Waiting for the right light

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.

iPhone 5 photo of my tripod mounted Canon 5D Mark II waiting on the right light

iPhone 5 photo of my tripod mounted Canon 5D Mark II waiting on the right light

It’s Here!

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.

Copyright @ 2012 Adrian M. Benson Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 24-105mm f4 L lens Black & White conversion in Lightroom 3.6

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.

Sunset

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.

Copyright @ 2012 by Adrian M Benson Canon EOS Rebel T2i 18-55mm EF-S IS lens, f8 @ 1/60 sec, ISO 200, post in Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop Elements 10

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.

Graffiti

Near my house just outside Boston, there is a very nice state park, Blue Hills Reservation. It has miles of hiking trails, many scenic views, lakes for fishing and swimming, picnic areas, and so forth.  It also has graffiti everywhere.  I don’t think the park service even bothers to try cleaning it up anymore and you can hardly blame them I guess.  It might be a worthwhile project for me to hike all the trails and document the ruination of the park.  That would give me something to do for a few years.  This shot is from inside the picnic pavillion near the Chickatawbut Overlook.

Copyright @ 2012 by Adrian M. Benson Canon EOS Rebel T2i, f4 @ 1/30 sec ISO 400 Post processing done in Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Adobe Camera Raw.