Saturday, March 31, 2007

I was little bored yesterday morning so I went into the backyard with the IR camera and snapped this picture. Don't really much of a story behind it, just the picture. Enjoy.

Technical Specs: Canon Rebel XT IR, 70-200 f/4 IS @ 75mm, f/4.5, 1/320s, ISO 100.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Well its been over a week since a post so I thought I'd go out into the yard and see if I get inspired. It was late in the day and the sun was shining on this leaf highlighting its translucency.

Technical Specs: Canon 5D, 100mm Macro, f/8, 1/250s, ISO 800.

Monday, March 19, 2007

New Toy

It seems I am frequently posting about new photographic toys so I thought I would share something a little different today. As some may already know, Kim and I have been tackling the rebuilding of our front fireplace hearth and mantle for some time. Kim built up the mantle using brick and mortar and we decided to use marble tiles for the hearth. Rather than rent a wet saw we decided to purchase one as it would be useful for cutting other tiles (like bathrooms, kitchens and even landscape tiles).

It was my first time assembling and using a wet saw. Its basically a saw with a tray below full of water. A water pump draws water and pours it over the blade as it cuts. This ensures a very smooth cut and keeps the blade from overheating.

Technical Specs: Canon 5D, 300 f/4 IS, f/5.6, 1/200s, ISO 200.

Saturday, March 17, 2007


We made a good looking (and tasty) lunch today so I took the opportunity to photograph it. I didn't want to putz around for too long with settings (I was really hungry and the food would get cold), so what you see is basically my shot with getting the lights properly arranged.

Technical Specs: Canon 5D, 24-105 @ 65mm, f/16, 1/6s, ISO 100, flash fired.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Oooohhh fire...

Kim finished repainting and re-assembling the back fireplace a couple of weeks and I'd been meaning to take a picture. We also got it converted to gas by installing a vented gas log. I've always found it interesting how fire has a different appearance when you shoot it with a digital camera. It turns out this is because fire emits a lot of IR light, enough to affect a digital camera's sensor and cause added values in the red channel.

Technical Specs: Canon 5D, 24-105 @ 47mm, f/6.3, 15s, ISO 200.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Ferrari Shoes

The last bits of my lighting gear finally arrived yesterday (courtesy of B&H). I spent a little while playing around with the various pieces to figure it all out. I needed some help with subjects so Mike, a friend of Kim's from work offered up a bunch of stuff.

Mike is a car fan, a Ferrari fan (well not just a fan he happens to own a Modena as well). He had a couple of pieces we wanted photographed but I think these Ferrari shoes are the best. The lighting worked out really well and I had a lot of fun shooting this stuff, as this was my first time doing any studio-style/still life shooting.

My lighting kit consists of a pair of 580EXs, the ST-E2, a pair of lightstands, a pair of reflective and shoot-thru umbrellas, a mini softbox, a white infinity board and a black infinity board. All this stuff is haphazardly arranged in my study right now. I'm now glad I went this route rather than getting a full-on set of studio strobes and the associated larger umbrella, softboxes, etc... I can barely manage to fit this stuff in my study, the only place I have for a full studio would be the garage and I'm pretty sure Kim would kill me if I suggested that.

I took a quick snap of the setup as it is currently, and yes that is indeed an orange (one of the first shooting subjects).

I don't need much else for still life (other than possibly one more flash, we'll see). I have a rather plushy stool I bought at IKEA several years ago that I can use for portraits.