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Shot this morning before going to the office. Decided to take that paved road leading north in Redmond. Fog was around, i managed to obtain 5 good shots on about 100. as usual.


it's only after chimping a bit, that i noticed there were two guys in the middle of my viewfinder. it made me wait a bit in order to have them go where i wanted in the compo. not as good as i would have liked, but i still love the shot.


and YES, i really LOVE that 70-200


often photographers say that nothing beats a prime when it comes to learning composition, as you're not relying to the zoom. i would tend to disagree. it's just that you frame differently with a prime, you try to obtain the best out of a lesser pannel of framing possibilities. but when it comes to composition, i personally believe a zooming lens is the best option.

See the things you miss because you're too busy...

I was standing around on the beach with my camera and tripod waiting for the right light, when this dude with a 70-200mm and a girl wrapped in a towel passed by. He looked at me, stopped, pointed to a spot five feet in front of me, and had her lay her towel there. She had a really skimpy bikini on underneath, and he proceeded to shoot her in different seductive poses. Considering the amount of open beach there was, I found it unusual at first, and then kind of amusing that he would pose her right in front of me, and I started to wonder what his motivation was for doing so. Did he find something so interesting about the sand in front of me that he just had to shoot her there? Regardless, I just had to pick up my tripod and move into the waves when he started chimping through his shots with her and saying hot she looked.

Some adorable chimping!


Monday was a holiday and this is a short week. Why am I exhausted?

This morning I was driving past the equestrian park a few minutes after sunrise and was happy to discover this man warming up his horse for the day's events. I was on my way to meet a friend and in a hurry but I couldn't pass up such a beautiful scene. In my haste, I accidentally switched my camera to manual mode and every shot I took was completely overexposed. Obviously I didn't do any chimping or I would have discovered my error. I decided to edit the shots I had and use them, they will serve as a reminder of the beautiful scene I witnessed, to always check my camera settings and to make the best from any situation.

I sometimes do too I must confess...

Liège streets in between urbexing

2 friends with a pocket sized point and shoot check out their photos. At Belmar, NJ on 6-26-09.

Inside the Cathedral-Mosque of Cordoba, Spain.

Leica M9-P 50mm Cron

f/2 1/12 ISO800


i had a pretty grandiose idea for this shot. didn't really turn out as good as i thought it would, but it was a great exercise in shooting and processing images.. this image was taken over the course of 3 hours without moving the tripod. it involves about 140 5d mark2 images (i didnt use all of them but took that many). Its got exposure stacking, focus stacking, time distortion, and is pano-stitched. my first try at this kind of shot and i really didn't like taking it, it was boring and i only got one shot for a night of work.


first "shot" started out with the flowers before the moon went down. this acted like a nice long shadow #sunset type of light. I took 3 sets of exposures with different focus distances to get the #wildflowers all in focus from directly under the camera (pointed down) to the pond.


second "shot" was just after the moon set into the smoke cloud (that cloud is a wildfire plume of smoke from a fire just outside of grand junction)


third "shot" was about 2 hours later after the sky got dark.


each "shot" described earlier is a strip of at least 10 vertical images stitched together, sometimes with 3 exposure braketing for each individual image in the pano "shot". the image is highly manipulated and warped. i left my friend in the shot chimping by the pond because its a bit of an anchor point on that side (roadsign on the other side)


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Today, the Sun has been shining and the birds have been twittering, so I skived off work this afternoon, and headed to the coast. Having spent the last few weeks shooting with the D80, I found myself chimping the back of the A1after every shot, only to realise that analog cameras don't have LCD screens!!



Canon A1

Canon 28-55 f/3.5


Diafine 4+4 mins @30c

48bit colour scan :2400 dpi

two layer overlay blend in CS2


Ran out of film today, so had to resort to one of those Pentax digital thingys borrowed from Sandi.


What I want to know is why after having used a film camera all day, do I only start chimping when I have a digital in my hands?

This is a view from the first annual Greater Los Angeles Summit of Fine Art Photography held at the usual place just south of the Santa Monica Pier. hehe... No HDR!


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Settings etc.:


Canon 5D Mark II

Canon 24-105L @40

4-second exposure @F13

LEE soft ND grad (100x150mm) 0.9 (two filters would create reflections with these lights)

Lee foundation kit filter holder with Lee 77mm adapter ring

No polarizer.

