Thursday, October 22, 2015

Contrast vs Sigma : dltphoto

I enjoy contrasty days and the lower sun of autumn but it does come with its photographic challenges.


Three shots of the exact same scene from the Sigma DP1s just metered differently to gain the true detail of the white wall and the rich blue of the sky. One cannot have the perfect exposure in this scenerio without the use of split neutral density filters or manipulative photoshopping... unless you have an amazing sensor!

Here is a poorly edited combination of the first image and last image to make the exposure more even.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Blood Moon, September 27th, 2015: dltphoto

Recently there was a lunar phenomenon know as the Blood Moon.
Here are a few of my shots with the Nikon 1 V1 with 70-200 2.8 VR attached however I am not a very accomplished astrology photographer so don't expect award winning shots. They are merely a visual reference of the different stages we witnessed here in Abbotsford, BC

 these were all as shot except for selective cropping on lower two.

Airplane photobomber


Monday, October 05, 2015

Friend or Foveon? :dltphoto

I've slammed this dump camera for sometime yet I still continue to use it.The Sigma DP1s has to be the slowest of the slow in the camera world. Despite this, the layout of the camera is brilliant and the limitation of the fixed wide angle lens is very appealing to a street photographer like myself. Sure I'd love to own the more modern equivalents such as the Nikon Coolpix A or the Ricoh GRII but since I cant justify that kind of expense and being that I won the Sigma, I shouldn't really complain and I should just use it and be happy... and I am.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Moving Slowly : dltphoto

Clearly I need to be whacked with the tardiness stick. My lack of interest of sitting at the computer for hours on end has resulted in an utter lack of posts. I have many images to post but since my new career change doesn't really have any bearing on photography anymore my urgency to post my strange images seems less important now. Its kind of hard to explain but I need to get back to my posting ways. All 3 of my followers are probably missing me.

So as not to rush into 100's of boring posts with images I'll start light and hopefully gain momentum and post more in depth thoughts in the future..

 Ill start with this little guy... just chilling at Green Lake covered in the weird foam created by the wind forced ripples on a sunny day. Shot with the brilliant little Olympus  TG-850. No editing needed but just a little cropping.

The Thompson River, BC

Sunset at Green Lake, BC (Olympus Dramatic Tone Filter) because I've  never used THAT before...

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Seattle in Miniature :dltphoto

One clever little feature that has been added to cameras for sometime now is "diorama" or "tilt 'n' shift" mode. A clever technique of selective in focus and out of focus portions making the image seem like its of a little scale model of a city or scene. Ultimately as good as this option is on a camera, the scene is really the make or break to a successful fooling of the eyes. My initial attempts from my recent one night visit to Seattle have given me some better insight of how to approach future diorama shots and there will be more, I promise.
My new Olympus TG-850 has this diorama mode as one of its "art filters". So I am basically shooting the scene and the camera is doing all the work for me. The key to a realistic fake City picture is having a high view point of a street view with people and cars, ideally not moving  fast that they are blurred. No fake city model ever has fast moving static cars, got it??!!
Here are some of my attempts.

Just for fun I wondered through the city mall to see if that's viable too. One thing I lacked in both scene's was people. I managed to convince 3 'random' persons to wander through my mall scene though!!!

Friday, November 07, 2014

Sunsets through a Lens :dltphoto

So, we have all seen beautiful sunsets. Many times they are so incredibly hard to photograph and you really just can't capture on camera what your seeing. Also as a creative photographer how do you make this sunset be something that someone wants to look at. How many variations of a sunset can be done before its all been done??
I just found some images from my camping this year and I remembered that I had attempted to change my normal view to something more creative or did i just something crap and should I delete it?

 I have shot through these trees a million times and I am sure I have dozens of images like this on previous posts. Can I do something more to make this some thing everyone will want to look at? What if I make it out of focus?

At the time I thought this looked pretty cool. I have never done an out of focus sunset before. At least not this intentional! So I pushed it a little further...

How abstract can one now start to get? Is it now a beautiful sunset on the lake or just some computer generated file from some paint program?? What now? Can I really show this? After all now it has no context. No obvious signs that its a beautiful moment in time by a lake with a camera..

Did I create a design piece?

Hmmm, Or is it just a orange blob with some vague reddish blobs???

Can I use the two images together?

      Original                                                   Out of Focus                                  Combined

Perhaps I should just stick to my day blob!!!

The End

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Slint, Vancouver 2014 :dltphoto

Thanks to a friend a went to see an excellent band called Slint.They are fairly artsy with their stage lighting and I only got one shot of any worth with my Nikon 1 V1 with the 18.5mm 1.8 lens attached.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Still, Not an Addict, D's Choice :dltphoto

Some of you music lovers may have come across a Band from Belgium called K's Choice who have some brilliant music and a classic track called "not an addict".

Well I am not an Olympus "dramatic tone" addict, it's a lie.

Raccoon left a hand print. I hope he didn't burn himself.

I didn't realise it until after the fact. A little bug friend invaded my shot.


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