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Five minutes for attempted world domination

Half Moon

July 21, 2013 at 02:28 PM | categories: Five Hole Photo | View Comments

This photo was taken in the same set that I shot when I posted a photo playing with white balance. After previous attempts at shooting the moon, the one thing I learned about it was to treat it like shooting the sun. That is, treat it like a light source. I usually ended up overexposing the moon itself before learning this fact. This shot turned out really well.

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f/5.6, 1/10th sec, ISO 400

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Guard Tower

June 30, 2013 at 11:40 PM | categories: Five Hole Photo | View Comments

I took this photo on the crazy long walk from the city wall entrance to the inner door to the Forbidden City in Beijing. That's right, getting inside the giant wall does not actually get you into the city where the emperor lived, merely just a long pathway to a door that leads into the city.

The guard tower in the picture is one of many that dots the walls surrounding the city. Emperors had it good back in the day. You know, aside from the constant plots to murder them by people wanting to grab power. But what power it was.

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f/8, 1/800th sec, ISO 400

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Plank Hole

June 15, 2013 at 01:20 PM | categories: Five Hole Photo | View Comments

This is another picture from the set I took viewing things from the ground. Looking straight down made it just another hole in a walkway in North Vancouver. I found the background much more interesting once I knelt down and focused on the hole. Bokeh is neat.

Plank Hole

f/2.8, 1/250th sec, ISO 100

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River View

June 02, 2013 at 09:55 PM | categories: Five Hole Photo | View Comments

The Rocky Mountaineer train up to Whistler is a pretty scenic trip. It's kind of expensive, but if you can find a Groupon or some other kind of coupon for $99 like I did, it's worth doing. The trip takes a couple of hours and you see some cool things on the way there and back.

This shot is of a river that the train passed on the way up to Whistler. At this point, the cloud cover started drifing over the train, which allowed for some overcast lighting. Hooray for natural diffusion of light!

River View

f/4.5, 1/800th sec, ISO 400

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White balance fun

April 30, 2013 at 07:25 PM | categories: Five Hole Photo | View Comments

I was sitting up near the Horizons restaurant on Burnaby Mountain hoping to capture a picture of the Northern Lights. That night they were supposed to be their brightest in the quarter. Due to the light pollution from the parking lot and the city, they ended up not being visible from my vantage point. Some reading told me it has to be really dark, and even then it requires some post.

Not all was lost though, I managed to get some pictures of the moon and other night shots. One of those night shots was this one, where I goofed around with the white balance to make the night sky blue. I'll post one of the moon shots later, which turned out better than when I shot the Supermoon.

White balance fun

f/4.0, 8 secs, ISO 200

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