I enjoy building things with LEGO, and love all the sets the put out. Today I sat down with the Ecto-1 set (#21108) that was suggested by a LEGO building and made its way into production. This means I also had a chance to pull out the camera to take some shots.
My wife bought me a MakerBot Replicator 2 for Father’s Day (I get to play with it early because the box it came in said MakerBot on the outside). Tonight, while I run through a print or two, I thought I’d grab the camera and see what I could come up with.
Canon has announced the upcoming release of the Canon 5D Mark III the successor to the ever popular 5D Mark II that many film and television crews love to use. I have two 5D Mark IIs, will today’s announcement prompt me to go on a selling spree to get the Mark III?
I love timelapse photography, and I love pictures of the night sky. Earlier in 2011, I had attempted some night time work that didn’t turn out very well. I’ve been doing some reading, video watching, and consulting, and finally went out on a very cold night to see if I could do a better job than the last time.
One of the main lenses people tell beginners to get is a 50mm prime lens that has a really low f-stop. The “nifty-fifty” lens is not too expensive, and gives you something to take pictures with. While I do have a 50mm prime, I also picked up a 50mm f/2.5 macro lens that can take regular photos.
Using the macro lens today to capture the texture of the melting snow.
For whatever reason, I take a lot of pictures of my kids without looking through the viewfinder – I simply point, pull the trigger and shoot. Most of the time I end up with worthless images that are destined for the Recycle Bin, other times I get something I like. Like today’s picture featuring my oldest son.
Didn’t want to do the usual “kids opening presents,” though I have a bunch of them that were taken. Instead, another look at holiday lights.
My mother has been making these ornaments for as long as I can remember. I could literally fill the tree with one snowflake from each year she made one, and not have enough room for anything else. Each year’s pattern is unique.
There’s something to the phrase, “teaching an old dog new tricks.” I’ve always been aware of the phenomenon that occurs when light blurs due to being out of focus or beyond the focal plane of an image. I never knew the name effect was bokeh (originally boke – Japanese for blur or haze). I knew you could use bokeh to determine the number of blades in a lenses shutter, but never put it together that you could place something in front of the lens and get an amazing effect like the picture for today.