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Infrared Light in the Forest

Beam

This time of year I sometimes have a chance to go through some of my past images. Sometimes an image jumps out at you and you wonder why you didn’t see it the first time you went through the images after the shoot. This is one of those images. I think the feeling evoked by this image is what it’s all about.

reflectedpixel: Landscapes &emdash; Beam
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New Blog post at CAP about the rugged camera

I've been carrying this little rugged lumix around with me everywhere I go. Here is a users review.
















Sony Nex-5n Cable Release



Why would I want a Cable Release?
It would seem the people at Sony thought asked the same question when they came up with the Nex series cameras. It also seems they didn't find a reason. However, they did make the wireless remote control quite useful. So back to the question. The first and most important reason is to help with camera shake on long exposures. If you are a landscape photographer you know that to be able to shoot at F16 or F22 to get the depth of field you want the shutter speed is often very long. If you are using your hand to release the shutter there's a chance that you'll shake the camera and your images will come out softer than they otherwise might have been. One other thing I do often is bulb mode exposures. Bulb mode is when you open up your lens for an indefinite amount of time. You might be making star trails, or painting in something with a flashlight. You need to be able to lock open the lens and then close it whenever you decide you want to. I guess the other reason is for you to be in the image yourself.

Remote Control

In many ways I prefer the wireless to the wired. The Sony remote control allows you to use bulb mode. Push once to open and push once to close it. The 2 second button I use all the time to give the camera a little delay before anything inside moves. The only thing missing from the standard remote or inside the camera is a interval timer. I have found an interval timer remote control and it's not he way. I'll let you know how it works when it gets here.

Firstly a good tripod, secondly some way to trigger the camera without touching it.
Quick Tip: If you don't have a cable release or remote control, use your camera's self timer feature. You can often set these to a couple seconds, trust me the default ten seconds sometimes feels like an eternity. Using the self timer will allow you to not be touching the camera when the shutter opens.

Light Beam1
You don't want to be bumping the camera when you are making a 2 or 3 second exposure.

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A light painting of my good friend's pumpkin.














Photography Basics ISO Part 1 and 2

ISO Speed is one of three basic things you need to grasp all of photography. The three things are Aperture, ISO, and Shutter Speed. All current photography and old photography relies on these three principles. ISO being used for the sensitivity to light of the medium to be exposed.

In recent years ISO has been a major focus of digital camera manufacturers. It's amazing how far they have been able to push the technology, and how useful it is. Please enjoy the video.


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Part 2















Sony Nex-7 Little Known Features

Sony Nex-7 Little Known Features

Perhaps you are just curious about the Sony Nex-7 Ultra Compact System Camera. It's intriguing for sure. I was on the fence for quite a while. While I liked the idea and the size, the image quality and feature set of the compact system cameras on the market just weren't up to par with DSLRs. I think the Sony Nex-7 changes this feeling. It utilizes a fantastic APS-C sensor. Yep, the same size as in most DSLRs. And it has the control and build quality a demanding photographer wants/needs. The Nex-7 gives you quick control of all crucial settings and even things where I'd have to have gone to the menu system on my DSLR to get at. I am falling in love with this little Sony. It's a joy to carry and use. Image quality is superb. I just printed a couple 16x24s and the detail is fantastic. Soon I'll be printing some at 24x36. I'm excited to see where the next crop of Compact System Cameras take us. No doubt they are now going to start putting the pressure on the old school DSLR systems.

Sorry for the tangent. The video shows some of the navigation and control features of the Sony Nex-7. Most of these weren't shown in the video's and reviews I've been reading and watching.
Enjoy

















Sony 70-400 G on Sony Nex-7

I recently had a chance to rent the 70-400mm G series Super Telephoto Lens from BorrowLenses.com. I had the lens for a weekend and shot a few kids soccer games with it. I also took the opportunity to make a short video look at the lens, how it focuses and handles. Here they are Part 1 we look at the lens and how it feels. Part 2 is just a look through some of the images and my thoughts after using it for a couple days.


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Part-2



 


I've been looking at this lens for a while. I really wanted to try it out. I had a coupon code for BorrowLenses.com that was about to expire so I decided to try out this lens for a weekend when both my two little boys had soccer games back to back. I have been shooting them with my 18-200 and it does a decent job on the younger game with it's smaller field. But it falls short with the older boys larger field. You just have to wait for the action to get closer. Also the contrast focus is slow for sports, even at this level. 


This 70-400 lens on the LA-E2 did a good job. The focusing is much faster than the standard contrast detection system due to the phase detect translucent mirror system in the LA-E2. Putting such a large lens on such a little camera was a little strange at first.

















Sony RX100 Worth the Hype?

The camera to rule them.
Recently the super portable yet amazing Sony RX100 Digital Camera climbed to the very top of all camera sales on Amazon US. Truly this is a camera people want. Tiny footprint, Big sensor, Nice Fast 1.8 glass, Amazing image quality, Huge Megapixel Count, Full 1080p Video, and a good price. I'm somewhat smitten by the little beauty myself.

You can find the technical details anywhere, Here's my take on what's hot with this camera

It's like a Nex camera. It seems like camera manufacturers hold back when putting out the camera. I know I feel this way with my Nex-7 often. Why is the bracketing so dumb? anyway, This camera does more than nearly all the other cameras in it's category.

True Full Manual and pro Modes P,S,A,M – The most amazing hardware in the world becomes useless if you don't have control.

Fast lens – 1.8 when zoomed out shortens depth of field and opens up the world of indoor shooting.

ISO 6400 – Did I mention people want to use their cameras indoors at parties and other events

1080p 60 Video – Don't settle for less, the video looks great from what I've seen.

Megapixels to spare or to crop – Having plenty of room to crop in can make a short lens long

RAW Files – Must have for any serious shooter

Speed – Fast AF and up to 10 Frames Per Second. You don't always need the speed but when you do, it's sure nice to have

Steady Shot – Sony's rendition of stabilization works very well and helps get you sharp shots.

Metal Body – I love the feel of a good solid camera, big or small.




If you're looking for a very portable camera with professional features, this is for you. These will be hard to come by for a while yet with the demand being off the charts.

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