10D

Sauvie Island

Oregon.  In January, in 2005, in the rain — what else in Oregon west of the Cascades in winter. Strawberry fields with "whips" to hold the bushes, I think I recall Tim telling me.  Canon 10D, 70-200 f/2.8 IS, ISO 200, f/4.0 at 105mm.  The island lies at the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette.

Dodge Truck, Canon 10D, 70-200 f/2.8 IS, ISO 200, f/2.8 at 95mm, 1/125.

Canon 10D, 70-200 f/2.8 IS, ISO 200, f/4.5 at 200mm, 1/125.

Canon 10D, 70-200 f/2.8 IS, ISO 200, f/8.0 at 70mm, 1/30.

Old device, new software

Shot April with a Canon 10D, post processed with HDR EFex and Silver Efex Pro II.  Old bottle new win, something like that. The 10D pressed into service after the 5D Mk II and 7D battery fiasco.  Anyway a two shot HD at Carrie Furnace in Rankin.  Was a three shot attempt but the bright one is blurred was at 1/6 of a second. ISO 800, f2.8 with 70 - 200 IS @ 70mm.

Six years and two weeks ago

May 2005, Death Valley, CA.  I saw some Death Valley shots on the web and recalled several days of my own in Death Valley en-route to a firm Partner Retreat in Lake Las Vegas, NV.  

The first shot is from Furnace Creek, late in the afternoon of the first day. Shot with the same 24.0-70.0 f/2.8 I still have but mounted on the now trickled-down Canon 10D.  f/16 at .5 seconds, 62mm, ISO 100 on the still in use Gitzo with the RRS ball head. Post processed with the current Nashification recipe.

The bank in Ryholite, NV, on the way to Lake Las Vegas. Looks the same as everyone else's photo of this building.  Also shot with the same 24.0-70.0 f/2.8 on the Canon 10D,  f/16 at 1/20 seconds, 50mm, ISO 100 and post processed with the current Nashification recipe.

And again some more

No sense complaining about the equipment fiasco.  I like a lot of the Carrie Furnace shots.

Canon 10D, 70-200 f/2.8 IS, f/2.8, 70mm, ISO 800, bracketed off 1/3200.  Three shot, Slight (low opacity) Midnight filter application plus some Topaz Adjust and Nik Glamor Glow.

Canon 10D, 70-200 f/2.8 IS, f/2.8, 70mm, ISO 800, bracketed off 1/1250.  Three shot, Slight (low opacity) Midnight filter application plus some Topaz Adjust.

Lots of post processing in a not all that sucessfull attempt to make up for a not very technically good snap.

Canon 10D, 70-200 f/2.8 IS, f/2.8, 80mm, ISO 800, bracketed off 1/80.  Two shots HDR.

More Carrie Furnace

just to keep the blog items for getting too lengthy, see the prior two blog posts for the story.  The furnaces are going is going to require another trip in the fall, to make up for the battery fiasco.  That visit will have a different strategy, since the tour is not really a tour and tripods are OK, I'll bring the Gitzo and a rented 17 TS-E.  This place needs wide, really wide.  

Oh yeah, I forgot, I thought I had packed the 17-40 f/4.0L when I got there it turns out I packed the 35 f/1.4L — really clueless morning.  Anyway, fast but not really wide, especially on a crop camera like the 10D. Although I guess I could have put it on the 10D, gotten a 50mm equivalent and dropped the ISO.  DOF would likely been an issue and frankly given the grittiness of the furnaces the high ISO noise isn't much of a problem.

Yet, I am not unhappy with yesterdays snaps.  Thanks to being lucky with the XZ-1 being in the bag, with power and with a card and an old 10D.  What could have been nothing but a nine hour drive worked out OK.

Canon 10D, 70-200 f/2.8 IS, f/2.8, 75mm, ISO 800, bracketed off 1/640.  Two shots, no way I am good enough to handhold the over exposure steady.  Slight (low opacity) Midnight filter application.

