Category Archives: Photography

Photography and Toys… or is it Toys and Photography??!

My first attempt at HDR

Discovered AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing) on my old Canon EOS500D / T1i

TWIB – Week 15 of 2012

I have a colleague who had a EOS450D camera body coupled to a Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Lens. For some reason 90% of his shots came out bad. Some AWB, some focus. He’d been telling me for years he wanted a better body. Me being the self professed len-snob, tried pushing him away from a one lens solution. Well he splashed out for a pre-loved EOS7D yesterday and let me audition it. The results are amazing. At 270mm, with a 1.6 crop factor, the effective zoom is 432mm. At F6.3, 1/80 and ISO3200, I was able to get nice clear shots handheld with back and foreground bokeh. Beautiful. He even offered to lend it to me for my trip to Oz. I had to decline. Between Timmy falling and his camera falling, I’d let the camera hit the pavement. He said he’d do the same. Nice guy.

A friend lent us his travel guidebook to Europe some years ago. We brought it along with us; and had an adventure that ended up with orange juice all over it. We told them we’d buy them a new one when they would go to Europe next. I got a text last week asking for it back – so I told wifey.
Wifey: Are they going to Europe again?
Me: No, the AC in their house is a little cold
Wifey: ??!
Me: So they need the book back and they’re burning the pages for heat.

Me. Is. Terrible.

Electronics and Water

Never a good idea.

The Ixus 70 point and shoot we’ve had for years took one too many nose-dives and I’d recently replaced it with a Canon Ixus 115 HS. One cool feature of this P&S is it records in 120fps slow-motion. Fun!

On Saturday it took a dive off my belt, pouch and all, into the (thankfully clean) pisser. It didn’t hit the side of the bowl, it fell straight into the water. It took me 3 seconds to realise it by which time the pouch was soaked through and the camera was wet too.

I didn’t try to turn it on. Wiped it down and sat it, the battery and SDCard in a sealable popcorn container with a Thirsty Hippo desiccant.

Two days later, fingers trembling and all, turned it back on. It powered up! And a test shot.

Note to self: hang the pouch on the belt AND secure it to a belt loop. It doesn’t need to be load-bearing – a loop of string should do it.