Yard skull cropped, resized to 600. It was early morning, before sunrise and this is a hand-held pic. Canon G11.
What? Doesn't everybody have a yard skull?
Canon G11 in super-high-contrast situation. Picture was taken through a window between one section of the coffee shop into another. This is an incredibly tough shot yet it holds together.
Canon G11 Super high-contrast sunlit shot. Hit the "enlarge" icon to note there is some detail inside the building and in the shade. Just enough so the picture is convincing. Not bad for a little digicam. But note that white highlights in direct sun are blown. Of course that's a white roof in bright sun - I would need sunglasses to even look at it comfortably. Or maybe welding goggles.
Canon G11 sunlight shot. Colors are washed out, highlights nearly blown. See next shot for different exposure.
Same shot as before, but with minus two-thirds stop compensation. The exposure compensation control on the G11 is super-easy to use.
Nighttime shot Canon G11.
Nighttime shot, Canon G11.
Canon G11 interior shot. A bit of post-processing would make this photo brighter but it's certainly got a lot to work with.
Canon G11 difficult lighting shot
Canon G11 interior candid of Diane looking determined. It was really pretty dark in the room.
Canon G11 interior shot, mixed lighting.
Canon G-11 interior product shot, mixed lighting.
Canon G11 interior candid, mixed lighting.
Canon G11 dingy interior shot.
Canon G11 candid pet shot. It was really quite dark in the room, just early morning window lights.
Canon G11, 2 light bulbs in the (basement) room.
Canon G11. That's hand-held, by the light of a single bulb. Over in the other room on the other side of the stairs, you can see illumination by a 7-watt nightlight.
Normal exposure in bright sunlight. A black car on new pavement in this lighting will fool almost any camera. Apart from the glare, cameras do not know that a given car is black - only your brain knows that. See next picture for reduced exposure.
Minus two-thirds' stop. If shooting this again, I would have reduced it one full stop or maybe one and a third.
The same image, darkened a bit in Gimp (the Linux equivalent of Photoshop). Even this version is from a slightly overexposed original. Post-processing should compliment, rather than replace, correct initial exposure.
Canon G11 morning light. See next shot for different exposure.
Canon G11 morning light minus one stop.
Canon G11 minus two-thirds stop.
Canon G11 daylight shot. I might have pulled some exposure, not sure.
Canon G11 mixed sunlight and shade pic. Note the utterly blown highlights. The default color setting often results in this shift to yellow for foliage in sunlight. Use of the "Neutral" color mode would have fixed that over-saturation (see next shot, a comparison between three modes)
The G11 has some color controls that you will want to experiment. In bright sunlight at least, turning them off still results in oversaturation by my taste. Setting to "neutral" is very pleasing and more like what my eye sees. I can't imagine a use for the "Vivid" setting except perhaps illustrating a documentary about using LSD.
Canon G11 daylight shot, minus two-thirds stop.
Canon G11 macro shot, mixed lighting.
G11 black & white mode.
Canon G11 rear view. The click-stop analog controls on top are great. On the left you see exposure compensation (set to +1/3 in this picture), the hot shoe, the ISO/Mode controls, the excellent shutter button, and zoom control.
But hey Canon (and every other manufacturer) would it kill you to enable a plain old cable release?
The overly dense controls on the right-hand side were somewhat annoying at first but I got used to them and now use them without a thought.
By the way, take it from a former camera repairman; while there's no way to totally prevent camera damage, a wrist strap is a better bet than a neck strap in most situations. In either case the strap connections on the G11 are excellent. This is a really solid little camera.
The vari-angle viewfinder is super-useful, and the optical viewfinder is just fine for quick action shots.
Photo from Olympus C2100-UZ 2.1 mpx camera. Take a look at the enlarged view: it ain't the megapixels, folks, it's the lens and how the camera handles the data. I miss that camera. It did a generally better job than my Canon S5IS which has four times the "megapixels".
The top of my desk bookshelf, with a projected overlay from a defective LCD projector. This picture is nearly 6mb because the pattern of RGB pixels projected on the wall utterly confounds .jpg compression.
A digicam reliably produces good averate exposure. But in a contrasty scene, that isn't always what you want. For one thing, it can result in blown highlights and washed-out colors.