Canon 10D, 70-200 f/2.8 IS, f/2.8, 75mm, ISO 800, bracketed 1/30 and 1/90.  As above only two shot. Again slight (low opacity) Midnight filter application.

Canon 10D, 24-70 f/2.8, f/8, 24mm, ISO 400, single shot.  Slight (low opacity) Midnight filter application, Topaz adjust, plus the regular stuff.

Juice

or actually no juice and a severe lack of MIPs too!.  Twelve hour round trip to the Rivers of Steel "Hardhat" "Tour" of the Carrie Furnaces in Rankin, PA.  Not really a tour (good), no hardhats for the touristas (not an issue) and no batteries for the MIPless snapper.  Yep, 4+ hours out there, get all strapped up, cameras hooked up, hit the on switch switch and nothing, absolutely nothing, perhaps because the batteries were 4+ hours away in Charm City. Serious MIP shortage.

I did manage to toss the XZ-1 in the bag and it had power and a backup and fellow snapper (who did the driving) had a backup body, a rather long in the tooth, 10D (ca 2003).  So I guess we shall see what trumps what, equipment or the artiste.  10D high noise at high ISO (800 for the indoors shots) might present some challenges, it was dark inside the furnaces.  I suspect most of these will wind up in B&W.

I can see why Tim rarely uses the handmedown 10D anymore.  It is slow, really slow and the buffer even fills up writing RAWS to a fast card after a couple of fast bracketed shots.  Five years is a long time in camera technology.

Three shot bracket, 10D, 70-20 f/2.8 IS, ISO 800, f/2.8, bracketed off 1/125 @ 70mm.  HDR Efex & Silver Efex Pro 2.

Three shot bracket, 10D, 70-20 f/2.8 IS, ISO 800, f/2.8, bracketed off 1/30 @ 70mm — saved by IS.  HDR Efex. Looks like some color might work.

No HDR here, just one shot with 10D, 70-20 f/2.8 IS, ISO 800, f/2.8, bracketed off 1/15 @ 70mm.  Hit with Color Efex Midnight Filter.

Three shot bracket, 10D, 70-20 f/2.8 IS, ISO 100, f/2.8, bracketed off 1/2000 @ 70mm. HDR Efex. No problem outside at all.

Single shot, ISO set wrong at 3200 from prior indoor shot.  Actually looks pretty good with high ISO in decent light.  24-70 f/2.8L @ 24mm, 1/500.

Night B&W

Revived snaps from July '05 on the Washington National Cathedral Close.  All clearly on the Gitzo, acquired with the 10D and 17-40L f4.0 @ ISO 200.  Combined with HDR Efex Pro with mild settings, B&W conversion with Silver Efex Pro 2.

Back of Hearst Hall, National Cathedral School.  One exposure at f8.0 another at f11.0 both at 30 seconds.

North Transept Porch, Washington National Cathedral.  Four exposures at f11.0 from 6 to 30 seconds.

Sharpsburg dependencey

This series of bracketed snaps has vexed me since I took them in August of '05.  Small shed in the back yard of a a house on the corner of West Main and North Potomac Streets, in Sharpsburg MD, near the Antietam Battlefield.  The yard was dark and the outbuilding backlit. Just reedited this, probably the best of a ton of attempts since '05 but still too crunchy.  HDR tools trying to make it look non-HDR.

Last time I drove past the building was intact but was shorn of its magnificent foliage.

The Big M

First message on the iPhone landing at BWI yesterday (on time for the first time in quite sometime), was from Bill asking me about a photo of a deer at Big Meadows in Shenandoah National Park.  Bill has a good memory, that snap was take in June '05.  Drove out there real early from DC, starting out around 4AM I think. Entered the park at Thornton Gap from VA 211 and took the shot below at one of the first overlooks heading south on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Always liked this snap of the sun coming up over the Virginia Piedmont.

Wish DSLRs had built-in GPS, there are ways to do it, some easy and expensive some cheap and somewhat clumsy.  It is easy and essentially free in the iPhone.  Canon 10D with 24-70 f2.8 @70mm, .6s exposure on the Gitzo.