Just 4 Fun 4 Me

Hi, I am Scott Schmitt of Madison Wisconsin. Welcome to my photoblog. It is a very humble stop on the www relative to the many photoblog sites I have visited. I truly hope you take a look at some of my stuff and let me know any thoughts you may have. Thanks and good surfing!!! scott

Thursday, June 30, 2005

 

I thought I should begin the month with one of my favorite Madison pictures. In fact, I think that this wins best shot (imho) that I have ever taken. I took it at about 5AM from the bank of a the Yahara River where it connects lakes Mendota and Monona.

This may seem a bit lame, but this is my take on the shot. I see the trees on the bottom half of the shot as the roots of this neighborhood. Obviously, this neighborhood has some pretty deep roots here into Madison.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

 

When I took this shot up in the BWCA, I was attempting to capture was the deep tones and cracking of the skin underlying the white bark of this birch tree while retaining the shadow from the leaf. I do believe that I was trying to do too much with one shot, but it captures the basics of the subject. In hindsight, I wish I would have moved in and captured the shot in macro and left-out the green leaves and their respective shadows as I don’t feel they enhance the shot very much.

I find that taking nature shots where the subject is 3 - 30 feet away almost always leaves me with a so-so shot. It seems the shots I enjoy most are either 1) as close as I can possibly get while still able focus or 2) a broad landscape. I think these two extremes capture either the wonderful and intricate detail that Mother Nature has provided or a view of a vista that is somehow bigger than life.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

 

This skeleton is an amalgamation of bones that we found throughout our canoe adventure to the Boundary Waters. Nothing too artistic in this shot, just boys having fun.

 

This shot is the follow-up from last night. It is similar in that it was taken using a long-exposure, but I used the flash to 'freeze' the flower and then the long exposure to add the ghost edges. It started to rain just as I got this shot so this was it for the flowers.

Specifics:
Shooting Date/Time: 6/26/2005 8:57:55 PM
Shutter Speed: 13 Seconds
Aperture: f/13
ISO Speed: 100
Flash: On

Sunday, June 26, 2005

 

Am I a bad dad?

Tonight at dusk we had that eerie yellow light that typically accompanies a tornado. Let me immediately make it clear that there was no wall-cloud or any other telltale sign of severe weather; just this weird light. This light does not come around all that often, so of course I want to get outside to snap just a few shots of whatever I can find in the remaining ten minutes of light. Instead of tucking Sam tenderly into bed, I am telling him to hustle as he takes his evening wee and practically whipping the covers over him as I say 'Goodnight' from three steps outside his room as I make my way out of the house.

In the end, I barely had enough time attach the tripod to the camera and snap a few 10-20 second shots. Of those, I only got a couple that turned-out as I had hoped. The light was no longer much of an enhancement as the sun was pretty much set by the time I got out to my Sweetie's flower garden.

Specifics:
Shooting Date/Time: 6/26/2005 8:47:39
Sutter Speed: 2.5 Seconds
Aperture: f/10.0
Exposure Compensation: -2/3
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 55.0mm
Cropped in Photoshop 7

Saturday, June 25, 2005

 

This shot was taken hanging my wide-angle lens out of the canoe and down near the water to capture the flowing lines of the reeds. Posted by Hello

Friday, June 24, 2005

 

Photo Friday Submission: ORANGE

This student was on the way home from his school in the French Quarter of New Orleans. He seemed as out of place in there as the ORANGE home that he was walking past. Posted by Hello

Thursday, June 23, 2005

 

Another shot of the Capital, though it is difficult to tell. It seems to float on the green orbs below... ready to blast-off into outer space.

This building is so darn photogenic and I haven't even taken any shots inside yet. Maybe next week. Posted by Hello

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

 

I liked the color and symetry of this shot. I know about as much about trees as I do about flowers. I do not remember seeing a leaf pattern like this before, with the two small leaves coming off the branch and flanking the larger leaf on either side.

The colors surprised me due to the fact that it was the middle of summer in Georgia and these leaves had an 'Up North' fall look to them.

