Friday, July 25, 2014

OUR LITTLE PLACE IN THE COSMOS

LAST NIGHT UNDER THE STARS

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

COMPARING THE 16-35MM WITH THE 17MM TSE

16MM AT F11
17MM AT F11

Both of these images were taken from the exact same position on my tripod just a minute apart. It is not my intention to claim to be a lens reviewer, but I am posting them in case anyone that reads this blog has an interest it either of these lenses.

On my outing Sunday morning, I primarily shot with the new 16-35, and throughly enjoyed myself. What I did discover (not surprisingly), is that the 16-35 does not replace the 17 when it comes to architectural photography. The 16-35 will work in almost any situation where I can keep the lens/camera level. The top photograph from my post of yesterday was taken with the 16-35, the lens/camera was level, and the results were very satisfactory. There were situations during that shoot where to properly portray a taller building, that the 17 was the only logical choice.


I prefer to not use perspective adjustments in post production to straighten out converging lines, but in a pinch it could be done since the quality of the photographs from the 16-35 are so high. However, I always prefer to start with the highest quality imagery that I can, so using the right lens for the task is my rule. I just know that there will be times when I am walking around and photographing where time and convenience will dictate that I use the lens that is attached to the camera. Therefore, as a do anything lens, the 16-35 will serve very well with its image stabilization for these shaky hands.

Friday, July 4, 2014

OLD THINGS AND PHOTOGRAPHY

Parked Northwest "Steam Shovel"

I am drawn to this sort of equipment. I always liked many of the color schemes that traditionally were used during the industrial age. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

BIG CITY LIGHT INVADES THE DESERT NIGHT

Light Pollution from the "Greater" LA Basin Invades the Night Sky at Joshua Tree National Park

I admit to going over the top with the saturation of this image, but what the heck - I like it. I am so grateful that I live far away from this type of pollution. It is sort of beautiful in a weird way.