Sunday, December 16, 2012

Oh Tannenbaum

GF1 + 20mm (f1.7) panasonic pancake lens + tripod and a wireless interval timer.  Aperture was set pretty tight (f9) hoping to keep most of the room in focus, and a fairly slow shutter speed 0.8 seconds along with a 400 iso, hoping things would still pan out when I turned the lights on.  Post processing was minimal, adjusting for white balance and then throwing some music on it.  It was fun and will be much quicker the second time.  (The blurriness is a bit of compression you tube applies.  The photos, all 2,000+ of them are actually pretty sharp).


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Giving It Your "All"

With some vacation time coming up I've dusted off my lenses and started planning projects.  In my search I came across this little inspirational short.

Sunday, August 5, 2012


Scene setting for Sunset with color tweaking and framing in Photoshop Elements

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Venus Transit

We had a camera attached to a telescope more or less tracking the sun. With EOS utility we could watch the transit via laptop while snapping photos with the keyboard.

These photos,however were taken by Ivy with a Panasonic Lumix pointed into the eyepiece of a spotting scope with solar filter attached.
Some adjustment for exposure, shadow&highlight as well as contrast was achieved with Photoshop E6 and Ivy went a little further, playing with the software for the final photo effect.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Along the Driveway

 We've sowed various wildflower seeds among the weeds that grow along our driveway and have the beginnings of a wildflower plot.
 These shots were taken yesterday in late evening sunlight and this morning a little after sunrise.
All were captured with Canon EOS with 500mm sigma mirror lens(note donut bokeh)f8 manual focus, tripod mounted. Tweaked in Lightroom3.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Virtual Contribution

Inspiration for the me 8-)  [Full Screen Increases Pleasure]

Monday, April 2, 2012

Fluff, Vapor Trail and Wisteria

Spring photos with sharpening and framing in Adobe.  Minimal tweeking.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Frame Capture Experiment

 After repairing a camcorder last week I did some test shooting to make sure it was functioning correctly. The camcorder has pretty good macro capability so I did some comparison shots of a few of the subjects I was shooting with a 10mp DSLR.

Not too bad in a pinch.

   The 2nd & 4th photos are frame captures from the camcorder.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Another Week - A little Rain....

Just used the macro setting on the camera (except for the the picuture of Diez) and tried to get the best angle.  Spring!  Even if I don't Spring Forward so well.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Spring is the Thing

Small World

Moss spore capsules.  



Saturday, March 3, 2012

Can You See Me Now?

Ran across this the other day. Wonder if it can make and receive calls? 41mp camera/phone.
 More info here:

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Catching the Light

 While delivering chilblings to school in the early morning light or picking them up in the late afternoon I often wonder what certain scenes might look like on an early Sunday morning with nearly no-one else up early this past week with temps only in the hi 30's and a beautiful clear sky, had my coffee and did a 1 hour photo-shoot with one good shot as my goal. All shots processed w/PSE-6.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Icelandic Horses

Icelandic horses are magical and I'm sure certain followers of this blog will agree. Here are some of the better images my girlfriend and I managed to capture. Shooting in snowy conditions confused the camera's light meter, but I think we still pulled a few good ones out.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Winter Birding

It was warm earlier this weekend, but the temps have begun to slowly drop again, so Kieara and I got up early (for a Sunday), and took a drive down to a local lake this morning to see if there were any birds taking advantage of the good fishing weather.  We had hoped to capture Steve's earlier good fortune of seeing bald eagles, and did see an immature baldy, but he was just to skittish to pose for pictures, so I snapped the rest of the morning's show.

Most of these are taken with a 200mm manual telephoto, wide open at f2.8.  I brought a tripod but there was enough light out to snap these handheld.  Can't wait to get out there when the sun is creeping up, and the light is going to be really good coming off the water.  I've included some of Kieara's shots as well (after the photo of the lens).  As you can see she was snapping away as well.  She uses a Canon EOS 20D SLR with an autofocus 28-90mm zoom.  Click the pic to see the rest: