Monthly Archives: January 2007
Just like my bunny picture yesterday, my camera was set at ISO 100. The impact was worse today, so the pictures were blurry. I considered posting the least-blurry, but decided I liked the most-blurry better. The least blurry is below, though.
My picture for Saturday, January 27th:
We have this birdfeeder, and for some reason our birds don’t like it. It’s been filled all winter, but they just ignore it. We’ve had a birdfeeder in the same spot for years, but the latest model seems unpopular.
This really does have something to do with the rabbit, I promise.
So, I’m -way- behind on the blog, but I -have- been taking pictures every day.
Friday, January 26th:
Two consecutive movies: Pirates Of The Caribbean 2 (birthday present), followed by Men In Black 2 (just happened to be on when the first movie was over). By the time it was all over, both Pamela (my lovely model) and I had lost all higher brain functions.
A fairly uninspired shot today, taken right before bed. I -should- have gone out at lunch today — it was sunny and everything — but I didn’t. So instead, I played around with small object flash photography again. It’s an interesting technique that I haven’t used much in the past, and I like the results I’m getting. I have a fairly powerful flash, and with the automatic flash metering on my camera I can point it in all sorts of weird directions and still get the exposure right.
No close-up lenses today — I didn’t need them. The subject is a pair of painted stone penguins that I got as a Christmas gift from my sister.
I’m still not fully comfortable with flash photography, so I may be doing more of it over the next few weeks. The flash system on Canon’s EOS cameras is some sort of weird voodoo, and I don’t entirely have my head wrapped around it. I learned some useful approaches in my photography course, but haven’t really tried to apply them.
I spent all day today trying to track down a bizarre computer bug at work, and it turns out a platoon of them have invaded my house!
I was going through some derelict computer hardware of mine today, and took a whole bunch of photos. This one isn’t the best, but it amused me the most.
These were pretty experimental shots; I used my 18-55 lens with +1, +2, and +4 diopter close-up lenses. The shots were all handheld, and lit with bounced flash. I experimented with bouncing the flash in all sorts of weird directions (up, sideways, behind me, beyond the subject, and everywhere inbetween), and got a lot of pleasing results. My normal close-up technique is to use a tripod and 75-300 lens. That’s probably best for absolute sharpness, but tonight’s approach gave me a lot more freedom, allowing me to use angles I’d never get with a tripod. The wider lens also gave me more depth-of-field, and some interesting perspectives.
So, once again, this Photo 365 project made me try out something I probably wouldn’t have otherwise, and I learned something new.
There’s a little courtyard near where I work. It’s in the middle of downtown, with buildings on three sides (see picture below), all concrete…and yet there’s a Japanese garden in there, and a couple of trees that somehow survive.
(This, by the way, is my Jan 22 picture. I took it yesterday, but didn’t get around until posting it until today.)
Technically, not much of a picture. The colours in particular are terrible…there are areas here that are simultaneously overexposed in one channel and underexposed in another. But I like the composition.
It’s Saturday, so I managed to get outside during daylight. Today’s picture is a pile of snow on top of our picnic table, lit by the setting sun.
I got a couple more decent ones, too:
Today’s picture: The Land Titles Building on Broadway.
Just like yesterday’s pictures, I increased the contrast a bit and added a slight sepia-tone effect (though not a duotone this time — just a simple tint). I got a few other decent shots, and they’re both in colour (ooh!):