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Thursday, December 11, 2008

My kingdom for a tripod?

Low light steals photos, or does it? Sometimes one sees a photo that begs to be taken but the problem is, the shot will require a tripod. Such was the case last week. It was dusk and the hills had several slash piles burning. The fires shown brightly and the smoke columns rising from them could be... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Preserving the memories

Family portraits, such a pain in the ass. At my son’s wedding, the photographer caught the family together. It wasn’t really posed and that is what I like about it. I can’t pose. My face freezes and I look like some geezer in an old black and white photo, tintype maybe. So here we are, my oldest... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Shooting the moon

Just how bright is the moon? Here’s a hint and an example. I put my camera on a tripod, aimed it at the moon, full zoom (300mm) and let the auto exposure have its way. The result you see here was shot at 1/8 of a second, F 5.6 with the ISO all the way up to 1600. As you can see, we are way... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

If Dali had a digital camera

I first tried this many years ago, but forgot about it until I read about it in a photography magazine. I’m going to let you look at it and think about how you would go about getting this effect. Why you would want to do this is another story altogether. For me, it’s because I can’t paint this even... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Slide head first

I used to take mostly slides. You remember falling asleep during slide shows of your uncle’s trip to the world’s biggest ball of string, don’t you? Yeah, I was one of those people who always stayed awake because one of my uncles was a professional photographer and I studied his shots carefully.... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, November 21, 2008

That magic time of day

There is a time of day when the sun is at just the right angle to make a photo stand out. It is just after sunrise or just before sunset, when the sun is an a low angle to the earth. That is the time of day that brings out colors and shadows that otherwise go unnoticed. Normally, this field was... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Use a photo to explain something

Right away you have an idea of what this is. Some kind of expensive toy. When I tell people that we race radio control cars, their eyes sort of glaze over as if to say, “ok, you play with toys.” Well, yes and no. Sure, they are scale models, as you can tell by the coffee cup on the table. But they... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

You’ll never see all the sunsets.

It happens everyday. Over time we get jaded to the colors of the sunset, but to some photographers they never get old. The various colors challenge one to try to capture them and our valley is a great canvas to backdrop the setting sun. Last night it was deep red, like something out of The Lord Of... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, November 14, 2008

And the road rolls on forever.

Is the road the story or just a means? Some shots are majestic and we take a lot of pains to avoid any sign of civilization with our framing and composition. Other shots cry out to us as a road cuts right through the middle of the shot begging our footfall or a leisurely cruise with all the windows... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Here comes the sun

Don’t look into the sun can save your eyes but is not necessarily bad for your photos. A few weeks ago we went on a photo safari and as day turned to afternoon, we were along the Columbia River where it enters the U.S. from Canada. Looking southeast, into the sun, the leaves were all backlit and the... Sign in to see full entry.

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