Category Archives: Equipment

The Happiest Color

A few weeks back I showed the results of test photos taken with a red filter from a new extremely cheap set of filters that I recently picked up.

The most recent filter I’ve taken out and tested is the orange filter. Much like the red filter an orange filter is actually designed to be used with black and white photography.

What does an orange filter do. Here is a pretty good description from photographymad.com:

In portrait photography, an orange filter reduces the appearance of freckles and blemishes, giving the skin a healthy, smooth look.

When photographing buildings and cityscapes, they give bricks a pleasing tone, and increase contrast between different materials to add depth and texture to the image.

Similarly to red filters, they can be used to reduce the appearance of fog and haze, and to darken skies and emphasise clouds.

I spent a little time chasing Naima around the backyard and photographed a few other things for this test.

Here are the test images, fresh out of the camera. Not touched by Photoshop:


Naima Orange Filter Test

Naima Orange Filter Test

Naima Orange Filter Test

Naima Orange Filter Test

Naima Orange Filter Test

Naima Orange Filter Test

Naima Orange Filter Test

Naima Orange Filter Test

Naima Orange Filter Test

Naima Orange Filter Test

Naima Orange Filter Test

Naima Orange Filter Test

Naima Orange Filter Test

Orange Filter Test

Orange Filter Test

Orange Filter Test

Orange Filter Test
Orange Filter Test

Orange Filter Test

Orange Filter Test

Orange Filter Test

Orange Filter Test

Orange Filter Test

Orange Filter Test

You can tell that there is some vignetting at the widest angles, but nothing that I can’t live with.

Not sure what filter I will test next, but I do know that there are only 40 filters left to test!

Blue Steel Redux

Cleaning up some of the May 2018 backlog brings us to even more “reimaginings” of classic Photography 139 image “Blue Steel”.

These pictures were taken when I was playing with extension tubes. Extension tubes are fun for the whole family. The family that loves super macro photography. And what family doesn’t? No family that is worth know, that is who!

Have a quick peek:


Extension Tube Test

Extension Tube Test

Extension Tube Test

Extension Tube Test

Blue Steel Redux

Blue Steel Redux

Blue Steel Redux

Extension Tube Test

Extension Tube Test

Blue Steel Redux

Blue Steel Redux

Blue Steel Redux

I’m thinking of adding a Blue Steel Redux picture to The Canvas Project, but I already have the original “Blue Steel” hanging up in my hallway. That might just be too much Blue Steel for one house.

Who am I kidding? You can never have enough Blue Steel.

That Doesn’t Mean It Isn’t There

I decided recently to buy a set of neutral density filters. I considered spending a good chunk of coin on some really nice filters, but while I was poking around looking for a set to buy I came across a set of 40 filters for cheap.

Now I’m not a fool. I know the 40 set of filters isn’t super high quality. They aren’t even made out of glass. However, that doesn’t mean that can’t get the job done.

I haven’t cracked out the neutral density filters, but I did take the red filter for a little trip around the backyard with everybody’s favorite model Naima.

At first look, you might be confused as to why the pictures of Naima below are black and white. You need to understand that colored filters are usually used with black and white photography.

What does a red filter do:

Red filters are a favorite among landscape photographers and are often used to add drama. In nature photography, a red filter will increase the contrast between red flowers and green foliage. A red filter will deepen a blue sky and make white clouds pop out. It can also decrease the effects of haze and fog. In some cases, depending on its strength, a red filter could even turn the sky black.*

Normally I would encourage people to always shoot in color (when shooting digital) and shoot in RAW. You can change color pictures to black & white in post production, but you can’t add color (yes, but you know what I mean) to a black and white picture in post.

However, these pictures are taken in the high contrast monochrome setting on my camera. Therefore it was taken in .jpg.

If you are using color filters in black & white photography I would not urge you to shoot the pictures in color, since you are going for an in camera special effect right out of the shoot.

These pictures were not edited in any way. These are straight out of the camera:


Naima - Red Filter Test

Naima - Red Filter Test

Naima - Red Filter Test

Naima - Red Filter Test

Naima - Red Filter Test

Naima - Red Filter Test

Naima - Red Filter Test

Naima - Red Filter Test

Naima - Red Filter Test

Naima - Red Filter Test

Naima - Red Filter Test

Naima - Red Filter Test

Naima - Red Filter Test

Naima - Red Filter Test

Naima - Red Filter Test

Naima - Red Filter Test

Naima - Red Filter Test

Naima - Red Filter Test

Naima - Red Filter Test

39 more filters to test. Or so.

*From exposureguide.com

Iowa State Cyclones Football – 2005

I still need to circle back to the Alamo Bowl Trip, but thought I would share more from my project of re-organizing some photos that pre-date the Photography 139 website.

I’m actually going through a big photography re-organization in general. One of the photographers I follow on Instagram recently shared a post about their photography closet and a light went on in my head.

My house has an excess amount of closet for just one person. My bedroom has 2 closets. The office has 2 closets. The guest bedroom has 1 big(ish) closet. My bedroom closets are obviously used for clothes and some miscellaneous stuff. The guest bedroom closet house like 3 shirts that randomly ended up in there, board games, and a bunch of photographs and negatives. One office closet houses retired electronics. Electronics I should just throw away, but just haven’t. If any of you want a VCR and old DVD player, a receiver, or an old CRT television let me know and you can have it. The other office closet is mostly random stuff.

My photography stuff is strung all over the house. I have a big metal cabinet with sliding glass doors in my bedroom that is meant to house all my photography stuff, but that has never really worked. Then I decided to dedicate an old dining room table that is in my living room to store stuff. That definitely hasn’t worked. I’ve decided to steal the photography closet idea from that Instagram photographer.