Two improvements have been made on this photo over the last one. First, I zoomed in a bit to give the photo a stronger center of interest. Then, I set the camera to under-expose by one stop, resulting in stronger shadows and colors, and better highlight detail.
Pentax spotting scope. Screw on the base and it's a field microscope.
Pentax field microscope. Unscrew the base and it's a spotting scope, too. Very high quality optics.
Photo made by viewing through Pentax field microscope with small digicam. Be sure to view full sized.
Photo made by holding an old 50mm SLR lens up to a small digicam. Can you spot the reflection of the digicam's lens ring in the rear element of the old SLR lens?
From my darkroom, abandoned 15 years ago. These boxes are empty; I'm taking the silver-coated paper to the next county toxic-waste disposal event.
Wonder if the Barry Lategan image on this old box of Ilford photo paper would be considered inappropriate today?
Ilford, both fibre-based and resin-coat. Mitsubishi Gekko, both FB and RC. Agfa RC. Arista FB. Even some East-German Orwo FB. Some of these boxes were still sealed but being 15 years old, probably not usable any more.
A test print from Agfapan 25, developed for 5.5 minutes in Kodak HC110 at dilution b. 20 degrees C and standard agitation, assumed. This test was to show resolution of 3-dimensional objects and shades, plus dealing with a bright white plastic object and a photo print.
A test print from Agfapan 25, developed for 5.5 minutes in Kodak HC110 at dilution b. 20 degrees C and standard agitation, assumed. This test is from a Kodak density reference guide, with a white plastic object in the foreground.
MerryAnn's Diner in Normal, the night before it opened. It is a 24-hour diner so you won't see it like this again.
An inexpensive ringlight made from a camp light from the sporting-goods department at Wal-Mart. You will want to store a custom white-balance setting for the device after you make it.
The camp light I made into a ringlight
A sample of the home-made ringlight's illumination
05 May 2012 this is about what you can expect from a point-and-shoot camera. The image is hand-held, on a hazy night, and I set manual exposure of 1/250 second at f8 and ISO 100. Keep in mind the moon is a sunlit object! Its reflectivity is very close to that of an 18% gray card.
Note that this image is only 600 pixels wide - cropped from an original image of 3,648 pixels. The moon is really a very small object in angle of view; you would have to hold a dime about 6 feet from your eye to match the size.
25 June 2012, handheld pic of the Moon in daylight from our backyard. Next in the series is the same image, modified to look like it was at night.
25 June 2012. Handheld moon pic taken in daylight from backyard. A little contrast manipulation to make it look like nighttime. The original can be seen in this album.
One of the first pictures taken with my new Canon G1x. At dusk. Image has been resized to 1600px.
Canon G1x at ISO 12,800. Only modification is resizing to 1600 px. Otherwise it's as it came out of the camera; no histogram tweaks or sharpening.
Canon G1x ISO test results. Lighting conditions were late evening dusk. Exposure compensation setting was normal. Download full-resolution to view on your own machine at full size 1000px wide.
Canon G11 and G1x showing their articulated viewfinders. Canon has this feature nailed, and it is incredibly handy. I will hardly even consider a general-purpose camera that does not have one.
Several views comparing a Canon G11 to G1x. Considering that the image sensor in the G1x is a six times larger than the one in the G11, in a camera that is only a little bigger.
These photos taken with my iPod touch. I have two other functional digital cameras, but they're both at the office.
Canon G1x; at ISO 1600, the image is kitchen-clean. You can see the clover blossoms in the grass and where it goes dark, it's dark. This, it manages to do without blowing highlights.
Canon G1x - the very first evening picture I took just blew my socks off.
GHOST OF A TREE Somewhere, once upon a time, there was a tree. It was tall and straight and perfect for making plywood. It was cut down and put on a truck, and then on a ship, and taken to a mill where it was put on a gigantic lathe that shaved off thin sheets of wood as it turned on a spindle. These sheets were coated with thermoplastic adhesive and stacked, then put in a huge press and treated with microwaves. Then into an automated machine that cut it into 4x8-foot sheets and stamped it with a brand name.
Then back onto another ship, and over the road in trucks, to a wholesale lumber supplier, where it was bought by a contractor that used it to make concrete forms. And years after that, if a guy with a camera were walking through a parking garage and noticed the sun were moving toward vertical and waited a few minutes, he could catch the moment when the outline of wood grain was highlighted by the sun...
