I spent three days in Rodrigues. It was my first visit in 11 years.
As I copied files off the D200 into my Photos folder, I realised that I had not taken a single shot with my Nikon since January. Looking back at the keepers, I’m glad I made the effort to shoot some of the Farnborough Airshow 2014 fly-bys.
This picture was taken with the D200 and a manual everything Sirius 70-210mm f/4-5.6. I had to force myself to check the metering every so often as the lighting conditions fluctuated so much. The trick, I found, was to spot-meter on the clouds at +2 as dictated by the zone system and leave the exposure in the rest of the frame to take care of itself.
I’m pretty impressed with Photo Ninja. It allowed me to improve pictures that I thought unrecoverable from under-exposure. Plus, the noise reduction algorithm is excellent.
I wish you all a very Happy New Year. Hopefully, 2013 would have been a good year, and 2014 will be an even better one.
This picture reminds me of the festive atmosphere on the last day of 2008 as we wandered around London waiting for the NYE celebrations to start.
Never thought of Poland as a tourist destination, but after spending five days in Wroclaw, I’m ready to go back again. Beautiful landmarks, great food, and amazing people.
Here is a close-up picture of the love padlocks on Most Tumski, a most original expression of love and friendship.
The Panasonic Lumix FZ18 was an amazing bridge camera. Except for interchangeable lenses, it had the qualities of a DSLR; it allowed precise control when taking pictures, from setting exposure to manual focusing. This picture was taken with the Lumix shortly before I upgraded to a Nikon D40. As the situation demanded, the depth of field was set to cover from the hyper-focal distance to infinity, then the camera pointed in the direction to capture the Red Arrows as they flew into the frame. The only weakness of the Lumix FZ18 was the amount of noise it produced. This picture is captured at ISO 100, yet is more grainy than pictures at ISO 3200 from modern DSLR cameras.
My pet peeve when travelling on the Paris Metro was stopping at one station and following confusing signs down endless corridors only to end up at a different station a couple of blocks from our intended destination.
Candid photography is my favourite genre. I like pictures that are unique combinations of events, feelings, and places. While a beautiful landscape can be re-visited and a portrait re-created, a moment remains truly unique.
I thought I wouldn’t enjoy wandering about in a strange city, but I quite liked our Parisian strolls. We might even go back.
Because I know the person so well (and not just because I took the picture), I can fill the before and the after of this instant with countless stories. Others can only wonder.