Thursday, December 24, 2009

Thursday, December 10, 2009

FW: Port Huron & Detroit Railroad

In a rush (sort of) to get some images together for submission to a photo contest, I stopped by the Port Huron and Detroit Railroad Historical Society offices in the old PH&D wye. The weather was nasty, cold, wet, and very windy. It made for some really difficult shot with wind blown rain, cold fingers, and some camera shake (monopod was used, but still got a little movement). With some work in the plans with the PH&DRHS I felt the need to visit the old office / roundhouse grounds and take some current shots. Both buildings need work. The PH&DRHS owns the old offices, but CSX Transportation owns the old roundhouse. The RH is in the worst shape. Like many organizations with intentions of restoration of a building, locomotive, or even a ship, there is a lot of work ahead. I look forward to becoming a member this weekend.



Sunday, December 06, 2009

Family Portraits

In an effort to get more studio experience with my new lights and backdrop, I offered up free prints and a studio session to my family. So far one sister and her family and my Mom came over for the experience.

All worked well and all the images were fun to capture. Mom was so concerned about her looks I told her I would put her smiling face on a bikini model for a laugh! Anyway, studio photography is another step in the right direction of developing my skills.




The Snowy Owl - a Lesson in Lenses

The opportunity to photograph anything of interest when it presents itself is always one any photographer jumps upon. On this day it was the Snowy Owl which winters at my work. Three years now it has come back to the base and each time it has been too far or too late to photograph it. With a tip from a co-worker I was able to find it real close, but the light was low and my lens was slow… meaning not good in low light (a Tamron 100-300 mm 5-6.3 zoom). On a day like today I really wish I had a nice Nikon AF Nikkor ED 180mm f/2.8D telephoto or better. The limitations of my current lens is apparent with the blur from the camera shake. I could have switched back to the Tamron 17-50mm  2.8 for better light, but not enough zoom to bring the owl in close.


These are not the best photos in the light of a sunset behind overcast sky. It shows where I need to invest to bring out the best of the light I have to work with and the best in my capabilities. My current zoom lens works good in bright sunlight of the day, but a setting sun or soft low light conditions with f/5-5.3 just does not give enough light to the camera to work with. I pushed these images in the digital darkroom a bit, but not at all my best work. Nothing left to say here, but to save $ for the lens I need to do good work in this type of shooting situation.