Saturday, January 31, 2015

Go Hawks!!

Image: the Space Needle lights up to honer the NFC champion Seahawks

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5D Mk III, EF 70-200 f/4 L IS, 144mm, f4.5, ISO 400, 1/1.7

ISO 400 to speed up the shutter and stop the flag, f/4.5 to keep the ISO as low as possible. A decent compromise under really crappy conditions.

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.