Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Foggy summer morning

After the heavy rains, there usually follows a dense mist on summer days. I was glad to take advantage of it as I left to go to do my duty shift, this morning. I find that black and white is actually more effective since there are few colors that stand out, although both mediums look fine in this type of light.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Prom ends the school year

You know the end is nigh as far as school goes when the proms are happening. Oftentimes you see old cars, pretty girls all dressed up, young men in tuxes, it's a lot of fun and very show-worthy, but it's all about being young. Childhood passes too quickly, then you become old.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

We all love old cars

I happened to stumble on a gathering of older vintage car enthusiasts at the A&W in Bridgewater last week, they apparently gather there every Tuesday night. None of the owners/drivers seemed to mind if I took some photos, they are very proud of these classics.

I don't blame them for feeling that way as newer cars just don't have the character these do.

D80 and 12-24mm.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Magic on the pond

I discovered this wonderful pond on Clairmont Street in Mahone Bay last year when I photographed a wedding, it's full of interesting subjects. The lily pads overrun the water, with many flowers growing up through the thick green blanket. I want to return, again, when the wind isn't so bad for serious macro stuff, lots of insects abound. Maybe I'll even catch a frog! D40 and the erstwhile 70-300mm VR.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Better hay baling images, at last!

I was rewarded with sweet overcast light as I came across the Penney brothers making hay, last night. It was on the verge of rain, but I was able to get these. The focus tracking on the D80 works great, there are clear advantages of the greater number of AF points on the higher-end DSLR's.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Grab shots from last night

I keep anticipating that every short outing before sunest will be eventful for images, it's not always the case. I did manage to get these decent captures, last night, with the D40 and VR zooms. Photography is like almost anything else in life, some days, I seem on target, other days, not quite so much on target.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Quick shots of a farmer making hay

These will not make the front page of the local rag, I was able to get them on a drive-by in Lower Branch. The light as a bit harsh but Nikon's Active D-Lighting (ADL) can make the most of the sutuation. They are OK captures, I find I don't run across famers baling hay too often even though I am on the lookout for it. As usual, the 70-300mm VR zoom was the ticket.

Fishing just before sunset

I decided to take a short drive up the Lake Road around 8:15 or so just to see if I might see anything of interest. The waters were calm, the sun was hazy, it looked like an ideal setting for a nice sunset or afterglow. I noticed this chap stopped by the side of the road near the edge of the cemetery, he appeared to be getting out his fishing gear - I wasn't sure if he was starting or he was done. Fortunately, he was just getting ready to trudge down to the LaHave River and do some fishing. So much for the sunset, those happen all the time.

Sometimes, I just get plain lucky but you can increase the odds of good captures by knowing when the light is best. D80 and AF-S 70-300mm VR zoom.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Drive home from New Minas

I was disappointed the camera store was closed by 6pm, I needed some supplies last night - the drive was not a total loss, I was able to get a few decent captures as the sun started to break through after some rain.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Old Coolpix 8400 images

For some reason, I happen to have a bunch of RAW files in my laptop from a shooting in Lunenburg with the Coolpix 8400. I remember posting some images from this activity, not sure if these were included. I often miss that camera but not its clunkiness and sluggishnss, typical of compacts.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Brookside Cemetery

It was a peaceful little walk, today, heavy overcast light made shooting b/w more appropriate. The little Tamron 17-50mm does a nice job and shooting at f/5.6 is stopped down a fair amount, so sharpness is assured.

Water balloon activity

Seems children have a natural affinity for bringing water and fun together. It was a warm evening Saturday night, and a few people got wet either intentionally or just happened to be in the line of fire. Despite the fact I had some dress clothes on, someone nailed me with a water balloon and laughed about it. Rascal.