Wednesday, June 30, 2010

365/181 Objects That Tell Something About You/4

Maybe I should have just combined all these in a "food" photo of sorts. Well anyway, I also love ice cream. More specifically, and yes I know, boring, Vanilla Bean.

Lens and Camera Settings:
50mm ƒ/2.0 @ ƒ/8.0, 1/250sec and ISO 200. Flash OCF @ 1/2 power, shot through umbrella camera right.
Ice Cream

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

365/180 Objects That Tell Something About You/3

I also love coffee. It practically defines who and what I am.

Lens and camera settings:
50mm ƒ/2.0 @ ƒ/4.0, 1/250sec and ISO 100. Flash OCF @ 1/4th power through umbrella camera right.


Monday, June 28, 2010

365/179 Objects That Tell Something About You/2

I love my nightly popcorn, it's what I do.


Sunday, June 27, 2010

365/178 Objects That Tell Something About You/1

I think I like this theme! What can I say, any excuse to write about myself, right? Anyway, I'm sure this is a big surprise to everyone:

Lens and camera settings:
14-54mm ƒ/2.8-3.5 II @ 54mm, ƒ/3.5, 1/250sec and ISO 400. OCF camera top right @ 1/4th power.
Macro Lens 2
Macro Lens

Saturday, June 26, 2010

365/177 Food/7

Sick day 3. Worse than the previous two. Now it's just getting sad...


Friday, June 25, 2010

365/176 Food/6

Sick day 2. Still uninspired, well not that so much, but I just don't have the energy to set up for a great photo. A "technically correct" one will have to do.


Thursday, June 24, 2010

365/175 Food/5

More OCF play, this time shot through the umbrella. Very nice diffuse light!

Lens and camera settings:
50mm ƒ/2.0 @ ƒ/2.8, 1/250sec and ISO 100.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

365/174 Food/4

Oh yes, I just received my cactus triggers, 4th version, for those who care, and yeah they work. 40 exposures, not a single missed shot yet. These must be much more reliable than it's bast brethren, because I don't see much of the issues the older versions have. That said, I did just receive them and I haven't put them to the test in real life situations.

The light from OCF is in one word: awesome. Expect many many more photos with this setup.

Lens and camera settings:
50mm ƒ/2.0 @ ƒ/2.0, 1/320sec (my new max sync) and IS0 100. Flash @ 1/16th power.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

365/173 Food/3

Much better today. So grapes were my victim today!

Lens and camera settings:
50mm ƒ/2.0 @ ƒ/2.8, 1/80sec and ISO 800.

50mm ƒ/2.0 @ ƒ4.0, 1/60sec and ISO 800.
Grapes from Side

Monday, June 21, 2010

365/172 Food/2

Yeah, I really did just step it down a notch or two, but I do say I just got through a really bad day, so I'm really just trying to make sure I stick with the project.

Lens and camera settings:
50mm ƒ/2.0 @ ƒ/2.0, 1/100sec and ISO 1600.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

365/171 Food/1

I haven't decided whether or not I like the theme I chose. It's looking good so far though!

Lens and camera settings:
14-54mm ƒ/2.8-3.5 II @ ƒ/3.1, 1/125sec and ISO 400.
Burger and Fries

Saturday, June 19, 2010

365/170 Bugs/7

Much better, so to make up for yesterday, I'm posting a bunch! Settings were variable, but needless to say, i shot at a smaller aperture, between ƒ5.6 and ƒ/8, high shutter speed and a high ISO.

Beetle Pose 1
Beetle Pose 2
Beetle Pose 3
Beetle Pose 4

Friday, June 18, 2010

365/169 Bugs/6

Not as good today, but what can I say, I did this on 3 hours of sleep and a rough day.

Lens and camera settings:
50mm ƒ/2.0 @ ƒ/4.0, 1/250sec and ISO 800.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

365/168 Bugs/5

Bees are really hard to photograph when you're afraid to be stung, so today you'll get a heavily cropped semi-macro. If it's nice out tomorrow, I'll try again, hopefully getting a little closer this time. It's not horrible, but I'd have loved to have captured more detail. Oh yeah, I shouldn't have to mention that when photographing these creatures, high shutter speed is crucial. To capture them mid flight though, you'll need flash to freeze the wings.

Lens and camera settings:
50mm ƒ/2.0 @ ƒ/4.0, 1/640sec and ISO 400.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

365/167 Bugs/4

I was going to use the story I wrote on ILP, but it's nearly bed time, so I'll share that later.

Ant One of Two
And One of Two and Two of Two
Ant One of Two and Two of Two Disagreeing

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

365/166 Bugs/3

Ants are cannibals, well, they eat other ants. These small ants were eating a much larger specimen of their species, chopping it up into smaller pieces and taking it down into their nest. If you weren't itching before, you will definitely start now.

Lens and camera settings:
50mm ƒ/2.0 @ ƒ/4.0, 1/125sec and ISO 1250.
A Billion Ants

Monday, June 14, 2010

365/165 Bugs/2

This is just too much fun. I'm also amazed how much information I can still extract from the Raw files, because these are pretty small crops of the original picture. I think this is where the sharpness of the lens really helps! And I can't imagine how difficult this has to be on Full Frame cameras where the DOF is so minuscule at wider apertures that you can't even get a leg of the flies in focus, so the only way to counter that is lowering shutter speed and increasing ISO and aperture. I like my shutter speed high for these though, just because even camera shake will throw off focus, not to mention these critters are fast!

