Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Shots for the Asking

I mentioned to James that the EFS 18-55mm lens was capable of shots tight enough to detail a human hand at far less than full extension. Here's the proof... Self-portrait; one of the Lone Primate's bare paws.


The EFS 18-55mm lens comes in handy.



No diamonds, no Lucy, just sky.

Now Toronto is, after all, the city in the trees. Bruce's Mill Conservation Area is, after all, part of the Greater Toronto Area. So here you go. I love this picture. It's dark, moody, and yet happy and hopeful. This shot was taken in black and white (no duh) with the red filter setting.

5 comments:

James said...

How does the "red filter" setting work? That's not something I've had on the D30 or the Pro1.

(Some of the photos my SO & I have taken wtih our Canons (and a Nikon) are up on http://www.flickr.com/photos/jnl/, if you're curious. More to come, as well.)

Lone Primate said...

How does the "red filter" setting work? That's not something I've had on the D30 or the Pro1.

I'm honestly surprised to hear that; even my four-year-old DC4800 had red and yellow filters for the B&W setting. Well, there are a number of colour options on the camera that I haven't really explored yet, but I can tell you that the black and white setting has a number of "filters" built in that replicate the effect of having the colour filter they correspond to attached to the lens. As I recall, on the Rebel XT, they're yellow, orange, red, green, and blue. They have the effect of casting the light of colour they're named for as white or light grey (depending on their shade, tone, saturation, and so on). The green filter, for example, makes leaves and grass light grey. The red filter tends to exaggerate the weight of shades of blue, and so is useful for rendering skies more dramatic, I find. For what it's worth, the camera can also "tint" black and white shots, applying subtle blue, green, red, sepia (etc.) tones; but if I were inclined to do that, I'd rather have the basic black and white shot and control the application myself in Photoshop.

Wow, you've taken some really nice shots there. I'll have to comment on some. :) Flickr, eh? Wish I'd known about it earlier. Last night my 250G HDD croaked, taking with it all the photos I haven't backed up since mid-June, including everything I've done so far with the Rebel XT. :(

James said...

I'm honestly surprised to hear that; even my four-year-old DC4800 had red and yellow filters for the B&W setting.

Well, my D30 is more than 4 years old... I don't think it *has* a B&W setting, though it may.

Wow, you've taken some really nice shots there.

Thanks! Of course, I'm only putting up our very favourites -- I've carefully excluded several hundred shots so far. :)

I'll have to comment on some. :)

Please do -- it's awful quiet there right now, since I only started putting thigns up last week. Lots more to go, too.

Flickr, eh? Wish I'd known about it earlier. Last night my 250G HDD croaked, taking with it all the photos I haven't backed up since mid-June, including everything I've done so far with the Rebel XT. :(

How did it die? They may be recoverable... Though data recovery can be expensive depending on the nature of the failure.

So far I'm liking flickr. It's reaonsably easy to use and has some nice organizational features. Be sure to check out their Interestingness feature, which links to some spectacular photography.

Lone Primate said...

How did it die? They may be recoverable... Though data recovery can be expensive depending on the nature of the failure.

Remember the movie The Great Escape? It sounds like the swing arms inside are trying to tunnel out. Ten raps over about three seconds, silence. Ten raps over about three seconds, silence. Et cetera. It would be great if I could just get it working for another couple of hours, long enough to transfer the photos I haven't backed up and some of the more recent music. After that, I don't care. I guess it's nothing I can't live without, but it's regretable. I really took some nice shots in July and I guess this means they're essentially lost.

katherine said...

See, per our conversation on my blog ... you have the "skills". Even the simple photo of your hand (which I understand you only shot to prove a point), that's art. I actually, REALLY like that shot. -K.