 

This is a lamp outside the capital building. Another shot from last night's fieldtrip around downtown Madison. Another beautiful night tonight, but the kids got to bed late and I need to follow them soon. Posted by Hello

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

 

This is a brighter version of the shot I took last night. When you are working on your computer at night, everything seems so bright. When I looked at the shot at work the next morning, I could barely make out the sailboats. Hopefully this post allows you to see what I saw last night. What a wonderful night to be outside having fun shooting up the town. Posted by Hello

Monday, June 20, 2005

 

This photo was taken less than an hour ago. I love the fact that I can take a shot and enjoy it immediately. I drove past a 'one hour photo processing' shop and smiled that I would never ever need to step foot in one of those again. I hope this shot is not too dark to see! Posted by Hello

Sunday, June 19, 2005

 

I thought after posting a couple black and white shots I should post one with some color. Hopefully, this is enough color for you.

This was taken at about 6:30am on State St at a hair salon. Specifically, I found a a side windowand shot the products from behind looking out the front window. It obvoiusly was tweaked in Photoshop to get the highlights. Posted by Hello

 

I know that this is a rip-off of Andsel Adams and evey other guy that went into the woods and saw some straight trees smack dab in the middle. I still like the shot... Posted by Hello

Friday, June 17, 2005

 

Talking about veins... It seemed like the trail had veins running across, under and all around it at this point. At least this hike didn't involve a canoe on my head like the Boundary Waters trails. I would have tripped-up here for sure. Posted by Hello

 

I have always loved the veins of the leaf. Don't know if that is wierd or not, but I do. It makes trees seem more human or something. Doesn't it look like this leaf could be skin under a microscope? Posted by Hello

Thursday, June 16, 2005

 

Photo Friday Challenge: Sport... I never could figure-out whether mountain biking and hunting were truely sports. Well, this sign only further confuses me. Posted by Hello

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

 

Does it ever seem like it is a man's world and we are reminded of this fact in things that are all around us? Posted by Hello

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

 

One access point for the start of the Appalachian Trail is via Georgia's Amicalola Falls State Park. This picture shows the falls that this park was named after. At the top of this ridge, one can begin the hike into the trail via an eight mile hike to Springer Mountain. I only made it a couple miles in before turning around. There were some steep grades, but the trail was in great condition. Posted by Hello

 

While not an exactly exciting picture, you get a feel where the Blue Ridge Mountains name comes from. Posted by Hello

Monday, June 13, 2005

 

I hope the cowboy Rests In Peace. The cowboy hat and the backdrop seem like such contrasting realities. But there they were, screaming to be one. Posted by Hello

Sunday, June 12, 2005

 

This shot was taken at 35,000 feet up. We were flying through some rough weather when we came to this break in the clouds. Storms below and blue skies above. What a beautiful place to be. It's a good thing that I never tried to become a pilot, I think I would have run into another plane as I gawked at the play of light in the clouds all around me. Posted by Hello

Saturday, June 11, 2005

 

Now you may think that this picture is from the Appalachian Trail, but you would be wrong. These are some flowers that were in Midtown Atlanta. Similar to the red of the last flower I posted, the vivid colors of this plant caught my attention. I would be interested in knowing what either the red or the blue flowers were. Posted by Hello

Friday, June 10, 2005

 

I have obviously left the hiking trails for this shot. This is the grill and bumper of an old Plymouth sedan. Similar to the last post, I have no idea the specifics about my subject. I do know that it fits well into my love of reflections. It is a favorite of mine. Posted by Hello

Thursday, June 09, 2005

 

The vivid red of this flower really caught my attention as I hiked along the trail. I have no idea what kind of wildflower it is, but it sure was a nice surprise.
Posted by Hello

 

Please Vote!!!

One of my pictures has been selected to be the 'Photo-of-the-Day' for Saturday, June 11 on a website for Canon users. Please take a few seconds this coming weekend to follow the link that I have over to the right side of this page and vote for my shot if you like it!

Thanks!
scott

 

This is the first of a few shots from Atlanta that I will be posting here. Some will be from our hike in the North Georgia mountains at the start of the southern end of the Appalachian Trail. Other shots will be from the Atlanta metro area. Posted by Hello

Saturday, June 04, 2005

 

Wednesday Post. Be back Thursday! Posted by Hello

 

Tuesday Post. Posted by Hello

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