Saturday, January 30, 2010


It is 3 degrees here in the Nutmeg state this morning. I am not going out to suffer for my art I'd rather sit here with a hot cup of coffee and blog. I am finding that trying to be more regular with the blog is making me step up my game. I have film shots that are better than anything I have in digital. I have not adapted to digital as well as I could have, in fact I am still using Photo Elements 3. I have a Sigma 30mm F1.4 on the way that I hope to get out to play with next week. In 35mm my natural point of view was the the humble 50mm lens and the Sigma approximates that on the APS-C sensor. This was taken in my backyard with a Nikon D70s and a Nikon 50mm F1.8 lens. It has been cropped slightly. Now that I think about ease of cropping might be digital's biggest advantage. With film cropping wasn't easy if you didn't do your own printing.

Monday, January 25, 2010


I wrote earlier about chasing new technology this was shot on a D70S with the original Sigma 10-20 zoom. Granted this is my wife and to my eyes she is the cutest girl in the world, but my point is would 12 megapixels make this picture any better? I have never had a picture printed bigger than 11 x 14 and 6 megapixels is small for that but 8 x 10 it handles with no problem. Posting it on the web even 6 megapixels is a waste of computing power. There is a reason to upgrade from the D70 and that is dust. Newer cameras have the dust removal systems which I think every digital camera needs. 6 months after this picture we were in Puerto Rico and I took a series of great sunrise shots that were all ruined by dust on the sensor. This picture was from The Big E is West Springfield Ma in Sept '06 it is right out of the camera no crops no Photoshop etc. I like the depth of field the 10-20 gives this shot.

Saturday, January 23, 2010


There is the old saying that the best camera is the one that you have with you. This is a snapshot from work the other day. I was on the road and I had my Fuji f45 with me to take some building pictures. This scene presented itself from the side of a back road. I pulled over and had to stand in the snow in dress shoes to get this shot. I quickly snapped 2 shots and jumped back into the warm car. I find this a very typical central Mass winter scene. The blue sky with the Holyoke Range in the background and light snow on the ground. The final picture was cropped but no other post processing.

Thursday, January 21, 2010


Lake Lenape Nj. This was taken in the middle of the day. It is tough to find good light at this time of the day. When the family is along it is tough to be a great photographer your schedule has to match their schedule. You try and take a few minutes to use some of your knowledge to raise a picture above the snapshot level. Not that snapshots are bad but we are trying for something more that is why we photograph for a hobby. This was taken with the D5000 and the kit lens.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


I was writing earlier about the siren song of the next best thing. We are all gear heads at heart and have to have the newest gadget. 2 million more mega pixels will make me a better photographer. I need the D90 because 2 control wheels on and on, we look for reasons to justify new equipment. As our long suffering wives would say boy and their toys (this gear gathering affliction is almost 100% male). Meanwhile our current digital cameras do a great job. I was adjusting sharpening and saturation levels from the base level. I am not a photoshop warrior I basically shoot JPEGS so I am looking to get it right when I shoot it. As a total aside I use my dogs as my models when I am trying something new or pick up a new piece of gear, go to my first post and and it was my last dog. This shot is out of the camera the only adjustment is a crop.

Monday, January 18, 2010


Taken with the 18 to 55 VR kit lens. Not a bad lens but not one of Nikon's legendary zooms. The key to a lens like this is to stop it down. Any lens is sharpest 2 or 3 stops from wide open. I stopped down 3 stops to get this picture. We haven't had much snow this year so I was glad to get this one.

Sunday, January 17, 2010


This is from Constitution Plaza in Hartford CT. We had dinner at the local brew pub before I took this so no claims to art on this one. They have been doing the Festival of Lights for over 30 years now. The D5000 handled it well I only had the kit zoom which isn't very fast. I really should have had a tripod.

Saturday, January 16, 2010


I have been reading other blogs lately. It is nice to get a different outlook. The beauty of the Internet is that you can connect with anyone around the world. I recommend reading Kirk Tuck http://www.visualsciencelab.blogspot.com/ Kirk has posts over the last 3 months expounding on hardware and how so many of us are chasing the latest and greatest camera body yet we only use our cameras to post images on the web. Do you really need 24 megapixels to post this picture from this morning of the Scantic River in Enfield CT? Kirk's posts resonate with me as I fell into a little money and was thinking about moving to a larger body. This is taken with D5000 and an old manual 105mm F2.5 lens. If I upgraded to a larger Nikon it would be harder to use manual focus lenses as I would have to be careful of damaging the screw dive for the older auto focus Nikons. I understand that other view finders would be easier to focus so it is a trade off. It is like scouting players to play in the NBA some scouts focus on what a player can't do some focus on what the can do, the best teams scout what the players can do and use those strengths to put the player in a position to succeed.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


This is only 2 miles from the lighthouse but the fog didn't totally close in and cover everything. This is Sunset Beach one of the few beaches on the East Coast where the sun sets.