a teatray in the sky

steel city, second take

Posted in 5D Mark II, Architecture, Pennsylvania, Photography, Pittsburgh by firthefirst on August 31, 2010

keeping the commentary on mute today. (more…)

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steel city, first take

Posted in 5D Mark II, Architecture, Pennsylvania, Photography, Pittsburgh by firthefirst on August 30, 2010

starting to count down the days before the wedding.  easy week at work? … please.  juggling like a circus act.  wanted to clear out some of the backlog from the trip tina and I took to pittsburgh over memorial day weekend, and realized all over again what a fantastic place the burgh is. (more…)

f/2.8 and be there

Posted in 5D Mark II, Pennsylvania, Photography, Pittsburgh, Technique and Development by firthefirst on July 23, 2010

didn’t seem to work out quite the way I thought it would.  perhaps you’ve heard of the technical term “f/8 and be there.”  photojournalists shoot like this because they need the detail captured in the deep DOF, and because they need one less button to worry about while getting that critical shot without being shot by a non-camera weapon.  for landscape photographers, I guess the rule is probably “f/16 and be there before sunrise.”  but for almost everyone else (wedding photogs, portraitists, hipsters), you could really say the opposite, that the less DOF you have the more artsy your shot will have: “f/2.8 and be there.”

I think the majority of photographers out there now probably spend 80% or more of their time shooting at f/4 or less.  it’s not a bad thing, unless you start to take shooting wide open for granted.  a mistake I made during my trip to the National Aviary in Pittsburgh. (more…)