New Cameras and Sites and Stuff

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So, today I took my new camera to South Mountain to get some photos. Oh, wait, did I tell you I got a new camera? Hey, guess what? I GOT A NEW CAMERA. (It’s really hard to express how excited I am about this…)

imageAnyway, I got a Sony Alpha SLT-a65. It’s a translucent mirror (Single Lens Translucent) camera, similar to an SLR, but it has a translucent mirror (doh), which allows most of the light to pass through to the sensor and reflects the rest to the autofocus sensor to allow for full-time phase detection focusing. You’re probably not overly interested in all of the technical stuff, but here’s the wiki page just in case.

Instead of going with the kit lens, I decided to purchase a Sony 35mm prime. I got a fisheye adapter to play around with, as well. I’m planning on getting some more lenses, namely a good wide-angle and a zoom, but I’ll have to save a bit before I do that.

Back to South Mountain.

My friend, Jeff, and I went up there to see what it looked like after the chilly weather hit (it doesn’t get too cold down here, so freezing weather is a fun anomaly). I got a few decent pictures, but my main goal was to get some good images for HDR processing. One of the problems with experimental photography is that a large volume of photos are taken, and a very small number of usable photos result. I’ll have to wait until Spring to really get some good shots because everything was a light shade of green or brown. Here’s a glimpse of part of the trip, though.

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StolenLogoOn to the major news. I’ve started a new photography blog, stolenpixels.com! My goal is to post one picture every weekday. I’m going to limit the amount of text in each post, so the blog will mainly be limited to daily photos. Go check it out, and if you like what you see, hit the follow button! You can also follow Stolen Pixels on Facebook here.

Thanks!
~ Chris

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8 thoughts on “New Cameras and Sites and Stuff

    nothingprofound said:
    28 January , 2013 at 11:06

    Great photos, Chris, especially of the falls. We have a huge waterfall a five minute walk from my house, which freezes over in the winter. It’s a magnificent sight to see all that rushing water suddenly suspended in space.

      xanthuskidd responded:
      30 January , 2013 at 16:50

      I’ll have to drop in if I ever visit New York; it sounds like you live in an fantastic place.

    Kojack said:
    30 January , 2013 at 02:38

    The 35mm is a good choice for the first lense IMHO.
    I have the old minolta 50mm 1.7

      xanthuskidd responded:
      30 January , 2013 at 06:03

      I really like it; I thought about getting the 50mm, but the crop factor on an APS-C digital makes it like a 75mm. A bit long for a walk about lens. The 35 converts to about a 53mm.

        Kojack said:
        30 January , 2013 at 21:31

        yepp…
        It’s quite unconformable focal length, but you’ll love its color tone and bokeh

        xanthuskidd responded:
        30 January , 2013 at 21:54

        If I find one for a good price then I’ll pick it up. Do you have a Sony slr?

    gabrieldilaurentis said:
    30 January , 2013 at 13:33

    1. it’s kind of funny seeing the same crowd of people everywhere, kind of nice too 🙂

    2. i love your picture, and trust me, i don’t say that a lot 🙂

    3. keep them coming, gonna join your facebook page so i won’t miss any 🙂

    good luck, you’re on the right path 🙂

      xanthuskidd responded:
      30 January , 2013 at 17:01

      1. Isn’t it though?
      2&3. Thank you! I’m glad that you like them. 🙂 I actually have a separate page and site for my photography: http://stolenpixels.com and http://facebook.com/stolenpixels. I’ll be posting one picture every weekday on stolen pixels, so feel free to drop by whenever! Thanks for the comment and encouragement!

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