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

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Shrek, The Musical

I came close to filling a 32 gigabyte CF card last evening shooting the dress rehearsal of a school production of Shrek. On Monday, I got most of the head shots but the lighting for the production itself was not yet ready.

So last evening I returned to shoot the dress rehearsal and ended up with 1,056 files taking up over 26 gigabytes of space. It took an hour to load the files from the CF card to my MacBook Pro via a USB card reader. I have yet to upload the 150 JPGs I'll be putting in a Zenfolio Gallery. Once they're uploaded you can view them here.

For the head shots I used an EOS 7D with a Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro lens. I mounted a Canon 430EXII Speedlite to a light tripod off to the right of the camera and bounced the light off of a Rogue Flashbender. I used the built in flash of the 7D to control the Speedlite and provide fill flash from the slight left of the lens.

For the production shots I used the same camera body with the Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 lens. At ISO 1600, shutter speeds ranged from 1/15 to 1/1000 of a second depending the lighting of the scene. Some scenes were simply too dark to get a useable image with moving subjects.

Here are a few examples:










And here is an embedded slide show of the gallery which the school district is putting on their web site:


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Post Halloween Pumpkin

An Eastern Gray Squirrel has figured out what to do with a pumpkin left over from Halloween decorations. On a very overcast day I watched it carve out the insides to get at the seeds.

Since I haven't posted anything in over two weeks I figured I'd take some shots with a 7D and the Sigma 50-150mm lens. All shots were made at 150mm, f/2.8 1/500th of a second and ISO 800. The first shot is the un-cropped version.