I’ve been having fun taking images of the Facade 2015 event at the Vancouver Art Gallery. This projection mapping project transforms outdoor architecture. I tried to get a few different perspectives and in the process saw some rats scurrying away. My Nikon camera takes such beautiful images at night, with amazing detail and vivid colours. Click on an image to see a larger version.
Even though I’ve only had it for a short period of time I’m very happy with my MindShift Gear Filter Hive. It holds six round filters and six flat neutral density filters. It is colour coded to help with organization and there is room for my filter holder, remote release cable and a lens cleaning cloth.
I found this little treasure, an Ansco Shur Shot 20 box camera, in an antiques store. It’s in excellent condition and even had the original box. The camera was made around 1948 in Binghamton, New York. It has two brilliant viewfinders, which allows for horizontal or vertical composition. There is a fixed aperture of f/13 and it uses 120 film to take 6 x 9 cm images. What I really like is the Art Deco design of the metal faceplate.
I first heard about Breakthrough Photography through their Kickstarter campaign. They are a group of photographers who have decided to create their own UV, Circular Polarizer and Neutral Density filters. What I like about these filters is each filter is double-threaded which ensures that the lens cap will stay on. There is Multi-Resistant and Nano coatings. They are also very thin which will help to eliminate vignetting. I’m looking forward to taking images with some of these filters.
If I’m going to spend a few hours exploring and shooting images, I always take my tripod. There is obvious benefits, like it helps to eliminate any camera movement, which ensures sharp photos, but what I really like about using a tripod is that it forces me to slow down and think carefully about the composition of my images.
I have been using the Ross camera level this summer and have been generally pleased with it’s performance. This hinged camera level allows you to get your horizons straight when shooting horizontal or vertical images. This is particularly important when you are taking pictures of the ocean. It’s true, that you can straighten the horizon of an image during post processing, but I like to get as much of it correct ‘in-camera’ as possible.
What I like about the Ross camera level is that because it’s hinged, it sits flat and flush to the body of the camera. My previous camera level would often snag when I was putting the camera in or taking it out of my camera pack. As a result, I would have to spend extra time putting the camera level on when setting up my tripod and taking it off when I was finished. With the Ross camera level I just leave it in the accessory shoe, and it’s ready to go when I start shooting images. It’s highly visible and well constructed with borosilicate glass.
I was captivated when I saw this video which shows someone swimming in a lake in Palau with thousands of jellyfish. The music is by the band Radiohead. The individual used a Canon 5D Mark II camera, a Sigma 15mm fisheye lens and Aquatica housing.
For about six months now I have been using this great app on my iPhone4 for planning outdoor photography trips. It is called The Photographer’s Ephemeris and it allows you to figure out when and where the sun will rise and set when shooting landscape or urban images. You can also determine the time and direction of the moonrise and moonset. There are additional features like phases of the moon and % of illumination etc. The TPE for iOS has recently been updated with some improvements. Any outdoor photographer will find this brilliant app very useful.
I purchased my iPhone 4 at the end of July when they went on sale in Canada, so I’ve had mine for about eight months. As a photographer I really like some of the useful apps that you can download for free or purchase from the Apple App Store. The iBooks app is free and most people use it to download books onto their iPhone or iPad. What I really like about it is that I’ve been able to download many of the user’s manuals as PDF’s from the Nikon website. On my iPhone I now have the manuals for my camera, several lenses and my flash.
This is really useful when you are out shooting images and you want to quickly check the manual in regards to settings for your camera or flash. The manuals themselves are big, bulky and heavy. You don’t want to be carrying all this additional weight in your camera pack. To have them all contained and so easily accessible on your iPhone is really helpful for any amateur or professional photographer.