365 Photo Challenge for 2011 – February 28th

It’s Monday (ok, technically Wednesday) and the start of a new theme.  This week’s theme is all about continuing to use the 16mm.  This time with a focus on using it for close shots.  It’s a wide-angle lens and that’s it’s strength, but I’m trying to use it to get closer and use it in a way it wouldn’t normally be used for (or bought for)


365 Photo Challenge for 2011 – February 27th


Today’s photo was taken at the Arizona Matsuri Festival.  It’s nothing Festival specific, but a couple (that apparently was very lovey-dovey in other places as well) on a bench.  They’re just in their own world and I love the moment I was able to capture.

365 Photo Challenge for 2011 – February 26th

Today’s photo is my neighborhood street sign.  I decided to try the flash out and it’s different modes to see what they might do.  This was obtained with the flash set to slow-sync.  It gave me a slower shutter speed than the other modes.  It looks to me that because of that slower shutter speed, it was able to capture the background details needed by a slow shutter, but still light up the street sign.  The other flash modes were basically just the street sign in a pitch black environment.  I liked the reddish hue that seemed to be cast upon the overall image.  It looks like it was caused by Lightrooms automatic raw adjustment, because when I turned the blacks down it looked normal, but the red sky works better I think.  I have no idea what’s on the sign.  It’s not something normally noticeable, I really only see it in the photos that used flash.

365 Photo Challenge for 2011 – February 24th

Today’s photo is my basketball hoop shot from below.  I like the vignetting that the lens has naturally since it gives the sky a gloomy look.  Yes, the rim is not round anymore.  Due to some of our harsher storms in the past it has fallen repeatedly right on the rim and bent it out of shape; it also curves up slightly in the front.

365 Photo Challenge for 2011 – February 23rd


This is the kind of picture the wide-angle 16mm was made for in my opinion.  It doesn’t just have a wide field of view.  There’s also depth there.  I think that’s what makes this work.  Now if I can find my things at this vantage point to take advantage of that and compare it to the 18-55mm’s 18 side.

365 Photo Challenge for 2011 – February 22nd

Today’s photo really isn’t what I wanted.  It was too dark to not have a tripod and it wasn’t until after midnight that I asked myself why didn’t I use the camera’s twilight mode to take this picture, or take multiples at the high ISO and average the noise out in processing.  I don’t know.  I ended up having to push the ISO to the max (12,800) and there’s just too much noise for me to be able to process out.