Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Ice Mosaic

My mom pointed out that my beloved ice set creates a wonderful visual pattern in thumbnails. I haven't been adding as many in the past few days, but I am very pleased with how some of the recent ones have turned out. Patterns within patterns...nifty.


Update: Our current arctic blast gave me some new material again, just when all the ice was disappearing. Weird light-bulb bubbles, crazy streaks, some cool detail swirls, and piles more. I also decided to split up the ice set into two distinct ones: Looking Into Ice (close-ups of the interiors of ice from the backyard) and Looking At Ice (naturally occurring formations).





Michelle said...

I agree with your mom. Looks fantastic.

Vicki said...

Isn't nature amazing?

On that note...Donovan succumbed to my relentless (not so subtle) hints. He surprised me with a camera! Now I need lessons. Will my demands never end?

Jeremy said...

It sure is amazing. My infatuation with ice this winter has taught me that better than ever.

Congrats on the new camera! I doubt you need lessons -- you just need to find time to use it.

Jeremy said...

Thanks, Michelle.

Ang said...

beautiful Jer!

Develo said...

The photo's are fantastic - such diversity. Are you using a polarizing filter, or are you messing around with photoshop?

I'm so thoroughly dissapointed in the focusing on my S5 IS. I've felt like throwing that thing against the wall a few times in the last week. I just can't seem to get it setup right, even using program mode, and dickering with the ISO settings. When I was using film, I'd have 3 or 4 duds in a roll, but with digital, 95% are throw-aways.

Jeremy said...

Thanks, Greg. No, I don't have a polarizer for my Canon lenses, although I should totally get one, as I've now got three lenses with a 58mm filter thread. I'm not a big photoshopper, but Flickr has a simple online photo editor called Picnik that I use for the basic stuff: straightening, cropping, brightness/contrast.

Sorry to hear about your S5 frustration. I've recommended those cameras to many people, and at least half a dozen who have bought them. Several have had the same experience as you in the first few months, but all have come to love it eventually.

By focus problems, I'm assuming you mean motion blur, as in photos that have nothing in focus? This is likely because of the camera choosing low shutter speeds when there's not enough light, and the motion of your subject or the slight shake in your hands causes blur. You're doing the right thing to focus on ISO -- on mine I always use ISO 50 outside and ISO 200 inside (anything higher is useless on mine, but 400 might work for you).

Then, if the camera is still choosing a wide-open aperture and shutter speed slower than 1/50th or so, you need to use the usual tricks -- brace the camera on something, get your subject to stop moving, and take 20 shots fast to see if one is decent. I've found that the IS system lets me hand-hold shots down to 1/20th of a second without much blur -- are you getting blur at faster speeds than that? If so, it makes me wonder if your IS is off (or not working).

There are lots of other tricks too (like using the supermacro setting, which I used for a lot of these ice shots on my S2). I wish I could sit with you for half an hour and help get it figured out. Or perhaps you need to bring it back to the store in disgust and bring home an XSi or D90, which shoots sweet video -- then you could use a 50mm f/1.4 lens and crank the ISO way up to shoot in regular indoor light...

Jules at 7-Imp said...

Ooh, yes. She's got a great point. Altogether, it's like another amazing photo.