My youngest daughter & I watching American Idol. Been a busy week, we DVR'd American Idol and she's been hoping to watch it every night since, but I've had to work late. . .
We got to watch some of it tonight.
I used my wife's P&S too, the photo works all around for me, I am wiped after this week and really wanted to relax, I believe that comes through in the image.
The SD800IS is a great camera, I bought it for my wife last Xmas ('06) but I think I use it more. It came in real handy when we were in Disney this fall, I could use it to take photos of the whole family on a ride, something I couldn't (and wouldn't) do with my 40D.
Here's my son making a mean face. Before I was ready, he made this really good pouting face that no matter what I did to coach him, he could not duplicate.
Just a simple shot. Yet another extremely busy day at work. It is good to be able to come home and employ these little, low-cost, models for my PaD work.
My goal today was to play with my grey card to get the White Balance correct. I like how I can use Lightroom to set the WhiteBalance for a group of shots.
On my way to what I thought was going to be my PaD shoot, I got pleasantly distracted by this abandoned Guardhouse. Even when Pease was still an active Air Force Base, this guardhouse was not used that often (I never drove through this gate). It does, however, make for a great thing to shoot.
More photos can be seen in my new Abandoned Guardhouse gallery:
Last week, when I went out and about searching for a PaD photo, I found this area and took a few shots of some leaves that remained on this tree exposed to the sun. I went back to the same area and took photos of the leaves, they didn't do it for me a week ago when I reviewed them in LR and they didn't do it for me again tonight. I've settled on this stream/barbed wire shot instead.
This is on the border of the Great Bay Wildlife Refuge. I am sure I will have many more keepers in this region (especially if I stumbled upon a Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L
What is incredible about this photo is not its composition or the fact that it is surrounded by fresh snow. It is that as the last one out of work today, I was surprised to find that someone had taken the time to clean off my car for me. I didn't have to wade through snow drifts, clean off my car, curse, and freeze my fingertips off trying to uncover my vehicle and make it safe for interstate travel. Instead, in an elated state of glee, I did the first thing anyone under the influence of Digital photographic paraphernalia would do, I took off my gloves, got my camera ready, and proceeded to freeze the tips of my fingertips taking photos of this good deed.
No PP, just Lightroom & Export.
I had a few shots of the snowpile in front of my car, but none did justice to the 18" bank that blocked the front of the car in. Instead of blasting through the pile, I backed out (not very dramatic).
Saw this while waiting for my daughter (Sunday School). The church parking lot has lots of goodies for PaDs. . .
Another tweak with one of the 300 styles in Lightroom. Also had to crop and rotate to get rid of a green chain-link fence in background.
This is part of an old sign that hung over the entrance of a Cemetary, it was resting against a tree. There is no cemetary nearby, but that fact really doesn't matter with this photo ;-)
Tiger scouts at the Portland Pirates Hockey game this evening.
My son was asked if he wanted to participate in the flag ceremony this evening (we were already going, it was cub scout night). He wasn't shy in front of all those people. We got there late, he really didn't have time to worry about it.
The angle isn't all that great. We had to stand back, off the ice with their backs to us. There was a moment or two where the people guarding/watching the opening, moved a way so I could get a shot or two in. Had to flip to ISO 1600. This is definately NOT a fast lens, I thought I was going to be too far away for my 28mm f/1.8. In hindsight, I could have left the 28mm on and just cropped. It was all so fast, when they were rolling out two carpets, we thought that the boys were going to be in the middle of the rink. They rolled out the carpets into a T, so they were much closer to us then we expected.
SP Friday. A rare actual SP of me.
I have a splitting headache from a hectic day, what better way to finish it off than to mess around with an SP?
I'm not a huge fan of SPs (just look at my galleries) but at least the model was easy to deal with!
Another Lightroom developed photo. And I am back to my EF 28mm lens.
I'm sitting at my computer desk, but the camera is pointing up. This was the angle I wanted, I'd thought about having the camera level with me so the computer screen is in the background, however, my desk is so cluttered, there would be too much distracting crap in the background.
This didn't come out exactly like I had wanted it to. The mere fact that I was able to get a photo taken and posted is quite incredible.
I wanted to play a little with balancing exposure without a flash. I had the wrong lens to try a DOF effect too.
I also forgot my grey card at home today too.
Got a lamp post today.
I really like the different shapes in this photo. I wish I could have had a better angle so that the brick would be even, but that was not physically possible (I wanted the lamp post to be parallel beside the window).
I'm going to get hooked on this "300" Preset for Lightroom, I started with it, then tweaked from there.
On the way to the camera store (the ONLY camera store left within a 45 mile radius, and they pretty much only sell used cameras at that), I saw this foot bridge. My main goal at the camera store was to purchase a grey card to help get my colors more on target. What better way to test out a grey card then to shoot a Black & White shot ;-)
Actually, the grey card remained in the car while I walked to the bridge. I am definately NOT off to a good start with said grey card, my saving grace, however, is that I knew this scene would be converted to Black & White during PP...
OK, I like this one. I liked it when I was out snapping my PaD for today and liked it when I was playing with the new Presets I got for Lightroom. The preset I used is called "300 v1" I got it from: http://inside-lightroom.com/index.php
I could easily get carried away with all the new presets, well OK I am getting carried away.