The other day, I stumbled across this girl’s website who does some very cool “levitation photography”. It’s tough to explain, but you should definitely check it out here. The concept is pretty simple. Use high shutter speeds, and try to capture yourself in a position where you could appear to be levitating (rather than just jumping, which is exactly what you’re doing).

I’m not sure I was totally successful in my first two attempts. I’ll see if I can’t improve on it in the future.

Floating? Not quite. Just like David Blaine

Self Portrait on Swings

Found a small playground in downtown SD near the convention center. Set up my tripod to attempt to put together a multiple exposure shot.

I didn’t get as long to work with this as I’d like, as a family showed up and wanted to use the swings (and was wondering what this guy was doing, with a camera, tripod, and standing on the swing set).

A "swinging" good time.

A brief description of how I put this together, after the jump.

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Dream – A Pentaptych

Stumbled across a statue garden in downtown SD this morning that had a set of statues as a tribute to the deaf community. Figured it would give me an opportunity to learn how to do a “collage” in post-processing. The most common form of this is a triptych (a series of three photographs or panels that can go together, but given the nature of the subject, I suppose I made it into a pentaptych).


Adventures in DoF (Depth of Field)

Spent some time at Balboa Park trying to play around with depth of field on my new camera and lenses.

This first example shows a comparison of how finely you can control the depth of field and focus points. This is a pitcher plant (a totally cool carnivorous plant), with the focus points in two different spots (the first on the little “teeth” on the left, and the second on the bottom “lip” on the right.

In this next photo, I was trying to reduce the depth of field as much as possible. It’s taken at a focal length of 250mm, and a f5.6 (as wide open as my lens gets at that zoom). As you can see, the DoF is impossibly shallow. I thought I had the fig in focus, but it looks like I focused in on just the upper right of the stem, which left the fruit itself blurred.