Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Tuesday April 21st

Hello all. It's been a few days since my last visit to the blog o sphere. There's been some news, and happenings since then. First Mark Fidrych (the Bird) died on April 13th. He was a legendary pitcher, and friend of Joe McNally. Besides that he was a great person, and wonderful father. I remember watching him play as a kid. RIP. Also there is another great rebate on Sandisk compact flash cards right now. I get mine from Midwest Photo Exchange but I imagine the rebate applies to any authorized Sandisk distributor.

For those who don't know, Zoo blooms is in full swing right now at the Cincinnati Zoo. They have thousands of different types of flowers(i'm not going to pretend to know them all) planted pretty much everywhere. I was there the other day with the family and there were tons of photogs there enjoying flower photo making. If you haven't been there yet, be sure to stop by soon, the flowers won't be there too much longer.

The Butterfly show started this past weekend at the Krohn conservatory. This years theme is "flowers with wings". If you've never been, it's a great event to attend. The admission price is $6.00 per person or if you plan on going multiple times, you can buy an unlimited pass for $10 and you get a wonderful little lapel pin. Great time if you get a chance to go.

There is a wonderful photo opportunity coming up in June at the Union Terminal. The Heritage Program Tours is doing a tour of restored rooms/places in the Union Terminal downtown. The fee for the tour is $30 but you get access to normally not open to the public areas. Click on the link above for more information.

So with the introduction of the Nikon D5000 and all of its new "scene modes" the question has come up, what do I think about all of the scene modes and Should someone use them. First let me explain again that the D5000 is a consumer SLR, and being a consumer SLR it is designed for the general public. Since it's designed for the general public, it is made so that anyone that's ever used a digital camera can take it out of the box, and without reading the manual make decent pictures. So if you are a general public type of shooter(which I hope no one reading this is) the scene modes work great. For everyone else, lets take a little more control of the camera shall we... If we look at what the scene modes do, we quickly realize that we can do all of these things with our other settings(A,S,M,P) For example in the "sports" mode or the little guy lookin like he's running, the camera has a bias toward faster shutter speeds to help freeze the action. This can also be done in shutter priority mode, but in Shutter priority mode you pick the shutter speed, not the camera. In "sports mode" the camera automatically switches to continues focus mode. Again you can do this in any of the above listed modes yourself. There are a few more examples but you get the idea. So why would we want to do all of this stuff ourselves instead of just letting the camera pick for us? Creativity. What if you only want to go to 1/250th of a second instead of 1/500th of a second so that you can keep a little lower aperture? You have to do it in Shutter priority mode. You can't tell the camera, ok in sports mode I want you to pick the fastest shutter speed, but only up to 1/250th... I know Scott and Matt over at Nikon Dtown talked the scene modes up, but lets face it, they're on the Nikon payroll. They have to say those things. If you're serious about photography(and if you're reading this I'm sure you are), scene modes aren't for you.

Alright, gotta run. See everyone tomorrow. Jason

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