Monthly Archives: January 2007

New Lenses Coming Soon?

I’ve been on a long, tiring, frustrating search for a new lens or two for my camera. From a list of ten lenses, I have it narrowed down to three finalists… I hope. Anyway, two of these lenses were tested out at a local camera store.

I took this shot of Codi with the Canon 85mm f/1.8 lens. I like it!

I love macro photography. This is a Starbucks cup from about 3 inches away with the Canon 60mm f/2.8 lens.

Just goofing around with the standard 18-55mm with the Fong Light Sphere in a very dark setting.

Turkish Coffee Buzz

Ever since I lived in Moscow, I’ve had a thing for real, authentic Turkish coffee. It’s a bit strong. It is, of course, unfiltered and typically brewed for 15-20 minutes. It makes espresso seem like colored water. I just made two shots for myself. Woweeee!

Chemical X

I had an opportunity to snap a few shots at a friend’s private concert. The band is Chemical X, and our friend, MG, is the lead singer.

I took nearly 300 shots in an hour. (300 counts as “a few” shots, right?). I’m happy with about 20 or 30 of them, which is a less-than-acceptable ratio for me. Regardless, there are some pretty fun images!

I was reminded that it can be tough shooting in the dark at fast-moving targets. (This wasn’t the first time I’ve learned that lesson.) Once I stopped trying to get accurate still shots (what was I thinking?!), I had a great time with longer exposures. Exposures over 1 second produced awesome lighting and light-trail effects as shown below. The light trails are natural to all these photos. I did some Photoshopping, mostly on the black & white image. Everything else is very, very close to natural.

P.S. The band absolutely rocked!