Monday, March 26, 2012

Some observations while wandering downtown

Over this last weekend I spent most of it in the downtown urban area of the city with a couple of cameras. While there I could not fail to notice that of all the photographers and other people carrying cameras the common factors were DSLR bodies and large aperture telephoto zooms, which looked to be 70-200's or similar. Why this seemed strange to me was I was wishing I had a wider angle lens than the 18-55 zoom I was using, that or that I didn't have a DX sensor giving me a 1.6x crop on the lens.

I am spending a lot more time using wide angle lenses in my photography and finding I prefer to get closer and fill the frame. So much so that I will even be picking up a 35mm wide angle and finder for my old rangefinder so I can use that more for urban photos; the standard 50mm was just too long for most things in downtown Tulsa, or so I found. What's going to be pricy is getting a wider angle lens for my DSLR as I would really like something around the 20mm size (20mm for FX, 12.5mm for DX) so my choice comes down to either a new body and use my existing 20mm (once it's fixed, again) or find a 12.5mm DX lens for my existing body.

Either way, I don't have the funds to do this for the forseable future.In the meantime I'm just happy to be feeling more inspired and spending time with my cameras recording images that speak to me. Ultimately it's the photographer that counts and not the camera.

Sent from my NOOK

(edited and reformatted - the email client on my Nook Tablet had sent this as a wall of text)

Sunday, March 25, 2012

More photos of downtown Tulsa

Had a good weekend and explored some more of downtown Tulsa with my cameras - had my DSLR and my analog rangefinder loaded with B/W film.  Seems I wasn't the only one wandering around with a camera as I lost count the number of photographers I saw. 

I also want to add another of the sunset/dusk photos from my previous set of Tulsa photos as it too is part of the downtown area.

So first up is the second dusk photo:

Now for the daytime photos of building details that caught my eye:

There are more daytime photos that I am currently working through for minor editing and I will be posting more here - and also once I have the film developed I'll be posting some of my B/W images too.  Stay tuned for further updates.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Downtown at dusk

After several delays and numerous distractions I finally got to download the low-light photos off my camera and processed the raw files for use.  And as promised I will be posting some samples here on my blog - and here is the first one:


Sunday, March 4, 2012

New photos soon

I will be posting some new photos in the next couple of days as I have been busy taking new images for my photo course assignments.  I have spent the last couple of days taking cityscapes at dusk.  It's been interesting trying to balance the amount of light remaining in the sky and the lighting on and around the buildings.  Also it's been a challenge to get an interesting sky as most days here in the Tulsa area have been free of clouds so it has been pretty lifeless.  Luckily the last two days have had some clouds so that has helped.

My plan is to spend tomorrow (Sunday) offloading the photos from my DSLR and processing the raw files prior to converting a few to jpg's to post here.