Life Events—Senior pictures

Events happen all throughout life and there are those that we call rights of passage, and every culture has them. Today I will focus on the right of passage of being a high school senior. Senior pictures are one of those cultural markers or rights of passage that hasn’t changed much from years ago when I was making that journey from high school to university—by the way that was in 1980.  Last week I took pictures of my nephew Jared Potter and found a fun location with lots of fun backgrounds to play with. Thought you might like to see.

TECHI STUFF: For the photographs I used a Nikon SB800 set to remote on a light stand with a Photoflex Light Dome medium soft box and a grid to direct the light forward. I balanced the flash with the available light adjusting my ISO as the daylight faded. To trigger the flash I used the Nikon wireless speed light commander.
CAMERA: Nikon D700  LENS: AF-S VR-Nikkor 70-200 1:2.8

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The eyes have it! • Gözleri gösterir.

When photographing people it is so important to capture the eyes. To be able to read a person is to see through their eyes the situation in which they live.  It is the eyes that are the doorway to the emotions and the heart.  So I try to discover what the eyes are saying and capture that emotion that reflects the heart of a person.


No one can lie, no one can hide anything, when he looks directly into someone’s eyes.
Paulo Coelho

Swaziland African man.   •  Swaziland (Afrikalı) adam.

Swaziland African man. • Swaziland (Afrikalı)

Small is the number of people who see with their eyes and think with their minds.
Albert Einstein

Turkish Alevi  •  Alevi Türk

Turkish Alevi • Alevi Türk

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.
Audrey Hepburn

Japanese American boy  •  Japonlu Amerikan erkek

Japanese American boy • Japonlu Amerikan erkek

The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.
St. Jerome
South African boy  •  Güney Afrikalı erkek

South African boy • Güney Afrikalı erkek

Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
Albert Einstein

Russian Man. • Rus'lı bir adam

Russian Man. • Rus’lı bir adam

Where words are restrained, the eyes often talk a great deal.
Samuel Richardson

Bogota, Colombia  •  Bogota Kolombiyalı

Bogota, Colombia • Bogota Kolombiyalı

We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.
Oswald Chambers

Turkish musician  •  Türk muzisyen

Turkish musician • Türk muzisyen

Men are born with two eyes, but with one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say.
Charles Caleb Colton

Russian Boy  •  Ruslı erkek

Russian Boy • Ruslı erkek

It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else’s eyes.
Sally Field

Turkish girl  • Türk kız

Turkish girl • Türk kız

The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

Seeing things new?

I was getting ready to go to sleep the other night I turned to say good night to my eighteen year old son and his juxtaposition to a painting on the wall as well as the light from the lamp caught my eye. I have seen this site many times, but today I saw something new.

I am not interested in shooting new things -
I am interested to see things new. 

Ernst Haas
Source of quote:

I quietly picked up my camera and began looking for different views with my Nikon D700. I didn’t want to use a flash to ruin the light so using my old 24mm manual focus and increasing the ISO to 1250, here is what I saw. I like the first photo because my sons position mirrors the person in the painting and I also like the light from the lamp. The last photo has the photo of the family in the upper left corner looking down on him as well as the computer screen—it’s just a nice composition, enjoy.

Artist at work—first impression.

Artist at work—first impression.

A view from above to give a different perspective.

A view from above to give a different perspective.

Eye level view including computer screen, but not quite there.

Eye level view including computer screen, but not quite there.

Finally—A lower view including family photo (top left) as well as blue computer screen to finish the picture.

Finally—A lower view including family photo (top left) as well as blue computer screen to finish the picture.




Traveling by bus in Turkey

Last week I took a bus trip from the northern part of Turkey to a Mediterranean city.  I could have flown from Istanbul to this same city, but I decided to take a bus. The trip took 8 1/2 hours, and was very relaxing. One each seat back there is a screen with a selection of movies, TV stations, music, games as well as internet connection. There is a USB plugg-in if you want to charge your iPod or similar device. During the trip they serve coffee, tea, and give a snack, as well as stop for 30 minutes about halfway to give opportunity for a meal or just a break.  The cost of the trip was about $60 US dollars. They also have a service from bus stations in most major cities. It was a good time to catch up on e-mail, edit photos, journal as well as read.
Along the way I took some photos. Hopefully they give a feeling and sense of the trip.

Bus, sunset, lone traveler walks to the bus

Bus in Turkey stops for a break allowing passengers to have a meal, use restrooms or just get out and stretch. A needed break in a 8 hour trip.


sunset, over mountain with clouds and golden fields.

Sunsetting over rural fields in central Turkey.