January 21, 2013

Breathing in the Cold or Taking pictures on a Cold Day!

Frost on the Tripod,Taking Pictures on a cold day!

Frost on the Tripod,
Taking Pictures on a cold day!

So the question is…how cold was it?… -5!!

and what you are seeing on the camera and tripod head is frost from my breath while looking through the camera!

Frost is not something I usually see on my camera but then I don’t usually take photos when it is this cold if I can help it! My tripod head did get a little frosty but it worked like a champ. Really Right Stuff makes great gear and I have been using their products for over 5 years first on my Canon and now on my Nikon and have never had an issue with quality or design. www.reallyrightstuff.com.

As for the photo tip of the day…

One cold weather photo taking issue that really can cause a problem is that of taking your camera from the cold outside and then into a warm car and getting lens fog. When this happens it can take up to an hour for the fog to clear and all of those great images can get away!  What I do to prevent this is to take my camera case with me when taking photos in the cold and then put my camera back in the case prior to getting in the car and covering the case with a blanket to keep it cold. This set up works like an ice chest for your camera and helps prevent the lens from fogging up.

Works for me…give it a try.






January 10, 2013

Snow Pod


Last week I was in the Sierras taking photos in the snow. One of the issues I have had with snow photography and using a tripod is the that the legs of the tripod sink in the snow and make for an unsteady tripod. My solution for this issue has been to leave all of the legs together and push straight down in the snow to get a sturdier mount in the snow. If the snow is hard on top and the legs do not sink then I can spread them out in the usual manner but if the snow is soft I either need to get snow shoes for my pod or just push straight down like I did in the photo above. Give it a try next time you are out and I think you will be happy with the results.

Happy Picture Taking!



January 1, 2013

Panning on the Beach with my Iphone5 Camera!

Iphone5 Beach Pan

It’s hard to believe that my phone can take panoramic photos automatically!

A couple of days ago I was standing on the Northern California beach taking photos with my new Nikon camera  when I thought it would be a great time to try out my Iphone5 camera pan feature. I had done a few other test images in my yard but never of a spectacular beach scene at sunrise like this one was. To take the picture you just push the button, move the phone across the horizon and suddenly you have a pan photo of your scene. This camara is amazing on how well it works and how easy it is to work. The image is not perfect in that it seems to curve up on the right a little but for hand holding and just pointing and turning my hand I thought the results were amazing!  If you click on the image you can see it larger and yes that is the moon in the western sky.

For anyone who might be interested this image came directly from my phone without any Photoshop adjustments. 🙂

Best Wishes for the New Year.