C. Bennett Photography: Blog http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/blog en-us (C) C. Bennett Photography cbennett@bencompinc.com (C. Bennett Photography) Sun, 24 Jul 2016 16:29:00 GMT Sun, 24 Jul 2016 16:29:00 GMT http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/img/s11/v34/u986821120-o544419004-50.jpg C. Bennett Photography: Blog http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/blog 97 120 See the picture, and then make it. http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/blog/2016/7/see-the-picture-and-then-make-it A few months back, I was talking with a friend at work (let’s call her Jacque). She mentioned to me that she was getting a light bar with driving lights installed on top of her FJ Cruiser. As we discussed it, an image sort of popped into my brain – of her FJ, with all the lights blazing, and her standing in front of it, not all smiley, but sort of badass looking. I mentioned this to her and she was enthusiastic about the idea. We agreed that, someday, “when it got nicer out”, we would do the picture. Then she took another job in a big city far away and told me she was having the light bar removed because of low parking garages etc. where she was moving. So – it was now or never!

The next day we pulled her FJ in front of an old brick horse stable and made some shots. Jacque is a certified “ham” and a natural model, so she made her part seem easy. Using small apertures, slow shutter, fill flash and bracketing, I tried to make the best ingredients for the image I had envisioned. Then I “cooked” it using layers, compositing and extreme HDR, I came up with a final image that very much fulfilled my original vision. Oh, then I threw in the ground fog, just for giggles.

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cbennett@bencompinc.com (C. Bennett Photography) Cruiser FJ HDR Photoshop layers http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/blog/2016/7/see-the-picture-and-then-make-it Sun, 24 Jul 2016 16:28:48 GMT
Fun with water droplets http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/blog/2014/3/fun-with-water-droplets Saw some water drop shots online and decided to give it a try.

Operating room - IV bag (sandwich bag with hole in corner, filled with water, hanging from light fixture), high intensity lights (flash, off camera), wireless controller for flash, 8 1/2 x 11 paper, cooking oil, wine etc. 

Instruments - DSLR, 55 to 300 lens with extension tubes to shorten minimum focus, remote shutter control, tripod.

Prognosis - fun and surprising results. Will do more complex trials soon.

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cbennett@bencompinc.com (C. Bennett Photography) Alpena alpena bay bennett chuck droplets huron lake macro photography thunder water http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/blog/2014/3/fun-with-water-droplets Mon, 10 Mar 2014 00:17:11 GMT
Snow falling on the Maritime Heritage Trail Bridge http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/blog/2014/3/snow-falling-on-the-maritime-heritage-trail-bridge

I shot a bracketed exposure of the bridge during a light snowfall. 

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cbennett@bencompinc.com (C. Bennett Photography) Alpena alpena bay bennett chuck huron lake photography thunder http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/blog/2014/3/snow-falling-on-the-maritime-heritage-trail-bridge Thu, 06 Mar 2014 01:52:57 GMT
Strawberry meets paring knife. http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/blog/2014/3/strawberry-meets-paring-knife

It was a cold winter afternoon. Much too cold for outside shooting. I broke out my 35mm macro lens and played in the kitchen for a bit.

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cbennett@bencompinc.com (C. Bennett Photography) bennett cbennett chuck macro photography http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/blog/2014/3/strawberry-meets-paring-knife Tue, 04 Mar 2014 01:45:05 GMT
"Funky Bench" http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/blog/2013/12/-funky-bench Funky BenchFunky BenchCeramic artist Lisa Fremont made this very cool bench. The close up shows all the "figures within the figures" in the details.

While visiting family over the holiday weekend, I made a couple shots of this remarkable ceramic bench that was created by our sister-in-law, Lisa Pesha Fremont of Chicago. This is so cool! Just look closely at all the "figures within figures" contained in the detail of this piece. Lisa worked on this over a two year period and was partially  influenced by Park Güell by Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona and Niki de Saint Phalle's Tarot park in Italy.   Below are a couple more shots of it.

Funky Bench rearFunky Bench rear

Funky Bench close upFunky Bench close up

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cbennett@bencompinc.com (C. Bennett Photography) Chicago Fremont Lisa Pesha art artist bench bennett cbennettphotography.com ceramic chuck funky photography http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/blog/2013/12/-funky-bench Sun, 01 Dec 2013 18:39:52 GMT
Old Grand Rapids Public Museum http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/blog/2013/10/old-grand-rapids-art-museum ArtPrize 2013 at the GRAM (old)

We were in Grand Rapids MI last week to experience ArtPrize 2013. This is a shot from the upper balcony at the former Grand Rapids Public Museum. I did some post-processing to isolate the green.