Seal Press in great condition for $30 spotted at yard sale 408 McKinley in Normal, Illinois 9 Jun 2012. If I didn't already have one...
The Lost World
Normal 2012 Fireworks. I had other, more fireworks-y images but I like the red hovertruck in the foreground.
Canon G11 and G1x, rear view.
Canon G11 and G1x, top view with camera shut down.
Canon G11 and G1x with lenses at wide-angle position. Note the wrist straps. As a camera repairman, I fixed many cameras that were broken because the neck strap caught on something and pulled the camera off a table or other surface.
Canon G1x and G11, front view with lens at wide-angle setting.
Rainy election day picture. Smack in the center of this picture is another whole picture.
Detail from the Rainy Election Day picture. An interesting exercise is to see how many photos you can crop from one larger image.
A little perspective at a train station in Chicago
William Fox Development Center in Dwight, Illinois. Photo taken from train, which stopped for a moment to take on passengers. It was a cloudy day, but I thought "Heck, that's an interesting building, I'll just grab a picture." As I raised my camera the sun broke through the clouds. I snapped the picture, the sunlight went away, and the building once again fell into dull light. Sometimes, the lighting just works out.
From train to Chicago. Refineries are fascinating and amazing places. Somebody figured out all those towers, pipes, the physics of refraction and combination? Incredible.
Scary tree is trying to warn us of... something
Helipad at night
Hospital roof in early morning.
Objects smashed on the pavement have always interested me. Not sure why.
Chicago Sun-Times is a dying newspaper, and here's proof. #sadness
Hashtags break out of cyberspace into the physical world... at an empty bar 'n grill.
Camera, Minolta DiMage XG
Observing his movements and knowing the shutter delay of my camera were crucial to framing Marvel Comics editor Bill Rosemann directly in the point of impact of Captain America punching Hitler. Even so, it took me several tries.
Got a small digital camera at a yard sale, for two bucks, with the intention of adding it to my digital camera display at work. I was surprised to find that it works just fine, though it could use a new battery.
It definitely belongs to the people who sold it - I recognize them in the photos on the chip. But there are many reasons why a camera could be retired that have nothing to do with whether it works. One is that (back when this camera was made) most people installed the software that came with the camera, and that was the only way they could get pictures off it. They may have lost the disk, or it won't install on their new computer. Perhaps they didn't know that most laptops today have a built-in reader for the chip itself.
Another reason could be that they now take pictures with their phone.Since this was one of the smallest cameras available at the time, it is likely the previous owner would highly value compactness and light weight. While this camera is probably superior to a phone camera, only a photo hobbyist will carry a special-purpose device.
I have several digital cameras on display at work, most of them pivotal in one way or another. For instance, there's a Sony Mavica that takes 1.44 mb floppy disks. It was the first really practical digital camera.
This camera is important because it represents the high-quality efforts of a great company to survive a revolution started by another great company, Bell Labs, which invented the CCD in the late '60's.
(Kodak EasyShare digital camera V530, with Schneider-Kreuznach C-Variogon lens.)
OUT WITH THE OLD, and in with the... old. Recently I came across a nearly pristine Canon G11, and decided to replace my old one. It still works OK, but is getting pretty beat-up. Since I use the camera so much, I thought it was a good opportunity to get one with fewer miles on it.
The old one is destined for the hands of an interested student, I think, who wants to learn about photography. The G11 is an excellent instrument for that purpose. It offers professional-level control in a well-made, magnesium-body camera with excellent optics and both direct viewfinder and an articulated display. Plus RAW.
Why didn't I just buy a new Canon G16, with its superior CMOS sensor? No articulated display. That's an incredibly useful feature. Also I don't think the G16 is quite as tough, and my camera goes everywhere with me on my bike, in all kinds of weather.
#Canon #G11 #G16
Caution: rip in space-time continuum ahead...
(Monday night I went walking on Michigan avenue. More to come.)
Using the Exposure Compensation controls of a camera to get the desired result. This series goes from +2 to -2.
Shot in Bloomington, IL on 06 February, 2015
Looking directly into sunlight through falling rain. This is such an extreme contrast situation that I felt it would be best served by HDR mode. But another challenge is how well the lens can handle the scene. The camera is a Fujifilm X30, designed for street photography but of a brilliant, versatile design and equipped with an aspherical Electron Beam Coated lens. The results speak for themselves.