With the sky promising a soft sunset, I decided to try to get another shot of the San Diego skyline with the new fish-eye lens. So I packed up two lens and headed out the door.

Got on the 5, headed down to Coronado, found some nice parking, and then picked myself a nice spot on the (smallest) beach ever. Set-up the tripod, switched to the 24-85mm lens (just to start off). Screwed on the ND filter and a circular polarizer (longer exposures would let me "paint" the cloud; the winds were moving them along fast enough it would matter). Plugged in the remote trigger, set all my settings (ISO + WB), switched into aperture value and set the proper exposure.

Now for a test shot.

First exposure with the remote trigger... *Click*.

The preview pops up for a second - promising!

Then a message: "No CF card."

Well, great. My mind zooms back home and I see the CF card by my desk.

I search my bag to see if I still have my 16MB backup (yes, I have a 16MB CF card). No luck.

*smacks forehead*

. . .

By the way, I've been looking at more lens - if I only had about $5K for the new Mark II 5D with a macro lens and a tilt shift lens. (But apparently you can recreate most tilt-shift effects, particularly the narrow dof in Photoshop which may have to serve my purposes until I can afford the TS lens - I'm particularly interested in those shots which make everything seem like miniature toys).

Regarding the Mark II 5D, this blog post says

In the department of “just because we can”, the engineers threw in the capability of capturing 1080p HDTV video.  My friends who work with professional studio equipment say that the Canon 5D Mark II produces quality comparable to $50,000 TV station cameras.

Holy crap. Are you serious?! This would be perfect for all those little short movies that always bounce around in my head.

The reason a tilt-shift interests me is cause you totally distort pictures to look like they're miniature playsets. I ran into the work of Vincent Laforet who used that effect here:

Of course, you can fake that effect (maybe he fakes it to start, who knows) with Photoshop, as I've (sort of) done with this picture (in about 10 minutes) that Corey took:

Posted by roy on December 6, 2008 at 11:13 PM in Photography | 5 Comments

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Comment posted on December 8th, 2008 at 05:27 PM
that is freaking cool!!
Comment posted on December 8th, 2008 at 12:42 PM
My photo is awesome!!!
Comment posted on December 7th, 2008 at 01:37 PM
holy crap, that TS-E lens is expensive!
Comment posted on December 7th, 2008 at 12:30 PM
haha, at least you didn't leave your skillz. i totally left that at home when i went camping.
Comment posted on December 7th, 2008 at 02:36 PM
dude you just got started. your skills will grow in time with perseverance. btw, you'll get the card reader on wednesday.