Monday, June 22, 2009

Selling my Canon 30D on Ebay. Buying a G9

Im selling my fantastic Canon 30D on Ebay now. Its one super DSLR great for professionals or amateurs. The body is in great condition free of any scratches and its just been in at Canon getting a check up and tune up. Come check out the auction here .

Seen as how Im selling one of my DSLR's I thought I better replace it with something so today I just bought myself a new toy! Its the Canon powershot G9! Its a great little (well not that little) compact camera but with many of the features of their DSLR cousins. It has the ability to shoot RAW, fully manual exposures, has a hot shoe external and off camera flash and can take some pretty nice movies as well.

Heres some more specs:
* 12.1 Megapixels (1/1.7” sensor) with RAW mode for maximum image control
* 6x optical zoom lens with optical Image Stabilizer and SR coating*
* DIGIC III and iSAPS for lightning fast response, superb image quality and advanced Noise Reduction*
* Face Detection AF/AE/FE and Red-Eye Correction in playback
* 3.0” high-resolution, PureColor LCD II with extra wide viewing angle
* ISO 1600 and Auto ISO Shift
* Compact body with dedicated ISO and Multi Control dials
* 25 shooting modes including full manual control and 2 custom settings
* Extra telephoto reach with Digital Tele-Converter and Safety Zoom*
* Hot shoe support for Canon Speedlite flashes and optional lens accessories

Now I have to go spend some time reading the manual for it. So many functions squeezed into such a small body and menu its more confusing than my Canon EOS pro camera bodies lol.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Canon 5D mkII 4gb USB drive! Now thats geeky cool!

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How cool is that!!

Just found out today that Canon have released a miniature 5D mark II 4gb USB drive! Looks really cool but the price doesn't. You wont get much change back from $200us. If you want one they have apparently one left on eBay from Hong Kong.

Shooting water drops

Recently got inspired to shoot some water drops again thanks to
I set up a little black baking tray with water, made a background to bounce light off in Photoshop then printed it out. Strapped on the 50mm with some extension tubes to allow me to get in close for some macro capability and set up my new wireless flash triggers. Ended up with some pretty cool shots but still need lots of practice. Here are just a few shots from the experiment. 

Natural patterns

The Drop

Rainbow Refractions
This shot obviously was not water dropping but a still life macro shot of a couple of tiny water drops on a CD. 

And this is my set up for shooting the water drops. 

Water drop set up shot
This shot kind of takes away the magic and mystery of the water drops but still interesting I think. Click for a larger shot with descriptions. 

As usual come see more water drop shots I did on Flickr

Boso Hanto camping trip

As light breaks

Was able to get 3 days off work and wanted to go camping somewhere different for a change and for a chance to do some seascape photography. So we decided to head down south to the Boso Hanto south of Chiba near Tokyo.  After about a 6 hour drive we arrived and were shocked to find there were no camping areas. None that were open anyway. I was on the look out for ocean with some interesting shaped rocks with some waves crashing on them so I could hopefully shoot some long exposures and make some cool shots. Found lots of rock but not much in the way of waves unfortunately. On the plus side I did get a little peak at Mount Fuji far in the distance across the water. 

 As the first day went on we were beginning to stress a little about where we were going to stay as everyone we asked said there were no camping ground around that were open until summer kicks in. But eventually we were able to find a nice quiet camp ground nestled up high on some hills around some fruit farms. It turned out to be a great spot and we had the whole place to ourselves. The next morning we were up at the crack of 3:30am! Wanted to head back down to the beach in hopes of shooting some nice light on the rocks and if I was really lucky with Mt Fuji in the background. The morning light although not amazing was still pretty nice and made for nice soft lighting on the rocks and water so I was able to get a few alright shots. 

Peaceful morning

After we were done playing around the water we headed off to see some interesting temple kinda sticking out of the side of a cliff. Then onto see the famous giant Daibutsu Buddha stone carvings at Nihon-ji. These things are pretty damn impressive and huge to say the least!

The valley of Buddha
After wandering around here for a few hours we took our time making our way back up to Fukushima. Overall I think I could have gotten some better shots but theres always next time. 

Japans larges stone Buddha
Japans largest stone Buddha!