Photo Of The Day: “Don’t Worry Be Happy”

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I said to Baby Girl here…Hey, could you at least TRY to look happy for the photo? ๐Ÿ™‚

This photo was taken with the Nikon D1, 2.65mp DSLR from 1999. The lens was the even older 35-70mm f/2.8 AF-D Nikkor. I was out testing some new equipment, but the best shot I got that day was from this old school classic.

Looking on some of my own postings, I could see where some may think I lean more towards Canon, but in fact, I’ve always swayed equally between the two giants, Canon and Nikon.

I’ve loved the D1 since I first read about it in 1999. Since then, I must’ve had about five of these bodies! Nuts!

No, it’s not going to beat your 36mp or 42mp cameras, I’m not that crazy. All I’m saying is I have a soft spot for the D1. It is a true digital Camera Legend and I love it! Maybe one day I’ll do a write-up on it. Hope you enjoy the extra hour this weekend. Happy Sunday!

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Farewell To Autumn

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“Yellow” 2006. Canon EOS 5D, EF 85mm f/1.2L lens.

Well, we still have more than a month to go, but the cold chill is in the air and most of the fall foliage around here are past their peak.

My computer is still in the shop so we are not back and running 100% yet. But I’m having a lot of fun going through some old shots and seeing the kind of equipment I used back then.

This image was taken in 2006 with the EOS 5D Classic and the 85mm f/1.2L first version.

I was walking around the park looking for good light. A very simple image, but I find simple is best for me most of the time.

As I wrote in an earlier review, the original EOS 5D was and is a great image maker and can still hold its own in good light and at low iso settings. It’s probably the best full-frame bargain in today’s used camera market.

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“Autumn Woman” 2006. Epson R-D1, 50mm f/2 Jupiter-8ย lens.

The shot above was taken with the Epson R-D1, the world’s first digital rangefinder. I got one in 2006 and even though it is “only” 6 megapixels, the camera has become a digital classic and a cult favorite, certainly a Camera Legend. This is a camera I hope to profile in future postings.

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“The Last Light” 2006. Ricoh GR1, Kodak Gold 400 film. Riverside Park, NYC.

Thanks for taking a look, I know your time is precious so I do appreciate it!


 

Autumn Surprise 2015

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“Autumn Surprise” 2015. Sony A7R, CV 35mm f/1.2 Nokton Aspherical. I used to love using 90-105mm lenses for shots like this. Now I like using wide and getting in close. For a larger and better view, please click on the photo.

Every year since 2008, I’ve been photographing my elder daughter in a personal series of fall portraits that I like to call “Autumn Surprise.”

I’ve used the photos to document her growth with the yearly change of seasons. It’s quite heart-warming to see how quickly she has grown. Time flies too fast for me ๐Ÿ™‚

Today, that seven year record was broken with the introduction of her baby sister into this series.

Just as fun for me is to see the gear I was using then and what I am using now. I plan to post the whole series in another post.

If you live in an area of the world that has fall foliage and you have children, this is a good weekend to pull out your Camera Legend cameras and catch those kids in the Autumn Leaves!




 

It’s Fall Foliage Time!

It’s that time of the year again. Especially for those of us in the Northeastern part of the country, the autumn leaves are at or approaching their peak. In some parts, they may even be past their peak.

While I haven’t gotten my foliage pics yet this year, I hope to soon. Maybe this weekend or next.

Anyway, I thought this would be a good time to post some fall foliage from years past. Many with gear I no longer have, but how I miss them!

This is a great time to photograph and use some of those Camera Legends in your closet. Don’t miss it!

Update 10/17/15: I did get some shots today, but only have one to post so far. It is the top photo using the EOS-M I reviewed HERE.

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“AutM Leaves” 2015. Canon EOS-M, 22mm f/2 STM.

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“Change” 2007. Canon EOS 5D, 70-200mm f/2.8L IS.

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“Fall Fashion” 2014. Nokia Lumia 1020.




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“Red, Green, and Gold” 2008. Nikon D700, Hasselblad 110mm f/2 Planar via adapter.

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“Fall Back” 2007. Rolleiflex 2.8F, 80mm f/2.8 Planar, Kodak Portra 400 UC.

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“Crown Of Thorns” 2012. Sony NEX-C3, 25mm f/1.4 CCTV lens.

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“It’s Raining Leaves” 2008. Contax 645, 80mm f/2.8 Planar, Kodak Portra 400 film.