105mm, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/640
Now that plants are starting to bloom (though this technically is a weed), I will be able to get much more sample shots for when I can make time for the 105mm f/2.8 Micro AI-s review.
To make a long story short, I am in a bittersweet mood about my NEX-7 finally being back in my hands. I’m happy I finally have a “real” camera again, but am a little disappointed that A)The sensor cleaning function still doesn’t seem to work and B)The rear LCD turned out to be peeling when I took the plastic off (when I sent it in, the rear LCD was immaculate). I believe Sony has sent me a refurbished NEX-7, instead of my own camera. Not too keen on getting back a camera in worse shape than when I sent it in for repair, so I’ll be contacting them this week to see what the deal is.
But in the meantime, I’ve been busy! I photographed everything from tiny flowers to the sky this past week and managed to shake off my “camera blues” from not having my NEX-7 for over three weeks.
First up, I learned a little bit more about light painting in my photography class. Though I feel this genre is overdone and cliqué in many ways, I tried to be as original as possible Continue Reading
Now that school has started bearing down hard, I feel the very least I should attempt to do is give you guys a weekly update; still, the amounts of free time I can muster up on the weekends in-between other photography assignments is slim! Speaking of photography assignments, I’ve been getting a TON lately with the full onset of the Fall season. The trees have turned and are losing their leaves, days and nights are getting colder, and the familiar holidays are fast approaching.
Old Morrison’s Own Pumpkin
105mm, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/5
Last year at Transylvania University, we started an event called “Pumpkin Mania”, where anybody and everybody on campus (and in the community) could come and carve a pumpkin however simply or intricately they pleased. We ended up with hundreds of these small carved pieces of art (some more-so than others!), and put them on display on the steps of the iconic Old Morrison building with its towering, wide front steps.
Continuing the occasion to this year, these pumpkins are lit every night the week before Halloween by small, connected lightbulbs, and produce an intense warm glow in the surrounding area. Inevitably, this draws quite a crowd from surrounding communities!
Tasked with photographing the ongoing event, I wanted to do something special and create ultra-high resolution panoramas with my 105mm f/1.8 AI-s. Why a telephoto? Well, something I’ve found out in my (extremely) limited experience with panoramas is that the longer the lens you have, the less perspective distortion you get (a.k.a. a flat field) when combining exposures, making it easy to stitch multiple frames together with little to no fuss. This flat field also gives the photograph an almost-surrealistic look (like looking at a real-life blueprint) once all the lines are corrected. Continue Reading
I’m not going to shy away from saying this: correctly done panoramas are amazingly awesome. One of the neat features I like, and still occasionally use, on my NEX-7 is the built-in ‘sweep panorama’. It takes a succession of frames in the direction of your choice, and stitches them all together in-camera. Pretty cool right? Except, the photographer is limited to auto-ISO, the shutter speed is locked at 1/500 (for manual lenses), and the combining algorithms cut off a good portion of the top and bottom of whatever you were framing. Also, being limited to the JPEG filetype (instead of RAW), there is little room for post-processing, so scenes of dynamic range are almost impossible to accurately capture…
…but normal situations tend to fare pretty well.
Keeping it short and sweet, I’ve been out and about a few days lately with a few different lenses, the 75-150mm f/3.5 E, the 36-72 f/3.5 E, the 105mm f/2.8 Ai-s Micro, and the 50mm f/1.4 Nikkor S-Auto. All four are good in different ways, no doubt about that. Let’s just have a picture-centered post today, shall we? (P.S. Some of the shots in here from the 75-150mm may make it into the review, just so I don’t get called out in the future for a double post!)
All the following taken with the NEX-7:
We met, it was like fireworks…
150mm, ISO 3200, f/3.5, 1/60 (Handheld Twilight Mode)
I really wish I could have captured this before the deadline on the silhouette project co-hosted by SeeingSpotsPhoto and Nick Exposed. Oh well. Maybe next time.