Thursday, January 15, 2015

2015 on Hold

Well, my good intentions to shoot and post more in 2015 will have to be put on hold for a bit. After a week with a cold, I have developed an eye infection that now, almost a week later, has me working with about half of one eye.

While I'm convinced it's viral, the doctor prescribed a very expensive antibiotic which hasn't made much difference to this point. Hopefully I'll be back up and running by the end of the weekend.

I have been rearranging bags a bit, just to keep in contact with my gear. Here's to better eyesight and warner weather. Made with my first DSLR and lens on December 14, 2008 with ice storm remnants (the ice not the scotch).

EOS 30D; EF 28-90mm f/4-5.6 at 47mm; f/9; 1/250 sec w/external flash; ISO 100

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Goodbye to 2014

2014 was a year of gear transition, as I've written before. When I decided to sell my EOS 5D Mark II back in February, it began a migration from full frame Canon L lenses to Sigma EX DC lenses designed for APS-C sensors.

My lenses for event coverage (sports, plays, concerts, conventions, etc.) now are the 10mm f/2.8 fisheye, 17-50mm f/2.8 and 50-150mm f/2.8 lenses from Sigma paired with EOS 7D bodies. I did miss, however, the ability to correct lens aberrations in Canon's DPP software, my image processing tool of choice, for more exacting purposes. So, with some Canon EF-S prime lenses I had not sold, I have assembled a group of sharp, compact lenses for shooting other than event coverage (landscapes, street, closeups, etc.).

Completing this group of lenses is Canon's cheap inexpensive EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens. Combined with Canon's two pancake lenses and the EF-S 60mm f/2.8 macro lens, this collection fits nicely in a small shoulder bag with an EOS body without grip and a small flash.

I utilized this kit yesterday morning at Cohoes Falls during one of the rare appearances of the sun over the past week. Below are images made from roughly the same location at both ends of the 10-18mm zoom range and with he 24mm and 40mm pancake lenses.

All four images are five file HDR composites bracketed +/- one EV for each image. Exposure information is for the normally exposed image.

EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM at 10mm, f/8, 1/750 sec., ISO 100

EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM at 18mm, f/8, 1/750 sec., ISO 100

EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM, f/8, 1/750 sec., ISO 100

EF 40mm f/2.8 STM, f/8, 1/250 sec., ISO 100

One resolution for 2015? Shoot more images and post more blog entries. Only 30 in 2014 versus 73, 65 and 50 in the prior three years, respectively.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

2015 Calendar Photos

You can view a gallery of my 2015 wall calendar photos with detailed shooting information here.

You may also view an embedded slide show of the cover and each month's photo:

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Nice and Cold in Albany, New York

I had occasion to bring a camera to what was billed as the tree lighting ceremony next to the State Capitol at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, New York. Despite being a nice sunny day the temperatures were in the mid 20's with a wind chill in the mid teens.

 I brought along a Canon 7D with a Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM lens. It was too cold to hang around for the actual tree lighting but there were other attractions taking place both inside and outside. Here a couple of shots from right around sunset.

The last shot is a 3 image hand held HDR +/- 1.5 EV with the caption information being for the normally exposed image. Processing was with HDRSoft's Photomatix Essentials using the Painterly 5 preset.

Canon EOS 7D, Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC at f/2,8, 1/4000 sec., ISO 800

Canon EOS 7D, Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC at f/2,8, 1/750 sec., ISO 800

Canon EOS 7D, Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC at f/4, 1/725 sec., ISO 800