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Archive for January, 2010

More to love with a point-and-shoot!

So all you have is a point-and-shoot camera? Cry me a river.

The Abyss

Well aware of today’s inclement weather, I’ve headed out with a friend to traverse some streets and see what we can see – this time armed with only my Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd instead of a bloated dSLR. Lo-and-behold, the limitations present in the totally automatic FinePix made for a fun exercise in the visual senses.

I’m an advocate of the less-is-more adage and so always head out the door with only a single lens attached to my D300; carrying anything more gives me an excuse to be too playful when faced with a subject instead of honing my eye and forcing myself to be more creative when I’m locked-in with a single lens. This doesn’t ring any more true than with a point-and-shoot.

Say Hello to my Little Friend

I’m not claiming to be a good photographer by any stretch (“…just a man with a cam…”), but carrying a basic, no-frills camera lets you see more, period. I think this is why people are fascinated with LOMOs, Holgas and plastic toy cameras…not for what they offer, but for what they take away; you’re forced to be more creative to get an intriguing shot.

My Z5 is so limiting in fact, that I have no creative control over shutter speed, aperture or exposure, thereby really forcing out some creative juices :)  Oh, it’s only 5 megapixel and shoots only JPEGs, too, which means smaller pictures that are quicker to process. Woohoo!

Not that all these pics are fantastic, but they certainly present a different take on subjects that I would otherwise pass up when armed with my D300.

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Shrouded in Secrecy
The Long Ride Up


The Year Of...

No Drinks Allowed


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Who Would’ve Thought?

So anytime I find myself in a speeding car traversing an empty tunnel, I’m always willing to stick out the camera for a shot or two. I’ve done this before and no, I’m not the one behind the wheel ;)

Traffic Ticket

We were pulled over immediately after snapping the above and my friend driving the car, Youkie, was handed a nasty ticket. But for what?

a) Speeding.

b) Hanging my camera out the window.

c) Driving in the wrong lane.

d) Indecent exposure.

I had butterflies in my stomache fearing I’ve caused the ticket with my camera, but the correct answer is c. Apparently you can’t drive in the right-most lane (the “passing” lane) when passing through a tunnel in Japan. Who knew.


So I’ve just come back from Japan with a corrupt CF card containing hundreds of pictures of Mt. Fuji.

What happened?

After shooting for a day close to Mt. Fuji, I was eager to process and upload some shots to Flickr. I was too hasty and, not being able to locate a USB key to save the shot to in order to upload from an Internet-ready PC, I saved the shot back to the CF card while it was still in my D300 connected to my laptop. I was able to upload a single shot but was unable to access the card afterward.

The card was initially formatted in-camera, the shots were taken, and I saved the aforementioned picture back to it while in Adobe Lightroom, which I suspect is the problem. Reading the camera’s card on a computer is OK, but now I’ve learned never to copy files back to it. Corruption from writing “cross-platform” like this to a Nikon-formatted CF card is probably a rare occurrence though I certainly won’t make the same mistake again.

A friend hooked me up with some recovery software which I’ve yet to try. Keeping my fingers crossed :)