Archive for the ‘photography’ Category

The Master Gallery

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Here’s a photo gallery that includes all the albums and photos I’ve uploaded over time.  There are some beautiful, fascinating places out there! Enjoy!

For best viewing experience, click the full screen button in the upper right corner of the gallery: 

For those who prefer watching videos, I’ve got a few uploaded on Vimeo. Click here to view my channel.

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New Canon C300 compact digital cinema camera a bit disappointing

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Canon just finished its announcement of the first camera in a new line of digital cinema cameras, the C300.  Along with the rest of the film-making world, I was pretty excited to see what Canon was announcing today.  It was clear that they were woken up a bit by the sleeper success of the 5DmkII, and decided to build a camera with the same small form factor benefits but with the pro-video features the 5D was lacking.  Namely, uncompressed video, XLR ins, HDSDI out, reduced rolling shutter, etc.  I had hoped to see these sort of features with perhaps 2K resolution and 60fps at something around the $6-7K price range… a natural extension for the democratized DSLR video market.  But alas, the MSRP is a whopping $20K, and it records no higher than 1080P 30fps.  At that price I would’ve expected at least 4K at 30fps and 2K at 60fps. (more…)

My First Time Lapse

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

I finally picked up a time lapse controller for my Canon 5D, and I’ve been eager to get out and try my hand at this visually-arresting video technique. The carnival is in town for two weeks, so I ran down on Thursday night when I figured the crowds would not be overwhelming.

I was only there for about 5 minutes when a manager approached me.   (more…)

The Power of Raw

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

opening-image001I switched my shooting from jpeg to raw several years ago.  Even though file sizes jumped from 6MB to 35MB for each image, I haven’t looked back since.  Camera Raw offers tremendous post-production control over your images.  The camera simply records the raw capture of the image and doesn’t process any of the settings.  Since settings like white balance and sharpening are not baked into the file, you can manipulate all of these settings after the fact.  This allows for great flexibility in Photoshop or Lightroom to tweak nearly every aspect of the image other than focus and framing.

This is certainly nothing new to most photographers out there, and like I said, I’ve been shooting raw for several years now.  So why write about it now?  Well, I’m used to being stuck with ‘baked’ files when shooting video on the 5D, but I just shot my first time-lapse a few days ago at a (more…)

Shoot First, Focus Later?

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011
Lytro light field camera photo

shoot first, focus later.

I was just checking out an interesting new technology rumored to be on its way to consumers later this summer. It’s called a light field camera, and it’s a fundamentally different way of taking photographs. It lets you shoot first and focus later. It also lets you shoot in 3-D!

Traditional photography records all the light coming from a specific direction at a specific point (more…)