Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast

This is one of my earliest pictures I took with my Nikon FG camera back in the mid-80’s, circa ’84 or ’85 when I was a teenager. My friends Victor and Willie look over a book while waiting for an elevator in one of the buildings of Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. Without the fancy aid of an LCD screen to look at a shot before or after taking a picture like we’re so used to nowadays, I discovered when I got the prints that I had greatly underexposed my shots. This particular picture proved to be … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast

Supermarket + Instagram = Fun

I hate food shopping, even more so with the significant other. When I food shop on my own, I’m equipped with a short list. I have an objective to accomplish. My motto has always been “go in and go out”. It pretty much applies to a lot of what I do. With these supermarket trips however, I usually wind up following her as I drag the cart around, with little input at times as to what goes into it. Let’s face it, veto power is totally in their hands. I feel like some sort of man-servant who’s relegated to simply … Continue reading Supermarket + Instagram = Fun

Adding Yet Another Expensive Equipment to the Camera Bag

I was in need of a new compact camera. Photographers, amateurs and pros alike, salivate over new equipment, whether it’s lenses, camera bodies, tripods, heads, bags or that new software update/upgrade to make our digital darkroom that much better or improve upon our skill, I’m no different. I’ve been looking to make this purchase for over a year now. I was patient and I was frugal. I saved up my money and dived in and made the commitment. After much reading, reviewing and comparing I narrowed it down to three cameras I had my eye on. I finally settled for … Continue reading Adding Yet Another Expensive Equipment to the Camera Bag

Scruffy Loves My New Lens

I’ve been on the fence regarding the purchase of a 50mm prime lens for my Nikon D90. In particularly, I’ve been eyeing the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D lens. Not only is the lens relatively fast but very affordable. As with all photographers, novices and professionals alike, amassing lenses is inevitable. We just love our different types of “glass” to add to our ever growing repertoire of expensive equipment. This however is not a frivolous purchase, but an absolutely necessary one. After reading my favorite photography magazine (a British magazine), Digital SLR Photography (http://www.digitalslrphoto.com), in particularly their March 2010 issue where they … Continue reading Scruffy Loves My New Lens

Tripod vs. Noxon

I’ve been in the market for a really good, solid tripod for the longest time. I’ve had a few that were flimsy and not very well constructed, ultimately breaking apart (you get what you paid for). I’m no professional photographer but I take my photography serious enough now to start considering using a quality tripod that will suit my needs. Unfortunately, I can’t afford to spend a lot of money on any one of the various Manfrotto tripods and heads. Also, with all the choices available, picking one tripod was proving to be as difficult or even more so than … Continue reading Tripod vs. Noxon