Posts Tagged ‘lens’

First Look Photo: Stealth Photography

January 4, 2017

I’m back from my holiday break, and I have new ideas for photo blogs, or should I say “plogs”.  Don’t judge, it works for videos.

I hope everyone had a great Christmas, and New Year.  I got my new 50mm lens, and someone gave me a thermal lens cup; which I always wanted, but could never justify the purchase.

Street photography has always fascinated me, mostly because I’m a nature photographer, and I get embarrassed taking a stranger’s picture.  Over the past year, I’ve learned to overcome that initial shyness, but I still want to keep it semi stealthy.  I want to do this to keep people doing what they’re doing, to keep the pictures real.  Whether they like it, or not, people change when they know a camera is pointing at them.  I will be doing a lot more street photography this year.

As a practice, I am starting with people I find on the bus.  Today’s picture was taken with my IPhone se, of a man talking to the bus driver while checking his phone.  That’s why I call this shot split focus.  Using my phone to take someone’s picture, while leaving them thinking I’m just checking my emails. I will be doing more “bus shots” as a fun project.

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First Look Photo: Contrast of Fall

November 16, 2016

Every year nature puts on a show, with the leaves changing color.  Many of the tourists of Summer will stick around just to watch the leaves change in Fall.  It’s also the time for photographers to get amazing landscapes.  I personally love the contrasts the leaf change brings out.

Today’s picture is one of those “contrast” pictures.  I love how the brightly colored leaves are in direct opposition to the colorless texture of the fallen tree trunk.  I feel this contrast adds drama to an uneventful picture of a tree trunk.

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Photo Friday: Old Port Festival Time

June 19, 2015

Every year, in June, Portland has their Old Port Festival.  I’ve gone for the past several years since I feel it’s a great time to do street photography.  I also post a video on my YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/apb148 check it out.

I am now going to share my favorite shots here.  I hope you enjoy.

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Photo Friday: I got a frog in my lens

June 12, 2015

The first full week of every June, I take my vacations from my full time job, so I can do my photography work.  One of the places I frequent, for some of the best nature shots, is a place called Hinkley Park.  This year, I decided to use my nature lens to get close-ups of turtles, since they are numerous, and pretty.  My fascination with turtles stems from the shell, which is a spinal chord, pelvis, and ribcage rolled into one unit, making turtles, and tortoises some of the only species’ with both an endo, and exo-skeleton.

As I got to the upper pond, I could hear the green frogs, and bull frogs croaking, so I figured, why not start with them.  I set my lens to 900 mm, and was immediately welcomed to a frog staring directly at my lens.  It was a breezy day, so I took extra pictures to get the clear ones I’m showing now.  I hope you enjoy them.

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Of course, the whole purpose was the turtles, so here are a couple I shot.

 

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More power!!!

February 17, 2013

Thanks to my tax refund, I was finally able to get the lens I wanted, which was an Opteka 650 to 1300 millimeter lens.  This lens will enable me to get shots of animals too skittish to be approached, and up until now, I haven’t been able to get any shots of.

As a quick test, I took three shots of a boat from my living room.  The first one is a normal view with a normal lens (about 35 mm).  The second shot is 5 times the normal lens.  The third shot is at the full 1300 millimeters.  The last shot is somewhat blurry, but I didn’t have time to take the shot properly.  I am going to give it a better test tomorrow.

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One thing to keep in mind, I did not crop any of these images.  You are seeing these pictures exactly as I saw them.

I hope you enjoy.

allen