Tuesday, November 29, 2011


I shot this on the day before Thanksgiving, but things got pretty hectic right after that, so I’m just getting around to posting it now.

Just another (yawn) shot from the front porch on yet another cloudy day, but I really liked the way the red deck paint popped out on this one, as well as the cloud/fog formations in the hills on the Washington side of the river.Majesty

A77 with 70-300mm G zoom @ 160mm.  1/500 @ f/5.6, ISO 200

Monday, November 21, 2011

Oh, Just Click On It!


This is a cross post from my other blog, which tends to be more general in topic.  This image seemed to fit both.

The image is a result of the (new) A77’s “sweep panorama” mode, Adobe’s Lightroom 3 post-processing and minor work in Photoshop CS4. 

Yeah, I’m still having fun with the new gear.

Shot at 16mm and 1/200 second, but past that, I can’t tell you a lot… the camera’s mode took over.  I think there were between 15 and 20 frames involved in the stitching, but I didn’t really try to count.  I was too busy panning with my finger on the shutter button.

The hard part (the panorama stitching) was accomplished in-camera in less than a second after the series was shot (on a Class-10 card… be prepared to wait with something slower), and the balance of the post-work was done in a couple of minutes in LR3 and CS4.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Bumping Around in The Dark

After years of waiting, my new camera arrived yesterday.  I spent most of yesterday getting it set up for the way that I plan to use it and finally set out for some serious experimentation this evening.

Having a full moon rising as the sun slipped over the horizon was a very welcome coincidence.

From the Cannery Pier Hotel parking lot/pier. ISO 800. 70-300 “G” at 230 mm actual, 1/30 @ f/9.5.  Why that combo?  I don’t know except to say that I’m trying hard to learn to NOT accidentally change the settings by the control wheels.


I’m very pleased with this.  No messing around in post-processing except to remove a spot of flare from the moon.  The A100 just could not have handled this kind of dynamic range without significant post work.  I spent more time selecting the image than I did getting it prepped for the web.

ISO 100, 10 seconds @ f/5.6, 16-50 mm zoom at 22mm, tripod mounted. Developed in ACR, no crop.

Shimanami Queen

ISO 160, 4 seconds @ f/5.6, 16-50 mm zoom at 35mm (effectively a “normal” lens shot).  Developed in ACR, no crop.