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Street: Week 22 – 105mm…

by on Jun.13, 2011, under Life, Photography, Street

Week 22 – 105mm

Some more images with the 105mm macro. This time people shots instead of architecture 🙂

Backward Glance

NIKON D7000 + 105.0 mm f/2.8 @ 105 mm, 1/160 sec at f/5, ISO 320

Pitt St Mall, Sydney CBD

Her hair was so vibrant – how could I not take the shot…


NIKON D7000 + 105.0 mm f/2.8 @ 105 mm, 1/160 sec at f/5, ISO 450

George St, Sydney CBD

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Sunrise Seascape @ Little Bay in Sydneys Eastern Suburbs…

by on Jun.11, 2011, under Life, Photography

A couple of other fellow enthusiast photographers and I did another early morning dawn seascape shoot – this time at Little Bay (in Sydney’s eastern suburbs). None of us has shot here before so we were taking a bit of a punt but it turned out to be a great location, the swell was awesome and we were lucky enough to have good colour and cloud in the sky with not too much wind nor any rain. All in all a very pleasant morning.

We met at Little Bay (near the golf course) at 5:45AM which gave us half an hour or so to walk down and along the coast in the dark to setup to catch both the pre dawn show and sunrise at 6:52AM.

Note: These images (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay gallery viewer.

Five minutes before sunrise at 6:47AM

Edge of the Abyss

NIKON D7000 + 17.0-50.0 mm f/2.8 @ 17 mm, 1.0 sec at f / 14, ISO 100

At sunrise (6:52AM)

Reflections of Dawn

NIKON D7000 + 17.0-50.0 mm f/2.8 @ 17 mm, 0.4 sec at f / 14, ISO 100

Five minutes after sunrise (6:57AM) – I was really happy with how this shot turned out (from the nice water movement at 1 second, the water rushing off the curved rocky ledge out in the ocean, the great stripe of clouds and colour in the sky to the nice highlight which strikes the green grass on the headland across from us) – the photography gods smiled on me for once.

Heavens Glory

NIKON D7000 + 17.0-50.0 mm f/2.8 @ 17 mm, 1.0 sec at f / 16, ISO 100

Whilst walking back along the coast towards the track up to where we parked we walk across a beach (8:30AM) and one end is absolutely covered in interesting things – masses of shells of all sizes, shapes and colours, ground and smoothed pieces of old coloured glass, varieties of seaweed, very interesting stones, moss covered rocks, sea urchin shells and on and on. It was a treasure trove of stuff and I wished I’d brought my macro lens 🙁

Suren got out his extension tubes and off camera flash and gave them a try to good effect whilst I just used my Tamron 17-50mm at MFD (27cm – about 15cm from the front of the lens) and did the best I could with that – not macro but interesting stuff none the less.

Message Lost

NIKON D7000 + 17.0-50.0 mm f/2.8 @ 50 mm, 1/60 sec at f / 8.0, ISO 125

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Street: Week 21 – 105mm…

by on Jun.08, 2011, under Life, Photography, Street

Week 21 – 105mm

I was fortunate to have been able to borrow a friends Nikon 105mm f/2.8 Macro lens for a few weeks so I’ve incorporated it into my street shooting arsenal whilst I have it.

This week two more architectural shots – this time focusing more on details (@ 105mm which is a reasonable telephoto 155mm effective field of view compared to full frame sensor) rather than the expansive wide view given by the ultra wide 8mm lens.

For this first I’d seen the outside of this building a number of times and wanted to take a shot with the glowing late afternoon sun hitting the wavy curves from the side. Unfortunately going back there a few times I could never be there when what I envisioned happened (I suspect it might not at this time of the year and I might have to wait till spring/summer for the sun to be at the right angle). As a monochrome however I think it still works (I’m still keen to do a sunset glow one day though :)).


