Sunday April 29, 2012 – “Max”
4 images of my parent’s dog, “Max”…they were shot with my Nikon Coolpix S3100 (a camera I do NOT suggest buying) so I have no reliable focal length data. Also interesting how it constantly picks a very high shutter speed and not a higher F-stop.
Nikon Coolpix S3100 shot at F/3.2 and 1/1000 second shutter speed (Program Mode). ISO 80. Focal length: unknown.
Max eye-ing his Devil Ball. We call it the “Devil Ball” because of the almost hypnotic effect it has on him. It’s his favorite toy, and a stock of them are kept in case one gets ruined or lost. Poor Dog!
Max getting ready to “lunge” at the ball. I call out “LUNGING!” and he makes his move.
Max the War Beast in a familiar tug-of-war struggle. I like the angles of the fence in the background opposed to the angle of Max’s head.
Nikon Coolpix S3100 shot at F/3.2 and 1/25 second shutter speed (Program Mode with flash used). ISO 80. Focal length: unknown.
Max resting next to my Dad’s chair; one of his favorite spots. He’s very playful for a dog in his mid 60’s (ironically, “Dog Years” by Rush is playing in the background as I’m building this page). Max did have glowing eyes since I used the flash, but I used the “red-eye removal” tool in Paint Shop Pro to mask it. That is a nifty feature of Paint Shop Pro, albeit somewhat cumbersome to apply.
Nikon Coolpix S3100 shot at F/3.2 and 1/160 second shutter speed (Program Mode). ISO 80. Focal length: unknown.
Well, obviously this isn’t Max! However, it was taken on the same day; one of my Mom’s flowers. I continue to be impressed at how well the Coolpix S3100 does with flora (it really is a crappy camera; the worst picture of any point-and-shoot I have worked with). Anyway, here the smaller F-stop choice works fairly well as I didn’t want any of the background in focus.
Tuesday April 24, 2012
Some more images while trying out the new tripod. These were taken a mile away from my home, on University Avenue, on the Fridley/Spring Lake Park border. I spent 45 minutes on this shoot, and took about 35 images or so, but narrowed it down to these 3.
This resulted from a crop during processing. I saw this live but didn’t think it was worthy of my attention. Stupid me. I do get some credit for seeing it later and it shows just how important post-processing can be.
This is not the image I cropped the above image from, but it was taken at almost the same time. I dodged the flag to make it stand out a bit. The red horizontal lines are from a bus passing by.
The tree looks much bigger than it really is, as I got in close and shot at a wide focal range. I like the colors of the sky, but maybe I should have over-exposed this a bit? That would bring out the detail in the tree, but wash out the mood.
Overall, I like the new Manfrotto tripod. It’s smaller than my old Bogen 3033, but I liked its flexibility.
Monday April 23, 2012
A test shot of my wall clock taken with a Nikon D7000 mounted on my newly arrived Manfrotto 055XPROB / MH054MO-Q2 combo (I love the ball head; the jury is still out on the legs, as I am unfairly comparing them to my Bogen 3033 legs). This image was cropped to 1962 x 1308, and then changed in View NX to monochrome.
I thought it was kinda clever, so here it is. Oh, if you see some schmeg on the image, it’s dust (haven’t cleaned for a while).
Addendum – 6/7/12 – I have had multiple compliments on this image, yet all it was meant to be was a test shot…and some images I really like and worked hard for, I get zero response on…funny how that goes…
Sunday April 1, 2012
The fascination with my neighbor’s dead tree continues. Just after 7:00 p.m. I saw the sunset lighting it up so I grabbed my Nikon (it’s supposed to be pronounced “knee-con”) D5000 and fired away. These were just quickie-shots so I took them in “Program” mode. Works for me. Both were shot in RAW (of course!) and processed with both Nikon’s View NX and Adobe Photoshop 8.
Nikon D5000 with a Nikkor 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5 G ED lens shot at F/5.6 and 1/125 shutter speed. ISO 200. Focal length: 18mm.
all images © Scott Woelm – 2012