Sunrise over Diamond Head, taken from Waikiki, Honolulu, HI Dec 2013.
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.
Adorama came through with an excellent offer on my old equipment and so now I’m the very happy owner of a Canon EOS 5D Mark II and an L series 24-105mm F4 ISM lens. I haven’t had a chance to do too much shooting with it and now I’m going to be out of town this weekend and most of next week. I’ll take it along, but I don’t see much chance to use it…I’ll do my best though.
I doubt there’s much point in reviewing a camera that’s 4 years old already but I’ll give you my initial thoughts: “Wow”. “Damnit I wish I’d bought one 4 years ago!” Stuff like that.
Here’s one of the shots I’ve made with it so far, taken at Houghton’s Pond, part of the Blue Hills Reservation in Milton, MA.
I converted the image to B&W because there just isn’t much color in this neck of the woods at this time of year…
And if you are local to the area (Boston, MA) and are a regular visitor to the Blue Hills, check out this group: Friends of the Blue Hills They spend a fair amount of time and energy making the Blue Hills the great place that it is.
I like sunset pictures. Who doesn’t really? I’m not 100% sure how I feel about this one. It was kind of a grab shot; I was packing my gear away in my car and turned around and noticed the sun through the trees and thought it should make a good photo. It sort of looks like the sky and trees are on fire. I only had a few minutes to work before the sun disappeared and so shot handheld rather than on a tripod.
Like I said, I’m not sure if I love this shot or not. The color seems overwhelming, but that is how it looked pretty much. Let me know what you think.
There is a large state park near my house and I decided to walk a different part of it for a change. This location isn’t too far off of a major roadway, but looks attractive when driving by. I walked down an access road which promised a good view of a marshy area. Unfortunately the promise was a lie. There’s nothing at the end of the road and no access to the marsh. This was the best shot I was able to make on my short hike.
I was hoping to find an awesome new spot but this didn’t quite measure up. Stilll, you don’t know if you don’t try. I think it might be a better spot come Summer time so I’ll try again.