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Street Shots

Cycling in Midtown Manhattan

Bicyclist, traffic

1/2000s . f/5.6 . ISO 640 . 250 mm

… is kind of a pain in the ass.

But wait a second, is that poor guy really wedged between those cars?

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He goes…

1/100s . f/5.6 . ISO 100 . 55 mm

Italy Gallery Added

Sitting in a gondola, (Venice Italy)

1/320s . f/14.0 . ISO 1600 . 55 mm

I just added a gallery of shots from Italy (Venice, Florence, Pisa & Rome).  The above shot was taken sitting in a gondola in Venice.

The Albanian Flag is really cool

Who was gonna tell me? Some things you just have to find out for yourself.

Whoops (July 6, 2011)

1/100 - f/5.6 - 32mm - ISO 100

Seen yesterday (July 6, 2011).   I wonder when they’ll take it off.

Flowers on Park Avenue

Flowers on Park Avenue

1/1600s . f/11.0 . ISO 800 . 50 mm

It’s helpful to stoop low sometimes when you are shooting.  You’ll look a bit strange but you can get some very interesting angles.

Here’s a nice shot I took the other day of the flowers on Park Avenue.   If I were to re-do this shot I might try to widen my aperture (ie lower f number)  in order to blur out more of that busy background.  It’s tricky though because I don’t think I’d want it totally blurred though because otherwise there’d be no sense you are even in New York.

Happy Independence Day

Patriotism (84th St. and Fifth Ave, NYC)

Have a lovely one, America!

Rain, Rain Go Away

Rain rain go away, the girls are here to play

1/6s . f/3.5 . ISO 1600 . 18 mm

One of the main things to look for in a new lens (or a hand-me-down lens), is Image Stabilization (IS for Canon et al, VR for Nikon). The lens name itself usually tells you whether the lens has this feature. The importance of this cannot be underestimated.

Without IS, the normal rule of thumb to follow with shutter speed is this:  the slowest shutter speed you can use without your hand shaking is 1 divided by the effective focal length. Effective focal length refers to the 35mm equivalent focal length which in this case is 18*1.6 or about 29mm.  (See my FAQ for more info on crop-factors.). 

So without IS, the slowest hand-held shutter speed I would be able to use here would be around 1/30th of a second.

With IS, you can hand-hold the camera with much slower shutter speeds. For this shot, it allowed me to use a nice, slow shutter speed of 1/6th of a second which made the cars blur nicely in the background.

What happened to his superpowers?

What happened to his super powers?


7 Train

7 Train

1/400s . f/7.1 . ISO 200 . 250 mm

This is a shot I took in Queens of the 7 train. In the original (before post-processing), the driver was obscured in darkness. I used Lightroom’s local adjustment feature to brushes to lighten (dodge) that area so we can make out his face. I highly recommend the local adjustment brushes, it can save you time in Photoshop.

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