Random Photo for 08/12/2012

 

With all this attention on London with the Olympics and what-not, I decided to post a picture from my trip there in 2009.  I know this might not be the best picture composition wise, but it’s always been one of my favorites from the trip.  This was taken with my Canon S2 IS before I really got into photography.  This trip is what really prompted me to get more into photography and to get a nicer camera.  I didn’t want to take the S2 since it was too bulky.  Luckily I’m incredibly lazy and didn’t do any research into buying a new camera for the trip.  After the museums and churches we visited (especially Notre Dame) I told myself I wouldn’t go back to Europe without a DSLR (not realizing what that meant other than they took better pictures).  I heard about the NEX being the smallest interchangeable lens camera and was intrigued.  It did everything I wanted in a package much smaller than the DSLRs I was looking at getting.  Since getting the Sony, London & Paris are  high on my list of places to visit, since I now have to reshoot them.

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Random Photo for 08/09/2012

 

Sunday morning I woke up in our hotel room in Seal Beach and wanted to take some pictures at the beach.  I knew it was too late for sunrise, but still early enough that people weren’t out.  I walked down to the beach and sure enough, there was only a handful of people there exercising.  I took a couple moments to enjoy the serenity of the nearly empty beach before taking a few photos.  This photo was taken with the Minolta 135 f/3.5.

Random Photo for 08/07/2012

 

 

Finally going through my photos from this weekend.  Me and my dad went to a Dodger’s game while we were in L.A.  My first time at Dodger Stadium.  I wish the stitching could have been better on the woman on the right and man on the left, but I like the way the rest of it turned out.  Sports arenas definitely lend themselves to the panorama.  I enjoyed the game, but I’ll always be biased that everything is better at Chase Field, or wherever the Diamondbacks play.

No More 100%

I am going to make more of an effort to not be concerned with pixel-peeping.  I don’t consider myself very intense about it compared to some people, but I find myself doing it quite frequently.  What does it matter if there’s noise or the image is slightly out of focus if you can’t tell when it’s viewed full-screen on your computer monitor or the small prints I mostly make.  I never looked at pictures from my old camera and viewed them at 100% to make sure they were tack-sharp and free of distracting noise.  I looked at the image as a whole and determined if it was successful based off of that.  Getting more into photography and reading message boards and forums, it’s easy to get sucked into this idea that everything needs to be sharp corner to corner and perfect when viewed at the pixel level.  I’m not a professional, I do this because I like to do this and I need to be happy with the pictures.  I just got back from a family reunion in California and haven’t yet put the pictures on my computer, but I’m not going to view them at 100% and let the overall image speak for itself.

Random Photo for 08/03/2012

The other day I was thinking about my trip to London & Paris back in 2009.  Specifically, the Arc de Triomphe’s ridiculous amount of stairs.  284 to be exact.  If you’ve never been, the steps just spiral up all the way to the top and seem to never end.  The memorable part comes when you finally make it to the top.  There’s a number of benches at the top and upon reaching the finish I saw quite a few people sitting up there taking a break.  They all seemed to look at me as I came up the final steps with a sort of knowing look.  For a brief moment you and these strangers share an unspoken moment of understanding as you join them and take a seat at a bench.  The cycle is maintained because you will look at the  next person to reach the top of the steps and welcome them to this brotherhood of the exhausted.

I took this from the top of the Arc de Triomphe.  I increased the contrast to bring out some of the details in the buildings and converted it to black and white.