Here is another shot taken with a similar strategy to the other cherry blossoms shot.
This picture was taken with the "Super Macro" mode of the S2 IS, which is just so fun to use. The lens is practically touching the ladybug on this shot, as my son lets it crawl on his finger.
I was floored by the S2's abilities with this shot. It was taken at ISO 400, in Tv mode at 1/60 sec from the audience at the symphony (the guy on the left is my brother-in-law). I supported my arm on an armrest and set the camera for high continuous shooting. I would then pick a good moment and take 5 or 10 shots in a row, keeping my arm as still as possible. Usually a couple great shots would come out of each burst. Since there was so little light available I also bumped up the exposure compensation by 1 stop.
I did also need to do some noise reduction and a little sharpening in post-processing, but overall I felt so impowered to be able to snag this type of shot from so far away. It also showed me that ISO 400 is not "useless" as so many people say. It definately has its uses.
An artist has so many decisions to make.. subject, composition, color, lighting..
I love the natural lighting in this shot, only possible with the large aperture of this lens, and auto-ISO which kept me at 1/60 sec.
I usually don't like to use the flash, and I was indoors on a cloudy/rainy day. I believe this was taken in Tv-mode, with exposure compensation to lighten it back up. I lightened it up some more in post-processing. Although taken at ISO 400 the grain looks more "natural" in a black and white snapshot.
Here I captured the picture with the saturation, sharpness, and contrast all set to minimum levels with a custom function. Then in post-processing I manually adjusted saturation and then sharpness to a level I thought looked best.
The mysteries of childhood..
Kneeling down near my son's level helped show more of the wide expanse of asphalt and helped to frame the shot of his curious side.
This is shot under the yellowish light of a bathroom. The white balance (when keyed off of a white/gray color patch) is excellent on the D80.
Helen and Daniel at home 022
Wedding Shots 064
Kids dressed up 029
Tickling Imo 013
Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH
Hawaii 2007 298
Yakima Day 3 215
Getting great color, contrast, and detail is easy in daylight.
This shot was taken in Crystal Gold Mine, just outside Kellogg, Idaho. At f/1.4, 1/45 sec, 1600 ISO, this is pushing the very limits of low-light photography. I am still astonished by the results.
When I had a "point and shoot" camera, people never understood when I complained that the whole picture was in focus...