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cbennett@bencompinc.com (C. Bennett Photography) art prize artprize artprize 2013 former grand rapids public museum http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/blog/2013/10/old-grand-rapids-art-museum Sun, 06 Oct 2013 20:47:31 GMT
Harbor Lights http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/blog/2013/9/harbor-lights Harbor LightsHarbor LightsHarbor Lights by Chuck Bennett So... you stand on a pier on a dark night. You point your camera towards the city lights across the bay. You set it up for a loooong, sloooww exposure. Then, when you trip the shutter you simultaneously twist the zoom collar on your lens. Ok, I was nearing the end of a long drive, I wasn't happy with the moon shots I originally stopped at this pier for, so I said "what the heck - let's have some fun!"

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cbennett@bencompinc.com (C. Bennett Photography) chuck bennett photography harrisville michigan night photos night shots http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/blog/2013/9/harbor-lights Sat, 21 Sep 2013 19:57:21 GMT
What do 570 eager and enthusiastic photographers look like? http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/blog/2013/9/what-do-570-eager-and-enthusiastic-photographers-look-like

This week I drove 240 miles one-way to attend a Scott Kelby photography seminar. I was amazed to arrive at the venue and see this huge swarm of bodies! Five hundred and seventy people registered for this. That’s one big bunch of photography nuts! Was it worth the drive and a whole day of my time? Heck yes! This is the second Scott Kelby seminar that I have attended. The previous one was a couple of years ago. Scott is a down to earth presenter that shares a ton of knowledge and useful tips on taking good photographs, and information on lower cost alternative equipment like lighting, lenses, remote triggers etc. He “de-bunks” many myths and recommends less “over thinking” regarding f-stops, shutter speeds, file formats, “the best” equipment etc. Scott offers a few simple formulas for getting great shots with less angst.

 After the first seminar, I mentally tagged Scott as a “generous” celebrity. What does that mean? To me it means that he freely makes himself available during the breaks for questions, book signings, photos with him etc. Again, at the end of this seminar, when many presenters would scoot for the door, he offered to stay around as long as his airport schedule will allow to try and “not leave anyone with that burning question that they just wanted to get answered “. 

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cbennett@bencompinc.com (C. Bennett Photography) alpena cbennett digital photography seminar lake huron photography scott kelby the thunder bay http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/blog/2013/9/what-do-570-eager-and-enthusiastic-photographers-look-like Fri, 20 Sep 2013 18:52:55 GMT
Wildlife photo attempt turns ugly! http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/blog/2013/8/wildlife-photo-attempt-turns-ugly Sasquatch photo attemptWildlife photo attempt turns ugly! I guess Sasquatch was irritated at me for taking his photo! I knew I should have used a longer lens.

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cbennett@bencompinc.com (C. Bennett Photography) Bigfoot Sasquatch alpena lake huron thunder bay wildlife photography http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/blog/2013/8/wildlife-photo-attempt-turns-ugly Wed, 28 Aug 2013 22:11:19 GMT
Moon over Sulphur Island http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/blog/2013/8/moon-over-sulphur-island After the Taste of the Town cleanup last night I was headed home and when crossing Squaw Bay noted the fantastic moon rising. I found a place to pull in and walk down closer to the lake-shore and grab a couple of shots. Couldn't see my camera settings and the mosquitoes attacked me in droves - so I did not set up all the shots I would have liked to, but...

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cbennett@bencompinc.com (C. Bennett Photography) Alpena Moon great lakes of rise sanctuary the http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/blog/2013/8/moon-over-sulphur-island Fri, 23 Aug 2013 21:38:08 GMT
High view of downtown Ann Arbor http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/blog/2013/6/high-view-of-downtown-ann-arbor State theater in downtown Ann Arbor Michigan A shot of the iconic State theater in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan taken from our hotel window. 

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cbennett@bencompinc.com (C. Bennett Photography) Ann Arbor Michigan State theater http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/blog/2013/6/high-view-of-downtown-ann-arbor Thu, 06 Jun 2013 01:35:41 GMT
Thanks to all who have given so much! http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/blog/2013/5/thanks-to-all-who-have-given-so-much Arlington "All gave some and some gave all". I was among the former (Vietnam era) and send my gratitude to the later and their families.

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cbennett@bencompinc.com (C. Bennett Photography) arlington day memorial veterans vietnam war http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/blog/2013/5/thanks-to-all-who-have-given-so-much Fri, 24 May 2013 22:11:45 GMT
Another beach - far, far away. http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/blog/2013/3/another-beach---far-far-away Madeira Beach FL The beach was almost deserted. It was the Gulf Coast of Florida on Madeira Beach. The last day of February was cold by Florida standards, but to a Michigander it was a good day for a walk on the sand. It looked like storm clouds would obscure the sunset but then the clouds parted for just a few brief minutes and I got off a couple of shots.

