Day 092: “Sunset Serenity”

Today is the first time I’m using a camera other than a DSLR for my picture of the day.  We had to meet a client out in Kihei for a short video shoot, and conveniently there was a motorcycle picture challenge out there that I wanted to snag (see more on MPG here), so I decided to go up a little early to get it.  Since I was on the bike, I didn’t feel like lugging around the big camera and lenses on my back, so I just stashed the Leica in the compartment behind my seat.

I pretty much determined early on what kind of shot I wanted to get.  After the shoot, I stuck around the boardwalk for a bit to get just the right shot.  I played around with a couple different looks and exposures, but I went with a pretty typical sunset silhouette.  I’m really happy with how it turned out.  Especially because I haven’t taken a picture of my bike for quite a while.

Leica D-Lux 5
M; 8mm (37mm effective focal length); 1/2000; f/3.5; ISO-100; 0EV; AWB
No flash

Day 228: “Don’t make ‘em like they used to.”

I’ve never been one of those “car guys”, but I do have my opinions on what looks cool.  This classic truck sitting outside Home Depot definitely fit the bill.  Even cooler is that the “weathering” look of the truck is all paint - it’s not actually rusted out.  Wish I snapped a few more detail shots of it, though.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
AV; 32mm; 1/160; f/4; ISO-400; AWB
No flash

Day 276: “Another Point of View”

Had a couple drinks with edlom, talking about the fair, politics, Koreans (no, not like that - we were watching Henry Cho) Netflix…you know, the important things in life.  We both realized we had’t gotten anything for 366 yet, so he started snapping the drinks.  I figured it might be interesting to see the same thing from two points of view, so I snapped away as well.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
AV; 88mm; 1/13; f/7.1; ISO-3200; -1/3EV; AWB
No flash

Day 023: “Just a figment of your imagination…”

I need to start having more fun with this project.  Although an hour sweating in my dining room was coming close to not being fun.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM; Manfrotto 055XPROB Pro Tripod with Manfrotto 322RC2 Heavy Duty Grip Ball Head; Canon Wireless Remote Controller RC-6 (I really need to buy my own…); tethered to Lenovo laptop for Canon EOS Utility live view
M; 82mm; 0.5"; f/8; ISO-200
Canon Speedlite 580EX on camera @ 1/16; Canon Speedlite 430EX II on floor, slave ETTL

Day 021: “Street Shooting 101”

Edlom and I decided that it had been too long since we went shooting together, so we planned to go and try our hands at some street shooting in Lahaina (since, on this island, that’s the only place with any kind of street activity).  I was excited because I finally had a reason to use my 70-200mm f/2.8 which had more or less been sitting on the sidelines, waiting for some action.

I learned quite a lot throughout the night.  Particularly that the claims about the 5DII’s bad low-light auto focus capabilities are not exaggerated.  But I also learned how much fun it is to manual focus (makes me wish I had a split-prism focusing screen; you hear me Canon???) and that I really need to work on it, too.

It went really well.  I was even surprised with the number of good shots that I liked from our little adventure.  Actually, aside from some waitresses who got completely riled up for no reason, it was overall a great experience.  I think I found a new love in photography.

Now I really want to get my ass to a big city.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
M; 95mm; 1/400; f/2.8; ISO-6400
No flash

Day 191: “Bravery”

While on our way to Lahaina, we saw a lot of smoke rising out from the Dunes at Maui Lani.  I told Dawn we should go check it out.

We pulled into the Dunes driveway and I had Dawn let me out.  There was a pretty big brush fire going on, and the first respondent was an MPD officer, awaiting the MFD.  They arrived maybe three minutes after we got there.  About five minutes after that, a helicopter came and started dousing the fire.  Luckily they could refill right at the golf course, which I think really helped contain the blaze.

I snapped over 300 shots of the scene (effectively filling up my puny 8GB CF card) and got a small handful of images I liked.  Even though you can’t see the fire in this shot, I still think this was the best of them all.

I shot a bunch of other stuff while at Lahaina (including some great sunset photos and the hour-long traffic stop we got caught in on the way out) but I think the bravery of the MFD needs to be recognized more than another Maui sunset.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
TV; 90mm; 1/500; f/7.1; ISO-100 (Auto ISO set)
No flash

Day 322: “Sam’s Kitties”

More playing with the fisheye.  Took a shot of the collection of maneki neko at Sam Sato’s.  Kind of appropriate that I used the fisheye.  Almost like looking at the last thing a fish might see.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM
AV; 15mm; 1/50; f/4; ISO-800; +1/3EV; AWB
No flash

Day 030: “I HAVE THE POWER!!!”

Finally broke down and ordered my BG-E6 battery grip.  My 5DII felt so awkward without it after having the battery grip permanently affixed to my 5DC (that’s, “5D Classic”).  When I saw that my grip was waiting for me today, I pretty instantly knew what kind of shot I wanted to get.

Unfortunately, holding over 5 pounds in the air like this for roughly half an hour starts to get tiring.  Especially when you’re also holding another DSLR in your other hand at odd angles, trying to capture your image.  I determined two things tonight:
1)When you’re both the photographer and subject, shooting is a lot more difficult than I previously let myself believe, and
2)I damn well need a 60D with its vari-angle screen.

