Flower Photos by John Cecilian

I took several flower photos that I particularly liked yesterday, and I kept some parameters in my mind when I did so. I recently went to the Philly Flower Show and it was an extravaganza for flowers. What disappointed me however, was my photo taking at the show. For the photographers out there, it seems that if you don't keep in mind that you are inside, want the whole flower in focus and don't want to crank up the ISO, can't have a tripod to carry around, it becomes more difficult to take a really good close up of a flower. This is especially true when the camera and lens you use do not have image stabilization. To explain this for non photographers, you need a small aperture to have a large depth of field, so maybe F8 or F11. You want a faster shutter speed so there will be no camera shake to impact the sharpness, and the third point of the exposure triangle is ISO and the first two parameters mean that ISO goes into territory that might create too much noise (ISO 3200 or 6400) It becomes more challenging and technique needs to be spot on which I wasn't that great at doing for some reason. 

Anyway, my flower shots yesterday were all outside, so much better scenario since more light means more options for the exposure triangle. Here is one:

Dog Days Already? by John Cecilian

Its going to be in the 90's for the second day in a row here in New Jersey and it is only mid May. Seems like summer has already come. Perhaps the days will cool off soon and we can get back to normal weather for the middle of spring, but maybe not. The dogs in our life are even more lazy then they usually are. Just hanging around the house. 

My camera Fuji X100 by John Cecilian

I have decided on a Fuji X100 for my camera. I have probably tried virtually every camera and most lenses, from Nikon D810 to Sony A7R II, Olympus and everything in between. 

This camera is a great choice because it limits my selection to just one camera and one lens. I don't have to think about the next latest and greatest lens to lust after,  and I don't have to worry about which lens I should bring when I go out to shoot some photos, The IQ on this camera is great, it has enough megapixels to be able to print at any of the sizes I like. I am happy with my choice and it should cover any thing I want to shoot except for the little bird 50 yards away. 

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New Blogging by John Cecilian

I figure that it will be worthwhile to write stuff I am interested in related to photography. Having gotten the "bug" of taking photos all the time, I might as well write about it as well. 

I assume that initially I will be writing solely for myself since no one knows that I am here and sharing my thoughts but perhaps over time I will get some meager following.