Because I Like Photography

The Spot II

Uh, I guess I missed posting an entry on this here wee blog last week. Sometimes I wish I had a lot to complain about. You know how popular whiny and complainy blogs seem to be these days. I have to admit that I quite enjoy reading such blogs, though only when I'm in a good mood and I can afford to laugh at other people's petty problems.

I've been working on my new photography portfolio. Last week I was so ready to move in to the darkside with an all-Flash portfolio site but now I'm not so sure about it anymore. For one thing, it's not really super easy to update. Not to mention that people who have Flash disabled for whatever reasons wouldn't be able to see anything and as a former web designer who always put accessibility on top of everything, it just doesn't feel right. So I guess I'm going back to square one with the site.

While we're on the topic of photography, I might be able to afford to buy a new lens soon. Yay! After checking out the prices of the Canon lenses, I entertained the thought of buying a Nikon D40 with the kit lens instead which cost about the same with the Canon lens that I want (in Canada anyway), but then decided that I want the lens more than a second DSLR camera. I'm thinking of getting the Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM because it has image stabilization and the equivalent of a 5x zoom (well, almost), but we'll see. The price might put my better half off, but personally, I think it would make a good investment.

Speaking of investments, I recently got a manual external flash off eBay to be used on a wedding shoot next month. It's a cheap Vivitar one because I didn't feel like spending hundreds of dollars on a fancypants Canon-brand flash that I would probably use only once or twice a year (I'm a natural light fanatic). I was just checking a wedding photography group on Flickr and turns out that even professional photographers prefer manual flash to the TTL one. It made me feel better for not investing too much on one. :)

We're going to the cinema tonight to see the new Harry Potter movie. Here's hoping that there won't be too many noisy and annoying kids in the theater.


  1. Dave2
    July 24, 2007

    That’s a very nice lens… I bor­rowed one from a friend once and man­aged to take some ter­ri­fic shots. Still in love with my wide-angle though. :-)

  2. Firda
    July 24, 2007

    I was con­sid­er­ing get­ting one of those 10–20mm ultra wide angle lens­es but then real­ized that for the type of pho­tog­ra­phy I do (most­ly close up of stuff), I wouldn’t have much use for it. Besides, my 22–55mm lens, while not the great­est lens in the world, already serves all my wide-angu­lar needs. :)

  3. nicole
    July 24, 2007

    I own that lens and I love it. Here’s a shot tak­en with it. One of my faves:

  4. John Swords
    July 24, 2007

    I have used this lense and its excel­lent. Late­ly though I find myself obsess­ing over the Canon 50mm f/1.4. It’s inex­pen­sive and pro­duces real­ly amaz­ing results. If you are a nat­u­ral light fanat­ic and you take can­did shots, I high­ly rec­om­mend it. That said, if you need to be able to zoom, then you picked a good one.

  5. Firda
    July 25, 2007

    If I weren’t hap­py with my 50mm f/1.8 (the orig­i­nal one which was built much bet­ter than the Mk-II ver­sion), I would def­i­nite­ly con­sid­er the 50mm f/1.4. I just don’t think it’s worth the price to upgrade when the dif­fer­ence in f-stop is not that great.

  6. Barry Fisher
    July 30, 2007

    No com­ments re a Canon lens — I use a Nikon D70 SLR … with the 18 — 70 mm lens. It cov­ers most of what I need, but I occa­sion­al­ly need a wider lens, so I bought the Sig­ma 10 — 20 mm lens and I am very pleased with it. I also have longer lens­es from my film days, but I use them only occa­sion­al­ly. On my wish list is an image sta­bi­liza­tion lens. I bought my wife the Canon Pow­er­shot SD800 IS. If the image sta­bi­liza­tion on the lens you are con­sid­er­ing is com­pa­ra­ble to that on the SD800 you will be very impressed.
    Re a pho­to port­fo­lio, I went through the same dilem­na when I decid­ed to take a crack at set­ting up a pho­to web­site. I was a true new­bie and took a crack at HTML and CSS. After con­sid­er­ing a wide range of pho­to gallery pro­grams, I chose Breeze­browser. It is very easy to use, works with RAW files and makes use of tem­plates. Sev­er­al are includ­ed with the pro­gram and there are addi­tion­al (free) third par­ty tem­plates. I grav­i­tat­ed to Peter Berger’s tem­plates that emu­late the look of You can see my pho­to gal­leries at (with links to both Breeze­browser and Peter Berger’s site at the bot­tom of the gallery pages). Breeze­browser is very rea­son­ably priced and the sup­port is excel­lent.
    BTW — there are a num­ber of pics from Van­cou­ver Island. I will try to reply to your mes­sage ask­ing for tips lat­er.

  7. ibrahim
    August 7, 2007

    Love your blog, and your flickr pho­tog­ra­phy, great job!


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