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.

7 comments / Add your comment below

  1. 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. 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. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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