The Daily Focal Point

November 19, 2008


Filed under: Week Five — cabenelson @ 11:35 pm

And I almost forgot!

November 16, 2008

The Octopus and The Drums

Filed under: Week Five — cabenelson @ 10:02 pm


I love this title… normally I royally suck at labeling my pictures and I actually find it to be one of the hardest things to do. Seriously, I sit there staring at the computer with my eyes glazed over and drooling trying to think of something. It usually comes out WAY too goofy, predictable, or too “look at how DEEP this title is… take my photos VERY seriously”. For some reason this one makes me think of a real sweet band or something. Maybe I should name our “Rock Band” group “The Octopus and The Drums” Seeā€¦ this is why I get paid the big bucks.

So ONTO THE PHOTO! I usually will only shoot with natural light. I don’t have lighting equipment, I try to avoid taking pictures inside unless I have natural light coming in from the windows and I NEVER use my flash. My hatred for the flash goes deep and I will usually avoid taking pictures if the lighting is so terrible that it requires it. I’ve messed around with directional flashes before and they aren’t too bad as you can control the intensity of the flash and more importantly the direction of the flash. So you can bounce it off close by walls or the ceiling, it makes it look a lot more natural than just BAM! FLASH IN YOUR FACE!

I love this photo because it showcases the use of natural soft light. I really wanted the main subject in the picture to be the light…. the octopus on the tile is pretty sweetness too.

FYI, I’ve received some REALLY good photos for this week’s Photo Challenge on B&W Architecture. I was getting so stoked just quickly scanning through them. So if your haven’t sent me yours do it ASAP as the post will show up tomorrow morning. You can email them to me at cabenelson (at) gmail (dot) com.

And now for some funky A music! This song has been stuck in my head for the past few days and it’s just the beat and rhythm. This is one of the weirdest music videos I’ve seen as well. I don’t understand it, but more so it amazes me the way they shot it. It truly looks like an old western as they shot it in real film with burned edges and all. This is a band called AIR (The Octopus and Drums is SO much better) and the song is called Alpha Beta GaGa. Embrace the freakiness…

November 15, 2008

The Bear

Filed under: Week Five — cabenelson @ 11:44 pm

Bear Dog W/ His Favorite Toy

This is Bear. He is goofy, smart (too smart for his own good), playful, stupid, happy. He lives in the moment. He is my dog. And this little guy would follow me around all day if he could. When I say he’s MY dog and not OUR dog in terms of my wife and I, I really mean that. She would wholeheartedly agree.

For as long as I can remember I’ve always wanted my own dog. I have no idea why but I’ve always felt a connection with dogs. Maybe it has something to do with my name.

I was 19 when I got him. He was just a puppy stuffed into the back of an old farm truck along with all of his brothers and sisters. I picked him up out of the bed of the truck and he had saw dust caught in his thick fur. He’s been my buddy ever since.

November 14, 2008

The Rose Garden

Filed under: Week Five — cabenelson @ 11:14 am

Rose Garden

This is our neighborhood park just down the street from us. I love this place… The whole park is full of roses and it’s one of those areas that’s hard to photograph. When places are all encompassing and so large it can be hard to find ways to properly frame the shot.

If you’re ever in the area swing by and hang out for while, you’ll like it.

November 13, 2008


Filed under: Week Five — cabenelson @ 9:30 pm

So last week I threw out a photo challenge for whoever wanted to participate and the response was wonderful. I love seeing other people’s perspective and eye for photography. (Hence my love for Flickr – Who doesn’t love Flickr?… seriously) The Thursday Photo Challenge is all about sharing ideas, seeing each others talents, and most of all IT’S AN EXCUSE TO TAKE PICTURES! I know for me I keep telling myself, “I need to shoot today… I need to find some time!” But if I have a particular REASON to go out and shoot pictures, I can make it much more of a priority in my day.

So here’s how it works… I’ll throw out a particular genre of photography on Thursday and challenge you to take your own photo over the weekend that fits that genre. Last week was about taking photographs that showcase composition. This weeks challenge is……………


Take a photo of any structure that catches your eye in black and white. It can be close up or pulled back. Take one of the city you’re living in, or your office, your house, your neighbor’s house, heck even your dog’s house… I don’t care! Anything that showcases architecture in black and white.
This is mine…

Flood Building

I love this photo. There is something about black and white that catches my eye, especially when it comes to architecture. The shades in this and the tone make it one of my top ten favorite photos.

THE DEADLINE IS SUNDAY NOVEMBER 16TH! Just email me your photos and I will upload them (even anonymously if you would like) and post a link to your blog. I will ask for your permission before I post it on The Daily Focal Point.

So how ’bout it? Who’s up for the challenge!?

November 12, 2008

In a Daydream

Filed under: Week Five — cabenelson @ 10:30 pm

Weeds 1

Weeds 2

weeds 3

I really don’t know what to say about these, other than how I was just struck at how the hay glowed like a light bulb when the sun hit them from behind. It seemed to light up the whole field! I love taking photos at dusk. I tend to like a darker shade to pictures, it seems to make them more moody and rich. I will rarely take my camera and shoot outdoors between 11:00 and 2:00 PM as the sun typically is straight down and offers no shadows or dynamics. You want some tone to your photos!

I tried to separate these three photos into three separate posts but they just go well together!
(also, I’m having some trouble with the display on my new laptop, if the colors seem too saturated PLEASE let me know!)

November 11, 2008

I can smell the ocean…

Filed under: Uncategorized, Week Five — cabenelson @ 11:23 pm


I’ve had this photo in queue for a couple of months now and I couldn’t ever find a way to make it pop. Tonight Kim and I were ready to leave to meet some of my family for dinner and I just started tinkering with it in Photoshop.

The original is extremely flat and uninspiring. The trick was trying to get the clouds to stand out more without it looking like I’ve totally dodge/burned the crap out of them. Right now it looks like I’ve only SOMEWHAT burned the crap out of it! Using some of the manual dodge/burn tools in Photoshop forces you to see the picture as nothing but pixels that you need to enhance or tone down based on the certain feel you’re trying to create. Messing with the manual side of Photoshop in many ways is as delicate as painting. Sometimes, you have it, sometimes you don’t. With this one it came all together within 5 minutes before my wife was trying to get me out of the house.

As I was editing this photo I was listening to Travis – Side. (click on the play button on the upper right hand side) The song is beautifully optimistic and meshes well with this photo. Enjoy!

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