Canon 50mm f/1.8.

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