20181207: Lesson on photography withOUT a tripod, yet long shutter times for cellphone users!

I learned to shoot night street photography in Los Angeles in the 1970s, specially leaving my job working after school at 1am or 2 am.

I could not bring a tripod to school, so I had training to hold my 35mm film camera still while taking several second long shots.

  1. LEARN to hold your breath. Obviously, if you are talking, the camera is shaking. I was into swimming so that was easy.
  2. Practice “lightly” touching the shutter button to active it. I learned to shoot a gun at an early age. YOU SQUEEZE the trigger, Not smash or yank the trigger if you want to hit the bull’s eye. Same with cameras!!
  3. Use supports! If you have a cellphone on a long pole, the wiggle is worse, However if that pole is braced against a streetlight post or wall or car BEHIND the camera!  No one knows even if you send it off a minute later & you got a better photo because the  street light post or wall helped keep the camera steadier.
  4. Turn OFF  the auto flash, YOU DECIDE when to let the lights of the “Scene” light your photo or add flash.

 

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No tripod, but standing on the side of the road and waiting to have no cars going by. Grab a breath, let some out & hold it. Press the shutter down smoothly & slowly.

In this photo you can see the cat stopped for a second on the steps, the cat is blurry but easy to make out it’s shape and adds a Rembrandt effect to the over all image. I held the shutter open for I think 2 seconds or more.

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and this photo again, the graininess of the High ISO, the long slow shutter effect & overall appearance of the image is surrealistic.

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Again, seconds long shutter, notice the fig leafs moved in the slight breeze but the cactus & wall stay sharp.

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20181115: A few demonstrations of clouds with a polarizing filter for more “Impact”. Pt 2

So one of the main REASONS of a polarizer in landscape photography is the clouds have more depth & texture making the photograph more interesting to the viewer.

An “app” can’t do this because you have to have the ‘original photograph data’ for an ‘App’ program to use & only a real polarizing filter can give you that. HDR apps come close but are not the same thing.

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So while the photograph is not very interesting, the clouds are very expressive. With a circular polarizer you just dial it in.

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As you can see, those clouds add a very nice “dramatic” environment to the fountain shot. By using a lower shutter speed I added a ‘slight’ motion to the water squirting in the fountain. Your polarizer will drop a half to full f/stop for the darkening effect.

Also get a “good Glass” polarizing filter, the polarizer just like neutral density filters will cause color cast changes. I have some plastic graduated neutral density filters that have a very red to purple shift. Very nice for sunset or sunrise photos but I am careful about their use & aware of that color shift.

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I do work my images in Lightroom, but the polarizer allowed me to dial in the clouds for this photo and still have the plants & flowers to be bright enough for contrasting colors to those clouds.

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And a couple minutes later on the other side of the river, I dial in the clouds which also brings the glare off the river down nicely.

So yes, I recommend that you keep a polarizer in your kit and at least step down rings for different lenses if you carry several lenses.

What a polarizer does is not able to have a computer “app” do, the computing power to design in “Details” that the camera RAW or other file format did not capture “in the original photo” is going to be immense.

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20180913: Natural Frames Pt 2a, how to find & use natural frames.

In this framing you can see the different style of clouds

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and again the eye motion of the triangle moves the viewer to the bottom from the top & the clouds in this sample are more intense so the eye lingers longer on the clouds & lesson the distant church.

However, the eye is still driven by the triangle shape to move up or down & just for the texture of the walls doing the framing I did squat down lower to get more of them. The top framing piece now comes into play as well.

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20180826: New tiny rose bush for a tiny patio, Depth of Field lesson.

Yes, as the direct sunlight is leaving my patio, I got another small rose to replace the loss of the others.

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Rather nice that the day after transplanting it, all but one of these opened up.

Wide angle lens, close up and medium f/stop gives me the depth of field on the roses, but blurs the background plants & objects. You can see that this causes separation of the foreground & background making the roses more pronounced.

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20180821: Zenfolio V.P. selling site under construction still, but getting better.

Yes, I have to do lots of work yet, but the site is getting more user friendly.

I have finally have so much time (tourist season is over in this town for a few months) that I can work on it and get it together.

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My photography, my typography & design skills and a little bit of my creative writing skills.

Plus some times a bit of “dry humor”.

100s of photographs, mostly nature but also various places around the world.

Yes, I have a different perspective on life, don’t you?

I am also running a one man revolution to save some life from this planet as humans kill everything off.   #OccupyISS_IntSpaceStationwhen survival counts

I created the ISS in 1983, with a letter to Pres Reagan to steal from me. The USA did and now I need my Space Station to use to save some of the animals & plants & other life from this pollution doomed planet.

Wars cost money, so yes these sales help me do my thing.

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20180325: ISS PHASE 2, Spirit Drumming, The Tectonic Plate Dance.

I did a much better mix of the drumming sounds here.

With 3 mics running, I had to just kind of play with the levels, and while not the best, YES, you do get to hear MORE of the tones I play while playing with one hand.

Quite Fun for me.

20171120: Canon 16-35mm Repaired & working again! Wow, am I happy

OK, so after 3 years of hauling my broken Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 “L” II zoom lens around with me, not having the money to send it in to be repaired. I finally got inside it and found the broken wire causing the problem.

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This what I talk about in being intelligent.

It took 3 yrs of trying to find the way inside without BREAKING ANYTHING & I was patience enough to do so.

I then without a schematic looker for where a wire should have been attached.

As you can see, it was not so obvious a place.

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The first attempt to connect an extra wire to this spot did not work, the wire pictured would not solder down. So I replace it with a copper wire which did work & that little tiny extra inch of wire let me reconnect the wire inside the lens body to the circuit board.

After closing it up, I tested it and everything fired just right. 3:30am time for bed.

Next day I took it out to the street while selling & tested it more. Everything seems fine. Later that night I went and did some night shooting & so far everything is well & GOOD.

Since this is the lens that in 2014, I had a tripod fall over on a mountainside and break this lens literally in half, I assume either the solder job at the Factory Repair was bad or the wire was weaken but that fall & rolling down 100ft of mountain.

I have over $2000 invested in the lens both from buying it & then the repair of that breaking it in half. So it is nice to repair it myself & have it back in the photo kit!

Sorry I did not take more photos of the lens being opened & repaired, wee morning hours are great for working, but I don’t always remember to shoot a lot of “extra photos” on these repair jobs. I am more interested in getting the job done & get to sleep!

The Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 “L” is one of the sweetest landscape lens I have ever used.

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