I am still on east coast time so I was up early, I made some coffee and decided to leave the room just before sunrise. the nice thing about being in a deep valley is it takes 30 minutes or so before the sun starts to light up the valley floor. I took some images in the El Capitan Meadow, then I moved on to the Pohono Bridge. by this time the sun was lighting up El Capitan's 3000 foot granite wall and the water in the river was smooth as glass.
Yesterday I wrote a nice post ( then today I hit the remove button )about driving to the park and arriving in the late afternoon to maybe catch some of the later afternoon light. I made several stops along the Merced River while making my way to a Virtual Geocache located at the famed tunnel View. at the look out I ran into Randy one of the instructors from the digital photo workshops
I made it to my room after dark and uploaded the days photos, below is a shot taken from the geocache site.
The D610 has been announced for pre order and a release date of October 18, 2013. As expected not to much is new with the 610, there is a burst rate of 6 frames a second and now this burst rate can be shot in the quite mode.
More information on this new camera will be published as it becomes available, I have not had a chance to see it yet but my order is in and I will put it through the same test I did on the D600 and check out the sensor for dust and oil spots. But just like the Nikon SB900 flash that was over heating, I hope Nikon got this right with the D610
I had the pleasure yesterday to do a photo walk in Clinton, NY the walk leader Gail did an excellent job setting up the walk in coordination with the Clinton Historical Society. We were given a map and introduction to Clintons historicial district and then sent on our way. for the most part we stayed in group for the next 2 hours everyone shooting what they found interesting. Reflections, shooting low, archutrectural details, Fall colors, vines and even some beautifual shots from a couple of business as the owners worked their crafts.
The rain held off just a few sprinkles, As the walk was coming to an end I knew there was a geocahe nearby so I introduced a couple of walkers to geocaching. When the walk was over back at the historical society building we had lunch up loaded images and walkers showed their shots. This was my first Kelby photowalk and I am looking forward to another next year.
Below are just a couple of my shots from the morning.
Looks like the D610 will be announced on October 7th, Its being said that the new camera is really just an upgrade to the shutter so it no longer throws dust/oil onto the sensor. I know my D600 was pretty good but it has gotten worse in the past month and the dust is becoming an issue again.
I am holding out for some kind of trade in program to be offered by Nikon, I know the chances of that happening are slim but they are the ones who pushed out defective gear to its loyal fans.
Here is a sunset photo taken at a small cove not to far from the resort Aulani. I really enjoyed carrying a lot less weight then I usually do during a photo tour with Oahu Photography Tours I went all day with these lenses in my pack and it was a pleasure to carry.
I find that I do not miss the 2.8's I have been able to bump the ISO up to 800 with no real noise being introduced into the photos. Its been a busy week so I have not had a lot of time to process many photos.I will post a gallery in a week or so with some other shots taken around the island.
Over the past few months I thought about my gear, I shot Nikon and had f2.8" from Sigma the 24 to 70mm and 70 to 200mm. These are great lenses they have always performed well for me but the kit would make for a heavy bag to carry. I was also looking for a lens that would give me a little more then the 70mm reach without having to change lenses.
Back in the spring I decided to first buy the Nikon f4 - 16 to 35mm, I really enjoyed using the lens and it was giving me good performance even in low light. I like it because I can use my filters on this lens.
After a few months of use I decided to convert to an all f4 collection of Nikon lenses. I started to look and was happy to see Nikon has a 24 to to 120mm, that lens covers most of zoom range what I would shoot. The reviews were good and it was placed into the shopping cart. Lastly I decided on getting the f4 70 to 200mm to complete the kit. This combination has dropped a signifiant amount of weight from may bag.
I have 2 upcoming photo trips one to Hawaii and the other to Yosemite national park. Check back for new photos and updates on how my f4 kit performs.
There is more and more chatter about Nikon coming out with a D610, I have mixed feelings about this, I am currently on my 5th D600. This one was acceptable so I kept it, I clean the sensor about once a month, I should do it a little more often but cleaning swabs are on the expensive side. I have 2 photo trips coming up this fall then I will be sending I it for repair or maybe Nikon will have a recall program where they will prorate the price of a D610 for trading in a defective D600. That is my speculation on my part.
I wish they would have just come out and say yes there is a problem and we are going to fix it.
Sunset photographs are every where, They are one of the most photographed events and a quick search of Flickr, 500px, or Facebook you will find thousands of photos. This is just a few quick tips to help you improve your sunset photos.
- This is the MOST IMPORTANT tip never look at the sun through your view finder. When photographing the sun use your Live View and frame your shot in the LCD.
