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Contrast in Weather

Thursday, December 25, 2008

While we're getting over 5 inches of snow, and 34 degrees in Flagstaff, just 15 miles north, and a drop from 7,000 to 6,000 feet, it was sunny and 54 degrees!

I was standing on top of the Citadel ruins, looking at the Painted Desert in the distance.

Camera - Nikon D70.

Wait til next year

Location - Flagstaff, AZ

No problem, just 2 hours south, you can play on the links in Phoenix area.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

So how many people got a shining new camera or camera gear? :)

Be safe and stay healthy!

Spider Web

Monday, December 22, 2008

Location - Dade City, FL
With Camellia in the background, I saw this spider web all dewed up from the fog. Didn't see the spider though.

Camera - Pentax DL

Safety Harbor - Fishing Pier

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Location - Safety Harbor, FL.

The pier is occupied with fishermen in the evening time. Not sure if they had any luck catching any, but they all seem to be in really good mood, as they carry on with laughter, I guess they're not too concerned in scaring off the fishes.

Camera - Pentax DL.

Flash Test

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Unscientific Diffuser/Bounce test:

LumiQuest Pocket Bouncer and Sto-fen Omni-Bounce

Direct - Left: no diffusion. Right: With Omni-Bounce

45 degree- Left: no diffusion. Right: With Omni-Bounce

90 degree- Left: no diffusion. Right: With Omni-bounce

LumiQuest - Pocket Bouncer

Camera setup: Nikon D80, Program mode, White Balance, daylight. Flash - SB600, I didn't flip the built-in diffusion of SB600 over the lens.

Looking at these pictures, I am pleasantly surprised that no diffuser, 90 degree (bounce off of ceiling) is my top pick, but I find direct and 90 degree with Omni-bounce to be very close, and pleasant.

For convenience, it's more likely for me to use the Omni-bounce. Remember, this require a little experiment for different conditions.

Another product, that I do not have, but have seen the result, is the Gary Fong's Lightsphere. I don't know why, but the way Lightsphere spread out the light makes it really nice on skin tone.

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