For my second weekly round-up, allow me to get you caught up on my happenings. This time, it’s a very picture-heavy post, rather than a narrative-guided one. All of the following were taken with the Sony NEX-7.
First up, I’ve been tasked with taking “Environmental Photos” of the professors at my university. The goal here is to capture a professor while teaching:
50mm, ISO 400, f/2, 1/80
105mm, ISO 800, f/1.8, 1/200
Prompted by Nick Mayo’s new collaboration project (you should really join in on the community if you haven’t already), I took to the country over the weekend to attempt to capture fireflies at night. No, not in a jar, that’s kids stuff. I’m talking about 30-90 second exposures to get organic light trails from our little lightning bug friends. This adventure, with a fellow friend (also named Matthew) as my second pair of eyes, turned into getting many more shots that I’ll share with you below.
These captures were not exactly a walk in the park. Since the NEX-7′s EVF essentially goes black in low light–where here it was almost completely dark–all of the country shots were done blind, focusing and all. If it wasn’t for the hard infinity stop on my 50mm f/1.8′s focus ring, finding general focus would be next to impossible. This is indeed one of the few areas where an optical viewfinder will always be better than an EVF, but that’s a topic for another day.
And a note to myself, I need to get a remote for tripod shots so I don’t have to actually HOLD the shutter open for a minute and a half in bulb mode!
In this shot since I held the shutter open for 90 seconds, the landscape is blurred due to camera shake, yet the fireflies still remain as point sources of light, interestingly enough. Due to the short panoramic nature of this shot, it’s best seen full-size (click on it!).
50mm, f/1.8, ISO 400, 90 seconds
As promised, seen below is a set of four of my favorite “general” photos I have taken over the past month with my NEX-7 (and various lenses). No formal write-up here, just some good ‘ole pictures to enjoy. To see each picture full size, you’re just click away.
A little bit of street photography:
Pepper that in with a nice old tree landscape:
A nice plum-tree outcrop with a sunset bokeh (white balance altered for this shot). Focus point on the left of the frame.
And finally, to leave you all, a long-exposure shot at night with a monopod focused on a girl practicing Poi with LED lights. Would’ve have done a little better with a tripod, but hey, can’t have everything.
That’s all for this post folks, thanks for looking. If you want to be updated on future posts from this blog, please follow me, or sign up for e-mail notifications. And as always, have a great day.