Tuesday, March 10, 2009

A Walk, My Favorite Thing!

Shauna and I decided to take advantage of the awesome weather on Saturday and go for a walk. The temperature was above zero, it was sunny, not a lot of wind......the only thing we forgot to take into account was the amount of snow and ice still on the trails. We didn't get far, I think we were out for maybe 20 minutes tops, and I spent a good chunk of that time taking a few pictures.

These are a couple of shots of the trails we were on. You can get a sense of how icy the they were.

I'm inordinately pleased with this picture, the subject isn't very remarkable, though it does give you a sense of how thick the ice was on the trail. The reason I'm pleased with it is that I've been learning a bit about what's referred to as 'exposing to the right', and I did that in this shot. It isn't always possible, and I won't bore you with the details (you can look those up if you're interested) but its a way to reduce the signal to noise ratio in a digital image. The caveat of course is that you don't want to shift the image histogram too far to the right, or you'll overexpose the highlights.

I've had this camera for a couple of years now. It assigns each image a sequential number. I'm pretty sure you can reset that, but also pretty sure I never have. I find it useful for tracking image. Recently (not sure when exactly) I passed 2000. That means, over the last couple of years, I've shot over 2000 photos. If that sounds like a lot, keep in mind that years ago during one two week trip in Europe I shot about the same number, and I was being very choosy.... :)

More interesting (at least to me) is the fact that before my first trip to Stockholm in Dec. I was at around 650 images taken with this camera.

Below is a video I thought folks would enjoy. Probably want to watch this when the small kiddies aren't around..... :)

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