Pretty sure this is an Osprey perched atop a T.V. antenna. Again, I always say this: I love it when I have big dark clouds in the background with the light of the sun illuminating the subject. It just makes the best photos.
Sometimes mother nature just doesn't quite cooperate. That's when you gotta just do the best you can. If the shot isn't there it's time to play around with different technique and use your imagination. I knew I wasn't going to get a great shot of the full super moon with all the different layers of storm clouds. So I just played around and tried some different things and came up with this photo below. At a 2 minute exposure I'm surprised the clouds aren't more blurry, but I like the smoothness of the ocean and the semi crisp clouds with the super moon rising behind them.
The super moon rising up in the east through the thick dark clouds. I barely got this shot off and just like that, it was gone. Completely covered by the multiple depths and layers of storm clouds.
I've really been pushing this little camera to see how well it stacks up to my Nikon D700. Even though the sensor is APC I am getting terrific results. In some cases I am getting some banding (lines that go across the image) but I think those show up in contrasty or darker images. So far I have to conclude: why will I ever buy a 3k camera body again. My Nikon is a fantastic camera and I will probably still use it as long as it works. My motto has always been this: it doesn't really matter, in most cases, what camera you use, it's how you use it. If you learn the fundamentals of photography you can achieve professional results with just about any camera. (Take a look at my W.I.S.E. page.) Also see my GoPro Pix here
I was down filming and taking photos at the beach with the Sony a6000. There were numerous rainbows out. I saw the Victory Casino Cruise heading out for their nightly voyage going right under a rainbow. Can't get any better than that. Cha-Ching!
Shot with Sony a6000 / Sigma Art Lens 60mm / 50 bit rate / Graded in Adobe Premiere
One of the main things I wanted to know about the Sony a6000 was could I use my Nikon SB 900 & Nikon SB 800 Flashes with my Nikon Pocket Wizards. The answer is Yes! I actually think the pocket wizards work better on the Sony than on my Nikon D700. I had zero mis-fires, where as on my D700, I was always fiddling with the pocket wizards to work properly and even trigger. To get the pocket wizards to work on the Sony a6000 I had to go into the software and make them basic triggers, this means you have to work with your flashes manually no TTL. I also chose a channel for all of them (trigger and receiver) to share. So here is a list of the Pocket Wizard transmitters and receivers I got to work on the Sony a6000:
The only difference between the Nikon D700 & a6000 is sync speed, I can only get 1/160th max sync on the Sony a6000 with no TTL, but it's not that difficult to work the flashes manually.
Hopefully this will help others with this decision because it concerned me for the longest time and was the only decision not to buy the Sony a6000 because I have so much invested in my Nikon. Side note: the files seem to be way sharper than my D700 I almost don't need to sharpen them in post. The photo below was shot on standard profile
We're getting closer to Fall and the sun is changing, hitting the glass on my front door. I looked down to see all these curvy lines of light and snapped a pic of what looks to me like the Virgin Mary. Interesting photos in the most unlikely places.
In this scene I wanted to see how well the low lights did with the highlights. I exposed for the sky and brought out the details in the foreground in post. The Sony raw file holds up pretty well, not quite as good as my Nikon D700 but I think it's good enough, enough so, you wouldn't be able to tell what camera or size of sensor took the photo.
Testing late evening colors with the Sony a6000.
As I continue to test my Sony a6000 camera and push the raw files I am very impressed. The raw files aren't as good as my Nikon NEF's but they are really close. It must be the difference between the Sony's 12 bit raw and the Nikon's 14 bit raw. None the less, this camera is keeping up with my Nikon D700 and then some. I'm really enjoying the small form factor and portability of this power-packed camera. Image below: Black & White Double Rainbow
A road with no cars on it! That's what a good thunderstorm will do, get everyone off the roads so us photographers can capture a scene. I just really liked how this road looked as it led down into the glowing sky, then add to that the "do not enter" sign. - ominous
I ran down to the beach with my Sony a6000 right after a big thunderstorm. I was hoping to catch the lightning offshore but instead there were rainbows everywhere. Gotta love the double rainbow action.
As I wait for my son to round the slide to get an action shot, he stopped himself and looked directly back at the light. This just made for a really cool shot. Being ready for randomness in photography is what really creates magical moments.
I've been shooting some test photos with the, not so new, Sony A6000. I think it has been out for a little over a year now. I have to say, it competes very well against my Nikon D700. At 1600 ISO the Nikon D700 is much cleaner than the Sony A6000 but I don't shoot all that much at that high of ISO. I'm also using the Sigma 19mm & 60mm Lens. Very, very impressed with this little camera
One of my clients aranchodeluxe.com had me come out to photograph their property. One of the shots they wanted is of their new water truck. You don't usually get clouds out in Los Angeles but this day we had perfect clouds. I got many shots of the truck but this one is my favorite. I set my camera down right on the ground, added a rock just under my lens to prop the camera up just a bit then took the shot. Getting the shot from an unusual angle makes for a more interesting photograph; it almost looks like a timelapse.