On weekends when I’m chilling at the homestead I rarely feel the urge to get in the car to go out on a photo expedition. But, more often than not, I do get the urge to use the camera. That means I have to focus on what’s immediate in my surroundings.
Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm IS USM. Both shots were taken at the same settings–300mm, 1/500 second at f/5.6, ISO 200.
Canon T2i seeing what’s close by.
Other than changing the clocks for daylight savings time, one sure sign that Spring is coming to Northern California is blooming sourgrass. This afternoon I grabbed the G11 and walked the perimeter of the house looking for some nice patches for close ups. While on my hands and knees snapping shots of the yellow blooms, I happened on this fresia (the first one to open in the yard) and got up close and personal.
And for the sourgrass:
Canon G11 getting close to Spring.
With gas approaching $4.00 a gallon here in Northern California, this is looking like a good compromise for urban transport. Photographically, it’s a bit of shadow play on a bright afternoon.
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm. 1/125 second at f/16. ISO 200.
Canon T2i catching shadows.
We played a gig out on the Avenues in the Sunset District of San Francisco last night. Instead of commuting all the way home then driving back to the city, I stopped near the venue and walked around with my camera for a couple of hours. Most of the shots I took were of prettier stuff, but I ended up liking these funky images the best.
Canon T2i out on the Avenues.
This past weekend we went to see Liz Carroll at The Plough and the Stars in San Francisco–the event was part of the three week long Irish-American Crossroads Festival currently taking place in the city. Liz is an absolutely amazing fiddle player! On this occasion she was accompanied by a fine young Canadian guitarist/pianist named Jake Charron. The show was GREAT! What a night of top notch music.
I brought the G11 along and discreetly took a bunch of photos. During their sets, the stage lighting was very low so I had to shoot at a high ISO with a very slow shutter speed–and because of the slow speed many of the shots of the very animated musicians came out blurry–in a distracting way. I do, however, like this shot of Jake taken just after he tuned his guitar and just before the start of the first set.
I got several decent shots of Liz, but the mic placement turned out to be too much of a distraction in the frame. For some reason I kept coming back to this grainy, soft focus shot. It pleases me aesthetically.
Canon G11 being discreet.