It may be a meager beginning, but I am starting to shoot again after an especially long period of dormancy.
This shot, from seventh avenue and 37th street looking North at midnight, shows how heavily we’re in the digital photographic era. 100% of visitors had smart-phone cameras or point-and-shoot digital cameras. You can just make out the fireworks. I couldn’t see the ball falling from here, but going with the monopod and using it like a cane seemed to get me past most police, but I never could get to the epi-center. Arriving at 9 [more]
I forgot to bring my long cable release, so these were all shot with the self-timer. I actually found a setting on the T1i that I had never seen before – the “C” or count setting where you could actually tell the self-timer how many shots to take and I used that a lot because I was really at the limit of what I could hold steadily with the monopod resting on my belt or [more]
I was on my way back from doing a video interview with dad and his sister, along with my cousin Bob who had brought a digital video recorder and a digital audio recorder. It went on for about three hours. Of course I screwed up the audio, but not flipping the audio switch on the camera to “on.” But it will be okay since Bob’s audio recorder got everything and he has someone to sync [more]
With the Alps in the background. We stayed at a camp for one night, slept in the car; and I was up early as morning fog came down to the lake. But I think I’ve posted the bulk of what is decent from my French trips. I still have a stack of 35mm French stuff to look through more carefully, but it’s going to have to sit for a while. I’d actually like to get [more]
The best thing (for me) that came out of the hdr experiments, was the tonemapping tool in Photomatix. I have created a monochrome preset that seems to work very well for converting raw images to b&w. The shot above is an old one – done with the Rebel something or other in 2004. If I were making corrections in Lightroom, there would be a bunch of gradients, and other techniques for dodge / burning areas. [more]