Monday, January 26, 2009

Image of the Day

Local Motion

Made with a 1D Mark III 400mm L f/2. IS + 1.4xTC (ISO50, f/22, 1/10)

Friday, January 23, 2009

Image of the Day

Air Time

Made with a 1D Mark III 400mm L f/2.8 IS + 1.4x TC (ISO125, f/5, 1/800)

Monday, January 19, 2009

High Dynamic Range without HDR

I'm working on a blog entry that I'll probably post sometime next week regarding achieving high dynamic range without having to do HDR. Most of the HDR images I've seen at various websites really suffer from some major issues like softness, color distortion, haloing, and that typical muddy HDR look. I've seen images created from up to 9 exposures. Why? I don't know when most of these images can be nailed with just one exposure.... perhaps 2 if the contrast is really vast. Getting the exposure right in camera is the most important thing in addition to the right RAW adjustments and fine tweaking in post processing can really do a lot to extend the dynamic range and produce a very natural looking scene. If it does take more than one exposure, Manual Exposure Blending is the superior method to use......if realism is the goal.


Made with a Canon 1Ds Mark III 17-40mm L (ISO50, f/22, 3.2 seconds) One exposure!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Image of the Day

Synchronized Beauty

Made with a Canon 50D 400mm L f/2.8 IS (ISO640, f/2.8 1/400)

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Image of the Day

It was a year ago today that my wife and I flew out to Kauai...just her and I. We had the time of our lives and saw the most beautiful places on Earth. We'll get back there someday. For now I'll just have to reminisce with photos.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Shooting 2 cameras at the same time

Happy New Year everyone.
Here is a shot I got on New Year's Eve day. W&M vs Harvard.
Some details about the shot:
I picked up this tip from another photo site and it works like a charm. I placed a 50D + 17-40 L f/4 combo mounted on a mini tabletop tripod about an inch off the ground. I prefocused using Live View on the front of the rim and then set the focus to manual. I connected a Pocket Wizard to the 50D via a remote shutter release cable. I was also shooting with a 1D Mark III and a 5D Mark II, both had Pocket Wizards hotshoed on them. Anytime I took a shot with either camera, it would fire the 50D. This is a good way of getting two different angles and perspectives of the same play.