Monthly Archives: January 2017

Something old

I mentioned to my mother a while back that I wanted to start collecting old cameras and display them in my office.  Well, she has started the collection for me.  So far she has found 3 cameras and an old tripod in different thrift stores.  The first one is a Polaroid Land Camera Model 800 built from 1957 – 1962.  Click here to see a quick video showing how to operate this camera.

This is a very heavy camera.

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Wordless Wednesday

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Unit 1 – Aperture

As some of you know I started a photography course with NYIP in December.  I have completed Unit 1 with a B on the final test.  I now have to complete the 2 assignments.  The first one is aperture.  I must depict 2 images, one with a shallow depth of field and one with a great depth of field.  The 2 images below are for shallow depth of field but I am debating on which image to submit.

These images are straight out of the camera.

So I ask you for your assistance, which you think I should submit?  Or do you think I should try again?

 

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When I edit the image it will be cropped and straightened only.

 

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When I edit the image it will be cropped and straightened only.

 

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A Photographer in the Making

This little angel here had a bad day at school today.  He did not get his way so he made sure no one else did either.  After dealing with his mother and a few moments in time out.  He asked if he can take some pictures.  I started to say no because of the behavior today but decided to see what he can do.

The first image is one I took while showing him how to keep one eye open so he can look in the viewfinder.   The rest are all his.

Do we have a budding photographer here?

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Keeping one eye open

 

He gave me instructions on how to pose.  He told me to do some of the same things that I say to him.

 

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Simply a Rose

 

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Simply a Rose

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A day in the snow

Yesterday it snowed most of the day here in New Jersey. The kids wanted to go out and play in the snow so of course I let them and it was a perfect opportunity to take some pictures and practice aperture settings.  Although photos did not turn out in the quality that I wanted they were “ok”.  I still need more work.

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Arai

 

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Caila

 

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Arai and Caila

 

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New Beginnings for 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

I have not posted may pictures the last couple of months mainly because I feel that I am posting the same thing.  Looking back over the past year I do not see any growth in my photography, I feel that I am not growing.  I upgraded my editing software by getting Photoshop and Lightroom but if the photos are better than those programs won’t help me achieve my goals.

By watching various YouTube videos I learned a lot but I still needed something else to bring it all into together.  Taking a college photography course wold be the best thing for me but the local community college did not have evening or weekend classes, so that was out.  Researching the web I found NYIP (New York Institute for Photography) and signed up.

I am hoping that 2017 I will learn a lot and bring my photography to the next level.

Reading, reading, watching videos and more reading is all that I have been doing since I enrolled in the course about 10 days ago.  So today I decided to work on one of the main things that is throwing me off, “f/stops”.  For some reason this is not fully sinking in.  I do know that the larger the number the less light that comes through the lens and the smaller the number the more light comes through the lens.

In the 3 photos I tried to see the difference by using the same settings except for the f/stop, which I only changed by one stop. I also had on camera flash for each photo.

  • Why is photo 2 brighter than photo 1?  Shouldn’t it be darker since less light is being let into the camera?
  • Although only slight, why does photo 1 look darker than photo 3?
1/60 sec. f/10 55mm

Photo 1 – Sony a65 SLT – 1/60 sec. f/10 55mm ISO 100

 

1/60 sec. f/13 55mm ISO 100

Photo 2 – Sony a65 SLT – 1/60 sec. f/13 55mm ISO 100

 

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Photo 3 – Sony a65 SLT – 1/60 sec. f/14 55mm ISO 100

 

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