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
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.
Copyright @ 2012 by Adrian M. Benson Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 3 shot bracket combined in Photomatix Essentials
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.
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.
Copyright @ 2012 by Adrian M. Benson Canon EOS Rebel T2i, 18-55mm EF-S IS lens. f16@1/50 iso 200. Post in ACR and Photoshop Elements 10.
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.