April 2012

 

 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!

 

 

Nikon Coolpix S3100 shot at F/3.9 and 1/800 second shutter speed (Program Mode).  ISO 80.  Focal length: unknown.

Max getting ready to “lunge” at the ball.  I call out “LUNGING!” and he makes his move.

 

 

Nikon Coolpix S3100 shot at F/3.9 and 1/1000 second shutter speed (Program Mode).  ISO 80.  Focal length: unknown.

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.

 

Nikon D7000 with a Nikkor 17-55mm F/2.8G ED lens shot at F/6.3 and a 1 second shutter speed.  ISO 100.  Focal length: 55mm (IMAGE CROPPED). 

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.

 

Nikon D7000 with a Nikkor 17-55mm F/2.8G ED lens shot at F/13 and a 1 second shutter speed.  ISO 100.  Focal length: 55mm.  

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.  

 

 

Nikon D7000 with a Nikkor 17-55mm F/2.8G ED lens shot at F/6.3 and a 4 second shutter speed.  ISO 100.  Focal length: 17mm.  

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.

Nikon D7000 with a Nikkor 17-55mm F/2.8G ED lens shot at F/8 and a 4 second shutter speed.  ISO 100.  Focal length: 26mm (IMAGE CROPPED).

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/7.1 and 1/200 shutter speed.  ISO 200.  Focal length: 48mm.   

 
 

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