Monday, November 12, 2012

Golden Joy

The Late Great "Big Tex" Of Dallas

Struttin' Yer Stuff

Buying Sunglasses For Your Camera

Have you ever though about treating your camera lens to a pair of sunglasses? Probably not! But I just thought I would share this little secret with you if you can buy a polarizing filter. I went out this afternoon to take these test photos on a new polarizer I purchased.

I wanted to place these photos right next to each other so you had a reel feel for the results. Not all polarizers give the same results. I would suggest you do a little research before you purchase but they do add a ton of possibilities to your photography.

The polarizing filter used for this test is a HOYA HMC, Multicoated CIR-Polarizing 77mm Filter. Lens is a Nikon 17-55mm, f2.8. Camera is a Nikon D90. Photos shot is Shutter Priority with a 17mm focal length. Time gap between the two photo is 5 secs. Photo A - f13 @ 1/200 sec, iso 500. Skylight Filter only. Photo B - f10 @ 1/200 sec, iso 500. HOYA HMC, Multicolored CIR-Polarizing Filter.

photo A skylight filter

photo B with polarizing filter

Now if you wish to see the real results. Copy a big size version on to your desk top and toggle between the two photos. The sky and cloud details that are viewable in the polarized version are incredible. The price for this filter ranges from $80 - $120. They aren't cheap but I do enjoy the added color benefit. I have enjoyed having these filters in almost every situation but especially in deserts and high sun situations.

Hope that helps.
Nikonsniper Steve

Steel Canvas

Smoke Signal Internet Service

A Walk Through Arches National Park

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Garmin Auto Pilot Really Works

Get the new Garmin Auto Pilot 9000! Just plug in coordinates of where you would like to go and your car drives itself. Just fill up your tank with gas, put your car into gear and climb over into the back seat for a nap or even SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT. Just think of the bucks you'll save on hotels. Imagine getting extra work done while traveling or watch a movie with the kids while the Garmin Auto Pilot 9000 navigates those canyon cliffs. You'll never need to buy wiper blades again. Ask for it at your local Best Buy store!

Goodbye Nevada

Rainbow Bridge

Weather Beaten In Utah

US Navy SpyHawk Drone

Landing A Chopper At The Dam

Beautiful Photography Award #11

This month's winner of the NikonSniper "Beautiful Photography Award" is a very talented and veteren photographer, Scott Law for his Just Used Pixels blog.

Scott's love for photography has stood the test of time and I recently spoke to him about that. Here you have it in his own words from a recent email.

I started in photography as a teenager with film many years ago and bought my first 35mm SLR as an American serviceman in Vietnam it was a Petri FT. I later moved up to a Pentax 35mm. I actually took a photography correspondence course and several classes in college. Eventually I had a couple photo studios doing studio and environmental portraits, weddings and some commercial work mostly with 120 2 1/4 X 3 1/4 and 70 mm film and keeping an Olympus 35mm for fun & family work. I even did a lot of my own processing and printing in my own color darkroom. I then left photography to finish a military career and did mostly just family video work.
What has kept my interest in photography is when I returned to still photography when the quality of the digital cameras reached a level where I could actually enjoy it and since I loved working with computers, when I found Photoshop I was 100% hooked again. I could combine my two loves of photography and the computer being able to do what I used to do in the darkroom, only on my computer. The perfect world for me. Another thing that has kept my interest is my wife’s patient understanding of my passion and a very good friend who enjoys it as much as I do so we do a lot of shoots and traveling to beautiful places together.

Thanks Scott for your wonderful photo blog and for this insight into what has kept you in the game for so many years.

Make sure you visit Just Used Pixels!

nikonsniper steve