So I had a friend of mine show me some photos that were done with a very small constant light (actually an old iPod classic) and because of the long exposure they were able to light the scene very professionally and creatively. So I wanted to experiment and try some long exposure shots myself. So with my new toy (motorcycle) I gathered my trusty Canon 7D, Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 lens and tripod and headed to the garage where my bike was sitting.
So I needed to find a source of light as I was going to be shooting in complete darkness. So I headed to the store looking for something that I could use to “paint” light over the sections of my bike that I wanted to expose.
I ended up finding the above Energizer keychain LED flashlight. So this light doesn’t put out a lot of light, but it could be very precise as well as very broad depending on how far I held the light from its target. So for $5 I figured it was worth the investment (picked it up from Home Depot).
So now I had a subject (bike) had my gear and finally had a small light. I was ready.
With the lights on in the garage I setup the camera on the tripod and framed the shot accordingly. Set the camera to manual focus (as it wouldn’t be able to auto focus in the dark) and then set my camera for 30 second exposure, f11, ISO 100, and lastly set the timer for 2 seconds. I was ready.
I then turned off the lights, fired the shutter, and painted the bike with my little flashlight.
The following pictures were my 2 favourite shots form the 8 photos that I took. I kinda wish that I had given the bike a little bit of a wash, but all in all I was very pleased with the outcome of the photos.
If there are any questions as to how these photos were taken please let me know. I will continue to play with light exposure as well as long exposure.
SO i just picked up my new toy (actually about 2 weeks ago). No it’s not a new camera (harder for me to get one of those, as I have no reason to purchase a new one – old ones do their job just fine), Anyways I picked up a new Motorcycle!!
This is my very first motorcycle, and i must say that i am just loving it!! I bought a new 2009 Hyosung Aquila GV250. I must say that for a “starter” bike, I am very pleased.
I did a lot of looking around at both used and new bikes. Was considering buying a used bike that had a much bigger engine, but when i contacted my insurance I realized that this was not the way to go. Since I am a bigger guy I wanted at least a bike that was physically a bit bigger. Out of all the 250cc bikes that I sat on the Hyosung GV250 was definitely the biggest and the one that I felt the most comfortable on.
I hope to have some more posts come up in regards to my new interest. Anyone else out there ride a bike? If so what do you ride?
Here’s a quick video of my daughter and I coming home after I took her for a quick ride around the block.
So the rumors are starting to flow now, and this is always exciting. I use a Canon 7D as my primary camera and i absolutely love it. I love the high speed shutter of the dual digic IV processor. But the rumoured specs look pretty awesome and I would really be interested to see the actual performance of this camera, IF the specs are accurate.
Rumoured Specifications of the Canon 7D Mark II
- 24.1mp APS-C Sensor
- Dual DIGIC V
- Dual Memory Card Slots (Unknown configuration)
- 61 AF Points (I wonder if we’ll get red focus points in AIS?)
- 3.2″ LCD
- Build quality like 5D3
- GPS & Wifi
- $2199 ($500 more than the 7D at launch, I’d like to see such a camera come in under $2000)
- ISO Performance to get close to the 5D3
- “Lots of video features”
Over all I would definitely look at this camera seriously, as the specs (if accurate) look to be right up my ally. Super fast, GPS and Wifi all features that i would like to see in my next camera. But i would probably wait until the price drops a little.
So I had a few people ask me about seeing the Pacsafe in action. And so instead of filming my own little video of how this item works, i figured id let the company that actually makes it do all the work.
So here’s the video from Pacsafe about this awesome travelling companion…
So we just returned from our trip to Jamaica. My wife and I were traveling not just for a vacation but to shoot a good friend of mine’s wedding. So needless to say, because of the wedding I was going to be travelling with a fair amount of equipment.
Here was my concern. I had never been to Jamaica, never been to this specific resort, and through my web browsing and review reading, I had seen a fair amount of people concerned or who had experienced theft within their rooms. Now this is not specific to Jamaica, so lets not put those words in my mouth. Theft in hotels/resorts can and do happen anywhere. But I was travelling with a lot of equipment.
Now what you do not see in the above is a 15″ Macbook Pro Retina, which was also being carried in my bag. Needless to say the hotel safe was not going to cut it. But to be completely honest the safe was bigger then i expected.
So what was I going to do. I definitely did not want to have to carry my gear around with me everywhere as for 6 of the 7 days my wife and I were on holidays and wanted to relax. After a bit of searching I came across the PacSafe.
The Pacsafe is a small wire mesh that wraps around your bag. To be completely honest I will never travel with out it as of now. It takes a bit of time to put it on your pack and to lock and unlock the Pacsafe, but its definitely worth it. I never felt that my bag and or contents were at risk. It took an extra 2-5 minutes to put all my gear in the bag and safely lock it. In my opinion money well spent.
The bag after it is secure and wrapped then attaches itself to something secure in your room. Most tables or beds or something in your hotel room is fastened securely and once this is attached to it, your bag is safe. Or at least as safe as its going to be.
Is the mesh indestructible? No. Can it be cut with wire cutters? Probably? But most thefts especially in resorts happen fast. And anything that can deter or make it more difficult is definitely a plus. This cost me about 60ish dollars canadian.
Well worth the money. IF you are travelling this may be something that you might want in and around your bag.
So ive finally received my new Dolica tripod. Haven’t really had the time to give it a vigorous test, but none the less I have played with it.
Anyways because of the videos length I have split the video review into two parts. Please let me know if you have any questions in regards to it.