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cbennett@bencompinc.com (C. Bennett Photography) Madeira alpena beach florida http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/blog/2013/3/another-beach---far-far-away Thu, 21 Mar 2013 22:48:11 GMT
Nothing to shoot? http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/blog/2013/3/nothing-to-shoot Digital photo of backup tape So, it's a bleak, dark, cold winter day with flat light outside and "frozen belt buckle" temperatures. I have a little rare free time and I'm itching to "mess" with my camera. What do I shoot? Wait - here is a box of old computer stuff. In it there is an old tape backup cartridge. Hmmm, I wonder what it would look like if I take the screws out of the cover and pull the tape out and pile it up on the table? I take a few shots, put them in PhotoShop Elements, play with filters and - here is one result. I did a few different variations of this. I kind of like it. It was fun. So - there is never "nothing to shoot".

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cbennett@bencompinc.com (C. Bennett Photography) art backup blog digital fine photography tape http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/blog/2013/3/nothing-to-shoot Sat, 16 Mar 2013 18:57:12 GMT
It's Time! http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/blog/2013/2/its-time chuck bennett photography pocket watch closeup Playing with my 35mm 2.8 macro lens. Pulled out this family heirloom pocket watch tried some shots. I actually love the precision gears and lettering. A fun experiment. You will be surprised what you can find around the house that is worth shooting. Keep learning something about your equipment every day. 

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cbennett@bencompinc.com (C. Bennett Photography) alpena chuck bennett photography mi http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/blog/2013/2/its-time Sun, 03 Feb 2013 21:19:53 GMT
Old Man River http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/blog/2013/1/old-man-river Thunder Bay River - winter sunrise

Old Man River was wearing quite a splendid coat of many colors this morning. On my way to work, I had to pull over and park and walk out on the bridge to grab some shots. After a few minutes in ten degree cold my shutter finger was pretty much frozen – but it was worth the effort. A little HDR post work was entailed in the final product.

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cbennett@bencompinc.com (C. Bennett Photography) Alpena Bay HDR Sunrise Thunder michigan northeast http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/blog/2013/1/old-man-river Fri, 18 Jan 2013 20:19:27 GMT
Light and visual trickery http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/blog/2013/1/light-and-visual-trickery LaFarge plant in surreal light This shot was taken on January 1st from the beach in Ossineke - some ten miles away from the LaFarge plant. On most days it looks small on the horizon across the bay. On certain days however, when the sun is bright and the atmosphere is clear, it looms up like a mirage - much larger and sometimes even displaced from it's location. On this day, those natural light tricks combined with the compression effect of a long telephoto lens make it seem as though you could jump in a skiff and row quickly over to the complex.

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cbennett@bencompinc.com (C. Bennett Photography) http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/blog/2013/1/light-and-visual-trickery Sun, 13 Jan 2013 22:00:46 GMT
Moonlight becomes you. http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/blog/2013/1/moonlight-becomes-you Moon rise over Thunder Bay On the evening of December 27th, I was busy with various things when I happened to look out the window and notice a fabulous moon rising over the bay. I took quite a few shots. Normally I tend to shoot the moon pretty sharply but this time I decided to play with a very slow exposure to create the "starburst" effect on the moon and to fluff the clouds a bit. I kind of like the result.

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cbennett@bencompinc.com (C. Bennett Photography) http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/blog/2013/1/moonlight-becomes-you Sun, 06 Jan 2013 18:28:17 GMT
Lens Envy http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/blog/2012/12/lens-envy  

There were three Bald Eagles playing on the beach this morning. Unfortunately, it was a wide open expanse with no cover so I could not get close enough for tack sharp images without spooking the birds. Also, not time to set up with tripod so the shot is handheld.This was the full reach of my lens and then blown up so not so sharp - but better than missing the shot. I have some others of two Eagles together on the snow, but they are also pretty grainy by the time I blow them up. Oh to have a huge lens on a tripod at times like this :)

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cbennett@bencompinc.com (C. Bennett Photography) bald eagle birds eagle http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/blog/2012/12/lens-envy Thu, 27 Dec 2012 17:20:51 GMT
And a Partridge in a... http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/blog/2012/12/and-a-partridge-in-a Not exactly a Pear tree, but best we could do. Looked out the window in the dining room this morning and saw this Pat in the berry bush in our yard. Long lens for this one :)

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cbennett@bencompinc.com (C. Bennett Photography) Partridge bird photos http://gallery.cbennettphotos.com/blog/2012/12/and-a-partridge-in-a Tue, 25 Dec 2012 18:18:06 GMT