Well it’s time to share some Halloween images of my niece (Alissa) in her Freddy Krueger Costume. We hit of of the local grave yards for this shoot. Ok we went across the street from her house. Lucky to be so close huh? Todaay I used my Canon 60D, handheld Canon 580II Flash as master on camera. Canon 580II as slave held free hand by my sister to the left of Alissa (Freddy). 1/60 @ f10 ISO 100 Lens used, Canon 17-85mm. Very heavy overcast day. The end of Hurricane Sandy. 2 Canon 580 II Flashes.
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In this shoot I used a Canon 60D with 300mm 2.8 Canon Lens to the side lines for some action shots. A manfrotto monopod helped hold this beast of a lens for me. ISO setting at 1600 with f2.8 and shutter speed of 1/320 sec for most of the shots. This lens does not have IS. I feel it is a great lens for the night with stadium lights. I would also like to use it for some wildlife shots. I’m pretty sure the results will be satisfactory.
The arrow pointing to the big guy who stepped over the fence as the rest of the team walked through the gate.
I’m just trying the HD Video on the Canon 60D and showing two very short clips. This is the first time I have activated the HD 1080 Video on the Canon 60D. It looks nice and I have played it back on my 1080I LED tv at home. These two videos were shot from a carbon fiber tripod that has a manfrot grip that is intended for cameras and not paning for video.
The sound is also very good. For an on camera mic it sure does pick up sound from anything around. I have ordered an external mic and will share that test asap.
This week I attended a friends art show opening at Kent States East Liverpool, Ohio branch. Craig Wetzel art was displayed in the Mary Patterson Building. I would like to share some cell phone images with other art fans. You can visit Craig Wetzel site to learn about his work. Craigs art will be on display from Oct. 6th thru the 18 2011.
This event was a big hit with the locals as well as local news papers. Some art was for sale and other are private collection pieces. I for one see craig Wetzel as a modern day Hans Hacker. Please take the time to visit his blog.
I’m just going to give you a basic idea on how to get started and what you may need to do this type of work. If some people are interested I can post more on this subject.
I have been shooting High Dynamic Range photography for over seven years. This type of shooting is also known as HDR. What it takes to create this type of image is multiple exposres. One correct, one over exposed and one under exposed image. Yes, three shots of the same scene or subject. There is a issue of weather you need three or more shots. Some people seem to think you need five, seven or even nine. Three will work just fine although, I myself have gotten stunning results with more. Trust me you will do just fine with three.
Some people think they can take ONE SHOT HDRs. THese are no way the real HDR images. Just fakes and many times they look fine. You’ll always fine someone somewhere trying to cheat the system for shortcuts in any arena. Maybe they just do’t own tripods. I don’t know!
Yes now that I have brought up the subject of tripods this is one of the most important items you will need. You may of thought about that when I mensioned multiple exposers. I also like to use a shutter release cable. Imagine that ! Another item nobody wants to buy.
The software you will need to create you HDR images can be done with Photoshop and many other programs can be found online. SOme are free and some can be purchased for instant download.
Picturenaut is free among others. I am not affiliated with photoshop or picturenaut I just use these names as examples of software that is good for this work.
Once you have the needed software and the three images you will learn about creating your HDR image in the program. You’ll want to overdue it at first. THat’s what happens when people are new to HDR. Back off and don’t over saturate the image. Also watch for ghosting. A big problem for many people new and experienced. I have seen many people doing HDR for year and there’s even a one page add in a major magazine that offers to teach you to o HDR for a large fee that shows the instructors examples with very heavy ghosting. Ghosting is a halo around builings or cars where the edges may meet the sky. I’ll show an example here today.
Below I have added an example of a hand help HDR I took this summer. Three braketed shots. Yes, no tipod. I wanted to walk freely around town and shoot hand held. THis is my first hand eld HDR and Like I always knew, it wouldn;t turn out good. When zoomed in the are many areas that show triple edges that do not line up because it was not shot STILL on a triopod.
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This is a fireworks show seen from East Liverpool, Ohio’s All class reunion in July 3rd 2010. The fireworks were shot off from the Chester City Park in Chester Wv. Shooting the fireworks over the Ohio river created some great reflections and the boats get a fantastic view.
Many people have told me they need help shooting fireworks and they just can’t get good shots. After asking some questions on how they attempted their shots and find many of them didn’t even use a tripod. THis is about the biggest problem all of them seem to have. You just can’t get good long exposure night shots without a good tripod. I use a Dynatron AT-A105T Carbon Fiber tripod. I also use a cable shutter release to avoid touching my camera to reduce any vibration that would be cause from touching the camera. Setting my camera in manual, ISO Speed rating @100, F-stop f11, Shutter speed 6.0 sec. Of course I don’t use a flash and have seen many people do that (Another wrong move). The lens I used was a 35-70mm (Focal length 70mm), Nikon D200 camera and I always shoot my images in RAW.
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