Early post for today's picture of the day. This picture was also taken at Disney's California Adventure. This is the waterfall behind the Grizzly Rapids ride across from the entrance to Bugs Land. I wanted to try out my new Gorilla Pod and there is a big railing right there. I secured the camera to the railing with the flexible tripod (the coolest invention ever) and set to take a long exposure. This picture was taken with a 20 second exposure, at f3.5, ISO 100. It always amazes me what the long exposure does to the water. Tomorrow I'll post a shorter exposure so you can see the differences.
This week, the Picture of the Day choices are all going to have a theme in common. This week is going to be long exposure. Taking a picture at a fast exposure such as 1/160th of a second freezes the action of your subject. What happens when you take a picture of something that is moving at say 1/4th of a second or even 5 seconds? You get some pretty cool effects. Today's picture was taken at Disney's California Adventure in the "Bug's Land" area. What's cool about this picture was the whole time I was taking this picture there were two kids running around the jumping water. Because the long exposure is only recording the constants, the kids disappear. This was 10 second exposure so I could capture as many of the jumping water streams as I could.
Ok, so here is where you get to become more involved. I've decided to run a Poll each week on the Pictures of the Day from the week before. Since this was the first and I missed a couple of days, I've include the first 5 pictures that I posted. You'll find the Poll over on the right hand side of the blog. Please participate and let me know what everyone thinks was the best of the first 5 pictures. Thanks for stopping by and spending a few minutes of your day with us.
Today's picture of the day comes from Disney's California Adventure. They have an area at night called "ElecTRONica". They have techno music, dancers, and all manner of lasers and glow in the dark stuff. I was watching this girl with a Hula Hoop that was lighted. I thought that if I could do a slow enough shutter I might get a cool effect with the light. This one came out pretty good, it was 1/13 of a second, f4 , ISO 3200.
This is a picture I took just before New Years. Anastasia and I drove up to Tahoe after making a stop in Sacramento to drop her kids off with their dad. I planned on driving around the lake, mainly because I was ignorant to truly how big that lake is. As I pulled into this little one way street I had to get out. I almost climbed down the stairs to take the picture from down near the waters edge but I'm sure that would have not ended well. This is actually about 6 pictures taken in portait that I then stitched together in Photoshop. The actual picture is 12,000 x 5,000 pixels. Please let me know what you think of the picture in the comments.
This Christmas my amazing wife bought me the Canon 7D. After about a month and a couple thousand pictures, all I can say is WOW! The ability this camera has to take pictures in low light blows away my previous camera. It also has full 1080p HD video capabilities which I haven't even begun to dive into. Even though its not "the camera" that makes the photographer (some of the pictures on the site were taken with a "non professional" Canon XTi) it sure doesn't hurt to have professional grade equipment. I can't wait to use it for a wedding in February with Capra Sano Media as well as a desert High Fashion shoot w/ Gavin Wade Photographers. I'm looking forward to making 2011 our year. :D
So with this blog entry, Underground Photography's new website is officially launched. I am going to try to do a picture a day post at least and then maybe a poll once a week to see which photo that week was the most popular. I should have enough pictures to fill a whole year! Of course it's never the pictures that is the problem. It's the time. Since this is the first blog entry, I'll post a picture. I was sitting in the car waiting for dinner (take out) and I saw a HUGE full moon. I thought what a great chance to try and get a shot. I have tried in the past but could never seem to get a clear enough picture. Here is what I came up with. I took this shot at 1/100th at ISO 100. Unfortunately my lens only goes to 135mm so this was as big as I could get but I've never gotten such detail in a moon shot before.