Saturday, April 19, 2014

HDR contest finalist

This pleases me: One of my images was selected as a finalist in the 2014 Unified Color HDR photo contest.

Didn’t win, didn’t expect to. And the winning images totally deserved it. But it’s a thrill just to get to the finals.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Extreme settings

Of course I realize this is not a great photo for a bunch of reasons (not least the damn fence), but I’m posting it because:
(a) it was shot well after dusk, in near-darkness, at ISO 6400;
(b) it was shot hand-held with a fuji 55-200 mm lens fully zoomed to 200, with a shutter speed of 1/7th of a second;
(c) how bout the paws on that guy.

The Fuji camera, and the optical image stabilization in the lens, did an amazing job under these conditions. With no other photo equipment I have ever owned could I have hoped to get even a remotely acceptable image at settings like that. 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Performance photography

I’ve always found it a huge challenge to photograph performances (especially dance) without using a flash. I’d crank up the ISO, never get it high enough to un-blur moving dancers, and still get all kinds of weird artifacts and noise.

But my little Fuji X-E2 does a remarkably good job in low light at high ISO. I was not expecting it to be useful for photographing dance, but it did surprisingly well. These were shot at ISO 6400. I’m very pleased with the mighty little Fuj.