trying out my new tokina 300/2.8

trying out my new tokina 300/2.8

  Having fun with a new (to me) tokina 300 f2.8 AT-x Pro. I found a few Great Blue Herons on the White River, near Norfork Dam, that let me get close enough to get a few nice shots of them. If you are looking for an economical way to get into the fast super-tele lenses you should take a look at this lens. If you can find one, that is.   [nggallery id=7]...
Color or black and white?

Color or black and white?

Usually, when I go out out shoot, I have a plan. I usually have at least a rough idea of what I want to shoot. I scout areas ahead of time, and return when the light is right, and when other conditions are right. I am always looking for other opportunities as well, and plans can change and grow as I shoot. Here is one of those times. We live near the Norfork Dam, and I spent a fair amount of time there fishing and such. It is a really neat looking dam, but I have never seen any really nice images of it. Turns out, it is fairly difficult to make an interesting image of. I thought I would get there on a heavy overcast day, use a 10 stop neutral density filter and let the water blur, with the moodiness of the over cast day in black-and-white. Can you see it? I could. [nggallery id=6] But, when i got there, the clouds broke and this awesome color bloomed on the clouds. I still used the 10 stop filter and I added a circular polarizer to remove the refections. It was a 30 second exposure at f4 is0200. So, what do you think? High contrast black and white or color? I think i still like the black and white better. Happy...
What to do with an old camera?

What to do with an old camera?

I have been a canon user for some time, and I have either been very lucky with the cameras that I purchased, or canon makes awesome cameras. The first dslr that I purchased from canon was the canon rebel. The original one. I bought one in 2003, and at the time it retailed for $899.00. The unique thing about this camera is, it was the first dslr with an interchangeable lens to be offered at less than $1000.00. It was quite a bargain in its day. Fast-forward 10 years, (consumer electronics don’t hold their value over time very well) I have used the rebel to the max. It is dented, scratched, the leather/rubber handgrip is peeling away, it shows many battle scars, but it still keeps working like the day I bought it. I thought briefly about selling it, but I would only get (maybe) a hundred bucks. That amount just didn’t seem to be worth it to me. So, instead, I sent it off to Lifepixel (www.lifepixel.com). LifePixel converts cameras to “see” in Infrared light only. For a couple hundred bucks, they installed an opaque infrared filter over the sensor of the rebel. That filter cuts out almost all the visible light to the camera so it only can “see” infrared. My camera is now sensitive to light form 850nm to around 1200nm. Before the conversion it was sensitive from about 350nm to 850nm (here is a little more info if you want to learn more about light color). Here are some samples from my infrared camera....
Adding to my list of must see places – Whitaker Point

Adding to my list of must see places – Whitaker Point

One of the most photographed rocks in Arkansas, Hawksbill Crag (otherwise known as Whitaker Point), is a landmark of the Buffalo River and a favorite hike among many. I will be adding this spot to my list to visit often, as I am sure that it will look very different every season. The hike is a moderate difficulty walk for about 4 miles round trip (according to my gps) Here is the gps map, it is an interactive google map. The trail to the crag is not what I would call an easy walk, but most anyone should have no real problems getting there. The trail is well marked, and there is a lot to see here. There is a large waterfall ( that i will be going back to photograph) in the spring. Looking forward to my next visit. [nggallery id=5]...