Sunrise at Skyline Drive

Skyline Drive - Before the Sun

Skyline Drive – Before the Sun – Click to zoom

 

I drove out to Skyline Drive recently to catch the sunrise.  Almost didn’t make it, my alarm was set for 4AM but when it went off the volume was a little low so I didn’t wake up!  The radio kept playing and around 4:30 I woke up and realized what had happened.  My plan was to leave the house at 4:30, so I was a little late!

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Washington National Cathedral After Sunset

Washington National Cathedral After Sunset

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Purchase the Washington National Cathedral After Sunset print alone or framed through Fine Art America.
Purchase the Washington National Cathedral After Sunset print directly from the artist.

On August 23rd, 2011, the Washington DC area was hit with a magnitude 5.8 earthquake (Washington Post article about the earthquake along with a Huffington Post article about the earthquake).  Needless to say, we aren’t used to earthquakes in Washington DC!  Most offices and companies sent people home afterwards, wanting to make sure the structure of the office buildings were ok for employees to return to work.

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Canon 5D Mark III Raw Sample Images

The last set of raw sample images from the new Canon 5D Mark III turned out to be very popular. (Low ISO samples here and High ISO samples here)  Last month the site shared 124G worth of data to the web.  The low ISO samples I wasn’t totally happy with because a lot of them were of the tulips in Washington, DC, which were nice, but with the really low ISO and not a lot of sun light there was motion blur.  So I’ve shot some more raw sample images and are sharing them for others to see.

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Review: Tamrac Photo Messenger 9 Camera Bag

Recently I was looking for a photo messenger bag to purchase.  It seemed like all the ones I kept finding just weren’t the correct size for what I wanted.  I wanted one where I could fit a camera attached to the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens into the bag and also put in another large lens or two.  Ideally, one where I could have two bodies with lenses attached in the bag.  Finally I came across this bag, and here’s my review of the Tamrac Photo Messenger 9 Camera Bag, Model 469.

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Canon 5D Mark III vs S100 vs D10 – AWB Comparison

The last test I did on the Canon 5D Mark III camera to check its Auto White Balance I got some people commenting that I should shoot raw, that the result I got was to be expected from AWB.  I’ve shot raw ever since my first DSLR would allow me to, that was the Canon 10D.  But sometimes it would be nice if the AWB would work better than it does because just shooting raw or shooting a custom white balance, still doesn’t help you from having to manually adjust just about every image.  So an AWB comparison test was in order.

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Cherry Blossoms at the Washington National Cathedral

Cherry Blossoms at the Washington National Cathedral

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Purchase the Cherry Blossoms at the Washington National Cathedral print directly from the artist.
Purchase the Cherry Blossoms at the Washington National Cathedral print alone or framed through Fine Art America.

The Tidal Basin around the Jefferson Memorial isn’t the only place in Washington, DC that has beautiful cherry blossoms that bloom every spring.  There are lots of little areas here and there that have cherry tress that also bloom.  One area is the Washington National Cathedral.  On the side of the Cathedral is a garden area with a bench outside a stone wall.  Over this bench is a large tree that was just full of blossoms.  Made for a very interesting artistic HDR picture.

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Canon 5D Mark III White Balance Test Raw Sample Images

Did some tests to check how well the Auto White Balance works on the new Canon 5D Mark III.  Raw sample images are provided along with JPEGs processed through DPP Ver 3.11.10.0.  Canon cameras always seem to have a hard time with AWB and looks like the new Canon 5D Mark III is no exception to this fact.  I tested three different bulbs (2 compact flourescent and 1 incandescent) with both a white and black background.  I tested AWB, custom white balance, and also tungsten for the incandescent bulb.  The CFL bulbs were rated at 2700K and 6500K for their color temperature.  All shots were taken at ISO 400 with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens set to aperture priority mode f/5.6.  Shutter speed was allowed to adjust to whatever the metering system decided it needed to be since the bulbs were of different brightness.

CFL Bulb 2700K Color Temperature - AWB - Black Background

CFL Bulb 2700K Color Temperature - Custom WB - Black Background

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