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The Village Square

Taken in The Village at noon last Friday, about an hour or so before Metal, Brick, and Glass. Again, with my D300 / 14 mm combo.

I hate this area. Abhor it. Full of tourists (foreign and otherwise) and trendy/chic people with whom I’ve got next to nothing in common. If it weren’t for the Apple store, or a Belgian beer pub called The Tree, I wouldn’t visit there at all. Okay, well, Blue Frog ain’t bad either, but that’s it.

The place is usually chockablock full of people. It was cool to take a photo of the square when it was relatively empty.

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Wild Horses

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harbin_International_Ice_and_Snow_Sculpture_Festival

Composite of five shots taken with my D300 and 50 mm f/1.4. Wasn’t able to get the framing right individually, so I put them together with Photoshop. Pretty impressed with the smallness of the grain even though I had the ISO cranked to 3200.

Snow Buddha

Harbin is cold during the day, and much colder at night… so cold that the battery in my DMC-GX7 gave up the ghost after only a few shots.

Thankfully, I had along my D300 with an MB-D10 battery pack attached. Had no shortage of juice with this setup.

The above picture was taken on an Oben CT-3510 Tripod with BB-0T Ball Head (very glad that I decided to go with a light and compact tripod), with a 50 mm f/1.4 attached and an ISO of 3200 (had it cranked-up because I was also attempting hand-held shots… emphasis on attempting).

Developing the shot in Lightroom was a bit of a challenge. The original came-out really orangish. I ended-up dialing back the Temp a lot, with decreases in Clarity and Vibrance as well.

I hope this captures something of the scale… I think he was something like 20 meters high, and seated on top a snow mountain that was even taller.

A Bit of Color

Adding a bit of color to compensate for the last two posts. Today I did my first two open-water dives. It has been an amazing experience. Still getting my qualification and going through proficiencies, but also able to just slow down and look in wonder at what is around me.

This is a detail from a larger shot taken with my AW120 camera, and developed using Lightroom 5.6 software. I set the white balance automatically using Lightroom.

Tower and Refelction

Here’s one of the first pictures taken with my new Nikon Coolpix AW120. It is, without a doubt one of the ugliest cameras that I’ve ever used (the image on the link is the front of the camera, folks), but it does seem to do an extremely good job taking photos in and underwater. We’ll be testing the underwater part more thoroughly in a few days when we start work on our PADI SCUBA ceritification.