Sunday, June 22, 2008

Testing, testing...

When one wants to test a new camera one of course wants to have perfect conditions - or does one? Maybe it is best to make it a bit difficult: no sun, grey sky, a threat of rain etc. In that case I was lucky with my excursions.

The first example is of a kind well known to those who have passed by my blog a few times - a cruise-ship shot from my terrace. In this case it was the "Costa Atlantica", a regular visitor to Bergen. An easy one.


The next one is taken a bit higher up and facing southwards. The ship is "Scandinavian Queen" - the ferry between Bergen and Newcastle in the UK. For the specially interested, Bergen Airport Flesland can be seen slightly left of centre. Not too hard that one either.


Now it gets worse. Small white flowers in the shadows beneath a bush. I couldn't have managed this one quite as well with the "old" one.


Then on to more flowers. These were tiny and had a guest. I have never been good at this kind of photography, but it is one of the better ones I have managed.


So - keep on trying!

19 comments:

Wilma said...

Mummy and Daddy are going on a ferry later this week, so they'll be packing me off to the doggy hotel!
They dont know I know, but I saw the maps and the bags are in the porch!

GAWO said...

Fy søren! Du har vikelig funnet et kjempegodt kamera. Og med deg som fotograf blir jo dette knallbra. Ahhh, jeg irriterer meg over at det er så mye jeg ikke får til med mitt kamera. Jeg kan altfor lite.

Du har en utsikt som kan ta pusten fra oss alle. Tenk å ha sånne flotte skip seilende forbi. Jeg ser rett inn i granskogen og der er det ikke så mye spennende. Så da blir det heller turer hit og dit når jeg skal ta bilder.

Baba said...

Pretty shots.
The macro of the bee on the white flowers is of a stunning beauty!! And the ferri... Oh!! as i would like to be in the and to walk through those water.

Dina said...

Lookin' good!

evlahos said...

just perfect. well done

Old Wom Tigley said...

Testing seems to be going very well.. nice work of the bee..

Kerri said...

Oh these are Fabulous! I LOVE the one with the Bee! Looks like you are coming right along with that new camera! I am envious!

Marie said...

Gratulerer med nytt kamera! God fotograf har du vore lenge! Betre utstyr gjev betre bilde, men uansett må fotografen ha sans for fotografering, og det har du!!!

Ha ei fin veke :)

Jim said...

Nice metering pattern and exposure that 40D delivered for you, Rune.

I'd say the top and bottom photos are the best.

1. The ship does not appear to have totally blown out highlights--rather, very realistic under that wonderfully overcast sky (but let's see what it does on a sunny, clear day). A nearly pure white (255/255/255) looks like it might be on that doppler? ball mid-ship and the area under the "C" on the stack.

2. White flowers in shade are handeled very well and there's some blotchy detail in the background.

3. The extremes in EV between the white flowers and black bands of the bee were handled extremely well and very properly exposed. Congratulations.

Too bad an ocean separates us, else I'd have you out for some real exposure challenges to see how your model (and you) responds. OTOH, I think you know more than enough to do that yourself.

Looking for more photos from you.

Jim

RuneE said...

Jim: Thank you for the pleasant comment! For the first ship i used no changes to the EV, but with the other ones I had a minus -1/3. It seems to me that this one gives slightly darker (or has a larger dynamic range?) than the the 300D. I would like that very much. I have tested some more, but they are on my Norwegian Blog

For The People said...

Those are awesome picture!

Alan said...

Congrats on the new 40D. I have been debating one for a while. Maybe next year I will get one (or whatever newer model might be available by then - they come out with new models so rapidly these days). Have fun! :)

detroit dog said...

Very nice nature shots, Rune. You can really tell the difference in cameras. The daisies look especially lovely.

Hyde DP said...

I seem to be doing quite well with zoom shots but good macros still elude me.

reader Wil said...

Wonderful photos and Bergen looks so mysterious with the distant mountains. With every new letter of the alphabeth I am tempted to use it for a Norwegian place or story. I really hope you don't mind. The flowers are superb.You have a good eye for photography as well as an excellent camera, I think.

Dick said...

Fantastic macro.

Jerez said...

I want that mum!

Lynette said...

Yes, do keep trying. It's always a toss-up for me and my trusty Nikon D50 as to what will really be there upon download, but it's still thrilling fun to take the photos and hope. I'm tickled to see Wilma's comment about her folks and the ferry. That looks like quite a voyage.

About my sunflower shot and wondering how I did it, take a look at my blog later today to see more of them and how the potted plants were arranged at Pioneer Courthouse Square--easy.

Catatan perjalanan said...

Nice .. impresive