Saturday, January 31, 2015

Go Hawks!!

Rooting for my team, Go Seahawks!!!!


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Shooting the Bay Bridge

Bay Bridge, 5D Mk III, EF 24-70 f/2.8 L II, f/11

Bay Bridge, 5D Mk III, EF 24-70 f/2.8 L II, f/11

Bay Bridge, 5D Mk III, EF 24-70 f/2.8 L II, f/11

Its fun to get up close and wide on Treasure Island, getting to the location is not an easy feat, but worth the effort. Next I'd like to try super wide from the beach. Maybe with the new canon (rumored) 5Ds R and 11-24 f/4. I'm ready for higher resolution.
I can print these at 24 x 36 on metal prints, it would be nice to go to the next level, a 50 mp camera would do that.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

iPhone 6, or the camera you have with you.

 Shanghai, iPhone 6

 Tumwater Canyon, iPhone 6

 Lake Wenatchee, iPhone 6

 747-400 to Shanghai, iPhone 6

I am pretty amazed at the improvements made in iPhone 6, image stabilization, sharpness, micro-contrast, you name it, its improved. It is now to the point I no longer have a need for a pocket camera, it has replaced my PDA, my calculator, my pocket cam, whats next?

The biggest improvement is the algorithms used in the local tone mapping, allowing for much better exposures across all image types.

If all you have is a phone camera, most modern ones will take decent pictures, if your an IOS fan, well, you can't get any better at the moment. Keeping it to 8mp was a smart move, the bigger the pixels the better the image quality that can be achieved.

Zoom is really all we are missing, but the FOV in the iPhone 6 is very good for most purposes, a break through in lens technology is needed next, so we can get some type of zoom in a phone without increasing the size.

Its now the camera I have with me all the time, I've been waiting a while for that.


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Looking for reflections

Panther Beach, 5D Mk III, EF 24-70 f/2.8 L II

Instead of doing the same old beach shot, look for tide pools and get down low and see if you get a decent reflection. Panther Beach is always a great place to shoot, just north of Santa Cruz, on this return trip I noticed a huge tide pool behind the beach and came away with some interesting images.


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Color or Black and White

Choosing when to convert to black and white is not always easy, fortunately its as just a few clicks away in Lightroom. The above shots I took with black and white in mind, images with snow and rock always make for good conversions due to the high contrast.

Selecting the B & W tab will give you a quick preview of what your image will look like and then its a matter of processing how you like, the color slider increase or decrease the luminance of their corresponding color in the color image. Try making a virtual copy of the image and then use the compare tool to see which you like better.


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Blue/Red Woman

Marco Cochrane's sculpture "Bliss Dance" was moved from the Black Rock desert where it was erected for Burning Man in 2010 to Treasure Island in the middle of San Francisco Bay. Bliss Dance brings a lot of tourists to Treasure Island to view it and the views of the city.

A really well choreographed light show goes on every night, arrays of LED lights surrounding the sculpture and from within, light it up with a multitude of colors and reflections from its mesh surface.

Black Rock Arts


Monday, December 8, 2014

Lee Big/Little stopper Filter

5D Mk III, EF24-70 f/2.8, Lee Big Stopper. F/5.6 at 5 sec.

5D Mk III, EF24-70 f/2.8 L, Lee 0.9 GND. F/13 at 0.4 sec.

5D Mk III, EF24-70 f/2.8, Lee Big Stopper. F/11 at 21 sec.

Neutral density and polarizing filters are about the only filters really needed any more for landscape photography, there are a few exceptions, but currently these filters dont really have an option that can be done in camera or in post.

ND filters allow you to control the amount of light hitting your sensor, along with aperture control, you can allow the right amount of light to do exactly what you want in most lighting conditions.

This allows us to shoot in bright light and get the feeling of motion in our images, there are many uses for this; smoothing of water, motion of a running animal or person, motion in vehicle traffic, abstract images and more. I arrive at a shoot long before the golden hour, its nice to be able to start my process before the light dims enough for normal shooting and allows for far more abstract images than with out an ND filter.

Frequently I cant shoot slow enough when at an ocean front shoot, with ND filters I can shoot at 30 seconds on a bright day, allowing me to get in more shooting time as the evening progresses, I can maintain long shutter speeds or change to a different filter to speed up my shutter. Varying the aperture and the filter density allows me to select the exact speed for the effect I'm looking for.

These are the ND filters I use regularly.

Lee Big Stopper

Lee Litttle Stopper 

Lee 0.9 GND Filter

Lee 0.6 GND Filter

Lee foundation kit

Shutter speeds with Big Stopper


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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Long Exposure in bright light

5D Mk III, EF 24-70 f/2.8 L II, 35mm, 8 sec at f/16, Lee Big Stopper

Shot mid day with the Lee Big Stopper, 10 stop neutral density filter. I was hoping for faster moving clouds to achieve the look I wanted, but this was a decent start. I will try some more in San Francisco in the next few weeks.

Its pretty cool to be able to shoot so slow on such a bright afternoon, it opens new doors and gives one a chance to try some new technique's.

The Big Stopper requires the Foundation kit to use.


Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Golden Gate

The Golden Gate Bridge from Horseshoe Bay
5D Mk III, EF 24-70 f/2.8 L II, Lee Big Stopper - f/11, 30 sec, 38mm.
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The Golden Gate Bridge from Baker Beach
5D Mk III, EF 24-70 f/2.8 L II - f/11, 6 sec, 70mm.
Larger Image

Shooting the San Francisco Icon. After living in the area for nearly six months now, I decided it was finally time to capture some images of the Golden Gate Bridge. My research showed the 4 best angles to shoot the bridge from, without using a boat or helicopter that is.  Baker beach, Marin headlands or Battery Spencer, Fort Point and Horseshoe Bay.

Now I need to finish all four locations and decide what I personally like the best, the crowds of tourists have kept me away from the Marin side, that seems to be where most people flock to. Baker beach and the Presidio are so far my choice due to light and foreground interest. Kirby Cove from the Marin side looks worth a hike down to the beach also.

I will also try walking out on to the bridge at dusk and shooting up the towers with a telephoto lens, I have not seen much done that way. Also a tower shot with the city in the background would be nice to compliment my Bay Bridge Shot, incidentally I like shooting the Bay Bridge better.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

EF 11-24mm f4L USM

A recently leaked on line image shows my dream lens, the EF 11-24mm f4L USM, yes thats f/4 constant aperture, why? size mostly, but with a super wide its main purpose in life is wide angle landscape and architecture so f/2.8 is not really needed and by keeping it at f/4 it can have an even wider field, hence the 11mm, while keeping size and weight down.

 I absolutely love the Nikon 14-24, but this one will be way better for my purpose's. I hope this is true, I will run right out and get it. Will be tough to swallow the rumored price of $2800, but it will pay itself off quickly.


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