Saturday, January 30, 2010

Snotcycle 2010

Photos are up from Snotcycle 2010. Great weather for a mid-winter mountain bike event! Temps in the 20's and blowing, dry snow on a fun course. Click over Pingelphoto and, once there click on "Go to the Galleries" and look for Snotcycle 2010 for the link to subgalleries.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

I Wonder

This is regular-old Fuji film. I've been trying out all different kinds of film and having a great time with my Dad's old N90s and a Nikon 50mm 1.4 AF-D lens.

A couple of things I wonder about: Why does a film SLR (with era-appropriate lens and flash) look better than what I would have gotten with a similar digital set-up? I mean, this isn't my 20th shot to get the one I like. I took one shot of this dog and (technically, anyways) it's perfect. And it was some cheap Fuji film I found in a drawer at my Dad's. It's probably 10+ years old and it still produces nice results.

I wonder why people don't make a bigger deal out of fast lenses, whether prime or zoom? This 1.4 lens is cheap and superb. It makes great colors (here on film) and works just as well on digital. Sure, with digital you can take pictures at ISO 1200 or 2400 with a slower lens, but with such a fast lens, I can shoot at ISO 100 or 200 much longer and the colors it captures are so much more alive.

I wonder what this dog is thinking? He doesn't seem too thrilled with me.