- Light will be changing quickly use a tripod, the tripod will eliminate camera shake.
- I find that with most sunsets setting the white balance to Daylight will give you more realistic looking colors, most sunsets are full of oranges, reds. grays and blacks. I have read where using the shade or cloudy white balance will give your photos a nice warm feeling. I have tried that and find the colors produced are not ver natural looking.
- Clouds will help the sky burst out in beautiful color.
- Reflections taken from an elevated angle with show the glow of the setting sun across the surface of the water.
- The use of Graduated ND filters will help balance out the dynamic range usually found at Sunset.
- Composition is important remember to use Live View when composing your sunset photos, think about rule of thirds, but also make the decision what the strongest element will be. Is it the clouds or the foreground, we will always find our eyes going to the brightest element in the photo. So decide if you want to hide the sun behind a cloud or tree.
- When making an exposure take your meter reading from about 25 to 30 degrees from the sun and then recompose.
- Use different focal lengths and apertures, longer focal lengths will make the sun itself your main subject by producing a large globe of light with your foreground compressed not the frame. A wide angle 16 to 30mm will make your foreground the subject and sun will be a point of interest providing the warm glow. (see the first photo in this article)
- HDR can be used make sure your shutter speeds for the exposures are fast enough to keep the sun from moving in the frame. the sun moves rather quick.
- Two last tips start early and stay late, the last tip works with all photography loo behind you sometimes you will find the best photo opportunities there.
As I was shooting the early fall colors, I heard noises from the woods on the other side of the road. There was a BAAAAH and a Snorting sound. When I turned to go back to the car these guys were watching me, so I just snapped a quick snapshot and went on my way.
Look at the goats eyes, they have the strangest looking pupils.
I was up at dawn today I wanted to get out and get some pictures in the fog this morning, I decided to drive south of Utica NY, into the Madison county farmlands. I spent the morning following the fog and getting some good shots. This is also an experiment to see how I like the Nikon 28 to 300mm Lens, I have had it for a while and never really gave it a work out. I have a 2 week trip coming up and I think I want to try and travel lighter then I usually do. I have the 28 to 300, 16 to 35 f4 and I have on order the F4 24 to 120. I think these three lenses with my D600 will fit the bill. Feels funny leaving the F2.8's behind.
The photo above was a little surprise for me this morning, I took a side road up a hill and off to the left I saw the first colors of fall. It feels a little early to me our color here will usually peak near the end of september the first week in October. The farmers Almanac says we are going to have an early and snowier then usual winter. I think mother nature has a way of taking care of its self, by turning the leaves early and getting them off the tree before the first snow fall.
There seems to be very few first today, well the photo above is the very first photo Neil Armstrong took after stepping on to the lunar surface. This photo was taken 44 years and one day ago.
Hundreds of Hi-res photo scans from the good old Apollo space program days have been posted on line at The Project Apollo image gallery. Photos from all the missions are here. it is truly a wonderful collection of photos.
So look at this photo, it could be a long time before we see another picture taken by us on another planet. Take a few minutes look these pictures over and think about what we accomplished from the time JFK said on May 25, 1961. President John F. Kennedy announced before a special joint session of Congress the dramatic and ambitious goal of sending an American safely to the Moon before the end of the decade.
"We choose to go to the moon," the president said. "We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too."
I was able to get out today and not have to have my gear bagged in plastic, I had an assignment to shot for NYIP so I headed out to Hamilton College and took some photos of several buildings on campus, I hen headed out to my Favorite place to shoot. This place is a small cemetery along a dirt road in Clinton NY, a few scenes from the sterile cuckoo we filmed there.
It was nice to be out shooting in low humidity, one issue was is the dirt road is closed due to recent flooding. so I wasn't able to drive to a spot that over looks the valley as far west as Oneida lake
Today it was 92 degrees and 80% humidity outside, I decided I wanted to go out and get some flower shots for a class I am taking from the Perfect Picture School of Photography
I have central air conditioning and the house is cool with low humidity so before going out side I took my D600, 70 to 200 mm, 24 to 70mm and my 17 to 70mm marco and placed them into hefty jumbo ziplock bags. I use these bags because they will hold a DSLR with a Lens attached.
By pacing the equipment into a zip lock bag I prevent condensation from forming on the equipment. I also take these bags with me when I go on vacation to a hot climate. Condensation could possibility get inside the equipment and cause electrical issues, mold inside the lens.
The bags are cheap insurance to help protect your expensive equipment. I use the bags going both in and out of the house, Also use these in the winter.