Tip Thursday: Lens case

Posted in Tip Thursday with tags , , , on September 8, 2011 by bayouphoto

I read a lot of photography tips and web blogs to try and glean as much information as possible. I was reading one travel blog and one of his tips struck me. Always protect your lens. It went beyond the basics and said protect at all times. Never lay it on the ground, rocks on on your vehicle. Always return it to your camera bag. This will protect it from mishaps and accidents. Well, that got me to thinking and sometimes that is a dangerous thing, LOL.

I use a Lowe Pro Micro Trekker backpack camera bag for my everyday use. It is well padded and keeps my stuff organized, however when on a hiking adventure or shooting an event I like the fast access of my Humvee photography vest. However, it does not provide any protection from minor bumps or spills.

What I needed was easy on and off padded lens cases. Being the frugal person I am and with plenty of time in the yard swing I came up with a suitable solution. Enter the ubiquitous beer huggie, the neoprene stretchy kind. I happened to have one handy and I thought it would work great for standard, wide angle and short telephotos.

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as you can see it is the right height and size and will stretch to accommodate a variety of lenses. It fit my wide angle and my 100 macro.

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It even comes up over the lens hood. It has a bottom to also protect the rear lens cap and quiet it down. You could cut the bottom out of one and slide two on for a short tele like my 55-250 IS lens. The possibilities are endless. Just a little imagination and some quality yard swing time.

Topaz B&W Effects

Posted in Software/Hardware with tags , , , , , , , , on September 5, 2011 by bayouphoto

Topaz Labs makers of the fine editing software Adjust and Details just came out with their first B&W conversion software, B&W Effects. If you don’t have a B&W plug in converter it is a steal at $59.99 but for a limited time (Sept. 18) you can get it for the unheard of price $29.99. Now that is a great deal. Just use code bwandbeyond. I will try to get an overview video up soon.

On another note my nephew has finished his cancer radiation treatments, so I won’t have to be staying in Shreveport during the week. Maybe with the cooler weather and more time I can get back into the blogging swing.

Yes, this is me all the way

Posted in General, Travel with tags , , on August 23, 2011 by bayouphoto

To me researching everything about a photo destination is as important as being there.

Researching the shot

 

I hear the thunder

Posted in Nature and wildlife with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 21, 2011 by bayouphoto

How far off I sat and wondered. As I was heading home, late yesterday evening. I saw this storm gathering. When the lightning strikes started I pulled over in a hay field and quickly set up the camera. I got about 20 shots before it got too close. when I got home only one had some lightning strikes.

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Camera settings were ISO 100 f22 30 seconds using a polarizer. I post processed with Lightroom, Nik filters Pro contrast and Silver Efex 2

Dreams lost

Posted in Travel with tags , , , , , , , , on August 18, 2011 by bayouphoto

While on a photo walk I found this child’s discarded stuffed animal. I wondered what had happened. Where was the child? Why was it in this abandoned lot? How did it end up here? Is there a child out there missing this bear?

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Homeless

Posted in People with tags , , , , , , on August 17, 2011 by bayouphoto

These guys we living down by an old rail yard. They asked if I would take their photo then wanted $5 for the picture. I gave them a dollar.

I used Topaz adjust to add some drama and detail, then Silver Efex Pro 2 for the B&W

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Funky town

Posted in HDR with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2011 by bayouphoto

I  am still staying in Shreveport to help my nephew through his treatments. Early in the morning I make a photo walk. Since we are right on the edge of the old historic downtown there are many photo ops. This morning I took a new street from the hotel. I found this old corner liquor store with an old neon sign. As I got closer I realized it was now an open air coffee house, bar and dance room in the south Louisiana cajun tradition. The owner, Bill, was very nice and allowed me access  to shoot. He even invited me back for coffee and gumbo.

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It is an eclectic blend of old and new, modern and antique to make a very unique atmosphere. Thank you Bill.

Processed with Nik filters HDR Efex and Topaz Adjust