Sunday, November 29, 2015
I've been working on my technique for shooting digital panoramas. Today I shot this one, at the Korean War Memorial on the Mall in Washington, DC. I shot it with my Nikon Df, Nikkor 35-70mm f2.8 AF lens at 44mm, f/11. I found the approximate nodal point (ideal point of rotation for panoramic images) by using my gimbal head, usually reserved for the big telephotos. That worked quite well.
I am searching for a viewer to allow my blog readers to see it up close and scroll around - the detail in this huge image is amazing.
Just for fun, I printed it on my Epson P600 printer with roll paper. In order to get the height to 12 inches, the length of the print is nearly 10 feet! It is really cool to see on paper. I can't do that everyday. The cost of this one print was probably ridiculous. I think it was about $20 in paper, many times that in ink cost.
If you click on the image, it should take you to flicker, where you can see it bigger.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
I took my old 55mm f1.2 Nikkor out, mated to my Nikon F2SB body, loaded with HP5, to Washington, DC. Here's what resulted:
Tough to focus (manually), lots of misses, but hey, what's a f1.2 lens for if not shooting in the dark? Fun stuff.
Saturday, October 31, 2015
I have had a Nikkor 85mm f1.8 AF-D lens for several years. Here's a shot I made with it some time ago.
Made with Nikkor 85mm f1.8 AF-D Lens][
Not bad, right? The sharpness is not to be argued with. However, this is one of the few times that I've been unpleased with the "bokeh," or out of focus rendering characteristics of a lens. I don't like how the bright spots in the background are so regular and repeatable.
I recently decided to upgrade this lens, sending the AF-D off to KEH for a reasonable purchase price, and buying the newer Nikkor 85mm f1.8 AF-S G lens, refurbished by Nikon, for about $150 total cost (after selling the AF-D). I was not sure about this trade, especially since I am not a fan of G lenses overall. Their lack of an aperture ring makes them useless on my Nikon film cameras. But, the AF-S lens just hums on my Nikon Df (and the D810 for that matter).
Here's a sample shot from the new lens:
Made with Nikkor 85mm f1.8 AF-S G Lens
As you can see, the new lens has no trouble with sharpness, either. And, at least in this example, the bokeh is lovely. I have to gain more experience with this new lens, but it looks very good at this point.
Friday, October 23, 2015
On October 16, 2015, there was a march and protest against genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and more specifically, against Monsanto, in Washington, DC.
Disclaimer: My coverage of this event does not indicate that I do/do not identify with the protester's position on this issue.
The event began at the United States White House, in Lafayette Park. The protesters took to the street, and marched from the park to the headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The welcome at the EPA (by Department of Homeland Security) was calm, yet firm. This officer informed the protesters that they were welcome to protest on the front lawn, but if they attempted to enter the EPA building, they would be arrested. No one attempted entry.
Many of the protesters dressed up as honey bees, a species they have identified as being affected by Monsanto's products.
The honey bees staged a "die in" on the EPA lawn.
There was a range of speakers at the event, ranging from the very young (10 years old?) to adult. Their logic ranged as well, and a lot of numbers and statistics were stated without much context, in my opinion.
Next, the group marched on to the DC offices of Monsanto. This gentleman was attempting to get into the building, presumably on some sort of official business, when one of the protesters offered him some "Monsanto Bucks," a printed fake currency meant to represent the money that changes hands between government and company officials. He did not accept it.
The Monsanto building had prepared well, and had security guards and tape at the doors. They would not let this gentleman in. Apparently disgusted, he seemed to have had no choice but to walk away.
Interestingly, his security badge lanyard says "Criminal Division." I'm not sure what to make of that.
This was the only instance of tension that I witnessed during the protest. The police were present, but as you can see, quite relaxed and friendly with the protesters.
At this point, the energy of the group started to wane, and I moved on with my evening.
This was an interesting shoot for me. I covered it entirely with my Leica M9, 35mm f2 Summicron v.3, and 90mm f4 Elmar C lenses. Great fun.
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Pumpkin Time, by Reed A. George
Leica M3, 50mm f2 Summicron Collapsible Lens
Kodak Ultramax 400 Film
Processing and Scanning by The Darkroom (thedarkroom.com)
Manipulated in Snapseed
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Here's my favorite shot from last weekend's LHSA meeting in Washington, DC.
I call it E(ye)nigma.
E(ye)nigma, by Reed A. George
Leica Monochrom, 50mm f1.4 Summilux ASPH. lens
iso 1250, f2.4, 1/125 sec.
What do you see in this image? I hope you'll see two very different images if you look at it from a distance (or with you eyes squinted a little), and then look close up at some of the details.
It's a complicated, busy composition. I know that. That is part of why it works for me.