I brought my 1D and the borrowed Rebel out to shoot some gulls. I found that I could obtain initial focus equally well with either camera but the Rebel was no match for the 1D when it came to keeping focus. I constantly lost focus with the Rebel but once the 1D locks on you've got it. The first two pics are with the 1D and the third is with the Rebel. The second one is cropped quite a bit which I usually don't do but at this small size on the web it will work.
My camera is a Canon EOS 1D which was the best of the best when I bought it back in 2002. It still works great but it doesn't have the resolution, dynamic range or high iso performance of the new models. I would love to replace it with a 5D Mark III but don't really have the $$$. Sometimes I wonder if I could be happy with an entry level Rebel. My brother forgot his Rebel at my Mom's house and won't be back until Easter so I "borrowed" it. I know I could live with this camera for portraits but the jury is still out on action and wildlife.
I've been playing around with adding background textures to portraits using blend modes in Photoshop. It works best with a grey background so you're not carrying a color cast through to the texture. At the moment I only have a blue background so I've just been going with the blue. When I saw my wife all dressed in blue I had to get this shot.
One of my favorite Photoshop teachers is Calvin Hollywood. I used some of his techniques on this portrait of my son. It was shot with one light but looking at it now, I wish I had some rim lighting to set him off from the background. The texture in the background came from a couple shots I took in St Maarten. One of a wall, the other of a stairway.
This is three images put together to make one. The window and castle were downloaded from psdbox.
I took the image of my daughter today and then followed this tutorial by Andrei Oprinca to create the manipulation. If you are interested in learning how to create lighting in photoshop, I highly recommend Andrei's youtube videos.
I was invited by Pam to try meMonday, a self portrait every Monday so here is my first one.
I went for a run today but had to alter my route when I found this flowing across the road. We had a lot of snow last week followed by rain all weekend.
Our last hour in the sunshine of St. Maarten before returning to cold and grey Illinois.
As I sit here adding photos (on Sunday) I have been half-listening to an interview with motorsports photographer Darren Heath. He was just talking about obsessing over your own pictures in ways that other viewers don't. His example was wishing a certain tree wasn't in the background. I have that problem with this picture.
I like the image a lot. I like strong geometric shapes in my pictures and the window frames create three nice rectangles. The man in silhouette makes this much more interesting than if he wasn't there, but I can't help being bothered by the other silhouette clipping the bottom left corner.
I could probably fix it with Photoshop but instead I'm going to obsess over the lady who set her luggage down six inches to far to the right. :)
One of the main reasons I wanted to visit St. Maarten was to take this photo. I had seen it on the Travel Channel a few years ago and have wanted to visit ever since. The beach is at the end of the landing strip and it seems like you could reach up and touch the planes when they come in.
The beach cleared out a bit after a brief rain shower and I was able to get a shot with Nicole in it.