Archive for January, 2011

31st January
2011
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I’ve been wanting to try the black and white with an item in color thing like Kevin did here. Wrigley was playing with his tug toy and I was able to get up super close with the wide angle lens. I just let it sit on the ground and I pressed the shutter release. Because the camera was on the ground and I was using the wide angle lens, I think the picture makes it look like the camera was farther away from Wrigley than it actually was.

Wrigley is a little blurry because he was moving while the picture was being taken, but somehow the toy remained still enough for me to get the picture.

Then I looked up tutorials on how to get the picture in black and white, but only expose the color in the areas I chose. When I finally found a tutorial, it turned out pretty straightforward, but my hands aren’t that steady so if you look really close at the picture, you can see that I got some of the rug in color as well. But with the small picture, it looks right.

30th January
2011
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I played World of Keflings… almost all day. I played for so long that I almost forgot to take a picture today. I started taking pictures at 11:54, but all of them were blurry until I started using my knee to help steady the camera (I was sitting on the ground taking pictures). I was definitely cutting it close today…

This was taken with the wide angle lens. I was trying to get the text “Xbox 360” in focus, but I think it was too dark for my camera to figure out what I was aiming at, so I think the picture may have focused on the inner wall of the tv stand instead. Also, I cropped out the PS3 that’s sitting on the shelf below the Xbox. 😛

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29th January
2011
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Went skiing today. At lunch in the one of the lodges, Mark ordered a side of fries. But they weren’t any fries, they were curly fries and they were all tangled together. This was the result.

28th January
2011
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Took this with my phone at the Pacific Science Center. I was there to see the Harry Potter exhibit and that exhibit didn’t allow photography, so I didn’t want to bring a camera in case they wouldn’t let me in with a camera.

This was the first time I went to the PacSci Center. I had about 40 minutes before my turn to see the HP exhibit so I decided to walk around. Walking into that Butterfly House was like walking into another world. It was amazing; there were butterflies everywhere! All I had my phone, if you’re wondering about the quality of the picture. I do plan on going back to take pictures with my DSLR though.

Fyi, in case it’s hard to tell, there are two live butterflies in this picture.

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27th January
2011
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I was really tired. I took this picture to make sure I took a picture yesterday. There really isn’t much of a story behind it.

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26th January
2011
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I took this when I woke up this morning. I took my tripod (I used the tripod twice in one week?!?!) up to the roof of my building and set it up. I left the camera at ISO 100 and then just pressed the shutter release button in aperture priority, so the camera could figure out how long to leave the shutter open. I really like the colors in the picture. I didn’t get as much pink in the sky, though, but it was ok.

There are things about this picture I would change. I don’t like that Mt. Rainier is directly behind the Space Needle and that they are almost centered in the picture (but that’s a limitation of how big the roof of my building is and where my building is in relation to the city). If I were to turn the camera further east, I would get too much of Queen Anne, not so much of the skyline. If I turned the camera further south, I would get fewer skyscrapers and lots of water (not what I was going for). Ideally, I should use this as motivation to take my camera and tripod to Kerry Park and setup there, where I could get more of the city, less distraction in the foreground (I cropped out stuff in this photo) and Mt. Rainer and the Space Needle would not line up so strangely.

Also, even with the tripod, there were lots of blurry pictures. Just another example why I need to get a remote trigger.

25th January
2011
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One thing I’ve wanted to do since moving to Queen Anne was take a picture of this church. I thought it looked really interesting with its little bell tower, the bricks, the architecture of the windows, etc. The wide angle lens was perfect for this, to get the entire church in view. Then I had to wait for a day where I was home when it was still light outside. Today, I finally had that chance.

I decided to turn this into an HDR image because the sky was blown out in every picture I took that got the church in the right colors. And you couldn’t see many details about the church if I metered against the sky. You can see the original images below. I think the only thing the image gained from the HDR was a little more grayness in the sky but even that was worth the HDR effort.

I didn’t take my tripod with me, so the original images didn’t match up perfectly, leaving a little ghosting, but I still think it looks ok.

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24th January
2011
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It’s always exciting when I have enough energy to take out my tripod and today was one of those days. I had zero pictures of Wrigley and me. So, out came the tripod. I set it up in my room because the light was brightest in there. I set the camera to timer mode, however, it would focus when I clicked the shutter release button, not after the 10 seconds – which I think is normal, but it was really annoying because I somehow had to focus the lens at the right spot without actually being able to look in the view finder. Then I had to get Wrigley in that 10 seconds and sit in some sort of pose and hope Wrigley didn’t move while the shutter was released.

I probably took 25 photos and ended up with 3 that were in focus where Wrigley was not moving. Then out of those 3, all of them looked better in black and white.

There are a number of things I would change though. I wish I had a better setting for the picture. The blinds aren’t that special, but that’s the only place the tripod would fit. I wish I had a remote trigger for the camera so I could sit down and have Wrigley and I actually be in focus. Finally, I would have some setup with the external flash such that I didn’t need to be forced to stay in my room to get decent lighting.

23rd January
2011
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Bears beads have been removed; the chocolate has made its appearance (there’s lots of ice cream in the kitchen as well), and I’m going to watch some of the Bulls games from the 90s dynasty….

Sigh… hopefully this will make me feel better.

22nd January
2011
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I’m continuing my exploration of a wide angle lens. In yesterday’s photo, I got a little stretching in the lamp, but it was also blurry because it wasn’t in focus. I was curious how much of the stretching was due to the lens versus it only looking stretched because it was blurry. So today I took a picture of something that spanned the entire frame and therefore was at the same depth of field.

Again, I’m impressed, there doesn’t seem to be out of the ordinary with the Kinect itself. But then I noticed that I had lowered the view too much, so that it caught the edge of the tv stand. The edge was millimeters away from the lens and you can clearly see a curve. However, now I’m wondering if this would happen with any lens, not just the one with the 10mm focal length.

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