Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Frozen in the Rapids

This weekend I managed to get out of the house and go shooting with a local photographer John Brainard. It was great to get out of the house and see some areas I had not been to before. This image is from just above the Chittenango Falls near Cazenovia, NY. Due to the snow and ice, the path down to the valley floor was closed so we could not get any good views of the falls themselves, but I was able to get a few images I was happy with in other areas of the park.

The new monopod and ballhead worked great on this trip. It took some getting used to but once I got in the groove I found it to be very helpful. I was able to shoot a bit slower which meant the water got more pillowy. I was also able to use it as a boom to get some different angles. Nothing great but they were good experiments.

Lastly, I apologize for the lack of posts in February. One of my big projects this month has been to go through my library and geoencode my images. So far I am about 40% of the way through and while I will not be able to encode at least 10-15%, I do hope to be able to get most of them done. I am doing this for a few reasons. 1) I just like maps and data. I know silly but it is true. 2) With my images encoded I can see where I am getting shots on a map and look for patterns, hot spots, interesting trends, etc. and 3) more and more on-line services read the geo data and allow me to plug into a larger community of photographers who are shooting in some of the same locations I am.

Image of the day: No Fishing in the Marina (yes that is me in the background)

Thanks for stopping by.

(check out the Exif Viewer to see where this was taken)


John Brainard said...

You were taking good pictures while I was screwing around with my flash, wasting perfectly good opportunities. I need to start opening my eyes to see what's going on around me and make better use of the tools in my bag.

Why I never even thought to mount my 70-300mm lens for photos of the moving water is totally beyond me.

I like how yours turned out.

Beau A.C. Harbin said...

It's funny John. I could not help but think how lazy I was not to bring my flash and practice some of the things you were trying. Thanks.

Gareth Glynn Ash said...

Very nice work, Beau.

Beau A.C. Harbin said...

Thank you Gareth. Much appreciated. And thanks for the inclusion on your blog roll.

Anita Jesse said...

This one is gorgeous. Beautiful job with the water and you guys who talk about geoencoding are giving me fits. I don't want to want another piece of gear, but it sure would be nice.

Beau A.C. Harbin said...

Hi Anita. Thanks very much. There are pieces of gear that will do the geoencoding automagically for you, but for me I just handle it after the fact using Lightroom and Jeffrey Friedl's plugin. I know where I was pretty much when I took the picture. I am willing to give us a certain level of precision not to have to worry about playing with some other piece of tech in the field. I much prefer to work the scene and not my gear. Best wishes.