Sunday, March 23, 2014

Stock face

I have to warn you: the picture below is not mine. I mean the face is not mine, and I have not taken the photo. The face has a powerful smile and strong potential of stock image.

The framed commercial is placed in on of the Montreal public washrooms. I wonder if the models think of where their likeness may appear after they sign it off.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Another Way to Screw Up Your Lens

Looking for the so called "vintage look" seemed to have become a trend lately. Basic idea is simple - stay away from the L-series lens, or anything that cost you more than $10. The quest for clean and sharp photograph has reversed.

And we seem to have an answer to almost Prince Hamlet's question - the prime or the zoom? It does not matter. The sink drain will do.

Jeff Carter is trying to do just that - adding a piece of plumbing to the front element.

On the other hand one has to admit that this is exactly how the photography had started - with a pin hole in the barn wall. So here we go again, running in circles. Trying to be creative.

I have to admit that long time ago I tried to use medium format magnifier lens with the 35 mm camera myself, but decided against it exactly because of the "trash" look it gave to the images.

So cheers to the home made optics engineering! My verdict though is that the cheap lens look and the vintage look are not the same.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Turn Your $1000 Lens into a $10 Lens

Gone are the times when the photographers longed for fast expensive lenses. Nowadays creative hack can turn decent iPhone photo into a revolting Polaroid-like square with few button clicks.

So if you happened to buy a prosumer DSLR and (god forbids!) a L-lens, you can still make you images look like crap by wrapping the front element into piece of plastic.

The advice and the photo are borrowed from here:

Monday, July 29, 2013

1950 Packard Eight

This beautiful bird was sitting on the top of the hood of another beauty in its own.

This is a 1950 Packard Eight, a show car presented last week at the Racetracks Car Show.

I have had two cameras with me that day - Canon G1 X for generic and wide shots and Canon 5D2 with Canon 100 mm 2.8 lens for details.

I will let you guess which shot was taken with what camera/lens.

And please see entire 1950 Packard Eight series in larger format.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Plane Spotting with Canon G1 X

I have already told you what Canon G1 X is not:

  • it is not a macro camera;
  • it is not a camera for taking shots of fast moving objects (i. e. children);
  • it is not a pocket size point-and-shoot camera unless you have huge pockets.
But as some are saying it is a great camera for landscape photography. I can't see why would anyone use a medium size point-and-shoot camera over a DSLR while getting into a landscape photography. Nevertheless ...

What else the Canon G1 X is - big surprise - a plane spotting camera. Above is the photo of the Canadair aircraft taken with the G1 X. Well, it was moving by rather slowly towards the runway.

And just for kicks - two shots (above and below) of the same Embraer 190 were taken at the runway of the Ottawa International Airport few seconds apart with two different cameras: one with Canon G1 X, another with Canon 40D equipped with Canon 100 mm 2.8 Macro lens. I let you guess which one is which. The answer is at the very bottom of the article.

But the main kick is this: the G1 X lens has perfect size for sticking it through the chicken wire airport fence. It is not always the case with some Canon L lenses - the front element may be prohibitively large. Depending on the angle your shot may be needing some serious trimming, or worse you may be unable to get a shot at all.

Yet I have not tried aiming G1 X on fast moving jets, but promise you to try and report back. But for as long as airplane is part of the landscape you are in business.

Right answer: top - G1 X, bottom - 40D/100 mm. Both images were saved as RAW and processed into JPG with exactly same settings in canon DPP. I can see the difference with the colours being bolder with the former, but the light detailing more superior with the latter. Of course, the 100 mm 2.8 piece of glass did a great job too.