Stargazing

I figured that this week’s meteor shower is as good a time as any to make a stab at doing a proper shoot of the night sky. Karen has been asking for some, and with the camera upgrade, I didn’t have an excuse not to drag out my tripod for some stellar shooting.

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Getting the technical specifics right was a little tricky at first. Focusing was difficult since autofocus was useless and I couldn’t make out the stars enough to manually  focus properly, so I had to resort to trial and error to get as close as I could. And as much as I was looking forward to using my phone as a remote via the D7200’s wireless connection, connecting the two was finicky enough that I spend as much time rubbing my phone on my camera to get the NFC to connect as I did actually shooting. Fortunately, I was able to just kick back and enjoy the evening once all the settings were where they needed to be.

In fact, firing off the occasional exposure from my phone, as I stared up at the stars was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had in recent memory. I’m usually working on at least two things simultaneously at any given hour of the day until I just pass out late at night. And for all my love of science and astronomy, I’ve spent so much more time listening to Neil Degrasse Tyson talk about the stars than I have actually looking at them. But sitting out there in the cool, August air with nothing for company but my camera and the stars was a peaceful feeling I had almost completely forgotten.

Baking Bread

I’ve been spending more time in the kitchen lately, and my latest project was some simple French bread. After shamelessly posting a cell phone photo of my accomplishment online, a friend suggested I shoot it properly. So, I have my first attempt at food photography.

Hungry for more? Let me know in the comments.

Test-29

Finally Upgraded My Body

After roughly four years of service from my Nikon D80, I’ve finally upgraded to a new D7200. The specifications completely blow my previous body out of the water. I’ve mostly been messing around with it so far.

The D7200 is phenomenal in low light. I took it downtown and shot entirely without a flash. Where the D80’s ISO would become too grainy to be of any real use after about 800, but the newer model still looks solid well beyond 6400.

And that’s just scratching the surface of what this thing can do. Stay tuned for more. If you have anything you would want to see coming up, let me know in the comments below.

Emily at the Riverfront

I teamed up with my awesome and lovely friend, Emily, to shoot a portrait set down my the Cuyahoga Falls Riverfront. Since half the shoot was at night, I got experimental with the lighting. The shots by the fountain in particular used a combination of shutter dragging, one off camera flash for fill light, and a second remote flash with a spotlight modifier. The post processing was more elaborate than usual to, How did I do? Let me know in the comments below. 

GoPro Flow

Ever wanted to be an amazing flow artist, but don’t have the time and resources to apply to practice and sweet gear? Well, thanks to modern technology, you can kind of pretend! At Friday’s shoot, the wonderful duo of Kassandra Morrison and Samantha Novak wore the GoPro while getting their flow on. Their names are linked to their Facebook pages, so go send them some love! And while you’re at it, check out VIRTUALVIBE and Zzr at Overclocked Remix, where they put together the song featured in the video.

The Doo Dah Video

Because I’m awesome, I shot video and stills at the same time at this weekend’s Doo Dah Parade. My favorite shot is the swing dancers. There was a pickup truck leading them and playing music, so I jumped on it and shot video with my GoPro from the moving truck.

The audio is OC ReMix #2736: Donkey Kong Country ‘Percussion Hijinx’ [DK Island] by Acadia Percussion Ensemble
by David Wise, Eveline Novakovic, and Robin Beanland.  If you like it, you can also find it here: http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02736

It’s some great music, so be sure to show them some love.

Doo Dah Parade

Muppet bike gangs, Rocky Horror homage, robots, superheroes, and monsters; why did I only find out about Columbus’s Doo Dah parade this year? For those equally naive as I was, the Doo Dah parade is an annual celebration of… well… anything you want. The fact that there are no real rules on who can get a float, no set pace for the flow of the parade, and strong encouragement of general lunacy make this a one-of-a-kind event that I loved being a part of. If you were at the parade, please, feel free to share these around so everyone who participated can have a look.

 I snagged some video along with stills (because I’m awesome like that), so keep an eye out for a compilation coming soon.