Music faculty ceiling

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Anchor crane

February 18, 2015

in Daily updates

Anchor crane

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Sailor, Flash

February 17, 2015

in Photo of the day, Toronto

Sailor, Flash

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Cameras since 2010

February 17, 2015

in Geek stuff, Photography

It has been a while since I have updated my chronology of cameras at: All my cameras.

These days I use two overwhelmingly: my old 5D Mk II (with my excellent four-lens system), which is doing well despite several repairs, and my Fuji X100s. There are distinctive examples of both types of photography in my many Massey albums from this year.

The 5D is definitely a lot more capable in many ways. While it’s possible to use my radio triggers and flashes with the X100s, they generally make a better setup with the dSLR for more action- and flash-oriented photography.

Examples:

Softer, always-wide-angle style of the X100s:

Robbie Burns Night

Generally sharper, much more often in colour, much more often with flash work from the 5D:

Halloween at Massey 2014

Post-processing

I also shoot directly into B&W JPEG often on the 5D because the custom functions feature makes it so convenient. I usually have one of my Pocket Wizard Plus X transceivers in the hotshoe, which I can easily switch on and off to control the flashes (sometimes, a flash misfire works out pleasantly). Then, I can shoot in manual mode with my flashes on and a suitable ISO setting, and easily switch to my JPG custom mode to get the other set of shots.

Canon’s RAW processing software for Mac OS X (Digital Photo Professional) is worlds better than Fuji’s rather appalling Silkypix offering, which I shun in favour of processing the Fuji RAW files in LightRoom. LightRoom definitely has a distinctive interpretation of how Fuji’s RAW file should be processed which obviously differs from the JPEG-processing algorithm in the camera. I think both look fine, though they may each favour somewhat different kinds of photography.

With B&W JPEGs, I often try processing them into duotone in PhotoShop to give them a different look. For example:

High (and low) Table

Duotone doesn’t work out very well with photos that start out very dark.

For example: both of these shots work well with duotone, and both of these work better as unaltered B&W.

Both are fantastic cameras to work with. With just one extra battery for each, I can work for decently long periods, including in very cold temperatures. I have found both super-reliable and a pleasure to work with.

I am saving up for a 5D Mk III so I will have the dual-dSLRs (for quick lens-switching and backup) which I need to shoot weddings commercially.

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Mid-February

February 16, 2015

in Canada, Daily updates, Toronto

The last couple of days in Toronto have been a reminder of winter in Ottawa.

That’s particularly true of the importance of going out in an extra-warm double-layered toque and wool scarf; merino wool top and bottom long underwear; a t-shirt, long-sleeve fleece, and down vest; a long jacket with extra insulating liner; fingerless inner gloves and heavy outer gloves; cargo trousers; cotton inner socks, wool outer socks, and hiking boots.

A walking home across one bridge spanning the Don Valley at 2:00am a few nights ago was, surprisingly, a lot less cold than walking around in the sun yesterday afternoon.

My hope is to take advantage of reading week to make progress on the fossil fuel divestment brief update; my PhD research proposal; the book chapter I am helping with; and the initiation of the Massey Halfway House project. If anybody knows about (or knows someone who knows about) real estate in the U of T area, I would like to be in touch.

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Alexander Wood 1772-1844

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Church St. statue

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Stairs and window

February 14, 2015

in Photo of the day

Stairs and window

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Curved mirror

February 13, 2015

in Photo of the day

Curved mirror

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