Hi, haven't updated this in a while, so I thought I'd put something new in here.
For those of you who don't enjoy reading, here's a "USA Today" version of the following journal entry:
Look at the amount of pictures I've posted recently with the same resolution+border? Isn't it nice? This 10-22mm lens I borrowed is nice. I've been shooting with the 50mm too and it's also been nice. Hooray! Oh and the weather was good today. Really freakin good.
And now for the real deal:
So first thing's first, something that's been bugging me for a while...
I've always tried to create some form of standardized submission format. And I think I've nailed it with all of today's submissions, which you will find share the same resolution and border. Each of today's submissions also include a brief description, nothing too long winded. You will also note that all EXIF data is also maintained in each of these pictures, except perhaps trueguardian.deviantart.com/ar…
, which of course is an HDR file, where all my precious EXIF data is lost through the merging of three pictures in Dynamic-Photo HDR.
You will find with me, however, the next time I make a submission, the "standard" will be ruined all over again, and some other new border design will take place of the current design, which is very basic, as you'd all agree. It's just that, with the slew of new images I've taken with the 10-22mm, it just seemed right to put a 200px (on original sized photo) black border around all of the pictures. I hope you agree.
Now to talk about this lens. I haven't purchased it, just in case any of you are wondering. I certainly do not have the money to be able to afford such a nice piece of glass at this stage, so I borrowed one instead. The place I borrowed it from wouldn't let me take their Mamiya digital with an 80mm f2.8, but I guess you win some you lose some
The 10-22mm EF-S is a very nice piece of glass. Put one search through Google and you will find almost everyone raves about it's build quality, sharpness, low levels of barrel distortion and versatility. You'll also find many people mentioning something along the lines of "if you have a 1.6x Canon, you need this lens." After a day of shooting in perfect weather and perfect light, I have nothing clever to add to these rave reviews. This lens is a very addictive piece of glass to shoot with, and at f8+ in today's cloudless weather (although some clouds would've been nice as well), it really does perform. When I have enough money this lens is at the top of my shopping list.
I also did some shooting with my lovely little 50mm f1.8 today. Nothing worth posting really but I've really come to enjoy the sharpness of this lens. Did I mention the fact that today's lighting and weather was near perfect? I think I have already. I don't think we're going to get a day as good as this down here again until spring. Seriously. More to come as I start shooting more with this "fast glass"
Now that the "tech talk" is over, I'd like to extend a general thumbs up to all the great artists who have submitted some truly gorgeous work. If I had a subscription I would display some of my faves right here, but why don't you just click onto my favourites and see what I've been digging instead?
Also; a big thank you to everyone who have been adding me to their friends lists and those who have been adding my pictures to their favourites. Doing so gives me motivation to get out there and take more photographs. The last few months have been good months for my profile in terms of movement, so good on ya, guys!
A bit an equipment plug to cap off, since I don't ever really mention my equipment in these journals, I think that they do deserve a mention, even though I'm not sponsored or endorsed by these brands...but I sometimes ask myself when looking through someone else's gallery what equipment they use. Maybe some of you may be asking the same thing. You can check EXIF data, but what EXIF data doesn't tell you is that all of my lenses (10-22, 18-55, 50 f/1.8, 55-200) are protected by either Hoya or Marumi UV filters. Other equipment include: Canon EOS Kiss Digital-X/400D/Rebel XTI with no modifications and the latest firmware. My standard point and shoot is a Nikon S200. Memory is provided Delkin Devices eFilm Compact Flash cards, which in turn get inserted into a Digital USB 2.0 card reader. Images are edited and put together with Adobe Photoshop CS3 and MediaChance Dynamic Photo HDR. Images are viewed through a Samsung 2232BW LCD Monitor. On the road I use a Hewlett-Packard Compaq 6710b notebook with the same resolution as my LCD monitor at home (1680x1050). At home I have a self assembled computer, Intel E8400, 4GB Corsair DDR2-800, 8800GTS 512, 320GB OS disc, 500GB (split into two 250GB partitions for scratch disc use), 640GB.
More pictures on the way. Thanks for reading.