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Monday, February 18, 2013

Concert Photography

From a distance, these shots are really hard. This is Adam Levine of Maroon 5 shot Saturday night at Madison Square Garden from the 5th level, Section 210.  DSLR's are not allowed in unless you have a valid press pass.  P&S are. I brought in a Fuji x10 with a small zoom lens up to 112mm.  Exposure was center weighted and knocked down a stop to compensate for the bright spotlight.  The spotlights were always changing brightness and color even increasing the challenge.  To stop the action I shot at ISO 1600 giving me a 1/40 sec Tv with f2.8.  Not a great shot, but one that you can learn from.  Enjoy, Jeff


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Bear Clan Pow Wow

I really liked the composition of these dancers. I thought it might be enhanced by some filters in Snapseed. I like the result! Enjoy, Jeff

Saturday, February 9, 2013

iPhone 5 and TRUE HDR






Great day for a snowshoe hike in Thatcher Park.  Cold at 10-15 degrees but pristine, peaceful and fun.  These were all shot with True HDR on the iPhone 5 and edited within the App.  The iPhone 4, 4s and 5 can all do HDR with 2 exposure ranges of one image and create a decent pic.  However, you can not edit it further in the Camera App and must move the image to another editing App like Snapseed, Photoforge and so forth.  The HDR effect creates an image with greater contrast, dynamic range and perceived sharpness than the standard camera App.  Enjoy, Jeff


Thursday, February 7, 2013

Slim Black Devil




 Mike Raso over at The Film Photography Project turned me on to The Slim Black Devil film camera.  It is a little black cam with a 22mm lens, one exposure only, F11@1/125 second.  No focusing ring- just point and shoot!  I used Fuji Provia 200 print film and am very happy with the results, especially #2.  I had to clone and paint out my shadow in that one and do some noise reduction in Noise Ninja.  Pretty cool, huh?  Enjoy, Jeff

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

645PRO on iPhone 5


The iPhone 5 has an 8 MP sensor which when paired with 645PRO as a camera App, you have a competitive image making machine!  It is not a DSLR but can compete with most pocket P&S cameras.  This App with its DSLR controls can create a 22.9MB TIFF image, not compressed or sharpened by the iPhone default camera.  You get the closest thing to a RAW image you can get from a Smartphone.  This image once loaded into iPhoto, or any photo editor,  can be further edited like any photo.

Thus the iPhone can be used for quick fun shots using the default camera, Hipstamatic, Instagram or Camera+, or like a "real" camera for large printable images.  We are in a great photographic era!  Enjoy, Jeff