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Sunrise on Lake Havasu

November 29th, 2010 by Rick

Even on a cold November morning, Rotary Beach is a great place to watch the sunrise!  While much of the country was in the shopping malls on Black Friday, I took the opportunity to take a few videos and photos.  This short video clip shows the Lake Havasu Marina and the Nautical Inn from Rotary beach.


Nikon D7000 Continues to Impress

November 28th, 2010 by Rick

Over the long weekend, I had a chance to shoot more photos with the D7000.  These three photos in Lake Havasu City, Arizona were bracketed and processed with Photomatix.

This image of the London Bridge was taken about 30 minutes before sunrise.

A few minutes later, I found my way to the top of the bridge and took another series of bracketed photos of Havasu’s “founding fathers”.

A few minutes after sunrise, I made my way out to the edge of the lake.  Combining multiple images helps to smooth out the water (it was just a bit windy).

I continue to be impressed with the images I’m getting out of the D7000!  For a few more examples from “Lake Havasu City in November”, check out the gallery!  You’ll find a few more HDR images along with some single exposure, “native” photos.


Las Vegas Skyline with D7000

November 23rd, 2010 by Rick

I recently had the opportunity to shoot the Las Vegas skyline with friend Eddie Yerkish and the D7000.  Eddie is a great photographer – be sure to check out his work at http://www.eyphotogallery.com/

It was a cold and very windy evening on top of a local hill.  So windy, in fact, that our tripods would blow over if we weren’t careful!  Despite the challenge of keeping the camera still in the high wind, I ended up with some nice shots!  This single exposure shows the Las Vegas Strip from the southwest looking northeast.

Photomatix already supports Nikon’s camera raw format.  Thanks to Eddie’s eye for composition, I got a series of great shots of the Las Vegas Strip and the rising full moon framed through this rustic shelter window.  Photomatix made the HDR easy.

The high winds were part of a storm that left snow on the mountains west of Las Vegas earlier in the day.  Although most of the storm had moved out before we started shooting, the remaining clouds glowed at dusk.  Las Vegas is a surreal city, so the surreal look of HDR fits!

The D7000 did an admirable job of capturing these scenes.  I’m still getting used to all of the extra pixels that the 16 megapixel sensor captures.  The noise was low (as expected at 100 ISO).  I also shot a few videos which I’ll post later.


HDR Video from D7000?

November 21st, 2010 by Rick

The possibilities had me curious.  I didn’t see a way to get true, multiple exposures without a setup like this (which is way beyond my means).  But, since Photomatix has began to make interesting “HDR” images from single images, I wanted to try.  Two caveats:

- Purists:  I know this is not actually HDR; leave a comment if you must though.

- This particular example was processed using a variant of the Photomatix Black & White preset, just because I thought it created an interesting view.  I did experiment with overly saturated extremes that have become popular – it works!

I’ll leave you with this for the moment!  Enjoy…

Shoot For The Moon!

November 20th, 2010 by Rick

Who can resist when there’s a full moon?!?  Enjoy…

Nikon D7000 Example – 720p 24 fps

November 20th, 2010 by Rick

After having the new Nikon D7000 for a week now, I’m getting more and more familiar with its video capabilities.  This 720p video was shot with an 18-200 3.5 lens, edited in Adobe Premiere CS4 and exported using Premiere’s “Adobe TV 720p” preset.  I’m interested to see if this will play on an iPhone / iPad, as the other examples I’ve posted do not work.  They should, since JWPlayer is now HTML5 compatible (and that’s what I’m using to bring these into WordPress).

So far, I’m completely impressed with this camera’s capabilities.  Although I haven’t posted any of the photographs I’ve shot with it, trust me – they’re gorgeous!  Some knock the lack of 50 and 60 fps frame rates and the 1080i mode of the D7000, but that’s not a big deal for me.  My work is destined for the web, and for my purpose it works wonderfully.  And, of course, I’ve got one camera to work in both the photo and video worlds.


[Edit]:  After originally posting this, I found that the video is still not visible on an iPhone / iPad.  More troubleshooting (learning) to get HTML5 figured out.

D7000 Example – 1080i to 720p

November 16th, 2010 by Rick

Originally shot at the maximum size & quality (but using auto exposure settings), this sample was downsized in post to 720p.

Another D7000 Test

November 16th, 2010 by Rick

This short clip was shot handheld using auto settings at night with the D7000.

Testing D7000 Footage and HTML 5

November 16th, 2010 by Rick

This is primarily a test of using HTML 5 in WordPress, but at the same time it uses some of the first footage I shot with a Nikon D7000.

This segment was shot in 720p at 30fps (blow it up to full screen!) using auto controls.  More follow!

The Photo Gallery is Revamped!

July 27th, 2010 by Rick

My photo gallery has been updated!  Up until several months ago, I offered photos for sale.  At that point, I chose a Lightroom gallery that enabled e-commerce.  While it was OK, it was Flash based (not so great for iPhone / iPad users) and it was a little quirky.  When I stopped selling photos online (long story for another time), I chose to upgrade to a new gallery from The Turning Gate.  I think its a more elegant design, it doesn’t require Flash, it is easier to maintain and it is more functional. Read the rest of this entry »

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