Tough to get to the right spot tonight as the upper deck of Top of the Rock was packed at sunset. The little tripod was okay, but not perfect because the legs had a tendency to splay. Anyway – I was up there for several hours and have a few good hdr shots. Of course this also looks more spectacular in b&w. New York, in terms of the urban skyline, always looks more dramatic in black and white. I can shoot in color. I can get into some things in color. But as soon as I see it converted to b&w I just have to go with that as the pick of the litter.
I stood on 34th and took a lot of shots of people heading to and from the Comic Book festival on the west side… what is it called? AComicom? Something like that. But I didn’t see what must’ve been a guy behind this guy with a bat – and I can’t figure it out by looking at the picture unless the guy with the second bat is walking perfectly in stride with the painted face guy, or – is it possible that the second bat isn’t real and is sticking out of the knapsack…
The whole thing was sort of weird since I didn’t know anything about it, and a lot of the costumes look like halloween stuff.
Went down to B&H to look at the 60d, the 7D, the T2i and to pick up a tabletop tripod. Met up with Matt there, eventually. But first I made my way to the Canon counter just as the 60D was brought out for display for the first time. Wow. Exciting. And a pretty girl from Portugal wanted advice about which camera to get for movie making, so that was fun too. She kept asking, “Is this a good one? How about this one. Is that a good one?” Afterwards, I could picture her at the market asking the seller if some vegetable was ripe yet. It was sort of like that, and I wouldn’t have spent anytime (to be honest) answering questions from a man. Anyway, she wandered around, and we kept bumping into each other all morning, and eventually I said good-bye and good luck, and headed to the tabletop display.
Oh, before that – what about the 60D.
I was impressed with the 60D in terms of the auto-focus which seemed to be, well it was, much faster than my T1i, but I didn’t get a chance to compare it to the T2i. But the LCD swivel screen is pretty useful for people like me that don’t want to look you in the eye, and what else… yes the camera is bigger and heavier compared to the T1i… I don’t care about that. And I eventually walked away with Matt chirping in my ear to buy the 60D.
As you can see, HDR has given me my first ongoing entree into color shooting. Let’s see if it lasts for a while this time. I haven’t printed any yet, so that’s the next step. I’ve got my printer profiles ready – and hopefully tomorrow I’ll go for it.
I’ll have to write up the workflow at some point, because especially the night hdr shooting is tricky. This was with the 5D and the 20mm which why you’ve got the converging lines as pronounced as they are. Whether I should remove them (which I can) in Photoshop – that’s always been one of those points that I have mixed feelings about.
I generally don’t mind converging verticals – seems more photographic to me – so I’ll probably leave them as is. I notice that for commercial photography they’re usually straightened out.