Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Last week I posted this kinda freaky shot of a sea gull in flight. As you can see below, I shot a lot more. Why? Well... because I could. As I mentioned in this post, I recently bought this new Nikon 18-200 VR lens. VR stands for "vibration reduction". In addition to the VR technology in the lens, it also has internal focusing which makes it focus very, very quickly. My Nikon D200 camera has a setting that allows you to set the auto-focus to "continuous"... so if you keep the focus-spot trained on a moving object, it will try to keep that object in focus until you shoot. I had never owned a camera/lens combination before capable of such feats as this. The birds were flying all over the place and I could barely keep them in the frame but somehow, the camera was able to keep them in focus an awful lot of the time. What fun! I can't wait to try it out on sports and other fast moving targets.
Monday, January 29, 2007
Well, I just can't get away from it. Everywhere I go, there it is, the John Amos Power Plant. Recapping the story thus far... I've posted several photos of the plant here on the blog... I saw this in New York City.... and then I saw this again near Poca, WV. The photo above was taken a couple of days ago in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Friday, January 26, 2007
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Tuesday, January 23, 2007
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Sunday, January 21, 2007
I shot last year's car show in January and got so many shots I did 5 posts full of pictures. This car show was something of a letdown. There were hardly any concept cars... just mostly showroom cars and some unexciting classics.
BTW... that first shot of the Jaguar hood ornament was done not with my little Fuji F30, but with my Nikon D200 and my new 18-200mm VR lens. The VR (vibration reduction) lenses allow the camera to shoot at lower shutter speeds without camera-shake blur. The hood ornament photo was shot at 1/45th of a second at 135mm and I easily got a good sharp image without using a tripod. A rule of thumb has always been that you need a shutter speed "equal to" the focal length. For instance, if you are shooting a 200mm lens you'd need a shutter speed of 1/200th second... or if you were using a 28mm lens, you'd need a shutter speed of 1/30th second to get a sharp image. I've always found this rule of thumb to be pretty accurate. Using the VR lens, I can usually shoot with 2 or 3 stops lower shutter speed than before.
I've been testing this lens and I'm really happy with it. The huge focal length range of 18mm to 200mm means that I'll be changing lenses much less often. I'll miss fewer shots that require quick reactions because I won't have to change lenses in the middle of shooting. It also means less dust inside the camera and less dust falling on my sensor. Cleaning the sensor is a real pain.