Recently we took a drive to the Napa Valley area to photograph fall colors in the vineyards. These two gentlemen were relaxing in Calistoga, sitting along the main street. They were quite willing to be photographed, although they may look a little apprehensive here. This image was taken late in the evening, it was much darker than it appears. Gotta love the new 5D Mk II and its low light resolution.
A few red leaves frame a bunch of grapes in a vineyard.
A vineyard sits among the rolling hills of Napa Valley.
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I hardly ever set my camera on any of the in-camera settings, such as black & white, or vivid, or sepia. I always prefer to do image-tweaking in post-production for two reasons: my computer has much more finesse than the in-camera processor, and I prefer to have the choice of using the original in color. Having said that, I was experimenting tonight with the black & white setting on my Canon XTi, perhaps for the first time.
I took this shot in my kitchen; the lighting was from one overhead fixture with two CFL bulbs. I shot it hand-held at 1/15 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1600, with no image-stabilization. I was trying to replicate the old-school days of shooting pushed Tri-X in available light, manual focus, manual everything. My only comfort was the chimp-factor avaiable with the digital camera.
My dog, Pepper, has the most amazing dog eyes. She has some sort of genetic eye-liner which makes most women jealous. (You can’t see it in this image, but she also has a pretty dark moustache, so I guess that evens it out…)
In line with this attempt, it might be fun to really go old-school and turn off the LCD display, shoot without chimping and then seeing how the images come out later. I could even force myself to wait three days to see the results, just like the good old days.
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