Friday, July 22, 2022

Fishing boat at Ketchikan

FISHING BOAT IN APPROACH TO KETCHIKAN, ALASKA, JUNE 22, 2022
Pentax K-3
Sigma 18-250 at 73mm
1/500 sec. f8
ISO 400

Once in a while it's fun to return to the ten-year-old APS-C format Pentax K-3 and its lenses, which still give superb photo quality when the frame is left uncropped. A previous passing ship left wake "stripes" that make this photo more interesting than a completely flat sea would have.


Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Main drag of Skagway

MAIN STREET, SKAGWAY, ALASKA, JUNE 29, 2O22


Sony A7Riii
Sony 28-60 AT 60mm
1/1600 sec. f8
ISO 400

My new 28-60mm kit lens—the smallest and lightest one Sony makes—turned out to be a very good performer in this street shot in the Alaska town. I was pleased with its tack sharpness and vivid color rendition in the sunlight. The air was a bit hazy on this rare sunny day in June, but that didn't hurt the photo at all.



Monday, July 11, 2022

Perils of the WP&Y

ROUNDING A CORNER ON THE WHITE PASS & YUKON, JUNE 23, 2022

Sony A7Riii
Tamron 28-200 at 65mm
1/1000 f8
ISO 1600

Just before the train plunged into a tunnel, I leaned over a railing and caught this shot of the rear of our White Pass & Yukon narrow-gauge tourist train rounding a curve in the high mountains between Skagway in Alaska and Carcross in Yukon Territory.

Friday, February 4, 2022

Feast of St. Lucia

FEAST OF ST. LUCIA, THREE CROWNS PARK, EVANSTON, ILL., DEC. 11, 2021

Sony A7Riii
Tamron 28-200 at 200mm 
1/25 f5.6
ISO 6400

One of my favorite shots from 2021, this photograph shows an actress sitting atop a stool and portraying St. Lucia while a chorus sang Swedish carols in the background. For the better part of an hour she held that pose without moving a muscle, enabling me to capture a sharp picture at a very slow shutter speed.


Monday, December 20, 2021

Where I lived most of my life



A VIEW OF NORTHEAST EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, TOWARD LAKE MICHIGAN

DJI Mini 2
4.49mm DJI lens (24mm in full frame format)
1/500 sec. f2.8 
ISO 100

This drone shot, taken from 397 feet directly above Three Crowns Park, the retirement community where I live, shows the Baha'i Temple, the hospital where both of my sons were born, Northwestern University's Ryan Field, one public school I attended, the church my parents attended, and the commuter rail line that took me to work every day for more than 40 years. Flying a drone is a good way to review the landmarks of one's life.

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Autumn colors at Three Crowns Park

THREE CROWNS PARK, EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, NOVEMBER 3, 2021

DJI Mini 2
4.49mm f2.8 DJI lens (24mm full frame equivalent)
1/800 sec. f2.8
ISO 100

Compare this fall colors shot with the summer-greenery photograph taken July 16. I continue to be impressed by the image quality of the 12-megapixel wide-angle camera on a drone that costs less than $500.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

N Scale Pocket Line Passenger Train


KATO POCKET LINE TRAIN, EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, OCTOBER 26, 2021

Sony A7R3
Tamron 28-200 at 68mm
18 stacked images, 1/15 sec. f11 +1EV
ISO 100

The Japanese model train manufacturer Kato issued this little gem in N scale, and it's a true crowd-pleaser on a small layout.  I'm pleased with the versatile Tamron walkaround zoom lens' capability for close focus with a 10mm extension ring.

Sunday, October 24, 2021

N scale EMD GP7 Locomotive


GP7 LOCOMOTIVE, EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, OCTOBER 23, 2021

Sony A7Riii
Tamron 28-200 at 50mm with 10mm lens extender
1/10 sec. f11
ISO 100

This is the result of several experiments in macrophotography with a new "light box" that has a built-in array of LED lamps on its ceiling. The N scale model locomotive is only 4 1/4 inches long, but it took electronic stacking of 13 separately focused images to produce one photograph that is sharp throughout the depth of field. I used two LumeCube mini lamps to provide light from either side.