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Faster Than Light

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Well, not really but I thought it was cool title. Took this shot last night on the way home from the East Bay. That’s the wife driving, by the way. This was taken in the tunnel going through Treasure Island that leads to the upper deck of the Bay Bridge’s main span.

I have a second shot taken on the actual main span that looks really cool too. Check it out on my flickr page!

Nikon D300s + Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 at 11mm f/2.8 ISO200, 4 Seconds

Orchids

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Nikon D300s + AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G at f/18, ISO200 1/200 Second / SB900 (camera L) +1.7EV, SB800 (camera R) -0.7EV

We have some lovely orchids in our bathroom that recently bloomed, and Bridget’s been after me to take a photo of them. Seeing as I’m still getting over this nasty cold that I’ve been fighting all week, which has been keeping me indoors and preventing me from heading outdoors for photography, I decided today was a good time to make an image of these flowers.

Until I started getting more comfortable with hot shoe flashes, I relied solely on natural light for flower shots (or any kind of still life for that matter….or any kind of photography for that matter….). The sun had already set when I started shooting the orchids, so natural light was not an option. Sometimes, you just gotta roll your own light! This shot was taken using the pop up flash on the D300s set to command an SB-900 high on camera left and an SB-800 low on camera right. Both flashes are firing first through dome diffusers followed by a light tent that is housing the flowers. I shot in manual so I could set a shutter speed that would prevent ambient light from effecting the exposure while setting an aperture that would give me long depth of field for this macro shot.

Speaking of macro, it’s been quite a while since I’ve used my Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G lens. I forgot what an amazing piece of glass it is. Focus speed is absolutely silent and feels instantaneous, even in low-light. To think I considered selling this thing!

Once again, the photo looks amazing in Lightroom and just so-so on WordPress. Can’t figure out why!

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November 26, 2009 at 7:50 am

Hairpin

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Nikon D90 + Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 at 11mm f/11, ISO200, 40.0 Seconds (Cropped)

Nikon D90 + Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 at 11mm f/11, ISO200, 40.0 Seconds (Cropped)

The weather in San Francisco hasn’t allowed a lot of shooting lately, as the fog continues to thwart my attempts to capture beautiful color in the sky, but tonight I found a patch of blue night sky in Corona Heights after taking my dog to the park there for an evening run. The Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 continues to impress, and as of now, is mounted to my camera a good 90% of the time I’m shooting.