That Sinking Feeling

Taken off the Bali Hai Pier in Thailand.

That Sinking Feeling
Canon XSi, 50mm, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/400

Playing in the Surf

This was a pure luck shot that I fired the camera at the right time.  Taken on the gone but not forgotten Canon XSi and with the gone but happily forgotten Tamron 70-300 (I gave it away).  I completely ignored the histogram when I edited this one and just tweaked it until I liked it.  This was taken on Koh Larn in Thailand and the rarest of rare sights, a Thai on a beach not covered from head-to-toe to avoid getting darker from the Sun.

Playing in the Surf
Canon XSi, 300mm, ISO 125, f/8.0, 1/500

The Church

My sharpening issues have been resolved as I finally found the correct amount of pixel radius to sharpen the Panasonic LX 7 images up.  This picture is a direct result of the new-found formula.  I drive past this church almost everyday going to and from work and its one of the few around with a true steeple and they light it up at night which makes it interesting.  So I pulled into the lot with the LX 7 set it for wide and fired away.  The interesting thing on the EXIF data is how slow the shutter was and how little shake their was.  In body image stabilization is nice.  No idea why Panasonic doesn’t do it on their micro 4/3 cameras instead of adding it to the lenses.  I debated on cropping the image but I like how the lights illuminate the trees so I left it as is.  There is a bit of photo trickery going on and I’ll leave that to someone to figure out where I got lazy and what I removed something from the image.

The Church
Panasonic LX7, 28mm, ISO 400, f/1.4, 1/13

The Capitol

This was shot in a long time ago it feels like and it shows it.  No matter how much post processing I did I could not remove all the noise from the image and in this case, I can blame the gear.  I shot this on my first DSLR ever, the Canon XSi (sold in the great Canon Purge) which wasn’t a low light performer in the best of cases.  It didn’t help that I shot this at night without a tripod and instead of opening the lens up to f/1.4 I shot it at f/4.0 while hand holding it.  The amazing thing is the shutter speed was relatively high all things considered.  Most of my night shots are at 1/60 which is where I can usually hold a camera steady and get away with not using a tripod which I hate lugging around.

The Capitol
Canon XSi, 50mm, ISO 800, f/4.0, 1/125

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

I am not sure if this qualifies for the weekly photo challenge but I like it.  I will be the first to tell anyone I am not a landscape photographer but I do enjoy shapes and with the Sun coming up behind the power line it made it interesting.

Breaking Dawn

I am not a landscape photographer by any stretch of the imagination.  I just happened to get to work early a couple days last week and I wanted to prove a point.  I have an old Canon 400D and a cheap Tokina 19-35mm lens.  Working on the 11th floor of one of the tallest buildings around I was able to snap this shot.  It wasn’t a fancy camera involved with a $1000+ lens attached to it.  It was just me with a camera proving that skill trumps gear any day of the week.  Too many photographers (myself included) get caught up in gear lust.  I’m not the type that knows that the newest lens or camera will take my craft to the next level. I’ve worked in IT too long to know that shiny and new does not mean better.  I just want a new lens or camera because its shiny and new and it looks cool.  So this picture is the end result of me carrying around a less than fantastic piece of photographic hardware and more knowing how to use a camera and lens to get the best result (and a crap ton of post processing).

Canon 400D, Tokina 19-35, ISO 1600, 29mm, f/7.1, 1/100