Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Uh oh, only one more post until the two week drought! How are we all going to make it through?? Well, dumb question, I know exactly how I’ll make it through. With lots of cocktails. On the beach. Oh, it’ll be rough, for sure. It’s you all that I’m worried about. How will you survive without your daily dose of wit and pixels? You probably won’t, I’ll probably just no longer have an audience when I get home. Sigh.
Today’s picture takes us back to the Kubota Garden on the south side of Seattle. It’s one of two (that I know about) Japanese gardens in town, the other being in the arboretum just south of the university. They’re both really nice, but the Kubota Garden is bigger and has more little nooks. (Although it’s worth noting that they have about the same number of crannies.) This picture was at the very limit of what the equipment I had could handle. In fact, the image quality isn’t *quite* what I’d be happy with, although it’s what I got, so I guess I’ll just have to be happy with it. It was really dark in there, which meant using a long shutter speed and a wide-open aperture. So my depth of field wasn’t what I would have wanted, and the shutter speed I was using (1/40th of a second!) allowed for a little bit of both camera shake and motion blur. Either one of those can trash an otherwise nice picture, but I think this one made it through just barely. I suppose I could have jacked up the ISO to compensate, but this was with my older camera (the Rebel XT) which didn’t handle high-ISOs very well, nowhere near as well as the T1i anyway.
Tomorrow I’ll be posting a picture that I’ve threatened to post a few times, starting back in Canada week. I’m finally going to do it tomorrow, and then you’ll have to look at it for 2 weeks. That’s okay though, it’s a nice one. See you then!
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300 mm VC lens. 1/40s, f/3.5, ISO 400. Focal length: 28mm.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Hey everyone, hope you had a great weekend that wasn’t completely wasted on recovering from the stomach flu! If so, that means you’ve got me beat.
Today’s shot was taken last fall (as in, 2008) in the Kubota Garden, which is the “other” Japanese garden in Seattle. (Although that’s probably not quite fair, because it’s actually quite a bit larger than the one in the arboretum, so that one probably deserves the distinction “other”.) Until Julie suggested heading there that day, I didn’t even realize it existed. It’s pretty nice though, and it’s ripe for getting some nice shots, especially in the fall.
If I were to go back though, I’d definitely try to be more prepared. As in, I’d try to bring a tripod. Well, maybe a gorillapod since they frown on bringing full-on tripods into the garden unless you pay for a permit. Most of the shots I found myself wanting to take ended up being well-shaded, so I was pretty limited without one. This was a case, though, where having an image stabilized lens helped me. I took a bunch of shots that day with shutter speeds of between 1/30th and 1/60th of a second. None of them really came out spectacularly, but a fair number of them are passable. Like today’s shot. It’s just sharp enough to not be painful to look at, although it’s definitely not crystal clear. Worth posting, but not worth hanging on the wall. Also, since it was pretty dark in there, I was forced to crank up the ISO (to 800 for this shot) and open up the aperture all the way just to get even to a 1/30th second shutter speed. With the new camera (Rebel T1i), the high ISO wouldn’t have hurt as much, although I didn’t yet own it at the time. Maybe next year?
BTW: this is your last chance to order your 2010 calendar! Well, that’s not quite true, you can always ask me for one, and I’d always be happy to send you one. But this is your last chance to get one before 2010. Also, if you’d like any other memorabilia (prints, tshirts, photo mugs, signed concert posters, anything available from snapfish, shutterfly, or pick your favorite print-your-own-photos place), that can, uh, also be arranged.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300 mm VC lens. 1/30s, f/3.5, ISO 800. Focal length: 33mm.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Hello again everyone, hope you all had a great weekend. Although, even if you did, it probably wasn’t as good as my cousin Deanne’s, since she got engaged. You know, I’m just sayin’.
As many of you know that have been reading the picture of the day for awhile, I like to take a lot of pictures of flowers, despite the fact that I really know very little about them. Take today’s pic for example: I have no clue what kind of flowers these are. I think they’re pretty though. And I can tell without a doubt that they’re white. So, I’m going to go ahead and call them “white flowers”. As in, “Hey, check out those white flowers!” This was taken in the Kubota Garden, which is a fairly large Japanese garden on the south side of Seattle. Well worth the trip, if you’re in the area and have an afternoon to kill.
Now, about the picture. I harp a lot on the topic of depth of field, and that’s really the theme of this picture. Since I was working with limited light (it was almost dusk), I was stuck using a wide-open aperture. This of course meant that my depth of field was extremely limited (especially because the subject was only a couple feet in front of me.) Now, I’m going to point out here exactly why I think this picture isn’t as good as it should be, which really breaks my heart. This blog is supposed to be my way of showing off, of saying “gosh look at this aren’t I just awesome??”, so if I go around pointing out exactly why all of my pictures suck, it’s kind of counter-productive. But, I think it’s worthwhile here.
When I was going through these pictures last night, I settled on two different versions of this picture. I like this one a lot, but it really bugs me how the front petals aren’t in focus. Maybe you didn’t even notice, but it just screams out at me when I look at the picture. And, now that I’ve pointed it out, it’ll probably do the same for you. It’ll suck your eye right in, and just taunt you. The other option was actually razor sharp on those petals, but unfortunately the petals in back (on the top) came out a bit soft. Ignoring the rest of the picture, I liked that better, but that led to the flower in front, which is obviously the subject of the picture, blending in a bit with the rest of them. Whereas here, that nice sharp edge does a really nice job of contrasting foreground against background. It adds the depth to the picture, which I think brings it together. The other one, not so much. Thus, I decided to go with this one.
So now that I’ve explained exactly why you shouldn’t actually like this picture, I’d like to mention that, if you see any pictures here that you particularly like, and you want to use them as your computer’s wallpaper or you want a print or anything, please let me know. I’ve got the original high-res versions easily available for most of them, and I can send them your way. Either leave a comment below, or send me an email: dave (at) davefry (dot) net.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300 mm VC lens. 1/160s, f/7.1, ISO 200. Focal length: 65mm.