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May 31, 2011 :: Blurred Geese
I was taking some pictures of the sunrise Monday morning (http://themales.smugmug.com/Nature/Clouds/16795842_TxXQ2G#1315082592_qQP8HKX-A-LB to see other images) when these geese made a pass. I tried to make a quick decision and ended up just leaving the shutter speed and hoped for the best.
I am curious what suggestions you have for getting these geese sharper and still getting the sunrise. Any ideas?
The storm the other day knocked out power at school, so my 3 day weekend turned into a 4 day. I'm hoping that those people without power can stay cool. Yesterday and today are in the 90's.
May 30, 2011
I took this yesterday as I was trying the different way to turn on AF. For those of you using Nikon: http://www.luminescentphoto.com/blog/2010/11/05/nikon-af-on-technique/
I saw 2 deer in the woods and they just kept watching me. I was hoping that they would take off running so I could see how this back button focusing would work but they didn't move. As soon as I turned to walk away they took off. I got one blurry picture mid-jump but at least I got some decent shots while they posed.
May 29, 2011 :: It's Good!
I just read the book "Tack Sharp" that I saw at the Flat Books Website. http://www.flatbooks.com/tack-sharp-a-step-by-step-guide-to-nailing-focus/ James Brandon writes about using the "back button" focusing. I went out to try it today. Lorraine was kind enough to shoot some baskets so I could give it a try. I'm not a convert yet, but I can see it being useful. I'll try it out for a week or so and see if it sticks.
If you haven't heard of this before, you use one of the buttons on the back of your camera to use Auto Focus rather than pressing half way on the shutter.
We had a big storm blow through tonight, luckily we were back from the park and hadn't started dinner yet. We had a tornado warning for about 20 minutes. It's amazing how much more informed we are now during these. Text messages, emails and the TV station posting updates on Facebook. I was updating the radar map on my phone every 30 seconds to see where the storm was, I felt like I was the weather man. I remember back in the '90s we just huddled in the basement hopping it didn't flood and listening to the radio!