Sunday, April 23, 2006

Pond Across the Street

Kim has been working the last couple of weeks to put together our wedding site. Apparently we need a picture of the two of us for the site. Turns out in all the pictures we have taken we don't have any pictures of the two of us together. We figured with all the gear we have, we try doing something ourselves. So on Sunday, Kim and I went out to this small but beautiful park across the street to take some 'engagement photos'. The park was quite nice and it was good weather for portraits (cloudy so even lighting). After we did the portraits there were a lot of ducks and various other animals hanging around the park. So I took the opportunity to try a some wildlife shooting. This little guy seemed more interested in the female ducks than me, so I took the opportunity to get a shot.

This was taken with the 70-300 DO, with the IS turned on. In retrospect I should have bumped the ISO a little, but I wasn't thinking straight and busy taking shots. I did some Photoshop magic to create the final image.

Technical Specs: Canon 30D, 70-300 DO @ 300mm, f/5.6, 1/30s, ISO 100.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006


This is a picture I took around a year ago. I originally shot this with a film SLR on Fujichrome slide film. I have been meaning to scan this slide for quite some time but haven't had the chance. Finally this week I asked around work where to get stuff scanned at decent quality. Turns out we have some fancy scanning equipment and within a few minutes a shiny Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 arrived at my desk. So I scanned up my slide and just for fun I cranked up the quality to the full 5400 DPI at 16bpp. Needless to say this was total overkill for this particular slide but I'm quite happy with the results. I will probably scan a few more slides and negatives as I find them.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Pinnacles Macro

So I got a couple of new toys this week. First my 30D arrived, next my 100mm Macro lens arrived. So to get out and use both I took the pair with me hiking at Pinnacles on Saturday. Photographically Pinnacles can be a very fun place to explore with a Macro lens, as there is lots of interesting stuff; I can't wait to go back with this kit.

The 30D performed like a champ. I actually hand-held all my macro shots (don't want to lug a tripod on a 10 mile hike) and used auto focus which makes it even more challenging. I have noticed the 30D's AF seems to perform a little better than the 20D (both in AI Servo and One Shot). Since the DOF is so thin with macro shooting, I set the camera to AI Servo to continously focus, along with a high shutter speed to counteract the flowers waving in the wind.

In this particular shot I was actually standing a bit further away. This image is a 100% crop. I have more pictures in the Flowers Gallery and in the Visual Elements Gallery (these links were removed).

Technical Specs: Canon 30D, 100 macro, f/3.5, 1/5000s, ISO 200.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

SF Chinatown

On Saturday, Kim and I went to China Town in San Francisco, supposed the largest China town in North America. It was fun to walk around, and there are some great places to eat there too. Later in the afternoon there was a guy laying on the ground, he looked hurt; hence the fire trucks and ambulances.

Technical Specs: Canon 350D, 35 f/2, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 100.