Now that February has arrived I have time to send you my January favorites. Strangely, none have snow.
I am including more of the technical back story in these letters/blogs. Feel free to bleep over it.
In 2009, Amazon tells me, I purchased my first non-zoom or "prime" digital lens, the Nikon 35 mm f1.8 AF-S DX, and it quickly became my favorite. When I hand my camera to people who have grown up with zoom lenses, they often ask, "How do you zoom it?" "You have to use your feet," I say. A zoom lens comes in handy at an event, with subjects all around me; but as you have seen, most of my subjects give me plenty of time to compose with my feet. The 35 mm is unfailingly sharp and lets in huge amounts of light and color. Perhaps a wide angle lens would make it easier for me to capture some of the landscapes below, but stitching together three, four or five images gives me a lot more pixels to work with.
This extra wide, View from the Bleachers, of the Neumann University sports field with the Mirenda Center for Sport Spirituality and Character Development in the background, with the Our Lady of Angels Convent behind, was built from five exposures, shot with the 35 mm lens, and the camera oriented vertically, to give plenty of height as well as width.
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Please use my ZenFolio site, http://photos.scottbeadenkopf.com for prints, T-shirts and cutting boards. These images have much higher resolution and are fine tuned specifically for printing. The small profit I make from the prints will also help support my photo habit, if it ever covers the cost of the sites.
I had already framed up my shot and taken a couple of exposures of The Mansion at Cabrini, when a deer from the local herd cantered through. This image is from a single exposure.
The Foggy City image of Philadelphia City Hall on a foggy night is another panorama, composed of three images stitched together. I had brought my camera with me to choir rehearsal, with the thought that I might get some images of boat house row and City Hall was just an after thought. But it turned out to be too foggy for me to get much from the boat houses, and City Hall was magnificent.