Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
Camera tossing is really about having a good warranty or a healthy trust fund. But I'm guessing the retail store that you bought that point 'n shoot from is going to change their policy soon if you keep exchanging that crumpled piece of plastic and flexible cables for a new model. Seriously though, I haven't broken my camera yet (knock on, well okay - fiberboard) so I keep doing it. More on the risks and joys of letting go here.
Now that you are on board you want to know what the best targets are for getting something more than a wobbly smear onto the sensor. First, you can always look for targets in the wild like neon signs or other tasty light sources (multicolor neon signs, fake neon signs, or signs that look like neon). Tossing outdoors is much riskier so I prefer pictures of neon signs that I can load up onto the monitor at home complete with a cushy landing pad for my expensive electronics to rest on if by chance I fail to make a good catch. While neon is my obvious choice and a great target, once you've set up your monitor that opens up other possibilities. You can use drawing programs to create shapes and toss against those. You can use another's image if you get permission or if it is CC (Creative Commons) licensed - but it is good etiquette to get permission anyway. Note that the license must NOT include the NoDerivs term. Avoid licenses with this symbol:
|CC NoDerivs license|
The faster the rate, the more snapshots. There are other variables such as speed of spin and shutter open time that will contribute to this number.
|Target supplied by permission from Chinmay Garway: Vivacity on a Barren Land|
|Target supplied by permission from Jane Thomas: Spikes and Spines|
Try all 3 types and if you are adventurous, combine them with a covered lens cap mid exposure to create hybrids. If you come up with another type or technique, leave me a comment!
|Aerial in G minor|
Friday, January 27, 2012
This is the web version of a coffee table book I'm working on to promote my print on demand store: www.zazzle.com/seafoamcandy. Feel free to pause it on the 2nd, 3rd, and last page to read (not really, the quality isn't that good). You can't set different slide times in the book creator slideshow so I optimized it for card viewing. Here is the YouTube higher quality vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nffymbBecLE. Original music by yours truly.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
This is the web version of a coffee table book I'm working on to promote my print on demand store: www.zazzle.com/travelicious. Feel free to pause it on the 2nd, 3rd, and last page to read (not really, the quality isn't that good). You can't set different slide times in the book creator slideshow so I optimized it for card viewing. Here is the YouTube higher quality vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5x_-IzpwXbM. Original music by yours truly.
Monday, January 16, 2012
December is one of my favorite months for light painting because everyone puts up a target to capture.
Once every few years we get lucky enough to witness partial or even better - full eclipses. I now own a filter that will allow shots of full solar eclipses. The moon anyone can shoot without any extra gear. Of course longer lenses and telescopes make for the most dramatic captures, but I've seen some really cool wide shots of eclipses with interesting foregrounds as well.
|16:9 for Michael|
This year we had a setting moon at dawn which presented some better opportunities for foregrounds. All I had was the continental divide but it added interest. The tough part here is getting detail on the darkened area of the moon without blowing out the lit area too badly. Its a tough balance, and there is no neutral density filter in the shape of a crescent that I know of. Cokin used to make gels that you could cut to any shape. Hmm, customizable ND sheets? I suppose you could hold a square filter up to take the edge off. In this case the moon had set before full eclipse was in view so there was no timing this any better. If you do have a full view of of the eclipse in its entirety, then the light conditions become much easier with the equally distributed earth glow. Make sure you don't lose the moon's position after the crescent is gone. It can be tough to find it in full shadow if you have lots of light pollution or a thin veil of clouds.
|Earth Shine Shine|
Shutter releases. How many have you lost? Been disappointed with? Broke? Were not willing to throw down the big bux on? Always needed more short-lasting obscure batteries? Yeah, me too. So actually this is not really a review but a few thoughts on what works for me and what doesn't. There are two categories roughly. Wired and wireless. I have owned them both. Plenty of each version. I can only speak for the Canon side but why every DSLR doesn't ship with a SR is a mystery to me. And while I'm venting, why stop at 30 seconds in manual mode? If you're going to include bulb mode then include the release. First, wireless remotes are great for starting and stopping the shot exactly when you want to if you are going to do work in the scene. Two things - they are easy to lose and the batteries are often not lasting very long and not standard. Wired remotes are easier to keep track of (I just Velcro mine to the tripod) but they require activation and deactivation at the camera. Not much better than using the mirror lockup, although you don't get any shake. These can be useful with extended features like an intervalometer. I recommend having both. I can give a slightly positive recommendation for this wired unit (Amazon), but have not been completely satisfied with the wireless remotes I have tried. The best of all of them had a flash shoe mount receiver and a small release with an antennae. I almost always forgot to switch off the receiver and was always replacing the expensive and rare battery. If it could get its power from the camera instead, that would be a nice enhancement. If you have found a better mousetrap, please leave me a comment!
Sunday, January 1, 2012
|Coffee Pot Road - Looking SE towards Vail|
Here is the compete eZine set on Flickr with more uploads.
|Cold hearted orb that rules the night|
|Love, American Style.|
|DIA corners 1|
With summer also usually comes vacations. And for me that means DIA (Denver International Airport). I have dreamed about hanging out in prohibited areas taking shot of planes and art around the property but let me tell you the cops are on you faster than you can set up your tripod if you park in a no parking area. Again I come away with less than dreamed of material. When do I get a press pass?
Visit the full set on Flickr for more uploads.
|May/June 2011 - Inaugural Edition |
|17 is enuf|
|Why did the turkey cross the road?|
The geese were out in full force at the golf course and even turkeys made an appearance. This trip included a golf round at the Pagosa Springs Golf Club, which is a nice way to spend an afternoon with the beautiful vistas at nearly every tee shot.
|Crawlstroke to Pikes Peak|
|Garden of the Light Gods|
|Time stands still for no one|
|St. Patrick Mission Church|
|If you buy a kite, the wind will stop blowin|