Slideshows: July 2008 Archives
Sitting at the computer looking out the window earlier this evening I noticed one of the great advantages of the unstable summer weather we have right now: beautiful sunsets. The drifting clouds and broken cloud coverage mixed with the long, light evening and slow Scandinavian sunsets means long lasting and usually very nice sunsets.
As this evening. I quickly packed a tripod, the camera and the dog and drove a bit into the countryside to find a suitable location. While driving I could witness the sky going more and more colorful and bright, but once I reached a suitable place and set up, the best part was over.
On the other hand I had some nice colorful flowers in the foreground, a cloudy sky and the sun still playing.
I shot a bunch of bracketed series for HDR-work, strolled with the dog and returned home. These are the best frames from that small trip. All shot with the D200 and the Sigma 10-20mm at f18 and shutter speeds between 1 and 10 seconds or so.
And yes, I will return to HDR in one or several future "On Location" podcasts.
Another small series shot in my home. I have always loved my espresso machines, and have had several of these Italian machines over the years. They brew a mean cup of coffee, and their chromed surfaces offer a lot of photo opportunities.
This is another series shot with the D40 and the worn out 50mm f1.8. It's a killer combination in spite of the manual focusing - compact and light and with excellent low light capabilities.
I'm grounded these days. Not much moving about. I was unfortunate enough to fall over a network cable running across my living room door, and that cost me at least one strained toe and a swollen knee. Doctors orders: pain killers and rest.
Well, I'm resting. Not able to get around means fewer photo opportunities... or does it? I honestly don't think so. I can't stop taking pictures just because I'm confined within the four walls of my home with the occasional pop into the garden.
I armed my D40 with an old 50mm f1.8, and had some fun. Yes, that means focusing manually, which is actually great fun and reminds me of the old days. The focus ring is just ridiculously small on the 50mm, and I actually think I'll construct an attachment I can slide over it to get some more grip.
Apart from that it works like a charm, and the softness and bokeh you get at full open is amazing. I love B/W and routinely thought in B/W when I shot and converted the images in post. The result may not be great art, but a fun drill when you can't get around as you want to.