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Why I’ve been away for a while

These two. Meet baby sister and puppy ❤

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1/80 sec at f/5.0, ISO 400, Sony a55 w/ 55mm macro lens

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Posted by on December 20, 2014 in Baby Sister, Family, Macro lens, Puppy, Sony DSLR A55

 

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Aperture and Depth of Field

During a recent visit to the lake, as the dog and I were strolling through the forest next door, I decided to play with the aperture settings on my camera. After settling on looking up a poplar tree for my experiment, I rested the camera body on the tree and aimed my 50mm macro lens up towards the sky.

First, I wanted a very narrow depth of field, so I set my f-stop quite low. This meant the aperture was wide open, letting lots of light in:

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1/400 sec at f/3.5, ISO 400, Sony a55 w/50 mm macro lens

Then, to see how the same photo would look like with a wider depth of field, I opted for a larger f-stop. This meant the aperture was narrower, not letting in as much light.  I was having trouble focusing on the same spot as the last photo, so while it’s not a perfect compassion, it still works.

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1/100 sec a f/11, ISO 400, Sony a55 w/50 mm macro lens

You can tell the difference in light by the shutter speed difference between the two shots.  I don’t know about you, but I kind of like the abstract nature of the first shot.

 
 

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Fun with dandelions, pyro style

Just another night, hanging out together.

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1/640 sec at f/3.5, ISO 1600, Sony a55 w/50mm macro lens, tripod

With my camera was set to continuous advance, this was the next picture. It went up FAST!
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1/640 sec at f/3.5, ISO 1600, Sony a55 w/50mm macro lens, tripod

Am I the only one that sees a face screaming into a microphone?
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1/320 sec at f/3.5, ISO 1600, Sony a55 w/50mm macro lens, tripod

This one was a much slower burn. It reminds me of a burning marshmallow.
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1/320 sec at f/3.5, ISO 1600, Sony a55 w/50mm macro lens, tripod

This final cluster was a little stubborn…
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1/500 sec at f/3.5, ISO 1600, Sony a55 w/50mm macro lens, tripod

…but eventually they got going and produced my favourite picture of the night 🙂
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1/400 sec at f/3.5, ISO 1600, Sony a55 w/50mm macro lens, tripod

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2013 in Fire, Flower, Macro lens, Sony DSLR A55

 

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Baby bluebirds!

Hey, remember these guys ?  Well, guess what they did?  They had a little brood of 5 babies (right in the hitch of the 5th wheel!).  It was a challenging to take pictures, there wasn’t much room to maneuver the lens and no way to set up the tripod.  The pictures aren’t as crisp as I would like, but anyways, here they are!

Here you can see all 5 chicks.
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1/15 sec at f/5.0, ISO 1600, Sony a55

Close up
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1/8 sec at f/5.0, ISO 1600, Sony a55

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2013 in Bird, Sony DSLR A55, Summer

 

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Fun with shutter speed – bridge edition

One thing about working downtown, right by the Legislature and the river valley, I have a lot of subject options 🙂 The other day day, part of my lunchtime photography stroll took me to the High Level Bridge.  I decided to play around with shutter speed using full manual mode; usually I play around with aperture in the aperture priority mode.  Although I was in the shade, it was a sunny day and I’d already set my ISO to 100.  I set a higher f-stop (small aperture size) to go along with my slower shutter speed to avoid blowing out my shot while capturing motion.

In my first try, I captured both car and pedestrian blur.
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1/8 sec at f/32, ISO 100, Sony a55 w/50mm macro

I think this next one is pretty neat, with just a hint of the wheels left, almost ghost-like, with the U of A’s Biological Science’s building in the background.
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1/10 sec at f/32, ISO 100, Sony a55 w/50mm macro

And one last full car blur.
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1/10sec at f/32, ISO 100, Sony a55 w/50mm macro

 

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Pretty in Pink

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1/250 sec at f/11, ISO 100, Sony a5 w/55mm macro

 
 

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Because SUMMER!

Ah, May long weekend 🙂 The un-official start of summer and the sign that it’s time to plant the garden outside. Time for gardening, camping, fishing and generally enjoying the outdoors without a million layers 😉

I meant to post this on Friday, at the start of ‘summer’, but summer got in the way. Because, you know, SUMMER!

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1/125 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400, Sony a55 w/ 50mm macro

This was my start to summer, after work sangria with awesome coworkers! In a KING jar, no less.

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1/100 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400, Sony a55 w/ 50mm macro

*sluuurp* ahhhhh!

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Galaxy S3 cell phone

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2013 in Food, GalaxyS3, Macro lens, Sony DSLR A55, Summer

 

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