hobbies,  photography

Recent photos

South Philly Tap Room Beer LightsI haven’t posted in a while… And you, prescription our squirrely readers, cheap deserve better! It’s partly been a conscious decision on my part. I don’t want this blog turning into a non-stop log of “OMG, ambulance I bought this great thing”… which would probably get pretty boring.

CraftyAngie and I have been photographing up a storm in the last couple of months. We did, in fact, buy another lens: the Canon EF 100mm F/2.8 Macro lens. I’ll let Ken Rockwell, an admitted Nikon fan, gush about this Canon lens’s wonderful qualities. Suffice it to say, if we take a photo with it and it doesn’t come out, it’s not the lens’s fault; it’s our fault. 🙂

CraftyAngie and I have notably different photographing styles. My eye is drawn to big things, architecture in particular; her thing is closeup (macro) photography. So for me, we bought the 10-22mm ultra wide-angle lens; and for her now the 100mm Macro. We’ve both been enjoying learning how to use it effectively. Here’s a few shots I took while wandering around Philly the other week:

Fountain Frog in the Logan Square Fountain Frog sculpture in the Logan Square fountain. More of a portrait than a Macro shot…

Behind 1800 JFK Blvd The afternoon light was reflecting off the new Comcast tower onto the back (north face) of this building in an interesting way. Yeah, I was going for abstract…

Mmm… lunch A lunch cart at 18th and JFK. Just messing around, here.

19th and Manning Streets, Philadelphia, PA

Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul, PhiladelphiaI haven’t forgotten our ultra wide-angle 10-22mm lens or anything. It really rocks; the only thing that could possibly make it better is if it were a stop faster. (But now I’m getting really, really pick about a really great lens!) Albert commented a while back about how difficult and unforgiving ultra wide-angle is with composition. He wasn’t kidding: if you’re just the slightest bit off, parallel lines turn into trapezoids. The photo on the left reflects a few months of practice learning how to line shots up. The photo on the right is of the interior of Philly’s Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul. It’s a little on the dark side, but without a tripod, that was about as bright as I could get without getting tons of camera shake. (Like I say, another stop faster would be very nice.) Albert was also referring to composition in general, and not zooming out wider than you need to, which I’ve also been working at.

Fabric Row in South PhillyStill, I keep coming back to our modest little Canon EF 35mm F/2 lens. 35mm on our 1.6 crop factor Rebel XTi is 56mm film equivalent– perfect the vast majority of the time. F/2 means it’s decent in low light. It doesn’t have fancy pants “ultrasonic motor” focusing, which is its greatest drawback… but also isn’t usually a problem. And it takes some very nice photos! It took the picture at the top of this page, in the South Philly Tap Room, and the photo taken in South Philly’s Fabric Row to the left. I love the colors, background blur and mood in the Tap Room pic. I’m very glad we bought this lens instead of a 50mm lens for this 1.6 crop factor camera.

Bridge in New Hope, PAKen Rockwell has a page titled “Your Camera Doesn’t Matter“, which I agree with very much. And reminds me how one of my favorite photos I’ve taken came from my old Point-n-shoot Canon A700, the photo on the right here.

To be a little self-critical, the sky’s totally blown out. But I like everything else about it, so I just ordered an 8×10 print of it. 🙂