Lens and camera settings:
50mm ƒ/2.0 @ ƒ/4.0, 1/200sec and ISO 800.
House Fly

House Fly 2

Unknown Fly

Sunday, June 13, 2010

365/164 Bugs/1

I love this theme already! It's macro on steroids, especially as small as I'm going! I think I want to save for a longer macro lens to photograph these small creatures better.

Lens and camera settings:
50mm ƒ/2.0 @ ƒ/2.8, 1/400sec and ISO 800.


Saturday, June 12, 2010

365/163 Light/7

Last light photo! This one has very nice light, but I do admit I underexposed this quite a bit. Somehow I was spared the horrible noise, but it didn't bring life back to the darker parts of Kiddo's skin..

50mm ƒ/2.0 @ ƒ/2.0, 1/125sec and ISO 1250.
Angry A

Friday, June 11, 2010

365/162 Light/6

I'm adding my second shot from yesterday onto today's. No technical details on these, because I think they would just spoil the beauty.


Dreamy Leaf

Thursday, June 10, 2010

365/161 Light/5

Two shots today. One of Kiddo, of course, and the other one I found by accident. Nothing extra technical was done here, except the kid is a B&W conversion and the other shot shows my weakness: macro.

Lens and camera settings:
50mm ƒ/2.0, 1/160sec and ISO 800.
A hiding

50mm ƒ/4.0, 1/250sec and ISO 800.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

365/160 Light/4

A little rushed today, I have a long day at work, and the times don't quite work for nice light. For what it's worth, she smiled for this photo, so I'll take it!

Lens and camera settings:
50mm ƒ/2.0 @ ƒ/2.0, 1/125sec and ISO 800.
A in BW again

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

365/159 Light/3

Much better than yesterday, and it happened totally by accident. I looked up in the direction of a window and I saw this wonderful light that was just screaming "photograph me!" and of course I had my camera within reach so it was just a shutter click away.

Lens and camera settings:
50mm ƒ/2.0 @ ƒ/2.0, 1/125sec and ISO 800.

I have also decided that my 50mm is my favorite portrait lens. The sharpness edge to egde combined with the beautiful bokeh at ƒ2.0 is just irresistible.

Monday, June 7, 2010

365/158 Light/2

A little uninspired, but I think my daytime job has a lot to do with that. I find it extremely hard to focus on portraits when I'm tired and just back home from a 10 hour day rushing to get that last little bit of light in. This is what I have instead:

Lens and camera settings:
50mm ƒ/2.0 @ ƒ/2.0, 1/160sec and ISO 400.
Water Bottle

Sunday, June 6, 2010

365/157 Light/1

I love this theme already! Light is the reason we have shadows, and shadows determine dimensionality of the subject in a photo, so it's one of the most important (if not the most important) element in a photo. The following was taken in a poorly lit bathroom, but it worked out just fine, due to Kiddo looking in the right direction at just the right moment. Her arm created a very subtle reflection and shadow which created a really nice band of attention-grabbing light. Judge for yourself!

Lens and camera settings:
50mm ƒ/2.0 @ ƒ/2.0, 1/125sec and ISO 1600.
Alexis in tub

Saturday, June 5, 2010

365/156 Negative Space/7

Today a little less creative today, getting ready for the next theme: Light.

Lens and camera settings:
50mm ƒ2.0 @ ƒ/2.0, 1/50sec and ISO 800.

Friday, June 4, 2010

365/155 Negative Space/6

Nothing special today, it was simply too late to "snap" one of Kiddo, so the closest flower is  next on the list. This was al that was in the yard, so it's what you'll be looking at for the next few seconds.

Lens and camera settings:
50mm ƒ/2.0 @ ƒ/2.0, 1/200sec and ISO 400.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

365/154 Negative Space/5

One more shot of Kiddo for the road, yes, a head shot, yes B&W, again... I just love the light, and it's definitely negative space so here it is:

Lens and camera settings:
50mm ƒ/2.0 @ ƒ/2.0, 1/125sec and ISO 800.

365/153 Negative Space/4

We went to the beach at Lake George today (a beautiful lake in New York), and I tried all day to get a nice shot of the kiddo, until I stopped trying and accidentally ran into this:

Lens and camera settings:
14-54mm ƒ/2.8-3.5 II @ 54mm, ƒ/4.0, 1/320sec and ISO 100.
Enjoying a day at the beach at Lake George!

14-54mm ƒ/2.8-3.5 II @ 54mm, ƒ4.0, 1/1600sec and ISO 100.
Focusing on building a sand castle

And a bonus shot, of the kid about to do something bad:
14-54mm ƒ/2.8-3.5 II @ 54mm, ƒ4.0, 1/1600sec and ISO 100.
"You're going to get it! Well I warned you!"

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

365/152 Negative Space/3

Not such a good day today, and while my photo is technically correct, meaning, Rule of Thirds followed, theme elements included and exposure perfect, there's no "soul" to it, no emotion. My wife on the other hand hand nothing but her Samsung Rogue at her disposal, and she took something much more interesting!


Lens and camera settings:
-not important enough to report-
Baby Negative Space

Alexis w Cards

Just sayin'