Canon EOS 350D; Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
M; 28mm; 1/80; f/4; ISO-800
Built-in flash fired; Auto 

Day 007: “Going In Blind”

Today I had a few friends over to play some Goldeneye Reloaded on the 360.  However, before the killings began we had a little tasting.  I received four different kinds of whiskey over Christmas and it was said that a taste test needed to be done.  So be it.

The results were as varied as the whiskeys themselves and oddly enough the one I thought to be my favorite wasn’t.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
AV; 50mm; 1"; f/4; ISO-100
No flash 

Day 283: “In the thick of it”

I thought the vog haze had been bad earlier this week…but tonight it was down right ridiculous.  Driving around town, the haze was so thick that streetlamps and lights of all sorts were just bright blurs.  I could see the beams of vehicle headlights.  It got so bad my asthma kicked up and I started having chest pains.

I’ve always wanted to move off of Maui, but if this crap continues like this, it might end up being a necessity for me to move instead of just a desire.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
AV; 75mm; 1/8; f/4; ISO-1600; 0EV; AWB
No flash

Day 250: “Pick a card…”

I used to be really into magic.  A long time ago.  I think I still have a few tricks lying around, but they’ve pretty much just been sitting in storage.  Actually, I only know of one of my old tricks and only have an idea of where it is…I should find it and start carrying it with me again.  Maybe start practicing again.

Yeah.  Magic was fun.  Magic is fun.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM; 055XPROB Pro Tripod with Manfrotto 322RC2 Heavy Duty Grip Ball Head; Canon Wireless Remote Controller RC-6
AV; 135mm; 1/60; f/2.8; ISO-3200
No flash

Day 100: “Good to be back home”

As much as I enjoyed our time away from Maui, I was glad to get back home.  I’m not ashamed to say that I really miss our little guy when I’m away from him.  People are able to comprehend and understand what’s going on.  But unfortunately, a dog doesn’t understand why daddy’s not home like he usually is when the sun gets to a certain point.  Gus and I spent a good amount of today just chilling with each other.  I can’t wait to do it again tomorrow.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM; Manfrotto 055XPROB Pro Tripod with Manfrotto 322RC2 Heavy Duty Grip Ball Head; Canon Wireless Remote Controller RC-6 
AV; 70mm; 1/250; f/40; ISO-100 (Auto ISO set)
No flash

Day 051: “Challenge Accepted!”

Last week I posted about re-activating my old RAZR phone for my business line.  Later that night, I casually commented to Dawn about how much I really love that phone, prompting her to ask me just why I like it so much anyway.

Fair question.  After all, that phone isn’t even 6 years old yet, but phones nowadays have come light years ahead from what this already amazing phone could do.  But it was a classic phone.  Sleek, stylish, easy to use and carry…I dare say iconic.  Of course, I made a quip about its “AWESOME 1.3 megapixel camera!” and Dawn laughed saying that one “could never get a good picture with that thing.”

To which I made my reply

Motorola RAZR V3xx

Day 013: “Amaya”

My first new bike.  The first two I bought were used.  I hope this breaks the cycle.

And If anyone can actually guess why I named her that, I’ll buy the first two rounds.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
M; 35mm; 1/50; f/5.6; ISO-100
No Flash

Day 011: “ ‘Should you choose to accept it…’ ”

It finally came.

I have been waiting (im)patiently for a week and a half for my Canon Professional Services welcome kit to arrive.  CPS is a service with many wonderful benefits which is offered to professional photographers.  Discounted repairs, free equipment trial loans, support at shows and events, 24-hour support line…

Originally I planned on just taking a picture of the kit contents (which included, among other things, a bunch of promotional literature, a CPS camera strap, CPS pin, welcome letter, 2 free clean & check coupons and some piece of foam with a nylonish CPS sleeve) as my 366 image of the day.  But when I opened it and started taking everything out, I realized that I was actually moving forward into the realm of “professional photography.”  Apropos, tomorrow is my first meeting with a potential client.

This is my mission.  And I accept.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM; Manfrotto 055XPROB Pro Tripod with Manfrotto 322RC2 Heavy Duty Grip Ball Head;  Canon Wireless Remote Controller RC-6 (thanks again, Dawn!  ^_^) 
M; 28mm; 5"; f/11; ISO-400
No flash; Spot lamp with homemade card stock snoot

Day 008: “Some Assembly Required”

Today someone brought in a G12 which they dropped, asking if we could do anything for them.  Despite my strongest desire to say that I could put it out of its misery, I told them we could send it to Canon for a repair estimate.  He was starting to sound indignant that we couldn’t repair it for him, but I guess for some people repeating yourself actually does work because the third time I told him we could send it to Canon it seemed to click in his head and he became more reserved.

I’ve never seen anyone damage a camera quite this badly before (not on purpose, anyway).  I pretty much knew instantly that this would be my 366 photo for the day.

I also learned the hard way that I really need to enforce the habit of always bringing my own camera with me wherever I go; regardless of if there is going to be one nearby that I can use.  Because I get lazy and don’t bring one to work, I ended up with a JPG image instead of RAW.  I hate not getting RAW images.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II (borrowed); Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM (borrowed)
M; 70mm; 0.6"; f/13; ISO-800
No flash