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Cratering

a half-stack doesn't fit in the trunk
Fave sportsball pic so far this year.

Fave sportsball pic so far this year.

Summer: yes, please.

Summer: yes, please.

I went out to take a picture of the house all lit up, and as usual, the mistakes are more interesting than what I was trying to do on purpose.

I went out to take a picture of the house all lit up, and as usual, the mistakes are more interesting than what I was trying to do on purpose.

Trudging toward solstice.
I watch the squirrels clamber around, gorging on the berries. As they pick the tree clean, they have to venture out onto ever smaller branches, and they struggle to maintain their grip and balance.

Trudging toward solstice.

I watch the squirrels clamber around, gorging on the berries. As they pick the tree clean, they have to venture out onto ever smaller branches, and they struggle to maintain their grip and balance.

So I rented a big boy lens, an EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS, to see if I could get some better soccer pix at today’s game, the last one.
What a magnificent piece of glass. I shot this from at least 75 feet away and it feels like I was on top of it. (More on top of it than the “ref,” who apparently is unfamiliar with the concept of offsides, but whatever.)
Thing is, I shot about 100 photos and only about 5 are usable. I think it’s because my consumer grade T1i has so few focal points in the frame, it got confused more often than not and ended up focusing on the wrong person or some random point on the grass or whatever. Obviously I need a new, way more expensive camera since it will make me a better photographer. That’s how this works, right?
As far as the soccer goes, the kids struggled through a winless season. I thought they might get one today, after playing great and leading 1-0 at the half, but we were short two players so we had no subs. Our guys ran out of gas late and gave up three goals, two on breakaways. That said, they kept their heads up and didn’t get bummed, which says a lot about them. He’s already asking about spring soccer, so, feels like a success.

So I rented a big boy lens, an EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS, to see if I could get some better soccer pix at today’s game, the last one.

What a magnificent piece of glass. I shot this from at least 75 feet away and it feels like I was on top of it. (More on top of it than the “ref,” who apparently is unfamiliar with the concept of offsides, but whatever.)

Thing is, I shot about 100 photos and only about 5 are usable. I think it’s because my consumer grade T1i has so few focal points in the frame, it got confused more often than not and ended up focusing on the wrong person or some random point on the grass or whatever. Obviously I need a new, way more expensive camera since it will make me a better photographer. That’s how this works, right?

As far as the soccer goes, the kids struggled through a winless season. I thought they might get one today, after playing great and leading 1-0 at the half, but we were short two players so we had no subs. Our guys ran out of gas late and gave up three goals, two on breakaways. That said, they kept their heads up and didn’t get bummed, which says a lot about them. He’s already asking about spring soccer, so, feels like a success.

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Here’s a less than awesome photo of my Christmas lights which I swear were turned off immediately after shooting this. Subawesome, yet posted for the following reasons:
I’m fooling with my camera, trying to learn more about the various modes and how it works for low light, long exposure photography of point light sources. I have an ambitious project in mind which I’ll say more about soon; this is posted here to document progress. First lesson learned: I need to find and use the shutter remote, since apparently the pressure of my finger on the button causes blur at this speed (0.25sec, f/3.5). Duh, I think.
I need Laura to approve this Christmas light layout…she told me there would be some kind of certification process.
OK, lights off until post-Thanksgiving.

Here’s a less than awesome photo of my Christmas lights which I swear were turned off immediately after shooting this. Subawesome, yet posted for the following reasons:

  1. I’m fooling with my camera, trying to learn more about the various modes and how it works for low light, long exposure photography of point light sources. I have an ambitious project in mind which I’ll say more about soon; this is posted here to document progress. First lesson learned: I need to find and use the shutter remote, since apparently the pressure of my finger on the button causes blur at this speed (0.25sec, f/3.5). Duh, I think.
  2. I need Laura to approve this Christmas light layout…she told me there would be some kind of certification process.

OK, lights off until post-Thanksgiving.

Gratuitous picture of my baby girl from the daddy/daughter dance last night? Yes. Yes it is.

But also a nerd question: is the camera in the iPhone 4 any faster than the one in the 3GS? I know it’s ridiculous to complain about this incredible technology in the palm of my hand, but this camera is too slow to be of any practical use with children. Every other shot I tried to get of her last night looks like a swirly red blur. I don’t think I’m missing a setting, I think it’s just slow glass. We were in a well-lit gym.

Is it better if I upgrade?

Gratuitous picture of my baby girl from the daddy/daughter dance last night? Yes. Yes it is.

But also a nerd question: is the camera in the iPhone 4 any faster than the one in the 3GS? I know it’s ridiculous to complain about this incredible technology in the palm of my hand, but this camera is too slow to be of any practical use with children. Every other shot I tried to get of her last night looks like a swirly red blur. I don’t think I’m missing a setting, I think it’s just slow glass. We were in a well-lit gym.

Is it better if I upgrade?