These are from way back around Halloween, I went to crew the Halloween Bop in Venue 1 & thought I’d try & get some nice light trails from the moving lights.
These were all shot with the kit lens, hand-held with ~2 second exposures so I’m quite surprised any of them came out at all.
Definitely going to take a tripod one day & attempt this properly, maybe leave the body on interval shooting or something.
The venue doesn’t always have the scary face hanging down the back, it was just a Halloween thing.
All of these lights are controlled from the Pearl 2000 you saw in yesterday’s post
I wanted to try & catch some of the beams in the air with the haze, but because the kit lens is quite slow (3.5-5.6) I had to crank the sensitivity up to 3200. Haven’t tried putting them through Noise Ninja yet, need to find a way to integrate it into Lightroom because opening the image in Photoshop just to use Noise Ninja is a bit long-winded.
U2 Rattle and Hum anybody?
A quick shot of the Pearl 2000 lighting desk I use in the Union during Bops, etc.
New Sigma has some ridiculous bokeh when shot wide open at it’s minimum focusing distance! Is taking photos of my revision counted as procrastination?
I never did a post when I got my new dSLR, but today I took delivery of a new lens so I figured it was worth showing you what I shoot with. This here is my Pentax K20D with the Pentax D-BG2 & my brand new Sigma 28mm F1.8 EX DG Aspherical Macro (quite a mouthful I know). I wanted a ‘standard’ fast prime like the 50mm f1.7 is on 35mm bodies, but on the K20d with its APS-C sensor the crop/zoom turns it into a 75mm equivalent, which is too long for a standard walkaround lens. The 28mm works out as 43mm, which is just about perfect :)
Don’t really have any time to test it out though, because it’s slap bang in the middle of revision/exam season here. But after exams I’ve got a full 20(!) days before semester 2 teaching starts, so hopefully there will be lots of time to play. From what little I’ve used it, it seems to focus perfectly without the reported front/back focus issues that have supposedly plagued the newer HSM Sigmas (this older model uses the screw focus) & the minimum focussing distance of 20cm is rubbish – the thing focusses so close you can almost have the hood touching the subject!