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Month: July, 2008

Schurz Park View - Digital Infrared

31 July, 2008 (12:41) | 10 comments

schurz-park-ir-2240 Schurz Park View - Digital Infrared

I did make a bit of a discovery this morning. I realized that I had not tested the 72 filter on the 40D with proper white balance off of grass. Voila. This was shot at ASA 400 / F2.8 and only 1 second. The results are also more pleasing to me since I’m not looking for super-infrared, if you know what I mean. Not hand-holdable but you don’t have to worry so much about all the trees swaying etc.

As Ed mentioned a while back - I need to try this with the deep red filter and the green grass as custom white balance. It’s still not an exact science sort of thing. What do you set the white balance at when you are taking the custom white balance shot - AWB, Sun, some particular temp.

And it is definitely different with different digital cameras. When I tested the R72 filter with the A640 powershot there was no difference in exposure between the 72 and the 87.

The other thing I realized was that the first time I tried the 72 on the 40D I didn’t set what I’ll call the “green grass” white balance. So that threw everything off.

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The Rebel XT arrived a few minutes ago. Funny how small it feels compared to the 40D. Anyway, I’m waiting for the battery to charge; I’ll do a few tests just to make sure it’s working; and then I’m going to send it off for the infrared conversion at LifePixel. Another interesting note on their site:

“Rebel XTi, XSi & 40D require ultra thin filters and because of this the Deep BW filter for this model will still have a little visible light leackage. In order to attain a pure BW image you will need to set your camera to capture in BW mode.”

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And off it goes.  LifePixel should have it by Weds.

New Purchase

29 July, 2008 (13:52) | 9 comments

Well - I just bought a Digital Rebel XT online (I won’t say how much because someone always tells me that I could have gotten it cheaper at so-and-so; okay $375 new body) but the purpose is just to get it converted at LifePixel. You knew that was going to happen at some point. I’ll then be able to do hand-held IR.

My only question - is which filter to have them put in - I can go with the b&w only filter (87) or the standard color one which has a lower visible light threshold. That can than be converted to b&w with I guess similar results with tweaking, though I’m not sure about that. I’m probably going to bite the bullet and go with the 87 b&w filter.

If I can get the whole rig in time - then I’ll go up in the balloon with it.

Towards 110th Street

28 July, 2008 (11:46) | 2 comments

towards-110th-ir1 Towards 110th Street

West Side, Central Park Lake

26 July, 2008 (12:23) | 3 comments

west-side-and-lake-21321 West Side, Central Park Lake

balloon-takeoff-2163 West Side, Central Park Lake

san-ramos-balloon-21341 West Side, Central Park Lake

This morning. They were taking three at a time. Atmosphere wasn’t great, the usual summer haze in the morning; no clouds. I was nervous stepping into the thing but once it took off I felt more relaxed. It’s tethered, so it just goes up and down. You get hooked up to the basket and it’s close quarters. If the wind hits it the balloon spins around. Click, click, click. I had to hold on with one hand so all my shots were with the other hand. The ride lasts about ten minutes. I’m sure it’ll be pretty popular. I hope to go back again and try it at night. $25 for adults. It will be around for about a month.

Now, if they’d untether it and let it float around the park. That would be something. But I’m afraid it might get shot down. Apparently there were hundreds of permits to allow this.

Bethesda Passage - Ceiling

25 July, 2008 (13:01) | 3 comments

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bethesda-ceiling-2027 Bethesda Passage - Ceiling

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bethesda-ceiling-2037 Bethesda Passage - Ceiling

Dawn. Sigma 30mm @ F1.4

97th & Park

24 July, 2008 (22:00) | No comments

97th-park-1966 97th & Park

“Let you path be strewn with golden petals…” - Aetherius, Greek Poet

Path, Central Park

23 July, 2008 (22:04) | 4 comments

ir-walkway-cp-2 Path, Central Park

Ramblin’

23 July, 2008 (19:56) | 1 comment

Yes - thank you all for continuing to vote. It’s helped me clean up the galleries. I removed about 30 images or so. Partly based on the ratings but also on what’s sold or in many cases never sold. In a few days someone will call asking about a photograph I removed.  Happens every time. But less is more.

You know how it is. You fall in love with your latest picture and eventually have to get some distance on it. The galleries are - after all - how I’m making a living so you have to ask yourself - is that a picture I’d put on the wall or not.

So the rating gizmo is synced properly to the pages now, but I’m still waiting for the thumbnails to show up.  They make an appearance for a while, then they go for a powder.

Anyway - no new infrared since 1) it’s been raining off and on and 2) I’ve got a bunch of new orders to print. One thing I did recently is offer the prints without mats.  I think I mentioned that before.  Such a little change means so much to me.

It’s great.  Several orders came in for unmatted prints.  And I love it.  No, I wasn’t actually cutting the window openings anymore.  I have that done for me (luxury).  But still, you’ve got to attach the print, and the larger anything is, the more packaging is involved.  In other words it’s a lot easier to bend a 30 inch long by 2 inch carton as opposed to a 2 inch by 2 inch carton.  You know what I mean.

I also removed all the 5 x 7 sizes. That just wasn’t worth the effort, and 5 x 7 isn’t really a natural size anyway for my shots so they were always cropped slightly which I didn’t like. It’s also one less stack of mats and packaging I need to store in the cramped apt.  If you want the print – then you’ve got to buy it in it’s natural size.

What else?  That new air-conditioner I got a few weeks ago. The company that installed it (and installing air-conditioners is all they do) didn’t put a new sleeve in (which it needed) so it had been dripping for a while into the apartment below. Didn’t know that until the landlord called me. Now there’s a tray that fills up in about an hour beneath it while I wait for the installers to get back to me about the new sleeve. I’m hoping that isn’t going to be too expensive. What I could use is a small water pump with a tube that runs from the tray (or better yet the a/c) and drops the water out the window. I think an aquarium pump would work well.  Okay, I’ll try and tilt the thing tomorrow.  It’s a through the wall unit, and so far I haven’t been able to get it to tilt towards the outside but will try again.

The cat has discovered the water tray and wants to drink from it so I’m busy emptying the tray and keeping an eye on the cat. Not easy to do while I’m asleep.

Anyway - keep voting if you have the patience. But I have to admit - there’s no paper trail and the gizmo can be fooled if you clear your cookies.  (Hmmm, that is an odd-sounding phrase).  Doctor – what happened to this patient?  It’s an unfortunate situation, nurse.  His cookies were cleared.

Okay, enough of this.  I can’t wait ‘til autumn.

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