Friday, August 29, 2008

Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photowalk Winner!

City Fountain

f/29 at 2/5 sec ISO 100


Scott Kelby picked his winner for his Worldwide Photowalk 2008 and its a pretty cool shot. You can check it out here ...wish I had taken it. The leaders of each city participating in the Walk had to pick a local winner, then it was Scott Kelby's job to pick a winner from that group ...he had to pick one from 237 entries, I sure don't envy that decision making process! To see the winning photos from each city, click on this link. It was a great time and I'm already looking forward to next year's. By then Lightroom 27.0 will be released from Adobe! ;)

The photo above was my favorite out of the shots I took. I was using a slow shutter to make the water appear soft when one of the other photographers took a stroll behind the fountain. That made this shot, and made it my favorite.

There was definitely a tripod involved in the taking of this shot ...and I didn't get arrested! =)

Thursday, August 28, 2008

The new Nikon D90 shoots video!


Want to shoot video with your Nikon dSLR? Well now you can! Nikon has released a 12.3 megapixel digital SLR that will shoot video in what Nikon calls 24 frames per second, cinematic D-Movie mode. The body (only) will be selling for around $1000 and it boasts a self-cleaning sensor, improved ISO sensitivity, GPS geo-tagging and the HUGE 3" LCD. You can read about it on Nikon's site HERE. Also, hop over to David Hobby's blog, Strobist, to read his entry about it and to check out the cool video from Chase Jarvis.

If anybody wants to buy me one, just send me an email and I will forward you a shipping address. =)

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Silhouettes


f/5.6 1/30 sec ISO 500


Jenn and I finally made it to the Kentucky State Fair on Friday night. I try to go every year just to take photos ...and to eat some completely unhealthy, yet tasty food. Every year I go, I tend to take the same shots so this time I tried to make a point to look for different things. The photo above was my favorite this year ...and a happy accident. I was actually shooting this scene much wider when I really noticed that the cool part was the silhouettes of people being back lit by the lights in the fountain. I didn't have my tripod with me (for fear of being arrested =) so I shot this hand held. It was my favorite from the day.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Shooting the Moon


I got my first really good moon shot the other night. I've tried a few times in the past but have never really been happy with the results. Initially, when I first tried to capture it, I thought a slow shutter would be in order. However, after trial and error, I realized that the moon is essentially one HUGE light source and you need to adjust your exposure accordingly. So I asked my good friend Christy if I could borrow her Nikon 80-400 VR lens, set my camera up on a tripod and set my shutter to release via the built-in timer (so as not to shake the camera) and popped a few shots. I did some minor curves and levels adjustments in Photoshop to bring out the details a little better. Hope you like it! =)

Monday, August 11, 2008

Scott Kelby's World Wide Photowalk!

Update: As of today 8/13/08 the Louisville Kentucky Photo Walk is full, 50 members have signed up!

Coming soon to a city near you!

Scott Kelby today on his blog announced that there are a total of 236 cities around the world participating in his World Wide Photowalk on August 23rd!!! That's going to be one heck of a bunch of photographers scouring our cities for good shots!

For the latest update on Scott's site, click HERE and for anyone wanting to participate in the Louisville, Kentucky area Photowalk, as of writing this, there are only 3 spots left so sign up now! You can get to that by clicking HERE.

Also, for the Louisville area members, you can go ahead and request to join the Photowalk Flickr group for Louisville, by clicking HERE.

It seems like its going to be a lot of fun and I personally can't wait to see all of the shots that are taken, not just in my area, but around the world, AROUND THE WORLD!!! ...how cool is that? =)

Friday, August 1, 2008

Monkeying Around

Sometimes, photographers forget why it is they do the job they do. Its easy to get bogged down with work, over-booked with clients and locked up in the digital darkroom for hours on end. However, one of my favorite photographers, Martin Prihoda, has shot a video reminding us (photographers) why it is we do what we do ...cause its fun! Or at least it should be. Check out this video he made of a recent shoot with some of his buddies just monkeying around. To read his post about the shoot, click HERE.

Enjoy!