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Thom Hogan - The Purge

Yesterday, 12:49 PM

This is a different article by Hogan. 


Now that I have most of my "stuff" downstairs in my "studio", I suspect it won't be too long before Angela gets after me to do something similar.  Enjoy!  :)

Nikon 1 System Not Dead - Just Sleeping

13 April 2018 - 12:48 PM

The DP Review article that this links to is interesting.  Not sure what to make of it, just yet.




I do know that the title of the Nikon Rumours piece is going resurrect the Monty Python Dead Parrot sketch.  Warning:  I'm going to an on-line scream the first time that someone tries to tell me that this camera is pining for the fjords!  :lol:  :lol:

More Mug Shots

06 April 2018 - 12:04 AM

Photographing Beer Mugs.  I can't think of a nice way, to spend a cloudy April afternoon in Port Moody.


I used the Sigma 105/2.8 DG lens

ISO 64

1/250 sec.


2 Yongnuo speed-lights - power levels varied from 1/64 to 1/16

I used a Westcott 28" soft-box on one side.  For the other side, I originally tried a large white foam card.  When I wasn't happy with that, I added the second speed-light and placed it behind a home-made scrim.    I was much happier with that.  :)  I also used a large foam card that was placed on top of each light source.   I tried to get some fill light on the front, with a hand-held foam card.  I wasn't as happy with that as I had been the week before.


All of these were taken with the soft-box and the home-made scrim.








As you can see, I gradually increased the power.  My only complaint is that my 7 year-old Windows laptop is next to useless, when it comes to evaluating exposure.  I think that my iMac 27" retina screen has spoiled me rotten.


I was quite pleased with the final results.  However, I will never stop trying to build a better "mouse trap"  ;)


Thanks for looking everyone.  :)


30 March 2018 - 11:59 PM

Gee, I'm caught up on my editing, but the Vancouver weather still stinks!  What to do?  Try some still life photography!  :D


Truth be told, it wasn't just boredom.  Before he bought his own condo, our son lived in our semi-finished basement.  Now that he's happily on his own, we're converting for our own purposes.  Angela has a small area for her hobbies and I've moved most of my gear down there, to turn the rest of it into my comfy little studio.  


This project began as a dry run, to see how much space I really have to work with; and what changes are required.  After I set up a few things, I thought:  "what the heck, grab the camera and try a few shots"!  I had so much fun that I did some more testing a few days later.


I've been wanting to photograph this watch for some time.  It's 9 years old and showing it's age.  It even works!  I have a newer watch, but this still makes a great back up.




Sigma 105/2.8 DG macro

ISO 64


1/250 sec


I used 2 speed-lights in soft boxes, with a white fill card above everything.  I also used a smaller hand-held fill card and tweaked the speed-light power.


The front of the watch isn't as bright as I would like, but I didn't want to increase speed-light power and brighten the background too much.





For this shot, I decided to get rid of the box altogether.  I tilted the face of the watch forward as well.  I thought about setting the watch hands at 10 and 2.  I would for a commercial shoot.  But this is my backup watch.  Hand-holding the fill card worked a bit too well.  I can see the dust specks on the foreground.  :wub:




I'm posting in this forum because it has been 6 months since I played with the feathers.  Comments and suggestions are very much encouraged.


Thanks for looking everyone.   :)

How to identify a refurbished camera or lens

29 March 2018 - 11:24 AM

Not sure if anyone at PN has had this problem.  Thought it would be worth posting, for reference.