I finally figured out how to get a clean focus on the images from MkIII. Unfortunately, this coincides with my new obsession with multiple exposures & HDR. Too bad I can’t do both at the same time.
Here is a triple exposure with some extra saturation & vibrance courtesy of Lightroom4 (version whichever one just took an hour to download & install).
It is an absolutely beautiful summer day & yet I am sitting here watching video after video of camera comparisons, mainly between the Nikon D800 & the Canon 5D MkIII. This is, of course, after all too long diversions into a series of “Where are they now” posts about child stars & subsequent readings of some of their blogs.
For the past four-ish years, I believed I needed the Canon 5d MkII mainly because of its amazing video quality. It has also become abundantly clear to me that I need a camera that is better than either my Canon 10D or Nikon D70, especially in low light settings. As a rough guess (because the inner workings have reset themselves), the D70 has over 130,000 shutter clicks & the 10D only slightly less. While I believe in making the best of what I have, editing subpar images has become tedious & way less fun than it used to be. There are about 3000 RAW files lingering on the hard drive which brings me to another key issue – my computer. My computer is the same one I used in college & has not been upgraded since 2005. It is a PC with far less RAM than it should have for proper editing so I only use Photoshop Elements 5.0. My card reader cannot read cards over 2Gb. Obviously, an upgrade of camera will require a subsequent upgrade of computer, software & accessories. SOOOOO, with the prospect of upgrading my camera a near reality, where do I start?
The 5D MkII was the original dream camera that I set my sights on but now the MkIII looks significantly better. Then, there’s the Nikon D800. It has more megapixels which has never been a concern of mine (my cameras have about 6 megapixels). I have not amassed a collection of wonderful glass for either Nikon or Canon so I will need to get a great lens for either one. Which lens would be best is another decision I am not even close to prepared to make. I beat the crap out of my cameras so when I saw a test of the Pentax K5’s weather proofing, another spectrum was opened. Ahhh, the Olympus is also good with wicked weather. Then, there’s Sony. These three brands don’t get nearly as much attention as Nikon or Canon but is it just because of brand-ism? I need to do more research. I don’t want to fall prey to iSyndrome (a brand new term I have just thought of… the belief that you need a certain product because everyone says it is cool & the best, a result of incredible marketing & a desire to be awesome). I do desire to be awesome but I also want something that functions well at the best possible price. Oh, audio. I will also need a whole audio set-up. This sucks. While the price of the camera is within reach, how long before I can afford the lenses, extra batteries, microphones, monitors, new computer/laptop or insane upgrades to this wonderful dinosaur, photo, audio & video software, card readers, high speed cards?
I am pretty much hinging my future on my ability to make beautiful, wonderful things with this next camera.
Advice, comments, personal experience stories are all welcome please 🙂
I just uploaded my pictures to ADAY.ORG for their worldwide photo project. The goal was to capture your daily life in ten photos shot on May 15, 2012. I worked that day but I also had to to take Big Papi to Mini to have his power steering replaced.
My loaner was a 2012 Mini Countryman. I loved the color & the SiriusXM. I didn’t have anyone with me to take advantage of the extra roomy backseats but they looked really nice. There was a sunroof for the front & a moon roof for the rear but I still prefer the full convertible.
Most of the day was grey & rainy & my workload was so spread out that I didn’t have much time during work to shoot anything outside of my route. Around noon, I decided to take advantage of the loaner Mini’s SiriusXM radio & I started shooting what I was listening to as well as a photo of what was outside at that time. Syncing the photos to the radio photos was a task I would never complete in a timely fashion & I couldn’t find just ten that worked well for the project. This made me miss SiriusXM & it also made me want a radio that displayed all the titles of what I listen to. I suppose an iPod would work too but I liked the idea of selecting from 100+ stations that I didn’t control. I did take a break from the radio for a little bit to re-take the “There’s A Law” shot I missed last time I had a loaner.
Subsequently, I tested some of the other CDs I had with me to see which would register the song titles. Besides those few, here is what I listened to May 15 between 11:57am & 6:13pm when I returned the loaner.
I wound up not getting the power steering repaired because they saw my brakes & tires as a bigger safety issue & I just couldn’t afford both. Big Papi & I are in a very abusive relationship. Whenever something breaks, I feel like I should sell him & get something cheaper to fix but then I see him & drop his top & our love affair continues…
I really love my expensive, little buddy. His brakes, two tires, a belt and an oil change came to $1100. The power steering & new related hoses will be in excess of $1500 but they said I can’t damage it anymore than it already is & I can continue to drive him without power steering. K turns are now Super Triple W turns but otherwise I almost prefer the tighter steering & my arms really could use the workout. Already the driving muscles I used to have from driving the Dart are coming back. I wish the Dart would come back too.
I don’t usually like fucking with special effects on concert photos but that’s Chris Bell’s guitar & Jon Auer is playing “I Am The Cosmos” so a little additional lens flare seemed appropriate.
…band (Big Star), a city (Memphis) & a show that brought those two things together (May 15, 2010 at The Levitt Shell). After sitting in a car for over 30 hours & 1249.8 miles, I should be sleeping but who can sleep when images like this might be found in those 10gigs of RAW files you are still uploading? Only 400 or so pictures are from the show because I ran out of memory cards, it was raining AND I was a little emotional.
I can guarantee it will be at least a week until I post more photos but, so far, I love this shot. Hopefully, I will have some good ones of Jody, Jon & Ken too.
In this photo Brendan Benson was nice enough to bring an umbrella out for Sondre Lerche as he sang.
My only regret about the show is that most of the audience seemed to have remembered the last Big Star show at the shell when no one was allowed to dance. No one was dancing until “September Gurls” when those of us in the front couldn’t take it anymore & had to let loose. I just wrote “let loose.” It is officially time for bed.
I had three Valentines this year when my honey, two male friends & I went to see Jonathan Richman at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. I knew very little about him but the lesbian bar song still gets stuck in my head. He reminds me of a Monty Python character. It was a fun night & I’ve never had three dates on Valentine’s Day before…
I completely forgot to post these pictures from Wanda Jackson’s February 11, 2010 show at The Knitting Factory – Brooklyn.
I found out about Wanda Jackson in 2007 when we went to TN for the first time. We were in the Country Music Hall of Fame when I saw her playing “Hard Headed Woman” on the video loop. I had no idea that any woman was rockin’ like that in the 1950’s. It is with great pleasure that I must say she still has “it” at 72 years old. What an amazing show!
The Lustre Kings opened for her & served as her backing band.
Of course, the record sold out before I got one 😦