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Dubrovnik, Croatia at the Magic Hour

This is an evening scene taken just as we were leaving Dubrovnik, Croatia to reboard our Windstar ship, the WindSurf, the largest sailing yacht in the world, carrying only 308 “pampered guests.”  I love this time of the evening–about an hour after sunset–when the sky is a deep azure blue, just before it turns an inky black.  We visited three cities in beautiful Croatia, Rovinj, Split, and Dubrovnik, called by Lord Byron “the Pearl of the Adriatic.”    I’ll try to post one or two more from Dubrovnik, and then later, I’ll add one from each of the other two towns. 

Note:  I love the way my D90 deftly handles noise in low-light photos, even at an ISO of 3200.

Nikon D90, 18 mm, ISO 3200 (handheld!), f 3.5, 1/25 with 18-200 VR stabilized lens

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Santa Maria Della Salute n Venice

Santa Maria Della Salute in Venice

This is a view of the Santa Maria della Salute Church in Venice.  It is a great example of Venetian Byzantine Architecture.  According to Wikipedia, “Starting in the Summer of 1629, a wave of the plague assaulted Venice, and over the next two years killed nearly a third of the population.”   By October of 1630, almost 50,000 citizens had been killed by plague, and the Venetian Senate made a plea to God—that if  God would end the plague, they would build a Basilica in honor of the Virgin Mary.  The plague did end soon afterwards, and the church was built  at the intersecton of the Grand Canal and St. Mark’s Basin.

Settings:  Nikon D90, ISO 640, Nikon 18-200 VR, 105 mm, f4.0, 1/50 sec (handheld), -1.00 exposure) 

 Note:  I love the lack of noise in low light images with both by D90 and (to an even greater extent) by my D700.

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Moonrise at Arches

Moonrise at Arches

 

I arrived at Utah’s Arches National Park later than I planned on September 14 this past year.  Still, I was fortunate to get a lovely moonrise and some gorgeous colors (deepened a bit on Picassa).  I hope to show some daytime shots of Arches, Bryce, and Zion soon.  Utah was fantastic.  I had no idea!

Panasonic Lumix TZ5   f3.4   focal length 30 mm

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Boston Skyline Featuring Zakim-Bunker Hill Bridge

Boston Skyline Featuring Zakim-Bunker Hill Bridge

This, again, is the Boston Skyline, but this time you can see the Leonard P. Zakim-Bunker Hill Bridge on the right.  That’s also Boston’s  famous Old North Church behind the bridge.  Finally, off to the left is Boston Garden (actually named the TD Banknorth Garden.)  This is my second attempt at an HDR (High Dynamic Range) image, but it’s actually only one image with a faux HDR look, courtesy of Redynamix, Photoshop Elements 6.0, and Picassa 3.1.  I know that it’s a bit on the artistic/creative side, but the original was rather plain, and not too inspiring.  I enjoyed creating this version.  The original data is as follows:

Nikon D200, ISO 100, exposure of 8.0 seconds at f5.6, +2/3, focal length of 170 (255–35mm equivalent)

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A Winter Wonderland of a Different Sort

A Winter Wonderland of a Different Sort

 

February 20, 2008 was a clear, frigid night.  I set up my tripod at about 9:15 p.m. and made my first exposures at about 9:35 p.m.  I had my Nikon D200 set on remote control, and I remember that my hands kept freezing up as I removed my warm gloves to press the shutter release repeatedly.  I took my last photo of this full lunar eclipse at 2:37 A.M. the next morning (Feb. 21) .  In total, I make 216 exposures at varying apertures and shutter speeds.  I tried matrix metering and center-weighted metering, but I had the most success with spot-metering.  Again, I varied exposure, but I usually underexposed by one to three full stops.  I used ISO’s ranging from 500 to 1000 and apertures from 5.6-11.  I created the moon collage over the next several days, and then photographed the town hall on a clear night about a week later.  I combined the photos in Photoshop Elements 6.0.

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Evening at Mt. Rushmore

Evening at Mt. Rushmore

This photo was taken at the special evening program which was lovely–very patriotic and educational, as well.  It focused on the accomplishments of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, (Teddy) Roosevelt, and Lincoln.  I used my Canon EOS Rebel XT for this shot, though I also shot it with my Nikon D200 and my Panasonic Lumix TZ5.  (f 4.0, ISO 1600)

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