CC Kitty just hanging out.

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Behind the Image; Chip off the old block 

Being a blind or visually impaired photographer I tend to use my camera so I can see the area around me. Not that many people think about using the life you function is an aid to see more of their surroundings before photographing. But I have found that has given me a better view and I get more of these interesting shots that most people would not think up or see. This image is a great example of what I was speaking about.
I was on a hike and was told there is a chipmunk on a rock. So I pulled out my camera and turned on the life you and looked around. Suddenly I saw a chipmunk sitting on a rock. I zoomed in and snapped this shot. Once I snapped the shot I went back and looked at the finished image and realize man this turned out really good. Plus I zoomed in and found out that it is super sharp. When I got this into my computer that evening I decided it would it’s best as a black and white.


Here is a snapshot of the settings and camera information for this image.


Being blind I do not fiddle with settings is much is most people would. I tend to work with the auto settings that are in my camera. I have found that I have gotten some great results just using the auto functions for certain times a day and certain subjects. The cameras I have used are a Canon power shot G10, Nikon D 90, pinhole camera, iPhone 4s, iPhone 6 and Sony a 6000. If you want to see more of my images please feel free to go to my Flickr page at https://www.flickr.com/photos/see_the_light1/.ww.flickr.com/photos/see_the_light1/.

 

I wrote this post for a project called Vantage Point created by a new camera company called Light. They are aiming to get great quality DSLR shots in a compact camera form

World fattest bird by Chelsea Stark photography

One summer I was just hanging out at my dads cabin in Duck Creek Utah. It was such nice weather outside. We decided to open up the doors to the back deck and let the fresh air in.  I decided to sit out on the deck with my camera. And see if I can get some interesting photos of birds eating from the feeders.

To my surprise here comes what I would call the worlds fattest bird walking across the deck and eating the bird food that the other birds are throwing out from the bird feeders.
To get this image I had to lay down on the deck nose to nose with the bird. Very happy with the shot that I got. The portal bird was so fat he couldn’t actually fly so he actually jumped down step-by-step off the stairs to get off the deck. I’m assuming that’s also how he got on the deck.

Las Vegas Eiffel Tower

Las Vegas Eiffel Tower

From the rivets in its beams to its glass elevators, the Eiffel Tower replica at Paris Las Vegas encompasses the same i.e. ne sais quoi as its French counterpart. Located within the City of Las Vegas.

Hidden fall A beautiful waterfall.

Hidden Falls” I shot this image during one of my trips to New York city. This image is a combination of two shots. One exposed for the water fall and one for the rocks. This image is one of my favorites. Mostly because it took some effort in getting to the waterfall. Because you had to cross a bridge and hike through some very cold water. It also tested my skills with my camera . I was extremely pleased to see what I got after I was finished merging the two shots together. I think it’s one of my best images so far.

Standing alone Chelsea Stark

The Yellow Water-lily is an aquatic plant of the family Nymphaeaceae, native to temperate regions of Europe, northwest Africa, and western Asia.

Hello world my name is Chelsea Stark. Understanding of how photography can be used by blind people.

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blogger-image--1910125146 Chelsea with flowers Understanding of how photography can be used by blind people. Blind photography “I think, for me, photography means that I can pause the World around me so I can get a better view. Some key questions people tend to ask me are. What does art mean to me? The best way I can describe it is this saying I found. “Art is not the medium, and art is not the execution; art is the idea.”While this opinion is debatable, it’s one with which I happen to agree with and one that blind photography supports. Where do I find art? Art is every where and all you have to do is look. With the right amount of inspiration and ideas you can make art out of anything. Where do I find inspiration? I find inspiration in! The majestic mountain sides. The animal that stops and looks at you…

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My attempt at pinhole photography

IMG_0439Over the years I have used several different kinds of cameras. One was a pinhole camera. Even though I believe I got a few great shots. That style of camera just was not me.Here are three images from the pinhole camera. Emerald Springs   Here is a little bit on what a pinhole camera is. A pinhole camera, a variation of Camera obscura, is a simple camera without a lens and with a single small aperture, a pinhole – effectively a light-proof box with a small hole in one side. Light from a scene passes through this single point and projects an inverted image on the opposite side of the box. Exposures can typically range from five seconds up to as much as several hours. The effect was noted in the 5th century BC in China and has been refined over the centuries.The camera is completely dark on all the other sides of the box including the side where the point is created. This part is usually painted black, but black boxes are also used for this purpose. There is also a thin screen which looks like a projector sheet, and is put in between the IMG_0440IMG_0441dark side adjacent to the pinhole. Up to a certain point, the smaller the hole, the sharper the image, but the dimmer the projected image. Optimally, the size of the aperture should be 1/100 or less of the distance between it and the projected image. Because a pinhole camera requires a lengthy exposure, its shutter may be manually operated, as with a flap made of light-proof material to cover and uncover the pinhole. Typical exposures range from five seconds to several hours. A common use of the pinhole camera is to capture the movement of the sun over a long period of time. This type of photography is called solargraphy.

Two different versions of the same cactus flower. One color and one black and white

“Pink CACTUS ” A Color version of a Cactus Flower, Saguaro National Park, Arizona.

While I was exploring Saguaro National Park I came across this beautiful cactus flower. I was filled with inspiration.  Of course I had to take several shots before I got the one I liked. After spending the rest of the day photographing the park.  We got back to the campsite and spent a little time reviewing our images.  After seeing this particular image it dawned on me we would also work as a great black-and-white.  But wasn’t able to really work it up until I got home and really be able to work some magic.  Here are the two images I came up with just from one. Believe it or not they look so much different from each other.  I am quite please with the results. I’m not sure which one I like better.  They both speak to me in there own ways.  The color image of the cactus is vibrant and full of color.  The black-and-white is a simple but elegant shot and extremely classic in its own way.

B&W Cactus flowers
B&W Cactus flowers ” A black & white of the Pink Cactus Flowers, Saguaro National Park, Arizona.