ISO 50

Small Slik tripod with Manfrotto pistol grip ball head

RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One

TIFF file processed with Photoshop


Space was extremely limited due to heavy demand and the heavy publicity going on for at least 5 whole minutes before the big moment. So, there were a total of 3 lucky attendees including Jim Patterson, Kendra Karr, and me. Once the paparazzi were cleared from the beach by the security team, and the the airspace was cleared of helicopters, we shot the breeze for a while and then got down to business. Also, this was a 100% chimping-free summit!


This is the new wheel that was installed after the old one was sold on eBay for US $132,400 to an Oklahoma developer sight unseen! See this photo with the old wheel for more information. This is a very high-tech wheel with programmable lights that can create patterns and images. Also, it is powered by the solar panels you see in front of the wheel.


The good news is that the wheel changes colors and patterns every few seconds. So every shot looks completely different it seems. The bad news is that you only get about 10 minutes where the light is even enough to get a decent exposure across the entire frame. That is the brief period when the lights are bright, but not too bright and there is light in the sky. The other bad news is that it takes about 7 minutes to fill up the wheel with passengers before it spins 2 or 3 times and then stops again. So I really only got a few minutes during the entire evening where the wheel was in motion and the light was good at the same time. Still, I managed to get a few nice ones!


Thanks goes out to Jim for saving my water shoes from a danger-filled trans-Pacific voyage initiated by a quickly rising tide!




Google Earth


Simply the best way to scout out locations that there is. You can see sun angles and pre-visualize light under lots of different conditions. Sometimes you can actually pre-compose your shots! This has saved me many thousands of vertical feet of climbing by avoiding spots with blocked views etc.


Satellite imagery (choose 'National' for a local US region or use your fave website)


Tide charting and preditions: (chose your area in US, other countries have similar websites)


Wave Heights (I choose 'North Pacific from Global')

Or Here:


Photos of every inch of the California coastline from a small plane. Excellent for close in detailed views.


The map shows exactly where this is. It is an easy hike from the parking lot.


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7th May 2015 - A young photographer stops to revue her captures on what, somewhat confusingly looks like a Canon film camera.. Confused the hell out of me!!

Remember this fella? He likes to chimp.


Do you chimp?

This was one of my favorite rides last year. What a blast!!!!


I'm sitting here looking at a lot of Disney stuff since our trip in just under a month away now..Woo Hoo!!


Also I'm waiting for the Superbowl to start. Wow, 6 hours of pre game. I keep looking to see if Matt is chimping on camera somewhere. LOL!!!!

Where is he? This was a long exposure with 25ThC standing in front of the wall, firing a flash behind him in three places. So where is he eh? Gotta love the lack of chimping on 120 roll film cameras :)


Taken on the Analogue Brighton Photo Walk last night with captainbonobo, 25ThC, .scribe and myself. It was mentioned that I should come up with a funny Flickr name... o_O





sitting tight...


Large On Black


I was glad that I wasn't "chimping" that day otherwise I could have deleted this butt shot thinking that this was just another shot of the Southern Giant Petrel which I had captured a lot of....


Turns out this is the only shot that I have of this Code 5 species on the whole trip.....


(If you don't know what "Chimping" is : CLICK HERE.)


a mini break from pola week ;)


took this yesterday and was maybe going to use it for wordless.. but i already posted one.. and i just couldn't not talk about this one... don't you love that you can see these two chimping???


such a hysterical term. heard it first here on flickr.... from bats i think ;) and now joe accuses me of that all the time. ha ha!


anywho. was driving home with the little dude yesterday. the sunset and beach was just gorgeous! didn't have my tripod so i used the dash in my car. was kinda fun. went back there today.. but of course.. as luck would have it.. it was not nearly as warm and lovely out.


Hand held as 99% of my photos are, using only natural lighting. While not a true macro, shot using the macro setting for better background blur.

Not as clean as I would like, but I seriously think I need glasses because it looked AWESOME in chimping mode :/


Bresson in my mind...


Sometimes one finds himself on the spot. And the quick take is, should he or should he not? When the moment is right before your eyes you just allow instinct to accomplish the answer. And at the end of the day that smile in your face means, it was all well worth it.


(Behind-the-scene: Photowalk with Rodney and Virgie at the Union Station in L.A. We were wrapping it up, I was standing ~ chimping some of my shots when this dove landed close to my feet. Right in front of me. If I made a quick movement I am sure he would jet off. Anyamet! You know those moments. I decided to do the slow Tango. Gently moving Lucio to my eyes. The dove was taking its time. Good. One time. One shot. Tsamba in effect! :P Snap! Ahhh. Thank you, HCB!)


