I remember as a young boy wanting to get into photography, but just could not afford the cost of a new Nikon or Canon SLR. We often face those dilemmas in real life, cost vs. value or quality. What do we concentrate on? Well for a long time when I was 13-14, I used to look in the back of Popular Photography or Modern Photography magazine and browse the ads for cheap cameras, or lower cost cameras I should say. I would scour the ads from Cambridge Photo or 42nd St. Photo every month drooling over the cameras, lenses and anything photography related.. There was something magical, yet educational in reading those ads. That’s how I learned. By reading ads.Even to this day I will still read ads to see what was being advertised then look up more information about the item. What lenses were being advertised and for what purpose. Why was a 50mm 1.4 better than a 1.8 and so on. Remember Spiratone lenses? I never bought one, but always wanted one. I settled on a Hanimex Praktica to be my first camera. Because it was cheaper than all the others. I still couldn’t muster the few hundred dollars to buy one. But many years later I did see one on Ebay , and bought it. Only to be disappointed that it didn’t work. It seemed the shutter didn’t work properly and it was a fairly common thing with those cameras.I bought the camera because it reminded me of an innocent time in my youth. And I just wanted to be there again. Sadly we move on from broken things, but just can’t seem to part with the idea of what we thought we could do with them. But we still hope.
After a very long absence from writing, I am trying to get back in focus (no pun intended) to what really matters to me…..shooting stuff. This picture was taken with my brand new Canon 10-18mm lens and post processed in Lightroom and Photomatix.I know some of the HDR stuff is not for all lovers of photography, and some even say this style of HDR covers a myriad of errors and imperfections. I agree, but I also can’t stop loving some of these images that Photomatix produces. Yes it may seem that inexperienced and immature photographers post process this way, but I make no excuse. I love the way this image is enhanced. Shot on Irondequoit Bay when I went to break in the new lens I just received. The beauty of this lens was to keep something close in foreground while shooting across an expanse. Lucky for me a US Coast Guard boat was coming by and snapped this awesome shot. The post process in Lightroom secured the color and an HDR process in Photomatix from a single image (instead of 3) produced the final enhancement. Shot in the Sea Breeze section of Irondequoit Bay with temporary bridge in view.
Bokeh Coffee Mug
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8
Love this Nifty Fifty!
Pros: Nice Bokeh, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Consistent Output
Describe Yourself: Photo Enthusiast
I originally bought this lens as I heard Canon was going to discontinue the 1:4 and reprice the 1:8 to higher than the 1:4 ( I am sure with better quality as well). The 1:4 and 1:2 were out of my price range and the reviews everywhere on the 1:8 were usually very high.
My intentions were to shoot food photography and objects producing an extremely pleasing bokeh. I have not been disappointed in this lens. The tack sharp results and bokeh are phenomenal.
Apples to Apples
My town, Lake Ontario and Irondequoit Bay.
HDR photography lends itself well to rusted objects, such as this sculpture of sails at the Port of Rochester in town of Charlotte.
Having seen this iconic bridge on TV for years, we finally visited Boston on July 4th 2012. I really loved this historic city, one of my best places overall.
Always a fun time feeding the ducks, swan, geese, pigeons and sea gulls from the shore!
Gorgeous day on Irondequoit Bay. I never saw so many swans in one place. The bay was filled with swans, geese, mallards and others. Of course it didn’t hurt that many people were feeding them from the shore.