Sunrise over Diamond Head, taken from Waikiki, Honolulu, HI Dec 2013.
For the first time in a long time we’ve had snow on Christmas, just enough to make it white, not enough to cause a problem, perfect! It started around 2am (I was up of course so I saw it and went to bed quite content). I didn’t want to go too far from the house, but I did want to show some snow, so I went to my back porch.
The warm, sunlight glow is created by a Lumopro LP-120 strobe, off camera left at 1/32 power, 24mm zoom with a full CTO (color temperature orange) gel on it.
No shooting today…had big plans but it’s been raining here all day plus I had a ton of things to get done around the house (only managed to complete about half a ton though) so nothing new.
iPhone photography has been the rage for a while. I never really got the appeal as I had an iPhone 3Gs for a long time and the camera left a lot to be desired. Just a few days ago I upgraded to the iPhone 5 after a brief, 4 month affair with an Android device (don’t ask, I won’t tell). The camera on this little bugger is pretty damn good, I now understand why iPhone photography is popular and why manufacturers of point and shoot cameras might be a little nervous. Below is just a quick ‘behind the scenes’ shot of my setup for the sunrise picture I posted yesterday. Nothing spectacular, but considering the lighting and lack of support, I think the iPhone did a fine job of capturing the scene. I can see myself doing a lot more of this since my phone is always with me.
Took a quick trip over to Houghton’s Pond this afternoon hoping to get some good sunset shots that I could enter into a photo contest. I don’t know that I got any contest winners but did get some nice shots. This image is actually 3 shots one at metered value and +1 -1, combined in Photomatix Essentials HDR software. As far as HDR goes, this is my very first ever foray into it, and maybe I should have waited for a better example to post. But I did like the end result of this 3 shot combo, even though I probably could have gotten the same (maybe even better) image by post processing in Lightroom and or Elements. I definitely need some more practice before I can put HDR to proper use.
Well, not quite a wonderland, but we are getting some snow here today. It makes me happy, as long as it doesn’t get too out of control…I don’t want to see four feet of it. Took this from my back porch. No more raspberries from this bush for a bit.