I’ve decided to make one of the closets in the office the photography equipment closet. The other closet in the office the photograph closet. The guest bedroom closet will become the retired electronics closet, unless I finally am able to get all of that stuff out of my house. Especially before I retire any more electronics. For example, in 2020 I may upgrade the projector in the Union Street Theater to 4K. This will mean that I will also need to upgrade the receiver in the basement and then add a 4K player to the Union Street Theater. Of course, that will mean more retired electronics.

But that is 2020, I need to conquer my 2019 goals first.

Some of this physical reorganization has lead to digital reorganization. Which has lead to this post. Here are some pictures from the Iowa State Cyclones 2005 football season:


Iowa State vs. Illinois State - 2005

Iowa State vs. Illinois State - 2005

Iowa State vs. Illinois State - 2005

Iowa State vs. Illinois State - 2005

Iowa State vs. Illinois State - 2005

Iowa State vs. Illinois State - 2005

Iowa State vs. Illinois State - 2005

Iowa State vs. Illinois State - 2005

Iowa State vs. Illinois State - 2005

Iowa State vs. Illinois State - 2005

Iowa State vs. Illinois State - 2005

Iowa State vs. Illinois State - 2005

Iowa State vs. Illinois State - 2005

Iowa State vs. Illinois State - 2005

Iowa State vs. Illinois State - 2005

Iowa State vs. Illinois State - 2005

Iowa State vs. Iowa 2005

Iowa State vs. Iowa 2005

Iowa State vs. Iowa 2005

Iowa State vs. Iowa 2005

Iowa State vs. Iowa 2005

Iowa State vs. Iowa 2005

Iowa State vs. Iowa 2005

Iowa State vs. Iowa 2005

Iowa State vs. Iowa 2005

Iowa State vs. Iowa 2005

Iowa State vs. Iowa 2005

Iowa State vs. Iowa 2005

Iowa State vs. Iowa 2005

Iowa State vs. Iowa 2005

Iowa State vs. Iowa 2005

Iowa State vs. Iowa 2005

Iowa State vs. Iowa 2005

Iowa State vs. Iowa 2005

Iowa State vs. Iowa 2005

Iowa State vs. Iowa 2005

Iowa State vs. Nebraska 2006

Iowa State vs. Nebraska 2006

Iowa State vs. Nebraska 2006

Iowa State vs. Nebraska 2006

Iowa State vs. Nebraska 2006

Iowa State vs. Nebraska 2006

Iowa State vs. Nebraska 2006

Iowa State vs. Nebraska 2006

Iowa State vs. Nebraska 2006

Iowa State vs. Nebraska 2006

Iowa State vs. Baylor - 2005

Iowa State vs. Baylor - 2005

Iowa State vs. Baylor - 2005

Iowa State vs. Baylor - 2005

Iowa State vs. Baylor - 2005

Iowa State vs. Baylor - 2005

Iowa State vs. Baylor - 2005

Iowa State vs. Baylor - 2005

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State - 2005

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State - 2005

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State - 2005

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State - 2005

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State - 2005

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State - 2005

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State - 2005

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State - 2005

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State - 2005

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State - 2005

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State - 2005

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State - 2005

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State - 2005

These pictures were taken with my very first digital camera. A Minolta Dimage Z2. It was at a point where I wanted to dabble in digital photography but was still really loyal to film.

The Dimage Z2 was a point & shoot digital camera, but a bit on the higher end of the spectrum. I was so broke back then, I couldn’t have imagined buying an actual DSLR.

There are a couple hundred more pictures from that season that you can peruse by clicking on the link below:

Iowa State Cyclones Football – 2005

Hopefully next Friday I will return to the Alamo Bowl Road Trip.

+++++++

This is your reminder that this week’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is SELF-PORTRAIT:


WEEK 179 - SELF-PORTRAIT
SELF-PORTRAIT

A SELF-PORTRAIT is a picture that somebody makes of themselves. Pretty simple and straight forward.

Happy photo harvesting!

Sony Alpha DSLR SLT A35

True few people will care about such things, but I feel that every once in awhile, I should write about my equipment. I recently bought a new camera. It had been about 3 years since I bought a camera, so I was well past due.

Since the last time I bought a camera Sony had released a new line of camera that replaced the reflex mirror with a transluscent mirror. I was immediately intrigued and when I got my ducks in a row and decided to purchase a camera I decided to give one of these new revolutionary cameras a try. This is what it looks like:








Here is the first picture I ever took with the new camera:




I don’t want to bore you with too many technical details about the new camera, but here are a few:

Imaging Sensor Pixel Gross: Approximately 16.5 megapixels
Anti Motion Blur: 6-image layering
Auto High Dynamic Range: Yes
Sweep Panorama: Yes (2D/3D)
Face Detection: Off, Auto, Child Priority, Adult Priority (up to 8 faces detectable)
Smile Shutter Technology: Yes – Off, Slight, Normal, Big
Still Image Mode: JPEG (Standard, Fine) RAW, RAW+JPEG
Exposure System – Metering Modes: Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure System – Exposure Setting: Auto, Auto Advanced, Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, Sweep Panorama, Continuous Advance Priority
Exposure System – Scene Modes: Portrait, Macro, Sports, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night View, Handheld Twilight
Exposure System – Picture Effect(s): Posterization (Color), Posterization (BW), Pop Color, Retro, Partial Color Red, Partial Color Green, Partial Color Blue, Partial Color Yellow, High-Key, High Contrast Monochrome, Toy
Video Mode: AVCHD

There are obviously a ton more technical details, but that should cover it for now.