A Little Walk On The Mountain

It has been quite some time since i posted here.  As a matter of fact, my last post was on New Year’s day!  Therefore, it’s time for me to get back into a routine of posting at least a few times a week again.

Personally, i am not to crazy about shooting in the winter.  Aside from it being cold outside, everything is a bit grey and somber, unlike all the color that one can find in the summer time.

That’s just me though.

Outdoor conditions should not stop anyone – including me – from going outside with their camera and taking photographs.  Though, i am more inclined to go outside if it is sunny, like yesterday.

The above shots were taken with the Nikon D2x and the Nikkor 70-300mm VR G.

While we were up at the look out, i took the opportunity to take a succession of photos in order to stitch them together to make a panorama.  However, i think i may have started a little too far to the left with this one.

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Keep in mind, if you are going to take a succession of photos to stitch into a panorama, taking vertical (portrait oriented) shots is the best way to go.  This gives you plenty of room at the head and foot of your photos when you crop afterwards.

Furthermore, always overlay your photos by about 20-30%.  If you do this, your stitching software will have an easier time blending the photos and your panorama will come out much better.

FYI: this post took more than eight hours to post.  My modem seems to be acting up; therefore, my ISP is sending me a new one and i hope the issue will be resolved.

Who dares wins.

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Setting Up For A Big Party!

As many of my fellow Canadians know, 2017 is Canada’s 150th birthday!!

While I was in Ottawa, I made my way up to Parliament Hill to check out the preparations for the New Years eve party, as well as the start of the festivities for Canada’s 150th.

Photos taken with the Fuji X-Pro1 and the Fujinon XF 27mm f/2.8.  Shot using the standard film simulation at ISO 3200 and f/2.8.

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Low Light With The Beast

Since I bought my D2X this summer, I had not really tested it in any lowlight situations.

Being a 12 year old camera, I obviously knew that it would not perform as well in low light as my X-Pro1; however, it certainly did not disappoint.

While in Ottawa the other day, I pulled out the D2X to take some interior shots of Saint Patrick’s Basilica.  I set the ISO at 800 (I tried a few shots at H 0.3) and opened my lens as wide as it would go at 70mm, which was f/4.5.

VR is a wonderful technological advantage and it assisted me greatly in getting sharp photos, even down to shutter speeds of 1/13 of a second.

I can only imagine that I would have a much easier time taking low light photos with a much faster lens, like the 35mm f/1.8 for example.  I will definitely have to look out for a good used copy.

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Night Shooting

I had an engagement down in Old Montreal the other night and doing some forward thinking, i brought along my X-Pro1, which fit nicely in my jacket pocket.

It would have been a good idea to have brought a tripod along, but it would have been a bit cumbersome to lug around while attending to business.

In order to get a decent shutter speed, i had to boost up my ISO to 5000 with some photos  – the 27mm does not have OIS.  If there was plenty of light from the moon and other light sources, the files came out relatively good.

However, if i was taking photos of a darker scene, things tended to turn to mush and there was not much i could do to save them.

In the end, even though i had to hand hold the camera for all these photos, things turned out okay.

All photos taken with the Fuji X-Pro1 and the XF 27mm f/2.8.

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Afternoon Plane Spotting

It has been a while since i did some plane spotting, so i took advantage of the great weather we had today and made my way up to the airport.

Finally, they have 55th Ave. going north under Cote de Liesse, set up for two-way traffic again.  Hopefully, one day, that overpass will be torn down and rebuilt.  I won’t hold my breath though.

Sunday’s before noon is pretty quiet at the airport, so i did not stay long.  However, i was able to get some shots of aircraft that i have never seen before.

All photos taken with the D2x and the Nikkor 70-300 VR G.

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