Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New Hasselblad H5D-200c

New Hasselblad H5D-200c

Technical Info

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Pentax 645D Price Drop

Shutterbug Magazine posts about a HUGE price drop on the Pentax 645D 40MP medium format digital camera.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Super Moon Sunday

Once again, a great opportunity for photographing The Moon (Earth's natural satellite) is upon us.

 They call it a Super Moon, but all it really means is the Moon is at perigee while it is full. The technical name is the perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system. Perigee is when it's very slightly elliptical orbit is closest to Earth. When this happens at the same time it is full, it makes a brighter Moon. It actually happens on the average several times a year. This month, the full Moon is very close in time to perigee, so it will be near the brightest and biggest it can be.

So, tomorrow night, August 10th, use my new sky map and go see the Moon. Hint, near 10:00pm, it will be high enough up in the ESE sky to see it clearly. If you scout out ahead of time, you might a good foreground subject for right as it crosses the horizon a bit earlier.

If you stay up to the early morning hours, say 3:00-4:00am, you might see some good meteors from this year's Perseid meteor shower. Hints for viewing a meteor shower.

Enjoy this astronomical Sunday night through Monday morning!

Sky Map

current night sky over Oklahoma City, OK
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Samples of Available Services

First up are some finished ads for a couple of commercial properties Steve's Fine Finish did the photography for.

Please note: Steve's Fine Finish does not do the finished ads, only the principle photography. The ads are property of the owners and the ad provider.

Ad #2

Have you seen the Homeland flyer on Guiding Stars Nutritional Information? Pick one up. That's full of product shots Steve's Fine Finish  did right here in a local store.

Steve's Fine Finish Photography also does portraits. Traditional, environmental, and group.

Realty and commercial property photography available also.

Whatever your photographic needs are, Steve's Fine Finish Photography has a solution for you!

Friday, August 1, 2014

New Canon Powershot Cameras

From Adorama! (affiliate link)


Canon PowerShot SX520 HS Digital Camera, 16MP, 42x Optical Zoom (24mm to 1008mm), 1080p HD Video, Zoom Framing Assist, Optical Image Stabilizer Price: $399.99 + free US shipping

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS Digital Camera, 16MP, 30x Optical Zoom, 720 HD Video, Optical Image Stabilizer - Red
Price: $249.99 + free US shipping

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS Digital Camera, 16MP, 30x Optical Zoom, 720 HD Video, Optical Image Stabilizer - Black
Price: $249.99 + free US shipping

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Using DXO - A Review

I just downloaded the free version of Sony's DXO film emulation software. I haven't played with all the controls, but I wanted to show what the program does.

Basically, back in our film shooting days, we knew that certain brands (and certain films within those brands) had a color balance and saturation unique to themselves. 

Kodachrome gave us "nice bright colors, dreams of Summers" because it had a slightly warm color balance, deep saturation, and ultra tight grain. Fujichrome and Ektachrome tended cooler and varied in saturation among the different sub brands. 

I always looked at the film box to remember what color balance the film favored. I used Kodachrome for Autumn scenes and anything requiring perfect grain, Ektachrome for Winter, strobe, and night, Fujichrome for Spring views. Worked well for me.

The color negative films were often color corrected in printing, but they had some distinct characteristics as well. Contrast seemed to be the biggest difference.

B&W was adjustable in so many ways. Different chemicals,  printing choices, even time and temp of the chems. Still, they had differences, too, especially in grain and contrast.

Then, cross processing adds its own unique looks, adjustable to a great degree. Develop E-6 chromes in C-41, or color neg film in slide film chemicals. Lots of interesting looks.

So, now you can do all that again. Open up your finished JPEG, choose what film preset to use, and let DXO do its stuff. I used minimal compression and got some large, sharp files. I left everything else at DXO factory presets. Adjustments, besides film type, include intensity of the film type, contrast, saturation, exposure, and film grain.

I was pleased overall. This program (and others like it, including Lightroom and Photoshop plug ins) have some good uses and results.

I chose one image of mine to illustrate below. There are more film presets in the program, these are just some highlights.

Original image file, shot in Nikon RAW, processed to finish with Adobe Photoshop and ACDSee:
Fuji Superia Reala 100
Fuji Velvia 50
Kodachrome 25

Kodak Elite Color 200
Ilford XP2

Kodak T-Max 100
Polaroid 672 pack film
Kodak Cross Process