I had to do a bit of minor surgery on the D810 which developed a cracked viewfinder cover. Fortunately, one was available from Etobicoke in Ontario and the D810 is now happily mended for another 256K photos! 🙂
“Personally I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.”
Sir Winston Churchill
You will find in these posts all of the tips and tricks for photography that I’ve learnt over the past few years with a photo gallery to show you some examples to help jump-start your creative juices.
Some of these come from many conversations where someone is looking at a photograph I’m particularly proud of and then they are shocked that it actually turned out to be trivially simple and something they can do without investing a metric tonne of money in kit.
Take getting a lovely shot of a lightning bolt. The simple truth that it’s a matter of sticking the camera on a tripod, adding a manual shutter release with the camera shutter speed set to “BULB” mode, and then opening the shutter waiting for the lightning bolt to appear. When you see the bolt, release the shutter!
Other than a couple of settings for the lens and the camera, it really is that simple. The hard part is getting the storm to cooperate and fling lightning bolts in your general direction!
I love photography! I always have. Part of that is being hopelessly unable to draw recognisable pictures worth a darn and my poetry royally sucks. But there has always been this compulsion to be creative and when I found a camera allowed a monkey like me to find and touch art…I was hooked!
Perhaps when you see the magic behind the smoke and mirrors, you’ll find inspiration as well and be moved to create art that touches your heart. :)
I’d rather a $20 UV filter have a bad day rather than the $1,400 lens it was attached to! 🙂 I accidentally lost grip on the camera bag and it hit the bleachers hard enough to crack the UV filter that was on my older 70-200mm f/2.8 lens which I discovered whilst switching from the […]
The coolest thing for me is when the moon moves into the umbra, you’re effectively getting the reds from every sunrise and sunset simultaneously being bent by the atmosphere toward the lunar surface. These aren’t the greatest shots you’ll see but I’m pretty OK with them being somewhat noisy considering that I was sitting in […]
A small bit of surgery was required this morning at the house on the Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 AF-S VR lens…otherwise known as my absolute favourite lens in the world. Over seven years ago, I lucked out and found this lens on consignment about fifteen minutes after the camera shop had acquired it…and at half the […]
(This was originally posted to Facebook in 2017 and finally made it here in 2021. It’s long but if you want to see the backstory to Red Vixen Studios…this is your post!) It’s funny how all this started with a seemingly innocuous question from out of the blue from my sister…”you like playing around with […]
But we certainly didn’t have any problems with shooting it! Any decent lens will do to really get the colours of the flame to pop…were I shooting on a DSLR, I’d likely have the 50mm f/1.4 lens at hand. That f/1.4 aperture is huge…so large that I can shoot that lens in total darkness without […]