Monday, January 23, 2012
There's a reason I'm a photographer and not a model. I would MUCH rather be behind the camera than in front of it. I just don't care to have my picture taken for some reason. I got this idea while driving home from work and I'm happy with the way it turned out. For me it's about as creative as I get when it comes to taking photos of myself. I sure home next week we have something that will be more appealing to me. We will find out later in the week when the folks from Lens Pro To Go update the theme list on Flickr.
Friday, January 20, 2012
So far we like the Kindle quite a bit. I've actually used it more than she has. Some how she seems to have taken possession of the iPad and I'm using the Kindle. Oh well so be it. The Kindle is obviously smaller than the iPad and I've been taking it with me to work. When I eat lunch I'll open the Kindle and read while I eat.
So far I've only read the book "Bridges of Madison County" on it. I decided I wanted to read the book after watching the movie for the 2nd time recently. I'm glad I finished reading it on a day when most of my co-workers where out of the office because by the time I finished it I'm sure my eyes were bloodshot from the tears. What a wonderful love story.
I'm currently working my way through Laurie Excell's "Wildlife Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots". I've only read the first few chapters and so far most of it has been a review of stuff I've read elsewhere. Once I finish it completely I'll update this post with a more in-depth review.
Queued up after the wildlife book is Laurie Excell's "Composition: From Snapshots to Great Shots". I'll write up a review on it after I've read it.
I've gotta say I'm a big fan of eBooks that I've spent some time reading them. It's really nice being able to carry around several books and being able to pick and choose which one I want to read depending on my mood at the time.
So how about you? Do you have an eBook reader? If so which one? If not are you considering one?
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Thursday, January 19, 2012
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Technically I should just delete this photo because it's out of focus and all but when I saw it I immediately thought about the James Brown Song Get On the Good Foot. Listen to this song James Brown - Get on the Good Foot and if it doesn't put a smile on your face then something is wrong with you :).
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
It took me a long time to figure out what I wanted to photograph as my favorite thing. I initially came up with a few different ideas:
- My camera - but that seemed all too obvious.
- My cat Tiger - but he's not a thing to me. He's the child Donna and I never had together. At least that's how we treat him.
- The TV Remote - but that shows I spend more time watching TV than I should.
- My wedding ring - it's not really the ring that's my favorite thing it's what it symbolizes, my marriage to Donna that is a favorite thing.
- Wildlife - the bird feeders in our back yard. We love spending time out back with the birds. Our backyard has become the bird sanctuary of the neighborhood. Yesterday afternoon I counted a dozen Chipping Sparrows sitting on the fence just waiting for Tiger to go inside so they could feed on the feeders.
- Alligators - love to shoot them but they are dormant this time of year so trying to find one to shoot for the assignment would be difficult.
Finally it came to me - sunrises. I think watching the movie Bridges of Madison County helped because Clint Eastwood's character talked about wanting to shoot one of the bridges at sunrise. My next problem to overcome was when to shoot one. The submissions run from Monday of the week through Sunday and my normal work schedule has me getting to work before the sun actually raises. Fortunately yesterday being a federal holiday I was off and was able to shoot the sunrise.
I try to learn something on each planned photo shoot and I learned several things on this one.
- When it's 29 degrees outside you'd better bundle up! Fortunately I was prepared. I had on a heavy coat, watch cap, and gloves.
- Using a remote shutter release is more handy than I originally thought. I shot all of the photos using mirror lockup and so being able to tap the shutter button on the remote was easier than reaching around to the front of the camera each time.
- Fully charged batteries are a must. The combination of the cold and using live view extensively really drained the batteries. I'm glad I had the battery grip installed so I had the power of two batteries working for me.
- Live View rocks! I have been somewhat disappointed with it in the past because it's really hard to see the screen on a bright sunny day (Guess I need one of those hoodman Loupes). but in the dark live view is great. I was able to instantly see changes in exposure by adjusting the shutter speed and it made composing the shots very easy. I'm now a big fan of live view in low light situations.
- I need a graduated neutral density filter. Pretty much as soon as the sun broke the horizon I quit shooting because it was blowing out the highlights.
- I only have 3 or 4 apps on the iPhone that will show a bubble level or give you some indication that your camera is level. Did I use any of them. No! But I will next time.
- Experimentation really is fun. While shooting yesterday I tried several different things such as putting the horizon in line with the top line of the Rule of Thirds grid. Then I'd move the camera to have the bottom line on the Rule of Thirds grid line up with the horizon. Afterwards it was neat to see the difference it made to the overall scene.
- Manual mode is my new best friend. Ever since Donna and I went on the citifari photo walk in New York my camera have been kept on manual mode. I'm finding that using manual mode slows me down and makes me think more about each shot I'm going to take and my photography is improving because of it. At least I think it is :).
Oh BTW, not that anyone is counting but this is my 100th blog post!
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Some of you may be wondering why I'd buy a a T2i when Donna and I already have one. I do so for a few reasons:
- It's lighter than my 7D and that's important to me when Donna and I do our waterfall hikes.
- It gives me a chance to learn more about the T2i so I can better explain things to her when she has a question about the camera
- The battery grip was included
- I got a great deal on it
- It uses SDHC cards and that makes it much easier to import photos into our iPad than it does importing from a CF card
We love our Canon Pro Straps and if you've ever gotten frustrated using the standard strap I'd highly recommend you give the pro strap a try.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
I normally come into the house through the garage but today I happened to see our cat, Tiger, waiting at the front door so I grabbed this quick picture using my iPhone before he walked away from the window.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
The items in the picture are:
- My letterman jacket from high shool. I was an in-shape jock back then. Now I'm a computer geek. 'nuff said.
- Canon lens cap. Represents the brand of camera I shoot with though I do own a Nikon P&S.
- AMOD GPS Tracker. Represents my thing for gadgets. I Geotag the vast majority of my images.
- Logitech Mouse. Represents the computer geek.
- iPhone 4. Represents my favorite phone. I resisted getting for for a long time but now that I have one I'll never own another phone other than a newer iPhone.
- Georgia Bulldog decal. Represents my state of birth - Georiga and my favorite football team.
- Airplane propeller. Represents my other hobby other than photograph - flying model airplanes.
- Military ribbons. Represents the years I spent serving my country in the United States Air Force.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Sunday, January 1, 2012
If your camera automatically sets the Copyright information and you include the year be sure to change it from 2011 to 2012. I really wish Canon would allow you to use @Year as a marker for the current year so that you don't have to remember to change it every January 1st.