Thursday, September 3, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Another benefit of the grip is that it contains a second shutter release. This enables you to turn the camera sideways to take a vertical picture while still holding the camera in a comfortable manner. Very handy. If you have a DSLR, I would highly recommend picking up one of these grips. 9 times out of 10, there's a grip for your specific camera, you just gotta look online for it. Not to mention, they just look badass...and I'm all about the badassness.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Gotta get up early tomorrow morning. Gonna try and pick up some sunrise shots near the ocean so I'll most likely be out the door by 4 tomorrow morning. Oh boy.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
We then made our way to the beach for a nice walk on the ocean. I wish I had taken my camera with me for this walk, because I encountered a funky worm-like creature in the sand. I had never seen anything like it before. Was quite strange indeed.
After the beach, we took a drive out to my grandmother's old house. I used to spend time there with her and my grandfather every summer when I was just a wee lad. It brought back some great memories of cheating in checkers against my grandmother, driving past the presidents place on the coast and shouting at the house from the car, going on whale watches with my grandfather, and just enjoying some quality time on the beach.
All in all, a great day. Didn't get too many keepers picture wise, but it was a much needed day of relaxation.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Time for a little HDR Monday. I've got so many other pictures to touch up and post before this one, but I thought this was too cool to wait. I took a stroll over to Dover High School on Sunday afternoon this past weekend. Was bored and figured I would kill some time by trying out some HDR shots of the campus and athletic fields. The sky was real moody for these shots. Rain was in the forecast, but wasn't due for a few hours so I took my chances. The photo at the top was my favorite. Pretty simple. Captured this up on the bleachers overlooking the football field. Looks really cool, but didn't take much to make this shot, surprisingly. The photo is three exposures merged into one. One metered correctly, and the other two are over and under exposed by two stops. Merged in Photomatix and colors punched up a bit in photoshop. The afternoon clouds made for some great HDR shots. This shot below of the baseball field is ok, but I like the first one better.
Well that's it for me today. Check back tomorrow and hopefully I'll start on my backlog of photos; starting with my trip to Kennebunck Port this past weekend.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
The picture on the top has the filter and the one below it does not. It's virtually impossible to tell this difference with the naked eye.
The other reason why I like to use the UV filter on all my lenses, is because it provides that extra layer of protection for the front lens element. I've heard so many horror stories of people dropping their lenses, only to have the front UV filter get damaged while the precious glass underneath remains unscathed. It's much cheaper to replace a 20 dollar UV filter than it is to replace a 1,000 dollar lens.
Don't be an idiot. Protect your glass.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Got the one year anniversary tomorrow with the lady. Very exciting! Check back Sunday night when I personally put an end to the UV filter debate.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I've decided to venture into portrait territory and decided to be my own first subject. I currently have no light stand and just one speedlight and nothing to modify the light with. Just a cold, hard, flash. I set my camera up on the tripod in my bedroom and took a few test shots to get the focus just right. I went back and forth a few times making small adjustments to get it close enough, but didnt fuss with it too too much. I think the focus looks decent. I set the flash to remote and just basically held it out at arms length and that was pretty much it. Converted to black and white in Photoshop. I probably tried ever facial expression imaginable but I liked these three the best. All were taken with the new 50mm 1.8 lens.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Boston 50mm Gallery
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
If you're in the unfortunate position of actually caring about what's going on with me, look me up. Here's the link to my twitter page.
In the mean time, I'd really like to start getting into more "portrait" type shooting or just shooting more people in general. I can start with a photo journalism type approach with my current 18-200 lens, but I'd really like to pick up a different lens for the majority of the people shots. Most likely a faster lens with at least an f/2.8 maximum aperture. I'm currently leaning towards a Nikon 50mm 1.4 or the Tamron 20-75mm 2.8 . I'lll probably end up getting both at some point, but once I pick up the lens, I'll want a stand for my flash and an umbrella. Both of those should be fairly cheap.
On a side note, I have a prospective buyer for camera at work. Might end up getting the 400 bucks I was asking for it and pick up that 50mm.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
I drove up to Rochester to meet the gentlemen who was selling the flash and I quickly understood why he was selling it at the price listed. His mother had been the previous owner and she had just passed away last month. He was trying to sell some of her things, but he obviously wasn't aware of the flash's true value. Fortunately, I was. I gave him that cash and pretty much hopped and my car and sped off. Victory!
I had planned on waiting until I built up a solid lens collection before I got into lighting, but this deal was too good to pass up. I'll post some test shots with it later today.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
The reason why I haven't been shooting as much is because I don't really have much to shoot. I'm getting annoyed by shooting the same old scenes so I need to switch some things up a bit. I also want to pick up some lighting gear so I can dip my feet in the portrait pool. At some point I'll need to start building a portfolio of sorts so I might enlist some people for help. You get a free portrait session and I get the experience and possible portfolio addition. Great deal no?
I've been considering upgrading my camera too to either a D90 or the new D400 which might be announced in a couple weeks. If you're interested I'd be willing to sell my D60 and its 18-55 kit lens for $450. This also includes a battery and a charger. I would also throw in a memory card, UV filter, and a polarizer at no additional cost. Leave a comment if your interested, otherwise, it will be making its appearance on Craig's List shortly. Here's a link to the camera at B&H so you can see the specs. Its only 3 months old and in great condition.
That's all for me today. Got some grocery shopping to do for the week ahead. Cheers.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
The past couple months have been absolute hell. I'm so glad that it's finally over and I'll have a pay check again. I really feel bad for anyone who has to go through what I went through. I wouldn't wish it upon anyone. It's very scary out there right now so do what you can to make sure you have enough cash to get yourself through a few months on your own without a job. It definitely helped me...along with the love and support of my family, friends and lady of course.
Hopefully we bottom out soon, because I honestly don't see us recovering from this recession for years. Maybe even a decade. Much like the "lost decade" Japan faced in the 90's. I wish I could say I had faith in my government right now, but I honestly don't think they're doing enough. I get the feeling that it's only enough to patch some of the holes, but not enough to fully rebuild the dike.
At least things are looking up for me again though. I think I'm going to do my patriotic duty and stimulate the economy by treating myself to a new tripod and wireless cable release. Get out there and spend spend spend if you got it! Something tells me not many people do though...
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
ISO 100, 18mm, f/20 at 1 second
On the job front, I received a call back from one of the places I interviewed with. They were just asking me to upload some references because I had forgotten to earlier in the process, but this makes me think my chances are pretty good. Why would they have me complete the application if they weren't impressed by the interview? Right? It would be really nice to know I had a steady pay check coming in again. I feel like as soon as I got back into photography, my financial rug was ripped out from underneath me. There are so many little additions I'd like to add to my collection, like nice tri-pod of my own, a wireless shutter release, a Nikon SB-900 flash with a stand and umbrella for some portrait work, a host of other lenses, and maybe a D300 or the new 400 when it finally gets announced.
I'd love to do my patriotic duty and pump some money into the economy, but I just don't have it right now...along with the rest of the country.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I took three pictures of the same scene, with each one exposing the detail in a different part of the landscape. First, I took a shot that brought the details out in the sky, then another to pick up the detail in the mid-tone areas, and finally a shot to grab the details in the shadows and trees. Using an application called Photomatix, I merged all three files together and defined the contrast strength for the three pictures. The software pretty much does the rest for me. Once I export the final image, I load it into Lightroom and then to Photoshop to fine tune some details.
I should have waited till dusk to grab this shot. I'm sure it would have lookwd a lot better, but I dont have a job right now so I honestly don't have much to do in my free time. Maybe I'll go out again tomorrow to try and get a better one.