Jan 112011

ISO 80; f/4; 1/1000; 5mm (Canon SX10 in P mode — or “stealth” mode)

Quartzsite is full up with with vendor tents selling everything and anything you can imagine.

There are a lot of things to photograph but I’ve learned that most vendors get nervous when they see me actually using the camera.  Thus, I keep the camera in P mode and get ready to take pictures quickly. It is easier to do this with SD950IS, but yesterday I decided to try the SX10.  This was my first walk through this particular tent and I was impressed with how well organized everything was and I took this shot because I like the way the way the light partially silhouettes the hanging tools against the tarp.

This was processed in Topaz DeJpeg, although it only needed a light touch.  I then used curves in Aperture to partially bring out some of the detail and then painted aspects with definition — I wanted to keep the image as close to how I saw the image when I took it.  Prior to settling on this, I took a look at what Topaz Adjust could do for the photo.  Is it just me, or do you also sometimes find it overwhelming to choose a particular effect?

Dec 222010

ISO 80; f/3.5; 1/10; 10. 4mm (Canon SX 10, no flash, no tripod)

ISO 80; f/3.5; 1/10; 10.4 (Canons SX10, no flash, no tripod)

I’m reaching back to November themes to show off Carl’s early Christmas/Birthday present.  He is making a Quad Helicopter from a kit, specifically the AeroQuad.  Eventually the plan is to add a camera so that it can take photos from the air.   Not sure if it will be one of MY cameras…  anyway, this is fairly cool technology.  Carl’s says that this little board (once completed)  is all you need to make the Segway work.  The red pieces are a 3-axis gyro and a 3-axis accelerometer (used to measure acceleration and is what helps it stand still, which is why it will make a great platform for a camera).

Personally, I like how there is so much red and green in the photo, which makes it look like a Christmas present.