Monday, December 29, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Santa brought me the Sigma 50mm f1.4. Think of it as a gift for everyone. More to come.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

For both sides

This is next in a series. Thus, more to come.

More later.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Making it smaller-er

These are some more samples from the work I was doing last month. Hope you enjoy.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Bad Photos of a not so photo-y post

These are some pictures of a painting I've been working on Fooooor-Eeeeever! It might be finished. Key word here is Might.Photos are in the order of steps... or is that obvious?

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Making it smaller....

Here's something I've been playing with. Hope you enjoy.

These miniatures are made to resemble the effect of a tilt-shift lens at a wide aperture. Done in Photoshop instead.

To see someone who does it much better, go here.

-Thanks, Jon

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Drumroll, please

It has arrived.

The Canon 70-200mm f4 IS USM "L" series. To be continued...


Sunday, October 26, 2008

Now don't get too scared...


Happy Halloween everybody! Five pumpkins might be overkill to some people, but not us. Gettin' in the spirit, as always. Be sure to

Hey, this is mildly photo-related... I had to put it on a tripod anyway... even at ISO 800 each shot took at least a 1.3 sec exposure. (There's your tip for the day).

Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Some shots for the Fall

It's a new season and we have some new pictures to get you in the holiday spirit.

There's some fill flash used here, but it's mostly natural light. We wanted to use a low ISO, so we started at 100. To blow out the background, we used a large aperture so speed was the greatest variable. We eventually bumped up the ISO, because shooting hand-held at 1/30 was causing too much blur. Woot.

Rachel was a good sport about standing still for so long in the wet grass. We are entering this in a photo contest, so wish us luck. Stay tuned for the results.


Sunday, October 12, 2008

Tis the time of year to get Victorian

This year Rachel and I volunteered to be tourguides for the Gallatin Cemetary Tour. Obviously this required costumes. Apparently all of the Gallatin ghosts are very Victorian. In case you're wondering, this is why I don't have a goatee (well, not the only reason).

I wanted to keep the hat, but they wouldn't let me. Rachel processed the photo of us, and I did the others.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Conundrum of Catching Captives on a Canon...

Well I've been a rotten poster, I apologize. I've been a little distracted with some side projects lately. Now that they are completed hopefully I can get back on track! Here's a few fun photos from our trip to the zoo. See the slideshow...
Really, once you've been and gotten over pictures of the fancy animals you just spend all subsequent trips hoping for a unique photo-op. Mine seemed to favor the comical.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Some nasty critters...

Went to zoo. For an interesting bit of psychology, compare my results with Rachel's.
All taken with a Canon Xsi, 28-135mm lens, available light (I know, right?).

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Tippi Hedren, eat your heart out.

To both of our fans, sorry it's been so long. I had to get my neck cut on (er.. tonsils removed). But I hope this latest installment is worth the wait. This is something special I've been working on for some time, but I just couldn't get it right. And finally, here it is. This and the two images after the jump are part of an attempt to move toward more surrealist, cinematic images. Hope you enjoy. Comments appreciated.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Life with Tonsils

In honor of Jon's life before he had his tonsils removed I've put together a little slide show. Enjoy as always.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Big Body, teeny pixels?

This is my newly unearthed dinosaur -- the Nikon E2N.
It's big.
It's really big...
It's like holy cow big...
It's like nearly-the-size-of-my-head big... If you tied it to me and threw me in the lake, I would drown in minutes... If someone breaks into my house, I'm not going for the baseball bat -- I'm grabbing the E2N. It's like trying to shoot with a bowling ball. It's a camera built for Hulk Hogan.
Or Godzilla...

The only drawback? The big fella's only got 1.3 Megapixels.:( Ha. Rachel's cell phone has more.

The memory card is a Flash ATA card (with a whopping 15MB). The card itself is the size of an iPod. I put a Tokina manual lens with Nikon mount on it, which worked, but I can't get the battery to stay charged long enough to take more than ten pictures at a time. At some point, I'll post some. If I can take any decent ones. Check out more massiveness:

By the way, these shots were taken with my Canon 40D. With significantly more megapixels.


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Rio, Part III: In the Favela

Here are some pictures I took last month of life in the favela. These people were there to visit the medical clinic we were hosting, which was in the favela of Dende on Governor's Island. We were there for five days, with a pediatric and dental clinc, a pharmacy and an eye clinic, which is where I worked (can you say 'precisa de oculos'?) All are shot on my Canon A-1, using Ilford 400 B&W. See more ahead:

In Rio, the slogan is "BASTA", which means 'enough'. Thanks for looking.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Pano at the Lake. Good times for all.

Back out to Long Hunter State Park.. we decided to try some Pano shots and here is the result. See more...

On Location: These are taken using between four and six portrait-oriented shots. The trick is to find an exposure that is in a median range for the entire scene, set the camera accordingly in Manual mode, and then leave it. When taking the shots, be sure to leave about 1/3rd of each frame overlapped by the next.

Post-Production: They were batch color-corrected in RAW format and then stiched using Adobe's Photomerge. We still did plenty of color adjusting, dodging and burning, as well as contrast enhancement using a method we learned that applies curves to the single channels rather than the image as a whole.

The first two are Rachel's and the last is mine. Thanks for looking.