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Lots of camera goings-on Oct. 17th, 2009 @ 01:50 am
Cross posted from my monthly photo challenge for human groups:

group challenge

Today was a photo-intense day for me. I just got my new Pentax k-x, which I'm LOVING. I took a picture for the Pentax World SyncSnap where Pentaxians all over the world were planning on taking a picture at exactly 12:00am GMT Saturday October 17th. Since it was a worldwide event, I decided to kill several birds with one stone: test new k-m, take group picture of people, and take a picture at 7:00PM CDT. I decided to do this from the 103rd floor of the Sears Tower. Check the SyncSnap link for my other photo under devorama.

A photo post with no photo! Oct. 10th, 2009 @ 12:42 am
So I'm in a bit of a quandary right now. Earlier today I was at Abt Electronics playing with the new Sony P&S cameras.  Specifically the DSC-WX1 and DSC-TX1.  There are reviews all over for them, but the main point is this: They have kick-ass performance in low light.  They both have this "Twilight" mode that has nothing to do with sexy vampires.  Rather, it utilizes its super fast 10fps (!) shooting speed to take 6 pictures and average them together to reduce noise.  The results are spectacularly good in terms of luminance and chroma noise for a P&S.

I bought my Lumix LX3 because I wanted a manual control camera and something that was great in low-light.  The LX3 has been eclipsed (no pun intended) by the new Sony cams in the low-light department.  And for manual shots, I use my dslr now.  So I'm thinking of selling my LX3 to fund the purchase of one of these Sony cameras.  Did I mention the Sony cameras are like half the size of the LX3?

The downsides are:
Sony cams have no manual modes or any direct way to control aperture or shutter speed.
Memory Stick instead of SD card.
The LX3 is such a cool iconic photographer's camera. And I'd be selling it for a very mainstream P&S

What to do? Also, I should act soon.  Canon is about to release the S90 which is probably going to outperform the LX3 at what the LX3 does.
Current Mood: confusedconfused

smoke gets in your lens Sep. 24th, 2009 @ 01:19 am
These are a couple of pictures I took of smoke and post-processed.

Purple smoke:
purple smoke

Pouring fire:
pouring fire
Current Mood: creativecreative

Vacation pics Sep. 17th, 2009 @ 03:10 am
So a bunch of us took a weekend in Michigan last weekend.  I'm just getting to sifting through my pics.  Check them out on flickr.






Tilt a whirl! Sep. 4th, 2009 @ 01:19 am
Yay! I have a tilt lens now!



It's great for controlling depth of field, selective focus, fake miniatures, and more!  I'm still working on my fake miniature technique, but the learning is part of the fun!

Other entries
» Camera geekery
Sorry to those that already saw this, but I was having some camera geek fun earlier.  100 geek points to whomever can tell me what's unusual about this photo and how I did it.  There was no post-processing done and no in-camera editing or filters applied.



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» Tourist or Terrorist?
I just posted this in the photographers LJ community, but I'm also posting it here.

I was in downtown Chicago earlier today taking pictures for the monthly photo challenge.  It's unusual for me to be coming home with my photo gear in tow, so I took the opportunity to take some photographs of Union Station and other places I passed along the way.  After I got off the L (our nickname for the eLevated train), I took this picture of the train station.



I took this picture with my Panasonic LX3 with a fisheye adaptor.  Moments after I took the photo, the conductor shouted out to me, "Do you have a CTA permit for that?"

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» Wedding Bells
So djzack67 and I were lucky enough to attend joncub and doonda's wedding in Iowa this last weekend.  Being the budding photographer that I am, I jumped at the chance to take a bunch of pictures.  I really need to remember to have people wearing glasses turn so the flash or sun does not reflect into the camera!  Full set on flickr.




» Pool party!
Yesterday, a bunch of us gathered to celebrate dedos's birthday.  It was a pool party even!  Luckily, my waterproof camera arrived just in time. So I got lots of great pictures in and out of the water.  Indoor pics are courtesy of my LX3 with bounce flash.  Click the picture for the full flickr set. Warning! Only click if you are prepared to see lots of naked wet bear flesh!





» This month's challenge...


This month's photo challenge is juxtaposition. I'm not sure everyone really understood the challenge, because a lot of them don't read as juxtaposition to me.  This is my entry.  I posted more pics from this photoshoot on flickr.  Click the pic below to see.




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