32mm, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/1250, 8 images stitched
As I have mentioned many times in previous posts from 2016, I doubt I will ever run out of things to do or see in Japan while I am here. From the countless temples and shrines to the annual festivals across the country, and the meticulously-kept gardens to the many scalable mountains (Fuji-san, I hope to conquer you this summer…), I find it funny that I am beginning to run out of local destinations close to base. Sure, I could probably go to Tokyo and Yokohama five more times each and still not see the half of these cities, but in a lot of ways these cities are a lot of the same that end up lending similar photographic opportunities.
As it stands, I only have time about once or twice a week to go out and explore, and in those times, I am pretty confined to someplace within a couple hours train ride. On the occasional 4-day weekend or two weeks of leave in summer, I have the chance to really go outside my comfort zone like I did in Osaka and Sendai! Otherwise, I end up in these dead months of winter twiddling my thumbs trying to figure out a new and exciting place to visit within arms reach. Thankfully, I am not quite to the point of having seen everything, as I managed a trip with a friend to visit Odawara for a while last weekend on a beautiful but cold Sunday afternoon. Continue Reading
I must apologize for being a day late on my weekly update, the time got away from me this past weekend. Nonetheless, I do have some news on my experience with Sony Laredo Repair regarding my NEX-7. Unfortunately, as most of you know, Sony decided to overnight my NEX-7 the night that I left for Spring Break. I got to Florida, while my camera arrived at my university. Tough luck for me. At any rate I picked it up today and found to my surprise that Sony seemed to give my NEX-7 a makeover. It almost feels like a new camera (it’s not though, I remember a few scratches unique to the camera)! The viewfinder is spotless, the screen has either been replaced or heavily cleaned (a protective film was over it), the entire body was wiped down, and the IR glass filter in front of the sensor is brand-new (the reason I sent it in). With everything covered under warranty, and the sensor brought back to essentially new condition, I am—finally—a pretty happy camper. I can’t wait to get back in the swing of all things photography: I’m learning some techniques for light painting this week, photographing a few sporting events, and will make time for a photowalk if the rain/cold briefly clears up.
Plans aside, last week down in sunny Florida was a blast. I chose the stress-free option for break, staying far away from any sort of partying. Instead, relaxing on the beach and catching up with/making new friends took up the majority of my time. That little Canon point-and-shoot I brought along did an O.K. job, at least for a 5 year-old camera. I definitely had to take a step back and focus on getting exposure, white balance, and composition right: with only 8 megapixels of low-quality JPEG to work with, there isn’t any leeway for post-processing!
Pardon the dust/sand. 🙂
As I mentioned last week, this PowerShot has a nice macro mode at the wide end, allowing for some SUPER close focusing that gives me some good control over depth-of-field. As such, there’ll be a lot of macro shots in this post. 🙂 To work out your own equivalency in focal length/field-of-view, this camera’s 6-60mm lens covers the 36-360mm field-of-view in 35mm-format terms. Simply take the mm’s listed in the following picture’s EXIF data and multiply by six.
6mm, ISO 80, f/2.8, 1/160
Clouds are infinitely interesting, yet hard-to-frame subjects in photographs. When observed from the ground floating around with all their randomness, the sight can be mesmerizing. The only problem is recreating the feeling in a photograph, specifically with straight frame lines in a box. The two elements don’t mix.
This problem then usually makes it easier to just treat clouds as part of the scenery rather than a subject such as in most landscapes (a fluffy-cloud sky is usually more appealing than a solid color sky). Thankfully, there are a few times, such as storms or sunsets, where clouds can still be captured front and center with all their power and beauty. Getting that effect straight out of a camera…
…can be very difficult to do, especially in adverse shooting conditions. I’d go as far to say this shot is just terrible as-is. No definition, no contrast, no POWER.
I know what I saw when I took this photograph. I saw a raging storm front on the approach, with lower-level clouds seeming to get sucked into the horizon. I visualized something of a super-shade over the water, a dominating force of nature clad in blue. This is what my mind’s eye saw:
Storm on the Beachfront
105mm, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/800
Did I go a little overboard? Meh, maybe. But it’s my mind, it sees whatever it wants to. Besides, this would just look really cool printed on a poster. I am pretty tempted… 🙂
Take care guys and gals, thanks for dropping by!