Friday, October 30, 2009

This week I made a quick stop at Liberty State Park when I saw it was a nice evening shaping up.

I decided to test the long zoom range of my point-n-shoot camera.   It has a great 10x zoom from 27mm - 270mm.  So a quick shot with that range can make dramatic images at both ends of the zoom.  I set the camera on a tripod and shot one image then zoomed in all the way for the close up of the statue. 

The other is an image of the great walkway out in the water with the view of NYC in the background.  It's worth a trip to see lady liberty and all the views.

Have a happy Halloween!

Friday, October 23, 2009

This week I've been shooting a ton with our INSTAX cameras.  The excitement it generates is really amazing.  If you haven't seen it and aren't sure what I mean look it up and you'll see.  It's an instant film system - so the print pops out the top to share immediately.

This week I had a subject who was kind of camera shy at first but warmed up to the camera.
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Saturday, October 17, 2009

This week I was putting some miles on the Prius - about 700 throughout NY State.

The good news is that the fall colors are peeking and I shot a ton of images.  So many that I really can't pick just one - so here are a few if you don't mind (you can always opt out - just let me know).

The reason for the tombstone is - (which was in an amazing cemetery near the Great Sacandaga Lake) - that the cemetery still had the horse n buggy hitches out front and rock steps at carriage height for stepping in to visit.  Since my weekly is usually Friday - and it was the 16th - by chance I found this tombstone which had the date of 10-16-1895.

I thought the electrical equipment on the building looked like a sleepy old face.  And of course some leaves and berries.

Friday, October 09, 2009

I've been on a "long" exposure kick lately.  Certainly not very long - but the basic exploration for our cameras and what happens with different settings at night.

This week I shot at 30 seconds on a windy night and the effect is quite apparent as the clouds flew by for this neat effect. 

Friday, October 02, 2009

This week while in Boston I was excited to capture the skyline at night from Cambridge to Boston.  It's a scene I always loved since the 80's at college there. 

While shooting on a tripod I noticed my first shot was blurry at 15 seconds at f/5.6 and I couldn't figure out why since I knew the ground wasn't shaking and I focused at infinity.
Then I noticed I had left the image stabilizer on the lens in the "on" mode - so I switched it off and shot another image - this time at 30 seconds at f/9.  Sharp!

You can see the two images with a close-up for comparison.  Lesson of the day - when shooting on a tripod and trying to hold the camera steady - turn off the stabilizer function since it tries to compensate for any movements and its slight adjustment will affect the image when on a tripod.

The second shot is my favorite with the bike that rode by on the left with it's tail light and lit up guard rail from a turning car.