Sunday, March 29, 2015

60mm Macro Lens on Peebles Island

Here are some shots from this afternoon's muddy stroll on Peebles Island with a Canon EOS 70D and the EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens. I was primarily looking for some leftover snow juxtaposed with some of the green which is just beginning to show itself.

Here are a couple of scenes that I managed to find.






But Macro lenses also focus to infinity and are good landscape and portrait lenses as they are generally quite sharp. Especially compared to zoom lenses.




The following photo is of the patch of ice you see in the middle right of the above shot. The pieces of ice were moving slowly and in the time it took to record the five bracketed shots which make up the final image they certainly did change positions. The HDR software, though, manages to adjust for this.




Thursday, March 12, 2015

Late Winter Scenics on Peebles Island

This Winter which includes some of the coldest months in recent decades has left it's mark on my photographic activities.  And while it has been a bit more seasonal lately - it actually hit the 50 degree mark earlier this week - there's still lots of ice and snow and frozen water lines.

I did take the opportunity to venture onto Peebles Island late this afternoon mostly for exercise but I also carried a lightweight tripod, and a camera with Canon's ultra wide STM lens. Here are three of the photos.

All are five file HDR processed images using HDRSoft's Photomatix Essentials software. Processing five files from a 20MP camera in this software takes about ten minutes for each photo. Maybe my 2010 MacBook Pro is getting a bit long in the tooth.

As usual, the caption information is for the normally exposed image. The other four merged images were one and two stops over and under exposed.

I like the third one with the footstep remnants. Evidently compacted snow melts slower.


EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM at 12mm, f/6.7, 1/500 sec., ISO 100


EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM at 10mm, f/6.7, 1/50 sec., ISO 100


EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM at 18mm, f/6.7, 1/125 sec., ISO 100

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

ION "Film 2 SD Plus" Film Scanner

While browsing BestBuy.com I ran across an almost half price deal on a film scanner. I've been keeping an eye out for something like this to scan some of the multitude of slides from my film days. It was actually in stock at my local BestBuy so it was ready for me to pick up less than an hour after I ordered it online.

The ION "Film 2 SD Plus" Film Scanner will scan color and B&W negative and positive (slide) 35mm film as well as 110 and 126 size negative strips. It saves the JPG images it creates on an SD card. While there is software for PCs and MACs it functions independently of a computer and I plan to simply plug the SD card into my laptop to transfer files.

The files the scanner produces are 4416 x 2944 and the few I've processed range from 5MP to 6MP depending on the scene. Here some I've reduced in size to 1200 x 800 with no other post processing added.

These shots were made with Fuji Provia 100 which is an E6 process slide film. The location is the Adirondack Balloon Festival in Glens Falls, New York in October of 1995.