POTW: Turntable Cartridge Macro

November 14, 2010 at 11:32 pm

POTW: Turntable Cartridge Macro

Another macro shot. This time of the cartridge used for a turntable. Tried to get a closeup of just the needle but I don't have a good enough magnification with the lens I have. Also getting close to the limit of my tripod/head combo. When I aim for most of these I have to aim a little high since when I lock it the camera tilts down slightly. Stuff like that is why you can spend $400 on just the head (what mounts the camera to the tripod legs). But I won't be able to afford that anytime soon. May resort to using a bean bag which would probably be more stable than a tripod if I can use it. Been meaning to grab one anyway since when I'm outdoors and want to set the camera on a rock or something.

As evident by all these macro pictures I've kinda lost steam on the abandoned building front. Haven't heard of anything worthwhile as of late and want to explore new locations instead of just revisiting old ones.

Also I'm moving to a new server so things may temporarily stop working within the next week or two. This also includes the image galleries and email. Email should still be forwarded to a temporary location until I get things setup again.

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POTW: Post Office Macro

November 7, 2010 at 6:07 pm

POTW: Post Office Macro

Another macro shot. This time of an old post office box cover. Bought this at a flea market years ago. All you get is the front door. My father made a box for it and I use it to lock up various keys and stuff. Nothing too secure since you can get into it by just sawing off one of the sides.

I set the focus to the shortest I could and moved the box back and forth until it was in focus, so this is as close up I can get. My lens is rated to 1:1 magnification. Meaning the image the lens projects on to the sensor is the same size of the image. Another way to say that is if you removed the sensor from the camera and put it right against the object, that's the size it would be. You can zoom in real close with some lens extenders I'm thinking of getting at some point.

As I am posting this I'm still contemplating what I'm going to do for next week's picture, so probably going to be another macro of something around the house.

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POTW: South Chagrin Metropark

October 31, 2010 at 9:50 pm

POTW: South Chagrin Metropark

More awesome metropark pictures, this time at the south chagrin metropark. Was in the area helping my mother with a craft show which meant I had to get up at 8:00 AM on a Saturday--I'm not a morning person, especially on the weekends--so while I was in the area figured I'd go and take pictures at the nearby park.

Nothing really worth mentioning with this picture. Small waterfall that you can get fairly close to. A group of kids, looked like boy scouts, were able to put their hand in the falling water. Was also amusing they asked if the pictures were for National Geographic. Too bad I didn't get a setup shot for this. The camera was setup on a rock ledge maybe 4" thick and stuck out about 2 feet.

I still haven't gotten around to getting the photos from both of these online but I'll get around to it at some point.

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POTW: Self Portrait

October 24, 2010 at 8:25 pm

POTW: Self Portrait

First POTW that's a self portrait. This was taken at a metropark and there were a few pictures that looked really nice (I'll get an album up eventually). Unfortunately you're stuck with a picture of yours truly.

The reason I went with this is because it's my first official use of off-camera flash outdoors. That came with a few errors. You can see the original here. Some of the stuff was because this is a self portrait. I was holding a remote shutter release and the camera was about 6 feet in front of me. The flash is hanging below the center column of the tripod, resting on top of my backpack which was hooked on to the center column of tripod for stability.

From looking at the original on location and looking at the histogram it looked like I had a properly exposed picture but it came out dark. Fortunately I took the picture in raw so I could easily increase the exposure by a stop and not lose anything. I then gave it a tighter crop and slight tweak of levels. Given the subject I was working with I'm pretty happy with my first use of flashes outside. I came out really sharp and the background has a nice bokeh effect. The black shirt seems to throw things off though and I should have had some color. Also wearing a short sleeve shirt detracts from the image which is why I had to crop out my arms. And yes, at the time I thought I was at least smiling a little bit. This is definitely better than the setup shots though.

Looking at the thumbnail on my desktop I do like it in icon form (the colors of the background with the black of the shirt) so maybe I'll use it for my profile picture in various places. This was all pretty spontaneous so didn't have any planning as far as what to wear or to shave so I'm pretty happy with it.

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POTW: Flashlight Macro

October 17, 2010 at 9:21 pm

POTW: Flashlight Macro

As evident in the title, this is the push button from a flash light. Interestingly I had to make the aperture fairly wide at 5.6 and there's still a really shallow depth of field. Another interesting tidbit, that blue is from my monitor only about 9 inches behind the flashlight. In retrospect it probably would have looked better from the top looking down. Also it's kinda grainy at ISO 800, should have lowered the iso and increased the shutter speed.

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POTW: Mill Creek Falls

October 10, 2010 at 8:19 pm

POTW: Mill Creek Falls

Went to a pretty small metropark, pretty much the only feature is said falls. Still had some interesting experiences trying to get what I wanted.

The main issue was it being bright out and wanting to get a long exposure. I made ISO as low as it could go (ISO100), the aperture as small as possible (f/22) and still wasn't getting a long enough exposure. I solved it the same way a lot of people do, put my polarizing filter on. Adding that darkens things another stop or two and got me the shutter speed I was looking after. Liked this angle because I wanted it to feel taller than it actually was.

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POTW: Lasers in Opposite Direction

October 3, 2010 at 4:33 pm

POTW: Lasers in Opposite Direction

Went to a party in Pittsburgh last week. Unfortunately it was really crowded and stuffy and was hard to get any good pictures. I use a 50mm prime lens which on my camera becomes slightly telephoto, meaning I need a lot of space between me and the subject. But it's only a $90 lens if someone bumps into it I wouldn't be too angry.

This is one of those pictures that most people will just look at and think it's nothing special. To me it shows several interesting things. First off, I think I may really need a UV filter at blacklight parties. That light above the door is a black light and it's really bright like the camera is picking up UV light. Have to experiment. Also all those dots you see against the wall are from the laser that's on the stage. First off, to the eye the laser appeared to be a single circle that was getting larger. Also if you connect the dots it doesn't make a smooth curve. That's because it's on a stage with loud speakers on it bumping the laser.

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POTW: Tinker's Creek

September 24, 2010 at 9:57 pm

POTW: Tinker's Creek

This week I went to a nearby nature preserve called tinker's creek. Unfortunately not that much was interesting but there were railroad tracks nearby.

I was trying to give this an antique look without reaching for the sepia color filter. I just darkened the image some and took the saturation to around 30 (100 is normal). Still didn't come exactly how I wanted, but close.

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POTW: Victoreen

September 19, 2010 at 2:58 am

POTW: Victoreen

This week is from another place I went to last week. This is the Victoreen building. As you can see it's in the process of demolition so this could be some of the last pictures from there.

I picked this picture since it's something different than deteriorating walls. Unfortunately it was too dark to completely freeze the action. I would have used my flash but there was no where nearby to set up the flash. To use a flash to stop time it works best when the flash is set to it's lowest possible power which yields the fastest flash time.

There are a lot more pictures--and they're more interesting than this--in the gallery.

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POTW: Quebec Building

September 12, 2010 at 7:54 pm

POTW: Quebec Building

This week I went with Brandon to a few different places, so this is going to be another two week one because I went two new places I haven't been before. This week is a new place from what we're aware of. Just happened upon it while looking in one area. It's near the city waterworks so could have had something to do with that. Possibly thinking it was for filling trucks with something since there were large hoppers in there.

Not much to say about this photo. Just liked the rust on the outlet as well as it being an old style outlet with only two poles. Rest of the pictures can be found in the gallery

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