These are a few of my favorite things…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 2, 2008 by hotelyankeefoxtrot

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Elkana is clearly impressed with Pearl the Macbook.

Onto real photography and favorite thing #3 – vineyards! Getting one’s butt out of bed at the buttcrack of dawn occasionally proves fruitful. Not often enough for me to not hit the snooze button the requisite five or six times anyway, of course. But, I was up anyway, had some liquid wakey-wakey in the form of espresso, and had the camera with me. So here are a few from that shoot.

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And then a few shots from a couple of weeks ago that I hadn’t gotten around to working on. Pismo Beach, CA pier.

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Everybody loves a little leading lines 😉

The joy of kitties!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on November 23, 2008 by hotelyankeefoxtrot

And no, not just mine…

I would like to catnap this one, though, in all her crosseyed, cartoon walking, ubercute glory!

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KBP‘s Blue.

And of course, mine.

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On her favorite perch (my stereo):
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Dear Nifty Fifty;
Thank you so much for your buttery bokeh and crazy low light mad skillz 😛

More cooperative wildlife – yay!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on November 21, 2008 by hotelyankeefoxtrot

“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” – Robert Capa

Clearly, not a problem last weekend. Of course, I don’t expect my luck to hold out on that front! 😉 Finally got a shot of a mule deer with antlers, and he let me get very close before leisurely getting up and trotting away slowly. They are remarkably habituated to people @ Lopez. Most of these were shot on a tripod, which enabled me to get very sharp, accurate results that were otherwise not possible as I began to lose light. This short blog post on TWiP has some very useful tips on tripod use.

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I may add more landscape style shots to the set on Flickr later.

Hang ten…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on November 20, 2008 by hotelyankeefoxtrot

So many surfers, so little time – the high temps brought out legions of them…

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This one would have been pretty top notch if I hadn’t cut off his feet. I liked it anyway so there it is…

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Also shot a roll of b/w Ilford Delta 100 and will post those when they’ve been processed…

You can see the whole set here on Flickr.

Making the most of a day

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on November 18, 2008 by hotelyankeefoxtrot

Winter sucks for photography. Not enough light in the hours I’ve got, so stuffing my sundays full of photo excursions is the order of the day.

I love the taste of Red Bull in the morning! Five hours and a can of red bull later…voila:

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Butterflies everywhere! Very nice guy let me yoink his IS version of my lens + a 1.4TC which helped me get uber close. The place was literally crawling with other photogs.

Shot some surfers at the pier and got some excellent shots which I haven’t done any work on yet. Then headed to AG for more nature in the evening, which I also have not worked on yet… 😛 Housework calls…teaser here from KBP

Got my hands on the new Canon 50D on 11/14 too. Really wanted to see the 5D Mark II but the rep didn’t bring it after all. On the upside, they are going to do another workshop exclusively on the 5dmk2 as well as one on printing, calibration, and color management which would be an excellent opportunity – also asked about the 400 f5.6 vs 300 f4IS + TC options and it sounds like the 300 might be the one to get. The IS puts it over the “deciding threshold” for me 😉

Morro Bay

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on November 10, 2008 by hotelyankeefoxtrot

I brought out the 70-200 for a little bit of bird action on 10.6.08. For the most part, the 16-35mm hasn’t come off my camera since I bought it, so it was like revisiting an old friend. All about having the right lens for the job!

I’ve been trying to do at least one serious shoot per week, or more when I can fit it in, and I think it’s making a real difference in the quality of my shots. The best way to get better is to take many, many photos – practice makes perfect and all that. It also helps to go shooting with others who are willing to slow down and wait for the right time and right light, and certainly more prudent and safe to do so. I actually forwent the tripod for the most part – the bird shots are all handheld. With good technique, it’s possible to get pretty slow shutter speeds while handheld, but by the end of the excursion I was definitely ready to use the tripod again. It always helps when the wildlife is cooperative which they definitely were. 😛 I’ve been a real fan of the landscaping lately but things just came together for perfect wildlife shooting instead. None of the landscapes I shot really are up to my usual standard but it was more than made up for by the pelicans, egrets, and herons. If I get one great shot, regardless of subject, in a shoot, then I’m quite satisfied.

I’m also trying to get better at species identification. Here’s a few shots from the day.

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And some non birding shots.

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This is from a replica of Christopher Columbus’ ship, the Nina (of Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria fame).
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There are several black & whites along that same theme that I’m considering having matted together. I think they’re best viewed as a series for context…see the next few:
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You can see the full set on my Flickr here.