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Month: July 2012

Reading the Leaves

Reading the Leaves

I shot this to prove I wasn’t insane.  I have been having massive problems with my Canon 5DMKII.  To prove my sanity I loaded my 85mm on an ancient 400D that I got last year in Thailand for a song and just randomly shot crap on the way and back from the gym.  There is a tree on my estates that I am forced to park under by the condo association shades my car.  So with a branch hanging in…

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Shadowed Twins

Shadowed Twins

This picture was also shot out of a moving vehicle at a high rate of speed as I headed home.  I like the look of these two buildings and I drive past them everyday as I leave my comfortable estates.  No idea why I like the buildings but I just do.  I took the picture out my front window using The Force to compose the shot with my Jedi technique.  It also helped that I got lucky.  Not perfect but…

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Patriotic Sunset

Patriotic Sunset

I need to preface this entire picture by saying I was likely doing 70mph or around 112kph.  I got a new lens in today, a sweet little Panasonic 14mm 2.5 for my street shooting camera idea to supplement the Panasonic 20mm 1.7.  My entire technique was to vaguely point the camera in the direction of the building and sun and mash the shutter while trying to keep the car straight.  This is the end result Photo Nerd Info: Olympus E-P2, Panasonic 14mm,…

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Peeping Tom

Peeping Tom

I have high hopes for the Canon… that it will end up in the freaking shop to figure out this focusing issue.  Three out of four shots are just garbage but come up sweet on the LCD when I am chimping the photos.  I neglected to say I let someone else shoot with the camera who knows how to operate a Canon.  In full whack, auto mode the images weren’t focused.  That’s essentially idiot mode and it still pulls the…

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Worn Out

Worn Out

I have no idea what this is to be honest.  I think it used to be a wheel barrow but I’m taking a guess.  My parents property is littered with stuff like this so I took the Canon out for a stroll with a 85mm lens attached. I did a minor crop and for once just used a Lightroom preset and left it as is.  I love the bokeh in the photo but I have to be honest, the Canon…

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Shining in the Dark

Shining in the Dark

This shot falls under the heading of there are no mistakes in photography; there are happy accidents.  This is clearly a “gear” happy accident because there is no way that the photographer could have forgotten he reset the cameras settings to default so that meant it wasn’t writing in RAW format and only jpeg and I shot it in b&w grainy.  With the help of Topaz dejpeg I was able to do some minor tweaking and then exported it out…

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Tangled Up In Blue

Tangled Up In Blue

These are the lights in our staff lounge.  Exciting aren’t they?  I do like them and for awhile we had our whole lounge lit with these while waiting for our other lights to be made in Italy. One of the things I am doing is shooting with my Canon 5DMKII.  The reality is I have grown comfortable with my Panasonic G3 and comfortable is lazy.  I can predict what the image is going to look like and I know what…

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Monumental

Monumental

This was my first attempt using my new zoom lens.  I debated on getting a Canon 300mm 2.8L but then I realized I just don’t shoot enough with my Canon (or get paid to shoot with it enough) to warrant laying out $1500 or more on a used lens.  I just don’t do enough work at that range to even consider it.  I prefer primes or zooms where I can hand hold the camera.  Yet, I wanted to get something…

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Black Eye

Black Eye

Still playing with the Olympus E-P2 and still shooting in black and white.  I have tried to shoot these flowers Saturday and the 20mm Panasonic just wasn’t doing it for whatever reason.  I thought to myself what lens would do this and be tack sharp in the center?  Oh.. the Olympus 45mm 1.8 that collects dust.  Still free handing these shots, no viewfinder except the LCD screen.  It’s been rather liberating not looking through a viewfinder.  I stopped using the…

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Night Swimming

Night Swimming

Apologies to R.E.M. This was taken while I was walking the dog which seems to be my new hobby.  We walked past the pool and she found something exciting to smell and I saw something interesting to shoot.  I stuck the camera through the gate, used my mighty photographic skills (smashed the shutter button) and snapped the shot. I have left the camera in black and white grainy mode, more as a way for me to see tones in images…

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