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.

Heron Harassment

I was on my morning bike ride and I saw this gorgeous heron. Fortunately, I had the camera on my phone, unfortunately, the heron didn’t feel very photogenic. It flew about 20 feet down, so I followed it. Then it took off again, so I gave chase. This pattern continued about three more times until the poor creature just flew off entirely. I got some decent photos, but I can’t help but feel like a bit of a jerk.

Morning Walk

 With a new house, comes a new neighborhood. I spent a morning just wandering around with my camera. We’re only about 75 yards from a lake, which which I hope has some great potential for future shoots.  In the morning, fog rises from the water, and it makes for some interesting silhouette effects. I’m going to keep a close eye on the lake to see what else it has to offer.

At Least I Have The River

I’m still attacking the backlog. These are from back in April when a classmate had messaged me about doing a shoot at the Kent Stage. It took me some time to get in contact with the people in charge and work out some time to get us the stage to ourselves for the shoot… and she never showed. No call, or message, or anything at any point. I still haven’t heard back from her.  All I have to show for my trouble was this silhouette of me with my camera I took while I was waiting.

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I guess it wasn’t a total loss though, I did manage to get a few river shots on the way home. Nothing at all new to the site but they’re popular enough.

Remote Camera Workshop

A former professor of mine invited me back to Kent State University for a free workshop while we were at the book signing together. Of the two possible workshops, I chose to attend the presentation by the Columbus Dispatch’s Kyle Robertson on setting up remote cameras for sports photography. It served well as an intro to the concept, covering the basics of mounting, rigging the wireless triggers, as well as how best to get clearance for setting up cameras for events. The best part came at the end when we all got some hands-on time with the gear. I hope this becomes a regular thing.

-Just to get some practice for working under a deadline, I gave myself half an hour to edit the photos, write the intro, write cut lines, and post this piece.

I Found My First Camera

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While looking through some boxes to look for some of my old photos, I found my first camera! When I was about 10, I received the little point-and-shoot as a Christmas gift from my uncle.

For nostalgia’s sake, I loaded it up with a roll of 400 speed film and went to go see what I could do with it now. Sadly, the poor motor couldn’t advance the film past 18 exposures, but I got a couple of shots that turned out okay. They even have that Instagram-y  quality all the kids seem to love these days.

Lindsey Stirling Concert

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Did I ever mention that my fiancé is amazing? I’m not sure. Back in January, she scored us tickets to see the electric violinist, Lindsey Stirling. The show was absolutely phenomenal.
The fact that security made me leave my camera at coat check, not so much. Not a lot bothers me, but separating me from my gear is almost guaranteed to set me into a foul mood. Said foul mood proved difficult to maintain as the concert began though, and I decided to do the best I could with what I had.
Oh, my poor little cell phone camera sensor, it tried so hard. The situation became a reinforcement of the lesson that you have to embrace the lighting you have.
I set my camera phone to focus and expose for the screen behind Stirling, creating a silhouette effect for the majority of the photos. I then dropped them into my phone’s Photoshop app to alter the exposure, boost the contrast, sharpen, and adjust the saturation. It sounds a lot more extreme than it was. In reality, it was a lot of small tweaks that increased the clarity of the image to increase the clarity of the sensor.Overall, the concert was great, and it proved to be a fun little photo exercise.

Update:

The above photo was edited on my camera, but the shots in the gallery below were edited on my laptop’s Photoshop to see how much I could touch them up. More than anything, it was an exercise in using the noise reduction tool.