Here’s some shot’s I took of my friend Chris Shaw at White Knuckle Ranch. They turned out better than I expected.
Archive for October, 2011
I went out to Biff Buzby’s Friday Night Cruise in North San Antonio tonight. It’s basically a bunch of folks with really cool vehicles who show up at this great burger joint and hang out for awhile. So what better time to grab the camera and take some shots? I must admit, I’m not really all that pleased with the shots I got. It got dark much quicker than I thought and I didn’t take a flash. Next time, I’ll try to remember.
There was an Elvis impersonator there (See bottom picture). Now I grew up outside Memphis and lived in Vegas so I take my Elvis impersonator’s very seriously and this guy was pretty good! The whole outing was a complete blast.
Now before we get to the pictures, I just have to put a plug out there for Biff Buzby’s Burgers. The service was great and the food was outstanding! Best turkey sandwich ever! Go check them out at 12702 Toepperwien in San Antonio.
Well, on with the pictures.
There was a gorgeous moon out last night so I drove to the front of the ranch with camera to get a shot. I’ve enjoyed shooting the moon for a couple of years now, but had great trouble capturing it early on. The problem stems from I (and my camera) tried to approach this as if I was shooting in the dark, but from an exposure point of view, I’m not. This shot was taken at f14, 1/320th ISO 800 with the white balance set for daylight. I used a cheap Sigma 70-300 lens that I normally use to shoot motocross. I had the camera on a tripod, but I have gotten decent ones hand held. I took some that I still have to process at f32 which I am hoping will be sharper.
It took some research and experimentation to figure out that even though it’s dark outside, when you photograph a nice moon, you are capturing bright, reflected sunlight, and there is a surprisingly large amount. The problem is the camera meter sees a WHOLE LOT of dark around this one bright spot. Consequently, you HAVE to shoot it fully manual, including focus. It’s impossible for the focusing system to gather enough data to do it’s job, so you have to do it for it.
I think I might time out a future moon night and rent a 500mm L glass and see if I can really do it justice.
It’s that time of year again, and thank God they moved that time of year! I did the first and second Scott Kelby Photowalks when they were held in mid July but in San Antonio, it’s so hot, I skipped out on the next one. Now they have moved it to October and I was ecstatic. I decided to challenge myself and only take my 85mm prime and see what I could come up with. We met up in front of the Alamo (which seems to be where we always meet) and walked around downtown San Antonio. I enjoyed it, but really didn’t like the results. That being said, I usually put up some photos here whether I like them or not, so here’s a few examples of what I got. Point and laugh at will…