Photoshop offers a variety of methods for converting an image from color to black & white. Here are some of my favorite techniques, which always give me far better results than would simply converting an image to grayscale or desaturating the image. These techniques are based on the Photoshop CS3 command set, but should be fairly easy to apply using similar commands in prior versions of Photoshop as well as in CS4.
Shanghai commercial photographer Derryck Menere recently posted this beautiful video, his first completed attempt at making a short film with the Canon EOS 5D mkII. This is a wonderful example of the potential of the latest generation of HD capable digital SLR cameras. Continue reading “Sun Shower Video with 5D mkII”
Though the first test was a success, the experiment left me wondering if I could take it one step further and throw my Canon EF 2X II extender into the mix to get an effective 2400mm combination to work.
Earlier this month I discussed my preliminary experiment with the Nikkor-P 1200mm f/11 lens on a Canon EOS 5D using a third-party adapter. Though the first test was a success, the conditions under which I took my first photographs of the moon with this combination were less than ideal. High humidity and intermittent cloud cover from our annual monsoon season in Tucson affected the clarity of the images, and I was left to wonder what the results would be under better conditions. Also, the last experiment left me wondering if I could take the test one step further and throw my Canon EF 2X II extender into the mix to get an effective 2400mm combination to work. Continue reading “Nikkor-P 1200mm + 5D + EF 2X II”
Like photography, modeling is a business. Do you really have what it takes? And where does one even begin?
You’ve got the look. People are always telling you that you should get into modeling. Well, it may or may not be obvious, but just as photography is about more than just having a good camera, modeling is about far more than simply how you look. Like photography, modeling is a business. Do you really have what it takes? And where does one even begin?
Check out modelingtip.com for a wealth of information and advice for aspiring models and actors, from how to get started with a portfolio to working with agencies, and everything in-between.
On my latest trip to Colorado, my father sent me home with his old Nikkor-P 1200mm f/11-f/64 lens, as well as a monster tripod to support the beast. Here are the specs on the lens from the original manual:
Picture Angle: 2°
Construction: 5 elements in 5 groups
Aperture Diaphragm: Manual
Minimum Aperture: f/64
Distance Scale: Graduated down to 143ft (43m)
Filter: 122mm screw-in
Dimensions: 135mm x 732mm, 922mm long with focusing unit
Weight: 3.1kg, 4.3kg with focusing unit
Additionally, it has built-in telescoping lens hood, and came with a 135mm slip-on feather front cap, a slip-on leather rear cap, the focusing unit, and a wooden case. According to Malaysian Internet Resources, “this used to be the longest regular-type Nikkor super telephoto lens for 35mm photography. Magnification is an amazing 24 times that of the 50mm normal lens. The lens was used to be highly useful in photojournalism, sports, wildlife and other types of photography during those days.” Continue reading “Nikkor-P 1200mm on a Canon EOS 5D: Are you kidding me?”
This vacation trip has been some time in the making for me. Having had lower back surgery in 1997, this would be the first trip in a dozen years on which I would plan on driving for more than a couple of hours at a time. Lola and I had been to Colorado was in May, 2005, but we had flown in to Denver on that trip – the primary purpose being to visit my father in Idaho Springs. That trip had left little time for travel to the surrounding areas and I looked forward on this year’s trip to being able to take in more of the beautiful scenery around the state and to make it more of a photographic expedition. Continue reading “Colorado, June 2009”