NIKON D7000 + 105.0 mm f/2.8 @ 105mm, 1/160 sec at f / 5.0, ISO 1000


NIKON D7000 + 105.0 mm f/2.8 @ 105mm, 1/160 sec at f / 5.0, ISO 125

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Eye-Fi Pro X2 WiFi SD Card…

by on Jun.03, 2011, under Life, Photography

I recently purchased the 8GB Eye-Fi Pro X2 SD Card from Amazon US (about $100 delivered).

Basically the idea of the Eye-Fi card is that it is both a standard SD memory card but that it also has WiFi capabilities which allow it to do a number of other things including uploading images via WiFi.

One of the new features of the new models of cards (and with firmware updates to some older cards) is something they call “Direct Mode” and basically what this allows is that instead of the Eye-Fi card only acting as a client which can join other existing WiFi networks it can now act as a WiFi hotspot so that other devices (like an iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Android) can connect to it and have images (and videos) transfered directly to them.

There is a free Eye-Fi App in the App store which assists with the Eye-Fi card working with an IOS device. The app is however fairly basic however it is free – there is a paid for app in the App store called Shuttersnitch which works with an Eye-Fi and is apparently very good however it’s an AUD$19 app which is reasonably pricy (for an IOS app).

There are a few steps for setting up your card and app on your IOS device however once done you can put the card in your camera and start shooting. The images will transfer wirelessly and directly to your mobile device. You can choose to transfer photos or movies or both from the camera.

The practical upshot of this is that I can effectively shoot like I’m tethered (with no actual cables tethering me) with my iPad (or iPhone, or computer) and the images appear on the iPad screen a few seconds after I’ve taken them.

It works with your other images too – If you’ve transfered images to your Mobile Device from the built-in camera or perhaps the camera connection kit or even email, the Eye-Fi will see al of the images on your Camera Roll. This is good for people that wish to transfer or backup their images to the Eye-Fi Servers.

Tip: Turn on Full Screen Mode – there is a “Full Screen” mode in the Eye-Fi App Preferences. Once you turn this on, your images will come in and not only display full screen, but automatically advance to the next shot as you take them.

Tip: If you don’t care about seeing the movies you shot on your mobile device, definitely turn those off in the Card settings. Otherwise things will be moving along nicely and then you see a long pause as it transfers over a large movie.

The Eye-Fi App only allows you to share your images to your desktop/laptop computer or up to the Eye-Fi service (which i don’t use). However, the good news is that the shots automatically go to your device’s Camera Roll. Since they are in the native camera roll you can use them anyway you like and in any app you like on your device.

As I have a Nikon D7000 with two SD card slots I have my normal 32GB card in Slot 1 and the Eye-Fi 8GB in Slot 2. I’ve now set my camera to shoot RAW+JPEG and I have the RAW’s go to my 32GB card and the JPEGs go to the Eye-Fi card and if I’m running the Eye-Fi App on my iPad or iPhone the JPEGs get transferred there. You can also enable an Endless Memory Mode where your Eye-Fi card will automatically free up space once your photos and videos have been safely delivered (so the card never fills). Personally I don’t mind having a couple backups of my files (even JPEGs) in case my main card dies for whatever reason and I loose my RAWs before transferring them to my computer and backups.

Note that the Pro model of the Eye-Fi card I have also allows me to send RAW’s to the card and have them transferred (to my iDevices, my Mac or to the cloud) however I havn’t as yet used that feature – in which case I’d probably set my camera just to shoot RAW and send RAW’s to both cards. I’m still planning on importing my RAW images directly into Lighroom via USB although the Eye-Fi does also support the ability for me to wirelessly Auto Import into Lightroom via the Eye-Fi Card if I wished – I may try this sometime as well.

Another feature which I havn’t used which comes with the Pro card (an upgrade option with some of the other models) is Geotagging. Note however that this is done using Wi-Fi Positioning Service (WPS) technology to tag your photos with geolocation information so it’s not true GPS, it’s only as accurate as the WiFi positioning allows and it’s only available where the WPS covers (mostly the US).

I’ll post more when I’ve had more of a chance to use it for various situations.

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