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combination of jen's macro filters + duoflex viewfinder. lots of fun.

Spotted this guy taking shots along the main street in Stafford. Couldn't see anything in particular he was shooting, but he was looking at every shot after taking it. He may have been doing Street with a Tele.


Candid captured in Stafford, England.

Tourists Making Memories


The White House

Washington, D.C.

Listening to White Noise on the album Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will by Mogwai

What a Christmas surprise to find my long-time photo friend Michael and his wife out at Indian Lake!


10.5mm f2.8 ED G

f2.8* 1/40



* denotes that the D2h meters all AF lenses closed down all the way, so f2.8 is effectively f22

Three beauties chimping at Piccadilly Circus

Great to see others doing the chimp!Wonder what they got?

Walked upstairs this afternoon and was surprised by this Red-Shouldered Hawk perched in my tree. Unfortunately these "grab shots" were taken through a glass door and with a couple inappropriate camera settings. The hawk left while I was chimping to make better settings and open the door.

Shot through a double convex glass. Inspired by Sam Hurd Lens Chimping method.

I took my brand spankin' new 5D Mark II for its first test drive this evening, and wow, I'm impressed!


I was afraid that my plans to capture the full moonrise with the Bridge and skyline would be scuttled by this nasty little storm system we have moving through the Bay, but tonight was a night when patience paid off. I waited for an hour past moonrise for the thick clouds to move when they finally cleared enough to see the moon... and it appeared right above the south tower. I quickly nabbed a couple of shots before the clouds obscured the moon again. The weird ghosting is because a cloud passed over the moon during the exposure, and the moon moved that much during the 25-second exposure. It's a little weird, but I thought it was interesting.


Anyway, back to the new toy! My favorite thing about it so far is the stunning native resolution and color saturation, which blows the 5D classic out of the water. The huge, sharp LCD is awesome, although it encourages far too much chimping :) The negatives are minor, but they're there: the delete button is where the playback button was on the 5D, so that'll take some getting used to, and hopefully won't involve accidental image deletion. The camera is a little bulkier in my small hands. And the menu system is way too complicated... I preferred the 5D's. I haven't upgraded the firmware, though, so that might be resolved in the new update. I can't wait to put it through its full paces.


Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 100-400L, f/6.3 @ 25s, ISO 50.


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Of course he is chimping. Look I can even see his smile whilst viewing the back of his Canon 5D MKIII camera. I know it is his new toy. A friend from our camera club on the World Wide Photo Walk in Cairns. This is at the Lagoon Pool on the Esplanade. He is actually sitting on the seawall, but you would think he is cooling his heels :-) Have a happy weekend tweets.

I could catch a yawn of Radja, but it was stressful because I was 'chimping' and saw him yawn, I could take the picture but the framing is a bit bad, the top of his head is cropped.

Anyway, I thought it would be a fun picture to upload! :)

View On Black

It was amazing how long he stayed in that position unknowing to me taking the brackets

yep... got married yesterday. a small, casual little to do at the beach. some would say its about time.. considering our kiddo is almost 8.


and of course, it wouldn't be quite right unless i was having issues with my camera. but ya know... photos aren't everything. so this one is a bit blurry, and i wish i had noticed those folks haning out back there (chimping no less.. he he) .. but i still love it. represents the day.. and i think it is super cool you can see my bouquet.


hope you all had a fabulous weekend. will be catching up for reals during the next couple days.

Photography is truly a universal language. This novice said he prefers Nikon, I think it is the ergonomics. All Buddhists must ponder the universal question, was the Buddha a Nikon or Canon devote, or does it really matter?

A stacked sequence of 5 photos taken over a four minute period on Pi day (March 14, 2013). Fortunately other observers happened to stakeout the same spot and a young woman spotted the comet with a borrowed pair of binoculars after waiting in the cold for over a half-hour. I just aimed and hoped for the best.


Taken with my very new-to-me Nikon D600 and not so new 300/2.8.


Although I was chimping these shots, I hadn't noticed the star trails until I got home. Otherwise I would've switched to ISO 1600 and shortened the exposure time accordingly. The noise performance is definitely an improvement over the D700.


Pan-STARRS = Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System

Más que un lugar con magia, yo diría que es un ser que da magia a cualquier lugar por el que pase.


Caught this photographer chimping in Victoria's Chinatown. I just thought it was funny, but I'm not making fun because we all do it. Funny because I knew she just got me in her photo. Maybe I'm just in a weird mood right now.


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